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Archive for January, 2018

An Exclusive Offer…for the Fab 13-14

Sunday, January 21st, 2018

Screen Shot 2018-01-17 at 5.57.20 PMFriends,

I’m putting out a new book, as you know, Single Women Entrepreneurs: 5 Years Later this year. It’s coming soon–the end of 1Q18. (You can pre-order your limited edition hardcopy now at a big discount at my Square store. After launch, price is going up up up and after the hardcopies are gone, it’s e-book only!)

But, I need a few of you to help me out this time.

This launch is going to be different. This time, I’m going to bring a few awesome peeps along with me on this launch.

I’m launching, this time, with a group of ambassadors!

They’re going to get some BIG exclusives from me – like – they get the book first for reviewing. They will get the inside scoop on the ladies inside the book at a closed Facebook portal. They’ll also get INSIDE the ebook. Last, they’ll be invited FIRST to exclusive events happening around the book. And, they’ll also have access to the VIP events that ONLY the ladies of the book and brand ambassadors are invited to – so this is going to be. Epic!

Want in on being part of the few, the proud, the #SWE5Yr ambassadors? Then fill out this form. And, maybe we’ll see you on the flip side…?

How to Write and Publish Your First Book

Sunday, January 21st, 2018

Screen Shot 2018-01-17 at 5.57.20 PMAfter 13 books being published of my own, and coaching 7 different student teams into writing and publishing their own, the #1 question I get in the book realm is:

How do I write and publish my first book?

Man, if I had a nickel for every time I got asked this one, I’d be wealthy.

First, I’ll be back at SXSW 2018 for a live mentoring session on this as one of many topics I’ll be discussing. You can sign up here.

But, instead of building a course on my own, and if you can’t get to SXSW live for a one on one session, I’m going to give you access to a course series that’s already BUILT and pretty easy to use. I’m going through it myself – and even though I’m ahead of the first book by more than a few, this program is laid out pretty simply and it seems to be pretty intuitive thus far.

Here it is.

The Young and the Restless

Saturday, January 20th, 2018

Screen Shot 2018-01-20 at 10.59.53 AMI used to watch this soap opera religiously in the summertime. Is it still on?

I digress.

Anyway, one of my friends recently told me I have no patience. Since said party reads this blog, I though I’d write a rebuttal.

Of course I have no patience. That’s because I’m a person who likes to get things done, and also doesn’t believe in perfection. There is no perfection. But, I do know there’s time. And time is always running out. So, patience, therefore, is not something I have…patience for. Because time is finite.

Entrepreneurs aren’t really patient, either. They know that the clock is constantly ticking. And in order to truly change the world, things need to get done. We can’t sit around and twiddle thumbs. That doesn’t get anything accomplished – beyond a good thumb workout.

So, the bigger message here: the next time someone tells you about your faults, think about them as strengths instead. Maybe they’re even your super powers. After all, they are part of what makes you uniquely you. So, wear that cape and own it!

If I can just find the patience to put it on…

Alexa…Fetch Me the Wild Wild West

Friday, January 19th, 2018

Question: The final frontier – the new wild wild west – what is it?

Answer: real estate on Alexa and Google Home, in my opinion.

Getting real estate on the home home activated voice-controlled smart speaker is the new land rush. If you ask Alexa for toilet paper, for example, which brand will she pick? If you’re asking to play a particular podcast, which one? If you’re asking for music, will your favorite band be there?

Companies need to figure out how to be on the list and the top of the list on these devices.

When?

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

I’ve been reading Dan Pink’s new book named…When. The hospital/surgery section is where I’m at right now (and if you work in healthcare, you should read his book).

And I’ve been thinking a lot more about time.

The older I get, the more I realize that time is more valuable than even money – because, unlike money, once we spend time, we never get it back.

My public service announcement to the fab 13: be careful about how you invest and spend your time. Pretend it’s like investing your money. Where and when do you spend it?

