Ep. 10 The Confidence of Dj Khalid

In this episode of the Corporate Hustle Podcast I share with listeners 10 ways you can obtain the confidence of DJ Khalid. We all want to feel like WE ARE THE BEST and ALL WE DO IS WIN. Listen to the episode to explore exactly how to do that for your self.

In this episode of the Corporate Hustle Podcast I share with listeners 10 ways you can obtain the confidence of DJ Khalid. We all want to feel like WE ARE THE BEST and ALL WE DO IS WIN. Listen to the episode to explore exactly how to do that for your self.

This episode f the Corporate Hustle Podcast was sponsored by my Linkedin Masterclass. LinkedIn is an excellent social media platform to grow your professional brand and network. With over 600 Million users don’t just show up on LinkedIn dominate and use it to fuel your goals. This Masterclass will give you what you need to begin showing up with confidence on LinkedIn. bit.ly/linkedintraining2019

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How To Survive Long Ass Meetings

On Tuesday, I was in a meeting from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Although these meetings were necessary and very productive it still was hard. As a STEM Professional we live in meetings and emails it’s just our way of life.  This had me thinking,  what are my survival tips for being in a long ass meetings. Ask yourself these three questions before going into any meeting:pexels-photo-416405

  1.        What is my role in this meeting? You need to understand what level of participation will be required of you.

Observer: In this role listening and evaluating is your primary purpose and your opinion is not necessarily required but learning and obserering is. Be sure to give your feedback to management after the meeting. This demonstrates that you paid attention, understood the conversation, and then was able to make it relevant to what you do.     

Presenter:  In this role, you are actually going to be presenting and sharing information or knowledge with an audience.  Be engaged the whole meeting so that you can incorporate any relevant information you hear to your presentation.

Evaluator:  In this role, you need to bring all your meeting skills into play.  You need to be able to quickly question the information you hear, add value to information being presented, and show  you completely understand what is being presented.  The ability to remember facts, statistics, and other pertinent information is critical to be successful in this meeting. You should prepare for this meeting by knowing what is on the agenda and what is important in this meeting.  Often times your leadership will ask you to weigh in or even co-sign on the information that you are hearing. This is a great way showcase your expertise. Be careful more than likely when you  leave it will be with action items which will lead to follow-up meetings.

  1. What is going to be your fuel strategy?

Please make sure you have a strategy not to get “hangry” (hunger that causes anger) in the meeting. I know myself well enough to know that I’m less effective if I’m hungry or have low blood sugar, so I make sure that I have a snack and something to drink with me.  You need energy! Long meetings are the marathons of Corporate lifestyle. Drinking plenty of fluids is also smart. You stay alert, and (bonus) the bathroom trips those drinks will necessitate will give you an excuse to get out of your chair.pexels-photo-272887.jpeg

  1.  Are you focused?

I think an 18-hour online bridge meeting is my record for a continuous meeting where I actually had to be engaged.   To keep things straight, you may want to consider bringing an old-fashioned paper notebook with you to meetings along with your laptop. The simple act of distilling and writing key pieces of information helps me remember. Depending on your role in a meeting  you should limit multitasking and focus on being present.   Try to interact–a lot. Asking questions and really engaging with not only those presenting but those in attendance helps you remember as well. A good rule of thumb: If you’re able to do something else during a meeting, you shouldn’t be there. (But sometimes your boss just wants you there anyway lol)

Long as meetings will always be a necessary evil in Corporate life, so be sure to have a plan going in.

Demishia

The Corporate Hustler

 

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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

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Are you a S.M.E.?

Hello Corporate Entrepreneurs!

A subjectmatter expert (SME) is a person who is an authority in a particular area or topic.  Having uncommon knowledge and understanding of a process, product or system is how one gets the title of subject matter expert!

In the upcoming guide for young professions:

21 Questions You MUST Answer to Succeed in Corporate America

We ask the question Are you a Subject Subject Matter Expert?

To excel you need to become great at something. Your direct management, peers, and customers should be able pin point you as the go to person for something. Being a subject matter expert does not imply that you don’t know or understand other aspects of your business unit or organization, it just says you have vested enough time to learn something to be a value when needed. Once you have mastered one process, system, or product you naturally expand to become a subject matter expert in another eventually mastering it from end to end.

Success Is Not Accidental

Demishia