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Celebrating 10 Years in Business with GoDaddy

I’ve hosted my company email through GoDaddy since I launched my business more than 10 years ago - so you can imagine how excited I was to be invited to celebrate my business’ 10-year-anniversary (!) on GoDaddy’s School of Hustle.

Host Shannon Traux interviewed me how I started and grew my business, what the top social media trends are today - and my top entrepreneurial tips for success.

Most importantly, thank you to School of Hustle for introducing me to my new favorite micro-influencer, Noodle.

What a Knight | Returning to My Alma Mater UCF

What a Knight | Returning to My Alma Mater UCF

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Oh what a Knight! ;)

This week, I returned to at my alma mater University of Central Florida to speak with students about social media, managing your personal brand and embracing the entrepreneurial spirit. Check out the full conversation here.

Thank you to my fellow UCF Knights for joining and asking great questions, and a huge shout-out to Nicholson School of Communication and my former journalism professor Rick Brunson, who I will forever be honored to have shared a stage with. 

#ChargeOn

Whistler While You Work

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Delta Hotels. The opinions and text are all my own.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Delta Hotels. The opinions and text are all my own.

If you can't beat the cold, join it. ;)

I spent last week on the slopes at Whistler Blackcomb with Delta Hotels — the fastest-growing service brand Marriott International history with 49 locations (and counting)! First, we chilled in the coolest (literally) restaurant Belvedere Ice Room, then hit the slopes at Whistler Blackcomb resort (they hit back)! I also enjoyed my favorite morning commute of 2018, via snowmobile. 

Thank you to Marriott, Delta Hotels and Whistler Tourism for having me! #OnlyInWhistler #SimpleMadePerfect

One Saturday to #DreamFearlessly with American Family Insurance

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Family Insurance. The opinions and text are all my own.

I'm proud to be dreaming and working toward the day where more girls enter careers in STEM! 

I had an unforgettable time last week at the One Saturday to #DreamFearlessly event with American Family Insurance, Kathy Ireland, Amazon and ChickTech in Portland!

Learn more about this incredible organization and how it's supporting and inspiring communities around the country here.

Entrepreneur: How to Impress A-Rod

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Watch to catch a shark? 

During a recent trip to Las Vegas, I had the pleasure of interviewing Shark Tank's newest judge (and baseball great) Alex Rodriguez for Entrepreneur about what it takes to impress him - and why he'll only invest in brands that are a good fit for his personal brand. Check out the full interview here.

And when in Vegas...

I shared my top five tips for disconnecting - from setting your schedule to limiting your tech - with Fox5 Las Vegas. Check out the full interview here

Building a Personal Brand with WeWork

Last week, I traveled to Prague, where I had the pleasure of taking over WeWork's Instagram Stories for the day. WeWork provides shared workspace for entrepreneurs and freelancers all over the world... And as a proud freelancer and social media entrepreneur, traveling helps me stay inspired, creative and do what I love… which - fun fact - is WeWork's motto!

This week, I joined lifestyle expert Latham Thomas for a Facebook Live at WeWork's Financial District location in New York. We covered everything from building your personal brand to becoming your own boss, based on our personal experience as solopreneurs. 

Learn more about WeWork here, and check out our full Facebook Live here!

Social Media Tips on NBC Connecticut

Can social media help you land your dream job? 

Last month, I went on air at NBC Connecticut to share my top tips for teens using social media to launch a career, including building your brand, exercising restraint and reinforcing your network. 

Check out my full interview, and happy job searching! 

#WorkSmartSnackSmart with Wonderful Pistachios

By now, you might have figured out that I work from home. And that I'm pretty darn proud of it.

What you might not know is how challenging it can be to snack healthy from home – especially when the refrigerator is in your peripheral view.

All.

Damn.

Day.

Pistachios – which is one of the highest protein and fiber snack nuts – have always been my go-to snack since I was a kid, so when Wonderful Pistachios approached me about their #WorkSmartSnackSmart campaign, I couldn't have been more excited.

Also known as "The Mindful Nut," pistachios often help you feel fuller (partially because cracking open shells slows down consumption time). Not to mention – seeing that pile of empty shells reminds me when I’ve had enough!

Wonderful Pistachios also offers a multipack, with 9 perfectly-portioned 1.5oz bags – a perfect fit for a snack drawer.

