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I had been being becoming annoyed with a lot of my female clients lately and I didn't know why. Checking out this Forbes post made it clear to me why I was feeling the way I was feeling. It was because to me they were seeming to constantly be apologizing. 

Yes the "I'm Sorry" syndrome. I would imagine it comes from our cultures emphasis on being polite. "You don't want to be rude"; "You don't want to be an inconvience"; "Don't be a burden"; "Speak Only When Spoken To." All of these concepts would lead women to be more apologetic then men. 

In her article:

Why Are Women Always Apologizing

 Ruchika Tulshyan mentions the Confidence Gap. It seems that :"The commercial also comes at a time when there’s much talk about a confidence gap that holds women back from succeeding at work. Indeed, over-apologizing could be feeding into this. In an Atlantic article “The Confidence Gap,” the authors state: “A lack of confidence informs a number of familiar female habits. Take the penchant many women have for assuming the blame when things go wrong, while crediting circumstance—or other people—for their successes. (Men seem to do the opposite.)” One way women tend to assume blame? By over-apologizing." 

Hence the source of my annoyance. It's a knee jerk reaction to when you are blaming someone for something. Let me put it this way, when some does something to cause you to blaming them did they do something that pleases you or annoys you?

This is an AH HA moment for me. I've been running around all this time feeling annoyed and didn't see what was really triggering it.  I like the commercial. The only thing is don't go overboard in the opposite direction and I think that's what the last woman did when she snatches the blanket.

The objective is not to apologize for things you have no overtly apparent reason to be sorry for. You're new to marketing your going to make mistakes. You don't have to apologize for making a boo boo. Just correct it if you can or not repeat it in the future.

I know one thing, I will not say I'm sorry for Apologizing being short of patience at time. Forgive me. Let me know what your thoughts are.
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Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

One of my goals for this year was to really step up my game when it comes to my business, Mocha Writer and my blog, For Colored Gurls. Doing this has required me to step out of my comfort zone which hasn't been the easiest thing because I'm a person who loooves stability. Some things I've done so far:


I recently learned the importance of putting my face and business out there and letting people know what I have to offer. The reason I hadn't really done so before is because I didn't want to be obnoxious or for people to think I was conceited or something. But, I realized I had to promote myself because no one else is going to, and I realized there is an art to selling oneself in an appropriate way. So, while it was a little weird for me initally, I'm getting used to it now.


Continue reading "Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone"... 



~ Jamie

Mocha Writer

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Priceless Business Tip:

Time is money and money is time. And I didn't have enough of either until....well check out my FREE tip (TIP #54) on how to be more productive with your home business AND still have time for things that you enjoy at:http://budurl.com/nodistractionsKimberlyhttp://iamcoolinandschoolin.com
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Every entrepreneur should have an understanding of the power of business testimonials and references. They are nothing more or less than personal endorsements, but they can make a huge difference to your company's bottom line.People are extremely skeptical about doing business with companies they are unfamiliar with - especially if you're strictly online. Something as simple as a good testimony can give them the confirmation they need to buy whatever you're selling.Here's how to maximize on this:Take your best 5-10 clients and put their contact info on a list that you can easily email to interested ones. Be sure to let your clients know that from time to time, you may have someone contact them. Usually, most clients don't mind this - as long as people aren't calling them every single week.In addition, post some testimonials on your web site. Use pictures if you can.It sounds simple, but doing this will drastically increase your chances of converting a potential client into an actual client. This well demonstrates the power of word-of-mouth advertising; What satisfied customers have to say can be very influential to others.On the flip-side, be careful yourself when you are contemplating doing business with an unfamiliar company. Search their web site for testimonials. If there are none, call the company and ask for a list of references. This way you can talk to their actual clients, who can tell you whether or not they are legit.If a company tells you that they have no testimonials or references, this may be a sign that they are running a scam. Don't jump to conclusions too fast though - It could just be a new company, with no existing clients. This, however, is rarely the case.Dante LeeGet More Business Building Strategies atThe Black Business Cafe~www.theblackbusinesscafe.ning.com
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As someone who is working my business primarily online, I am always looking for the newest strategies and internet marketing methods to stay on the cutting edge. If you are one who is looking for free home business advertising, free small business advertising (or very low cost), how to market your product online, etc. I'm hoping this blog post will be helpful.With the assistance of my internet marketing coach, (who is fantastic by the way-he's from Findland, but lives in Spain), I have found some really useful ways to market online. I thought I'd share some of the resources with you.Here you go:1. Nationwide Classifieds: http://www.nationwideclassifieds.comPick and choose from a huge database of over 2100 newspapers reaching 96 million homes in America. This can be done on and offline.2. Caroline MIddlebrook's site. My coach shared this with me during our last session. Caroline offers lots of useful advice regarding internet marketing, social media, and software development. http://www.caroline-middlebrook.com/blog/do-follow-social-bookmarking-sites/3. SEO Book: a free keyword tool to find those killer keywords you need when you promote online. I have added Google's keyword tool as well.http://tools.seobook.com/keyword-tools/seobook/#resultshttps://adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal4. Pinging Service-Use ping-o-matic. If you have a blog, squidoo lens, youtube channel, etc., it's important to let the search engines know when you have new content. This is where pinging services come in. Ping anytime fresh content is added to your site. http://pingomatic.com/5. Barefoot Student-An online message board for college students. If you want to target the college crowd, become a member of this community. The advertising is very inexpensive. http://barefootstudent.com6. Online Video Marketing Course: I highly recommend this course if you want to take your business to the next level using video marketing. Lasse, my internet marketing coach, teaches this. His advice, directions, and marketing methods are so easy to follow that a 10 year-old can do it. And no, you don't need to be technical! Check out my story here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUHVorD0VoY7. Social Media Marketing By Michelle McPhearson: Great tool strategies on how to use social marketing the right way: http://feeds.feedburner.com/MichelleMacphearson8. Joe, Mr. Fire, Vitale Visit this site for the latest hypnotic marketing secrets and copywriting tips. http://www.mrfire.com/Ok. That's it for now. I will add more information as I come across it.To Your Success,Monique540-858-2885Skype: Monique371mentormonique@gmail.comHope you find this useful!
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