I had an amazing meeting yesterday that was amazing. It made me realize how important it is to have a book on Project Management and work on my expertise about building this skill set in terms of careers and entrepreneurship.
I have in my mind the plan to create a book about project management and how to implement this career path for new and seasoned professionals, too.
My four books are published and I have two in the Entrepreneur-ING series and two in the College and Career Readiness series. I am working on another book in the College and Career Readiness Series all about how to be successful in the workplace for those new to careers, too. I think this next series will be the Project Management Series with two books - one about how to be a project manager and one about passing the PMP exam, which I did in 2004.
For the first book in Project Management, I would start off with just the same 11-12 chapter outline that I have used for my other books that are published and my word count would be the same 15k-22k that I have been doing with my other books.
I am considering the following chapter plan:
Chapter 1 What it Means to be a Project Manager
Chapter 2 Skills Needed to be a Project Manager Planning Scheduling Motivating
Chapter 3 Career Options in Project Management
Chapter 4 How to Position Yourself in Project Management
Chapter 5 Industries to use Project Management
Chapter 6 Hacks to PM Skills (such as planning scheduling motivating)
Chapter 7 Continued Learning in Project Management
Chapter 8 Why You Need to be Certified in Project Management
Chapter 9 Pitfalls in the PM Career Path
Chapter 10 Positives in the Career Path
Chapter 11 Preview of Next Book on Passing the PMP exam
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I was honored to speak at the Staten Island Rotary yesterday about college readiness. As a professor/educator for the past 13 years and a public speaker since uhhh 1976, I truly love having the opportunity to speak about my small business and what I am doing to help Staten Island students be ready for the next step. Find out more about my Speaking Engagements.
The audience yesterday was receptive and had amazing questions. No matter how long I have been a public speaker, I still worry before any engagement - and it kind of is what motivates me and keeps me authentic and enthused. Mr John Amodio from Score invited me to speak there and kindly introduced me to the group with amazing words about all I have been doing to help students be "ready".
I shared with the crowd how I do this using my books, lessons and life experiences and we had an amazing discussion about what is going on in the education system today and how a small business like mine is the key to helping with the essentials of being college and career ready like application essays, being involved, cover letters and resumes. I was blown away by the audience's enthusiasm and how they just "got it" - they immediately saw how a business like mine is both needed and on the verge of big successes in helping students take the next step.
Each person got copies of my college readiness book and I look so forward to getting feedback on the book. As a member of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, a GROWSI member for the SIEDC and with my mentors and supporters, I am so looking forward to helping many more students be college and career ready.
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advice, career growth tips and more. Read my books to help you be ready for the next step into being entrepreneurial for your career (The Prof's Guide to Entrepreneur-ING: How to use entrepreneurial skills to launch your own business OR be the boss of your career), going from zero to launch (The Prof’s Guide to Going from Zero to Launch – Everything You Need to Know to be an Entrepreneur Starting Today) and college (The Book on College Readiness: The Prof's Guide to Surviving High School and Kicking Butt in College) and career readiness (The Book on Career Readiness: The Prof's Guide to Graduating College with a Job Offer).
Project management are skills that I use every day in my career, running my business, as an educator and even at home. These are skills you probably use too, but do not even know it.
You can learn a quick definition about Project Management and the skills needed here from the Project Management Institute Website. I also have been blogging about project management, too.
I find myself following project management principles with my business as if I am running multiple projects together that roll up into what makes my company a company. For The Next Step these individual projects are:
I also need to be aware of my resources – which are in a sense limited… For my in-person events, training and speaking engagements, I cannot overbook or double book. I need to have the availability to be at each event, client and/or classroom for the “magic” to happen. Yes, I said “magic” – deal with it. I know I am corny. I truly am passionate about what I do and every event I have is infused with my energetic and passionate presentation. I utilize a PowerPoint file in the background, my books as the take home part of the event but during the event, it is all me and the interaction with my “students” no matter how many or their ages.
