Reading Comprehensively, Writing Effectively and Public Speaking

By the time I was ready for college, I had a solid background in the fundamentals: reading, writing, and public speaking. With good teachers and the ability to concentrate, you can go pretty far with these skills. — Lee Iacocca (Iacocca: An Autobiography)

This quote is from Iacocca: An Autobiography. I use this quote to point out that Iacocca’s basic observation, from his youth, is still current today in our high technology world. Reading comprehensively, writing effectively, and public speaking are core concepts that are as beneficial today as they were in Iacocca’s youth. You develop these three core learning concepts most effectively; when coupled with glue that consists of concentration on the part of the student, and the guidance of a good teacher.

Our 21st Century students read today


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5 Tips Entrepreneurs and Business Owners Can Leverage to Build Strong Brand Enhancing Partnerships

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I am pretty sure that the amount of cases of people meeting one day and getting married the next are slim, right?  Right I mean who in the right, sane mind does that? So will you please help me understand why in business, entrepreneurs and business owners will meet a prospective JV partner one day and enter into an agreement with them to co-brand the next?

Surely, you can see the potential downfall here, right?  The truth is, if you haven’t done your due diligence, you can get yourself in a world of trouble.  I know I did.  The year was 2008 and I was a newbie on the scene and as any amateur who is overzealous might do, I got myself into a partnership that was completely wrong for my burgeoning brand.

And boy did I pay for it.

That is why when Riley’s question came across my desk, I knew


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A Time for Every Season

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There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.

This is a favorite passage of mine from the Old Testament (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8). I have come to understand that even when I want something to happen (or no


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Facing the Mirror, What Do You See?…..Learning to “LOVE” Your Truth


Friends, I dedicated an entire chapter in my book, Journey to a New You, to the reality that we must accept when we “face” the mirror. The chapter is titled the “Naked Truth”. For when we stare face to face with the mirror we are seeing ourselves as the world sees us. So how do you see yourself? Do you close your eyes when you face the mirror? Do you run by quickly to avoid seeing yourself? Do you block out your own image altogether in order to avoid that “awkward” moment?

Better still, how many of us have limited the number of mirrors in our path? Did you know that some folks actually limit the number of mirrors in their home to avoid confronting their truth? What truth may that be? The fact is that some people avoid, even dread looking in the mirror because they do not like what they se


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5 Tips, Entrepreneurs and Business Owners Can Leverage to Protect Their Gift While Maximizing Impact


I recently had a session with an astrologist where he told me that I am a “Role Model Hermit.”  Initially, I laughed.  “What in the devil is a role model hermit, anyway?” Then I thought about it and I realized that I am a role model (my work puts me out where others can see and gain inspiration) and a hermit (my favorite thing to do when I don’t have to be on center stage is chill, be mellow, relax and shield myself.)  Upon this realization, I knew that I couldn’t possibly be the only person who could be described this way.

So here’s the challenge – when you are a hermit building a business, it may become a problem.

The very nature of building a business means you have to get out of your own way and position yourself to evoke change in the lives of others, but you have to do it in a way t


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Knowing When It’s Time To Let Go– A Sign of Growth


Friends, there will be times in your lives when you will need to make some tough decisions. One of the most difficult being when and how to let go. I like to consider myself an expert in this area. For some, the belief is that holding on is a sign of strength, and it certainly can be, unless done out of fear. Sometimes, we remain in the same place out of fear of the “unknown”…..unfortunately, holding on out of fear doesn’t make you strong…..not at all. In my opinion, I believe that the ability to let go often times will birth your inner strength.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting that you should throw in the towel whenever you encounter difficult times…..what I am saying is that you will need to be wise enough to discern when enough is enough. There will be times in life when you


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7 Ways to set your dreams/goals in motion

1. Don’t wait for others to say ok.  Trust yourself and your creator.

2. It don’t have to be perfect – Just Do It.  No better time than the present.

3. Make Time.  You must invest in those things that are worth it.

4. Decide. What you want and how you’re going to do it.

5. Be Bold. Don’t wait for others to tell you its okay, Go for it.

6. Go All In.  With your time, energy, money.

7. Have a singular focus. Make your dreams and goals your priority.

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What Do You Really Believe?

