It all starts on Wednesday!
GES2016 aims to provide a platform for some of the world’s top up and coming talent to be fast-tracked and connected with a global network of like-minded entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts. Empowering youth and women entrepreneurs brings new ideas to life, while also investing in our collective future. Young people around the world cite expanding entrepreneurship opportunities as their number one priority.
Women entrepreneurship and economic participation speeds up development, helps overcome poverty, reduces inequalities and improves children’s nutrition, health, and school attendance. And successful women entrepreneurs are more likely to invest their earnings back into their families and their communities. The connections and insight gained through GES2016 will assist this next cadre of emerging youth and women entrepreneurs in reaching their full potential to scale and catalyze change.
I’ll be attending all three days and getting interviews, pics and information to bring back to you. Information you can use to grow your business.
Look for live stream on Periscope! I’m DrWright1
Media Training- Must or Bust
With all the holiday frivolity and cheerfulness are you serious about your business as a hobby or a business? This is the time to become serious about the frivolity, to be focused within the cheerfulness and-and to be purposeful with the seasonal openness of people’s hearts.
Now is a great time for media promotions and public relations for your cause, unique marketing approach or “best” product sale. While there are thousands of things driving people’s attention, the end of the year and beginning of the next year are a unique time when suggestions are more easily received, matching the holiday spirit.
The window for new ideas and novel heartfelt suggestions is wide open. While your speaking skills may be excellent, don’t confuse openness with unabashed gullibility. Media interviews are not elevator speeches; they are elevator conversations on the slowest elevators in the world’s tallest buildings. Each soundbite must smoothly connect with the next one and seamlessly blend into a cohesive idea that captures the interests of the listener.
Every media interview must be interesting, informative and compelling. Within that interest, there is an opening to impart information that should make them feel like “the smartest person in the room” regarding your topic. While it occurs like a conversation, the artful symphony of soundbites must still be informative and leave the listener with a craving to hear more. The result of the encounter should not be the full sale of a particular product, service or even an idea, but the desire to hear more, “can’t wait till you’re on the show again!”
When you wrap up your last soundbite or unfold your last idea packet, the listener should not be ready to buy something, they should be excited about hearing more from you! This is the time to promote “YOU” as the most important aspect of your product or service. Simply, “it’s show business” and you always want to leave them wanting more.
Since you want to be ready to deliver your interview this evening being informed about it this afternoon, your professionalism means that you create the impression of a conversation that is captivating, informative and compelling. Additionally, your energy must come across as a continuous 15 or 20-minute sharing of the most exciting and joyful element of your life.
Speaker training or accomplishment and Media training are two different things. This is why a lot of speakers don’t get asked back for a second media interview. Speakers attempt to deliver a speech, and that does not work for radio or television. The actual delivery of taglines and connecting topics must flow together like friendly gossip that excites the listener. Also, the interview should have a fluidity and ease that spits out your website address, telephone number and primary social media contact points like smooth jazz lyrics.
If you are fortunate enough to be scheduled as the last minute guest interviewee, you become the host’s hero. Your presence may add spice the often hastily reconstructed show. The host will probably give you more freedom and talk time. Media training will allow you to shine as the “best belle at the ball!”
Since today’s media environment digitizes every single word you say, being nervous is just being human. For this reason, media training with “on-point” coaching is a prerequisite for successful media interviews. Use your media training to refine and hone the soundbites and catchphrases of your vibrant, energizing and longest elevator speech. No one will ever know if it’s your first time at this rodeo.
Dr. Wright is the leading expert on Media Training for Business owners, Sponsorship, and TV Hosting and Production.
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She is also an Expert Faculty Member of Elevation Network and the Inland Empire Women’s Business Center. In December 2008, she was Nominated for the BlackBerry® and AT&T Top Small Business Owners contest! Ranked #33 on the “50 Most Influential Women in Social Media,” Dr. Letitia Wright is a Learning Annex Faculty member, who teaches How to Get Booked in 7 Days or Less.
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The economy has created a new breed of entrepreneurs: couples who want to start their own business. For many couples, working side by side seems like an ideal solution, a way to combine being your own boss with spending more time together. The first thing couples learn, though, is meshing their personal and business lives is a special challenge. My wife and I started a service business together and here are five tips based on our experience to help make your journey easier.
- Share a Passion
Your business is likely to be more successful if you share a passion. It could be anything: an interest in art, a love for animals, a concern for the environment, or something else. It’s important to then determine if that shared passion can be translated into a viable business idea: something people want to buy. The best way to do this is develop a business plan that proves what you want to do can be turned into a sustainable business.
- Fill Each Other’s Gaps
We learned that we each had particular strengths and weaknesses when it came to running a business. It would be easy for these qualities to become irritants, but instead we worked collaboratively to fill each other’s gaps. If you can learn to compensate for each other’s weaknesses, accept each other’s strengths, and work toward a common goal, your business will benefit – and so will your personal relationship.
- Set Goals Together
When you set goals together, you automatically internalize them. Writing down goals and agreeing on them makes them real. You want to set a goal that makes you reach a little but is still achievable. We set goals for lots of things: the starting date of our business, the number of clients we wanted to acquire, our anticipated income each year, and even how many years we wanted to run our business. Our goals helped us visualize our success.
- Build Your Knowledge Base
In your business, you learn there are things you know and things you don’t know. When you encounter something that goes beyond your joint areas of expertise, you either have to quickly acquire the knowledge you need or get outside support. If you always have a thirst for knowledge, seek out answers, and view co-owning a business as a learning experience, you will be more likely to succeed.
- Maintain Your Perspective
Fully expect that your business will have its ups and downs. That’s why it’s important for both of you to maintain your perspective and keep yourselves grounded. You want the business you operate as a team to enhance rather than detract from your personal lives. Running a business will be challenging and sometimes seem overwhelming, but maintaining your perspective will help it be fun and rewarding.
Barry Silverstein is co-author of the new book, Let’s Make Money, Honey: The Couple’s Guide to Starting a Service Business, available in print and as an eBook on Amazon and other major booksellers.