For my online events and courses, the limitations are not as severe. I could theoretically host up to 250 students online and still be “teaching” and helping them take their next step. That is why I am working on offering more online learning sessions and options for those who would like help taking their next step.
Managing a business that belongs to me and fits my personal and professional needs oh and is kind of successful has been a dream of mine for the past 14+ years when I first thought about being an entrepreneur and then went for it and failed a bunch of times in the process. Now, I am poised at being able to persue this passion around helping people prepare for college, careers and professional Next Steps.
Are you learning with me yet? I teach about Project Management specifically for careers (and more) via Wagner College Department for Lifelong Learning – courses will begin again in the Fall – click here for more information: Seminars on Project Management. Happy Hunting!
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Something that is near impossible to teach (but can be inspired) is motivation and proactive-ness. As someone who has spent many years in the classrooms of HigherEd and has run businesses and been a manager/executive in Corporate America, I can tell you that being motivated and proactive is something that will make you successful where you are OR give you the skills to position yourself for something bigger and better.
This can be inspired by your teachers or your managers but ideally you yourself are intrinsically proactive and self-motivated. These are some of my most important lessons I share with my students and clients regarding these traits which you can learn too with The Book on Career Readiness.
I am someone who is both an educator and someone who has run multi-million dollar projects so when I found out I was going to have two interns this summer, I set about designing work options and mapping them to skills to help my interns both help me AND gain marketable skills for their future. Read more about that process here Career Readiness Expert Preparing for Interns.
If you are not lucky enough to be my intern, here are some ways for you to focus and learn each day at your internship or your first job:
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I feel like this anniversary came up quicker than I expected. I continually talk about how I launched in July 2015 but I definitely have been slow to the uptake that we are now in July 2016 and that I am almost at my one year since launch.
I am thinking about ways to celebrate this milestone. I have been moving quite quickly in terms of promotion and client building though I keep feeling compelled to build more clients and to promote my business more and more. I am definitely out there as an entrepreneur. Sometimes, feels like too “out there”. I promote my business and also focus on trying not to throw too much spaghetti at the wall waiting to see what will stick. Meeting with my SCORE mentor made me focus more on revenues.
Sometimes, I feel so driven to just promote, promote, promote as much as I can and other times I think to myself that since I am already “out” there, maybe I do not have to push as hard but I even "work" on vacation (check out image below).
I do this, though, because I am very passionate about what I do. Just taking a look at the 12-months of archives on my blog and the amazing topics I share about helps me to remember that the promotion I do is really for the people I help be college, career and professionally ready for their next step.
In July 2015 when I launched, I started with blogging about other articles and sharing my thoughts and by September I was creating all original content. By January 2016 I began writing my books and as of May, I have 4 books published and more on the way. (Check out my books below --> order books here).
I have helped countless clients Brand themselves or just create rocking Resumes for their next step. I have created new product offerings based on my clients’ needs like the one-on-one Resumes and LinkedIn products which I wrote about on improving product offerings. I have trained 250 students on college and career readiness and look forward to training and preparing many, many more.
I have had various speaking engagements and look forward to more. All of this is not too bad for just one-year out of the gate (plus the previous 15+ years as entrepreneur, educator and executive).
I will be announcing soon my plans to celebrate my one-year anniversary – I am thinking a one-day flash sale for my products and services… still thinking though.
Any thoughts on what I can do to celebrate one year in business as The Next Step? Share away!
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I am happy to announce that I am working on my 5th book – you can learn more about my books here at The Next Step Publishing.
My Career Readiness expertise is talked about here and of course my College and Career Readiness Workshops speak for itself.
The introduction to this book, The Prof's Guide to Being Successful at Work (or What Workplace Readiness Means) is below for your first sneak peek and I will provide more updates as I get closer to publication:
This installment of the College and Career Readiness series is focused on succeeding in your career. As someone who has been training students for the past 13+ years on how to be ready for life after college, this book is a long time coming.
