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Goals, Perception, and Talent: In the world of business there is always the element of change

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Goals, Perception, and Talent by Michele Renee Curtis

 

In the world of business there is always the element of change.
As a professional, I see three current challenges in attaining my short and long term goals. Individual goals, the perception of others, and my faith and talent in achieving my goals.
I am a relentless individual. I learned early in life the value and necessity of working for what you want and not relying on anyone other than God’s Grace for your needs and wants, while always having to maintain gainful employment. I knew the value and urgency of always sharpening my communications background and skills.
People think based on their perception of you how you can benefit them and meet their needs. You must take what you offer and apply it to your goals and aspirations.
Never short change yourself, skills, or abilities. Always be yourself no matter how uncomfortable or disheartening the situation. Stand on the truth of GOD’s word not how you feel. As Bishop T.D. Jakes once said, “Show the devil your resume.” Tell him how God moved in the past so he knows he has no control over your future.
I know it is not acceptable to mix faith with business but I believe if you are going to do anything you better have some faith!
In reading the book “Paid to Think” by David Goldsmith I am learning that you must offer something tangible. You must offer more than uniqueness! You must offer the ability to think and to maximize a situation for yourself and others.
You need goals that motivate you. You need to be able to read people. In all honestly you do need talent. More than anything you must have the faith the size of a mustard seed to say this will not stand in my way!

In taking the initiative to improve I learned some very practical ideas about how we as consumers make purchases.
There are five specific areas we as consumers use when making purchases:
Need recognition
Information seeking
Evaluation of alternatives
Purchase decision
post-purchase evaluation

When the target audience has been decided we then as marketing professionals overcome three problems:
What to say?
How to say it?
Who should say it?

In an April 12, 2017, article in the New York Times Bill Vlasic, stated, “Americans want bigger, faster and more luxurious sport utility vehicles — and automakers are more than happy to fulfill the booming demand.” For the full article feel free to visit the link.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/12/business/suv-automakers-fuel-economy-new-york.
Therefore, they have done their homework in marketing to their target audience.

It has become almost necessary to say you define your message and the best way to convey that message but WHO should say it. Thus, the birth of celebrity endorsements.

 

 

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Cannabis and Your Voice

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Today’s the day, that’s right 4/20…Can we be real for a second and talk about the elephant in the room for a few minutes? I’m talking about that green sticky stuff with the funny smell when lit. Some people call it Pot, Grass, Herb, Mary Jane and remember back in the day some people even called it Reefer? For the purpose of this article, I will refer to Marijuana as “weed”. I wanted to talk about the possible effects that weed can have on your voice. Before we get into this very interesting and controversial topic let me be clear, I’m not here to judge or point figures, nor pick sides to each is own. I’m here to point out some facts and perhaps give you something to chew on, pun intended LOL!

Taken in a public store in a state where “Weed” is illegal…

Many of you know that April 20th often just referred to 4/20, international “Pot” holiday, originated by five high school students from California in 1971. The story itself is pretty fascinating but whats even more fascinating, to me is how it quickly became an international holiday all over the world. If this subject tickles your fancy, you’ll have to do a little research to learn more.

As I look through different articles looking for the long and short-term effects weed (the most used illegal drug in the world ), I was surprised at the small amount of information I found about the cause and effects with emphasis on the voice. I found this interesting because many of you already know artists and musicians are often perceived as heavy drug users of many different kinds, not always weed. While we often hear about and are driven to focus on harder drugs, weed it’s often accused to be the gateway drug. We all know or have read about singers, rappers, actors, pastors, even former President Bill Clinton was accused of using the drug many refer too as “weed” but don’t fret, he didn’t inhale…

Okay, here goes the tea… Regardless of how you smoke weed, (or any other substance) rather it’s in a vaporizer, pipe, blunt or old fashioned joint, any inhaled agent has the ability to over time damage the overall quality of your voice. Just as caffeine, heating/cooling systems and allergy medication, and even sleeping with your mouth open at night dry your voice and sinus completely. Dryness in your throat causes a plethora of problems you might not even be aware of some of which include difficulty swallowing, coughing, heartburn and body aches, just to name a few. Some studies show that a vaporizer is safer because the substance isn’t burned and fewer toxins are actually produced. However, other studies shown say that any smoke at all inhaled has potential to damage your voice.

