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Many women in business have a difficult time “bragging.” When going for the next big account or job, it is important to give yourself permission to talk with pride about your accomplishments.

I remember when I was growing up and I’d be so excited to share something I was proud of accomplishing an honor that I had received. When I shared my excitement with my relatives around the Sunday dinner table, I was generally met with a comment something like, “Big on yourself, aren’t you?” After a few comments like that, I learned to keep my excitement to myself and downplay my accomplishments. Eventually I became conditioned and when someone would give me a compliment I’d say something like, “It was no big deal, if I can do it then anyone can do it.”

To become successful in business, we have to self-confidently speak and write about why we’re good at what we do. We have to self-confidently tell potential clients, customers and employers how we stand apart and above the crowd. In other words, we have to “brag” on ourselves.

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There is a difference between bragging and speaking the truth about our talents and skills. Here’s my take on bragging: If you are speaking boastfully only to gain attention and are coming from a place of arrogance and self-centeredness, then you are bragging. If you are speaking truthfully about something for which you are sincerely proud, that’s not bragging.

Appreciating and accepting your accomplishments from a place of empowerment helps to nurture healthy self-esteem, self-worth and self-confidence. There is self-respect in acknowledging that you do things well. You are giving yourself permission to appreciate a job well done. There is a difference between telling the truth and arrogantly bragging.

Appreciating and accepting your accomplishments from a place of self-confidence and self-empowerment reinforces the belief you have in yourself as a worthwhile and competent person and professional.

It’s not bragging when you fill out that resume with pride and confidence. It’s not bragging when you write your “About Me” page with the knowledge that you have something of importance to offer your readers. It’s not bragging to take pride in your accomplishments – it’s called doing business from a place of accomplishment and self-respect.

The next time you are asked what you do, you have my permission to hold your head up high and look that person right in the eye and “brag” on yourself!
 
 
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Keywords are the online equivalent to having a great real estate location. A great real estate location gives potential customers the ability to find a storefront business easily; keywords allow your online customers to find your Internet business easily. Successful women in business have found that using or not using the proper keywords can make or break the success of a website and probably the success of an online business.

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Here is an Internet Marketing success truth: There are thousands of websites competing for the same Internet customers. If you don’t choose your keywords carefully, you’re probably dooming your website to little traffic. In the online world, attracting little traffic can also mean not attracting money making business. And if you’re not making money, you won’t be in business very long.

On the other hand, making the time to research your market and doing the proper keyword searches is like choosing a great real estate location: People will be able find you and your website, no matter how fierce the competition. With the right keywords, you won’t be the best-kept secret on the web.

What makes a great keyword? A great keyword is one that will allow your niche market to find you easily. A powerful keyword also has a good volume of search traffic looking for what you are offering. Generally, a great keyword is one that has less competition so you can rank on search engines and be found by those looking to purchase what you are offering.

Keyword research takes time and effort. Most website owners probably spend less than 20 minutes on keyword research. Professional search engine optimization experts spend hours, and may be even days, looking for just the right keywords for their clients. Do you think it is a coincidence that those who are consistently successful on the Internet are the ones that consistently spend the most time on keyword research?

Sure, the web is filled with Internet Marketers using keywords in major niche markets, probably in your niche market. You can still make your business known in your field. As large as the competition may be, the user base is growing as well. As more customers join your niche market, that means more opportunity for you. I’m a BIG believer that the pie of opportunity is always growing and expanding.

No matter what niche market you are looking to capture, there are always undiscovered keywords and keyword combinations. It’s worth your time and effort to learn about SEO and keyword searches. I’ve learned from my own experience and it’s true, keywords can make or break your website and more than likely the success of your online business as well.
 
 

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Money myths are those “truisms” we grew up hearing as children that are deeply ingrained within our adult belief systems. These myths now affect our unconscious desire and conscious ability for women in business to create wealth. Let’s take a look at how three of these myths may be affecting your wealth building.

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Wealth myths begin as the stories, conversations or opinions we heard repeated by the important adults during our impressionable growing years. Here are examples of three common wealth-building myths. Could any of these be part of your belief system?

1. Making money is hard work.

Many of us grew up in families where parents and relatives worked in the fields, factories or shops making an hourly wage. The more hours they worked, the more money could be made. It’s the hours for dollars state of mind. Wealthy people understand the concept of time leveraging and passive income.

It isn’t necessarily how hard you work as it is about how smart your money is working for you.

Time leveraging – How can you use the hours in your day to make more money? Time leveraging is about multiplying effort to accomplish more in a shorter period of time. Wealthy people look to how leveraging their time will net them more money. Examples: Hiring out what they don’t or can’t do well or getting advice from financial experts to save time and money. A key to successful wealth building is to use time wisely and efficiently.

