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3 degress of Giving Through Networking

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on July 31, 2010

Based on a presentation at Dare to Soar by Karen Hoffman and Donna Gamanche.
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Networking can be done anywhere. You can network at the grocery store, church, gym and mall. Networking is about building a relationship with others. Relationship networking begins where you are and grows as you concentrate on others first.

The first tool you need to network is a common interest. So ask questions about the other person. It can be something as simple as ” Hello, how can I help you today?” This opens the doors of conversation and gives you the opportunity to help others.

Here some example questions to ask.

* What is your favorite color and why?
* If you were a candy bar, what kind would you be and why?
* Where were you born?

Here are some suggestions on how to introduce yourself.

* Tell your name
* Tell what you do

Here is something powerful to think about: Statistics show that most people know 250 other people.

Adapted From Worksheet and Exercise at Connections to Success Dare to Soar ( 2nd annual Women’s Conference)


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10 Tips for a better budget by Bob Lotich

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on July 31, 2010

The first thing you need to learn before making a better budget is how to make a budget in the first place. Then go get a free budget spreadsheet or some free budgeting software. Once you have your budget started, these 10 tips will help you keep it in tip-top shape!

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1. Know your budget-busters and stay away!

If this is the mall don’t go, if it is QVC, turn it off, if is buying stuff online – throw your computer out the window! (Well, not really ;) ).

2. Wait before purchasing.

Never buy large purchase items with out waiting a week to really be sure that it is the best use of your money.

3. Budget for Giving.

It makes it a whole heckuva lot more fun to give if you have the money sitting there waiting to be spent.

4. Make budgeting fun.

It is not a diet. Quit telling yourself that budgeting is just like a diet for you checkbook. In my opinion, the reasons that most budgets fail is because they are out of balance. Fun should be budgeted for. Going out to dinner, vacation, date night, etc.

5. Snowball it.

Once a debt is paid off, take that amount and either apply it to another debt (aka Debt Snowball) or to something fun (vacation fund, etc.)

6. Create a misc. budgeting category.

No matter how many categories you create, you can bet that you will have expenses come up that won’t fall into any of them. This is why it is a great idea to have a backup called miscellaneous.

7. Have fun money.

Have some money given to each family member that doesn’t need to be tracked and can be used for whatever he/she wants.

8. Combine budgeting categories.

Try combining categories to simplify the system. For example if you have money budgeted for car maintenance and car insurance, try putting them together in the same category.

9. Set money aside monthly for infrequent bills.

Just because a bill isn’t paid monthly doesn’t mean that it can’t be budgeted for monthly. If you pay car insurance every 6 months, just take that bill and divide by 6, viola! Now add that amount to your monthly budget, and when the next bill comes due, the money will be sitting there waiting!

10. Try budgeting with ING or another online bank.

This way you are earning interest on each one of your budgeting categories. Small amounts add up quick.

This is a reprint of an article I wrote for Bible Money Matters.

Article by Bob

Bob enjoys dark chocolate, paying off debt, giving, Foosball, loose-leaf tea, helping people succeed, learning, anything God created, playing guitar, doing things the “long” way, Philippians, excellence, Chick-Fil-A, and making his wife smile. He started ChristianPF in 2007 and has been having a blast ever since. Find him on Facebook & Twitter.

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Don’t Quit Now!

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on July 30, 2010

Don’t Quit Now!

So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God,

you will receive what he has promised.

HEBREWS 10:35-36

The latest article was not going well. I needed fresh ideas, but every thing my fingers produced was stale. Ah, Lord, whatever made me think I could write anyway? seemed to be my most persistent prayer.

Then in the middle of that sluggish Saturday morning, my daughter, Holly, arrived and insisted we go horseback riding. “Might as well,” I muttered. “I’m not getting anything accomplished here.”

Within the hour, we were at our favorite stable, but the docile horse I usually rode was already on the trail for the entire day. There was nothing to do but request the second most docile. Soon a large black horse was being led toward me. We eyed each other for a moment, and then I took the reins and led him to the mounting block.

There, I placed my left foot in the stirrup and had just started to swing my right leg over the saddle when the horse decided he didn’t want me on his back. And he cleverly—and quickly—began to sidestep away from the block. There I was, one foot in the stirrup and the other poised in midair. I didn’t have the agility—nor the dainty figure—to shift my weight quickly and throw myself into the saddle. Instead, I was perched in midair for several moments.

The stable owner stood below me, arms in the air as though to catch me when I fell. There was only one convenient part of my anatomy to push, but he knew me well enough not to try that. So with arms waving, he hopped from foot to foot and yelled, “Don’t quit now, ma’am! Don’t quit now!”

