Online Networking 101

Online Networking 101

There is a definition of networking that has stuck with me written by Ivan Misner: Networking is “The process of developing and activating your relationships to increase your business, enhance your knowledge, expand your sphere of influence or serve the community.”

In order to begin building relationships online, here are some strategies to make sure you are on point during the process.

Online Networking

  1. Post engaging content by sharing information about your brand/company, your industry, or any “proof of your worth” and update your page regularly.  People love consistency, but please be careful not to be too self-serving or come off as spam.
  2. Give strategic recommendations on LinkedIn in order to get them.  The LinkedIn recommendations can be from clients, peers, or other influencers.
  3. Your engagement will soar, when you truly engage and join LinkedIn Groups.  Participate and bring value to your LinkedIn Groups. LinkedIn Groups are a great way to connect with those who need your services or who have services that can enhance your company or product.
  4. Twitter can seem like mindless 120 characters or a place where people complain when they have bad service.  That’s true, but it can also give you another opportunity to meet and greet online.   Research the proper hashtags and tap into your industry.   It is great to see a “shout out” tweet about your business and followers will want to know more about this #nextgreatthing or #onpoint service that just popped up on their device.
  5.  Blogging can be a great tool when used appropriately. What makes your blog interesting is sharing what you know and sharing helpful or humorous content

 

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Disney’s into Twitter

The Walt Disney Company is reportedly eyeing a deal to buy social media platform Twitter.

According to Bloomberg, the Mouse House sees Twitter as a key video distribution platform, and as such has hired the Bank of America to evaluate a deal.

Twitter operates is  social media presence includes an average of 313 million monthly users. It currently has $20 billion in capitalization power and with this news of Disney the shares are rising.

Why would Disney be interested .   Twitter is frequently used as a video distribution platform.  This would give  Disney a new way of getting short-form video from ABC,ESPN and  Disney Channel networks out to younger adult audiences.

Rumors that Dorsey and the Twitter management team are looking at selling have been swirling on Wall Street for some time. Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey is the board of Disney, meaning the two companies already have top-level lines of communication open.

Let’s all wait and see if the Mouse catches the tweet.

Demishia , See You At the Top The bottom Is Crowded!

Queen Bey Business Princpals

Its Virgo season and although I am an Aries, I decided to study one of my favorite celebrity Virgos, and the business habits she exhibits. Beyoncé Knowles is known for her awesome music, style, and famous relationships, but there is so much more. She is the ultimate businesswoman and her business principals should be considered as we build our own empires! In celebration of her birthday, here are some business principles we can take from Queen Bey.

 Know what you want and go after it. It does not matter if you are starting a business or career; you have to know what you are chasing in life.  At a young age Beyoncé was confident in her talents and abilities so much so, that her parents invested in them. You must have a clear vision so that people know how to support you, recommend you, and connect you to the right people. Trust in your abilities the way Queen Bey does and you will begin to see opportunities open up before your very eyes.

Don’t do what is expected create anticipation. In business never tell someone your next move.   Move in silence, and let your actions speak. Beyoncé broke the record industry mold in how you market and drop albums, and now we all wait in anticipation for what she will do next. Creating anticipation within your fan base and clients, will keep them emotionally invested in what you are doing and lead to high rates of engagement for your projects.

 Trust your Gut, you know that little voice in you. Beyoncé knew as her career grew that things must change. She constantly has to re-create herself as an artist, but also in the business moves she makes. She trusted her instincts and let her long-term manager, her father, go. What gets you to one place will not necessarily get you to next place.  People believe that most business decisions are made strictly by what the numbers say, but you must always listen to your inner self. This becomes critical when determining if certain business relationships are healthy for you. In business, it’s tough to say ‘no’ sometimes or make a difficult decision, but you have to trust your instincts.

Women Empower Women – You are your sister’s keeper in life and in business. Beyoncé is the queen of making female anthems. We need to practice what we hear. Who runs the world… collaborate, support, and recommend them. Beyoncé stresses how important it is that women work together and look out for one another.  In your endeavors be sure to have your sisters back!

Being Polite and Business Do Not Mix – Women often times are overly polite in business because they do not want to come across as angry or overly aggressive. Queen Bey tells us “You can be fair, but being polite was not me being fair to myself,” Make sure you are being fair to yourself when you are dealing with people.   No one will treat you better than you treat yourself in business. If you want to get anywhere in your business or career, you have to know when to be polite, and when to be fair to yourself.

Collaborate to expose yourself. If you utilize cross promotion the way Queen Bey does, you will expose your personal brand and/or products to a larger market share. Collaboration is a critical component in your business strategy and Queen Bey knows this. If you are in business of any kind, you should be strategically cross collaborating with other brands. You have seen Beyoncé perform and create awesome music with artist such as Coldplay, Shakira, Prince, Drake, Bruno Mars, and countless others, all helping her to expose herself to new markets that she might not have been exposed to alone. Collaborative opportunities provide scalability, disruption, and connectivity on a higher level.

