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Positive Phil is a motivational keynote speaker & start-up consultant. Focusing on revenue generation & new business acquisitions. Founder & CEO @Audio inc. Business developer since age 12. Public Company Start up CEO, $investor -Public speaker #podcaster #motivator Enjoying life.

Creating A Career of Compassion and Purpose

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Shawn Askinosie, CEO of Askinosie Chocolate, says getting rich as a chocolate maker is not his focus. I recently spoke with Askinosie on an episode of the You’ve Been Served Podcast®, during which he told me that delivering fair and equitable pay to farmers in his supply chain—from Kenya to Ecuador—is his primary objective. He says Askinosie Chocolate also contributes to childhood education in the communities where it does business.
For example, the company’s experiential learning program, Chocolate University, provided laptops to students in a Tanzanian school and funded the school’s first computer teacher. The company has also sponsored school trips from its Missouri home base to visit farms in various countries, where students taste chocolate and get an inside look at the business.

These initiatives may sound overwhelming if you’re a CMO or entrepreneur, and probably sound downright impossible if you’re a marketing manager trying to positively impact your team members. But it starts by understanding your purpose and why you’re in business. What is your mission? Is it education? Financial empowerment? To create workplace readiness programming?

Before defining your organization’s purpose, the first move is to understand what your purpose is as an individual. I’ve always been drawn to communicating important concepts to audiences through education and awareness. My interests range from financial empowerment to developing programs that demonstrate compassion and service in workplace environments. Whenever I align myself with firms, teams or other individuals with a strong desire to improve our organizations or people, it always results in a powerful community development or employee engagement program.

I serve as co-chair of a women’s business resource group where our aim is to create programs to empower women and engage with customers and community members who share the mission of empowering women in the workplace.

We shifted our energy and resources to girls in STEM and I used my connections as an advisory board member at the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York to determine the best programming to impact girls in our organization. After researching the technical skills and confidence-boosting environments that would best serve teenagers, I sought out relevant colleagues who were interested in helping young people. Many of them had never participated in social impact programs, but they wanted to make a positive difference and were on board with actively creating and implementing the program. We pulled together women from our firm who were data scientists, product managers and technologists. This months-long mentorship program for young women in our Girl Scout Leadership Institute became a superb corporate social responsibility case study.
Shawn Askinosie believes that if we do not intertwine service and profit while creating a meaningful workplace for our colleagues, then our economies and products will suffer.

Managers and entrepreneurs can work to understand what gets their colleagues excited about their work and how the business can bring its products and services to market to improve the lives of others. From this foundation, we can create a mission that excites us and integrates the best of what we deliver to market with a desire to make our environments better—both inside and outside the organization.

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How To Set And Accomplish Strategic Financial Goals

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The Financial Goal Matrix

One of the most oft asked questions I receive during the Financial Self-Defense Training is “How do you determine what is an achievable financial goal?” When I begin setting goals many years ago, I had problems trying to set achievable goals. Goals need to be predictive and influenceable. Predictive means that if I take a specific action, the results will be predictable. Influenceable means that I have a high degree of influence over the action to be taken.

For example, if I wanted to lose weight, a predictive goal would be as follows. Reducing my caloric intake by 10% below the calories necessary for me to maintain a steady weight should reduce my body weight by 10%. A predictive financial goal would be “If I save $100 per week for 52 weeks, at the end of 12 months I should have $5,200. It is predictive that the action taken will result in the related result.

One of my ten rules for setting goals is “Do not set goals that require someone else to accomplish something so that you can accomplish something.” The less influence you have over a goal, the less certainty you have of ever achieving that goal. Therefore, you need to retain a high level of influence over your financial goals. (as a side note, using a financial planner reduces the level of influence you have over your financial goals.)

So, setting financial goals that are predictive and over which you maintain a high level of influence, have a greater chance of being achieved. However, these two qualities are not enough when it comes to financial goals. Financial goals also must be achievable. Achievability is dependent upon several financial realities and variables. For example, can a person earning an average salary become a millionaire? The answer is yes, but it won’t be as fast as a person earning a million dollars a year.

Most of us cannot change our financial realities radically enough to achieve the status of millionaire. That is why my rules for setting goals includes not setting goals that focus on changing the circumstances in which you live. Rather, set goals that change how you interact with the circumstances in which you live. Beyond behavioral changes such as spending habits and the use of credit, changing how you deploy your income can move you in the direction of being a millionaire.

In the Financial Black Belt’s Financial Self-Defense Training Series, you learn how to apply the discipline of martial arts to financial milestones that change how you interact with your circumstances. Part of that discipline includes knowing your limitations and applying the techniques in such a way as to produce the same desired effects. So, if you want to be a millionaire, but you do not make a million dollars a year, you must adapt your technique in such a way as to still achieve the desired outcome.

This thought is why I developed a financial goal matrix that can be applied to any person at any income level at any age. Financial management is about numbers and numbers are driven by mathematical formulas. That is the beauty of the financial goal matrix. It uses a person’s financial realities to calculate the financial targets that are predictive and influenceable.

The key inputs to the matrix are the person’s age and his or her annual income. Then, based on mathematical formulas, the matrix calculates financial targets based on six different criteria producing nine different targets.

This matrix gives Micro, Macro, Short-Term, Mid-Range, and Long-Term targets (essentially capturing the Pay-Period, Quarterly, Annually, Three Year and Ten Year goal structure). To adjust the targets, the goal-setter only needs to change his or her age and or income. When a person receives an increase in salary, or when he or she has a birthday, he or she just enters that new salary (or age) into the appropriate cell and the financial targets adjust.

Let me take a moment to explain the table. The inset assumes the following: the person setting the financial goal is 43 years old and earns $63,295 annually. If he or she is using the O.N.C.E. strategy (which is detailed in my first book Simple Wealth Building Strategies available on Amazon) and has paid off his or her debt, this simple tool will help retain focus on building wealth. The three titles found on the left side of the table stand for the following.

UAW – Under Accumulator of Wealth

AAW – Average Accumulator of Wealth

PAW – Prodigious Accumulator of Wealth

Borrowing from the best-selling book, The Millionaire Next Door, I decided to develop a tool that identifies financial targets to help me determine my financial goals. I developed this tool to provide some guidance on the financial targets one needs to pursue in order to move from one accumulator to the next and from one level to the next.

There are five different tables, but I want to focus on the three different tables which account for the following financial realities. In the 1-year goal, targets include all contributions to 401k, HSA, IRA’s, brokerage, savings, and money market accounts plus any realized capital gains and interest / dividends for a 1-year period. (Short-term goals should be projected so that the strategy is predictive and influenceable.)

The 3-year table, the targets are a measure of a three-year measurement that can be used as a rolling three years. In the 3-year goal, targets include all contributions to 401k, HSA, IRA’s, brokerage, savings, and money market accounts plus any realized capital gains and interest / dividends for a 3-year period. (Mid-range goals should be projected so that the strategy is predictive and influenceable.)

In the greater than 10-year table, the targets include all contributions to 401k, HSA, IRA’s, brokerage, savings, and money market accounts plus any realized capital gains and interest / dividends for a 10-year period. (Long-term goals should be projected so that the strategy is predictive and influenceable.)

