Community and Social Goodwill Benefits Generations

Community Friday:  Social Goodwill Benefits Generations

 

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Thank you from CEO, Valeri Bocage

The book fair for children’s literacy was a hit! The children did not want to leave the Sacramento, CA Barnes & Noble bookstore April 23-24 for the instore program.   Many of the children were excited to read their favorite books to the anxious audience.   Thank you to everyone that supported this cause.

Together we may positively impact society. – E. Stutz

Najjiyya Arnold’s non-profit, Profiles Unlimited, partnered with Barnes and Noble April 23-29 in hosting the book fair for children’s literacy.   Profiles Unlimited was able to do over $4,000 in book sales just in the store with their special reading program for children. This does not include any online sales. We want to sincerely thank everyone who participated with Najjiyya who is one of our members of Powerful Women International Connections.

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You may still assist the literacy program by purchasing a book online OR in the store by April 29th.  Click here to visit the Barnes and Noble website and use the Voucher Code 11821477.

It Takes a Community

It takes a community to make things happen!   When people support each other, it makes a bigger impact for those making a difference and the community of people who are benefiting from that difference.

Our members are supporting each other’s projects and connecting to make a difference in the lives of others.   Suppose for a moment that those people who are positively impacting lives are making an even larger impact with their projects and programs. Together, we could actually make the world a better place for everyone!

Imagine

  • Imagine our children growing up in a world where we support each other as a natural way of being.
  • Imagine children who are taught that they matter no matter what race or nationality they are or what their circumstances may be.
  • Imagine that children grow up believing they can be whatever they want.
  • Imagine no homelessness and no hunger in the world.

Examples of What Our Members Are Doing:

  • Stopping Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking
  • Empowering the Homeless
  • Putting Clean Water in Developing Countries
  • Creating Empowerment Programs for Children Women and Families…

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Imagine Your Contribution

Imagine that YOU were a part of this world change. You ARE and can be.   If you don’t have a project, how could you join someone that does? OR, start one yourself?   How could YOU contribute to make a difference?

It takes a community to make a change and YOU are a part of that change. When we weave our talents and skills together we become more powerful in making a difference. A community can start with ONE person and can grow exponentially with others.

Sales Tips:

  1. Imagine the one biggest change you would like to see in the world.
  2. Research similar ideas in process.
  3. List how your ideas are unique and the difference they each may make.
  4. Decide whether to partner or build your own company or organization.
  5. Set milestones to be achieve in the near term.
  6. Establish your long term vision.
  7. Share your idea with close friends and peers.
  8. Develop talking points to motivate and inspire others to join in.
  9. Over time, create off-shoots to leverage your main program.
  10. Build a global audience to ignite your vision.

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Following these suggestions will lead you to the Smooth Sale!

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Innocent Youth Ignores the Impossible to Find Success

 

Attract the Right Job or Clientele: Innocent Youth Ignores the Impossible to Find Success

Today’s remarkable story is that of James Gilmore. It isn’t often we have the opportunity to meet someone who began a business as a young teenager, and who was then able to grow it into a thriving corporation.

May you find James’ story of great inspiration!

Age matters not as great ideas come forth.

 The Beginning

The story of how I started W!ZARD Radio Media (which, amongst many things, operates W!ZARD Radio Station – the UK’s Most Popular Online Teen Radio Station) is perhaps somewhat unconventional. I was 12 years old and extremely bored sitting around in my bedroom when I decided to ‘pretend’ I was on the radio and started calling friends on Skype to join in on the fun. Soon, what was ‘pretend’ became very real.

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James Gilmore

Growing – A Bit Too Quickly

Having grown and expanded W!ZARD Radio Media over the past 6 years (we now also operate a record label, a live events agency, a production studio, a news agency, a charity and a commercial arm alongside the radio station) there have been some major hurdles that have come in my way. Firstly, when I first started this as a radio show, there was no vision or aspiration – so after two years of running a radio show, I had to give it some sense of direction. This links nicely to the next problem which was that I wanted to do too much too soon.