Always Be Humble and Authentic.  As you begin to hit your career and business goals in life, remember to stay true to whom you are and what you believe in.  In life, business opportunities, endorsements, and various ways to make money may test what you believe in. You will be tempted to do what is popular, and maybe stray away form your brand message and what you believe. When these times come, and they will, remember what Beyoncé has told us, “Always stay grateful, best revenge is your paper”! Stay true to yourself.

Happy Birthday Beyoncé! These are my takeaways from evaluating Beyoncé and her business principals. What is you opinion on how she has become a mogul money making machine? Feel free to share!

 

Demishia Wright, The Corporate Entrepreneur

See You At The Top, The Bottom Is Crowded.

 

 

 

King of Pop Business Moves

August 29, 1958 was the day Michael Jackson the King of Pop was born.  He would have been 58 years old today.   Let’s take a moment on this day to reflect on some of the great business principles that MJ left us.

  1. Leave a legacy – The King of Pop is currently the highest earning deceased artist. Move over Elvis and John Lennon, because Michael Jackson left a legacy that will be profitable forever. The Guinness Book Of World Records added a new category for Highest-Earning Deceased Artist and he gained the top honor. In the first year after his passing in 2009, Jackson’s estate reportedly brought in $1 billion in revenue. Michael Jackson owns the distinction of having the biggest recording contract of all time.  Nine months after his passing, the estate of Michael Jackson signed a deal with Sony Records that give the company access to a vast vault of unreleased recordings for 250 million dollars.
  2. Be the Best of the Best-  Competition was no problem for Michael Jackson, he constantly reinvented himself and let his creativity keep him an expert in his industry.  If you need proof of this, Michael Jackson is the most awarded artist of all time.  The King of Pop has 23 Guinness World Records, 40 Billboard Music Awards, 13 Grammy Awards, and 26 American Music Awards, and tons of other awards to his credit.  Michael Jackson has won more awards than any other musical artist.  The King of Pop has also received congressional honors for his humanitarian outreach efforts.
  3. Invest In Property – We all know that buying property is the way to grow wealth.  The Gloved One knew this as well; buying the Neverland Ranch for $20 million in 1987 was an excellent real estate move. The property is now said to be worth almost $90 million.   Don’t sink $35 million into improvements or wants into property like Jackson did and you will be fine.
  4. Your Circle should be Smarter than You-   One of Jackson’s best business habits was to keep sharp and insightful advisers around him. John Branca, who negotiated many lucrative deals for Jackson was instrumental in his wealth. He has done a remarkable job with the singer’s estate thus far. It was Branca who scored the industry-leading royalty rate for Thriller that Michael Jackson enjoyed at the time (nearly $2 per album sold), allowing him to reap untold profits from what turned out to be the best-selling album of all time.
  5. Make Strategic Business Moves – In 1985, he paid $47.5 million to buy a publishing catalog that included 250 Beatles songs. Ten years later Sony paid Jackson $90 million for half the rights, forming a joint venture called Sony/ATV.  This move in 1985 has provided huge dividends.  The Jackson estate and Sony share ownership of the catalog, which now boasts half a million songs including titles by Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Eminem and other artists. Industry insiders and experts have this catalog valued near $1.5 billion, based on estimated proceeds of $50 million to $100 million per year.   Let’s do the math, which means an estimated mark up of a 3,000% increase in value from the catalog’s initial purchase price.

These were just some of the few business moves that Jackson made. On this day don’t just reflect on his musical greatness but his business acumen as well!

Until next time, See You at the top because the Bottom Is Crowded

Demishia

 

 

 

Networking Hollywood Style

Networking Hollywood Style

In Tinsel Town networking is everything. Let’s examine how to apply their networking strategies to your everyday networking endeavors. Hollywood owns networking, you are who you know there. It does not matter if you are trying to land your dream job or make great business contacts, networking is a must.   You can learn from Hollywood they just get it right, networking is a lifeline and a lifestyle.

  1. Find the Access Point. In Hollywood an agent normally does this for you.   In our world you are going to have to find the access points yourself. You need to find the who, what, when, and where in your industry.   In order to become known in your industry you need to know the key players and what they are doing, where they are going, and what they are saying.
  1. Get Engaged Now. Online networking is awesome, you can see the who, what, when, and where for your industry and even meet some key players. However, think like a Hollywood star and create the f
    ace-to-face meeting. You must physically show up to build your network. It’s time to give it that personal touch, and creating meaningful relationships is key. Showing up is the first key to networking.
  1. Gone in 60 seconds. Well you actually have more like 10-15 seconds to make a first impression. Just like Hollywood Directors screen through hundreds of actors and make split- second decisions, people are doing the same to you. It is estimated that it takes less than 10 seconds to make an impression on someone so make sure it’s the right one.
  1. Follow Up, Again Follow Up. – A famous saying in Hollywood is “have your people call my people”. This is real there is so much power in the follow-up. People go to tons of networking events and meet people but after the event no one follows up. This is critical part of networking, it’s where networking actually begins.