When you receive your matrix, you can use it as a comparison tool for where you currently are in your journey and to establish your new financial goals. If you are interested in learning more, I offer Financial Self-Defense Training in the form of a seminar that teaches all of the belt levels and financial milestones. If you are interested in scheduling a seminar, please make note of that in your email.

The purpose of this matrix is to give the user solid financial targets that he or she can structure his or her financial goals around. I will just discuss the 1-year goal table, but the same principle applies to all targets regardless of the time duration.

To achieve the goal of a LOW-UAW the person would only need to save $3,220 in all financial accounts as outlined above (401k, HSA, IRA’s, brokerage, savings, and money market accounts). To advance to the LOW-AAS, that person would need to save at least $3,936 in those accounts annually. If the person saves at least $11,091 in all accounts, he or she would move into the LOW-PAW level.

The 1-year table is a goal to achieve each year. The 3-year and 10-year tables are accumulation target for wealth building. If a person is saving and investing at the HIGH-PAW level, which is $19,856 annually, he or she would accumulate $59,568 before interest, dividends, and capital gains. This would mean that a person would achieve the level of HIGH-AAW in three years. A person saving and investing at the HIGH-PAW level would achieve the LOW to MID-AAW in ten years.

Based on that, the person has to stay focused and diligent about his or her financial behaviors to achieve levels above those mentioned. Remember, as the person gets older and receives pay raises, his or her targets will adjust. The financial matrix strategy is a moving target that provides the goal-setter with constant stretch goals.

I find this matrix constantly challenges me to think beyond the present. It has driven me to learn how to trade option contracts and capitalize on the arbitrage created by mergers and acquisitions. It has provided me a level of stability in my financial behaviors because I am constantly challenged to find new sources of income through passive means. I hope the advent of this strategic tool will encourage you to do the same

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Get out of Debt

We see the history of how Americans have spiraled into debt. But we can’t spiral out of debt. Larry Burkett says, “You can slip into debt but you can’t slip out of debt.”
Being in debt can be stressful, and no matter what your circumstance it, if you have debt, you are obligated to pay it back.

Sometimes debt can be a result of overspending any time of year, or unintended consequence of too much holiday spending. There are many folks who get out of debt every single day, and they are doing this in a short period of time. To do this, you must have a plan!

We have to be intentional and make a plan. If you want to demolish debt, then you must come up with a plan of how to do so.

Here is a plan that you can follow.
5 Keys to Getting out of debt:

1. Make a decision to stop borrowing money!This may sound obvious, but if you want to get out of debt fast, you have to stop using debt to pay for your lifestyle. You can’t sign up for more credit cards, or finance another car, or charge new furniture. You have to stop acquiring new debts. This will enable you to focus on the debt you have and develop a plan to pay it off quickly.

2. Starter Emergency fund of $2000.
You might be thinking, “If I’m supposed to get out of debt, then can’t I just put that $2000 on my debt?” If you don’t have any money in the bank, and an emergency happens, then how will you pay for it? You don’t want to have to use debt or credit cards to take care of your emergency. An emergency fund is just that. It’s for emergencies, so if something needs repaired or replaced, you have the money to do so.

3. Create a budget!
A budget is telling your money what you want it to do.
This will help you track your income and your expenses so you an get out of debt in a short period of time.
This will reveal if you have money left over or if you have a negative.
If you have money left over after all your bills, expenses are paid, then make sure you apply that “extra” money to the emergency fund until it’s funded with $2000. If you have the emergency fund in place, then apply that extra cash to your debts.

If you are in the negative, then you’re going to need to cut some of your expenses where you can and potentially work an extra job until you can afford to work just one job.

Organize your debts.

Karen is a Master Financial Coach, Public Speaker, Entrepreneur, and Author who has coached people with a variety of money issues: from just $500 in debt to $800,000 in debt. She has coached folks with up to 86 credit cards and taught them how to pay down and pay off those credit cards in record time.

Karen’s mission is to inspire others to rid themselves of debt and build wealth. She encourages others to break the shackles of debt and gives valuable insight into building wealth so that can experience financial freedom!

Karen Ford’s #1 Amazon Best Selling Book “Money Matters” is a discovery for many.
She is an avid real estate investor, who enjoys buying, selling, and flipping properties. She has even bought properties for as little as $10 and turned a few dollars into thousands!

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Do you need money?

Karen Ford is a Master Financial Coach, Public Speaker, Entrepreneur, and Author who has coached people with a variety of money issues: from just $500 in debt to $800,000 in debt. She has coached folks with up to 86 credit cards and taught them how to pay down and pay off those credit cards in record time.


If you desire to demolish debt, then Karen can help you do this in record time! In her book, “Money Matters” you will learn not only how to rid yourself of debt, but how to budget correctly, build wealth and much more.
Karen’s mission is to inspire others to rid themselves of debt and build wealth. She encourages others to break the shackles of debt and gives valuable insight into building wealth so that can experience financial freedom1

Karen Ford’s #1 Amazon Best Selling Book “Money Matters” is a discovery for many.
This book is not only motivation, but practical.

She is an avid real estate investor, who enjoys buying, selling, and flipping properties. She has even bought properties for as little as $10 and turned a few dollars into thousands!

She is an avid real estate investor, who enjoys buying, selling, and flipping properties. She has even bought properties for as little as $10 and turned a few dollars into thousands!

In “Money Matters” she provides keys to demolishing debt, shares how to budget correctly, and gives principles in wealth building.

Financial Freedom

 

We see the history of how Americans have spiraled into debt. But we can’t spiral out of debt. Larry Burkett says, “You can slip into debt but you can’t slip out of debt.”
Being in debt can be stressful, and no matter what your circumstance it, if you have debt, you are obligated to pay it back.


Sometimes debt can be a result of overspending any time of year, or unintended consequence of too much holiday spending. There are many folks who get out of debt every single day, and they are doing this in a short period of time. To do this, you must have a plan!

We have to be intentional and make a plan. If you want to demolish debt, then you must come up with a plan of how to do so.


Here is a plan that you can follow.


5 Keys to Getting out of debt:


1. Make a decision to stop borrowing money!
This may sound obvious, but if you want to get out of debt fast, you have to stop using debt to pay for your lifestyle. You can’t sign up for more credit cards, or finance another car, or charge new furniture. You have to stop acquiring new debts. This will enable you to focus on the debt you have and develop a plan to pay it off quickly.


2. Starter Emergency fund of $2000.
You might be thinking, “If I’m supposed to get out of debt, then can’t I just put that $2000 on my debt?” If you don’t have any money in the bank, and an emergency happens, then how will you pay for it? You don’t want to have to use debt or credit cards to take care of your emergency. An emergency fund is just that. It’s for emergencies, so if something needs repaired or replaced, you have the money to do so.


3. Create a budget!
A budget is telling your money what you want it to do.
This will help you track your income and your expenses so you an get out of debt in a short period of time.
This will reveal if you have money left over or if you have a negative.


If you have money left over after all your bills, expenses are paid, then make sure you apply that “extra” money to the emergency fund until it’s funded with $2000. If you have the emergency fund in place, then apply that extra cash to your debts.

If you are in the negative, then you’re going to need to cut some of your expenses where you can and potentially work an extra job until you can afford to work just one job.
Organize your debts.

