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Reflections and Appreciation while on the Grind…


If you read my last few posts Un-Stucking ThyselfUn-Stucking Thyself…Some More and Covert Operations, a Broken Penis and Grandma you know I have been on a serious grind for the last few weeks trying to take my blog to the next level.  And I’ve been running hard!

With that being said, I decided to dedicate this post to the many people who I’ve gleaned from over the past two weeks. They took time out of their busy schedules (when they could have charged or ignored me) to share some nuggets and words of wisdom.

I wanted to show my appreciation because so many times, we take, take, take and don’t give back. So my form of thanks is giving them some free advertising and exposure. I would encourage you to click on their sites and subscribe to their social media pages.

Surround yourself with people who are going to lift you higher. -Oprah Winfrey

Listed is what each person does, specialty areas and inspiration provided. Clicking on their name will direct you to their site or page. If you must skim, each profession is listed right after their name and you can do your thing. So here goes:

People I already knew:

Laney Johnson– Certified Public Account, Financial Analyst and Management Consultant and does a ton of business in the world of finance with a number of my friends and associates. She does my taxes and consults with my business endeavors. If she can’t do it in integrity, she’s not doing it. Period.

Tameika McPhaul– rising motivational speaker, coach and author.  Does a lot of work with teenage girls in the area of self-esteem and motivation. She is my competition but took time to school me on being a beginning speaker. She also introduced me to two impactful individuals below. She is releasing her new book Confessions of a GLAMfident Woman in a few weeks so check out her promo!

Carl Shaw (Coach Carl)– former college-mate and rising motivational speaker, coach and author. Specializes in the area of educational leadership, parenting programs and creating motivation in school-aged children. He is my competition but took time to school me on being a beginning speaker and developing fee negotiation strategies.

Dr. Bob Jarvis– the Director of Equity Leadership at the University of Penn.  I have worked with him over the last 7 years in relation to an annual leadership conference that he hosts for middle and high school aged students. He has a passion for creating leaders and a strong sense of community.  He works with and contracts tons of motivational speakers.  He allowed me to pick his brain regarding the world of speaking.

Solomon Edmonds– established graphic designer with over 20 years of experience working with corporations, mega churches and various other small businesses. He is my go-to person for logos and book covers. He served as my mentor in my graphic design days (last 15 years) and always has an awesome nugget to share.

Andrea Lawful-Trainer– established motivational speaker and trainer in the area of education.  She specializes in training school administrators and teachers, as well as mentoring and workshops for teenagers.  She taught me that you should always put yourself in the position of being the teacher or being inspired.

Dr. Deidre Anderson– established motivational speaker, coach, author and strategic planner with over 20 years experience serving an adult clientele. She is my go-to person for ensuring that my life and plans are in sync. She took an hour out of her schedule this week to help me sort out my short and long-term business goals. She was instrumental in getting me out of my last phase of un-stucking.

Darrell Andrews (Coach D)– established and passionate motivational speaker, coach and author with over 20 years experience.  He specializes in training school administrators and teachers, as well as mentoring and workshops for teens. He sparked my interest in the area of motivational speaking and authoring books. He took time out of his insane schedule last week to school me on being a beginning speaker and taught me that the fee charged is not always the most important aspect of taking on an engagement–it’s the impartation that you are providing to your audience and expanding your market base.

People I met through connections:

Renita Bryant: A professional blogger in my niche area.  I stumbled upon her blog as a guest poster on Paul C. Brunson’s blog.  I in-boxed her on FaceBook (FB) on a whim because I wanted to know how she began guest posting.  She provided me with a ton of tips in that area and many others. She provided me with some encouragement and hunted down some useful links. She is my competition but took time to help a stranger.

Robin Devonish Scott (the Self Publishing Maven) Met her through Tameika McPhaul and was scheduled to attend her self-publishing (books) seminar, but ended up getting personal coaching over a period of 3 sessions instead.  She is very personable, focused and knowledgeable (her workbook is the TRUTH!).  She is the inspiration of this post of appreciation (yes, I was listening!) and demonstrated the importance of using Skype for business (I didn’t have an account before I met her) and having a moniker.

Lucinda Cross: Met her through Tamika McPhaul (and Robin Scott).  I emailed her to get information about her services and an upcoming mastermind group.   Her assistant had already sent me a very detailed email that answered all my questions, but within a few hours after the email was sent she made it her business to initiate personal contact and spent 30 minutes on the phone answering questions. Who does that?

People who don’t know me…yet

Amy Porterfield: I saw a post on FB and became a participant in one of her webinars.  She is an expert in the area of social media, specializing in FB marketing.  If you are interested in knowing the ins and outs of FB and learning strategies to market your brand, subscribe to her site and jump in on her webinars. I purchased one of her FB programs and have begun implementing some of her strategies on my fan page. I’ll let you know how it goes!

Matt Wolfe & Bradley Will: I saw a post on FB and became a participant in one of their webinars.  They are experts in the area of blogging and social media, with emphasis on FB and YouTube.  If you are interested in learning how to monetize your blog or website through the use of social media, these are your guys. I will be using a few of their tips after this post is executed and they will let me know if it I did them correctly (and I’ll let you know when they let me know).

Paul C Brunson This guy is a professional matchmaker and is my social media crush!  I’m not at all interested in going into the area of matchmaking, but any and everything related to blogging, guest posting, coaching, mentoring, FB marketing and reader engagement this guy does sooo well. He is a branding genius! I am on his site just about every day and will be using his site as a template for the direction that I want to go. Also, one of my goals is to be a guest poster on his site…so look out for me!

People never improve unless they look at some standard or example higher and better than themselves.” -Tyrone Edwards



My intent with this post was to showcase the power of connections and utilizing people in your own network. Additionally, I wanted to stress the importance of moving outside of your comfort zone to meet new people and learn new things in the area(s) you are striving to improve.

I was hesitant to contact many of these people for help but like I said in my last post, iron sharpens iron.  When you are hungry for something, ‘you gotta do what you gotta do to get to the places you gotta get.” You must be strategic and take initiative if you want to succeed at anything.

See you at the top!

 Let me know if you appreciated this post by commenting below.  Did you find any of these sites helpful?  Do you have any connections that you want to share?  Let’s engage!




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  1. Valerie

    There’s power in connections and networking!

    1. Nichole Renee

      Yes it is!

  2. Renita Bryant, Author

    Wow! Thanks for taking the time to write this and giving me a shout out! It’s encouraging to know I provided useful information for your journey. It’s also great to read about the other entrepreneurs!

    1. Nichole Renee

      Hi Renita, thanks for your feedback and kind words. I really enjoy reading your posts and now I need to make sure I do a better job commenting on your blog and referring folks to your blog.

  3. Tameika McPhaul

    Thank you for reaching out and allowing me to sow into your vision. My motto is you have to sow to grow.

    1. Nichole Renee

      Thanks Tameika! I can’t wait to go to your book signing next month.

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