Let’s Talk About Positioning You as an Authority in Your Field Even if You are Just Starting Out

online masterclass

I’ve been talking about reinventing yourself, personal branding, and dropping career tips for about two weeks now. There’s even a blog post on How to get over your fear of job interviews.

I’ve also been working on an online course on how to make a smooth transition from college to corporate.

But first, I sincerely hope my branding and career tips has lit a fire in you and got you excited. (P.S. You need to be subscribed to my VIP list to get all my tips!).

You want to start looking and sounding your best. You are ready to challenge yourself to new habits.

But you don’t know how to get started.

What if all you need is to have someone “give” you the permission to go ahead?

And that is why I am leading a FREE masterclass on How to Strategically Position Yourself as an Authority in Your Field Even if You are Just Starting Out.

Mark your calendars for 6pm CDT Friday July 31st, 2015.

>>Claim your seat here<<

To successfully transition into a bigger and better career or role, branding and positioning is very important. In this special training, we’ll cover:

  • How to use what you already have to build a profitable and marketable profile.
  • 3 GENIUS ways to position yourself as a rising star…even if you have never gotten any press.
  • How to get the attention of your favorite thought leaders.

I won’t hold back anything from you. But I plan to keep this webinar under 30 minutes then open up an extra 15-20 minutes for Q & A time. Yes, you need to be on time so that you won’t miss anything!

Don’t miss this. If you can’t make it, just register for it anyway and I will send you the replay.

Again, it’s Friday July 31st, 2015 and we go live at 6pm Central time (7pm Eastern time). We will begin our training on time even if no one shows up!

>>Claim your seat here<<

I look forward to seeing you on the webinar!
Margaret

Scared During Job Interviews? These little Tricks Might Help

 

Interview jitters (1)

Scared during job interviews?

I hate job interviews but I do excel at selling myself. Now, whether I actually get the job or like the job is a different story, but I sell myself pretty well at interviews.

But for you, it might be different. You might be sweating bullets at the sound of interviews. Maybe you get tongue-tied, and you stumble over your perfectly prepared story.

Telling your narrative is just one part of interviews; believing your story is the most crucial and most ignored aspect of interviews.

And this is where you’re likely committing the error of underselling yourself.

You focus way too much on facts and numbers. You memorize dates and timelines. And because you’ve practiced your interview questions in ways that feel unoriginal to you, you find it hard to believe you’re that awesome. You don’t buy your own story. So you suffer from an imposter syndrome.

Recruiters can tell if you don’t believe in yourself. I once lost a high end job offer because of this. I know this because when the interview was over and I didn’t get the job, I asked what I did wrong. And she replied, “Because this position requires dealing with physicians and executives, we need someone who is confident and not afraid to voice an educated opinion.”

Ouch! Your story doesn’t have to end like mine. There are several things to do to be interview-ready. You have practice and memorization down, but these tips I will share with you will come in super handy. [Read more…]

How to Structure Your Day Around Your Skills and Talent

July_11
Do you identify as a multi-passionate and creative person? Hands up? Just me? Oh there you are––you do!

As a trailblazer, if given the chance, you would love to be a social media manager, an Instagram ninja, a small business owner, and a CEO. But there isn’t enough time for you to do everything that you would love to do. In fact, I don’t have enough time to do all the things I want to do.

If you are tired of constantly spinning your wheels in multiple directions with little or nothing to show for it, don’t worry––you’re not alone. Lots of amazing, talented people are constantly dreaming and creating things, hoping to hit a home run in success one day.

However, you don’t have to wait till one day. In this blog post, I will show you how to structure your day around your skills and talent so that you can accomplish more in less time.

Here’s the reality for most of us trailblazers

We have crazy, busy, lives that we forget to find joy in every moment. And when we record minor successes, we don’t really have time to celebrate them.

However, ambition can only take you so far. You need to be physically, mentally, and emotionally ready to accomplish your goals.

Five months ago, I started a coaching/consulting business. I was pumped and ready for work. Little did I know that it would signal the beginning of several health-related problems.

For the first time in my life I suffered from alopecia areata, the medical term for stress-induced hair loss. My immune system was attacking my hair follicles and I was defenseless, hopeless even.

From insomnia to anxiety, to diminished attention span…I experienced it all. I lived in the shoes of my clients but gained a beautiful insight into self-care practice in the process.

