Business, Evergreen

Why Successful Entrepreneurs + Freelancers Invest in Conferences

October 4, 2015 • By

You have heard the saying your network is your networth, right? Have you ever stopped to think how intentional you are about building your network? I listened to my friend Raevyn Jones’ periscope on how to attract premium high-paying clients. (I keep trying to tell y’all about this periscope thing, but I digress.) As she was talking, a light bulb went off. If you continue to try to build your network at the free local events, you’re not going to meet people willing to purchase from you. Duh! Right?  Why hadn’t I thought about it before?

I’ve been there. Whether I’ve spoken at or attended a free or low-cost event, I’ve found that generating new business and leads from these kinds of events is hard. Perhaps they aren’t looking to invest in anything at this time because of budget, or they just don’t know what they need. Nonetheless, if you want to make money, you need to go where the right leads are. And by the right leads, I mean people who are crystal clear on what they need to accomplish to be successful and where the gaps that hinder them are. Successful entrepreneurs and freelancers attend conferences, and often expensive ones at that, because that’s where their target market is.

Think about it. Conferences like SHE Summit and Entrepreneur 360 cost a few hundred dollars. That means, that the attendees value themselves enough to pay top dollar for their personal and professional development. This also means that they have a goal and they have a budget. They wouldn’t be at there if they had it all figured out. So why not take advantage of building connections with people who may become clients in the future? $1000 may seem like a lot to spend on a few days, but if you network properly, the return on investment will be much greater. Here are some conferences to keep on your radar for 2016. Pin it so you don’t forget.

Related: Common Networking Mistakes Most People Make

Top Blogger, Entrepreneur and Freelancer Conferences To Attend. Click for reasons why you should invest in blogging and business conferences and links to all 33 conferences and summits. The Best Conferences For Entrepreneurs, Bloggers + Freelancers in 2016

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SHE Summit, The 4th Annual Global Women’s Empowerment Conference is this week at the 92nd Street Y (1395 Lexington Avenue, NY, NY) – featuring an unprecedented 30+ Empowerment Panels & Talks and 80 Groundbreaking Speakers aimed to:

  • Drive Gender Equality by 2030, in keeping with the Global Goals
  • Propel your next phase of personal and professional success
  • Shift you into your MOST EMPOWERED mental state of self
  • Re-align you with authentic goals and values
  • Realize your personal power to drive today’s modern women’s movement

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What is Periscope and Why You Need to Get On It

October 1, 2015 • By

If you haven’t noticed, I’m obsessed with Periscope. I’m still in shock when I mention it and get a blank stare from bloggers, freelancers, business owners and consultants. Do you know the kind of opportunity that you are missing out on? It’s still a relatively new platform that not a lot of people don’t know how to leverage. But let me put it into perspective for you. It took Instagram almost 3 months to get its first million users. Periscope did that in 10 days. Four months after launching, the app had 10 million accounts and people watching 21 million minutes of live-streaming a day. That’s equivalent to 45 years, people. Stop reading this and download it now. Then follow me. (Shameless plug, whatever.)

The platform has exploded within the last 6 weeks, right on time for the recent Periscope Summit in NYC. Don’t have FOMO though, I’m going to share all the deets from the summit below. In addition, I wanted to share periscope tips on how businesses, bloggers, and media personalities can thrive on the live-streaming app and take engagement to completely new levels.


Evergreen, Style

[Style Post] White is Still Right

September 30, 2015 • By

We all know that Labor Day is the unofficial death of summer. Yes, I had to get really dramatic just now because I’m a tab bit sad that it’s over. Where did the time go? As the bikinis and flip flops get packed away for fall, so do our white jeans and dresses. But why? I wasted a solid 20 minutes of my life trying to find us both an answer while watching Orange is the New Black. Ton of websites and none gave me a clear answer, so I am going to assume someone made it up. I am not ready to put away my white pants just yet. Here is how I fallify them.


Personal Brand Profiles

Personal Brands We Love: Alechia Reese, The Millennial Voice

September 29, 2015 • By

Alechia, Alechia, Alechia. So amazing I had to type her name three times. The Alechia Reese and I met in Miami a few years ago after being connected through a mutual friend, and in true girlboss fashion have consistently supported one another through multiple endeavors. A mother, branding expert, media personality and talent, professional speaker and non-profit foundation runner, there really isn’t an area of entertainment and marketing that Alechia hasn’t mastered. What I love about Alechia is she is the true example  of “work in silence and let success make the noise.” She may not have the largest social media following or accumulate thousands of likes in a matter of hours, but her work speaks for itself. The partnerships she’s developed, the brands that she’s represented and the results she’s gotten for her clients, proves that a large following isn’t indicative of success. In this PBWL feature, we get a glimpse into the world of this amazing woman. Keep reading!


Evergreen, Style

[Style Post] Mixed Signals

September 23, 2015 • By

The last day of summer has come and gone, but clearly I am in denial because I’m still trying to wear shorts. I’ve worn this outfit twice since I shot it, here and in Dubai, and I am obsessed with mixing prints. It’s a trend that I have wanted to try for a while, and I was finally able to find two pieces that worked.