What Everybody Ought to Know About Business Cards

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Business cards have been around for many years and have always played a huge role when it comes to marketing – especially at places like networking events or just when bumping into someone who could potentially be a client for your business, or also just as a fast and easy way to pass on your contact details.

However, in the digital age, many people have now started to question if business cards are still as valuable as they once were and if they’re even necessary or just something that takes up more space, especially when we consider how we use social media for business these days and how sites like LinkedIn or messaging apps make it easier than ever to get information we need about a business or person and connect with them.

If you’re on the fence about whether or not you need or want to use business cards in your business, then in this post, we’re going to look at some of the pros and cons you may want to consider so that you can make the right choice.

Pros of business cards:

They get to the point:

Since a business card has a limited amount of space to get your message across, unlike social media or a website where you can add as much information as you want, then you’ll be able to really get to the point quickly which can make a good first and lasting impression.

They stand out:

Nowadays since less and less people are using business cards, you’ll automatically stand out by using one and this is good because it shows you do things a bit differently and it will make you very memorable compared to others who just hand over a Twitter handle or LinkedIn URL.

They save time:

If you’re at a networking event and speaking to multiple people, then simply handing each person you speak to a business card is going to take a lot less time than looking up and typing in things like names on LinkedIn or adding numbers to your phone.

They can be really creative:

Although traditionally business cards used to be pretty plain and boring, things are a lot different now and you can find some incredibly creative designs out there that you can use to make your business cards stand out and really reflect your brand and personality, which also helps you be more memorable to potential clients and those you network with. To have a look at how you can create some of these to match your corporate identity or even to rebrand, take a look at https://www.templafy.com/corporate-identity-management for some ideas and inspiration.

Cons of business cards:

They’re an extra cost:

Although not as expensive as they used to be, and although you can find some pretty great deals online when buying in bulk, they are an extra cost for your business, so it’s only good to get them if you know you’re going to use them.

They can be wasteful:

Obviously business cards are made from paper and may even include elements of plastic, so they’re not exactly the most eco-friendly products. However, if you’re going to get some then you can also look for business cards that are made from recycled materials.

Question: Do you still use business cards? Drop a picture of your card in the comments.

Two Key Educational Business Ideas That Should Be Developed In The Modern Educational Landscape

As we are endeavoring to develop the learning skills of our children, but at the same time, provide a sustainable business model, thoughts turn to the options of marrying the two together. An educational business is, in many ways, straightforward. You just have to set up a school, but now, with so many parents taking their children out of the education system, and homeschooling, we have to find ways to provide the fundamental tenets of education for children. How can we do this?

An Online School

As there is that increase in children being educated from home, but without the formalized structure of standard education, an online school can provide the best of both worlds. Not only can it provide that essential education our children need, but also, we can adhere to a structure that is maintainable and potentially profitable. While online education has made leaps and bounds in every manner over the last few years, notably with masters’ courses, online degrees, as well as every other short course you can think of, an online school can bridge the gap between child and educational institution, but without the trappings of going through traditional “school”. In many respects, you have to treat it like a business, not just from the marketing perspective, but the web design, the products you offer, as well as the people you employ. Nowadays, we’re seeing an influx of online learning materials, and while this is beneficial for the average learner, when there’s so much in the way of fake news out there, we have to be careful not to fall into the trappings of “fake education”!

E-Books (In Conjunction With Online Tutoring)

E-books are an incredibly popular resource now, while the previous suggestion can take a child all the way up from elementary school through to the end of high school, what happens when you have to provide additional resources for children that benefit from home tutoring? E-books and online tutoring can work together to provide a great combination. The big problem with distance learning is that you are relying on the person undertaking the education to have an understanding of the material as it’s presented. This is where human help comes in handy, which is thin on the ground when it comes to distance learning. So while e-books can provide that additional set of resources, on top of standard education, you still need someone to explain it. Tutors are a godsend for many children, and when you find the right one, regardless of where they are in the world, they can develop our children’s learning infinitely! And as communication and collaboration tools are in abundance now, this means we can provide a more hands-on approach to the occasion without actually being in the same room. (Be sure to check out my tutoring services if you’re in need of a highly qualified tutor)

