• Success

    Last week I spent an eye-opening, amazing experience at the Alt Summit in beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah. I put it out in the universe to be a speaker in an upcoming creative conference. It was granted.

    I had the great pleasure of speaking in the Diversity in the Creative World panel. As diversity is most important in any work environment, I hope this topic gains more discussion at future Alt Summits. Session attendees had great questions in targeting specific multi-cultural markets. Pitching the right brand with substantial tools can easily get you in the door of the Hispanic, African-American markets. Brands are smart to work with diverse bloggers. It promotes tolerance, acceptance, and overall good business.

    Although I attended two days out of the four-day conference, I was quite impressed with the summit. With hundreds of bloggers from all over the U.S., one word came to mind.

    Entrepreneurship.

    From jewelry makers to website designers, everyone was set to launch their business. I don’t blame them. Who wouldn’t want to be their own boss? My only wish is that we all manifest that dream including myself.

     

    View of the mountain with a poem displayed.

     

    Salt Lake City and its people were incredible. I’m a nature addict so driving into the mountains was my one wish and so glad it came true. My hope is that everyone’s intention of making it happen as an entrepreneur is manifested….soon. For more #altsummit images, please head over to my Instagram page.

  • Free Downloadable Press Release Template

    If you or your client have a newsworthy event coming up, this would be a good time to create a standard press release. As I prepare for my upcoming appearance the Alt Design Summit, I want to be able to give you a free downloadable press release template for your event. Life has been crazy busy. See for yourself on Instagram.

    Please keep in mind that press releases or media releases, as sometimes they are called, are different in every communications environment. Some require lots of “fluff” in their releases to spice up the event. However, the way I was trained was to keep the fluff out and keep all facts in. Keep it simple and to the point. Your media will thank you for it.

    ¡De verdad!

    The press is always on a deadline and the last thing they need is a three-page press release which could’ve been created in a well-though out one-page release. It will also behoove you to have access to the AP Style handbook. Your language has to follow the AP guidelines which are a particular writing style used by journalists. Including images or video will only enhance your news release. Living in the digital age, an image can give more of a visual to your standardized text. Have a second or third pair of eyes to give it one last look-over. Click here to download your free template.

     

    Photo credit: Death To The Stock Photo

  • Words

    On a recent business trip, I witnessed someone praising another for her hard work excellence. This praise was done in front of the entire staff. Her eyes soften and gleamed with humility. A resounding applause arose. She felt proud and perhaps shocked to hear such empowering words. On the flip side, I witness a highly successful business person insult another in front of the staff. Nothing but silence followed. No rebuttle.

    In this day and age, you’re probably figuring out  a way to be better at work and life. You don’t get the empowerment you deserve. Words are powerful and should be used carefully. As humans, we are desynthesized to what really matters. And that is compassion. If you can’t go within, then how can one treat others with kindness.

    So before you gave constructive criticism, stop, think, and choose the right words. You’ll be remembered for the person you are and not for your successes.

    Have you ever witness someone being insulted? Would you step in to help?

  • Interview Questions For All Career Levels

    When I was a writer for Examiner.com, I was told I ask great questions. When I have interviewed for jobs in various scenarios, I was also told I ask great questions. Call me intuitive, but I love to ask questions. How else will I know about you?! Currently, I’m in the process of seeking an intern. It had me thinking about asking the right questions for the job you want.

    Before I became a publicist, I worked on many film and television productions. My listening skills had to be developed rather quickly. With a walkie in one hand and a mobile in another, I had to learn to listen to many channels at the same time. I had to learn what to ask to deliver various demands in a timely manner.

    In my opinion, asking the right questions in a job interview will let you know if the job you want is really for you. Here some questions to get you started. Download this free guide and use it for your next desired position.

     

    A list of interview questions

     

    Image via Death to the Stock Photo.