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Thorough Communication is Key for All Projects


Community Friday:  Inspiration for All Week Long Valeri Bocage CEO Powerful Women International Connections Valeri’s Story More often than we care to admit, we believe that our message is communicated thoroughly to someone else as we hear them say, “OK got it.” We expect the person to follow-through with what we have asked of them. Then we walk away ‘assuming’ everything discussed is understood. However, upon checking in for an updated report, we realize the person did not comprehend the action needed. Upon discovery, you are now both left dumbfounded.  The Problem Sometimes we communicate to people what we want and believe everything is in good order. Other times, we send an email believing...
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What Does It Mean to Be a Human Being Positively Human?


  NOTE:  Today’s Blog features the Co-Passion Project and is provided by Betty Louise. Common Humanity with Homeless People What if we did not feel like turning a blind eye toward a homeless person? What if we could see the person underneath the shell? How would our world change? How would our world change? These are questions that I pondered as I moved to Nevada County 2 years ago. The Encampment The first heavy rain here in November of 2015 happened while I was caring for my sister’s dog. When I took Shambo for a walk, I noticed numerous people setting up encampments. Some were holding a tarp over their head and others had a chair turned upside down to protect themselves from the storm. As...
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Tough Sales Can Produce Winning Events

How to Take on a Tough Sale and Make Sure Everyone Comes Out a Winner
  Attract the Right Job or Clientele: NOTE:  Today’s introduction and winning graphic are provided by Jessica Pyykkonen, Promotions Coordinator, Ghergich & Co., on behalf of Salesforce Canada. This is another testimonial to the power of social selling. When we build relationships with our connections by reaching out in a friendly manner to see how we may help one another, business blossoms. ___ In an ideal world, every sale would be a breeze. A happy client would drop into your lap and need little in the way of persuasion to adopt your service or buy your product. But as anyone who has worked in sales can tell you—that’s not how it happens. Sales are often very hard work. The disappointm...
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Do You Have Tasty Recipes for Success?


  Attract the Right Job or Clientele: Content marketers can learn a lot from the online videos featuring new recipes. The moment a food video appears, people drop what they are doing to watch. The sales funnel flipped and today it is all about attraction selling. My Story Although it’s rare for me to be distracted, I am no different when it comes to seeing the notifications of the latest mouth-watering recipes. Admittedly, I move my attention to trying to memorize the ingredients and the recommended preparation. Just last night, I tried a vegetable recipe that put a smile on my face as it reminded me of a favorite restaurant in Sonoma County, CA. Further reminiscing reminded me of many years...
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Is Your Timing On Target?


Community Friday:  Inspiration for All Week Long Valeri Bocage CEO Powerful Women International Connections Valeri’s Story There is something mysterious about the “right timing” for things to happen. If you are working on a project or an aspect of your company growth, we know timing is everything. And unfortunately, when we are working on a deadline with many projects ahead of us, some days just don’t work out as planned. Have you had a series of highly productive days, yet those following workdays everything seems to fall apart? My experiences include:  No one is available to talk Meetings cancel My overall energy declines.  For some unknown reason, the timing is off, and nothing flows as w...
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New Age Marketing and Sales Ideas


  Attract the Right Job or Clientele: Those who are not willing to consider new ideas for business may as well revert to driving a horse and buggy. The theme as of late is that society and technology change so rapidly, each company must allow flexibility for quickly adapting to the new. Yesterday’s blog asks the question, “How Do You Rate for Versatility?”   My Story In the early years of sales, I was open to all conversations whenever invited in for an appointment. It did not matter whether we spoke of what the prospective client’s family was about to do on vacation or what I had to sell. Whatever the topic, my goal was to learn about their perspectives for improved understanding. The unort...
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How Do You Rate for Versatility?


