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Ed Sykes Talks About Entrepreneur Workshop at ODU

Ed Sykes Talks About Entrepreneur Workshop at ODU

Marketing expert Ed Sykes, of The Sykes Group, talks about the upcoming business workshop, The Ultimate Entrepreneur Bootcamp, at ODU.  He will be sharing how to use social media marketing, presentation skills, and negotiation skills to grow your business.

Link for event:  The Ultimate Entrepreneur Bootcamp

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Visit the 2nd Annual CEI Small Business Resource Day at ODU

Visit the 2nd Annual CEI Small Business Resource Day at ODU

CEI Small Business Resource Day, ODU, business conference, business event, business workshops, small business, small business resources, networking, Ted Constant Center, Ed Sykes, the sykes group, norfolk, va, virginia beach, chesapeake, hampton roadsCome out and join us this Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 from 9:00 to 3pm for our 2nd Annual CEI Small Business Resource Day! This event will be held at the Ted Constant Center, here in Norfolk, VA. This is a FREE event.

The theme of this year’s event is “Economic Growth and Resiliency.”  By attending the conference, you will be able to do the following:

  • Network with local business owners, entrepreneurs, and start-ups and develop partnerships for business growth
  • Establish hundreds of new contacts and reconnect with old ones
  • Learn from the leading business experts in marketing, finance, legal, innovation, government purchasing and selling, and much, much more
  • Learn how to create unlimited opportunities for your business
  • Connect with government agencies that are exhibiting at the business conference who are looking for your products and services
  • Discover the leading trends that can create opportunities for you and your business

ODU, Woodforest Bank and ESG Companies are the main sponsors of this business conference. I will be emceeing the event for the day.

Space is limited!  The exhibit spaces are closed.  There are a few sets available.  Admission is free for attendees.  Sign up now at www.resourceday2016.eventbrite.com or call the ODU Women’s Business Center at 757-683-7150 for details.

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Success Quotes: Success Starts With Fear!

Success Quotes:  Success Starts With Fear!

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Success doesn’t come in a nice, neat package waiting for you to open it. Success comes from being motivated enough to create your own door of success and having the courage to walk through it.  Success comes from being scared and doing it anyway!

Let me share the following success story with you:

I recently received a call from a past coaching student. As Senior Vice President of Human Resources at an international engineering company, she wanted to use my services again. Before we concluded our telephone conversation, she shared the following with me:

“I don’t know how much your coaching helped me at that time. I hated my job and the company I worked for and I knew I was better than that. Your coaching gave me the skills to gain confidence in myself and abilities. Soon after your coaching, I decided to pack my things, quit my job, and walk out the door without other prospects on the horizon,” she said. She also added, “I was scared of the unknown. But I knew I had to leave this situation and find something better.”

Well, she did! She explained that two days after leaving her dead-end job she found success. She was hired by her present company where she quickly rose up to the position of V.P. of Human Resources (since our initial conversation, she has received another promotion to Sr. V.P. of Human Resources). She’s looked at as an authority in the human resources field and is invited to speak at various industry conferences, and she is a trusted confidant of the company’s CEO. In her personal life, she married the love of her life. Most of all, she is happy! This happened all because she had the courage to walk through the door of success.

You too can find success on your terms if you are willing to walk through your door of success. The following are seven secrets to motivating yourself to walk through your door of success and achieve what you want in life:

  1. Know That You are Worthy of More in Life – Many times you will be situations, whether at work or home, for so long that you start to accept the state that you are experiencing. I see this many times when I facilitate seminars and a student will come up to me and say, “I hate this job. It makes me sick.” I will then ask them how long have you been at your job? They will state that they have been there 10, 15, or even 20+ years. Don’t accept the pain anymore! Realize that you are worthy of more in life and you deserve better.

  2. Set Powerful Goals – Invest in yourself and take the time to set success goals for yourself. Create goals that make you feel passionate. Create S-M-A-R-T-E-R (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time-based, encouraging, and rewarding) goals that motivate you to take action and keep you on track.

  3. Visualize Your Success – Visualize yourself already achieving your success. Take the time two or three times a day, preferably in the morning, midday, and before you sleep at night, and visualize yourself being successful at achieving your goals. The key to your success visualization is already being in the state of achieving your success. Include as much detail in your success visualization as possible. As they say, “If you believe it, and see it, you can achieve it.” See your success! (Read the rest of the article at http://bit.ly/successoverfear)

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Motivational Quotes: Success Starts at the End of Your Comfort Zone!

Motivational Quotes: Success Starts at the End of Your Comfort Zone!

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Success is sometimes a long and winding journey. Many times you need to overcome the barriers that block you and naysayers who doubt you. Sometimes you need to fight though your own self-doubts to achieve success in your life.

Marion Bartoli, the women’s winner of the Wimbledon Championship, had to take a long and winding journey to overcome many barriers, naysayers, and self-doubts to achieve to reach the pinnacle of the professional tennis world and become a champion. Whether you follow or play tennis or not, the following are seven secrets to achieving more success can be applied to your life:

  1. Believe in Success – Marion, from the age of six years old, believed that she would win the Wimbledon championship. Because of this unwavering belief, she developed the attitude that she would someday win the tournament. She developed powerful goals, developed a detailed action plan to accomplish her goals, and stayed focused on achieving those goals. Once your belief is in place, you will develop the persistence to overcome many obstacles on your success journey.
  2. Visualize Your Success – Marion would visualize herself winning the Wimbledon Championship. She would visualize every detail of the championship: what the crowds would look like, the sounds of the crowd, and the smell of the foods. Marion would visualize what it would look like for her to dominate her opponents. And finally, Marion visualized how it would feel carrying the championship trophy. In her mind, she had already won the championship.  The key to successful visualization is…the level of detail you apply to your visualization. Make visualization work for you by applying as much detail to your visualization as possible. Invest in yourself and take the time to visualize your goals every day.
  3. Create Powerful Goals for Success – As I mentioned before, Marion developed goals to achieve her ultimate goal of winning Wimbledon. She knew exactly what she wanted to accomplish when she wanted to accomplish it by, who would be involved in helping her accomplish her goals, what resources she would need to accomplish them, and how she would develop her world-class tennis skills. Developing powerful goals gave Marion the motivation to go after her goals with confidence.  (Read the rest at http://bit.ly/success7secretsmb)

Success Resources

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Success workshop:  http://bit.ly/successworkshops

Success presentations:  http://bit.ly/motivationalspeakers