Hearing Aid Bling @ Transformation Station

Transforming Lives through Creative Inner Confidence

Meet Suzannah Parker, the creator of Purple Cat Hearing Charms. Yes, hearing charms. When I read Suzannah’s post in The Entrepreneur Syndicates’ Facebook Group, and saw her products, I had to reach out to find out more about her, and them. You see, when my brother was born, he was born with a hearing defect. I witnessed how he had to learn to wear hearing aids even before he could walk. I witnessed people staring at him. I witnessed children making fun of him and pointing at his ears. Yes, he had to wear two. When I saw the Purple Cat Hearing Charms, my heart leaped and my eyes teared with joy.

This week I called Suzannah to find out more about her and her daughter.

Suzannah’s daughter was born with a hearing deficiency. As an infant she failed various infant screening test. When she was three, the audiologist recommended she be fitted with two hearing aid, just like my brother. Sadly, because of the fear of how her daughter would be judged by the society we live in, she feared how her daughter would be treated. First, she thought about getting her ears pierced. This was a natural solution because her daughter loved to play with Suzannah’s pierced earrings. But, then she developed the idea to create hearing aid earring charms for children, and eventually for adults. The birth of Purple Cat Hearing Charms was born. She even designed hearing aid charms for boys.

The price, of the Purple Cat Hearing Charms, is kept low and reasonable because the cost of hearing aids can be as much as $3,000. Many families do not have the funds, and insurance in most cases do not cover hearing aids. Ironically, insurance will cover eye glasses.

Suzannah lives in Colorado with her family and her charms are currently sold on Etsy. Her daughter is now 5 years old and a cross between a ‘girly-girl’ and tom-boy who loves her older brother. When asked about hearing aids, Suzannah explains, “They are glasses for your ears.” Yes, hearing aids helps your ears to hear, just as glasses help your eyes to see.

 

Are you ready to Bling your hearing aid? Click here and visit Purple Cat Hearing Aid Charms.

 

 

 

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Want to Sell Your Story or Book to Hollywood?

Find Your Inner Confidence

A few years ago, a high school teacher from the suburbs of Philadelphia had his novel turned into a movie. 

To date, the movie based on his book has grossed $236,412,453. 

And the cherry on top… the film was nominated for an Academy Award! 

The movie was Silver Linings Playbook starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. 

Want to see your book, story or manuscript become a movie or TV show?

If you answered “yes” then you’re invited to join my friend Steve Harrison onFriday, November 24th for a free telephone seminar on How To Sell Your Book To Hollywood As A Movie Or TV Show… Even If It’s Self-Published

On the call Steve is interviewing a true Hollywood insider who helps hundreds of published and unpublished authors and screenwriters bring their projects to the screen. 

https://m164.infusionsoft.com/go/SYBTH/A13522/   

Steve’s guest has worked with some of the biggest producers and movie studios in Hollywood to get movies made, including Paramount pictures, Universal Music, Jerry Bruckheimer, the Hughes Brothers who’ve produced 6 major studio films (including The Book Of Eli starring Denzel Washington) and many more. 

On the How To Sell Your Book To Hollywood As A Movie Or TV Show… Even If It’s Self-Published call, you’ll discover…

  • The number one mistake book authors make when approaching Hollywood about turning their book into a movie 
    (if you don’t do this one little thing right, you’re doomed from the start… yet it’s so easy to correct) 

  • The formula veteran screenwriters use to catch a buyer’s attention and allow them to instantly visualize how your story will look on the screen 

  • What you need to do as a self-published author to get an option on your book and how much you can expect to sell the option to your book

  • The 6 key phases of turning your book idea into a movie 

  • Why the fact that all the major studios are actually making LESS movies IMPROVES your odds of having your book made into a movie (this weird dichotomy is turning Hollywood on its head and totally changing the playing field for independent publishers and writers) 

  • 9 questions you need to ask yourself about your idea or story that can lead you to the right path to market your work in Hollywood 

  • The differences between writing for a big Hollywood movie and episodic TV 

  • The newest and one of the fastest growing markets in Hollywood, “Theater On Demand”, and why it’s perfect for self-published authors to get movies made of their work 

  • The 3 biggest myths for turning a book into a movie 

  • Why sending your book directly to an agent, producer, studio or production company is the WORST thing you can do (and what you need to send to these people instead of your book that will catch their attention) 

  • How the Hollywood system really works (and why sending general inquiry letters to studios and production houses is a waste of time and effort) 

  • How agents in the movie business are totally different than agents in the book business (and the right way to find a movie agent and send an inquiry letter that will get read and acted on)


Many people think you have to be a famous author or written a string of best sellers to have your book turned into a movie or TV series. 