Marijuana is now legal in nine states for recreational use and other 15 states for medical purposes, weed has quickly become in higher demand among the states that haven’t been considered for legalization, as of yet… You can cut the tension with a knife among both citizens and legislators when this touchy subject resurfaces. 

Fully stocked up help citizens celebrate 4/20 in a state where weed isn’t legal

We live in a stressful world that seems to be constantly on the move, with pressures of becoming bigger and better by the microsecond. People who suffer from stress, anxiety, depression, ADHD and health problems, particularly pain and much more is at an all-time high in our nation as a whole. From the stress of raising a family to the stress of being an entrepreneur creating your dream job, weed has become a multi-billion dollar industry. Millions of people all over the world swear by the substance called “Marijuana”. In a small serve, I conducted today, some claim they couldn’t, and some even stated they wouldn’t live without. Weed helps “take the edge off and calms me down at the end a stressful day,” several people said from my serve, verbatim.14-20 people I asked, (would like to remain anonymous) admitted to consuming daily.

I served:

6 Singers   (2 college students)

4 Males     (over age 60)

3 Mothers (between 25-44)

7 Professional “White Collar” (Unisex ages 23-52)

All of which had valid reasons why consume daily, all of which were compelling. The other six had various reasons for daily use from chronic pain to high anxiety. At the end of the day, we all must do what we think is best for our overall mental health and well-being. Being a person who was without a voice for almost three years, I tend to examine things a little differently than I once did, especially when it comes to my voice. 

 

 #thatsall ♥

 

-Deonna Cattledge 

Deonna Marie | The Gift of Voice, Professional Classical Singer, Vocal Coach, and Speaker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Former first lady Barbara Bush dies at age 92

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Former first lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday at her home in Houston, Texas. She was 92.

“A former first lady of the United States of America and relentless proponent of family literacy, Barbara Pierce Bush passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at the age of 92,” reads a statement from the office of former President George H.W. Bush.

FILE – In this Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 file photo, former President George H. W. Bush, right, and his wife, Barbara, are greeted before a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston in Houston. On Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, the former president was admitted to an intensive care unit, and Barbara was hospitalized as a precaution, according to his spokesman. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Bush passed away shortly after deciding to forgo further medical treatments for her failing health.

Having been hospitalized numerous times while battling congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, she decided Sunday that she wanted to be “surrounded by a family she adores,” according to an earlier statement released by Mr. Bush’s office. (More)

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The ‘Beyhive’ is Swarming-The Politics Behind Beyonce’s 2018 Coachella Performance

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The 'Beyhive' is Swarming-The Politics Behind Beyonce’s 2018 Coachella Performance

Cedric Nettles Exposure Magazine/Entertainment Editor

The ‘Beyhive’ is swarming once again as Beyonce’ makes sure that the notion of  ‘blackness’ is not hidden from society and the history books. Her dazzling performance paid tribute to historically black colleges and universities in only the way she can.  From controversial Super Bowl performances that challenged mainstream America til it was red,white, and blue in the face, to this year’s Coachella performance, Beyoncé goes in.

 

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Black schools matter. That’s what Beyoncé said, in so many words, throughout her Saturday night Coachella performance. It was no ordinary show when she stepped on stage wearing a dazzling band leader number before what has been one of her best performances ever.

Her show was replete with a long list of references to America’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The high-energy majorettes, marching band, step show and probate that were part of her show are all prominent on HBCU campuses across the U.S. It was “one band, one sound” as 100 black band members danced while playing instruments typical to those at your average HBCU homecoming.

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