I also conduct in person and online course around these topics to help people, just like you, be career ready.
My previously published books also cover important lessons on being college and career ready. This is the third book in the College and Career Readiness series I have created and published. The first book is The Prof’s Guide to Surviving High School and Kicking Butt in College (or The Book on College Readiness). The second book is The Prof’s Guide to Graduating College with a Job Offer (or The Book on Career Readiness).
When I completed that second book, I realized there was still lots to say and teach on how to be ready for that first job.
When I started my career officially meaning I was no longer a student worker or intern but a real bona fide employee of a large multinational firm, I was lost. I had no idea what I was doing or how to do what I was doing. It was a huge transition for me and it has not gotten any easier for students today to make this transition – if anything, it has gotten harder.
There is even less time for a company to “onboard” you appropriately and make sure you have the skills and talents to succeed or at least not to stick out by making too many mistakes!
You need to be able to hit the ground running as soon as you walk through the door on your first job. Also, you need to keep in mind that the job might not be a career – it might be a stopgap for you to getting to the next step of your career or it could be a temporary gig that you are hoping to turn into a full time job.
The economy is not the way it used to be and the potential to find a career path is harder and harder. What makes sense is for you to read this book and learn from me and consider expanding your knowledge with the other series I have written – The Prof’s Guide to Entrepreneur-ING Using Entrepreneurial Skills to Launch Your Own Business or be the Boss of Your Career (or How to Succeed in Business). This book will walk you through the skill sets you need to constantly manage your own career.
But before you can do that, you need to know how to be a career person.
In Chapter 1, I will teach you how to be professional and handling stereotypes with being the “youngest” employee and what that means for your interpersonal relationships at work and how yo you can be ahead of the curve with this in your career.
Office politics and culture is what I spend Chapter 2 detailing but this could be its own book – so much of this chapter is hard to define but all of it is helpful and important for you to know as you build out your career as a young professional.
Chapter 3 teaches you all you need to know about communication. Being a great communicator is key to everything you will ever want to do in your life. Even being a “good” communicator is enough to make a difference in your career and life.
Dressing for success in Chapter 4 is so important and hard to do on a budget for a new career person – there are easy ways to accomplish this and to maintain the perception of professionalism even as a younger person.
Chapter 5 is the magic around motivation – not so much to motivate yourselves because if you are reading this book, I know you are motivated enough already to try to better yourself and to set yourself apart professionally. Instead, the magic of motivation for this chapter is around motivating others – your team members, your managers and more.
Chapter 6 is about conflict resolution and how to diffuse situations and recognizing positive conflict vs negative conflict. Taking those lessons and then building out the team building skills you need to take things to the next level for your career in Chapter 7.
Chapter 8 is about how to build your career through volunteering. Doing stretch assignments and doing them well is a huge way to help your career and we go over that in Chapter 9.
Chapter 10 gives you lessons and insights into managing failure and most importantly makes you understand that failure is not the worst thing that can ever happen to you. In fact, failing is the best way to learn and be ready for new adventures. Of course, with my lessons from this book and my other books (on being entrepreneurial in your career, on career readiness and more) you will not fail for something that is not worth it.
I have spent many years as a project manager and I am a PMP (Project Management Professional) via the Project Management Institute (PMI) and I rely on all of these lessons to build out Chapter 11 on implementing project management skills in your career. Chapter 12 is all about mentorship – being a mentor and building mentoring relationships with others.
Be ready to rock your career with the lessons I will share with you based off of my long time career as an executive, entrepreneur and educator.
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As the career readiness expert of Staten Island (I mean, I wrote The Book on Career Readiness, after all) when I found out I would be getting two interns who could begin work on July 5th, I kind of went a little out of control.
I began with this video showcasing my PPT file and what I hope to teach the interns:
Then I made a more detailed video about the full skill set mapping and project management level planning:
I also wanted to make a companion post to the one about Positioning my Company to be the College Readiness Expert post about Career Readiness – so here it is. Showcasing the content I use to build my lessons and workshops and how I am branding myself as an expert. Just a sample of content on these topics can be found here Blog Posts on University Advice.