Learning From Mistakes

Growth for a business is vital, but I have learnt the hard way, so is not jumping the gun. All of our successful operations have come organically and have been born out of collaboration – not forced. Perhaps most importantly, they have all been born out of passion. When we first started the record label, nobody had an idea as to how we can work with talent or what we could offer. The same goes for the news agency and live events. Luckily, I have surrounded myself with people who trust me and I have been given time to make mistakes whilst still living under my parent’s roof.

Partnerships

For us, partnerships have been the centre of our growth. From working with independent record labels and small technology firms to deals with all of the major TV broadcasters, record labels, book publishers, live events promoters, etc… our partnerships have been the thing that has accelerated our growth. These opportunities have not just provided us with business opportunities, but also the chance to learn new skills ourselves.

Confidence

Nobody at W!ZARD Radio Media is scared to do something they have never done before, nor are they scared to do something for the first time. Most of us have never even stepped foot into broadcasting before but we have gained knowledge and experience over time. Being fearless and knowing that those executives from other firms are no smarter and have no more “super powers” than we do enables us to have the confidence to approach big companies.

The Future

Engaging with different areas of teen audience will always be centre and key to our work. Whether reaching new audiences is achieved through producing new content which reaches different people or even by expanding our charity work (we currently work closely with two UK-based charities – Teenage Cancer Trust and Stonewall), for example, is yet to be decided. But then again, the best decisions are the ones chosen by the gut.

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James’ Sage Tips:

  1. Be fearless.
  2. Find collaborative partners
  3. Build trust
  4. Know you will make errors and treat as great lessons
  5. Include charitable work in your business model.
  6. “The best decisions are the ones chosen by the gut.”

Following these suggestions will lead you to the Smooth Sale!

For Consultation and Conference Speaking Contact Elinor Stutz

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5 Great Lessons Learned from Sports

 

Attract the Right Job or Clientele:  5 Great Lessons Learned from Sports

All sports begins with extensive coaching and training. The exercises are exhausting and then the athletes are told to do better the next time.  The irony of this blog is that I am not an avid fan of sports. However, I do appreciate the lessons we may each learn as it relates to career and business.

Commitment to improvement gives way to seemingly miraculous results.

My Story

The best Sales Manager I ever had behaved as if he were the coach of the sport called Sales. My eyes opened when he likened sales to football. According to “Jim”, objections were similar to tackles. We needed to get up to address them and then move forward with confidence. And we were told not only know how to defend, but also how to maneuver around gatekeepers to run across the finish line and get to goal.

Jim’s analogy was a good start. But it still deals with the old-fashioned type of sales whereby the salesperson is very self absorbed. The end goal is everything.   This type of thinking does not encourage a returning and referring clientele nor does it encourage social selling.

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5 Lessons

#1 Your end goal comes second.

Obtain a well defined grasp of what the client-to-be, or the hiring manager and represented company is trying to accomplish. Speak to these terms first. Only after you address everything on their agenda will you be able to address your ideas and gain keen attention.

#2 Seek out the coach of the client team

When selling to larger companies, seek out their coach. This type of person will provide the answers you need to know. For example, inquire as to who else is being considered and what might put you in the lead candidate position.

#3 Make the sale a team event

Get all of the decision makers in the meeting room at the same time. Be the leader by asking questions and obtaining everyone’s input. Then work for collective agreement. In this capacity, people will admire your ability and be more inclined to trust you. At the same time, get your own team to back you 100%.

#4 Practice

No athlete became great without practice, repetition and overcoming steep hurdles. It is up to you to do the same. 100% commitment, focus and perseverance will get you to goal.

#5 Review to Improve

After each game, coaches and players review all the plays and strategies that were implemented. The idea is to see where improvement may be made for the next game. The same works extremely well after a sale whether it was lost or won. There is always room for improvement if you are willing to learn.

Your Story

Review your past six months in detail.

  • Can you honestly say you gave 100% commitment to everything expected of you?
  • Has anything become tiresome that you prefer to no longer do?
  • Do you have new ideas in mind that have yet to be attempted?

Most often people complain about burnout or disliking their work. But if you can fine tune what is working well, and then tweak the rest you will be on steady ground. The icing on the cake will be trying out your new play to see how far you may advance. The worst case is it doesn’t work but you just might find an improved method.