Karen is a Master Financial Coach, Public Speaker, Entrepreneur, and Author who has coached people with a variety of money issues: from just $500 in debt to $800,000 in debt. She has coached folks with up to 86 credit cards and taught them how to pay down and pay off those credit cards in record time.

Karen’s mission is to inspire others to rid themselves of debt and build wealth. She encourages others to break the shackles of debt and gives valuable insight into building wealth so that can experience financial freedom!

Karen Ford’s #1 Amazon Best Selling Book “Money Matters” is a discovery for many.
She is an avid real estate investor, who enjoys buying, selling, and flipping properties. She has even bought properties for as little as $10 and turned a few dollars into thousands!

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there are souls that are damaged

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April Kirkwood is a licensed therapist, author, and speaker Her memoir, Working My Way Back To Me, is an inspirational tale that sheds light on universal struggles involving love, sexuality, addiction, and mental health. She is an advocate for women and early childhood trauma that affects adult romance. Her philosophy and treatment are a refreshing blend identifying the mind, soul, and body connection through practices of awareness and awakening and play therapy. She is presently preparing for Ted Talks presenting the topic: The Brutal Reality of Believing Your Own Fake News

None of which I want for my life or those I work with. Walking away from a relationship without a deeper understanding of the complexity of the dynamics of those involved can leave open wounds and hearts left broken. As a therapist the decision to emotionally divorce from another must be accomplished with healing therapies. It is imperative to do self-introspection to find out why and how the relationship came about and what remnants of it still linger in the client’s behaviors and beliefs. This is necessary to help alleviate the potential of repeating the involvement with new toxic relationships in the future.

It is a last resort and can only be accomplished when a client can do this without intense feelings of guilt and remorse. If not, the problems only change names which can include inability to forgive, anger, depression, and isolation.

Another concern is the process of lumping all personality disorders together. This is a detriment to individual treatment though, of course, many symptoms overlap.

I don’t always agree that truly toxic people don’t value relationships. Some personality disorders ‘over’ value relationships and consider them their lifeline. They devour other’s attention as though it is the air they need to survive. Their selfish actions are more methods of filling their own feelings of emptiness and low self-worth. They need people to reinforce what they are lacking from within that is a major detriment to actually focussing on anyone other than themselves.

I love the explanation of hovering. Those in toxic relationships to be aware of their calculated use of intermittent gestures of positive reinforcement that make understanding, creating boundaries, and maintaining self-worth difficult to maintain.

As a spiritual, holistic counselor, I recognize that there are souls that are damaged and it often becomes necessary to step back. However, it is best to do it with insight, forgiveness, and a willingness to see them as individuals that are not grounded in the kind of emotional foundation needed to have healthy relationships. Caring for someone can mean letting go and letting those we care for find their own way home so that you on to continue your adventure with joy and peace about yourself and your decisions.

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Boundaries & Burn Out

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I’m Dallisa Hocking, the CEO of Spirit & Spark, a boutique spiritual center located in the heart of Las Vegas. I am also a 5th generation psychic medium and transformation specialist. I regularly teach meditation and mindfulness to our clients, as well as through corporate workshops.

I’d like to share ways that you can avoid burnout, and turn a stressful day into one of balance and joy! To find alignment in your life, it’s critical that you stay in the present moment. Through this mindfulness practice, you can work to release the past and surrender what’s to come. Meditation is one of the best ways to accomplish this. I advise that people start by sitting in a chair, meditating for 2-3 minutes each time. You can set a timer or use an app like Calm which has pre-recorded meditations based on the amount of time you have. Afterwards, write down how your mind, body and Spirit feels.

Why is this all so important? Give yourself permission to be balanced and in alignment with your own life. Many people feel that they themselves are at the bottom of their long list of things to do. When we constantly put the needs of others before our own, we begin to feel burnt out or resentful. With the regular use of boundaries among people and requests, we begin to take our personal power back and we don’t feel used. This allows for more time to give back to ourselves and the things that make us happy. To help with healthy boundaries, wait 24-hours before agreeing to do a task or special project for someone.

Here’s a simple meditation technique that I’d like you to try:
FOCUS ON NOW
Anxiety can creep in when you revisit the past or try to control the future. A key to living with more joy and ease is to stay in the present moment. You can do that by following these simple breathing techniques:
–Close your eyes and take 3 deep cleansing breaths. You should feel them go through your entire body, from head to toe.
–Breathe in through your nose and silently count to 5
–Hold your breath for 5-count
–Breathe out of your mouth and silently count to 5
–Repeat this cycle for 1-2 minutes
–Open your eyes and notice how your body and mind feels.

Would you like more tips on how to live a more joyful and fulfilled life? Visit www.SpiritAndSpark.com — be sure to grab your complimentary gift while you’re there. “10 Ways to Spark Results Through Manifestation!”

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Bloom Where You Are Planted

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This is Rhonda Rees’ story. “On November 8, 2018 I went to bed like I usually do, but on this night, I received a phone call that changed my life. A friend had told me to turn on the news, as they were evacuating people from my area due to a fire that was nearby. To my shock and surprise, I learned that it was making its way toward where I lived, and had just jumped the freeway, which was only four miles away. What made matters worse is that my car was in the repair shop.

I then called a neighbor and asked to get a ride with her. A couple of hours later, we started to receive recorded robocalls, making it official. We were asked us to evacuate, and get to safety.

The Woolsey fire was making its way toward our mobile home park. We left by
3:00 a.m., and I took what I could. This amounted to a week’s worth of clothes, toiletries, and some important papers. That’s all. What I brought with me was essentially what I could fit on my lap! I honestly thought that I’d return to my home within a few days.

Unfortunately, this wasn’t meant to be. Instead my house along with over 109 others burned to the ground! I lost everything. This included precious family heirlooms, photos, dishes, collectibles, office equipment, supplies and memories.

The good news is that all residents, elderly, children, families and most pets made it out safely. Half of the homes in our park are okay, but some have suffered fire damage, and our lake had dying fish, and later had to be drained, due to future mudslides.

But our community has an unshakeable spirit. I have personally lived in 15 places, staying at friends’ and relatives’ homes, while doing some pet sitting, and I have also been to various hotels. Additionally, I have received a very generous outpouring of love and concern from the public, and from churches, temples, civic groups, and organizations. The American Red Cross, United Way, Salvation Army, and the Love Project are some examples. Money, gift cards and grants have been donated, and I am most grateful.

Also, the Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network (SPAWN) has set up a Go-Fund Me page to help out with my public relations business. I have made some wonderful new business contacts, and special friends along the way.

It’s very important to remember that when you die, you can’t take stuff with you. One interesting observation is that when I went back to the land where my house once stood, the garden has been coming back. I have seen beautiful rose bushes emerge along with some lovely flowers. This is a great reminder to “bloom where you are planted.” Just like a phoenix rising back from the ashes, so too does life.

Finally, I want to mention that I’ve found a new place. I have bought another property, and I’m currently waiting for my new home to be ready to move in any day now. I’m really looking forward to all the possibilities that will lie ahead.”

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Growing businesses are always looking to attract qualified employees

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In 2017, Amazon announced plans to build a second headquarters, called HQ2.

Dozens of states and cities competed to attract the tech giant. Each proposal included incentives and subsidies. Illinois offered $1.32 billion in EDGE tax credits and Georgia offered $1.3 billion in Mega Tax Credits.

