PositivityChange Post : Issue 55: Capitalizing Upon Opportunities

This Thursday is the day everyone that I host my Managing Risks for Project Managers courtesy of Invensis Learning. I am so stoked because it is like a dream come true especially since I’m a certified project manager. Check me out this Thursday, October 19th at 2pm here:  http://bit.ly/managingriskswebinar

I constantly talk about positivity here at PositivityChange Post. I would to invite you to join me today at 6pm EST for my all-new PMM Livestream show. In today’s episode, I will be discussing positive risks (aka opportunities). This show will give you a preview of what I will offer this Thursday.

So tune in and check me out today at 6pm EST here.

 

 

PositivityChange Post : Issue 42 : Taking the Sunshine with You

 

Hey everyone!

It’s after Independence Day and everyone is back from vacation. Yes, you are no frolicing at will but you can still take some of that sunshine with you. You may not be feeling it but as always I have the remedy (or at least an article or two to steer you in the right direction).

Okay, you may be having the post-vacation blues. No worries, the Business Insider has 8 ways to help get you back in the game when you return to work. 

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This Is The One Tool You’ll Need for a Better Second Half of 2017!

Today is June 30th. Half of 2017 is in the books. It’s hard to imagine this because just a little while ago that we were toasting the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017. Time sure flies. As a loyal reader, you have seen my changes from January to now. Some I have made changes while other forces made me change. All in all I have managed to stay balance and keep pressing forward. What to know why? Because I an avid reader in search of new ideas and new ways to approach problems.

One of the books that I have read is Blue Ocean Strategy . This is one of the game-changing business books of this decade!  Blue Ocean strategy talks about competitive advantage and red oceans. Red oceans are that color because they have a lot of blood in them. Blood in the form of competing on price, low profit margin or even industry decline. This book stresses the importance of seeing and acting upon industry trends and new technology that could disrupt your industry. How can I apply this to my life you ask?

Look back at these past 6 months. Which situations that you thought were good January 1st that turned into red oceans by today? That’s my reason why you should pick up Blue Ocean Strategy so that your second half of 2017 will be better than your first half. Pick it up in the Marketplace today!

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PositivityChange Post : Issue 37 : Change is the Only Constant

Hey everyone!

Welcome to June! There is a whole lot in store this month for PositivityChange.com. I will be posting more resources to help you manifest more positivity in your personal and professional lives. I will also be doing my version of summer school where I find new books and articles that you can read to stay positive while at work or vacation. Starting off this week, here are 7 books that Psychology Today recommends for summer reading: 

Reminder: This Friday at 8pm EST, I am hosting a FREE How to S.W.O.T. Away the Competition webinar where I will help you stand out from everyone. Join me here: www.carlarjenkins.com/swotwebinar.

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PositivityChange Post: Issue 32 : May Your Experience More Positivity

Happy May everyone! I have returned with an all-new issue. And with this being May and us being on the cusp of summer, I hope that your 2017 is heating up! My newsletter is always here to help! As always I am bringing you the best in positive change because I want you, name. to experience way more of it.

You have to start somewhere. If you are currently in a funk this May, here’s Success Magazine article giving you 7 tips on achieving a positive mindset.

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PositivityChange Post : Issue 31: Creating More Positive Change

Hey everyone! Welcome to an all-new issue of the PositivityChange Post. In this issue I am highlighting all of the positive changes that are happening in the community around us. Amidst the news reports you wouldn’t think much good is happening; but, it is. People are coming together and implementing positive change in their neighborhoods. This issue provides you with more ways to experience positive change in both your personal and professional lives.

Youngstown (from my home state Ohio) is one of them. They are coming together teaching positive change in their schools which is commendable. http://wkbn.com/2017/04/22/citywide-youngstown-schools-event-promotes-making-positive-change/

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This Week in PCM: Someone Is Always Watching

Someone is always watching. Always. Regardless of what you do. Today I watch my book marketing agent LaTanyha Boyd do a Facebook Live where she complements me on my branding. This takes me by surprise because 1) I have very bad tunnel vision and 2) I have never seen her on any of my Earned Value Management Explained broadcasts. Her compliments get me thinking that people are always watching you no matter how much you think they aren’t. They also reinforce HOW I show up. I show up with a coherent message, signature look and a standard setting. These are three things that will set you a part from everyone else in the video marketing and livestreaming realm.

Have a coherent message

Don’t get on camera and start ramblingly incoherently. I know that sounds simple but you would be amazed at how many people are out there doing just that on video. Although livestream is still in its infancy, you can still present a coherent message by writing down an outline or some talking points. Remember, livestream be it Twitter Live, Periscope, Instagram Live, Facebook Live or YouTube Live, are video branding channels. If you show up rambling, speaking incoherently that’s how others will view your brand.

