When I think back to my tween and early teen years, some of my fondest memories involve reading Nancy Drew books. Every month my father would drive me to the largest department store in our city and I’d head straight to the book section. Each shopping trip I’d come home with the next volume in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories. Yes, I’ve read all sixty-four of them!

I was a late bloomer when it came to reading. My teachers and parents didn’t realize until a couple of years into my schooling that I needed glasses – very strong glasses. My reading and spelling skills ended up a couple of years behind the rest of my classmates. One way I practiced my reading was to read books at home. One day my father brought home The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene. I devoured the book in one day and the rest as they say, is history.
 
 
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I couldn’t wait to go shopping every month and bring home my next exciting Nancy Drew mystery. I didn’t think much about it then, but as an adult I began wondering why I was so fascinated by Nancy and her friends.

Nancy Drew had blonde hair, blue eyes and her father was a lawyer, me too. She drove a blue roadster (in current volumes her car is a blue convertible) – I drove a blue Ford Falcon in high school. The physical resemblance with the famous teenage sleuth definitely ended there.
 
 

As I look back I realize I admired Nancy Drew because she was so:
Loyal
Kind
Smart
Polite
Trustworthy
Caring
Brave
Independent
Resourceful
Popular
Optimistic

She…
Always had more than enough money in her purse
Never had a disagreement with her father (parent)
Never had curfews
Adults listened to her and respected her opinions
Thought quickly on her feet
Was logical at all times
Had many helpful friends
Did everything well (sports, cooking, shopping, crime solving, life-saving, etc.)

Looking back at the list I could see how to an impressionable teenager, all of this sounded ideal. I don’t ever remember comparing myself to Nancy and feeling as if I was not as good or capable enough. I found myself wanting to emulate Nancy and be as empowered and clever as she always seemed to be.

I also “lived” the stories as I read them – the descriptions were so vivid and real. I felt as if I was seeing the world through the eyes of Nancy Drew. Bottom line: I believe she was a positive role model for several generations of young and impressionable teen girls.

Fast forward to today. I’ve begun reading the entire Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series all over again. Yes, all sixty-four of them! I’ve finished the first two, The Secret of the Old Clock and The Hidden Staircase. As an adult, and many years removed from first time I read this series, I have to admit I’m enjoying them just as much today as I did at twelve or fourteen. Nancy Drew is still a positive role model in my eyes.

Who would like to join me in reading the series over again? We could start a Facebook Group and compare notes. It would be just for fun and discussion. We can talk about how we’re enjoying the stories from an adult perspective. If you think that’s a good idea, leave me a comment and we’ll get our Nancy Drew book group started.
 
 
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Social media is an ideal way for clients, customers and even employers to get to know, like, trust and see you as an expert in your field. However, there comes a time to step back and evaluate the professional return on investment for the time and effort you’re spending working with social media.

Your time is valuable! Let me ask you this, if you had a plan and your plan wasn’t working as well as you thought it could, would you change the plan? I work with businesswomen who are using social media everyday as their primary marketing tool but still, their careers aren’t growing. Professionally, I believe social media is a powerful marketing tool but as with any marketing tool, there comes a time to analyze and determine if you are using your valuable time, money and energy wisely.

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If you were my coaching client, I would ask you these social media marketing questions:

Do you have a social media strategy? Every effective marketing campaign has a plan. Have you actually written out your social media marketing strategy, defined your goals, and determined how to reach your target market? You’ll be spinning your wheels unless and until you develop a step-by-step plan for using social media as a well thought out business building tool.

Are you consistent in your social media efforts? Consistency is key! You can’t dabble in social media and expect moneymaking results. It’s like the old “tortoise and the hare” story – a slow and steady social media marketing campaign will produce results. Consistency over the long term is a common denominator to achieving success, not only with social media but your success in business as well.

Can you outsource or automate some of the social media chores? Are you in a position to hire a Virtual Assistant? It may be time to decide to automate or hire a Virtual Assistant to help with the day-to-day social media tasks.

Do you have a testing process in place? Have you tried more than one social media marketing campaign so you can determine which of the campaigns are working best for you? It’s the old “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” theory of marketing. Try different social media avenues and see which ones produce the best return on your investment of time and effort.