To build off of that content I am also creating longer YouTube Videos – such as this one- my first in a series for Career Readiness:
And of course, I began podcasting on Career Readiness, too:
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And putting all of this in action is my recently created training document and orientation video for my interns, who I am going to meet this morning. I am really putting my all behind this college and career readiness - and having two interns for the summer means a) this solopreneur gets to have help building out some projects and b) I get to help two students be more career ready. I am even sharing the video I made for them that shares my 7 top projects I need help with and so much more..
Oh and do not forget about my College and Career Readiness Workshops. What do you think about my career readiness push? Tomorrow's blog post will be about my upcoming 5th book - the next in the College and Career Readiness Series all about Workplace Readiness. Please consider following me via any of my social media or letting me know your thoughts in the comments. Happy hunting!
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The 7 projects i need help with AND the skills the interns will gain from them - career readiness
I am not one to hold by “statistics” as the saying goes, “Statistics, statistics and damn lies” so instead of referencing statistics about college grads and job opportunities, I am going to use my references instead.
As a professor for the last 13 years, I always ask my students about their work experience. It is part of my introductions that I go over in my first class and then I build off of this information to weave in stories and to ask student participation – such as, “Joe, you said you worked at Bank of America – what do you think they do for this financial thing…” etc etc.
I would say somewhere around year 7 of my teaching career, the work experiences got less and less. Or they got more and more local – so think more Modell’s employees and restaurant type jobs than high finance and the like.
When this happened, it became harder and harder to incorporate my students’ real life work experiences to my stories and instead I had to rely on my career experiences to kind of show them the way instead of relying on their peers to do it.
Now, I am at a point where I also ask my classes how many of their peers have real full time jobs after graduation. You remember when we were in college, we all knew students who went before us and we kind of knew where they wound up which was often in NYC at a firm of some sort – I mean EXCEPT for the Communications majors who more often than not wound up stuck in retail. (I am not bagging on Communications majors as a whole and I do think a lot has changed in that major but back in the late 1990’s when I was graduating college, few of those majors found jobs.)
Today and over the last few years the amount of my students who know people who landed full time jobs in Corporate America is less and less. So for a class of 30+ students maybe 6 of them know people who have landed “real” full time jobs.
What do I mean when I say “real” full time jobs? I mean typical entry level corporate America jobs – across any industry. Instead, most of them say their older friends are basically underemployed for their college degree level of education.
I think a lot about why this is. I mean, on the one hand, we had a massive financial crisis from about 2008-2010 which really impacted those years of graduates AND the older employees who tried to weather the storm. Then we have the wave of immense increases in technology (Technology Takes the Jobs) which has led to there being less opportunity for many people, not just my sample size of college students and their peers.
There is also the very real issue of the skills that are just not quite there – more and more of my students over the past few years are in no way prepared for professional life. I do my part across a semester to give them the crash course and it is really why I wrote The Book on Career Readiness so that students can be more prepared to at least give it their all as a professional and not just as a college student who is too green to be hired.
I have put the onus on myself as the Prof to help train my students to be ready for corporate experiences – to know how to act during an interview, to avoid being pegged as a “typical millennial” and all of the negative stereotypes that come with that (always on the phone, not able to communicate etc). Having a book and training programs to go with it now with my company is just the natural next step for me and my business.
I look forward to continuing to teach people how to be ready for their next steps and to prove my sample and extrapolation of data for this borough wrong – join me on my journey as I do this! Happy Hunting!
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When I launched my company in July 2015, I originally was focused only on helping individuals one on one with application essays, resumes, and cover letters. That was it. I began blogging in July 2015 to accompany my website and realized my passion for writing was something that really helped me formulate new ideas, strategies and get feedback and clients – I did not ever expect to have as much response to my writing as I did get.
