Brave

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Brave | AprilNoelle.com

I’ve been ruminating on this word, BRAVE, for weeks as I’ve deemed it my “Word of the Year”. As simple as it is, my chosen word of the year has a lot of implications and requirements. Unlike a previous choice, the word brave means “ready to face and endure danger or pain; showing courage”. Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Honestly, I sigh with an overwhelming sense of pressure, even before I get start. I LOVE my comfort zone. My comfort zone is just living my day to day life. I take the kids to school, I go to work and connect with potential...

Who You SHOULD Meet While Networking

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Meet the Right People at Networking Events | AprilNoelle.com

It’s almost five o’clock and you signed up to go to a networking event that starts at six. What you really want to do is to go home, eat and go to sleep or take care of the millions of things elsewhere. But… You promised yourself you’d grow your business. It’s been stagnant for a while and it’s time to get more customers. You’re normally disappointed because you may get one customer, if you’re lucky.  Time is running out. So, what are you looking for? Who should you meet? Typically, my goal is to get at least 10 business cards consisting...

The Only Top Ten List You’ll Ever Need

Top Ten List | AprilNoelle.com

Have you gone to networking event after networking event, followed up with each person, only to NOT receive any business out of the process?  I have. Have you been in the cycle for a while wondering what’s the point of networking?  I’ve done that too. I know I’ve questioned why isn’t this working? Why am I wasting my time with all of this? Let’s be honest, when you’re networking with potential strategic alliances, your voice is just one of many… send me “everybody who…” or “anyone looking to…” That’s what everyone says to them. So when it comes to talking...

Networking isn’t an Event

Your Network Is... | Networking Isn't an Event | AprilNoelle.com

True networking isn’t an event. It’s a call, a coffee, a drink. Networking is building a relationship with the other person. It’s getting them to trust you and you to trust them.   I get frustrated when I hear people, especially entrepreneurs, say that they don’t get anything out of networking events.  If this is you, you’re doing it wrong! That’s typically because the relationship begins and ends in that 20 minute (or less) conversation. Both parties shared what their profession, stated some pleasantries then went off to the next person. Grabbing a card is easy. Attending an event is...

Sometimes It’s Not Your “Why”, It’s Your “What”

Run Your World | AprilNoelle.com

Podcast episode at the bottom of this post. This is not a transcript, this is a synopsis. I know you’ve heard it – “FIND YOUR WHY and you can accomplish anything!” I’m not going to say finding your WHY isn’t powerful, it truly is. Your why is your driving force. But… Your why may not be strong enough to push through your “what”. What are you doing to make that money? I’ve tried several side hustles using my “why”… and I fell flat. I never made much more money (if any) than what I put in. I wanted to love...

The Future of AprilNoelle.com

Future of AprilNoelle.com

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted on a regular basis here. Probably much longer than I’d like to admit. Honestly, it’s been a long while since I’ve felt like posting. The current version isn’t “me”. I mean, I love my children, but my children don’t make me and in general, unless I’m struggling with parenting, they don’t come up in conversation. I’m not sure whether that’s good or bad, but it is what it is. In short, it feels fake.  Although I’m naturally a talker, my children are not often the topic of conversation. As they age,...

It’s Not Too Late to Order Your Invitations for Graduation!

Graduation Invitations | AprilNoelle.com

This is an advertisement for Basic Invite but all opinions are mine. I can’t believe it’s almost the end of the school year already. Graduation season has arrived! I can’t wait to see all of my loved ones get promoted or graduate this 2018 year! What is even more exciting is creating the perfect graduation announcement invitation. I love to design my own thing and Basic Invite makes it even easier. What makes Basic Invite different? Almost Unlimited Colors Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you...

5 Ways You and Your Kids Can Give Back to the Community

Giving Back to the Community | AprilNoelle.com

Volunteering and giving back to the community is very important to me. I am very active with the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and the Women’s Foundation. I believe in teaching my children to volunteer as well. Whenever they can tag along, they do. Teaching your children about the importance of giving back from an early age can help them grow into compassionate and virtuous adults. Your kids will also likely be more grateful of the things that they have and won’t take their good fortunes for granted when they do charity work. Here are some great ways that...

A #Shiftcon Conference Has Come but Not Yet Gone

Shiftcon 2018 | AprilNoelle.com

I’ve only been to one blogger conference – Shiftcon – and I’ve been twice. It is the only conference that makes me want to get away from my family. Why? Because I know it’s FOR my family. I may not be able to keep up with the latest and greatest, but Leah (Mamavation) works her ass off to educate the attendees on what matters and to separate junk information from science. Shiftcon 2018 was different from my last experience. I felt so much more comfortable and confident walking in. Last time, I felt that I would be judged because I...