Technology Solutions for Small Business Owners

Technology Solutions for Small Business Owners

This week I attended my first event with Her Corner.  Her Corner provides face-to-face networking for women entrepreneurs through various events.  The speaker series for July focused on technology solutions for small business owners.  The guest speaker was social media and technology expert Lena West, founder of Influence Expansion.

This was such a fun and informative session.   It’s one thing to hear about tools, but when someone explains how they are using it… well that takes it to another level.  Lena shared some of her favorite tools for getting clients, keeping clients and growing your business.  I created this visual summary using my iPad.

I can’t wait to attend the next Her Corner event.  I really enjoyed being in a room full of supportive women that are fired up about business 😀

See the visual summary below.


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Have you signed up for any of these services?  What was your favorite tip?  Comment below.


What Successful People Do Before Breakfast

What Successful People Do Before Breakfast

Most of the time, before we even get out of bed, we already make a mental list of the things we need to do and want to do.  But, how in the world can you get it all done.  How can you balance work, family and your own life goals with all the things on the to do list.

Laura Vanderkam, author of the series “What the Most Successful People Do,” has researched it and put it all in a book entitled, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings — and Life (affiliate link).

I listened to the audio version of this book and I was so inspired when she started to paint a picture of what a great morning can look like.

Before I knew it, I was looking in my purse for my sketchbook (yes, I carry a mini-sketchbook with me at all times!) and drawing out what I was hearing.  Hope it inspires you.

Enjoy… this could be your typical morning!

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what successful people do before breakfast, Laura Vanderkam, sketchnotes

Are you a morning person or a night owl? What’s your favorite morning idea from the image? Please share and comment below.

An ExtraOrdinary Lesson from Zig Ziglar

An ExtraOrdinary Lesson from Zig Ziglar

I remember the first time I saw Zig Ziglar live.  It was many years ago at a conference in Washington, DC.  He was dynamic, funny and so personable.  So glad I was able to see him in person.  He will be missed, but never forgotten.

I created this drawing of one of my favorite quotes from Zig Ziglar about being extraordinary.

 "Zig Ziglar" Quote Service

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Hilary Hinton “Zig” Ziglar,  American author, salesman, and motivational speaker.

He was a best-selling author who wrote more than 30 sales and Zig_Ziglarmotivational books, 10 of which have appeared on best-seller lists and have been translated into more than 36 different languages.  As a speaker, he appeared with six former U.S. presidents, world leaders, business leaders, and countless sports and Hollywood celebrities. He helped people to achieve long-term balanced success based on his philosophy of character and attitude.

Do you have a favorite Zig Ziglar quote? Please share and comment below.

Social Media Strategies for Social Entrepreneurs

Social Media Strategies for Social Entrepreneurs

As a part of Social Media Week 2013 in Washington DC, Punchrock hosted a panel discussion about Social Media Strategies for the Social Entrepreneur.  Hmm… Activist or a Slactivist approach?  The panel shared how people. companies, and organizations are changing the world through social entrepreneurship and effectively using social media.

Wikipedia defines a Social Entrepreneur as someone who recognizes a social problem and uses entrepreneurial principles to organize, create, and manage a venture to make social change. A Social Entrepreneur acts as the change agent for society, seizing opportunities and improving systems, inventing new approaches and creating solutions to change society for the better.

Panelists included Sana Venjara, Bryan Lozano and Kalsoom Lakhani.

Check out the sketchnotes (visual summary) of what transpired during the discussion.  For a larger view, click the image to expand.


Many thanks to Punchrock for hosting a great session.

What was your biggest takeaway? Please share and comment below.

Money School Rules from Jean Chatzky on SmallBizChat+

Money School Rules from Jean Chatzky on SmallBizChat+

Jean Chatzky is an author, speaker, and the financial editor for NBC’s Today Show.  She was featured on SmallBizChat Live, where Melinda Emerson shares live interviews with small business experts.  To see the interview with Jean, click here.

Jean discussed the importance of credit and shared this funny money rule: “Every birthday, you should check for you weight and credit score.”  Basically, one should go up and one should go down 😀

This rule inspired me to draw these sketchnotes.

 jean chatzky, money school, sketchnotes, small business

Here are a few tips from Jean to increase your credit score:

  1. Pay bills on time – every single one of them
  2. It is good to have a decent mix of credit – not just credit cards but utilities under your name as well, or a good credit standing in paying a car loan.
  3. Avoid signing up for new credit cards or closing old credit cards.

Have you hear of Jean’s money rule before?  Please share and comment below.


Women Entrepreneurs Rock at Spark & Hustle DC

Women Entrepreneurs Rock at Spark & Hustle DC

Just got back home from a room full of fired up women entrepreneurs!  I’m talking about Spark & Hustle

Tory Johnson is the visionary behind Spark & Hustle a national conference for business owners.   I was delighted that one of the stops on the tour was local for me in Washington, DC.   Here are a few highlights from this 2 day conference.

At the registration table there were tons of Sharpie markers in different colors to sign our badges… of course I had to take advantage of that 😀

spark and hustle badge, washington dc, sketchnotes

I decided to take a break from drawing sketchnotes during this conference, so I left all my professional supplies for drawing at home.  I just wanted to focus on connecting with people and learning strategies to grow my business.   But… I couldn’t help myself.  I’m a visual learner and before I knew it, pictures were popping up in my notes!  Take a peek.

I think everyone in the room got a chuckle from hearing Tory’s networking strategy in her early days of business.  The WAITERS don’t count.

Tory Johnson, Spark and Hustle, washington dc, #sketchnotes

Sarah Chapin from Hail Merry  shared so many tips and quotes that I loved.  Sarah told us “It doesn’t matter how small you start if your dream is BIG.”  I also loved the chocolate macaroons that were placed at our table, compliments of Hail Merry!

Hail Merry, Tory Johnson, Spark and Hustle, sketchnotes, Washington DC

Lena West  and Coach Jenn Lee did a fantastic job during the pitch session.  They helped many of the women in the audience iron out a crystal clear pitch.  I love how they both made themselves available to answer questions even after the session was over.

Sam Horn showed us the power of using stories.  Sam advised instead of asking someone what they do, say “give me an example of what you do?”  She also said “It’s time to evolve our marketing” and go from explanation to examples.Sam Horn Intrigue, Tory Johnson, sketchnotes, Washington DC

During the 2 day event, Tory strongly encouraged and reminded us to sit at a new table after each break and meet new people.  I took her advice and it made all the difference in the world.

So I want to give a shout out to just a few of the many fabulous entrepreneurs I met like Tceniccola, SunshineHopeElegantGranny, AdtechConsults, TheDesignHall, NextBrides, Heidi Pommer, Saralyn Collins, Scribbles and Works and Linda Pritchett.

What was your biggest take-away from Spark and Hustle?  Please share and comment below.



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