  Attract the Right Job or Clientele: To better understand a range of perspectives we encounter every day, I’m asking you to imagine a straight line one inch in length. Now consider how many pinpoints one may make along the line. The possibilities are almost infinite, and those pinned points resemble the potential variances in each conversation. “No” is most often a temporary answer. My Story I am often approached to test drive brand new products on the market. It’s a treat to be among the first as well as experience the latest thinking. This week, I was asked to test a new service. Learning more about it, I was the one to respond, “not for me.” The product is not consistent with the way I d...
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Convert Overwhelm to Business Success


  Attract the Right Job or Clientele Are you in a state of overwhelm between working overtime, children, the second job, household duties, or anything else? For entrepreneurs, the scenario can become a nightmare and lead one to wonder, “What the heck am I thinking?” The next thing you know, the same people quit their pursuit of building a livelihood. My Story Sadie Calamaco and I made a sound connection via social media. Our interests and messaging align with that of one another. We are both committed to helping our communities. She is the founder of Sadie’s Solutions Simple Steps to Success. Sadie is a military veteran, mother of four, a wife of a serviceman (making her a single parent one-...
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Collaborating with the Right People, Makes a Bigger Impact for Your Vision


Community Friday:  Inspiration for All Week Long Valeri Bocage CEO Powerful Women International Connections Valeri’s Story There comes a time when the groundwork for our vision is in place and ready to spring forward. It was a long two and a half years working to rebrand our company. We had to look and go deep into thought to make sure every little detail was examined, understood and utilized to serve us well. And when you are working with top notch advisors, you are often sent back to the drawing board. UGH! At times it was frustrating and agonizing to start over, particularly when I thought we had it all figured out. As we changed over to the new brand of working with women humanitarian le...
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Do Your Projects Have Purpose?


  Attract the Right Job or Clientele How many times have you heard someone say, “I’m going to…” but that something special never happens? Most often the project did not hold enough importance, or it lacked purpose. Ideas that get lost in everyday busywork is due to the lack of a 100% commitment. Another reason for not moving forward is fear. However, a safety net exists that may ease the fear. Keep in mind that should the anticipated outcome not materialize lessons come to light that will be beneficial for future endeavors. For those who are in the process of building credibility and trust, it’s best not to make grand announcements until the project is under way. The improved outcome is that...
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Build a Supportive and Dynamic Team to Further Your Vision


Community Friday:  Inspiration for All Week Long   Valeri Bocage CEO Powerful Women International Connections Valeri’s Story One of the most difficult tasks for building a company or organization is to find the right team that will support your project and long-term vision. I have learned through the years to look for people who not only possess the desired talents but who are also willing to learn from one another and work together collaboratively. A cohesive team is more easily able to move past tough hurdles and be motivated to achieve more. Experience is the Best Teacher Be aware of candidates who have outstanding talent and a likable personality, but who don’t know how to be a team play...
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Today’s Decisions Affect Tomorrow’s Outcome


  Attract the Right Job or Clientele: It’s difficult to avoid the news altogether although at times some may certainly wish to do so. Comedians are having a field day with everyday events. Previously, this blog spoke to finding the motive for being called into meetings. And no doubt motive will be the unending task of securing the details that led up to current day politics. When you walk with integrity, you never have to change your story. My Story Growing up and never fitting in, I profiled people based on their behavior. My mission was to determine what others were doing differently to fit into the crowd. The manner in which people spoke, used gestures, and what was said were all taken in...
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Build Referrals Fuel Sales


  Attract the Right Job or Clientele: Most everyone craves receiving referrals, but only a small percentage of people are successful. Today’s blog examines the better ways to build your reputation and receive introductions for potential new business. Establish credibility and trust first for referrals to follow. My Story Referrals are the best source for qualified leads. However, the worst error most representatives make is to inquire about new introductions while only mid-way in the sales cycle. Their request is premature. A downward spiral follows as uncertainty builds in the prospective client’s eyes. The declining trust interferes with the process and kills all likelihood of a sale. Impr...
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Model Successful Behavior to Be Successful