In the end, your continued effort will demonstrate an admired personal brand.

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Following these suggestions will lead you to the Smooth Sale!

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The Number One Success Factor to Surge Ahead

Attract the Right Job or Clientele:  The Number One Success Factor to Surge Ahead

We have all been there. One day we are doing extraordinarily well, but suddenly, something goes wrong. We find ourselves in a tailspin. This is the point of no return. Whatever you choose to do next will determine your outcome.

To achieve extraordinary results, take focused action as you believe to be right for you.

My Story

As a salesperson, I am highly competitive with myself and am always trying to improve. @Riseboarders – seen on Twitter – ranks sales professionals for their online performance. You can bet, I take note!

For the most part, I usually rank in the 20’s out of 166 salespeople. And for a long while, I was okay with that. But…Last week, I didn’t even make the list – I was horrified! Fortunately, I knew where the problem resided. An association was discontinued and accordingly, their followers also withdrew support. In one week, I lost 200 followers. Ouch!

Corrected Action

To make up for lost time, I next spent focused time on rebuilding what was lost. The norm was not good enough, extra time was put into the extra effort.

Result

Today I opened my Twitter account to learn that I ranked #5 out of 166 sales professionals. It was the best I ever ranked due to focused action. The next step, per the competitive me, is to aim for #1!

 

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Your Story

Let’s consider how to work with disappointment whether recent or in the future. As long as you are prepared knowing how to deal with it, you will be able to get around it quickly and onto an improved path.

Examine the what and the why behind the disappointment to gather facts.

  • Did you have all the facts in place prior to moving forward?
  • Were you previously aware this might happen but ignored the signs?
  • What will you do differently in the future?

Moving Forward

The most important point is to not waste time with self-pity. Examine the lessons learned. Usually, the more difficult the lesson, the better off we are in the end, provided we take swift action to make the required improvements. It’s possible help may be required.

Once again, create an on-going task list for everything new that needs to be fixed as well as implemented. Check it off one by one to feel the sense of accomplishment. This becomes the motivator to keep moving in the improved direction. The funny part is, as you eventually look back, it will appear as if the hard lesson was a gift in disguise!

Sales Tips:

  1. Forego self-pity.
  2. Take swift action to remedy what isn’t working correctly.
  3. Enlist the help needed to ensure the best job is done.
  4. Confer with colleagues.
  5. Budget for new required expenses.
  6. Create a timeline for implementing new strategies.
  7. Continue with an updated task list each day.
  8. Seek out collaborative partners.
  9. In the future, intuitively look for red flags to prevent unnecessary mishaps.
  10. Stand firm to build a strong personal brand.

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Following these suggestions will lead you to the Smooth Sale!

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MONEY: Magnify Opportunity Nuance Each Yarn

 

Attract the Right Job or Clientele: Magnify Opportunity Nuance Each Yarn 

You might think that the title is strange, yet the first letter of each word spells out the word, “money”. We are all dependent upon money, but the way in which we accumulate it and invest is up to each of us.

The phrase, “magnify opportunity nuance”, means to carefully examine every aspect of any offer that comes your way. Some proposals may be misleading upfront. Accordingly, the word, yarn, refers to an exaggerated outcome meant to entice agreement.

It will be wise to also examine your own approach when it comes to asking for money. This could apply to asking for a fair salary, a pay raise, startup funding, or asking clients to purchase from you. The manner in which you ask, will either positively or negatively affect your outcome.

Sales are not owed, but are earned when you are able to provide solutions to problems

My Story

I have never had a problem asking clients for money. The reason is I always meet the one requirement – and that is – all of the due diligence is done ahead of time. By the time it comes to requesting authorization on a contract or working with an entrepreneur, I feel as if the sale has been earned. The only question remaining would be, “When would you like to get started?”

Today, social media connects us to thousands if not millions of people. I was taken aback when two different people, posted on my public pages for all to see, if I would support them with a purchase. Asking for a sale should never be considered as a public transaction. It’s private. When a request for money is made public, I view it as a violation of privacy.

I privately and separately messaged the two people. Saying, yes, in public, would open the floodgates to so many connections believing that they should conduct business the same way. Accordingly, it would become a public financial nightmare.