While some of these figures are staggering, it is common for cities, states, and municipalities to offer incentives to facilitate business growth and job creation.

Across the nation, small business owners are working with their local government to grow their business.

Here are four ways that your city can help you grow your business.

Business Assistance

In trying to build their business, entrepreneurs tend to go at it alone. That doesn’t have to be the case.

 

In New York City, the Department of Small Business Services, or SBS, helps minority and women-owned businesses get city-certified to compete for contracts, navigate government rules and regulations, and connect entrepreneurs to funding sources.

The city of Philadelphia’s Commerce Department offers a Business Coach Program. Business owners can sign up to receive training in business planning,  financial management, marketing, and technology.

These services are provided, at no cost, to eligible city residents and business owners.

Whether you are a start-up or an existing business, these resources can certainly put you in a position to reach your professional goals.

Storefront Improvement Program

If you operate a brick and mortar retail business than you know how important visibility is.

In an effort to make commercial districts more attractive to shoppers, several cities have created storefront improvement programs.

Legislators hope that these beautification initiatives generate more foot traffic, retail sales, and tax revenue.

Philadelphia offers eligible businesses and property owners grants for facade improvements. In Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Development Authority also provides grants to fund improvements.

New York CityAtlantaSan Diego and dozens of other cities, large and small, have similar programs.

Check with your local economic development agency to see what opportunities are available for your business.

Workforce Development

Growing businesses are always looking to attract and retain qualified employees.

If you are busy running your business, you may not have the time to write job descriptions, post job descriptions, review resumes, screen candidates, and schedule interviews.

There are resources available, that you can leverage, to help you hire.

New York’s SBS and Philadelphia’s PA CareerLink connects job seekers with employers. These agencies offer a variety of services, including training and recruitment, to their local residents.

These services are also available, at no cost, to job seekers and business owners.

There are a lot of components for operating a growing business. It is going to take a team that you can depend on to get things done.

By utilizing the resources that your city offers, you can save time and money it takes to hire. This will allow you to concentrate on building your enterprise and serving your customers.

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Why LinkedIn Should Be Your New Best Friend

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Stale. Boring. Corporate.

Some of the words that have been used to describe LinkedIn over the years.

And I get it. It’s not exactly appealing when it’s a self-described ‘Professional Platform’.

Facebook has the largest network effect. Instagram has the pretty filters. Even Twitter has the real-time news aspect.

By comparison, it can seem like why should you give LinkedIn any time of day.

But there is one big reason…

Opportunity!

Looking for a job? Get on LinkedIn

Want to get leads for you business? Get on LinkedIn

Want to be on Podcasts (yes, even that)? Get on LinkedIn!

You might be asking why I say this with such conviction.

It’s because LinkedIn is the first thing I look at when I wake up, the last thing I check before bed…in a sense, it’s my best friend, and it can be yours too.

But how should I be using LinkedIn!

The best way to start using LinkedIn is to know what it no longer is.

Specifically, it’s no longer a graveyard where resumes go to die.

It is a thriving community of creators, entrepreneurs, employees, and leaders.

So let’s jump into the main ways to shape your LinkedIn presence to benefit you.

  1. Optimize your Profile

If you’re like the majority, your profile probably reads like a digital resume.

This is great if you’re looking for a job, but what if you’re not?

Instead, reshape your profile to be a landing page for your business.

Whether it’s your company or the one you work for, we all know that generating potential prospects that turn into new clients is a good thing, both for our reputation and the company’s bottom line.

The focal point: Your Summary

Most people’s summaries read like an answer to the age-old interview question, ‘Tell me about yourself’. 

Instead, reformat it to be about what problems your business solves and who has those particular problems that you can help.

At the end of your summary, remember to leave the reader with a call-to-action (CTA).

It doesn’t have to be terribly complex, but even a simple: ‘call (xxx) xxx-xxxx or email me name@company.com’ at the end can do wonders to convert interested readers into prospective leads.

2. Create Content

Once your profile now reads like a ‘landing page’, you’re ready to start creating content.

Text, Video, Photos, Document Sharing, and Articles are some of the different types of content you can create. 

It’s important to experiment with all types to keep your content fresh and interesting for your audience — however, it’s ok to have a particular preference.

As a writer, I have a particular love for the short form text posts. 

The key to remember when creating content is the purpose is to capture attention.

While I’m not advocating poor quality content, the substance of your content isn’t as critical as you may think. 

Content acts as a signal that drives people to your profile to learn more. Once your audience visits your profile, if correctly optimized, that will fulfill your CTA.

Start experimenting to find the right voice for your content and see what resonates best with your audience. 

You won’t know until you start!

3. Take online, offline

Ostensibly, LinkedIn started as a networking platform. 

Indeed, this is still a characteristic it does very well. 

But although LinkedIn takes on the heavy lifting when it comes to searching, you still need to put in effort when it comes to developing relationships.

So jump on the phone or Zoom with new connections and get to know them a little deeper. 

In fact, my current role at High Speed Experts was from a referral from a friend that I initially met on LinkedIn!

Or you can try my favorite tactic, and meet in person via #LinkedInLocal events. 

Search variations of the hashtag with your city (for instance, I co-host #LinkedInLocalLA), and you’ll find an energetic, networking concept that helps bring the online connections into the real world.

Can’t find one in your city? Then why not set it up yourself – if there’s one thing I know about the LinkedIn community, they are super supportive when it comes to LinkedIn-based events!

But that’s just the start!

You now have enough to get started, and that’s the key – to start!

Once you get more active, you’ll become part of a thriving community and opportunities that you could never have dreamed of will start opening up to you.

And maybe, after all that, you too will be saying to others, “You’ve got to get on LinkedIn!”

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No Place to Hide: My TEDx Talk Journey

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As I was making the fifteen-minute drive to Pasadena, site of my impending TEDx talk, I turned on the radio in search of some musical inspiration that would both pump me up and quell my nerves. I knew this day would come when I decided to share my story on the TEDx stage. But now that it was here, it felt surreal. Preparing for it had become part of my daily life – I carefully chose every word, rehearsed it alone in my apartment and in front of any friend who would listen. And, more often than not, I danced in that confident space that I could deliver this speech just as I had been successfully practicing it countless times. I was excited and ready. Not just in an “I got this” way – but in an “I have arrived, and no more playing small” way.

Sure, I had my moments of doubt, but each time they crept in I gently pushed them away, finding that soulful center that had always created a safe haven and guided me intuitively forward. For me, following a burning desire to follow my inner voice, or even just a hunch, often turns out to be beautiful and unexpected. So, when I turned on that radio, I was taken aback to hear these exact lyrics, “There’s no place to hide, but I don’t think I’m scared.”

Those words cut me to the core. That was going to be me in only an hour! I would be on the TEDx stage in front of a large, live audience with cameras rolling, and had no place to hide. But was I scared?

The lyrics hit me hard, and raw emotion came pouring through me. Instead of fear, I felt validation hitting me square between the eyes, saying “You are ready, you are prepared, and you deserve this moment.” I recalled all the things I had worked so hard to do just to be able to stand on that stage: speech classes, Toastmasters, co-hosting my own radio show, acting and improv work, creating my own workshop, and writing books. It had been a challenging march, fluctuating between courage, doubt, bordering on self-flagellation, to gain enough confidence to share my story in front of others.