Within a few weeks of launch, I was asked to partner with Wagner College Department for Lifelong Learning with The Next Step seminars and courses. That happened really quickly. I continued to build my content and share my stories via my blog about being an entrepreneur, executive and educator.
I realized quickly that a) my blog was not allowing me to tell the full story and b) I had more content than I knew what to do with. I began writing my first two books concurrently and now I have four books published and out there which is part and parcel of my strategy to build my business in College and Career Readiness and Entrepreneur-ING.
Which leads me to the College and Career Readiness Strategy for The Next Step. What is interesting is that I could not have planned it better to have begun my writing and focus on this topic as it has become a huge initiative for the NYC Department of Education to address. The College for All initiative was announced this week with a launch at 3 local Staten Island schools but with plans to expand to the whole school district.
The first book in my series on College and Career Readiness is targeted to 6th through 9th graders and really discusses and gives lessons and insights into surviving high school and kicking butt in college. It lays the groundwork for the younger students and gives them the tools they need to think about these huge next steps in their lives and it also gives a plan of action to the parents. In addition to this book, though, I also have content around presenting seminars, workshops and more both online and in person on these topics. The feedback on my workshops are amazing.
I can be a train the trainer type of provider, as well – as someone who has been an educator for over 13 years, I am meant to teach people. I can teach someone how to present and prepare their students for these transitions or I can prepare the students (and their families) directly.
My company is uniquely positioned as a local, woman owned, Department of Education vendor with actual real world experience and books on these topics. It should be a “no brainer” that I am involved with this but I still need to make the connections. It is not enough to be “available”, you have to be “visible” so I have been doing a lot of emails, phone calls, visits and setting up meetings and just trying to be as out there as possible to make sure that my company is included as a resource for the District 31 schools focusing on College and Career Readiness.
When you have a passion and a mission, it can be easy to get consumed by it – with all of this focus on College and Career Readiness, I am also still working with individuals and other schools and institutions for helping their staff, students and more be ready for these next steps. I am on the verge of needing to hire some staff and potentially even get office space, too … Not an overnight success but definitely something I have been dreaming of and working on for the past 10+ years – the ability to run my own successful small business and share my skills and talents to make my borough better!
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I spend a lot of time in my workshops for the NYC Ladders for Leaders program trying to “teach” how to build a network. For some, this can be as natural as breathing but for others, it is like trying to walk backwards on the moon without oxygen.
I have found that those who are great at networking are really just making it look easy. It is not an easy thing to do and for most of us, we struggle. Yes, us. Even me. As much as I am social and gregarious (meaning – I love to talk) it is still something that is hard to do.
During my lessons and in my books, I give the game plans on how to network for both seasoned professionals and those just starting out in their careers. Some of my quick pointers are:
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Today was a big and busy day for my company. I was able to represent The Next Step at my first vendor's fair for the Board of Ed. I am an official vendor with the Board of Education with a vendor number and everything. This has been a big part of my strategy for my company since I launched in July 2015 and envisioned my College and Career Readiness seminars and training in early 2016.
The event, held at Wagner College, was a great way for me to build out my brand and my reputation. My new table with the banner and flyers looked great. I had ordered 50 copies of my books on college and career readiness when I found out I had the table at the event but they did not come in until I got home from the event (bad timing) but I was able to give out copies of my first book on Entrepreneur-ING for careers or launching a business and it was so fun - they set it up with a game of trivia and whoever got the question right, got a copy of my book. I felt like I was part of a game show bringing the book to all of the winners.
My table was near McGraw-Hill Education, which was nice because I worked at MHE for a few years. I was able to network and meet with some other vendors and of course share my message of college and career readiness (and entrepreneurship training) to some wonderful school officials on Staten Island.
Building a business takes time and patience and I am lucky to be able to focus and balance my home life with my business life - there was a very large possibility that I would have had to cancel today due to some personal situations but with the help of my family, I was able to make it happen! Special thanks to District 31 staff in setting up the whole event and making me feel at home!