These are just a few tips to networking like the stars. Please remember to be diverse and get to know a variety of people because you never know who can help get you to the next level.
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Get a Quality Network Now

9 Ways to get a Quality network!

  1. Say to yourself QUALITY over QUANTITY. Meeting everyone will not help you cultivate relationships. The key to networking is figuring out how you can be of service.
  2. At events don’t become a grasshopper. Hopping from person to person will get you nowhere. You are making the people you meet feel like you are ready to move to the next person. Slow down, it is completely okay not to meet everyone.
  3. Stop, relax, and listen. Networking is about building lasting relationships. Take time to create a genuine connection with someone. One quality connection is worth more than tons of vague encounters.
  4. Become a prosecutor against yourself when you are speaking to people. Build a great case as to why they should know you. What can you offer each other? Let people know that this will be a mutually beneficial relationship.
  5. The art of storytelling is key in networking. You are a human resource and your stories should convey that. During conversations exchange relevant stories that convey your worth.
  6. Build a bridge with the person on the spot. Find out what they are working on or how you can help them. Set yourself up to be on their mind by setting up another meeting.
  7. Solutions are what people are looking for. Find out during these encounters what issues they have that are preventing them from reaching their goals. Challenge and position yourself to be the solution for your network.
  8. Don’t be a one-stop shop. Continuously position yourself as a solution, a resource again and again and then again.
  9. The personal touch never goes out of style. Although social media can open doors be sure to follow up with a personal touch.

Always do these things when networking; Be Selective, Listen Intently, Be Discrete, and Provide Solutions.

Success Is Not Accidental

Demishia Wright – The Corporate Entrepreneur

Income Strategist

 

12 Ways to Serve In 2016

12 Ways to give back in 2016

I recently did a Periscope on how I served in 2015. Here are some resources and ideas to help you be of service in 2016!

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Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. Muhammad Ali

January- Use MLK Holiday to participate in service activity in your community. You can good to a food pantry, participate in voter registration drive, or help clean up the community. www.rockthevote.com‎

February – Take a moment and learn about something you didn’t know related to Black History. Also encourage youth to learn about black history figures don’t always think about (Charles Drew, Madame CJ Walker etc.) http://www.africanamericanhistorymonth.gov/

March – Women’s History Month and it’s a great time to raise funds for upcoming 5Ks. There are so many to choose from. I participate in March of Dimes each year, and use March to raise funds awareness about preventing pre-mature births and defects.

http://www.marchofdimes.org

April- It is my birthday month, this past year created the I am Enough Campaign for women who cannot afford to attend awesome empowerment events and activities. Purchase a T-Shirt and join the movement. http://www.demishia.com

May- Support another great 501c3 in your area! I make it a habit every year to support Show Me Shoes, a great non-profit that does things in 3 cities Atl/LA/Kanas City. Their main activity is the collection and distribution of prom dresses to well deserving young ladies. They also conduct workshops on self –esteem and provide mentors for girls who need them. showmeshoes.org/

June- Self Esteem Really Matters, I conduct workshops for girls around late elementary/Middle school age to reinforce a healthy positive self-image. This is the time in young girl’s life where their self-esteem starts to fade.

July- Plan and check on the Elderly! You must plan to be the change you want in the community. Take this time to think of creative and impactful activities you can be involved in. Also the summer can be brutal to the elderly, check on them to make sure they are ok in the heat.

August- Come out and attend the I am Enough Empowerment Brunch. Every ticket sold helps another soul be empowered.1,width=400,height=400,appearanceId=595

Sept- Teachers, think of our teachers! Donate classroom supplies to teachers and schools in need.

October- This is a great weather month in south at least to run a 5K. I want to spotlight The H.O.P.E. Inc. is another awesome organization that helps single parents who have at least part time job and are in school full time, that don’t qualify for assistance help they need and deserve. They host an annual 5K that helps fund their mission. www.hopbe.org

November- Grab your family and help someone else’s family. Create a Thanksgiving baskets, volunteer at a Soup Kitchen/Food Bank and of course check on the elderly that cannot get to their families.

December- Service Blitz time! Leave the year in a ball of service fire! Find a mentee, adopt a family, decorated door for elderly in a facility, host a clothing drive with friends and families, do anything that makes you feel good and helps the community.

Leadership is all about serving others, have a great 2016!

Demishia

The Corporate Entrepreneur

Gift Guide The Professionals You Love

Need some last minute gift ideas for your favorite professionals.  Here are some awesome ideas, all ready to ship in time for Christmas!

