Archive for July, 2011

Globe Trotting on a Budget and Essential Business Branding are July Topics for Big Dreams and Hard Work Blog

July 21, 2011

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Charlotte, NC:   Cost conscious round-the-world travel and personal branding are the themes for guest posts this month on the Big Dreams and Hard Work blog.  Irene Butler, author of “Trekking the Globe with Mostly Gentle Footsteps: Twelve Countries in Twelve Months” shares insights into the travel secrets from her new book.  Then Isabelle Mercier Turcotte, co-author of The Next Big Thing, shares The Simple Truth About Branding.

The Big Dreams and Hard Work (www.BigDreamsAndHardWork.com) blog helps business owners and solo professionals build their vision, prepare for success and learn to utilize both left-brain and right-brain techniques to maximize revenue and achieve their business goals. The blog is dedicated to business—with an intuitive twist.

Sheryl Eldene, Gail Martin and Faith Monson, the trio of author-entrepreneur-experts behind Big Dreams and Hard Work.  Their weekly blog posts extend their books and live presentations to touch on living with intention, enabling success, and utilizing social media and online marketing for business visibility.

Sheryl Eldene, M.A., MBA is a is a Professional Certified Coach and Licensed Professional Counselor and is the founder of the On Purpose Living Center. Gail Z. Martin, MBA is the founder of DreamSpinner Communications and the author of 30 Days to Social Media Success. Faith Monson, Success Consultant, helps individuals and businesses achieve their definition of success.

Visit the blog at http://www.BigDreamsAndHardWork.com.

Progressive Business Experts say Insight, Skills Equally Important: Vision, Persistence Key to Business Success

July 21, 2011

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Charlotte, NC: Sharp skills are essential in today’s business environment, but without insight, vision and a pinch of intuition, otherwise qualified candidates won’t make it to the top.

That’s according to Sheryl Eldene, Gail Martin and Faith Monson, the trio of author-entrepreneur-experts behind  http://www.BigDreamsAndHardWork.com [Big Dreams and Hard Work], a new business blog that blends inspiration and perspiration.

According to Sheryl Eldene,  author of The Sweet Spot where the Law of Attraction meets the Law of Action, business consultant and founder of the On Purpose Living Center, intention and insight make a major impact in the success of a business.  “Many people see trends and metrics, but only people with insight and intention are able to create successful new businesses and innovate based on those numbers.”

Success coach and author Faith Monson agrees.  “It’s going to take more than spreadsheets to get business booming again,” says Monson.  “Solid numbers are important, but decision-making based just on numbers can be static and overly cautious.  Business owners need to trust their vision and follow their intuition to find success.”

Gail Z. Martin, social media, speaker and bestselling author of 30 Days to Social Media Success, believes that vision and insight are essential for business success.  “American business has always been entrepreneurial, with a seat-of-the-pants, necessity is the mother of invention component that springs from vision and intuition.  Through the Big Dreams and Hard Work blog, we want to reconnect today’s progressive entrepreneurs with insights that encourage them to trust their vision and succeed.”

Eldene, Martin and Monson provide weekly blogs and commentary on the blog.  Once a week, the blog hosts guest posts from a variety of authors, thought leaders and entrepreneurs.  Fridays feature free downloadable bonus extras.

“You don’t have to be loud and noisy like Donald Trump to succeed in business,” says Martin.  “The innovations that have turned the business world upside down, made billions of dollars and changed the way we live—things like the iPhone and Facebook and Google—have all relied on both intuition and expertise to succeed.”

“We live in a world where crunching the numbers gets all the attention,” says Monson.  “People become afraid to trust their intuition and vision, and doubly afraid to admit to using insight to make decisions.  But without insight, numbers are just numbers.  If spreadsheets held all the answers, every accountant would be a billionaire.”

“We want to empower readers of the Big Dreams and Hard Work blog to believe in their vision for success and to utilize their intuition as well as their numbers and research,” says Eldene.  “So many businesses that are now huge successes, like Ben & Jerry’s, Juicy Couture, Got Junk and FedEx didn’t look like they stood a chance at the beginning, if all you looked at were numbers.  It was vision, courage, and insight that kept the founders from giving up.  We salute and encourage that spirit.”

Visit http://www.BigDreamsAndHardWork.com to get your own daily dose of business moxie and entrepreneurial inspiration.

Social Media is Topic when 30 Day Marketing Success Network Meets July 13

July 21, 2011

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Charlotte:  Small business owners and self-employed professionals will discuss how to use Social Media to tie your marketing pieces together—when the 30 Day Marketing Success Network meets on July 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Caribou Coffee at 2706 West Mallard Creek Church Road in Charlotte, NC.

It takes between 7 – 30 touches to turn a prospect into a customer.  Social media is a great (free) way to “touch” your prospects, add value, and develop relationships.

Park ask-the-expert and part discussion group, the 30 Day Marketing success Network is led by Gail Z. Martin, marketing expert, international speaker and bestselling author of 30 Days to Social Media Success.

For those who can’t make it to the live event, the site also posts a new pre-recorded teleseminar on publishing topics each month.

Visit, join or look for upcoming events at http://www.meetup.com/30-Day-Marketing-Success-Network/ and “like” 30 Day Results Guide on Facebook.

 

Characters with Character is Topic for Thrifty Author Publishing Network

July 21, 2011

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Charlotte:  Authors and aspiring authors will be discussing how to create and use Characters with Character when the Thrifty Author Publishing Network meets on July 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Caribou Coffee at 2706 West Mallard Creek Church Road in Charlotte, NC.

Aspiring writers can learn a lot from published authors, editors and agents even before their books are ready to publish.  Conferences often provide great networking opportunities for aspiring authors who know the rules of how to connect and approach.

Part ask-the-expert and part discussion group, the Thrifty Author Publishing Network is led by bestselling author Gail Z. Martin to help aspiring authors navigate the difficult path to publication.

For those who can’t make it to the live event, the site also posts a new pre-recorded teleseminar on publishing topics each month.

Visit, join or look for upcoming events at http://www.meetup.com/Thrifty-Author-Publishing-Success-Network/ and also “like” The Thrifty Author on Facebook.

Personal and Business Branding is the Theme for Shared Dreams Podcast

July 21, 2011

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CONTACT: DreamSpinner Communications 704-595-9581

Charlotte, NC—Shared Dreams Marketing Podcast, hosted by DreamSpinner Communications’ president Gail Martin, interviews Isabelle Mercier of LeapZone Strategies.

Isabelle shares insights on why Branding is more important than ever since the downturn in the economy.

The podcast features business leaders from around North America talking about relevant issues and marketing tactics for small business.

Podcasts post monthly at http://www.SharedDreamsPodcast.com.  Visitors can listen online at the site, download from iTunes or subscribe via RSS.  Past podcasts are archived on the site and can be downloaded in MP3 format.  See more at http://www.SharedDreamsPodcast.com.

DreamSpinner Communications offers exceptional writing, marketing and teleseminar programs for companies throughout the U.S. and Canada.  For more information, visit www.GailMartinMarketing.com.