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What an amazing day Thursday was for my company and for local Staten Island business, students and more.
My alma mater, St John's University Staten Island campus, hosted Staten Island CareerCon which is in its second year of being an event that highlights the various businesses, college and students on Staten Island. The event was planned by the SI Chamber of Commerce, St John's University Career Services office and District 31 NYC DOE and was open to students from 6th grade and up and it was the perfect event for me and many others.
I got the opportunity to network with other business, schools and more while also getting the chance to meet some amazing students from all over Staten Island. I gave out tons of copies of my books - The Book on College Readiness and The Book on Career Readiness - and I look forward to getting feedback on my books when they read them!
The Books I gave out yesterday are also available through my website and via amazon.com
I really am working hard to establish my small business (and myself) as the local college and career readiness expert for Staten Island. With my extensive workshops, books and speaking engagements, I am well on my way to setting up amazing experiences and future plans for The Next Step.
It is amazing to build a company from the ground up that so fits in my expertise and skill sets. I am, at heart, an educator and using my books and my lessons, I can help local students be ready for college and beyond!
What do you think about Staten Island CareerCon? The SI Chamber of Commerce, NYCDOE and St John's University Career Services office did an amazing job putting together this event! Thanks to all who made it happen and I am looking forward to being part of the planning committee for next year AND also hosting some breakout sessions!
(Note: I was especially pleased to see some of my Ladders for Leaders students at the event yesterday - thanks for listening to my advice and coming to the event!)
In my workshops on Getting the Job, I spend a lot of time talking about building a brand. The lessons I give to the 16-24 year old students who I am teaching are focused for their age group BUT the ideas behind it are applicable to all.
As a small business owner who specializes in helping people "brand" themselves, I have tons of advice and how-to's on using LinkedIn to get noticed. And it works. It is a different level of lessons though for my students through the Ladders for Leaders program but the basic principles apply. Here are some of my best "rules" to use to get noticed on LinkedIn.
1) Use LinkedIn to share industry related content - do not be "spammy" but do share occasional interesting to you news articles about the industry you want to join. When you are ready to do so, you can and should include a brief description about the article and why you are sharing it but be very careful to make sure your sentence structure is great and all spelling and grammar is perfect, too. Try to do this at least once a month. Beware you do not post the same article twice.
2) Your summary should be on point - it should boil down to your Elevator Value Pitch
about who you are and what you can do. As I mentioned on Instagram recently, I just updated my LinkedIn Summary and it was a true case of the cobbler's kids having no shoes - I do this for a living and yet my LinkedIn summary was lacking. Now, it reads how I want it to read showcasing my company and what I do and as a bonus, it helped me update my About page for this website, too.
3) Consider inviting people to connect with you in a professional way. If you are on an interview or at a networking event and find yourself really connecting well in person, you can and should ask if it would be acceptable for you to connect with them on LinkedIn. You should have tailored "inmails" ready to be used for people you target by industry or role - my book, The Book on Career Readiness - The Prof's Guide on How to Graduate with a Job Offer
has these templates included in my chapter on LinkedIn.
4) Be professional always on LinkedIn - your profile picture should be of just you in professional attire. Do not post things that would better be kept to Facebook or just off social media entirely.
Look for a post soon about my specific social media strategy for all career professionals to be noticed and hired quickly! Also, if you follow these quick 4 tips for LinkedIn, you will be noticed and contacted - and find yourself having a high conversion rate of clicks to interviews! If you are not sure how best to execute this plan, you can consider hiring me for the $150 LinkedIn Overhaul package in which I provide you with a personalized career plan, one on one coaching and personalized instructions on how YOU should use LinkedIn - click here to learn more.
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When I first started writing my own books basically after someone told me that I should consider writing a book to help promote my business – and now I have 4 published books. That is just insane to me to wrap my head around. I always knew I loved to write but I often hit writer’s block in trying to create fiction, which is what I focused on trying to do for the first 30+ years’ of my writing life.