But the author of Silver Linings Playbook proves you don’t have to be famous or prolific. 

Did you know 29,218 movies started out as books

And you can bet they weren’t all written by famous writers.

And more novels, true stories, nonfiction books and “How To” books are being turned into movies and TV shows than ever before. 

In fact, 5 of the 9 Academy Award nominated films for 2012 started out as books

And right now Hollywood producers are looking for more books and stories they can turn into movies and TV shows. 

That’s because today there are more broadcast channels, thousands of cable channels, a growing number of independent film companies, movies and videos on demand, online movies and MORE media outlets now than at any other time in history. 

And guess what all these media companies need? 

They all need fresh content. 

And books (both fiction and non fiction… and everything from novels to how-to books) are the perfect source material for new movies and TV shows. 

If you’ve ever dreamed of seeing your “name up in lights”… 

If you have a message you think can be turned into a movie or TV series… 

Or if you’re just plain fed up with the quality of shows on TV today and know your story would make for better viewing… 

Then make sure to jump on the free telephone seminar on Friday, November 24th.  It’s free for you to listen in on the interview. Just go here now to reserve your spot: 

https://m164.infusionsoft.com/go/SYBTH/A13522/   

Enjoy the teleseminar on Friday!  I’m proud to be a compensated affiliate for Steve’s company, which offers a variety of training programs and services for authors and authors-to-be.

How to Land a TEDx Talk (and Other Tips for Becoming a Success Speaker)

Finding Your Inner Confidence

TEDx Talk Webinar

Would you like to do a TEDx talk?

Rise Wilson- Founder of The Laundromat Project

 

This is Rise Wilson’s YouTube video that forever and a day can be visited by hundreds, thousands and millions of viewers who subscribe to YouTube.

Rise Wilson is the founder of The Laundromat Project – How Making Art is a Practice Space for Becoming A Change Agent. Ms. Wilson also happens to be my niece.

 

 

You should really consider it.

Why?  Because when you give a really good TEDx talk, it’s not uncommon for the video of your talk to be seen on YouTube by hundreds of thousands of people all around the world.

Imagine someone Googling your name and the first thing they see is a TEDx talk with more than 300,000 views.  That’s credibility!

But of course, there’s a lot you need to know to make this happen.
First, most TEDx organizers are flooded with applications from far more would-be speakers than they can accept.  Plus, many only accept those based on very narrow criteria, such as being associated with a given university.

Second, the quality of the video you’ll get from your TEDx talk varies dramatically depending on the organizer – which is a huge problem, since coming away with a really compelling, well-edited video on YouTube is the biggest payoff of your talk.  A not-so great video might be worse than none at all.

My friend Steve Harrison and his team have helped 19 of his clients land TEDx talks in the last few years. They’ve learned an enormous amount in the process, and they’ll be sharing some of that wisdom in a live web class this Thursday.

Join Steve’s free web class on “How to Land a TEDx Talk (and Other Tips for Becoming a Successful Speaker)” this Wednesday, November 15th, at your choice of 2pm Eastern (11 am Pacific) or 7 pm Eastern (4 pm Pacific).

=> https://m164.isrefer.com/go/QLTEDxLivecast/A13522/

Here’s a sneak peek at what Steve and Geoffrey Berwind, one of the world’s foremost public speaking and storytelling experts, will show you on the web class:

–     How delivering a really good TEDx talk can be a huge boost to your career.

–     What you need to know about the process of landing a TEDx talk.

–     Want to write a book but it’s not out yet?  Discover why you might considering doing a TEDx talk first.

–     Actual case histories of authors, experts and entrepreneurs who landed TEDx talks… what they learned… plus how they made it pay off.

–     3 ways to instantly improve any talk you give.

–     What a “signature story” is and why it’s so important you have one.

–     5 of the most important things every speaker should know about storytelling.