Pharmacist & Healthcare Certifications

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Screen Shot 2018-01-16 at 7.25.12 AMDon’t you love it when you spend 6-8 years of your life totally immersed in a field of study, like pharmacy, then the pharmacy school ships you off into your “professional” life, never to be heard from again? (Except, of course, when they’d prefer donations from alumni.)

Like it or not, you are responsible for your own career development after pharmacy school–not your alma mater.

Here’s a great way to develop your career! One of the hottest ways to do that now is through certifications. What happened a few years ago now for me was that I didn’t know what vegetable soup people had behind their names, so I started tracking certifications and professional designations so I could understand what they are, and how they could be leveraged for an interesting pharmacy career.

So, now I offer several products and services around Pharmacist & Healthcare Certifications. Here they are, just for you:

1. Pharmacy Podcast – on Certifications – generally – free.

2. Pay per view – of a PDF of the certifications list – which I update generally quarterly as an instant digital download. It won’t, however, be updated as often as the third offering below:

3. Now, I’m also offering a Class online for certifications – but it’s real-time access to my pharmacist certifications list, along with other content. Think of it like a subscription.

Never let it be said that a former pharmacy school professor wasn’t still trying to help out her fellow pharmacist kind…career develop to your heart’s content here!

 

The Cranberries

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

I grew up on the music of The Cranberries. That’s why yesterday was extra shocking when I read that their front woman, Dolores O’Riordan passed away yesterday at the very young age of 46.

Other than to take a moment and appreciate their music, (of which I have always been a fan), I hope that wherever she ends up, may Dolores be rocking.

Or better yet, lingering.

The Dupa…of a Book

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Screen Shot 2018-01-15 at 8.37.10 PMFirst off: thanks to all who voted for my new cover, Single Women Entrepreneurs: 5 Years Later online this weekend. There’s a pretty clear winner – appreciate it!

Now, enter the confessional, after spending 90 minutes writing the back cover of this book new book above–ready?

The back covers of books drive me crazy–both as a reader and as a writer.

First off, I know when people grab a physical book and consider reading/buying it, the first thing they look at is the front cover, followed by the back cover, then the TOC or guts. I generally find myself doing this too. Or I did in the past. (And the first gut page I go to is the copyright page. I know, I’m probably the only person on the planet who does this. I’m a nerd.)

But, what drives me nuts on most books are quotes. Authors spend a mountain of time getting quotes from other authors about their books. I get why – it helps both authors out, which I understand, but seriously – as a reader, I really don’t care what anyone else has to say about the book prior to reading it. I just don’t pay any attention to any of those quotes. They mean zippo to me. Zilch. I honestly think I’d rather see blank space than quotes. (This also goes for the first few pages of the inside of the book that are filled with quotes. Again, I skip those.)

What I care about on the back cover is the following:

  • a blurb on the book,
  • why it should be considered as must-have reading material by the AUTHOR,
  • maybe a preview of the peeps actually IN the book (if it’s nonfiction), and
  • a bio of the author.
  • Ok, and throw in some social media portals (as every book for me is the start of a network and a conversation, not static or a one-time deal).

I suppose this post is a half rant, half public service announcement to other authors out there, but it boils down to this: Please stop gathering and printing quotes on your book. Instead, let’s hear about you, why you wanted to write the book, and why it’s important–with a place for ongoing conversation.

Spare us the quotes!

Rant over.

Peddle Your Oddities…

Sunday, January 14th, 2018

…as special commodities – according to Sinead McKeough. So said my Instagram feed today anyway.

I have a lot of oddities. But I’ve sometimes found myself covering them up, rather than maximizing them. Why do we do this to ourselves? Instead of trying to fit in, we should instead try to stand out.

The older I get, the more comfortable I get with this. After all, I’m certainly not everyone’s jam. But to those who I do fit with, I appreciate that they sometimes appreciate my odd bits, even if I don’t.

Thanks to Moneyish

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

Thanks to Moneyish and Reed Alexander for the opportunity to get on my soapbox about women, STEM and gender parity one. More. Time.