Collaborate (v.) – to work with another or others on a joint project
Network (v.) – to cultivate people who can be helpful to one professionally, especially in finding employment or moving to a higher position
I attend at least three professional networking events per week on average. After having attended so many gatherings, I can gauge a room, scan body language cues and figure out the tone of the event in less than a minute. I know who is there for the food and drinks, who is there to bounce from person to person collecting as many cards or passing out as many as they can, and I also know who is there to truly build business relationships. After a while, meeting so many people gets stale and monotonous because few really take the time to learn the art of networking.
Every now and again I go to an event and after leaving with pockets and/or a purse full of cards I feel refreshed. Yesterday was one of those days. I attended a women’s collaborative networking luncheon with the Dallas-Ft. Worth CEO Space club. I wasn’t really “feeling it” but I kept feeling pressed to be there so I went. I really wasn’t up for another networking event because I had been talking to people all week. I’m glad I went because it was a shift from all of the previous draining experiences I’d had this week.
The very nature of CEO Space’s networking is collaborative. I didn’t feel like I was there to meet someone’s quota of fishing for X amount of leads or as though I’m being force fed a pitch to join a network marketing company (even though network marketers are there). We were put in a position of being servants and givers first. When meeting people, we asked “what are YOU doing and how can I help YOU?”
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Rhonda and Sharee Washington
Twin sisters, Rhonda & Sharee Washington, are filmmakers from Columbia, South Carolina who are building a production company for the faith-based community. Continue reading
“Pretty Fades, Smart Stays” T-Shirt Empowers Women and Girls
BrightGirl Media is empowering women and girls to have beauty and brains with the launch of their new t-shirt campaign.
Nikki K in her “Pretty Fades” tee
The “Pretty Fades, Smart Stays” shirt can be purchased on Square Market.
Chanelle Yarber, managing consultant for BrightGirl Media, was inspired to have a statement shirt designed for women that not only reflects the company’s brand but also promotes their values of women and girl empowerment and entrepreneurship. “I am really passionate about seeing women entrepreneurs succeed and also making sure that our girls come up in an environment where they are praised not just for their beauty but for their brains too. As a nerd myself, I was conflicted as a teen with fitting in and being attractive or studying and being smart. With so many demeaning messages making females self conscious about their looks, I wanted to send the message that being smart is really what will make the difference in the long run.”
Antoinesse in her “Pretty Fades” tee
The “Pretty Fades” shirt is just one in a series of tees to be released that are focused on empowering women to be their best and brightest selves.
BrightGirl Media is a social media and video production firm, located in McKinney, Texas, focusing on building the brands and online reputations of small to medium-sized businesses. The firm was launched in June 2012 by media manager, Chanelle Yarber. For information, call (214) 620-0616 or visit www.brightgirlmedia.com
Yes, Jonah and Jimmy’s skit is hilarious, but it’s not too far off from what I witness daily on social media; Hashtag overkill (hence why Twitter may be killing it off)! Most people are still wondering what is a hashtag and how to use it properly. Basically, the hashtag or “pound sign” is a way that social media indexes topics and conversations. It allows your message to be better found in searches and lets you participate in ongoing topics when you use them. Over time, people have begun to adapt the original Twitter hashtag and use it all over the place as terms of endearment, slang, or for comedic affect. Originally, Twitter was the only site that employed it, but now Facebook has adopted it and so have Google+ and Instagram as well as most other social media sites.
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I am sincerely over you and your ever-changing ways. I have contorted myself and my services in every way possible to accommodate you and to please my clients, but you seem not to be as concerned with our relationship. I’m not breaking up with you. I can’t. And you know this. But I have to make other arrangements so that I don’t lose my mind – or my business. Continue reading