Although each step strengthened my foundation, that foundation was about to be tested. Would I be rock steady, as I let down my shields and insecurities in front of that packed theater? I thought so. My tears were a tangible reaction to the lyrics; my intuitive inner knowing supported the tears. I was ready. I wanted this test. I knew I could and would welcome the audience sharing in my vulnerability.

When we share our truths, pains, and imperfections, we shine light on our true essence. It brings us closer together as a community because that is what I believe we all truly desire in our lives: authenticity…and sharing, offering, and receiving that creates joy. When we reveal ourselves, we stand unencumbered in truth: there is no place to hide.

Living authentically and openly this way is freeing: I have never felt more free than when I walked off that TEDx talk stage after sharing my journey with (potentially) the world. I want to continue to stand on that stage, albeit a figurative one, as I move forward with more adventure, learning and sharing. There is quite a beautiful view to be had up there. And I know I’m not scared. And I don’t think you are either.

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what exactly is glamping

What is glamping

If you have been searching for a way to reconnect with the great outdoors without having to experience the roughing it aspects of camping, then glamping, glamorous camping, is for you. Glamping Hub is the world’s leading portal for unique outdoor accommodations across the globe. Glamping Hub offers travelers a way to experience the wonders of nature from the comforts of a five-star one-of-a-kind accommodation. From tree houses to shipping containers to yurts, these glamping rentals are quickly finding their way into the hearts of thousands of travelers across the globe. Glamping Hub is all about making where you stay why you stay. 

But how did Glamping Hub start you ask? While finishing his MBA at USF in 2011, CEO and Founder David Troya, first heard the word glamping, and knew there was an opportunity to create a platform to connect travelers with nature. He and co-founders Ruben Martinez and Talal Benjelloun began Glamping Hub as a blog where travelers could learn more about the budding industry, and launched Glamping Hub as a transactional website in 2014, propelling themselves into the online booking marketplace. With 200 accommodations listed at the launch, Glamping Hub now has over 31,000 sites in over 120 countries in 2019. 

While glamping continues to grow daily and thrive, Co-Founder Ruben Martinez gives us insight into the ins and outs of Glamping Hub and the glamping industry’s future.

Tell us a bit about yourself. 

How would you describe Glamping Hub?

Glamping Hub offers the world the most diverse and unique collection of glamping accommodations across the globe. By connecting travelers with nature without having to experience the roughing it aspect of camping, without the expense of expensive camping equipment that won’t be used often, while giving travelers the luxuries of a five-star resort in the middle of the great outdoors, Glamping Hub offers guests an experience unlike any other. 

Why did you think Glamping Hub has taken off?

I think there is a desire for people to experience Mother Nature in a different way and that now the priorities have shifted for travelers where experience based travel is a bigger priority. Individuals, families, groups, and couples will spend a bit more money to get the types of experiences that will be meaningful and relevant and add value. There has been a shift in culture and mindset and how people choose to experience the great outdoors. That has given more opportunity for creativity in the types of accommodations offered. People want to find an experience and accommodation that fits them and is as unique as they are. 

What types of people usually go glamping?

The majority of our guests are between 25-45 years old. Typically they are families or couples, and the average stay is about 2-nights. There is usually something for everybody and there are options for people to go to a tree house one weekend and a yurt the next. There are also different price points so you can find anything from budget-friendly to luxurious, and everything in between. Glamping has become so universal that there really is something for everyone. 

Can you give us some insight into the glamping market?

There are about 100,000 glamping sites worldwide, 31,000 of which are found on Glamping Hub. Tree houses and safari tents and cabins continue to trend as some of the most popular sites, with Airstreams, tiny houses, shipping containers, and domes really trending in recent years. Glamping Hub’s main market is the US with Canada, the UK, and AUS following. The great thing about glamping is while it is typically off the beaten path, you can glamp everywhere. Whether a staycation, micro-cation, long vacation, or traveling internationally, there are more unique options and offerings every single day. 

How does Glamping Hub differ from other booking platforms?

On Glamping Hub, we require all sites offer high-end quality, that could be found at a five-star resort, offer an experience unlike any other whether that include activities and excursions to wellness services, and that they be found in nature. Glamping Hub offers anything from a tree house on the beaches of Mexico to to a safari tent camp in the heart of Montana to a shipping container hotel in the national parks of Portugal, and everything in between. We specialize in making where you stay why you stay, and collecting memories, not things. 

What does the future of the glamping industry look like?

 

Glamping has become a permanent niche in the overall travel sector. Everyday more and more people are looking to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life in order to reconnect with nature and have a more deep rooted impact on the environment. More than ever there is a focus on not only unique glamping destinations, but eco-friendly accommodations and upcycled accommodations. We now see more tiny houses, shipping containers, recycled cabooses and buses, that are being transformed into some of the most incredible and one-of-a-kind rentals in the market. Glamping Hub has a large interest in listing these types of accommodations and making strides to focus on greener efforts. 

Recently there has been some huge investment into the glamping world. More specifically in the last 12 months, there has been significant appetite to invest and participate in all sorts of different business ventures in the glamping business industry. With more opportunities comes more possibilities to continue to grow and expand. 

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How To Determine If Your Idea Is Business Worthy

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Every new product or business starts with an idea.

Every new product or business starts with an idea. Hopefully, this idea will be the seed for success and given the proper care and maintenance to bloom. But how do entrepreneurs determine if their idea is worth taking to the next level? Coming up with a unique idea is one thing, but transforming that idea into a successful and long-term product is quite another.
Aspiring entrepreneurs need to consider many factors before they can decide whether their idea has staying power or should be sent to the cutting room floor.

When we work with budding startups we always take time upfront to evaluate the potential of an idea to become the next million dollar brand. Many entrepreneurs are tempted to harness their passion and excitement about their business idea into a “full steam ahead” approach, but it’s important to do your homework before pushing the gas pedal. There are three key areas entrepreneurs should carefully consider when evaluating the staying power of their idea:

1. Market & Competitive Landscape
Whenever you’re thinking about launching a new product or business, taking a look at the market you’re entering and your potential competition should be high on your priority list. Be honest about whether an opportunity to innovate truly exists and whether you can actually compete in the marketplace. If you can’t make the impact you want it’s a major red flag. Of course, you also need to evaluate whether your idea can make money. Looking closely at revenue-building opportunities (e.g. TAM, Industry Growth Rates) and exploring different pricing models will help you determine if you should take the next step to converting your idea into a product.

2. Branding & Acquisition Channel Analysis
As your idea begins to take a more solid shape, focusing on branding and customer acquisition is key. When it comes to branding, ask yourself questions like, “Can we outbrand competitors?” and “Can we launch a full product portfolio with a unique brand narrative?” If you feel confident that the answer is “yes,” it’s then important to fully analyze the ways in which you can build support for your product. Customer acquisition has so many layers and possibilities that it needs to be done right. Given that Amazon represents over 50% of U.S. Ecommerce, it’s a useful starting point to get a sense of demand by looking at search volume of related products and reading competitors’ reviews. How easy will it be to build community support? How effective can you make your communication to potential customers, whether through email or other content strategies? Is paid advertising feasible? These are all critical areas to analyze before you take your idea any further.

