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The New Mandate For Female Entrepreneurs

Reason #9 to attend the Activate Conference:

It’ time to replace fear with ferocity.

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Look out behind you! There’s something lurking and if it catches you, it’ll be a disaster! It’s a four letter word…F-E-A-R. Run, girl, RUUUUUUUUNNN!

Fear is like a big, ugly monster waiting to claim you as its victim. It hides and sneaks up on you just when you think you’ve conquered what you’re afraid of. It can stop you in your tracks and make you second-guess and doubt everything you want to do. But you must remember, you can fight back! You have to attack your fear with ferocity.

Admit it. You’ve stopped your progress on several occasions by letting fear take over your actions. You’ve told yourself  “I’m not ready for that yet“ or “I don’t think I can do that”. And whether you believe it or not, those statements are full of fear. The Activate Conference with Lucinda Cross will compel you to face, address and conquer your fears.

When you’re afraid, you need to be comforted and you need to feel empowered. The women at the Activate Conference have faced their fears and are able to show and tell you how to face yours. What’s even more dynamic is that some of the attendees are still running from their fears. BUT they’ve made a decision that they and fear will both arrive at the Activate Conference, but only one of them will walk out alive. Can you guess which one it will be?

Your ferocity is trapped underneath challenges, resentment and self-sabotage. The Activate Conference will help you remove those layers and unleash ferocity which is so bold and so powerful, it’ll make fear run away from you! If you know it’s time to replace your fear with ferocity, then you need to attend the Activate Conference.

 

Shannon Henderson ImShannon.comThis countdown blog has been provided by Shannon Baylor-Henderson, your “Start-Up Coach” from ImShannon.com.

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Snap Out Of It! It’s Time To Rise!

Reason #10 to attend the Activate Conference:

Good is no longer enough. It’s time to do better.

 

You’ve tried and pushed and made some progress. That’s good. But there’s so much more for you to accomplish. You’ve got big dreams that need to be conquered and it’s not going to happen overnight. You’ve set goals that need to be reached and they’re nothing to “shake a stick” at. This means that good is no longer enough. It’s time to do better.

The Activate Conference is your tool to doing better. You’ll be surrounded by people who have embraced their progress and are very proud of all of the blood, sweat and tears they’ve put into books, messages, relationships, businesses and personal achievements. These people started out with a vision that has evolved into a passion and ultimately, the passion has turned into a purpose. But what’s even more powerful about the Activate Conference attendees, speakers, ambassadors and volunteers is that they’ve made a vow to turn it up a notch. They are taking serious strides to go from good to better. You deserve to be one of these people!

The truth is, it’s easy to settle with thoughts of being in a “good place”. Nothing is broken. So why should you bother fixing it? The answer is simple. If you honestly felt that your “good place” was enough, you wouldn’t spend as much time as you do fantasizing, journaling, sharing, building, observing, wishing or hoping. You’d be just fine where you are. The mere fact that you’re looking forward to something—anything— means you are ready and willing to go from good to better.

So you’ve got the readiness and willingness. Now all you need is to be able to go from good to better. The Activate Conference provides you with the ability. You will connect, grow and build. You will hone in on strengths you have pushed aside or refused to accept. You will shake hands, exchange business cards and conversations. You will learn and become activated. You will walk away knowing you have all of the power to go from good to better.

 

Shannon Henderson ImShannon.comThis countdown blog has been provided by Shannon Baylor-Henderson, your “Start-Up Coach” from ImShannon.com.

 

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Three Lessons Every Woman Can Learn From Paula Deen

paula deenHave you ever been in a situation where you wish you could just disappear like Invisible Woman from Fantastic Four?

Well in this situation, Ms. Deen’s brand is becoming invisible and her reputation is now marred by lack of brand etiquette. Lacking etiquette can and will allow your ignorance to surface which can effect and affect those who believe in you and support you. For those of you who are not aware of what’s going on with the Paula Deen story, check out this article by the NY Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/22/dining/paula-deen-is-a-no-show-on-today.html

I have listed three lessons we can all learn from Ms. Deen’s brand destruction.

Lesson #1: Loose lips sink ships! Please be aware of what you say, who you say it to and how you say it. As you build your platform every choice you make matters. Make a conscious effort to strive for excellence in your actions and in your communication. Think twice before you speak.  Make sure you have trusted advisors on your team who you can flush ideas out with before you communicate them openly to your staff or team members.

Lesson #2: You are the brand! We all have a past. I have a past and it’s important that we own our past. Once you own your past you can connect to the present. Ms. Deen’s brand image connected to the public on screen, but off screen she was disconnected with how to communicate and reference African Americans.  The key here is to know your audience, stay current with cultures and trends to avoid ignorance and humiliation.