In the message, I suggested a much improved approach. Rather than selling me one item, ask me to share with my connections the item and why they would find it of interest. In this way, the person would reach much larger audiences and sales potential.

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Money Management 

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Everyone spends and invests money differently according to beliefs and values. Having a handle on this is critical for effectively operating a business. Seriously consider attending the Global Financial Conference to be held in Chicago, August 29 – September 2. You will hear speakers (including me) address many topics concerning smart money management as well as improved strategies for building business.

Funding

There are so many possible funding options available. It depends upon the project and its potential as to which avenue to pursue. Friendly online help is available via Kickstarter, Gust, and Angel List. You may get friendly help in structuring your business from the SBA and SBDC.

For a more serious approach, seek out Angel Investors. Last of all, for serious investment and a good time, consider appearing on the television show, Shark Tank.

No matter which route you choose, homework is required upfront. Research the protocol for asking for funds and the requirements of returning what is loaned. Should you be inclined to ask friends and families, be prepared for answer of either ‘no’ or ‘yes’. Most of all, be respectful. In the end, everyone wins and that is what successful sales is all about.

 

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Following these suggestions will lead you to the Smooth Sale!

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The Calling That Was Heard

 

Community Thursday:  The Calling That Was Heard

As Najjiyya Arnold shared her story with me, I wondered how many others would have arisen again and again as she has done.  But Najjiyya hasn’t stopped just in saving herself, she turned around to help many thousands of others.  Should you find her story inspiring, please share with your friends and followings.

Born Dead

My beginning in life almost didn’t happen. I was born in Detroit Michigan the eldest of 3 other siblings. You see, I was pronounced dead at birth. Three attempts were made to revive me. On the third and last attempt, I became conscious and started to cry. I believe my survival was a sign from the Creator granting me favor.

Humble Beginnings

My life growing up was a humble one. We were raised in poverty and often went without food and proper clothing. My biological father abandoned me at infancy. By the age of eight years old, I became a caregiver to my mother whose hands and feet were crippled from Rheumatoid Arthritis. I also took care of my younger siblings who could not care for themselves.

Attacked ~ Repeatedly

I must be favored. Growing up in the slums of Detroit, I was attacked and strangled at age eleven until nearly unconscious. I was assaulted with a knife held to my throat while being robbed. Lastly, I was molested, beaten, and left for dead in an alley not far from my home. But, I survived.

Turning Point

As a young adult, I wanted to experience life from a different perspective. So, at the age of 19, I embarked upon a career as a professional model. My life began to drastically change after meeting and marrying my first husband.   He was a businessman and 3rd degree black belt. He taught me self defense in the system of Taekwondo Karate. This contributed to my ever-growing self-confidence.

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Education

The miracle of my birth and taking care of my mother and siblings helped to shape my vision. My focus turned to assisting others less fortunate than me. I returned to academics and continued my education.

My education helped me to prepare a stage and platform for my future students to exercise their unique, innate talents and skills. I now coach students and personalize their transformation. My coaching bolsters their self-esteem and builds their self-worth and confidence. Students receive my services through after-school programs and at youth bible study.

Grateful

Throughout my life people have helped me in some way. I stand on the shoulders of those men and women who paved the way for me. It is now incumbent upon me to give back by helping the next generation and underprivileged to flourish.

Purpose

My non-profit, Profiles Unlimited, assists the underprivileged community. Profiles Unlimited programs include the “Feed My Sheep Feeding” program for homeless families and veterans, and provides Christmas Gifts for many families.   Partnering with Barnes and Noble, we have added a much needed reading program for children.

I feel that I was born to help others and I get immense gratification from empowering, elevating, and assisting others to be all they can be

Profiles Unlimited’s current project is a Literacy Fundraising Book Fair, sponsored by Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

You can assist us by purchasing books online or at their stores, during the book launch between April 23 -29, 2016 to support the literacy program.

Click here to visit the Barnes and Noble website and use this code Voucher Code 11821477.  Your purchase will help to make a difference.

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An introduction or sharing of this story may inspire others to improve their lives, too.  
Najjiyya’s self-defense program is designed to protect and keep you out of harm’s way.