3. Product, Operations & Supply Chain Analysis
The devil is in the details and this is especially true when it comes time to develop a plan on how to scale operations. Exploring things like sales potential and margins will give you a better sense of how profitable you can expect your unit economics to become and in what timeframe. If your product requires manufacturing, now would be a good time to look at possible partners (think breadth of production capabilities, availability for payment terms and lead time on orders). If you’re planning on creating a portfolio of products (or at least considering it as a long-term goal), thinking about the R&D requirements and opportunities to differentiate is a critical step in the process. Any legal and/or regulatory concerns should be fully vetted at this juncture as well. You don’t want to leave any stone unturned through this phase of analysis.

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After exploring all of these areas you will be in a much better position to decide whether your idea has what it takes to become a legitimate and successful business. If you’re not feeling confident, it’s time to go back to the drawing board. But if after doing your homework you give your idea the greenlight, remember that it’s just the beginning. Getting that seed of an idea to bloom to its full potential will require constant nurturing, tending and commitment.

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HOW A VIDEO ENTREPRENEUR GOT INSPIRATION

Featuring Jason Hsiao: Animoto co-founder

Jason Hsiao is the president and co-founder of Animoto, an online video creation service, and a former television producer. Hsiao graduated from Dartmouth College.

 

Television career

Hsiao pursued a career in entertainment and produced television and live-event comedies. He was the creator and co-executive producer of Dirty Stinkin’ Politics, a political comedy series for Comedy Central, which he developed with Eddie Feldman. He also produced Comedy Central’s Showbiz Show with David Spade, and MTV2‘s sketch comedy show Stankervision and MTV’s Viva La Bam. Jason worked with comedians Jimmy Fallon (2002 MTV VMA’s), Chris Rock (2003 MTV VMA’s), and Colin Quinn (Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd).

At Tough Crowd, Jason produced segments for comics including Jerry Seinfeld, George Carlin, Dave Chappelle, Sarah Silverman, and Jon Stewart. He made his television debut in a sketch with Denis Leary playing his dream role as a beaten and tied-up Vietnamese villager. He was the creator and producer of New York’s Sketch Fights, a live-event competition between TV comedy writers at Carolines Comedy Club.  

In 2006, Hsiao founded Animoto along with Steve Clifton, Tom Clifton and Brad Jefferson. He currently resides in Brooklyn, where he guides the company’s strategy, product development and innovation for online video creation service.[2]

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Successful Video Hinges on Authenticity vs. Perfection, Says Animoto Chief Video Officer, Jason Hsiao

 

“People use each platform differently and this should inform how we create our content,” said Hsiao when addressing #SMWNYC attendees on the importance of video.

Between Instagram stories, Facebook Live, and short doc-style YouTube videos, compelling, high-quality and action-packed storytelling has taken new life, becoming more visual–and shareable–than ever.

Jason Hsiao, Chief Video Officer and Co-founder of Animoto, shared best practices for going visual in his #SMWNYC session, Successful Video Marketing: Inspiration, Trends & Best Practices for Storytelling on Social.

 

Don Fox, CEO of Firehouse subs has a positive story

Featuring Don Fox: CEO of Firehouse Subs

Don Fox is a restaurant industry veteran with 45 years of experience, predominately in the QSR and Fast Casual segments. His first job was scrubbing pots and pans at the dish sink of a local Italian restaurant in NJ. He began his food service management career in 1976 with Six Flags amusement parks. In 1980, he began a 23 year career with Burger King Corporation, which included a variety of assignments in R&D and field operations. Don joined Firehouse Subs in 2003 as Director of Franchise Compliance, rose to the position of COO in early 2005, and became CEO in December of 2009. Under his leadership, the brand has grown to over 1170 restaurants in 46 states, Puerto Rico, and Canada.


Fox is well regarded within the industry. In 2011, he was awarded the prestigious Operator of the Year Award by Nation’s Restaurant News. In 2013, he became a member of the National Restaurant Association’s Board of Directors and received the association’s Advocacy Award. Also in 2013, he received the Silver Plate Award from the International Food Manufacturers Association, and was named the #1 executive in the Fast Casual segment by FastCasual.com. A board member of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association since 2013, he served as its chairman in 2017. He serves on a number of other boards in both the non-profit and for-profit arenas, both within and outside of the restaurant industry.

Fox is also a published author. Among his works: “Patton’s Vanguard – The United States Fourth Armored Division”​, published in 2003 (soft cover edition released in 2007). He has been published in Nation’s Restaurant News, Forbes, and other business publications.

Fox is a frequent speaker and panelist at conferences and events both within and outside of the restaurant industry (over 175 engagements to date). If you are interested in having him at your event, feel free to reach out.

The Positive Phil Podcast Show,  a podcast, available on iTunes, Spotify, iHeartRadio, where Positive Phil talks about personal stories, events and engaging interviews;  with famous people, celebrities, athletes, authors, spiritual educators, thought leaders, as well as others in the social, business and entertainment industry.

Airing on over 300 digital channels, including iHeart Radio, Spotify, StitcherFm, Google Podcast and published online via RSS feeds globally.

 

The show has been around for almost 4 years and is one of the most popular podcast shows on the internet in the business-motivation space.

Professional radio, tv, podcast host and producer from San Diego California.  We have a large national following on digital media channels, with our popular podcast and network of shows. Airing on iHeart Media, iTunes, Spotify, Spreaker, Stitcher, PlayerFM and over 200 additional media channels.

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In this episode of the Positive Phil Show, we are joined by Firehouse Subs CEO Don Fox to talk about brand involvement with local communities and what it takes to make it! Firehouse Subs is a great example of this because of the chain’s heavy involvement with firehouses throughout the nation, as well as the brand’s 10-year-old Public Safety Foundation, which provides life-saving equipment to public safety officials, be it firefighters, policemen, you name it.

Watch the full episode to explore how Firehouse Subs uses community efforts to better connect with its franchisees and its community, key advice to what makes a community-driven initiative successful, and how this involvement has affected consumer perception of the Firehouse Subs brand.

Don Fox is a restaurant industry veteran with 45 years of experience, predominately in the QSR and Fast Casual segments. His first job was scrubbing pots and pans at the dish sink of a local Italian restaurant in NJ. He began his food service management career in 1976 with Six Flags amusement parks. In 1980, he began a 23 year career with Burger King Corporation, which included a variety of assignments in R&D and field operations. Don joined Firehouse Subs in 2003 as Director of Franchise Compliance, rose to the position of COO in early 2005, and became CEO in December of 2009. Under his leadership, the brand has grown to over 1170 restaurants in 46 states, Puerto Rico, and Canada.

Fox is well regarded within the industry. In 2011, he was awarded the prestigious Operator of the Year Award by Nation’s Restaurant News. In 2013, he became a member of the National Restaurant Association’s Board of Directors and received the association’s Advocacy Award. Also in 2013, he received the Silver Plate Award from the International Food Manufacturers Association, and was named the #1 executive in the Fast Casual segment by FastCasual.com. A board member of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association since 2013, he served as its chairman in 2017. He serves on a number of other boards in both the non-profit and for-profit arenas, both within and outside of the restaurant industry.

Fox is also a published author. Among his works: “Patton’s Vanguard – The United States Fourth Armored Division” , published in 2003 (soft cover edition released in 2007). He has been published in Nation’s Restaurant News, Forbes, and other business publications.