Now, while indecision is definitely an illness I wrestle with daily, I’m not about to live my life by default.

And you shouldn’t either.

[Read more…]

10 Young Adults Owning the Entrepreneurship Scene

online entrepreneurs

It is not too late to start thinking about your purpose in life and getting started NOW.

Terrified? Don’t be, because the sooner you fail the better your chances of winning and making your win last. I’m serious.

This post is an impactful one, one that I hope will get you out of your seat and lalaland and into action. My wish is that by the time you are through reading, you will make the decision to ethically “stalk” them and take massive action to do what you have been called to do.

In no particular order, here are 10 young entrepreneurs who are killing it in the online business world.

1) Anita Wing Lee

Anita is probably the one person who has made me slap myself out of a mixture of anger, excitement and made me go “What have I been doing with my life?” At 24, she is carving a niche for herself in the career and networking industry for millennials who want to start living authentically.

Anita Wing Lee is a transformational coach who guides aspiring changemakers, ambitious students and young professionals to become their most brilliant, fearless selves. 

She has successfully guided, coached and mentored a rising generation of millennials to create lives of total freedom, where they get paid for their passion and meaningfully contribute to the world.

She has also landed epic, paid, travel internships in university, where she got paid to work in and travel to 21 countries by the time she graduated university, and she teaches them how to network authentically so that they can land the jobs perfect for them.

2) Tayo Rockson

At 20-something, Tayo is the CEO and president of UYD Media, a media company that encourages people all over the world to use their difference to make a difference while celebrating diversity and educating others.

If you are Nigerian and thinking small, Tayo is everything that will challenge your thinking and almost convince you to re-evaluate your life plans. Okay, I exaggerated. But I have no doubts that he possesses superhuman powers to inspire you to be the change that we seek in Nigeria.

And guess what? I recently discovered that his full name is Akintayo. How sweet!!!

3) Kola Olaosebikan

You may know this lady. She once set the Nigerian online community on fire for expressing her views unabashedly. But she’s unapologetic and she’s for real.

Born and raised in Nigeria, Kola Olaosebikan relocated to the United States out of a desire to make a difference. Over the years, she has been involved with orphan care initiatives in Uganda, Congo, Haiti, UAE, Nigeria, and Mexico.

You can read all about her bio on her about page (I promise she’ll make you swoon!) but what’s sweet about Kola is that she is a beautiful writer and she loves playing on Twitter!

4) Mariah Coz

Maria is a rockstar business and blogging coach who delivers nothing short of amazing in her emails and blog posts.

Maria is the founder of Femtrepreneur, a resource for young women pursuing creative self-employment, entrepreneurship, and kicking ass in online business. She’s also a serial entrepreneur, rock star, sustainability advocate, public speaker, and lifestyle architect.

P.S. I recommend her free email course, Build a Profitable Blog. It’s absolutely amazing!

5) Jen Carrington

I found Jen first. Then Maria’s blog came later. What attracted me to Jen’s online space was her simple but elegant blog design.

Jen is a 23 year old creative coach based in Manchester, UK. After graduating in 2013 with a degree in Social Work, she decided to pursue a life of creative freedom with a focus on the written word, content strategy, and creative coaching. She works with creative entrepreneurs to help them unlock the potential of their online presence through her coaching programs and value-packed newsletters.

Oh, she has a podcast called Make it Happen where she interviews other creatives like her.

6) Maya Elious

Maya helps passionate entrepreneurs add value and purpose to their business in order to help them earn a consistent income.

Her company, BRNDWCH, specializes in design strategy and implementation for bloggers, coaches, authors and speakers who want to increase their income, independence and impact.

In November 2013, she made the biggest and best decision of her life. She went from a part-time employee, a part-time student, and a part-time designer to a full-time entrepreneur.

She just recently launched her new course, Blogademics, an online course for creative women who want to build and monetize an online business/blog. And she has great style!

7) Amanda Genther

Amanda started her business when she was 20 years old, in college, freelancing for an online children’s clothing resale shop.

Through her passion for helping women play bigger in business, Amanda Genther helps purpose-driven women entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life by providing personality-inspired design + next-level strategy for their online courses.

Her business and website is drool-worthy but what is breathtaking are the premium packages she offers her clients.

She is also the creator of Irresistible Sales Pages, an online course that teaches women entrepreneurs how to become their own sales page stylists so they can launch with confidence and make more sales.