Click here to visit Najjiyya website, and learn more about her community.

She is a shining example of how we may each work together to positively impact society.

Najjiyya Book Foundation

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Success Strategies:

  1. Work for the Greater Good
  2. Yesterday is over, work for an improved tomorrow.
  3. Share your stories to motivate and inspire others to achieve their greatness, too.

With larger audiences at your side, focus on the Smooth Sale!

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Do You Have the One Social Sales Success Trait?

 

Attract the Right Job or Clientele:  Do You Have the One Social Sales Success Trait?

 Sales style has evolved alongside technology. Building rapport and goodwill are more important than ever. In fact, some see sales as having become more of a marketing effort than true sales. I happen to agree.

Some people have not yet made the transition into the new style of social selling. They may be online somewhat, but, they are still very “me” oriented. Requests will be made to repost what they have to say. However, they will never consider reposting something you wrote without first being asked.

There is wisdom in learning the “why” newer styles improve results. Once understood, the implementation becomes easier.

Reciprocity may emerge into the fountain of opportunity.

My Story

Traditional sales showed no mercy to those willing to help others. The sad fact is, those who were of help to other salespeople were usually stepped over. It became difficult to trust peers as everyone was competing for the same year-end awards.

Branding and marketing our brand became a requirement. We are now in a new era whereby providing our best insights is our best sales tool. The activity attracts people to our work.

Success Trait

The complementary success trait is to voluntarily share the insights of others. Doing so demonstrates generosity and a commitment to our communities.  Accordingly, this evokes increased trust. Once confidence and trust are established, increased offers of collaboration as well as sales are offered seemingly on a silver platter.

A tweet I recently posted says, “People talk, people refer, and people post reviews; be an advocate for your clientele and many will reciprocate.”  As others see you in action as an advocate, an admired personal brand is built. Reciprocity encourages increased referrals for both business and career.

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Your Story

Review your past activities over the last six months. Are you able to say with confidence that you generously reciprocate and possibly initiate giving, too?

  • Do you consistently retweet those who tweet you?
  • Are you scanning the home page of major sites to see whose information you might share?
  • Do you comment on advice that you particularly enjoy?

Taking a little time every day to support your friends, peers, and strangers, too, will make an enormous difference in your social prominence. More people will review your profiles and ask to connect. Likewise, review their profile to know whether it’s a good match. Upon recognizing a good fit, send a message thanking the person for their invitation to connect. Say something nice about their work.

Once again, see if they reciprocate with a return message. Should this be the case, then determine if a conversation would be a good idea. This is how new friendships and business opportunities are developed via social selling.

Sales Tips

  1. Discover where keen interest lies within your subject matter
  2. Deliver the best insight you have
  3. Thank people for following you
  4. Thank followers for reposting your work
  5. Demonstrate appreciation by reposting the work of your connections without having to be asked
  6. Create a group of like minded individuals whereby you share special events for one another
  7. Accept invitations to connect once the match is qualified
  8. Thank people for their invitation to connect
  9. Offer introductions
  10. Become the leader online seen as helping others

Following these guidelines will lead you to the Smooth Sale!

 

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Following these suggestions will lead you to the Smooth Sale!

For Consultation and Conference Speaking Contact Elinor Stutz

Visit Elinor’s Author Page

Schedule an Appointment to Learn More:
elinor@smoothsale.net

Call (408) 209-0550 Eastern Time Zone

 

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The Worst Sales Approaches Compared to the Best

 

Attract the Right Job or Clientele:  The Worst Sales Approaches Compared to the Best

 One highly anticipated event plus one meeting where I was the buyer both had my stomach in knots. These were perfect examples of how to NEVER sell.

Event Story

Time was committed on a Saturday to attend the event.  It promised to be a highly creative crowd.

The problem began and ended with the organizer. “Charles” was proud of his accomplishments in attracting clientele. His charm faded when he stated, “Do marketing like a drug dealer. First attract clients on a low fee, get them hooked, and then keep increasing the price.”  What?!

Next, Charles announced he had a great way for attendees to make extra money. His suggestion was to put a different cover on new books, change the order up of the content, and then slap one’s name on the cover. He essentially said copyright laws may be ignored.