  Attract the Right Job or Clientele: Only you know what you “should do” versus all those providing the advice to experience success. And the should do works best when there is a motivating factor involved to experience improved results in the end. For example, in the corporate sales arena, salespeople are motivated by trips and bonus money to be received at the end of the year. Entrepreneurs feel rewarded as they see client loyalty build, and others are happiest when they recognize they were able to help others succeed. The question is, how do you get on the right track from starting point A to the finishing point Z? Never give up but find a better way. My Story The avenues described above ...
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Working with Life Balance Is When You Are Really Living Life


Community Friday:  Inspiration for All Week Long   Valeri Bocage CEO Powerful Women International Connections Valeri’s Story This week we held our first Women Leader’s Roundtable for female humanitarians currently making a difference in Los Angeles. We met at the Los Angeles City Club. We wanted to learn about their envisioned projects for improved understanding.  Our purpose is to collaboratively work together bringing hope and inspiration to the underprivileged around the globe. Our first meeting for the Los Angeles area proved to be inspiring in itself. As each prospective member was given the floor to speak about their projects it sparked much interest among the rest. By the end, names o...
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Uncertainty Requires Planned Action


  Attract the Right Job or Clientele: Regardless of political leaning, it’s safe to say we are experiencing uncertainty in many regards. Our businesses and careers deserve careful examination on all levels. Giving credence to “History repeats itself,” I’m sharing the following quote.   In 1859 Charles Dickens wrote: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” My Story It’s very easy to allow the news to affect us. The better plan is to acknowledge all...
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Psychological Power Having Plan B


  Attract the Right Job or Clientele: Most often, Plan B is seen as our safety net although it doesn’t quite possess the star power as does our original idea. Not everything works out to perfection and that’s the reason to create a secondary route should the first not prevail. Backup plans harness further motivation. My Story A friend’s newsletter brought a smile to my face. It informed me that ‘change is in the air.’ I could have written the newsletter myself! As we advance through varying stages of life and career, in addition to witnessing changes in technology and our economy, it’s natural to reconsider what we hold important. For some, a change may be in the forecast while others comple...
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Unleash Possibilities to Experience Success


  Attract the Right Job or Clientele: Salespeople are taught to fill their pipeline with many possibilities. The reason is only a small percentage flows through to become a sale. Therefore, if a few possibilities are in one’s funnel, the likelihood of success is minimal. The same applies to finding a good job and anything else you may desire. Motivation to make the most of the day is the game-changer for success.  My Story  “You don’t know unless you try” is a phrase I repeatedly heard while growing up. Somehow the thought was converted into “anything is possible with a flexible plan in place.” Without a doubt, this line of thinking expanded my sales funnel. It became noticeable that those w...
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Pushing Through Obstacles Builds New Strength and Miracles


Community Friday:  Inspiration for All Week Long   Valeri Bocage CEO Powerful Women International Connections Valeri’s Story We each experience and deal with the unexpected. Even worse is when the ‘unwanted’ occurs. For example, on the day we have a special plan in place with a smile on our face, out of nowhere it seems as if an explosion occurs. “IT problems” happen! OUCH! Technology issues can be anything from one device not working to the entire internet going down for hours or days. These unwelcome events always seem to occur when we are under deadline. In recent weeks, friends experienced a variety of setbacks. The scariest news is that of a friend stuck in a foreign country to the horr...
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What Do You Think?


  Attract the Right Job or Clientele: The emphasis of the blog title is on the word, “You,” as we dissect the thought process. Is it frequent for others to ask your opinion on something? Or, more often do others to try to persuade you with their thought? As you come to terms with what you want from your life and how you view the world, it becomes far easier to pursue your long-term goals. Once you are in alignment with where you are today and wish to be in the future, a steadier footing helps move you forward in your career or business. Today’s message is to be your own person and establish a recognized brand with a good reputation. My Story In my career, management almost never attempted to...
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