Passive income – Having your money make money while you are sleeping. Today’s wealth is not about how hard you are working but how smart your money can work to earn you even more money. Royalties, rental earnings, interest on investments and savings are all examples of passive income. Passive income is also about establishing multiple streams of income from a variety of reputable sources.

2. Money is earned primarily with a weekly a paycheck.

Many of us grew up programmed to graduate from school and secure a “good” paying job. I was brought up to believe I should find one life-long secure job where I would stay my entire career and retire with a pension. Does that sound familiar? Wouldn’t you agree the “one job security” days are pretty much gone?

From childhood, most of us have been taught to rely on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly paycheck as security. In years past this was true, today there is no longer the security of one steady paycheck. Completely relying on one life-long employer for your retirement is not financially secure or monetarily sound. It’s time to think out of the box and diversify your income – stocks, bonds, real estate and savings. Again, it’s about looking into establishing multiple streams of steady income.

There is more than one way to receive a paycheck. Find a professional financial adviser you trust and can talk openly and honestly about your future plans and goals. Start consistently planning and implementing a financial plan that will help secure multiple streams of income and provide you the peace of mind of not having to rely on one paycheck.

3. Money is too difficult and stressful to handle.

For a long time, and not that far in the past, women were not allowed to inherit, borrow or invest money. Men handled the money and women were given an allowance or stipend. Times have changed but many of the old money myths and programming seem to be still locked in our DNA.

What are some of the old myths we’ve heard about women handling money? Money just slips right through her hands, she’s better at shopping than saving, women just don’t know how to handle large sums of money or, it’s a man’s world when it comes to making money.

Money has no gender! It can be made, saved, invested and spent as well by women as it can by men.

Money is difficult to handle if you’re afraid of handling money. Education is key to abundance and wealth building. If you’re reluctant to handle your money alone, hire a competent trustworthy adviser to teach you how to work with money. Experience is a great teacher. Start one step at a time and soon your confidence will grow.

Myths are financially and emotionally limiting. Isn’t it time to take a good look and begin discovering the unconscious wealth-building myths that may be limiting your financial potential? Here’s the great news – you have the power today, as an adult, to control your financial destiny.
 
 
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For some women in business facilitating a meeting comes easily and to others, it can be a nerve-wracking challenge. I’ve found the key to facilitating a successful meeting is to lead with confidence, enthusiasm and authority. Let me share five ways to run and enjoy an effective and successful meeting.

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1. You and everyone attending the meeting must understand your role as the facilitator. To be a truly effective leader, it is important to communicate your duties and responsibilities to the attendees. Clearly understand what is expected of you as the facilitator and on the flip side, have a clear vision of what you expect from the participants. Setting goals and planning out the agenda are vital steps to an effective meeting.

2. As the meeting facilitator, your goal is to clearly define and express how you will physically carry out your role as the facilitator. Make sure all participants know how you intend to conduct the meeting- will it be an informal or formal meeting. An effective meeting is well thought out and organized meeting.

3. A key to an effective meeting is having a clearly defined purpose and goal for the meeting. I’ll say it again; an organized meeting is an effective meeting. As the facilitator, your role is to accomplish the goal of the meeting and to stay focused on keeping the important things important. One way to stay focused is to prepare a written agenda for everyone attending. Leadership reminder: Every effective meeting has a clearly defined purpose and goal.

4. A good facilitator is flexible. There will be times when you’ll have to be flexible enough to change the agenda and yet, structured enough not to lose sight of the main focus. As an effective facilitator, you don’t want to lose control of the meeting but at the same time, you want to allow enough flexibility for the free expression of ideas. A good facilitator can find a balance between flexibility and losing site of the main purpose and goal for the meeting.

5. It is important to encourage participation. An effective leader asks questions and presents scenarios that will encourage the participants to think and participate. Everyone should be able to express themselves in a nonjudgmental and receptive environment. It is up to the facilitator to provide that neutral and cooperative environment.

The bottom line: Truly effective and successful meetings are the ones that are a win-win for all involved. It is the facilitator who sets the tone for the meeting. A positive productive meeting begins with a positive productive leader. When you feel and act confidently about your role as the meeting facilitator, you’ll consistently conduct and deliver productive, positive and successful meetings.
 
 

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Here’s a link to my newest book on Amazon.com:
The Kindle ebook: Kindle Edition of 31 Days to Growing Your Network Marketing Business

The Paperback book: Paperback Edition of 31 Days to Growing Your Network Marketing Business
 
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