I quickly left the room.

Vendor Story

I was investigating possibilities for a new phone. Within a few minutes, I knew not to trust the salesman, because he:

  • Spoke almost exclusively to my husband while ignoring me
  • Avoided my questions
  • Purposefully complicated answers

To make matters worse, he treated us as schoolchildren by turning on a meaningless video when another prospective client walked in the door. As soon as he passed across the threshold, we walked out.

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My Story

I have always advocated to build relationships wherever you might be. One never knows whether the person near you might be your next prospect.

Be polite, be kind, and be helpful.

By beginning meetings from the other person’s perspective, the process of building sound relationships will take root. Leaving your goals behind to help solve the person’s problems first will lead to a grateful clientele.

Over the years, I met strangers who over time became colleagues and friends:

This is noteworthy because all of these interviews and article posted today!

Your Story

  • Do you leave your goals at the threshold to speak with full attention on the client?
  • Are you striving to improve the situation for each client?
  • Are testimonials and referrals filling your pipeline?

If you answered “no” to any of these questions, take time to seriously consider where improvement may be made. A pushed sale is never long-lasting. However, thoughtful conversation and sound relationships produce a returning and referring clientele.

Sales Tips

  1. Avoid hard core tactics
  2. Stay away from unethical people
  3. Answer questions directly and honestly
  4. Treat men and women equally
  5. Don’t push what you are stuck with, instead, speak to your best
  6. Be honest as to whether you can fully solve the problem
  7. Suggest other vendors if you are not able to help
  8. When questions seem unusual, inquire as to the reason for it
  9. Make the prospective client’s priority your priority too
  10. Ask for budget and “when would you like to get started?”

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Following these suggestions will lead you to the Smooth Sale!

For Consultation and Conference Speaking Contact Elinor Stutz

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The Beauty of Confidence

Community Friday:  The Beauty of Confidence

Introduction

My association with PWIConnections is extraordinarily inspiring.  Upon hearing the stories of a few members, I volunteered to share every member story with you.  Why?

The hardship and tragedy each member experienced and met with a positive mindset, guided these powerful women to new heights.  But it isn’t themselves that they hold in mind.  Each woman views the world we live in as an opportunity to vastly improve the lives of others.

After reading Justina Page’s Story, please let me know how it inspires you, and ideas coming to the surface for your next steps.

Together, we may positively impact society.

Justina’s Story

Catastrophe Strikes

On March 7, 1999, we awoke to explosions, immense heat, and darkness. “Oh my God, the house is on fire!” I yell. My husband immediately throws me out of the window desperate to try and save his family. I reenter the inferno in an attempt to get to the 22 month old twins who I knew could not follow a fire safety plan. I am trapped by a burning book case. My oldest son grabs his three younger brothers and waits at the point. My husband is able to rescue them and they walk away, by the grace of God, with only 1st and 2nd degree burns.

The Fire Is Intense

My husband runs around the block and jumps over the neighbor’s back fence to get to the nursery where the twins are. He pulls one of the twins out. He is severely burned. Then the crushing blow happens. The house caves in before my husband is able to rescue the last twin. We lose Amos on sight. Me and the other twin suffer 3rd degree burns over 55% of our bodies. My husband is told we would not make it.

The Lesson & The Blessing

I have discovered that personal tragedy is not a life sentence to despair. Instead, it can be a great lead into purpose. There are many types of fires – emotional, financial, relational, and otherwise. Hope is our greatest internal life coach to recovery from them. Hope is the heartbeat of survival.

Have A Plan And Practice That Plan

It is better to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to fire safety. Here are a few tips:

  • Have A Fire Safety Plan
  • Practice That Plan
  • Install Smoke Detectors
  • Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Check Batteries Regularly
  • Install Fire Sprinklers

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A Beauty Conscious Society

In our beauty conscious society, few things are more traumatizing than physical disfigurement. As a burn survivor, I have learned how to step back into the world with confidence and now spend my life teaching others to do the same. My purpose is to give others tools they need to conquer their insecurities and boldly proclaim their true beauty with confidence.

