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How I’m Trying To Get My Business On Oprah’s List of Favorite Things

Yesterday I had the idea that my company, WeMontage, should be included in the list of Oprah’s Favorite Things for 2016. I mean, why not, right?! I’m confident she will love it, if she gets a chance to see it.

I thought I’d share this experience on the blog because it might inspire someone to take action towards their vision and generally get their hustle on. (more…)

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The Good, Bad, And Ugly Of Being An Entrepreneur

Y’all know I keep it 100 over here. Today I’d like to talk a little about the good, bad, and ugly of my current entrepreneurial journey. Too many folks write only about the good, but that is limited in its instruction and inspiration. It’s the bad and ugly of the entrepreneurial process to which most people relate and from which they have useful takeaways.

To steal a line of gallows humor from one of my advisors, “It’s always darkest before it’s pitch black.” That is some dark ass humor, but it’s true; at least in my experience. What the joke doesn’t say though, is if you keep working and maintain a positive attitude, eventually, the sun does shine.

I suppose what is good, bad, and ugly is subjective, but here’s my assessment of my situation. (more…)

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Dear Parents of Young Kids: These ARE The Good Old Days

My twins recently turned three, and I had an epiphany: these ARE the good old days.

If you ever talk to people whose kids are grown now, you know what I mean. Parents whose kids have gone off to college and/or now have their own children will tell you how fast the time flies, and many of them long for the days when their kids snuggled up to them after kissing their boo-boo, or gave them a kiss just because.

Here’s a wonderful article that drives these thoughts home via The Huffington Post written by my blogger friend, Dawn Q Landau, titled, Dreaming Of The Days When My Grown Sons Adored Their “Mommy.”

 

I’ve also heard some parents describe the experience of having young kids as “long days and short years.” I agree with this, but think it’s not just the years that are short, but the months, too.  (more…)

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The Birth of My Premature Twins Was Traumatic, Today They Turned Three

It was December, 2012 and my wife was 6 months pregnant with our twins when we went in for an ultrasound checkup; it was all normal.

Until it wasn’t.

The technician noticed a problem with my son’s placenta and blood flow, which caused him to be under-sized, as he wasn’t getting proper nourishment. If the blood started to flow backward, we would have to immediately deliver both babies, or else my son wouldn’t make it. (more…)

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Here’s What Happens When You Support a Small Business

A good friend of mine posted this article’s feature image on his Facebook page; he recently left a successful career in corporate marketing, and is now an entrepreneur. He posted the following quote along with the photo:

 

This is so true. I never saw it this way but it is a reality. – Roger G.

 

As someone who has been on the entrepreneurial grind for about four years now, who has made MANY sacrifices along the way, and is a dad of three year-old twins, this photo resonates deeply with me.

For this post, in addition to the items listed in the feature image, I’m going to list a few other ways supporting small businesses is helpful.

And I’d like you to add to this list by leaving additional helpful items in the comments section. I will update this list with all of your input. It would be great to see this list grow to well over 100 items.

To be clear, I ain’t at all mad at the big company CEO for building her third holiday home-more power to her. But people need to know their support of small businesses MATTERS.

Ready? GO!

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50 Happy Things for 2015: Bloggers Unite in Flood of Gratitude

When my friend, Dawn Landau, contacted me to see if I was interested in spreading gratitude all over the blogosphere by joining dozens of bloggers in writing an article about the 50 things we are thankful for, and posting and sharing all at the same time, I was like, “Um, yeah! Count me in!”

The trick though was we had to write our list with a timer running and do so within 10 minutes.

Ready, set, go!
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No One Cares What You Want

Everyone is über busy and if you want something from people for your business, it’s best to let them respond to you at their convenience-and the best way to do this is email. And if you don’t know the person from whom you need help, knowing how to send cold emails is very important.

Yesterday I received a cold email from someone and I want to share it as an example of how not to send a cold email. To be fair, the email wasn’t horrible, but it turned me off, so it wasn’t effective for the sender.  (more…)

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My pitch on a radio show founded by a former Shark Tank shark

A few weeks ago I was invited to join a Facebook group for people who appeared on-or auditioned for-the popular TV show, Shark Tank; this group is amazing! It has so many entrepreneurs who are out there making it happen!

Last Friday I received a Facebook message from Marla Tabaka who found me in the Shark Tank Facebook group and asked me if I would be interested in pitching my business on her live radio show, Big Pitch Radio, which is hosted by Kevin Harrington, who appeared on Shark Tank as a shark, along with Marla, who is successful in her own right and is an Inc. magazine author, and Jason Garey, another successful entrepreneur.

The show airs in 37 cities with a potential audience reach of eight million listeners. So naturally, I was pumped to do it and I thought it would be fun.  (more…)

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A Free Tool To Turn Your Laptop Into A Teleprompter

Have you ever had to submit a video recording of yourself, but struggled with remembering all the great things you wanted to say? If so, you probably ended up with a few dozen “takes” of the video because you stumbled over your words and kept forgetting stuff. Not to mention, because you were so worried about getting the words right, you probably didn’t come across as naturally as possible.

If any of this sounds familiar, I’ve got a great free tool for you that will surely help.

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Hustling To Go From Underdog To Top Dog

Everyone loves an underdog. Why? Because we secretly want them to become the top dog. This is true in business, too, which is why shows like Shark Tank and The Profit are so popular.

I’m excited to share with you a podcast interview I did with Nikki and Trey Lewis, the husband and wife duo behind the delicious treat company, The Mallow Bar, and the podcast Biz Underdog To Top Dog. Nikki and Trey interviewed me and we talked about entrepreneurship and hustling for PR to become top dog in business.

I mentioned The Profit earlier; here’s a sneak peek of a video interview Nikki did with Marcus Lemonis from The Profit, for Inc. Magazine: (more…)

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