And if you find yourself snacking on the road (or in the back of a Lyft, like me) - Wonderful Pistachios also has a No Shells variety.

This summer, I'm going nuts (ha!) and loading up my snack drawer with these!

Try doing the same, and don't miss the chance to win an #WPGiveaway office makeover – deets here!

Plus, enjoy 20% off either 32oz Roasted Salted Wonderful Pistachios or 6oz shelled Wonderful Pistachios on Amazon, using promo code 20SNCKSMRT7.

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Wonderful Pistachios. The opinions and text are all mine.

Outsmarting Smart Devices

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Samsung. The opinions and text are all my own.

Some devices are smart, but not all are intelligent and certainly not all are secure. 

Back in May, I traveled with Samsung to the Enterprise Wearable Technology Summit, where I spoke with Erik Bjontegard, founder of Spark Compass, about how the company is maximizing the capability of smart devices with new information-based technology. See the full interview here

I also had the pleasure of speaking with Samsung's SDS' business development manager for enterprise wearables, Gabe Murphy, about how Samsung works to protect data on not only phones and tablets, but smartwatches and other wearables.

Check out that interview here

Motivate Design #WageOn Event

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Not-so-fun-fact: There are more CEOs named John than female CEOs altogether. 

Shout-out to Luna BarMotivate Design and this panel of queens behind me for helping to make the wage gap history last night, and special thanks to our event partners WestHouse New York and The Bouqs Company!

Joining me for the panel discussion were a few of my favorite female entrepreneurs and business owners, Mona Patel, Rosie Pope, Tracey Edouard, Sally Wood, Andrea Sullivan and Palak Patel

Watch the Facebook Live of the event here and check out Forbes' coverage of the event here

Mashable #BizChats: Tips for a Successful 2017

2016 isn't the problem, and 2017 isn't the solution!

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of joining Mashable's Tracey Edouard for a Facebook Live about how to take stock of your accomplishments and prepare for success in 2017. 

I gave my top career tips - from regularly documenting accomplishments to learning new things every day to asking your employer the right questions at the right time.

Some audience members too chimed in with great questions. Here are a few of my favorites.

  1. What tips do you have to best highlight social media achievements on social media platforms?

    Social media is a priority, not an option, and your online presence is as important as your offline presence. Share your accomplishments, but do so with humility. Give credit where credit is due, and show off your hard work. 
  2. How can professionals get over their fears and take risks?

    This takes practice. Turn your fears into gratitude. Instead of fearing public speaking, be grateful so many people want to hear you speak and gain value from you. 
  3. What are the most valuable lessons of this year?

    It's important to prioritize work-life balance. To work well, it's important to disconnect and take time to recharge and relax. 

Here are the top five things you need to know to become more successful in 2017.

  1. Articulate your goals. Know what you want, how you plan on getting there, and practice your pitch. 
  2. Calendar your tasks. Don't just create to-do lists, but schedule the days and even times you want to get things accomplished. 

  3. Master your domain. 84% of recruiters are using social media. Keep your channels up to date, and list your accomplishments with humility. 

  4. Learn the art of influence. Expand your social networks. Connect with people online and offline, and be authentic in your engagement with people. Check out my previous #BizChats for my top networking tips.

  5. Consider your legacy. No amount of money is worth making you miserable at work everyday. Ask yourself: am I providing value? Do I love what I'm doing? 

To hear my final key for becoming more successful in 2017, check out the Facebook Live video.

Thanks Mashable, for another great #BizChat!

Dell EMC World

The women in Fifth Harmony aren't the only ones working from home. 

This week, I traveled to Austin for Dell EMC World to chat about the millennial workforce and how this generation is re-defining how and where work gets done. Huge thanks to Dell for having me and to Jordan Howard and Brian Fanzo for a great chat!

If you missed it, you can catch my live interview on YouTube. 

#DellEMCWorld

FIT: Faces and Places in Fashion Talk

The world of business is constantly evolving, and the millennial generation (myself included) has been challenged to find great jobs. This presents us the unique opportunity to create jobs. 

This week, I was invited back to Fashion Institute of Technology to be a guest speaker for Faces and Places in Fashion, a lecture series and forum featuring industry professionals. I spoke about everything from starting my own business to developing a quality social influence - while students posed some serious questions (How do you get your name out there? Is the FTC cracking down on bloggers?) 

