I was in corporate for over 20 years and I never really felt like I fit in because I never felt like I could be myself. You're sitting behind your little cubicle behind your computer and you’re doing what you do all day. This is fine for a lot of people, but I knew that I wanted more. I was definitely the most authentically “me” person, I think in the whole building.
I've said this before that I don't pretend to be anybody that I'm not. There are times when you show up differently in different situations and you're like quieter than you normally would be, or because the situation calls for it, right. I'm always led though, by how I feel. I can feel other people's energy very easily. So, I do have to protect my own.
Being in corporate, I saw a lot of people really stressed out all the time including me. I chose not to be stressed anymore because it doesn't serve me, my life, or my business. But working in Corporate, they tend to put you in this little box. You have...
So you're ready to finally get those branding images and show off what you got! Yes, let's get it girl!
I'd love to start off by saying that this experience is just that...an EXPERIENCE. I am not a wham, bam, thank you maim type of photographer. So if your looking for someone to just show up and snap some pictures and hand them over with no thought, planning, collaboration from you, attention to details, or amazing perks then I am not your gal.
Now on the other hand, if your business is your baby and you want the best of the best for it and help to nurture it so it can grow strong and thrive, then you are in the right place.
I created this experience based on how I would want someone to treat my business...serious as a heart attack with a very knowledgeable Dr. McDreamy who cares about what I want, waiting on my every need, want, and desire during my stay so that I leave feeling refreshed, confident, and energized. Knowing I received the best...
Probably like a lot of you, things have been overwhelming lately. So many feelings, so much stuff going on and your mind is trying to wrap itself around everything that’s happening right now. Most of us have not been through anything like this pandemic. We’ve been through some tragedies, we’ve been through things that we had to overcome, but this is big right? So I had to wrap my head around what the hell was going on and a lot of feelings came up for me and I was tired, I was exhausted and I just wanted my blanket and netflix and I didn’t want to show my face. If you felt that way at all in the past few weeks, you’re not alone. There are definitely a lot more of us that are feeling that way. There is no right or wrong right now. There is how you feel and how you move through those feelings at your own pace. If you don’t want to work on your business today, that’s ok. If you’re forging full steam ahead, that’s ok too. Just try to...
Who do you want to be when you grow up?
Have you ever been asked that question?
Not what you want to do, but who do you want to be when you grow up? Some of us still don’t know what we want to do or what kind of business we want, nevermind a deeper question like who do we want to be.
We mostly think about our purpose in life as what do we want to do, but I would love to invite you to think about life and business as who do you want to be.
We’re going to change our beings inside of us, how we look at the world, how we look at everything, it will change every single day. Then somebody comes along and throws a question at you that totally flips your mind.
Let’s not think about what you want to do but who you want to be, what is your purpose for waking up in the morning. This has nothing to do with business, but is a personal thing. Your brand story should include this too. Why do you wake up in the morning, what drives you to keep going, to keep...
Compelling content should tell a story, be captivating, be clear, and evoke emotion.
There are different types of content:
Then distribute your content everywhere you are online.
Use automated scheduling, but make sure you’re staying true to the platform you’re posting to. Do not push Instagram posts to Facebook. It’s lazy and your Facebook audience will feel second best.
Your hashtags and the @ mentions don’t work on Facebook so when you push your...
This conversation with Melissa was amazing and totally worth the read. She drops the mic on how you can turn the negative self talk into your own personal cheerleader!
Jenessa: I’m here with Melissa Howard who is an international confidence strategist, speaker coach and empowerment photographer and she specializes in supporting overachievers who are ready to end their battle with self sabotage and regain their confidence.
Melissa: Thank you for having me
Jenessa: Tell us a little bit more about what you do, who exactly do you help and how do you help them.
Melissa: I started my career in healthcare and it was always instilled in me as a child to be a go getter. I was a perfectionist and I was so proud of that. Everyone wanted my life. I had a six figure income at age 21 or 22. I had a house, a car and a fiance. I had everything. But I just felt like I was chasing something that every time I've got it, I...
I'm sure a lot of you have heard the quote, or saying that you need to be authentic when it comes to your brand. And people are like, what does that even mean? I think we all know the word authentic means being real, being the true you.
When it comes to branding, or being online, I think that maybe we're not completely clear about what that means. So, let’s talk about it.
Being authentic means coming from a real place within, within you. It's when our actions, and our words are congruent with our beliefs and values. It's being ourselves, not an imitation of what we think we should be or have been told we should be.
Beliefs are the thoughts that you accept as true and you think are completely true all the time. It's something that you operate from every day. It’s like an autopilot belief, there is no doubt in your mind that this thing, this thought or belief is true. Your values are your principles or your...
You’re brand story is the narrative that you share that encompasses the thoughts and feelings that are created by your brand. It has to evoke emotion and connect your audience to you because this is what gives your brand a soul. Your brand really is like this living breathing thing so your story has to communicate your mission. It gets you visibility, it gets you recognition and those things help expand your message into the world. If you’re on the internet already, if you’re a business or not, your brand exists and it’s already creating a perception. What you’re putting into the world and what you’re not putting into the world is already shaping your story and your messaging.
We’re here to impact people, give them value, and also create a life we love while doing it and that’s not selfish. Wanting more from your life is not a bad thing, it’s a good thing. Your first mission...
What is your unique value proposition or, as I like to say, what is your sparkle?
This will be the core of your messaging. It tells your customers exactly what you and your business offers that no one else can and why you are the right choice to solve their problem. Really think about what you want to be known for. This isn’t about your niche so don’t put yourself in a box. This is about your messaging. Who are you attracting into your audience, who are you attracting as customers. Are you attracting people who want the value but not the pricetag? Or are you attracting the people that WANT to pay you what you are worth?
Are you watering down your messaging because your afraid to draw that line in the sand and say THIS IS WHO I HELP and these are the kind of customers I want to attract because you’re scared you will repel certain people or leave money on the table?
Not everyone is going to like you...AND THAT’S A GOOD THING! I’ve...
It’s what you're going to talk about across all of your platforms, this is what you want to tell the world about your business, about what your brand stands for. Also it’s going to help connect your people to you and it's going to repel the people that aren’t a match for you. That's really important because your audience won't grow, you won't get the right clients and your business will stay stagnant if you don't have the right messaging that connects to your audience.
First, you have to figure out who your ideal client is. This requires that you dig a little deep and really think about who you’re serving and what it is you’re selling. Before you create your message, you need to figure out who you’re talking to. We don't want to talk to everybody because if you talk to everybody you’re really talking to nobody.
When I first started my business, I got a lot of...