6 July 2018: Nancy’s Notes & Anecdotes

I wanted to welcome you [back] to my Nancy’s Notes & Anecdotes where I hope you will find helpful tidbits of inspiration and insight that I stumble across on my journey helping women in business be more successful.  Let’s chat.


Quote I’m pondering:

“Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.
— Napoleon Hill


Book I’m reading:

The Greatest Salesman in the World: You Can Change Your Life With the Priceless Wisdom of Ten Ancient Scrolls Handed Down for Thousands of Years, by Og Mandino. Somehow I never read this gem of a book until now. I picked it up because it was cited as a book that changed someone’s life during a podcast I was listening to last week. Since I enjoyed the interview, I decided to read the book. Boy am I glad I did! You will be able to read this in an afternoon or two and I promise you will come away inspired and able to apply the very practical tips he includes. I am having a hard time deciding which one is my favorite of his scrolls below, and it’s between #3 and #9 for me… which would you pick as your main guidepost?

Scroll 1: Today I begin a new life.

Scroll 2: I will greet this day with love in my heart.

Scroll 3: I will persist until I succeed.

Scroll 4: I am nature’s greatest miracle.

Scroll 5: I will live this day as if it is my last.

Scroll 6: Today I will be master of my emotions.

Scroll 7: I will laugh at the world.

Scroll 8: Today I will multiply my value 100x

Scroll 9: I will act now.

Scroll 10: I will pray for guidance.


How I spent my time:

… have you ever had a meeting where everything clicked? I had one of those last week. We had a couple of false starts before this actual meeting (cancellations, delays) and a last minute change in the participants. All of this could have led to thinking that would doom the relationship before it even started… fortunately and fortuitously we went with the flow and the meeting that happened last week surpassed my expectations! I don’t think we could have gotten the same spectacular outcome at earlier meetings. Sometimes you have to flow and be open and release preconceived expectations.


Ideas I’m Noodling…

I’ve been thinking about work/life boundaries. What does your workspace look like? I have 2 separate workspaces both equally outfitted and interconnected thanks to the world wide web and technology. I have an official office and a home office. I can get a lot done in both spaces. The question of boundaries comes up during the weekends. Because my work involves a lot of creative thinking, and because I absolutely love what I do, I often find myself sitting and thinking about a project over the weekend and that leads to doing something that is work related and that may involve reaching out to one of my team members. I have a no work during time-off policy for my team members although I don’t always follow that rule. This works for all of us because they ultimately know that I don’t expect or encourage them to be checking emails outside of work hours or during holidays… what are your boundaries?


I’m following…

The World Cup! I have my favorites and my family members have theirs. I live in Miami, so it’s World Cup Soccer all over the place, all the time. Even going to the grocery store it’s hard not to see at least a handful of jerseys and teams being represented. Every four years forabout a month its the biggest spectacle in the world. I enjoy seeing the passion and cultures celebrated from around the world.

 

 


I’m Celebrating…

… completing promotional videos for our new membership program targeting women executives who want to move from employee to entrepreneur. I don’t know about you, but there is something intimidating about looking into a camera lens and talking without a script. The good news is that experts have told me that it doesn’t have to be perfect. In fact authentic, not slick and polished, is the goal. That took a lot of pressure off. It helped that I had a 4 hour drive to Tampa to the shooting location – I took advantage of the windshield time and practiced my little heart out. It was worth it because although I was a little intimidated once I was in front of the camera – it didn’t take long to get in the zone and knock out all the videos we needed …. aahhhhhhh that feels good.

And now on to the finalization of the course content, some of which will be live and some of which will be recorded– I’m so excited to bring another ah-mazing resource to women in business!

 


What are you celebrating this week? There is always something to celebrate my friend … don’t forget, it’s an accumulation of small wins that make success happen.
Nancy Allen

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G. Nancy Allen is an international speaker, coach, consultant and expert on women’s business issues. Nancy has over 30 years of experience helping small business owners at all stages of growth. As President and CEO of WBDC Florida/Her Company Incorporated, Nancy manages and leads an incredible team of staff, sponsors, partners and women business leaders who are dedicated to certifying, connecting and championing women in business. Nancy has been recognized for her work on behalf of women in business through numerous prestigious awards: -Nancy was recently honored by the International Career and Business Alliance (ICABA) as one of South Florida’s 100 most accomplished Caribbean Americans. She is especially proud of this award because it highlights her heritage as well as her professional accomplishments. -Nancy is the recipient of the World Women Leadership Achievement Award from the World Women Leadership Congress -Nancy is also the proud recipient of the Association Marketing Award from Women in ECommerce. -Most recently Nancy was named Honorary Ambassador of Cascais, Portugal by the Ambassador’s Club of the Industry Sector of Cascais and the Estoril Coast. Nancy’s personal motto is Connections, Creativity and Courage in all endeavors. She holds a Master’s Degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS, 1982). She was born in Haiti and raised in South Florida. Nancy is bi-lingual in English and French and is fluent in Spanish and Creole.




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