Spilling My Personal Tea

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There’s a few fun, exciting, labor-intensive updates to share:

You may have noticed I have a proliferation of new Facebook Fan Pages.  Many of my shows are growing and need their own dedicated feeds separate from my personal Facebook & Twitter feeds.  The one that’s about to pop is “Horror Talk with Kristin West“.  Follow us on Twitter & LIKE us on Facebook so that you’re up-to-date.   After all, have no #FOMO if you’re connected.

Star Power:  Celebrities & Astrology is also gaining momentum.  I partnered with the LA Wire, so they are now getting my weekly horoscopes and broadcasts too.  Be sure to follow Star Power & LIKE that page as well.  Magic is everywhere.

That’s just what’s okay for me to discuss at the moment.  There’s a lot of fun, cool stuff coming up.  If you’re dying to be the first to be in-the-know, I strongly suggest that you join two of my Facebook Groups:  Fans of Kristin West AND Kristin West’s Upcoming TV, Movie, Radio & Streaming Events.

I’ve been in a land of contracts and paperwork, editing bays and more.  Can’t wait to share everything.  As I said in some of my personal posts, the ink’s still dryin’…

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Weighty Self-Worth Issues

This week, I had a lesson in how valuable I am.  From time to time, we say to ourselves, “I’m valuable.  I’m important.  I have something to offer,” etc.  It’s easy to pay lip service to those affirmations, but it’s a whole different matter when we actually have to calculate our worth in real terms.  Yesterday night, I was crunching a bunch of numbers regarding some of my business ventures and I realized that I had a good sense of my worth.  I wasn’t asking “Who would want to pay for that?”  Instead, I was asking, “Who wouldn’t?”

Not everyone has had the epiphany I’ve had though.  It’s been well documented that skinnier women get paid more than heavier women and all women are touched by the gender pay gap in some way as well.

Freek Vermeulen explains:

Various studies have shown that overweight people are seen as less conscientious, less agreeable, less emotionally stable, less productive, lazy, lacking in self-discipline, and even dishonest, sloppy, ugly, socially unattractive, and sexually unskilled; the list goes on and on.* The stereotypes run so deep that even obese people hold these same discriminatory beliefs about other obese people.

It’s hard to stand up for what you’re worth as a plus size woman in the world.  It’s hard to fight years of stereotypes, especially the ones we’ve internalized and had used against us.  The saddest thing to me is that people with weight challenges do often hold these beliefs about others with weight issues.  I know I too struggle with this and I have to check myself.

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Also, don’t forget to measure value in more abstract terms too.  Real dollars and cents make sense, but are you treated well at your work?  Do you feel valued and important?  Your paycheck may be adequate but the emotional cost of your work environment may be too much.  There are some things money can’t buy, and one of those things is a happy heart and an ebullient spirit.

I think one of the most freeing things that can happen for anyone struggling with body image issues is to get to that head space where you have “zero f**ks given”.  You’re just doing you.  That’s the zero you ultimately want to achieve.  Zero is not a size to achieve but an attitude to aspire to, where you know what makes you happy and you’re not allowing others to dictate to you what you should think and feel about yourself and others.  So that’s the zero that I wish all people get to–not a teensy weensy size but a big, bold attitude of self empowerment and self worth.

 

 

Break the Ice to Break Career Barriers

HELLO MY NAME IS….

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We’ve all had a hard time breaking the ice and the pressure at conferences and networking events to make something happen can make it even more difficult.  How many times have you walked into a room for a professional event and just felt awkward?  We all have.

Is there a better way, or even a strategy to making the most of a networking opportunity?  Powerhouse networkers Judy Goss and Marie Fratoni have years of experience attending and putting on events.  They divulge their best advice on making the most of your next networking event and Judy discusses her upcoming conference, Spirit of Women, in Atlanta, October 7 & 8.

Judy Goss, high fashion model turned lifestyle journalism mogul, wanted to create a lifestyles networking experience.  Her networking group, What Women Want, now has chapters spanning the entire country.

Marie Fratoni, a master networker and founder of Get Clients Everywhere, elucidates the correlations between networking and sales.  She also discusses how important setting intentions are to having success at networking events and conferences.

Listen in to the broadcast for real, actionable tips to making your next networking outing a success!

