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Career Advice/ Networking

3 Tips for Networking Like a Boss

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Starting my own business in my early twenties with a laptop, communal Wi-Fi, and student loans, I quickly learned that it’s not what you know, it’s who you know (and I didn’t know anybody).

With limited funds and even less finesse, I struggled to connect with other professionals in my industry. I felt subconscious about my company’s early stage status and was almost convinced no one would ever hire me to market their brand. I knew networking was really important (I mean, it’s in all the business books), but armed with just with a well-worn Target suit, a couple dozen self-printed business cards, and an almost maxed out credit card, I wasn’t exactly positioned to network with the pros, or so I thought.

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Social Media/ Wellness

3 Social Media Habits That Will Keep You Sane

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Social media – an empowering platform or unnecessary evil? Depends on who you ask.

As a marketing consultant and millennial blogger, I spend a lot of time on social media. Posting, streaming, tweeting, and snapping my life, along with the curated content of my client’s, is broadcasted 24/7. The internet never sleeps, and given that my bread and butter is reliant on social media, I found it tempting to justify being “plugged in” around the clock.

Turns out, I’m not the only super “social” professional out there; recent studies show that Americans check their phones an average of 46 times a day and spend over two hours a day logged into a social media platform (some studies reported upwards of five hours a day). Constantly being plugged into social apps has been repeatedly linked with dangerous physical and mental health effects, including anxiety, depression, fatigue, headaches, insomnia, neck pain, poor posture, and vision problems.  Continue Reading…

Entrepreneurship/ Ranch Living

How to Run a Business from the Middle of Nowhere

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Remember Raymond Tusk from House of Cards?

The Koch-inspired billionaire who headquartered his company in Missouri (of all places), lived in a modest house with his wife, and spent his free time roaming the Ozarks bird watching? Despite living thousands of miles away from politic power houses and industry hubs, Tusk’s enterprises extended their reach into international markets from the Show Me State, all the way to China.

While I’m not much like Gerald McCraney’s House of Cards character (we exist in totally different tax brackets), we do have one similarity – running a business from the middle of nowhere.

Throughout business school, I carefully researched up and coming metro areas and startup communities, trying to identify the “perfect” place to headquarter my consulting firm.  Continue Reading…

Career Advice/ Lifestyle/ Social Media/ Wellness

5 Tips for Your First Digital Detox

As you may remember from last month, I’d shared my mobile device dependence experience in Unplugging: My First Digital Detox post.

Over the course of three days, I’d gone tech-free (including my phone) and journaled the concerns and emotions ditching my devices brought up.

​It wasn’t easy, but it was much needed.

I was so pleased with the health benefits going three days without devices provided that I’ve made this whole “digital detox thing” a regular event.

It’s been a wonderful way to reconnect with the non-tech world, along with myself, recharge and refocus in a way that leaves me towards optimal experiences with my community, family, and work. Continue Reading…

Career Advice/ Entrepreneurship/ Networking/ Social Media

10 Facebook Groups Entrepreneurs Should Join

I joined my first Facebook group way back in 2013.

I can’t remember what it was called, but know it had something to do with business.

The digital space was just picking up steam as an entrepreneurial hub, and many of the widespread social courtesies we experience today weren’t really “widespread”, yet.

Needless to say, that well-intended business-focused Facebook group quickly became overrun with a steady stream of shameless self-promo leading to a feeding frenzy of tabloid-like social spats and virtual pissing contests.

Bottom-line: it wasn’t helpful. Continue Reading…

Career Advice/ Millennials/ Networking/ Social Media

5 LinkedIn Profile Tips for Millennials

With over 470 million users, LinkedIn has emerged as the digital hub for professionals across the globe.

Replacing the old school resume with a nifty customizable profile url, and outdating the rolodex in favor of Connections, LinkedIn is where today’s business professionals connect.

A 2014 Jobvite survey indicated that 94 percent of recruiters search for job candidates via LinkedIn, while only 36 percentof job seekers have a LinkedIn presence.

For entrepreneurs, the impact of maintaining a standout LinkedIn profile can extremely influential, as prospective clients and investors often vet companies and founders through social platforms.

LinkedIn offers the ideal platform features to showcase one’s professional expertise and network influence in ways other social apps are lacking. ​ Continue Reading…

Career Advice/ Social Media/ Wellness

Unplugging: My First Digital Detox

Confession: I’m a pretty tech-obsessed millennial.

Over the past few years, the digital world has emerged into a portal for me to realize exciting opportunities, expand my network, and connect with inspiring individuals around the globe.

Maintaining a fairly consistent presence on a variety of social apps, e-mail, and my blog has evolved as one of my favorite expressions; however, digital saturation can have its drawbacks – like when I start to think “in tweets” or am unable to sleep due to an obsessive tendency to monitor a well-performing Instagram post.

Left unchecked, the technological advances that make our lives easier can become major hindrances to our well-being.

​Recent surveys show I’m not the only tech-dependent professional: a 2015 Deloitte survey revealed that the average American checks their phone 46 times a day. Continue Reading…

Career Advice/ Millennials/ Networking/ Social Media

30 Must Follow Millennials on Twitter

It was love at first sight – Twitter and me.

From the first day that I landed my handle, @MotivatedGenY, Twitter has been a major influence in both my personal and professional lives.

Empowering me to connect with millennials across the globe, I can’t even begin to count the number of times I “met” someone on Twitter and our digital interactions led to significant working relationships. Taking the conversation offline to conferences, panel discussions, and skype collabs are just a few examples of how a few tweets can springboard strategic connections.

Whether I’m tweeting to connect, promote, or research, Twitter has emerged as my favorite go-to social platform (minus a few weeks there when America’s “Tweeter-in-Chief” attempted to initiate World War 3 in 140 characters or less).  Continue Reading…

Career Advice/ Millennials/ Social Media/ Workplace

Should I Post This? Millennial’s Guide to Social Sharing

Social media is old hat to most of us digital natives – arguably having evolved into the millennial’s second language. Most of us post regularly on a variety of social media platforms without even thinking twice, much less thinking about the “appropriateness” of the post.

Today’s popular social media apps are all about being “in the moment” – from Twitter’s literal “Moments” to Facebook LIVE to Instagram stories – and we tend to think of our social content strictly in the present tense, neglecting any future implications of one’s digital footprint.

But recent reports indicate that we should put some thought into our online branding, as it might come around to haunt us in the future. 79 percent of job recruiters check out candidate’s social media profiles, and 70 percent of recruiters have even rejected candidates based on inappropriate content they found online. For those of us that are self-employed, similar consequences may surface when it comes to securing investors or prospective clients. Continue Reading…

Career Advice/ Entrepreneurship/ Networking

4 Ways to Make Friends in Small Town Business

Today’s modern business scene conjures images of international exposure, World Wide Web maestros, and Just in Time shipping from the Orient with limited, if any, personal contact with the customer, suppliers, or actual community with which the business person spends their time.

However, even in this digital, efficient, and fast-paced impersonal business culture, there are those among us who run service operations or brick-and-mortar businesses based on personal interaction.

​While it is important and perhaps vital to be digitally astute even in this arena, the art of personal contact, especially in small town USA, is essential for success and growth.

​Here are some tips on how to make the most of your personal interactions and grow your professional network within a small town: Continue Reading…