Fox is a frequent speaker and panelist at conferences and events both within and outside of the restaurant industry (over 175 engagements to date). If you are interested in having him at your event, feel free to reach out.

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● We or other stock promoters may receive trading shares as compensation or we may acquire such shares in open market transactions before and during the Campaigns, and we may sell the shares we acquire at any time, even during the Campaigns while publishing the Favorable Information. When we sell the shares of the Profiled Issuers that we hold, the price at which investors can sell their shares will dramatically decrease and will likely cause investors to suffer trading losses.

● We may sell securities of the Profiled Issuers for less than target prices set forth in the Information, and we may profit by selling my securities during the Campaigns while investors encounter losses.

● When we acquire, purchase or sell the securities of the Profiled Issuers, it may (a) cause significant volatility in the Profiled Issuer’s securities; (b) cause temporary but unrealistic increases in volume and price of the Profiled Issuer’s securities; (c) if selling, cause the Profiled Issuer’s stock price to decline dramatically; and (d) permit us to make substantial profits while investors who purchase during the Campaign experience significant losses.

● The securities of the Profiled Issuers are high risk, unstable, unpredictable and illiquid which may make it difficult for investors to sell their securities of the Profiled Issuers.

● If we are compensated in improperly trading securities of the Profiled Issuers, either directly or indirectly from persons who claim to be non-affiliates of such Profiled Issuer, we and the Profiled Issuer or third party could be subject to SEC Enforcement action, including allegations of an illegal distribution in violation of Section 5(a) and 5(c) of the Securities Act.

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● If a Profiled Issuer is an SEC reporting company, it could be delinquent (not current) in its periodic reporting obligations (i.e., in its quarterly and annual reports), or if it is an OTC Markets Pink Sheet quoted company, it may be delinquent in its Pink Sheet reporting obligations, which may result in OTC Markets posting a negative legend pertaining to the Profiled Issuer at www.otcmarkets.com, as follows: (i) “Limited Information” for companies with financial reporting problems, economic distress, or that are unwilling to file required reports with the Pink Sheets; (ii) “No Information,” which characterizes companies that are unable or unwilling to provide any disclosure to the public markets, to the SEC or the Pink Sheets; and (iii) “Caveat Emptor,” signifying buyers should be aware that there is a public interest concern associated with a company’s illegal spam campaign, questionable stock promotion, known investigation of a company’s fraudulent activity or its insiders, regulatory suspensions or disruptive corporate actions.

● If the Information states that a Profiled Issuer’s securities are consistent with the future economic trends or even if your independent research indicates that, you should be aware that economic trends have their own limitations, including: (a) that economic trends or predictions may be speculative; (b) consumers, producers, investors, borrowers, lenders and government may react in unforeseen ways and be affected by behavioral biases that we are unable to predict; (c) human and social factors may outweigh future economic trends that we state may or will occur; (d) clear cut economic predictions have their limitations in that they do not account for the fundamental uncertainty in economic life, as well as ordinary life; (e) economic trends may be disrupted by sudden jumps, disruptions or other factors that are not accounted for in economic trends analysis; in other words, past or present data predicting future economic trends may become irrelevant in light of new circumstances and situations in which uncertainty becomes reality rather than predicted economic outcome; or (f) if the trend predicted involves a single result, it ignores other scenarios that may be crucial to make a decision in the event of unknown contingencies.

● The Information is presented only as a brief snapshot of the Profiled Issuer and should only be used, at most, and if at all, as a starting point for you to conduct a thorough investigation of the Profiled Issuer and its securities. You should consult your financial, legal or other adviser(s) and avail yourself of the filings and information that may be accessed at www.sec.govwww.otcmarkets.com or other electronic media, including: (a) reviewing SEC periodic reports (Forms 10-Q and 10-K), reports of material events (Form 8-K), insider reports (Forms 3, 4, 5 and Schedule 13D); (b) reviewing Information and Disclosure Statements and unaudited financial reports filed with the OTCMarkets.com;  (c) obtaining and reviewing publicly available information contained in commonly known search engines such as Google; and (d) consulting investment guides at www.sec.gov and www.finra.org.

You should always be cognizant that the Profiled Issuers may not be current in their reporting obligations with the SEC and the OTC Markets and/or have negative legends and designations at otcmarkets.com.

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Jim Pakulis, CEO of Transcanna Holdings

Make The Most of Everyday. Transcanna Holdings CEO Jim Pakulis is on the Positive Phil Podcast Show 

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Jim Pakulis, CEO of TransCanna™ provides investors access to an expansive, closed loop ecosystem designed for consistency, reliability, and scale. The company owns one of the largest vertically integrated cannabis focused facilities in California with access to over 39 million residence and 240 million visitors per year. The future growth of TCAN in the largest cannabis market in the world represents significant upside.

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July 21, 2019 08:30 ET | Source: Podcast Connector

San Diego,CA July 21, 2019 — via Spotify— TransCanna Holdings Inc. (CSE:TCAN) (XETR:TH8) announces the availability of an audio podcast & press release with CEO Jim Pakulis discussing Cannabis Entrepreneurship, Company Milestones & Ambition.

The show is airing on over 200 digital channels including iHeart Media, Spotify, Listen Now
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Focused on connecting cannabis manufacturers with consumers, Jim Pakulis, CEO of TransCanna Holdings Inc. (CSE:TCAN) ( TCNAF ) shares how quality is the foundation of his vertically integrated cannabis company. Tune in to learn more about TransCanna’s upcoming developments and what they plan to do to ensure quality and consistency is consistently executed. 
Canadian-listed cannabis player on opportunity in the California market

As California begins sales of recreational marijuana, Jim Pakulis speaks with Positive Phil about what it means for the Canadian-listed company with operations in the state. They are the makers of “Cannastrips” and high-grade oil products, and are considering getting into the retail side of the business.

The growth of the legal cannabis industry started with a scattershot approach. TransCanna is just one of many companies that have grown into the market from relatively small beginnings. Some began with entrepreneurs seeing a new industry within which to operate. Others were experienced cannabis cultivators moving from the illegal to the legal market. Still others were pharmaceutical companies dipping their toes into a new medicine and, from there, into the recreational industry. 
The contrasting approaches of small innovative companies and larger efficient ones together create excellent value. That’s the point the cannabis industry is now approaching and that TranCanna’s acquisitions are a part of.

About TransCanna Holdings Inc.

TransCanna Holdings Inc. is a Canadian-based company focused on providing integrated branding, transportation and distribution services, through its wholly owned California subsidiaries, to a range of industries including the cannabis marketplace. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.TransCanna.com.

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Staying Positive

Ways To Stay Positive To Create Success!
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POSITIVE IN ANY SITUATION

On the way to success you will encounter an enormous amount of challenges and hurdles. This is simply inevitable. Circumstance will arise no matter what and you should not let your circumstances dictate your happiness.

During these times, it is extremely important to always keep a positive state of mind.

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One of the toughest things to do is keeping a positive outlook no matter what is going on around you. However, studies have shown that optimistic people and people who can think positively live longer and have a much greater chance at success, in part because they realize failure is not the end, it’s just another lesson to learn. Knowing this and being able to stay positive though can be extremely difficult. When you are having trouble getting your startup off of the ground, can’t seem to find the time for the things you want to do, or just having an off day, it is very easy to feel defeated.