Holly was bent forward in her own saddle, howling with laughter at the scene, so of course, I started chuckling and then had an even tougher time hauling myself into position. But at last, I shoved my foot into the stirrup, the horse gave a defeated snort, and I turned his head toward the trail.

Right then I knew the ride, even with its tenuous start, was exactly what I needed to finish my assignment. Besides, I had too much time and effort already invested in the project to abandon it. I whispered, “Thank you, Lord,” and then, calling a robust “Don’t quit now!” I followed a still-laughing Holly up the trail.

Now whenever I’m tempted to quit—whether in the middle of an endeavor or one of life’s challenges—I remind myself of that experience and the words of the stable owner. “Don’t quit now!” is a phrase we’d all do well to remember when times get tough.

Excerpt from Sandra P Aldrich From One Single Mother to Another: Heartlifting Encouragement and Practical Advice

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Processing Pain

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on July 29, 2010

There’s a big difference in stumping your toe and dropping a motor on your foot. The level of pain is different. The level of damage is different. And hence, the method and length of healing will be different. Seems simple to understand when put that way, but we don’t act like it when it concerns emotional pain.

Just because you can’t see the scar doesn’t mean it’s not there. We have to be careful to allow people to fully process their pain. It doesn’t matter if we think someone should be over something by now. Our opinions are useless and can be counterproductive.

Processing pain involves a time period of grieving and yes for some, wallowing. Not everyone is going to go through their trials the same way, but the thing is to let them go through it with our support. Our jobs are to gently support and guide a person toward something better on the other side of pain. We should show them the light that is awaiting them when the process is finished, not time how long the process takes.

If you have, and we all have, hurting people in your life, don’t judge them if they appear weak to you. You don’t know what they’ve been through and you don’t know how much it may have hurt them. And you also don’t know how powerful they can be when all the hurting is done. You be an encourager and remind them that it won’t hurt always. They won’t feel weak always. Things can get better with time if they let it. But don’t you dare make a hurting person feel guilty because they are hurting.

Lacresha Hayes is the author of bestseller, The Rape of Innocence: Taking Captivity Captive. She is also a consultant to churches and businesses, as well as a grant writer. She works tirelessly with victims of sexual and physical abuse and is a speaker on the RAINN Speaker’s bureau.

For more information, visit her website,http://lacreshatheauthor.weebly.com/

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De Stress In 5 Minutes or Less

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on July 29, 2010

Breathe consciously for energy clarity and balance.
S-t-r-e-t-c-h to restore full range of motion.’
Move your body to relax or energize-take a walk!
Look at it from a different perspective.
What is your WHY, personally and for the project?
Think with your head and your heart to tap into your highest intelligence.
Realign with your core values.
Complete something-anything!
Connect with someone who lifts your spirits.
Massage your neck shoulders, arms, hands, temples.
Remember your personal measures for success.
Drink a refreshing glass of water.
Call your coach or a mentor to get clear and centered.
Imagine being in your favorite place in nature.
Eat a heart- healthy snack.
Think about someone or something you appreciate.
Smile. Find the humor in the situation.
Quiet your mind with a short meditation.

Patty Cook, Executive and Life Coach
Life by Design, LLC
(636) 861-9100 or 1 800 236-9100

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Setting the Standard

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on July 28, 2010

What it Means to be a Leader on the Job?

You don’t have to be in management to be a leader. Natural leaders are found in every workgroup and at every level in the organization. They’re the people everyone turns to when the pressure’s on. They’re the ones who help keep everyone motivated and who make sure the job gets done. Here are common work situations in which leadership skills can make a positive difference. You and your co-workers are hit with a rush job on Friday afternoon. Everyone has already started winding down for the weekend. The minute the supervisor leaves, people start complaining. What would you do? Comment: A leader would suggest that the situation isn’t so bad, that if everyone pitches in and gets organized, the job can be done quickly and everybody can get home as soon as possible. A leader would point out what needs to be done, how it can be done most efficiently, and help allocate tasks. A leader would take the hardest job and get down to work, leading by example. You’re working with a group of co-workers and a couple of guys start horsing around. Everybody is laughing and egging them on. Their behavior is escalating to the point of being dangerous. What would you do? Comment: A leader would have the courage to stand up and say something like, “Come on guys, somebody could get hurt fooling around like that. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I don’t want it to be me.” You’re working on a project with a team of co-workers. Everyone is working hard and contributing to the group effort, except for a couple of people who aren’t pulling their weight. What would you do? Comment: A leader would be up front with the slackers. He or she would take them aside individually and tell them how important they are to the project and how much everyone counts on them. A leader would ask them to do their share and offer to help if they have a problem.

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Are You In The 2% Club?