Recently, I spoke at a Women’s Empowerment Summit that targeted women who were in business or considering starting a business.

I began my presentation with a nugget of truth- or at least my perception of truth. I began with the bible verse found in Mark 9:23 which shares the story of Jesus healing the young boy of an Evil Spirit.

The father (who I imagine was weary with watching his son suffer for years with this possession) said to Jesus, “If you can do anything, please have mercy and heal my son.” Jesus, according to the NIV version says, “If you can? Everything is possible to him that believes.”

Before Jesus healed folks and showed His signs and wonders, He had a pattern. Before the transformation was to take place, He asked them about their Faith and if they Believed…

Before your trans


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I Have Been A Victim of Racial Profiling: A Letter to Mr. Eric Holder

Greetings Mr. Eric Holder,

I am a fifty-seven year old female; my heart is heavy. This is a rambling, not conscious, not well thought out, ‘cause, well, when one has been racially profiled, the intention of the profiler to stop, search, handcuff (in my case) a human being because of the perceived identity the profiler has placed on the one being profiled is unnerving.

Just rambling: Another and another African American male gun down in the streets of America. I find no reason in asking WHY. . . Somehow that word has become a redundant fixture in the world of cop shakedowns and killings. The answer always seems to be “I THOUGHT that. . . .” This “I thought that” is housed in the systematic paradox of fear and hatred of people who look like me—brown. This fear nurtured by a systematic confus


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How Entrepreneurs and Business Owners Can Discern an Ideal Client

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If you’ve been in business for longer than one day, this has undoubtedly happened to you:  You signed up a client that actually ended up being a nightmare.  You know what I mean; their payments don’t go through, they don’t do the work, which means that they don’t get the results, they keep wanting another handout or discount because they know you well and they don’t see the value of investing in your products and services,  and more importantly, themselves.

Sounds all too familiar, right?  Especially if you’re working B to B in the Entrepreneurial marketplace.  With 89.70% of non employer entities as classified by the US Small Business Administration in 2011 not earning greater than $100,000 a year, it’s easy to understand why they can’t afford to pay you on time.  And I’m sorry to tell y


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Back in 1981 going into my senior year of high school I learned a valuable, lifelong lesson that is applicable to everything I am doing today. My head football coach called it the BIG PUSH, we called it insane and we just knew he was crazy. After 30 years I am still convinced he was crazy, but I am also sure that the BP prepared me for any life challenge I would face in my life.

We were a decent football team coming into that senior season, we had finished the previous year barely above .500 but we knew we had a bunch of committed, talented players who survived our junior season’s “house cleaning” process that this same coach took us through which resulted in only 25 players suiting up when most teams had 50 – 60 players.

The BIG PUSH was a combination of psychological and physical tearing


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The Power Circle – Network, Empowerment, Charity Lunch For Immediate PRESS RELASE

The Power Circle Lunch

Prayer* Prosper* Power

Networking, Empowering and Charity Lunch

Join Empowerer, Author and Influencer-Wendi J. Turner , Dynamic Minister, Christian Comedian, Singer and Associate Pastor of Lakewood Church- John Gray, Successful Entrepreneur and Community Influencer-Dave Anderson, Author, Business Coach and Boss Women Pray Movement Leader- Kachelle Kelly and Golf Phenom, and CEO-Maggie Noel.


What do these people have in common? They are part of “The Power Circle.”  Join us for high energy, captivating conversation and intimate connections with some of Houston’s major influencers.

The Power Circle 2014 Lunch is an interactive and empowering networking luncheon designed to motivate, inspire, and educate the minds of men and women to a level of imagined heights of perso


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