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10 Tips for the Startup Business, Entrepreneur, or Brand Ambassador

November 16, 2017

It’s been one month since the launch of 20SUMN and I cannot thank you all enough for the support and love you have given to the project. 20Sumn represents an authentic you and I. Someone who isn’t afraid to take chances and create their own lane. Since the launch of this networking platform, I’ve realized there is so much to learn………. and remember (which is a problem in itself.) Though only a month, it’s been a month of no website updates. I ask that you all keep me lifted in prayer as I begin to wither away slowly for biting off more than I can chew. As an entrepreneur or someone who is about business, you quickly realize that life has priorities. Unfortunately, there are those of us who must fail in order to succeed. From that pain, we grow and probably do the same thing seven more times before we make a decision to say, “No more.” I am making the decision to say no more. Actually, I wasn’t.  But now…….now that I had to open my mouth and put it on the World Wide Web….I’m held accountable to it. Though I have not been working in regard to content, I did take this entire month to network and meet those within the same industry. From photography workshops to open mics, fashion shows, and networking events, I was there. Though I was having fun, observing and taking in every moment was a priority on my list. I’ve also realized that networking and entrepreneurship have an art to it. With that being said, I’ve compiled a few points to help you along this tunnel that really just lights up as you go:

 

1. Always have gum or a mint nearby.

  • Talking is a tool. You can’t do it with hot breathe and gritty teeth. People pay attention to the details of your face as you talk and the last thing you want to do is walk away from a conversation with a stench attached to your elevator pitch.

2. You have not because you ask not.

  • Never be afraid to ask for what you want. Most adults know that a relationship must be beneficial for both parties. Throw an idea out, make your own rules. If you don’t speak up, you’ll never know what the possibilities are.

3. Have an elevator pitch.

  • There have been many times someone asked me to tell them about my business and I stumbled over words and made up false things (they just may be in the works) as I’m embarrassing myself. I quickly realized that I need to be ready with a quick but capturing pitch to interest people in what I do.

4. Have business cards or access to social media.

  • You need to have your business cards and Instagram on hand, the end.

5. Stop Lying

  • We know that as entrepreneurs it’s easy to say, “Let’s work together,” knowing damn well you have no intention of even ever seeing them again. That’s ok. Don’t feel the need to put yourself out there with people you know aren’t that interested in you or the brand.

6. Be ok with everyone not wanting to work with you.

  • There may be some people who just want to hear what you do and that’s it. People have lives, and though we like to create the world view in our own little brain, others have their own agenda.

7. Be consistent.

  • Set a date and stick to it. So many times I have set a time and date all to reschedule or show up late. Mad unprofessional and not cool. Money is time and that’s something we have to respect.

8. Be a walking brand.

  • You are your frontline. Please remember that everything you say can and will be used against you. Keep your personal thoughts to yourself and keep it strictly business. When money bags call you must listen and that can’t happen while you’re talking sh*t.

9. Be humble.

  • This is really point number one (I just didn’t feel like reorganizing it all). Every single talent and gift you have comes from God. Say thank you when someone gives you a compliment because it’s not you, it’s the God in you. Move with a grace and extend a hand to those around you whenever possible.

10. Kill two birds with one stone.

  • Though we like to have fun, make sure it’s beneficial to your business/brand. Every time you go out, make sure you collaborate with the organizers if possible to see how you can support and work with one another in the future. Also use every opportunity to network. Your network is your net worth.

     

     

As you embark on your journey, keep these things in mind and remember to not quit your day job…..just yet. As 20Sumn still learns, we will pass the information along to you! Much love to you and your brands! 

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