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Mission Minded Starts This Weekend

Can you believe December is almost here? It seems the older I get the faster time flies by. Well, this year was amazing and came with its fair share of celebrations and challenges. I’m enjoying decorating for Christmas and planning my 2019. I sit down around this time of year and begin gathering magazines to work on my new vision board. Do you create vision boards too? This year I’m making a family vision board with my kids and husband so we can create the vision for our home in 2019. In addition to that I’m planning for my girl’s mentoring program, speaking opportunities, my first ever conference for this blog and a book launch and tour (That’s a lot of moving pieces and babysitting to secure). What are your goals? Be sure to share below.

I wanted to invite you into the planning by joining Mission Minded: Finish Strong, Start Stronger a 60 Day Action and Accountability Group. Over the course of 60 days, we are going to hold each other accountable for the goals you have set forth over the next 60 days. We are going to walk in faith and fear together. We are going to sharpen each other. You’ll receive access to our:

  • Mission Minded Goal Setting Worksheets
  • 60 Day Action Plan Mission Minded Workbook
  • Mission Minded Habits Mini-Course
  • Tips and Strategy guide for “wrapping the year up”
  • Mission Minded 30 Day Journal
  • “The Mission” Audio Download

Get your seat and swagg for kickoff day! Make this your best year ever. I wont offer this again until December 2019.

How to Raise Children to Be Good Leaders

It’s been said that leadership starts at home. It just may be that leadership is, at least in part, an outgrowth of early training. There is disagreement among experts as to just how much leadership is inborn and just how much is learned, and there is really no way to settle that disagreement. It’s likely that it’s a combination of learning and natural ability. My belief is that leadership can be taught.

If you’d like to do what you can to raise your children to be good leaders, here are some tips that may help.

1. Teach Them to Think

Some sources point out that the school system, public and private, teaches kids what to think rather than how to think. Of course, there are probably exceptions to this – special schools and special teachers – but it’s entirely possible that your kids are not being taught how to think. So whether you homeschool or have your kids in public school, you might try some of these exercises to help your kids think on their own.

* Give them an age-appropriate reading assignment that expresses a particular point of view. An opinion piece in the newspaper is a good place to start. Ask what your child thinks about it, and have him or her write an age-appropriate response to the piece. Do the same thing with an article that expresses the opposite or a different view.

* Encourage them to read work that covers a range of opinions and views.

* Ask them if they agree or disagree, and why.

* Any time your child reads something, ask him (or her) what he thinks about it. Find out what he gleaned from the reading rather than finding out if he picked up what she was “supposed to” from the reading.

Leaders tend to be independent thinkers, so these exercises may go a long way toward teaching your child to be a good leader.

2. Teach Organization

This may be something of a challenge for parents who aren’t that organized to begin with! And for those parents who

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How to Be an Effective Leader for Children

There’s a lot of talk these days about leadership, and the need for children to have strong leaders. Whether you are working with children who are yours or you’re a teacher/mentor/leader for others’ children, learning how to lead them effectively is important. Whether you’re wanting to lead your children to practice a healthy lifestyle, increase communication, or something else, good leadership is a way to reach your goals with the children in your care.

But how do you become a good leader for kids? It can be hard to know if you’re not accustomed to it, or if you didn’t have strong leaders when you were a child. Here are some tips.

Set an Example

You’ve probably heard “lead by example,” but that means more than just doing something and hoping your kids will notice and copy your behavior. It also means being deliberate in setting an example, and you’ll need to refrain from certain behaviors and watch what you say.

