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Calling all agents – you need an awesome headshot! Check out this video I did for Desert Dimensions Properties, and then RSVP for the Agents of Change: Personal Branding Clinic on May 2nd from 4-6pm. We will have complimentary hair and makeup touchups from Enlighten Studio, a free headshot courtesy of Desert Dimensions Properties, I will be there to provide tips for developing a strong personal brand and enjoy refreshments from The Lizy Hoeffer Team. Don’t miss it, RSVP now!

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It’s been a little while since we originally filmed this video, and you may have seen some of the video on the Seattle By Foot website, but I’m excited to finally share the interview in its entirety!

I love Love LOVE these women – Penny and Heather are business partners, but they are also moms and they know how to make their business work for their lifestyles. But it all comes together for them, “we support each other with childcare, working together and working from home”, Heather shared.

While they live in one of my fave cities, I couldn’t imagine how a walking tour company could easily fit for a family with children. And while the company offers fun city tours, and pub and coffee crawls, kids were the inspiration behind their walking tour for kids.

Check out the video, in it Heather and Penny take me and my family (and Penny’s sweet daughter Anaya) on a foot tour of Pike Place Market, and we see just how accessible and exciting a place it can be for families. Can’t wait to return!

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Jennier Maggiore, speaker, mentor and entrepreneur of red balloon, shares 5 tips for holding your vision and manifesting your goals.

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We know as adults how important it is to find purpose, the same is true for our kids. Having a purpose and working toward it is essential to having a sense of fulfillment and well-being, both at home and at work (or school!).

Helping your children find purpose can be simple, and gives them a head start. In this video, Jenn shares three tips for helping your children find their purpose.

How did you find yours? Do you talk to your kids about their purpose?

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original image by anthony_p_c from Flickr

I know, I know, you’re crazy busy. Stop glorifying that shit. It’s not good for you.

Slow down, and make time in your schedule to meet with people. Meet with people who are young and want to pick your brain. Meet with people in your industry to compare notes. Meet with people just because they seem cool.

Years ago, I built my business on the kindness of people who were willing to meet with me. I joined a professional organization and spent whole days networking like mad, inviting people to coffee – prospects, professionals in my industry, silver hairs with years of experience and wisdom, the young and hip.

I learned so much from each of these folks, and am still grateful that they made time for me in their busy schedules. Many of those people also became my greatest referral sources as I became established and experienced. As busy as I get, I try to keep those people in mind when people ask for my time… you never know when someone you meet with casually today will remember you for big opportunities down the line.

A perfect example is when I met the fine duo of ladies behind the local media company Brilliant Sky Media, LLC. I received this lovely email from co-founder, Shana, a few days ago. She says it all beautifully. Read this and then go pencil in a few coffee and lunch meetings with people you’d like to get to know better.

As you know [Person Jenn Referred to Brilliant Sky] recommended us to [Big Important Client]. They were looking to create videos and we did a proposal, as did other video production companies, and we got the job! We just had our first meeting yesterday.

This all started with you. A simple coffee and it has turned into a very important job for us. We have always wanted to work with a non-profit that helps women in need and now we have that chance. Melissa and I cannot say thank you enough. You believed in us enough to recommend us to your client who recommended us to her friend. This is what it is all about… not the networking but women reaching out and helping each other.

Some talk about “leaning in” I thinking it’s about leaning forward and extending your hand to other women. It’s a powerful and profound thing when you can help someone else without any gain for yourself.

I will say Melissa and I sing your praises to folks when we talk about the importance of just meeting with other people. So many people have said to us “Why do you offer free consultations? Why do you meet with people that don’t necessarily need video? It sounds like a waste of time. You’re so busy, why make time?”

Our answer is always the same… we treat people the way we want to be treated… a recommendation can come from the unlikeliest of places and it’s not a waste of time. This is our business, our livelihood. If you don’t invest in yourself who will?

Here’s why… a meeting… a coffee.. that extension of yourself as a business person and an individual speaks volumes about who you are. We take (almost) every meeting… and we meet with people because you never know. You don’t know where it could lead. It doesn’t have to be a job, it can be anything.

Why limit yourself.

Jenn— thank you… thank you so much!

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