Getting Yourself Out There

“Getting yourself out there”—it’s advice we hear all the time, but all too often it’s nebulous.  What’s out “out there” and how do we do it in a way that’s productive?  On this week’s episode of What Women Want Talk Radio we discussed the branding strategies of businesses large and small with experts Pamella Horton and Susan Gunelius.  Our riveting discussion unpacked more than just brand strategy.  We delved into to recent campaigns from companies like Campbell’s Soup and Pepsi as well as discussed influencer and content marketing—and so much more.

Learn more on Mogul.

Congratulations Amy Newmark & CSSE

When a woman I’ve met succeeds at achieving her goals, it makes me hopeful. Congratulations to Amy Newmark of Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment! CSSE is now trading publicly on NASDAQ. I had the honor of speaking with Amy on What Women Want Talk Radio a few months back with Judy Goss! Amy is a shining example of leadership and vision.Her entertainment company has been making headlines today and I am so happy for her success.

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Amy Newmark at the opening bell of NASDAQ 8/18/2017, debuting Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (CSSE).  Photo courtesy of NASDAQ Official Facebook Page. 

 

Check out this stellar interview with Amy Newmark  here.

Your Brand is Everything

You have a great idea.  You have a great team.  You have superb processes and resources to set your business plans into motion…. but then, it’s time to discuss branding.  This where many entrepreneurs with innovative ideas get stuck.  Branding influences our lives as consumers of goods and services and the difference between great branding and bad branding impacts the viability of businesses.  On yesterday’s What Women Want Talk Radio broadcast, we had guests Joan Pelzer and Paula Conway on to unpack how branding impacts businesses large and small.

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Joan Pelzer of Joan Pelzer Media provides dynamic social media consulting in New York City.  With years of experience in navigating the often-tumultuous social media landscape, Joan emphasizes communicating with authenticity—finding what’s truthful for you.  Joan’s enthusiasm and passion for her work is evident and this guides her branding choices for herself and those she helps.  Joan says, “I’m living my brand.”  Joan, Judy and I took on the topic of live streaming video on social media, and how to leverage it to benefit your brand.

Paula Conway, head of Astonish Media Group, a strategic media company, has years of experience helping brand her clients in hyper-competitive New York City.  She puts it very simply and directly, “Branding is quite literally everything.”  Many smaller companies don’t understand what their own brand is and may not have invested the time or the resources to clarify their brand identity.   Paula, as a branding expert, talks about how she branded her own company and how the power of the word “astonish” sets client expectations and her expectations of her employees.

I think one of the most important things that came out of this conversation is that communication happens on many levels.  Branding is more than coming up with a catchy slogan.  It’s more than a logo.  Branding extends to how we communicate and how we meet expectations, and hopefully, exceed them.

Listen to this compelling broadcast here.

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Building Brands into Billions

It’s not everyday you get to have a conversation with the woman behind some of the most successful fashion & lifestyle start-ups of recent memory, but I did.  Judy Goss  and I had the opportunity to share an hour with the amazing, inspiring and down-to-earth Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, founder of Gilt and Glam Squad, to discuss her new concierge wardrobe service, Fitz.

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Listen in to Alexandra’s wisdom here, discussing everything from testing ideas, to choosing team members, to naming a business for success.

Inside the Minds of Working Moms

If you are a working mother and need a pick-me-up, check out this week’s episode of What Women Want Talk Radio.  Judy Goss and I had guests Meredith Bodgas, editor-in-chief of Working Mother and Linda Albright, founder of Women’s Wealth Revolution, on to discuss working motherhood in the US.

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This conversation was lively, honest and layered.  The issues around being a working mother in the US are enormous, but Judy and our guests really had an interesting perspectives.  Listen all the way through and get access to a FREE webinar to help women achieve their goals and aspirations with Linda Albright.

Click here for the replay of the broadcast!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Making It Personal: Turning Our Problems into Profit

Have a problem?  You may have business opportunity.  What’s so interesting about Stacia Pache & Rochelle Graham is they both had personal issues and instead of endlessly searching for an existing product to meet their needs they decided to make the product they were looking for themselves.

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Now, they both have vibrant, growing businesses.  Learn more about ItBandz, Stacia’s quest for a better knee band, and Alikay Naturals, Rochelle’s company, which grew from Rochelle’s need for rapid recuperation of her hair on this great interview on What Women Want Talk Radio hosted by Judy Goss on Mogul.

Got a problem?  Get a business mindset!