Lesson #3: Protect your neck! As you build your platform you will upset some people, the objective should always be to stay away from offensive, derogatory or racial epithets. One commentator on a national news program suggested that Ms. Deen should have atoned for the pain of slavery, given credit to African-Americans who helped influence some of the country food that made her famous and offered a stronger statement against racism. If you say something offensive make a sincere apology and move on.

In each of the following cases: Bill Clinton- infidelity, Jesse Jackson-love child, Vanessa Williams-pose nude (I almost forgot about that) and this crazy dude Don Imus-who said nappy headed hoes on air. There was a sincere apology and inspired actions that transformed and transitioned these cases of brand destruction into positive public figures.

What are your thoughts?

 

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Be Unstoppable

The value of today. I never really understood the value of each day until my mom passed away…I never really understood the value of today until my freedom was snatched away. Today is a defining moment. I live for today. I grind for today. I love for today.~ Lucinda Cross~

What is stopping you from doing and being all that you can be?

What is stopping you from going where you want to go?

What is stopping you from saying what you want to say?

 

The more you look deep within and realize that there is bliss just waiting to be exposed. No on can stop you but you.   To change at a deep level, you have to go within and find those old beliefs, confront them, and trash them.

This is what Steven Pressfield had to say about this: “RESISTANCE will tell you anything to keep you from doing your work. It will reason with you like a lawyer, or jam a nine millimeter pistol in your face like a stick-up man.”

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Compromising Makes You Irrelevant

#1 Irrelevant tip: Be all over the place, become a Jackie of All Trades and a master of none.
#2 Irrelevant tip: Low ball yourself and let others know that you are afraid of success…this really helps you to become passionately poor quick.
#3 Irrelevant tip: Keep listening to other people, start listening to your dream snatchers and your haters in disguise. You know the ones who don’t do much but always have a lot to say.
#4 Irrelevant tip: Keep procrastinating and thinking you have all the time in the world.
#5 Irrelevant tip: When you get rejected the first time, take that as a sign that this is not for you.
#6 Irrelevant tip: Keep comparing yourself to others. The more you mind other peoples biz, the less you will focus on your own.
#7 Irrelevant tip: Never ask for what you want, never raise your standards, never stand up for what you believe in.
#8 Irrelevant tip: Never ever build a platform, just keep waiting by the phone or hoping that someone may recognize your talent.
#9 Irrelevant tip: Don’t blog, don’t write, don’t package, don’t position, don’t network and don’t you dare tell someone you have a dream.

All of these tips will keep you irrelevant in the marketplace. Please do something about this. Join “Team Red” at The Activate Intensive http://tinyurl.com/as5a6hv

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This is for my #1 Procrastinators

Hi my name is Lucinda Cross and I am a recovering procrastinator. I stopped using procrastination in 2009 when I was leaving an important meeting at WLIB radio and my car was towed. That was a $1400 dollar lesson.

First, I procrastinated in leaving the house, which led me to park on the street instead of a garage, which was a result of my procrastination in not paying my past parking tickets. Procrastination is an addiction and it will take over your life.

Don’t wait until your stuff is taken away before you take action. Activate don’t procrastinate. Activate Your Life Today

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Black America Web Interview w/ Nikki Woods: Take Your Expertise to the Masses

Are you ready to take your story, your expertise or your experience and create a signature platform?

Do you want to turn your experience, your story and your message to the world and create profitable opportunities for success by setting your own stage and building your own platform?

If you are ready to BE the voice of change by using your two most valuable assets, your power to write and the power to speak?

Then I want to introduce you to Lucinda Cross who travels the country to show women how to do just that.

We both believe that you have the power to heal, educate, inspire and uplift using your expertise or life experience. Join our conversation as we discuss tips and strategies on how to help you get your message to the world.

Click here to watch this cool vlog.

 

Lucinda Cross

Find out when we will be in your city or ask us how to get us in your city http://www.activateyourlifeweekend.com

 

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Try Something New For 30 Days

 

 

 

 

 

I love challenges, and the best way to get me to do something is through short and consistent action steps. Starting today I am embarking on a personal 30 Days of More.


I will wake up at 5am for the next 30 days consistently to meditate, pray and work out. I usually get up at 5am, say my prayers and go back to bed for a quick 45min snooze before waking the kids up for school.  The purpose of me waking up at 5am is to build spiritual strength. Spiritual strength equals more life, more happiness, more money, more opportunities, more, more and more. There is something about the morning and getting spiritually grounded that helps my day flow. I am more alert and aware, I am more creative and productive. I am ready for 30 days of more.

What are you willing to do consistently in 30 days, that you may add or remove in order to live better?

(I will report my results as I go along so stay tuned and please feel free to post your personal 30Day challenge for yourself. I encourage you to share yours below so we can celebrate together and encourage each other.)