Have a signature look

This is a must for these reasons: 1) it makes you memorable and 2) dressing is nonverbal communication. Most people don’t  see dressing as nonverbal communication but how you dress communicates to people a whole lot of things. That’s why I wear a black top to all of my livestream videos. Black is a professional color and it is easy to repurpose. Many people on Periscope and Facebook Live repurpose their broadcasts onto YouTube. It is easier to repurpose a black top onto YouTube than numerous broadcasts with you wearing many different colors.

Black is my brand color. Color is very important for personal branding (yes, you ARE a personal brand!). Having a signature look with a specific brand color convey organization. The viewer knows that he or she is watching someone who is pulled together. Remember, as I have stated before: your dress is a form of nonverbal communication. Having a signature look communicates to the audience that you are a real professional.

Have a standard background

I have one place where I do all of my broadcasts. It is comfortable, well-lit and creates a positive customer experience. What goes on in the background is just as important as what goes on in the foreground. Shooting from one place gives the audience a specific kind of experience. Whether it’s your bedroom, home office, corporate office, cubicle or park bench, having a standard background projects stability and consistency with the viewer. If you or the people in your background are all over the place, then your audience will think the same.

Here are my three tips to make sure that you present a positive video image and message. Remember, whether you know or not, someone is always watching. To work with Phenomena Corporation, visit us at www.carlarjenkins.com/work and info@carlarjenkins.com

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PositivityChange Post : Issue 30 : Organized during Tax Time

Tax time has saved my tail this week. You’ve read this right! Tax time has saved me because it will give me a capital infusion to make my business cash flow positive. I admit that I am amazed that tax time is my saving grace (It always is when you don’t owe either the state or the federal governments). I am buoyed by this newfound good news because this entire second quarter I have been letting you know that I intend on being cash flow positive. Now I am in a position to realize this personally and professionally.

Also this is the first time that I have gone to a tax preparer to have my taxes done. I will start doing this because they’re more knowledgeable than I am about this area. I will use an accountant or tax preparer again next year because it is just more efficient to focus on my area of expertise.

Now I do wish to impart a nugget of wisdom to you: save your tax documents to the cloud. I have made it a practice to save my documents to Google Drive. Having them stored on the cloud, has saved me time. I would have been sent back home to retrieve these documents if I don’t have them available to me. Therefore, I recommend that you scan and save this year’s tax documents to the cloud for easy retrieval. Don’t take my word for it. PC Magazine has rated Google Drive as one of the best cloud storage products. Read the article for more options!

In the vein of time management, I have found another resource giving you 66 time management tips. These are great for you to use during tax season and beyond it!

Positive Change with Home Organizing

Since we are organizing your taxes, we can also organize your home. From Good Housekeeping, here are 100 of its best organizing tips

Here is another article from Women’s Day magazine giving you 30 more home organizational tips.

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Spring Clean Your Digital Devices

Happy April everyone! Welcome to the second quarter. We here at PositivityChange hope that you are experiencing more positive change in both your personal and professional lives. We are still focused on spring cleaning. Most people think spring cleaning is confined to your house or your car; but, we live in a digital world and need to spring clean our devices too. This morning, I have migrated all of my project management videos from my phone to Google Drive. I have already posted them on Instagram and YouTube plus they are taking up data. I have them stored on the cloud plus I can start off my second quarter right with a clean slate! So here’s my reminder to you to start April and the second quarter by spring cleaning your digital devices. A clean slate = a clean break!

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This Week in PCM : 5 Ways to Stay Positive

When Negativity Rears Its Ugly Head, here are the five ways to stay positive!

We all have our ups and downs. No matter how positive we try to live our lives. We here at PositivityChange truly understand this which is why we provide resources to guide you through a rough patch. Here are my 5 ways to stay positive:

  1. Have a positive support group

Being superman is the worst thing to do right now. That’s what friends are for. And if your friends are responsible for the negativity, that’s what meet-ups and support groups are for! Find a positive support group that will help you through the storm. We have a Facebook group that will help you accomplish this.  

 

  1. Express gratitude

Be grateful for something, anything. Expressing gratitude stops the continuous negative thoughts. You don’t want to stay down. Expressing gratitude is the way to start climbing out of the pit of negativity.

 

  1. Find ONE thing that’s positive

I know that being a negative slump can be nasty at times. To halt the slide, find ONE thing that’s positive about yourself and your situation. Finding this one thing is your way of regaining control of the situation.

 

  1. Get some exercise.

Exercise is a way to shifting your energy. I walk every morning and it releases yesterday’s energy. In addition, I shift and re-center myself before work and the day gets started. Exercise has very good health and mental benefits. Moreover, exercise helps you focus on something different.

 

  1. Be pro-active and start planning your exit

You cannot stay negative because that’s regressive. You need to be progressive. Sometimes you have to leave your current situation when things don’t change. I know that it’s hard when it is a workplace. That’s why this step is planning your exit from negativity. Even if it is a lateral move to another department, get away from people, places and situations weighing you down.

Source: http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/5-tips-stay-positive-negative-situations.html

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