8) Felicia Spahr

Felicia is a leadership and charisma coach in her mid 20s. Her clients range from CEOs, top executives, engineers, entrepreneurs, professors, etc.

Let that sink in.

She also runs a personal blog and suite of information products to help people master the art of social skills, personal magnetism, and persuasion at work and in their personal lives. She’s the author of the book, Selling for Success, and has been featured on several blogs/magazines.

Fel, as she is fondly called, is amazingly down-to-earth. I have exchanged emails with her and I believe she is well on track to becoming a force to reckon with in professional development world!!

9) Ashley Tucker

Ashley is awesome. Seriously. Ashley is seriously killing it in a male-dominated field.

Ashley is a Federally Licensed and Bonded Auto Transport Broker with a roster of clientele ranging from corporate executives and real estate brokers to physicians and attorneys.

With a decade of experience in auto relocation and transportation logistics combined, she’s regarded as an industry thought leader and is highly sought after by various auto relocation companies for her consulting services.

In other words, she drives big trucks, makes lots of money doing it, and is respected by big people for that. Big up, Ashley!

10) Praise Eronmosele

She doesn’t know it but she made this list. I know Praise, have dined with her, and worshiped with her.

And I can tell you that she is one of the craziest entrepreneurs I have ever known.

At 18, she boldly proclaimed that she will blaze her own path by starting her own nanny and childcare business. Today, she is the founder of Sorock Childcare LLC in Moorhead, MN, a company that promises top notch childcare when you need it.

Her business employs people from different backgrounds and her clientele come in all forms and shapes, and I predict that she is well on ground to make 7 figures real soon.

***

What are you waiting for? I don’t know about you but I am mighty inspired.

Want more elbow-to-elbow training on how to lead and inspire without feeling like an imposter?

Check out my work with me page to see how we can work together!

The One Thing You Need to Know About Fear

One thing about fear

Something happens every time you start something. You either finish it or you quit half way.

I’ll be honest; I’m not an expert when it comes to finishing projects. In fact, I have way too many unfinished manuscripts (surprise, surprise!) on my desktop than I have completed.

But I have noticed something in me. I have an entrepreneurial streak that won’t go away with dancing and watching some YouTube videos. I have also noticed that I just CAN’T take God out of my writings (Trust me, I tried!) just to make a buck or two.

So, I have done two things. I have made it a goal of mine to complete two projects that I designed before the end of this year.

  • Goal #1: Create a FREE mini-course that combines my passion and skill
  • Goal #2: Create a paid E-course that addresses a problem which will be offered to my subscribers and friends!

I am 80% done with goal #1 and just started on goal #2. It is liberating to know that I can commit to something and follow it, regardless of what the outcomes would look like. I guess this is my way of saying…we’ll have to wait and see!

But what really is my point here?

The truth is that you have something inside of you that others want and are willing to pay to know. You have been gifted with something that is unique to you…just you. To prove my point, nobody has the same expression as you when you smile…even if what made you smile is accessible to everyone!

So why do you hold back from sharing your gifts with others?

Fear. Simple, familiar, eerie…fear. It holds you back and feeds your consciousness with limiting beliefs, emotions that arise from doubt.

But the simple truth is this: God created you, and because He himself is a creative person, you are creative and talented beyond your doubts.

The marketplace is yours. This earth is yours to walk on. Your message is meant to be heard. Your dreams are meant to be lived. Your hands are meant to touch…give love…receive love…and heal. You get my message.

You are meant to do something, and that doing requires action.

So what’s that one thing about fear…

Fear requires that you stand still or run.

The one thing about fear: fear requires you to stand still or run (click to tweet)

Forget about your feelings of unworthiness and hopelessness. That’s not the real deal. What happens when you’re afraid is that you fail to take a step forward so you either choose to remain or flee to “protect yourself.”

However, your impact won’t be felt if you don’t take a step. You won’t make waves if you don’t connect with your purpose and your calling. You will always be waiting to get ready because you won’t ever feel ready.

I have been talking about purpose for the last two weeks because I believe it is really the foundation for every business or personal decision we make. If you’re able to make good, conscious decisions regarding who you choose to hang out with, you shouldn’t gamble away your destiny.

I will be holding myself accountable and finishing up goal #1 in the next 5 days. Can I get an amen to that? (Lol). But I really want you to do the same.

Now tell me, what is holding you back from completing your tasks?