 

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Part 2: The ABC’s of Being an Irreplaceable Presenter

Speaking at The Girl Exhale Conference in FL 2012

Today we are going to take a look at letters D, E and F when it comes to presenting with power. By learning and applying the alphabet speaker tips, you will become more valuable in every phase of your presentation. And as your value increases, you will become more confident in your presentations, more productive, more vital to event planners, coordinators and those who seek to hire you. This is the alphabet soup for presenters, speakers, or anyone who has something meaningful to say.

Let’s begin…

D-Double dip.  Prepare yourself for the opportunity within the opportunity. This means that you set yourself up for the next ____________(fill in the blank). As a presenter or a speaker you must learn how to be an opportunist. How can you leverage this opportunity to build your list, join a future webinar, tele-seminar or smaller event based on your topic? Find out how you can partner or further support the organization that hired you to speak. This way you can engage the audience and the organization to hear more than your 15min-45min spiel. Presenting is one opportunity but look for an additional opportunity within the opportunity to build your platform and establish a stronger relationship.

E-Energy. Come prepared to fill the room with vim and vigor. Consider some techniques that will help shift the energy. Keep in mind your audience is just as nervous as you are. Ice breakers, music, affirmations or prayer are great ways to initiate the energy in the room. I found props and exercises to be a huge hit for my presentations. It calms my nerves and allows me to find out where the energy in the room is. Once you find out where the energy in the room is, then you can pull from that side in order to engage the other side of the room. If you feel the presentation is running dry or the energy is too low, consider giving them an exercise to do, give away some prizes, call up a few volunteers. Keep the ENERGY flowing. (Know your audience as well, based on the age range and the seating in the room, don’t ask everyone to stand up when the seating is awkward. Avoid the “butts in the face” and “boobs on the back” exercises because of limited space.  Avoid breathing exercises especially after lunch; the worst thing is to have someone breathing on your neck after an onion salad or fish sandwich ~ewwww).

F-Face locution. Remember that your face is talking just as you are presenting. What do I mean by “face locution”? You must be aware of your facial expressions and keep in mind that people are watching your facial reactions. If you look in the mirror and start to do a mock presentation, watch how your eyebrows move, your lips, your eyes, your forehead, etc. Your facial expressions in addition to your tone of voice give your words more definition and power. Your audience is going to respond based on your facial talk. So take a look at a past video you have done, or record yourself and see if your face is in conflict or agreement with your message. We all know the faces our mother used to give us and we know what those facial expressions meant without her opening her mouth. The same goes for us presenters. Watch what your face says…lol It may be cursing your audience out…

More speaker tips tomorrow…. (G, H, & I)

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Lucinda Cross, The Activator

Are you coming to the One Day Activate Intensive? This is the place to be if you are in the process of building your platform. Check it out and sign up if you feel this is your time to speak it, write it and live it. http://www.activateyourlifeweekend.com

 

 

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The ABC’s of Being an Irreplaceable Presenter

The secret sauce as a speaker building her platform is YOU. In order to be referred and chosen for those engagements that you love and enjoy, you must shift your thinking and change your approach.

The one thing that I hear from coordinators who hire me to speak is that they appreciate how I was present my content and engage with the audience. They appreciate how I allow my personality to work the room.

For some reason Feb and March are the months that I get lots of calls for presentation and platform coaching. I want to share with you the alphabets that I share with my clients that can support you in showing up powerfully every single time.

A- Attraction.  Make sure your message is just as attractive as you are. Attraction has nothing to do with size or shape. Attraction has everything to do with confidence, clarity and energy.  Make sure you feel good, look good, sound good, smell good and your message makes their mouth water, wanting more of those juicy tips and words of encouragement. Tap into the five senses when it comes to Attraction.

B-Be YOU. The worst thing any speaker can do is show up as someone else other than themselves. I have been to conferences where if I closed my eyes, the presenter souned like Les Brown or Toni Robbins. I have been to engagements where the speaker is doing a full YouTube clip of someone else’s presentation. The best gift you can give to your audience is YOU. Give them your personality, and your style. When YOU show up and leave Iyanla Vanzant behind or Lisa Nichols you will step into your power and rock the stage. Be YOU.

C- Creativity. Think of ways you can be creative to stand out or to make your presentation memorable. Can you wear a special color shoe, a broche, a certain hat or t-shirt? Is there something that can be included into your signature style by bringing in extra large pens or giving out signature journals, maybe even having a signature song? Whatever you decide make sure you think of ways that you can make your presentation memorable. At one of my networking events I handed out oversized pencils to all the writers, they loved it, took pictures and tweeted about it. Think of ways that you can show your creative side.

More speaker tips tomorrow…. (D, E & F)

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Lucinda Cross, The Activator

Are you coming to the One Day Activate Intensive? Check it out and if you don’t see your city let us know if you would like to help us host it in your town. http://www.activateyourlifeweekend.com

 

 

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