Once I started blogging and identifying my “voice” which is that of my role as a Professor – for the past 13 years’, I have been teaching at multiple local universities for over 120+ hours a semester talking about yes, the content the course covered but also weaving in real life stories and how to’s to help my students take their next steps. So blogging and sharing these lessons and more had been a natural outlet for me – as I type this, I picture myself speaking to you in a classroom setting and covering this content and the words just flow.
When I began writing my book, I started with 2 books at the same time. I know this seems insane but it worked for me. I was able to balance the writing by identifying my map of chapters and content I wanted to create and most importantly knowing my total word count goals for the books.
This helped me stay on “track” and I found doing the same process the second time was even smoother except I had a real block with completing the second book in the Entrepreneur-ING series because it was so structured and based off of a real course I provide through my partnership with Wagner College Department for Lifelong Learning (register today to learn with me based off of this book).
This book, The Prof’s Guide to Going from Zero to Launch – Everything You Need to Know to be an Entrepreneur Starting Today is a real life guide with real actionable lessons on how to move forward with your own business. I will be using this book with the certificate course and in many other ways.
I am working on creating multiple press releases to go out over the next few months with a unique package from PRWeb that allows me to get a discount by contracting for 6 press releases so once the summer months pass, I will be working on announcing lots of exciting stuff, including this book as a formal way to get my company and my publications out into the world.
Also, I redesigned my web site navigation to better condense the things I work on and do - so instead of having multiple pages for my books, I created a higher level nav of The Next Step Publications and then sub pages for the series and books - check it out and let me know what you think: The Next Step Publishing
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Today, I was lucky enough to be part of a BLAB interview where I was live and a little too lively, I guess. But this is me - I am super passionate about my business and what I bring to the table. As a published author with 4 books (order them on my Website or via my Amazon Author Page) as well as someone who has been an educator, entrepreneur and executive for over a decade plus, I feel I can help so many people take their next steps.
Check out the replay of the live event here before I go into more about what it was like: Jonathan Tripp BLAB talk with Lisa Vento Nielsen on Entrepreneurship and Brands
I got to talk so much about what I do and WHY I do it - it is not about the money - it is about helping people and that was why I got so deep into talking about how people who become your clients, they just know. They hire you because they know you will help them and you cannot force anyone to "hire" you - you cannot force someone to want to listen to you or to be happy for all that you do in any way or career.
As an entrepreneur, it is challenging because you are looking to gain clients but it has to be for the right reasons. You cannot chase after someone or something for their dollars - it has to be instead about why it benefits them to hire you and what you bring to the table.
I am passionate about what I do and this is why I promote it and share content every day. It is also why I enjoyed seeing the live chat bar on the side of the event and responded to some of the comments. It was hard to focus on the interview while knowing I needed to make eye contact via that camera - I mean, after all, I do Media Training for my clients and students - I know I need to focus on the camera and it made me miss some of the awesome comments.
Someone posted that they thought I was "high" because I kept "laughing and smiling" and I actually posted that to my FaceBook to share with my close friends who know me in real life - I have always been super hyper and I laugh a lot. See, too lively for livestreaming, I guess :). I actually told the commenter that I was not high as I get drunk off of Orange Juice and did have some before the interview to which he/she responded they were going out to buy some orange juice immediately. That is just so funny to me because when I lived in Italy for my MBA, my nickname was "succo d'arancia" because whenever we went out, that was what I drank and it would make me more hyper so people would think it was something more than just "orange juice". Some things do not change no matter how old you get, I guess.
I loved the exposure and the results - some of the viewers connected with me on Twitter and LinkedIn and I think I will gain immensely from the additional platform of sharing my lessons and more. The host was amazing and you should all check out his work. He suggested that I continue to use live stream video to share my message but man, I am just so lively it might be too much ...
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Lisa Vento Nielsen