Sleep Master Sleep Mask- You need to well rested and ready to take on your dreams each day.  This Mask will help you get those well deserved Zzzzzzzzz!

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Moleskine Classic Notebook- Young Professionals need to write down their goals and dreams.  This classic notebook is so sleek and awesome you won’t lose it! Pick one up for your favorite professional today.

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Executive Office solution Laptop Desk Stand- As professionals we spend hours at a desk sitting,that’s not good.  Get this laptop stand that will allow them the option to stand while sit working.  This is awesome efficient exercise.

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Who Moved My Cheese- This classic book is a must read for any professional who wants to rise to the top.  They first need to understand that change is inevitable and this books brilliantly demonstrates this.

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21 Questions You Must Answer to Succeed In Corporate America- This is a great success guide that will help any young professionals begin their careers.  Help them unlock the keys to success!

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Happy Holidays! You can find all these awesome gifts and more in this awesome amazon store! http://bit.ly/proholidaygifts

Success is Not Accidental ~ Demishia

 

The Corporate Hustler’s Code

The Corporate Hustler’s Code

  1. Decide what you want for life. What makes you work, what makes you happy, what motivates you? Corporate Hustlers have a WHY that drives their actions. Non-hustlers drift.
  2. Develop your ability to create value for others. Don’t think about yourself; think about what you can do for others. Your ability to have the life you want will be directly proportionally to your ability to create value that others are willing to pay for. Non-hustlers don’t work hard enough at creating value for others.
  3. Build your capabilities. You must become a subject matter expert at something. Investing in your personal brand and1,width=400,height=400,appearanceId=164,backgroundColor=C60C91professional development is critical. This increase and improves your ability to create value for others which in turns builds your worth.
  4. Execute. The number one action of a Corporate Hustlers is execution. They do quality work at a high level. Corporate Hustlers act with urgency.  Corporate Hustlers do not succeed at everything. They do learn from failures adapt and grow!
  5. Grind it out. Corporate Hustlers will not be out worked. They work smarter not harder however they will grind out the work. They start work before others do. Execution isn’t easy. It often means working away at some obstacle until you breakthrough.
  6. Promote your successes. You cannot sit around and be silent. Corporate Hustlers promote themselves. They begin to build a track record of success that they can proudly share.
  7. Create opportunities. Corporate Hustlers seek new opportThe Corporate Entrepreneur Smallerunities they are not waiting for that dream job, next project, or promotion etc. They look for areas where they make a difference and then insert themselves appropriately. The difference a Corporate hustler makes moves them closer to their goals. Corporate Hustlers don’t wait for opportunity to knock they kick in the door! Non-hustlers hope someone discovers them one day.
  8. TeamWork. Corporate Hustlers are team players, they aren’t lone wolves. They understand that to get big tasks and projects done you have to call in proper resources. Corporate Hustlers do not mind sharing the credit. They understand that promoting other people they work with who helped them achieve their successes is a great thing.
  9. Never Satisfied. Corporate Hustlers tackle bigger and bigger goals and projects. They do not get complacent and slow down. They climb their ladder of success they don’t just sit around. They gain momentum so they can quickly and efficiently climb the ladder.
  10. Celebrate & Reward. Corporate Hustlers celebrate their victories and accomplishments. They enjoy the rewards of the hustle. They’ve earned those rewards, and celebration of victories is part of the hustle.

 

XOXO
Demishia Wright
The Corporate Entrepreneur

10 Sites to help with Career Growth

Growing your career requires research here are 10 sites to help you do that.

The Wall Street Journal: There is more in there than stWall-Street-Journal-logo-741965ocks and bonds. It is packed with information about job market trends and information that can help you identify industries and companies you should pursue as you climb the corporate ladder!

USAJobs.com: Would you like information regarding Federal jobs? This is a great place to begin. It has job posting of federal jobs all over the country.

Internships.com: Are you still in college or need experience to transition into a new career. This is the largest marketplace for internships.

dice imageDice.com – Are you searching for technology and engineering positions? This site is great niche job posting site to help you narrow down the search.

Idealist.com – Longing to work in the non-profit sector, well this site largest employment board for non-profit jobs.

Glassdoor- Would you like to know about the company before you get there? Need background information? Glassdoor.com bills itself as the TripAdvisor of jobs.

Simplyhired.com : This is a search engine job posting site, better way to describe it is like a Google for job posting. It can help you survey the large massive amounts of job postings out there.

IndeedlogoIndeed.com – This is an excellent job search engine that actually aggregates the data it gets form job postings and information sites to give you a condensed information for your job search.

LINKEDIN- I am a fan of LinkedIn and it is a great place to connect with recruiters and decision makers in your ideal companies and industries.GET LINKED NOW (1)

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