During these times, there are a few things you can d to keep a positive outlook. It may take a little time for it to become a habit, but once it is you will find that difficult times aren’t quite so trying.

Start Every Day Fresh

Naturally, there will be things that spill over from the previous day, but every morning you should become accustomed to starting with a fresh slate. Here are some of the (not so) secret things some of the world’s most successful business people do every morning.

They rise early and get going while everyone else is still sleeping.

Morning exercise is a regular part of their day, and is easier to fit into the schedule because they get up early.

Successful people usually make time to meditate in the morning.

They do at least one thing they want to do that they wouldn’t have time to do otherwise.

Creating a ritual actually makes it easier to get up early and to get your mind cleared and focused on the day ahead instead of the troubles of the day before. The more often you start the day off with a fresh outlook and a routine, the easier it is to begin the day with a positive outlook.

Watch Your Language

It’s something you have probably been told many times, but when it comes to thinking positive, this phrase isn’t talking about swearing. Injecting positive words into your daily conversations can help to keep you thinking and feeling positive. When someone asks you how you are, don’t automatically reply “I’m fine.” Instead respond with “I’m doing great” or “Outstanding.” Come up with different phrases too instead of latching on to one or two. By thinking about a positive way to say something ordinary, you start to reshape the way you think about the day.

Be Appreciative

This one is definitely the hardest, but it is also the most helpful hint if you can get used to it. People are far more likely to complain than they are to express appreciation, and that is what really keeps you thinking negatively. Focusing on the things that went wrong is going to put you in a poor frame of mind, especially when it comes to your business. Nothing is perfect, and nothing will ever go exactly according to plan. That is ok because for everything that goes wrong, there is at least one thing that went right. Be thankful for those things that did go right.

This also means expressing your thanks, whether to customers, other businesses, coworkers, family, or friends. Verbalizing your thanks not only make them feel good, it will make you feel good. It is easy to throw out a “thanks” when someone does something small, but it is far more meaningful to say it at the end of a difficult project, problematic day, or after someone helps you. Seriously, you can never be too grateful for the help of others, and if you learn to let people know that you appreciate the help that is given (and that you noticed what they did), it helps to create a positive environment for everyone.

End the Day on a Positive Note

Don’t go to bed angry, upset, or focused on negative things. In fact, don’t go to bed thinking about everything you have to do tomorrow. Reflect on your day, think about what went right. Don’t force it. At first, you can just think of one or two things before you drift off to sleep. Over time, you will be able to come up with more. It is all about learning to rethink how you reflect on the day.

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Crowd-Source Funding and Investor Relations

Capital Fundraising, Crowd Sourcing and Securities Law

“With regulators considering easing fund-raising rules for start-ups …” a recent Wall Street Journal story began, “social-networking sites that link entrepreneurs to large pools of donors are gearing up for a boom.”

First, the background.  Federal and state securities laws govern the sales – including the solicitation of sales – of securities, affecting all efforts to raise capital for startups.  This includes any public efforts to raise money, and includes raising small or large amounts of money.  Generally, sales and solicitations of sales of stock require compliance with SEC and various state securities law, and more particularly the registration requirements of those laws.

The applicable federal laws are SEC regulations governing how capital can be solicited and from whom capital can be raised.

Advertising and Solicitation Rule. SEC Rule 502(c) prohibits “any form of general solicitation or general advertising” for the sale of securities, except as permitted by other rules.  These rules traditionally prohibited general fundraising through radio, television and newspaper advertisements, but for the same reasons would bar the same conduct through Twitter, Facebook and other social media.

Accredited Investor Rules. SEC Rules 504, 505 and 506 permit sales of securities to “accredited investors” without compliance with the securities registration requirements.  Accredited investors” is defined in SEC Rule 501, individuals with net worth exceeding $1 million or with annual income exceeding $200,000.

Now, the current context.  Social media is not new nor are calls to relax the capital raising rules, but noise for changes has come from increased start-up activity and, in particular, increased popularity of public fundraising sites seeking to “crowdsource” capital for ownership purposes beyond donations.  The Wall Street Journal reported in April that the SEC is considering revising its advertising and solicitation Rule, if not necessarily to permit unfettered general solicitations, then at least to allow increased recognition of some use of social media for startup companies and small businesses seeking to raise relatively small amounts of capital.  SEC chairman Mary Schapiro sent a letter in April to Darrel Issa, Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, stating that the Commission was considering new Rules or relaxing existing Rules.  Schapiro noted that she had received a widely-supported petition to ease rules for crowd-funding capital raises of up to $100,000.

The Journal noted, however, that in the early 1990s the SEC relaxed registration requirements for capital raises of up to $1 million, as well as accredited investor rules for wealthy individuals.  The story also noted that those relaxed requirements had been abandoned at the end of that decade out of revived concerns about investor fraud – perhaps not coincidentally, around the same time as the dot-com crash.

Current advocates for relaxing the rules – see for example, Joe Wallin’s Startup LawBlog – suggest that the SEC’s rules “don’t make sense”, although without offering much support other than that Depression-era legislation and accompanying Rules never contemplated social media.  That narrow point in and of itself is almost certainly correct.

Presumably, though, rules designed to prevent fraud still accomplish exactly that in light of the proliferation of ways for fundraisers to reach a broader investing public.  The advocates of changing the rules seem to be principally the same people who have always loathed the SEC, namely people trying to raise money from the public.  A better argument against the SEC’s existing rules might be simply that investors do not need these protections anymore, not that the existing rules aren’t adaptable to the medium.  That may or may not be true, but that does seem to be Wallin’s real argument when he writes, “If folks are willing to acknowledge that they are willing to lose their money on a highly speculative venture, let’s let them.”

Interestingly, the National Venture Capital Association has already publicly opposed any such broad regulatory relaxation.  From the NVCA’s perspective, securities law changes that incentivize small capital raises will discourage ultimate interest in companies seeking to tap into the broader public capital markets through traditional initial public offerings (IPOs).  Since IPOs are the most common form of payday for venture capital, this of course diminishes the attractiveness of venture capital, for investors and for entrepreneurs.

To “dominate a market“,  It all comes down to internet hours.

There are many investor relations and marketing firms available in the market today that are good for nothing. They collect big budgets and answer phone calls from already existing shareholders. The first step is to understand your niche. Formalize your unique selling proposition (USP): How is your content unique and how does it serve the needs of the people you’re trying to reach better than any other blog? What does your blog stand for? What specifics can you focus on that represents demand (search keywords) and industry discussion (social)?

The mechanics of a coordinated blogging effort that leverage search, social and content marketing involves:

  • Goals & objectives
  • Key message and differentiator – USP
  • Personal development
  • Search and social keyword research
  • Editorial plan mapped to search and social content
  • Search and Web Optimization
  • Link analysis
  • Social channel development
  • Intersection with online PR, media relations, advertising
  • Content promotion
  • Real-time and Adaptive
  • Monitoring, measurement & refinement

Whether you’re frustrated with the performance of your current efforts or you are starting a new campaign and want to maximize effectiveness, following a coordinated online marketing approach with a focus, can force multiply the effect of a company’s ability to “Be where customers are looking” (search), “Be where customers are talking” (social) “Be a source of influence, trust and engagement” (content). The result? You dominate your niche because all signals of credibility point to your social hub whether it’s via search, social, media – push or pull.