Thank you to Professor Joshua Williams and FIT for inviting me to speak and to everyone who came to listen. 

The Balance: Facebook Live

Business talk has never been so sweet. 

This week, I had the pleasure of hosting The Balance's first-ever Facebook Live, where I interviewed twins Miki Agrawal (founder of THINX) and Radha Agrawal (founder of DAYBREAKER).

We covered everything from the importance of building a great team and encouraging young women in business to the fears that come with launching a startup - all over delicious ice cream sundaes.

Catch my full interview with these inspiring women on Facebook Live. 

Advance Screening: NBC's This Is Us

This week I hosted the NYC advance screening of NBC's This Is Us, a show that The Hollywood Reporter noted as "the fall season's highest-rated launch to date."

The show, which features Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia and Sterling K. Brown, is an honest and emotional series following different groups of people whose lives cross in unexpected ways. Written and produced by Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love.) is about family, love, life and everything in between. 

Don't forget to tune in Tuesdays at 10|9c (and starting October 11, 9|8c, after The Voice).

Forbes: Facebook Live

Normally I don’t believe in brain-picking, but last week I made a one-time exception at the first-ever Women at Forbes Facebook Live, where we I hosted a Q&A about social media best practices!

Followers on the Women at Forbes Facebook page asked a myriad of fantastic questions - from "how many hashtags should I be using?" to "what are the best social media channels for my brand?"

As I mentioned in the live session, there is no shortcut to growing your social media audience. It takes time and practice. Here are my top five tips from the Q&A:

  • Always exercise judgment and restraint on social media!
  • If you make a mistake on social media, take time to assess the damage before you determine what needs to be done to fix the problem. 
  • Social media is a two-way conversation. Make sure you're posting content that is relevant to your followers and that you're regularly engaging with them.
  • If you are trying to make money on social media, make sure you can relay the value you are providing. Do your homework first, and make sure you have data to back up the rates you are going to be offering advertisers. 
  • Hashtags can be a valuable tool, but the quality of your post is the most important thing. No matter what number of hashtags you use, if it is not a quality post, you're not going to get the attention you're looking for.

Finally, whether you're just getting started on social media or re-branding, your ultimate goal should be to make your online self a good reflection of your offline self.

For more tips, grab a coffee, and head over to Women at Forbes for the entire Q&A. 

E-School for Girls: The Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

As a small business owner, there are few things I'm more passionate about than helping the next generation of female entrepreneurs. (I even give them a plug in my latest for Forbes.)

Over the last year, I've had the honor of working with the E-School for Girls pre-college program, which gives young women the opportunity to learn how to innovate and create their own businesses. (Learn more about our February launch event with Microsoft and NYU.)

This summer, I mentored the girls during their two-week dedicated program and watched as they learned valuable skills like interviewing clients, honing their writing skills, building a great bio and LinkedIn profile - and creating a professional social media presence.

We even hosted a pitch contest (think: Shark Tank) where students presented their original business ideas to a panel of entrepreneurs, including yours truly.

You can learn more about the tremendous work that E-School for Girls does here.

Marie Claire: How to Fix a Social Media Snafu

On a timeline long enough (no pun!), mistakes are bound to happen on social media.

From personal Tweets to corporate and celebrity accounts, no one is immune to digital slip-ups. Some mishaps have even made headlines!

Fortunately, there are ways to minimize and even prevent those mistakes, and this week, alongside Marie Claire's Brittney Levine, I headed to IBM to share some of my top tips.

From avoidance tips (Exercise judgment and restraint!) to correcting tips (Assess the damage and come clean!) we hope our session helped viewers be their best selves on social. 

Check out the full Facebook live video from Marie Claire, and learn about how social media plays a role in the workplace in my article for Forbes.

Palm Springs Film Festival Tech Day

Don't hate the player - or the game.

This week, I sat down for a panel discussion with three video game producers at the Palm Springs Film Festival's ShortFest to talk about the creative process - and how the internet is revamping the video game industry. 

Alongside me were filmmaker and creator of Kismet David Chontos, Senior Producer of Narrative Content at Cloud Imperium Games John Schimmel and chairman of the Writers Guild of America Videogame Writers Caucus Micah Wright

From the growth of mobile gaming to crowdfunding to social media, head to Forbes for my full article about the event, and Facebook Live for the full Q&A.