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on July 28, 2010

Are you in the 2% Club? According to Napoleon Hill’s Key To Success, the majority of people never recognize the difference between wishing and believing. 70% of people merely go through life wishing for things, for life to just happen. 10% of people develop their wishes into desires, wanting the same thing all the time – that’s the end of their commitment. 8% of people develop their wishes and desires into hopes, from time to time they actually believe and see themselves obtaining their goal. 6%, an even smaller group of people, translate their hope into belief, they actually expect what they want will happen. An even smaller group of people, 4%, take their belief and turn it into “burning desire” and then becomes faith! Finally, very few people take the steps to make a plan to get what they want and carry it out. They apply their faith with a positive mental attitude! This group is only 2%!! Look around you, leaders in every walk of life are the people in the 2% group. A leader in the 2% group recognizes the power of their own mind; size that power and direct it toward a goal. When YOU take this step, the word “impossible” will have no meaning for you. Everything will be possible for you, and you will manage to reach your goal! Will YOU join the 2 Percent Club?

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Inspirations from an Everyday Woman

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on July 28, 2010

PWG brings us endless opportunities for growth especially through our guest speakers. Reflect on the quotes from these two wonderful women: Khrys Vaughn says, “What’s in your hand?” and Erin Joy reminds us “You are what you’ve been looking for!”

Ladies, we all need to begin OWNING the gifts, talents, skills and abilities that we already possess! Do you truly own what’s already in your hand? Are you using all of your skills to launch that business you’ve been dreaming about? Like Erin told us, “you ARE what you’ve been looking for!”
Make a list of all of your gifts, talents, skills and abilities. Then next to each of them write down the last time you actually used them. Let’s make a conscious effort to maximize all the greatness that we have been given. And don’t forget to encourage your fellow sisters to capitalize on theirs as well! We ARE powerful beyond measure!!

Jana Gamble, is a Midwest Professional Women’s  Group Member. She is the author of three books, I am a child of God, 107 ways to Give When You Think You Have Nothing to Give and Capture your Giving and Blessing, A Journaling  Journey to new discovery. Gamble writes a column in the monthly Connections Newsletter entitled “Inspirations from an Everyday Woman.”

Featured in the current PWG Newsletter

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Going to a job fair? Use strategy

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on July 28, 2010

A job fair is just like any other situation where you find yourself with a potential employer, job-seekers should be prepared when attending job fairs. Here are some tips that will help you stand out at a job fair.

1. Before the job fair, go online and find out what companies are going to be there. Use google and Wikipedia to search for information about the companies.

2. Prepare your elevator speech , so you can use it when talking with recruiters.

3.Dress nice- Men should wear a shirt and tie with dress slacks. Women can wear dress slacks and a button up shirt, skirt or dress. Keep it professional.

4. Smile when you greet the recruit and if they offer their hand give a firm handshake and maintain eye contact while speaking with them.

5.Ask questions, be ready with questions about what kind of skills they are looking for. Your questions should be phrased so the recruiters answers give you more information about hiring process for company.

6. Remember a job fair is a two- way street and you should be evaluations these companies just like they are using the opportunity to evaluate you.

7. Follow up is important, after the job fair send a handwritten note thanking the recruiter for his/her time.

Based on Information provided at Connections to Success 4 week employment class
Reprinted From The People’s Employment Journal

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Habits of Highly Empowered Women

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on July 25, 2010

Each year, we make resolutions that are more task oriented than centered around the kind of life we want to live. We want to be thinner, to stop smoking, to get that promotion, et cetera and wonder why we become even more stressed along the way to achieving what we think we want. Perhaps what we truly want is to be healthy, instead of simply losing weight. To feel a sense of accomplishment and receive recognition, instead of the promotion that will only take us further away from our families.

Allow me to challenge you to make resolutions of a different kind. Resolve to be kind yourself, to make progress in quiet ways to that although subtle, do not go unnoticed. Make resolutions tha will lead you to the life you truly want to live if practice on a consistent basis, and those that empower in spite of the past or current circumstances.

Here’s to a Wonderful You!


Habits of Highly Empowered Women

  1. Know who you are and who you were created to be . You have a purpose and a future. Do not leave it up to others to determine either of these for you.
  2. Live Beyond your past instead of being defined by it.
  3. Find a cause greater than yourself and get involved. Help make a life better for someone else.
  4. Be committed to your own personal growth and development.
  5. Honor your commitments and responsibilities, but not be afraid to delegate or ask for help.
  6. Build integrity and character by honoring your word.
  7. Build a network of support for all areas of your life.

Life in itself is a process so remember to be kind to yourself during times when you feel you fall short. Enjoy it to best of your abilities and do not ever give up for tomorrow is only a day away.

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