–     And more!

https://m164.isrefer.com/go/QLTEDxLivecast/A13522/  <= register free

Step Into Your Dream

Advice From One Smart Lady

Dreams can come true. What is it that you want to achieve?

  • Visualize it.
  • Dream About it.
  • Write about it.
  • Seek out people who are successfully doing what you want to do.
  • Build up a community of individuals who complement your talents and skills.
  • Develop programs that will help others grow their dreams.

Just Do It!

Take Massive Action!

Get It Done!

 

 

Establish A Sacred Place

Advice from One Smart Lady

This morning’s trip to the Delaware Memorial Bridge’s Veterans Memorial Park was quite an experience. Looking at all of the individuals who lost their lives for our country humbled me. I realized how I do take my freedom for granted. I could turn off the television or refuse to read what is going on in the world, and just live within my own bubble.

I choose not to do that. I choose to keep my routine of seeking God in the early mornings for guidance as to how I should live out the day. Below is an article I wrote for Stay Focused Magazine in the Spring of 2015. I think it is appropriate for me to reprint it today because I want to encourage you to find your sacred place to write and meditate on your life’s purpose.

Reprint: StayFocused Magazine Issue – Spring 2015

My Sacred Place
Deborah Smart

Joshua 1:3 “Every place on which the sole of your feet tread I have given it to you.”

No matter where you set up shop, in a brick and mortar or on the internet, be prepared to minister to your clients and customers. The more you pray and meditate on your plans and goals, the more successful you are in reaching them. Where do you sit and plan your business action steps for the day, the week, the month and year? Have you created a sacred space for your prayer and meditation? Has God given you a vision and your heart is set on fire to achieve this vision? What tools are you using to keep the fire burning inside?

Each morning I begin my day writing out Matthew 6:33 “First seek the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness and all these things shall be given unto you.” I then write the things I want to focus on or achieve. Actively writing these words sets the tone for my day. I notice when I fail to do it, my day is a lot more hectic. Acknowledging God keeps me focused on his ways and not mine. If I work in my office or meet a client at their location, I am always aware the Holy Spirit accompanies me and, therefore, I conduct myself accordingly. This is true, especially when the meeting is not an easy one to lead or sit through. Tension sometimes rears its ugly head, especially when the project is going to bless many. Satan’s minions are busy setting up roadblocks. So I go back to the question, “where do you meet God?” Create a sacred place to meet Him, in your home office, office or your car and put on the whole armor of God. Ephesians 6:11 “Put on the whole armour of God that you may be able to stand the wiles of the Devil.”

Get An Accountable Partner

Advice From One Smart Lady

Source: www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accountability

 Merriam‑Webster

Definition of accountability. : the quality or state of being accountable; especially: an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions.

You should not work alone in a vacuum. It is draining and a waste of time and energy. You need someone who understands and shares your vision. It is important that this someone does not steer you off course with their opinions and insights they may have about your vision. Constructive criticism is important to keep you on track, just beware of criticism that destroys your passion and momentum. An accountability partner’s purpose is to ensure you do what you say you are going to do each and every day or as often as you schedule the time to meet.

Accountability partner(s) can be other entrepreneurs who complement your products and services. You work together to achieve the same vision; setting down different business tracks to follow. In 1992, I joined forces with two gentlemen, Ted Morse of HR Management Group (Blue Bell, PA) and Stan Poduch a Human Resources Professional (Scranton, PA), when I was living and working out of my apartment in Voorhees, NJ. The three of us were independent product consultants for Abra Software, and we met in Florida at an annual conference. Ted was a consummate salesman and Stan’s passion was teaching. I brought my technical skills to the table. I installed the human resource and payroll software and wrote computer code to connect their legacy (older) systems to the new personal computer-based software system. We were very successful. We worked as a team, growing each area of interest. I was paid as an independent contractor allowing me the freedom to do business elsewhere. Eventually, we went our separate ways, and I concentrated putting more time in building my publishing business.

I am blessed to have an accountability partner for both business, and personal life. Working from home takes two different support systems. If you are wise, you would do the same, make sure someone who wants only the best for you and your passionate pursuits is there to make sure you get the rest that you need. You eat and exercise. Balancing your time between the hours you work, and the personal time you take for yourself is a topic for another day.

Remember: “Accountability Breeds Response-ability” Steven Covey.

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Beware of Shiny Objects!

