Recently you may have heard about my podcast The Called to Cultivate™ Podcast with Regina Coley or heard my invitation to join the Called to Cultivate™ Community and thought to yourself what is a Cultivator™? A Cultivator is a person who educates, empowers, and enriches the lives of others. A Cultivator can teach, speak, or write but it’s through this that s/he challenges others to dig deeper so they can grow.
I wanted to coin a term that accurately explained my heart’s work and the hard work of so many others. So the Cultivator was created!
Who Do Cultivators Cultivate?
Anyone you feel called to serve! It can be your own children, your co-worker, or you can organize and lead a group. Cultivators have a heart for service and helping others to reach and achieve their goals through teaching, writing, and speaking. As it relates to me I cultivate parents and educators on this blog but I serve young women and girls in the community. I find opportunities to teach in everything I do.
A great Cultivator loves to educate people. You can do this through speaking or writing. You can engage, inspire and motivate your students to learn. I truly believe everyone has something to teach but there are select few that are gifted to teach. In our community, we discuss both types of teaching and support you on the path to discovery for both styles.
A great Cultivator loves to inspire people. You wake up every day with a desire in your heart for people! You want to encourage people to strive for their very best. You want to serve as a role model for younger people and an aspiration for your peers.
A great Cultivator works to create change. I mean your ultimate goal is to make a difference. You don’t feel at peace knowing that there is something that can be done when you see a need. You are typically the initiator and are full of vision.
Am I Describing You?
If while you read this your felt a leap in your belly you may be a Cultivator! If you are wanting to step into this work then you’re definitely in the right space. You can hear more about the Cultivator movement in these places:
I love listening to podcasts! My iPhone is constantly blinking “storage full” because I have so many media files on my phone. My interests are in becoming a better entrepreneur, steward over purpose and money and mom/wife. I figured I’d share with you what I’m currently listening to in the hopes that you’d find them helpful too.
As a new leader, visionary or entrepreneur, your sphere of influence is your power circle. Influence is the effect you have on a group of people. If you don’t have a group of people you’re influencing then you aren’t leading. The goal of all leaders should be to increase their circle of influence and cater to the interests and needs of the people in it.
All leaders have a team of people who are dependent on their vision and leadership to guide them. This is your sphere of influence. Your energy should be dedicated to the vision, mission, and team. You should know what is most important to that circle and how you are reaching them. You need to know how your circle receives information best, and how frequently you need to connect with them to keep them motivated.
To tap into your sphere of influence think about this:
Who is currently in your circle of influence? Who do you currently connect with consistently? Do you share the same values, career, problems? What attracts you to one another? Think about if this is the right group for you to sell your vision to. If not begin to think about who you need to add to your circle.
Who would I like to add into my circle of influence? Maybe there are a group of professionals who you’d like to market your vision to but currently aren’t. You have to study places they frequent and who they tend to gravitate to. You’ve got to do what you need to to grab their attention, and once you’ve got it give them all you’ve got. They need to leave understanding who you are, what you do, and why they should care. Think about this carefully before approaching new influences. Work on creating your 30 second elevator pitch. That’s about how long it takes to garner the attention of new peers.
What is most important to them? Know their values and principles. Know what problems they have, what makes them tick, and where they go to de-stress. You need this information to target and position yourself to be on their radar. Once you are speaking to them, you have a few speaking points of their interest and you can now transition into telling them more about you and what you do.
How can I communicate what I know to that circle of influence? Once you initiate contact, how can you stay in contact with them? When you exchange business cards you can ask if they’d like to know more about the topic you discussed and get permission to add their email to your list. Now you have targeted exactly who you need to have on your list and you can win them into your circle of influence!
Stay connected and add value. If you don’t have a list you need one. Let people know that you have something of value to add to their personal or professional lives.
Learn to serve your circle and meet their needs and they will learn to follow you!!
In honor of Women’s History Month I wanted to highlight and honor women in business whom I admire. I’ve followed these women for years and have watched their faith journey, and steps to success. Be sure to check out their initiatives and support their businesses, I’m positive they will contribute positively to your next level.
Literacy advocate and mentor, Kelly Fair, founded Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program in 2009. An active member in her community, Kelly’s passion for youth and female-specific enrichment programs inspired her to consult for several other non-profit organizations as an educational consultant and trainer in addition to Polished Pebbles.
Homeschool classes are now available for families looking to supplement their educational learning programs.
Check out the current course descriptions and register below:
Adventures in Black History helps elementary school age children learn about black historians whose stories are often unheard. Students will meet in a virtual classroom setting to learn about black historical figures. This course incorporates writing and art for a unique and creative supplemental homeschool offering!
Join me Thursday March 15, 2018 at 9:00 pm EST for the Four Principles of Empowerment.
The Four Principles of Empowerment Webinar focuses on your gift to empower others! We will explore what these four principles call for to ensure that no matter what environment you find yourself in you can operate in your gifting with intention!
This webinar is for anyone who seeks to sharpen their gifts, have the ability to change their atmosphere at home or work, is tired of hearing or seeing others operate at less than their best and wants to better encourage them, parents who wish to elevate their children or spouses looking to encourage their spouse.
This is one you don’t want to miss! Be sure to stay until the end as I have a free gift I’ll be giving away.
As your Chief Cultivator I HIGHLY recommend this book and Marshawn’s message of #believebigger. One mission we are all on is to be fully used in this lifetime and to utilize the gifts and talents we have been given. There is no greater voice I support on this journey than Marshawn’s. She is a POWERHOUSE when it comes to this purpose journey! Be sure to pre-order your copy today by clicking on the photo or title above. I will be hosting a special book club next month and you’re going to want your copy in hand when it releases on March 13th!
Reinvention strategist Marshawn Evans Daniels delivers a practical and inspirational guide for women ready to reclaim their lives and discover a higher purpose after experiencing regret and disappointment—demonstrating that through disruption, life can become sweeter than ever imagined.
Marshawn thought she was on the right path. She was an accomplished business woman and high-powered sports attorney ready to marry the man of her dreams—until she learned just days before a fairytale wedding that he was cheating on her. After betrayal flipped her seemingly perfect world upside down, she found herself craving significance, not just success.
Believe Bigger is about resilience, reclaiming your life, and how God uses rejection, hardship, and unexpected circumstances to awaken something greater within…if you’re willing to embrace disruption. You’ll see her go from heartbroken and hitting rock bottom financially, to building a multi-million dollar faith-centered enterprise, and finding something super sweet along the way.Calling.Marshawn shares what it takes to turn pain into purpose and your mess into a larger message and life mission.
Whether you are drowning in self-doubt and regret, feeling stuck, or sensing a shift but unable to discern what’s next, Marshawn’s Purpose Map outlining the 5 Stages of Divine Reinvention, will give you insight into your true gifts and calling—and the courage to pursue them. You’ll see that difficulties are not designed to devastate you, but to ignite the bigger dreams, life, love, and abundance you were destined for all along.