For instance, if you want your children to be patient with others – a key leadership attribute – then take care that you’re patient with them. If you want your children to be able to make decisions like a leader, then make sure you’re not making all of their decisions for them. To lead by example, you need to think about more than just living out healthy, positive lifestyle choices (although that’s important, too). It’s also a matter of setting an example of how to treat others.

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Accelerate Your Learning With These 9 Tips

Life is long enough that you can learn to do some amazing things. You might have to learn a new skill for work or some information for a test. Maybe you just want to learn a new language, to play an instrument, or how to cook a new dish. Learning is the fundamental for a fabulous life!

You won’t experience much that’s new if you don’t learn something new. Since time is often at a premium, learning quickly is important.

Try these ideas to speed up your learning process:

1. Learn over time. It’s much more effective to learn something for one hour each day for a week than to attempt to cram it all into your head over seven hours in one day. Consider breaking up your learning even further and give the subject your attention multiple times each day.

● One study showed that it was significantly more effective for beginners to practice piano five times each day for five minutes than it was to practice once for 25 minutes.

2. Create the right environment. You’ll accomplish more if you learn in an environment free of distractions. Imagine trying to learn how to swing a golf club next to a construction site on a sweltering day. How well could you learn Japanese with someone talking on the phone beside you?

● It’s not always possible to control your environment 100% but do the best you can. Remove as many distractions and be as comfortable as possible.

3. Get a good coach. Coaches know what matters. You might think you know the most important aspect of learning a particular task, but you might be wrong. Coaches can also spot mistakes and correct them instantly. Coaches are also good at holding you accountable. Why not get an expert on your side?

4. Get some exercise first. Just 15 minutes of exercise can improve your memory and ability to process new information. Hop on a treadmill or do some calisthenics for 15 minutes or more before tackling a new learning project.

5. Get some sleep. Inadequate sleep has been demonstrated to result in decreased reaction times, memory, learning ability, and even your use of proper grammar. Ensure you’re getting enough sleep.

6. Avoid studying the things you already know. Imagine that you’re reviewing facts or vocabulary words on flashcards. Avoid reviewing information you know by heart. If you’re learning a new piece of piano music, avoid practicing the parts you can already play. It’s a very inefficient way to learn.

7. Use a variety of media and senses to learn the information. Reading information can be effective, but it’s even more effective if you read it to yourself, recite it aloud, listen to a podcast, and watch a video on the topic. On top that, writing information down can be the best way to learn and remember.

8. Set a deadline. It’s common knowledge that tasks will expand to fill the time available. By setting a deadline, you can force yourself to work more consistently on learning the topic or skill. Without a deadline, it’s much easier to wait until “tomorrow” to get serious.

9. Be optimistic. In turns out that pessimists are more accurate at determining their current level of skill, but optimists ultimately learn things at a higher level. Have confidence and high expectations for yourself. You’ll ultimately learn more.

Learning is a huge component of life. Some learning is mandatory, especially in school or work environments. But, most learning is optional. You can learn about anything you want. One thing is for certain: the faster you can learn, the more you’ll be able to learn.

Like I always say “Knowledge is power!” Make a plan to learn something new today.

Question: What new skill or subject are you learning about now?

What is a Cultivator and How do I know if I am One?

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.

Teach

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.

Inspire

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.

Create Change

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:

Called to Cultivate™ Podcast

Called to Cultivate™ Community

Schedule a Clarity Call with me

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My Top 10 Podcasts in April 2018

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.

1. Lead to Win with Michael Hyatt
2. SistaSense Success Podcast
3. Suze Orman’s Women and Money
4. At Home with Sally-Sally Clarkson
5. Making A Business
6. Stuff You Should Know
7. Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations
8. TED Talks Daily
9. REAL TALK with Rachel Luna
10. Redefining Wealth with Patrice Cunningham

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Check out my podcast as well The Called to Cultivate Podcast with Regina E. Coley where I help you cultivate your best business and best life. What about you? Comment with your favorite podcasts below so I can add more to my list.

Tap Into Your Influence

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!!