Advice From One Smart Lady

Distractions are the worst pitfalls of a homebased business. Like my buddy the squirrel the least little noise,  hearing a ding on the computer letting me know I have a Twitter, Facebook or email notification, has me off and running. It’s hard for me to stay off of social media because it is a primary source of research information for my writing projects. Reading, ‘Riting and Research are the three “Rs” that keep me creative and passionate about what I do. Plus I love the inspirational quotes and pictures. I love seeing my young nieces grow before my very eyes.  I’m in Delaware, and they are in Connecticut. And now the live video feed and Periscope notifies me it’s movie time.

I’m grateful I do not have children running around and interrupting my day. I know a lot of stay at home moms, and dads have to juggle interruptions from a bored or crying child. Then again, I guess you could say my two cats and pit bull would count as my kids. C360_2015-12-02-08-46-24-132They are constantly in and out of the office, vying for my attention. When the cats want my attention, they climb across my workspace and sprawl out. Bridgette would actually lie down across my hands as I typed on my keyboard. To solve that problem, I got a desk where my keyboard is on a separate shelf that slides in and out. I rearranged my desk to suit their needs because trying to keep them off the desk was more trouble than it was worth.

You have to be resourceful when keeping “shiny objects” and “dinging sounds” away. On days where I seem to be easily distracted, and I have deadlines, I wear my headset and listen to instrumental music.

Recognize what is causing you to go off track and come up with a working solution. No matter how crazy it may seem to others, if it works for you, go for it.

Here is an article I found today on “Shiny Object Syndrome.” It gives another perspective on distractions and challenges small business owners face.

Eeek! Shiny Object Syndrome!

By Karyn Greenstreet (Written in 2007)

It seems to be a trend that’s growing: small business owners are getting distracted by too many ideas or the latest fad, going off in a million directions and never completing anything. This loss of focus is costing you hundreds of hours a year in lost productivity, lost hours, lost dollars. (read more)

I wish you the best in getting organized and on track with your day-to-day business routine. After 30 years of self-employment, I still enjoy working from home. I’ve found my niche and passion and as long as the Lord allows, I will be writing, reading and surfing the net.

 

 

 

 

 

Gamify Your Life

Advice from One Smart Lady

Deborah with Chris Record

Deborah with Chris Record

Chris Record presented knowledge he learned from disciplining himself to read each and every day. He does not profess to be a genius, but he is. He has a ninth grade education, and today is about to launch the first standardized and certified online college. He presented a new way to build a productive daily life, Gamify. He suggests that we not focus on the struggles we go through each day attempting to build our businesses as entrepreneurs. He suggested we identify each phase of our business and life plans and break them down into smaller sections.

I set up five segments and within each segment, I set up seven levels to achieve and earn points. My next step is to set up rewards I receive as I reach each level.

Segment 1: Spirituality – I maintain daily devotion time to spend with the Lord where the Holy Spirit shares with me the things I need to get me through the day. I use this time to reflect on my successes and failures.

Segment 2: Mindset – I have a positive mindset, and I approach challenges and changes based on how I respond in a positive and contemplative way.

Segment 3: Health – I continue not to rely on prescription drugs to maintain good health.

Segment 4: Relationship – I maintain a God-centered relationship in my marriage, family, friends, business partners, and clients/customers.

Segment 5: Entrepreneurship – I maintain a consistent income to remain debt free and sustain a discretionary income to serve.

Let me show you how it works.

Under Segment 5 – Entrepreneurship, it is my desire to earn $1 million on a regular basis. Based on the tools and skills that I have been given I can do it. It is just a matter of when I will earn the first million.

Level 1: Established a presence on the Internet-10 points

Level 2: Engage with visitors to my different pages and websites-10 points

  • Respond and Track (Likes/Hearts/Emojis; New Followers; Hashtags)

Level 3: Partner with other entrepreneurs whose product and services compliment mine-10 points

Level 4: Begin earning income from my Online Store15 points

Level 5: Begin teaching and signing up first-time entrepreneurs who wish to duplicate what I am doing.-15 points

Level 6: Consistently marketing and selling products (i.e. Online Educational Courses {link available 8/24/2016})-15 points

Level 7: Receive consisted payment from the Vendors.-25 points

Here is a blog article I found written by Benjamin Braddle on August 1, 2016. His article will take you into more detail. As I roll out more business strategies, I will share them with you.

http://blog.trello.com/get-more-done-gamify-your-life/

To set up your Gamify levels ask yourself these questions:

  1. Who do you want to be?
  2. What do you want to have?
  3. What does it look like?

You can run your game for 30-day cycles and change the rules as you grow. You should be consistently striving to grow and see never-ending improvement. Don’t get overwhelmed by all of the links. I’ve been building my internet presence over the last 20 years or so. Just take baby steps and soon you will be running with the big folk.