The Amos House of Faith

In 2007, I established my nonprofit, The Amos House of Faith, to provide much needed post-burn support for families and children affected by burn trauma. The After Burns Club program provides critical help in the form of support groups, activities, and refreshments. The atmosphere provides a safe space for the children to process the challenges, problems, and psychosocial issues that arise from burn trauma.

Going Forward

Our goal is to establish The Amos House of Faith Family Home. This house will provide temporary housing, light meals, and a vitally important support environment for the caretakers of seriously injured patients.

Stay Encouraged

Success is another way of saying “I didn’t quit.” Fight until you win! – J. Page

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Justina Page, CEO
Author and Speaker

Justina Page is a natural storyteller who speaks with a bold and refreshing honesty that touches the hearts of audiences. Her speeches unfold with a combination of humor, insightful observation, and wisdom, as well as practical application. She now inspires audiences across the country with a powerful message of hope and triumph.

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An introduction or sharing of this story may inspire others to fight for their lives, too.  
Following Justina’s fire prevention suggestions will keep you out of harm’s way.

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Success Strategies:

  1. Work for the Greater Good
  2. Yesterday is over, work for an improved tomorrow.
  3. Share your stories to motivate and inspire others to achieve their greatness, too.

With larger audiences at your side, focus on the Smooth Sale!

 

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9 Ways to Move from Frustration to Improved Vision

 

Attract the Right Job or Clientele:  9 Ways to Move from Frustration to Improved Vision

Let’s face it, on occasion we each experience disappointment that leads to frustration. It makes us wonder whether it’s time to give up our endeavor. The feeling of being under appreciated comes about and we second guess whether success will ever be forthcoming.

Change focus to change future results.

My Story

The town where I previously lived was charming but my business model was not understood. The focus was entirely on their own small community. A friend who was a career counselor and I compared notes.  My book, HIRED! was just published. Together we created the idea of hosting a job fair at the local community center.

Just as we take our own businesses seriously, we took similar deliberate steps with our event. Posters were created and placed in the retail shops. All types of media were contacted to promote the event. In 2008, the economy was at an all-time low. So we allowed 200 attendees to enter at no charge, but secured vendors and sponsors for our event.

The symposium on advising job seekers proved to be a huge success. My friend and I became community heroes that day.

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Your Story

If prospective clients or hiring managers are pushing you away, try new strategies such as these:

Reduce Stress

Frustration leads to sleepless nights. Take time to exercise to remain in shape and reduce the stress. Eat healthy food. This will lead to better sleep and help to maintain good health.

Be Social

Arrange to speak with high energy friends. These are the folks that will help to keep you on top of your game. The arrangement works two ways to benefit both of you.  Your mindset will become more positive to include forward thinking.

Learn from Errors

Promise to only beat yourself up for an hour maximum. Then do your research to learn what should be been done instead to avoid in the future. Either discard the idea or tweak with an improved plan.

Review Your Business Model

Are any of the errors affecting other areas of business? Review all you do and make improvements as needed.

Be An Advisor

Teach others to avoid what you did. Share your story and the lessons learned. You will become a model citizen and looked up to for further help.

Adopt A Community

Non-profits and other organizations can always use extra help either free or fee-based. Working in this capacity takes the focus off the frustrations previously experienced. It becomes a new day.

Develop Partnerships

A major partnership might take the remainder of your time. Only do this if it promises to produce an excellent revenue stream. Otherwise, look for smaller projects for each participant to grow their audiences.

Full Pipeline

Not everything works out as expected. Just as with sales or seeking work, maintain a full pipeline of possibilities for business. This way there is always at least one new exciting project ahead. This lifts the pressure of the one frustrating moment.

A New Day

Upon embracing these ideas, revise your long-term vision into something even more powerful. These suggestions allow you to step into the position of leadership and establish an admired personal brand.  Relationships improve as does confidence. You become ready to take on whatever comes your way –  and with a smile on your face!

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Following these suggestions will lead you to the Smooth Sale!

For Consultation and Conference Speaking Contact Elinor Stutz

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Schedule an Appointment to Learn More:
elinor@smoothsale.net

Call (408) 209-0550 Eastern Time Zone

 

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