Are you measuring the business-building and moneymaking results you’re getting from the social media campaigns? Do you regularly monitor and measure the business-building results of your social media marketing campaigns? If you’re serious about using social media as an effective marketing tool, it is time to create a system for observing first hand your moneymaking return on investment (ROI). As a businesswoman, it is vital that you know what is working in business and what isn’t. It makes good business sense to do more of what is working and to eliminate or change those things that aren’t working. You won’t know what is working until you have systems in place to monitor and evaluate your day-to-day efforts.

I believe social media can support career growth if you make the time to use it effectively. Spend your marketing time and effort wisely and you can reap powerful rewards from social media.
 
 
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Simple Solutions Saturday

 
 
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Quick Tips to Help Grow Your Business and Yourself!

Tips busy women in business can read in under a minute and use for years to come…
 
 
10 Ways to Stay on Time
 
1. Plan ahead
2. Stay organized
3. Ask for help when you need it
4. Don’t reinvent the wheel
5. Learn from your mistakes
6. Eliminate the time wasters
7. Prioritize
8. Eliminate day-to-day distractions
9. Do one task until it is finished
10. Learn to say “no” when necessary
 
 
 
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Summer is almost over and it is time to have a little fun in September. Let’s find an excuse to celebrate with a couple of well-known holidays and some interesting “days” we can turn into fun events. Get ready to write a few fun blog and Facebook posts, light up Twitter with a few smiles and create some interesting pictures for your Pinterest Pins.

For fun I’ve listed a bunch of holidays and special days in September, some we all know and some are just silly.

Here’s what I propose you do: Think about how you can use these September holidays and special days to motivate and have fun with your team. Invite your customers to join in the celebration by offering special sales and events.

Cheese Pizza Day

When you have a few minutes, leave us a comment here on the blog or go to our Facebook Group Page https://www.facebook.com/groups/wwwtswft/ and share a photo or tell us how you used one or more of these “holidays” to have some fun in your business.

Special days during the month of September:

1 – Emma M. Nutt Day – she was the first woman telephone operator
2 – VJ Day – End of WWII
5 – Be Late for Something Day
5 – Cheese Pizza Day
6 – Fight Procrastination Day
6 – Read a Good Book Day
7 – Labor Day in the U.S.
8 – International Literacy Day
9 – Teddy Bear Day
11 – 911 Remembrance Day
11 – Make Your Bed Day
12 – Chocolate Make Shake Day
13 – Positive Thinking Day
13 – Fortune Cookie Day
13 – Grandparents Day (First Sunday after Labor Day in U.S.)
13 – National Pet Memorial Day (Second Sunday in September)
13 – Uncle Sam Day – His image was first used in 1813
14 – National Cream-Filled Donut Day
15 – Make a Hat Day
16 – Collect Rocks Day
16 – Step Family Day
16 – Mayflower Day
16 – Working Parents Day
17 – Citizenship Day
17 – National Apple Dumpling Day
18 – National Cheeseburger Day
18 – POW/MIA Recognition Day (Third Friday of September)
19 – International Talk Like a Pirate Day
20 – National Women’s Friendship Day (Third Sunday in September)
21 – International Peace Day
21 – World Gratitude Day
21 – Miniature Golf Day
22 – Business Woman’s Day
23 – Checkers Day
24 – National Cherries Jubilee Day
25 – National Comic Book Day
25 – Native American Day (Fourth Friday of the month)
26 – Johnny Appleseed Day
28 – National Good Neighbor Day

What do you think? Do these give you a few ideas to have some fun thinking up interesting blog posts, party themes, customer appreciation activities or team events?

Happy September and have fun!!!
 
 
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Come join coach, author and mentor to women in business Sharon Michaels as she hosts a special Virtual Business Building Party on Facebook.

Join us for this exciting six hour complimentary business building party on Sunday August 30, 2015. Join us all six hours or stop by any time and as many times you’d like during the party.

Sharon is the creator and administrator of the popular Facebook Group and blog WomenWhoWantToSuccessfullyWorkForThemselves.com

Enjoy fun games, trivia questions, great success tips, business building strategies, personal development how-tos, free gifts and exciting new posts every 15 minutes. Come join the fun anytime during the six hours!!!

2-8 PM EDT
1-7 PM CDT
12-6 PM MDT
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM PDT (includes AZ)

Invite your Facebook and Social Media friends, team members and other women you know who are interested in networking and having fun learning and growing together.

Please RSVP “Going” here: Sharon’s Virtual Business Building Facebook Party
 
 
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How to Plan and Host a Successful Virtual Launch Party of Facebook
and begin planning your own Facebook party!
 
 
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