Note: the featured picture was borrowed from the Get More Done Gamify Your Life  blog.

Is My Story Worth Telling?

Advice from One Smart Lady, "Just Write"

MM910001095When you begin your project, it is too soon to judge if your story is worth telling. Just Write. As you review and edit, you will be able to restructure your story whether it is Fiction or Non-Fiction. Writing a book takes  time. I am going to refer to your book as a manuscript. Your manuscript can be messy and full of flaws until you submit it to the editing phase. Your book, on the other hand, has to be clear, with words that move the reader from page to page with anticipation of its end.

I have come across stories I began writing in the past but never completed. As I read them over, I can still see a good book in them.

In the 90s, it was my intention to be a romance novelist. So I listened to co-workers talk about their relationships and experiences, as well as, document my own. I decided to blend our personalities and life experiences to create my characters.  The following is from a manuscript from 1995.

“The first time she saw him, he appeared to be larger than he actually was. His eyes were almost green, complementing the dark green sweater he wore. Since then she had seen him in other colors, and she noticed his eyes changed. “I think they call them hazel, ” She thought.

They met one night when she stayed in town with friends. She dreaded the long train ride home to an empty house. She longed for company and someone to laugh with and talk to. Unbeknownst to her, his silver tongue, and good humor would be the beginning and end of her happiness.”

Many times she’ll wonder if the decision to leave her husband for another man while having an affair with a third was the act of a sane person.

“May I have a moment of your time?” Those eight words started it all. That moment stretched into an eternity.

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So, this proposed story was about a woman’s journey living with bad decisions and the consequences her decisions caused.  Is it worth telling? Yes. Even though our heroine has a dark side to her life, there is hope for her and the story could be written to illustrate how she changed her habits of infidelity around.

I also hear, “Who wants to hear about my life. It is and was boring.” When someone responses with these statements, I begin asking them questions like these:

  • Are you living the life you dreamed you would like to live? If not, what happened?
  • What was your life like in high school?
  • What kind of friends did you have? Did any of their personality stand out in your mind?
  • What was your hometown like?
  • What are some of your accomplishments? Failures?

Depending on the individual, if they are actually interested in writing, they find something to start with and build the story around it.

If you are blessed with the desire to write. Just write. Do not worry about its value or worth. Just write. You will be surprised what you have stored in your subconscious mind just waiting to come out. When you have completed your story, an accountability partner and editor will help you structure and frame your manuscript. For now:

Just Write.

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What Am I Passionate About?

Advice From One Smart Lady, "Just Write"

MM910001095What are your conversations with friends and family like? Are you repeating the same stories to them you have been telling over the years? Have you been writing in journals, on napkins at restaurants, scraps of paper or in your smartphone or tablet? That may be where you will find your passion and your story.

My passion is in telling stories about situations that happened to me. For as long as I remember, I have always told stories. In the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and now in the 21st Century I am still telling stories and since 1964 writing stories and keeping a journal/diary.

I am motivated by the need to capture my thoughts and emotions so they do not affect my emotions and decisions. I am also motivated to see people smile and listen to their laughter or hear how my stories affected them and feel how their response affected me.

Right now I can see myself on my neighbor’s porch, in the late 50s and 60s, telling limericks, jokes or just making up stories to make her laugh. She would have a bowl of string beans on her lap. Mrs. Burton would  snap and laugh. she would share stories of her childhood too. Boy I wish I could remember them. She was wise and ancient to me, but now I believe I am her age today, not old at all, and I still enjoy a good story and laugh.

Sit quietly and just allow your mind to drift. Capture those memories and write them down. What did you really enjoy doing that you stopped because life took control of you, instead of you taking control of your life? Where did you want to go? Who did you want to meet?

Write a list of questions. Interview yourself. Rekindle the spark to get you writing stories and build your manuscript from there.

Just Write.