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Monthly Archives: August 2014

7 Real Steps to Successfully Launch Your Product or Service

by Nikki Woods on Friday, August 29, 2014

My nieces were spending the night and we ended up watching Disney movie classics which ended us up around 2AM (so sorry to their mom, but it was the best movie marathon ever).

I couldn’t help but think of the items that have made so much impact in their stories: the glass slipper, the poisoned apple, the spindle from the spinning wheel, the magic lamp, the magic sword, the fairy dust with happy thoughts, and the “dingglehopper”.

I have seen how kids [...]

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5 Steps to Creating a Marketing Plan in Less Than an Hour

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, August 28, 2014

Whether it’s eyeglasses, dry cleaning, printing , or learning to speak Russian, any thing that promises that it can be accomplished in an hour usually comes with some fine print listing a variety of stipulations.

That’s sort of true with steps to creating a marketing plan.  Since having a marketing plan is so important, I’ve decide to help you understand why you need one and quickly get one going.  Research has shown that businesses with  marketing plans succeed, outperform competitors, and [...]

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One of the top stores targeted toward tween girls (ages 7 to 14) sells a lot of tee shirts and tank tops with words like  “Totally Adorable,”  “Be Happy,”Glam,” and “Famous.”

These are fun, cute traits that little girls like to be identified with, but what happens when these girls grow up to be women? What types of traits will be most useful to them when they apply to college, for a their first job or a promotion?

We can never start [...]

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4 Things You Should Be Writing Down When Making Your Goals

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, August 26, 2014

We hear a lot about the importance of goal-setting, but most of us don’t have clear and measurable goals to work towards. Even fewer of us actually have those goals written down. Lewis Carroll says, “any road will get you there, if you don’t know where you are going,” but how important are goals really and if they are vital, how can we make them most effective?

There was a fascinating study conducted on the 1979 Harvard MBA program where graduate [...]

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3 Top Ways To Master Your On Stage Presence

by Nikki Woods on Monday, August 25, 2014

You’re yearning for fame and ready for your close up, but once you get it, what will you do with it?

Whether you’re in front of  an audience  on a TV talk show or a SKYPE interview  your stage presence cannot be an after thought. Nervous habits like licking your lips, wiping your nose, crossing and uncrossing your legs are some things you may not be conscious you’re doing but remember: the camera never blinks and if it distracts the audience [...]

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What Makes A Woman Beautiful …

by Nikki Woods on Saturday, August 23, 2014

Beauty is something I believe all women possess.

But if you ask what makes a woman beautiful the answers may span the gamut. And you know what? That’s okay. I am pleased to partner with Uptown Magazine on an Uptown Unplugged series exploring the topic #WhatMakesAWomanBeautiful and I hope that you will join in the conversation.

Watch as Miko Branch Co-founder and CEO of Miss Jessie’s products for curly hair discusses with Uptown Magazine “What Makes A Woman Beautiful” in their Colgate [...]

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“We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depth of our answers.”  Carl Sagan

I often think back on my life so far and what’s to come, I realize how much I’m shaped by the questions I ask.  I’ve always been insatiably curious.

Here are the 5 questions about happiness and peace of mind that have made the biggest impact on my life:

1.  Are your “shoulds” getting in the way of your happiness? The desires of [...]

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5 MORE Things Successful Women Do Differently (With a BONUS)

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, August 21, 2014

Have you ever stared at an abstract painting? What you see could differ wildly from what others see but yet you all can find beauty in it.

There are many ways to look at our achievements as well.

Every woman has her own definition of success. But there are certain traits that most successful women share.

If you missed the first blog: 5 Things Successful Women Do Differently, click here!

So as you can see, I make it a point to surround myself with [...]

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The 9 Top Reasons Why We Fail {With a BONUS}

by Nikki Woods on Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Why is it that toddlers learn to swim, speak a foreign language or master the use of an electronic device faster than adults who had never been taught? It’s because they aren’t afraid to fail.  In fact, for them, failure isn’t even an option.

One of my favorite “Star Wars” quotes comes from a conversation between Luke and Yoda.

Luke: I can’t believe it.

Yoda: That is why you fail.

I’m fascinated by traits and habits that successful people share.  But there also characteristics [...]

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7 Ways to Become Famous in Your Field

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

“Fame. I’m gonna live forever. I’m gonna learn how to fly. I feel it coming together. People will see me and cry.  Fame, I’m gonna make it to heaven, light up the sky with a flame. I’m gonna live forever.  Baby, remember my name.”

These lyrics from the hit movie “Fame” give us a peek into the intensity of desiring to be known and remembered for doing something big.

Even though the obvious down sides to being famous display themselves in all [...]

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