Musings from the Road

6 Tips for Your Next EmCee Gig

DIFFERENT SKILLS are required for different opportunities.  The more skills you’ve honed, the more repeat invitations you will receive for those skills. Whether you are asked to be an emcee, a moderator, a keynote, a panelist, a facilitator or host a fireside chat, each comes with different demands and require different skills. I am elite communicator, and with that comes not only the ability to pivot, but the…

2020 NSC Executive & Business Coaching Spring Cohorts OPEN for Signup

Quietly, a group of small business owners and corporate executives have been gathering over the past year as a part of a NSC Coaching Cohort program.  The professionals, from all parts of the country and even Canada, various industries and companies, have been honing skills, identifying goals, mapping plans to attack those goals and having their very own breakthroughs as they meet with me for mentoring and coaching,…

Expansion Means More for Your Brands, Personal and Corporate

  Friends, It’s a joy to spread my wings further, providing professional services in the corporate and agency realm. I wanted to share with you that no silos communications llc is expanding by popular demand to include strategic communications consulting as well as PR and Integrated Marketing counsel and execution. Surprise! The beauty in this venture is that it is a powerful combination with the leadership development consulting,…

What to do when you need more clients…yesterday.

  I wrote an open letter for an upcoming article in Black Enterprise because the U.S. Census reports that more black women are starting businesses than any other group; but unfortunately, very rarely are those businesses scaling to 7-figures.  One reason is because black women do not have the mentorship, sponsorship or access to capital like others; but I’ve found that sometimes, a little information can go a long…

Great Day 1 of Business Coaching at The Black Enterprise FWD

Great day! Started slow, but I’m the queen of strategic pivots. Hit the cyber pavement and also asked the signup crew to broaden my coaching topic (people keep putting me in the marketing box and missing out on the small business maven) and BOOM—- multiple happy clients and a full docket for tomorrow!  Here are some broad-brush take aways from some sessions: 1) University Professor and Author looking…

A Turn off the Beaten Path That I Will Never Forget

When I agreed to travel to Jackson, Tennessee, to speak to students, faculty, staff and community members at their Inaugural Leadership Conference, little did I know what was in store for me.  In addition to the warm reception, the local TV news coverage and the camaraderie from my long, lost friend, the president of Lane College, Logan Hampton (who was my student activity leader when I was a freshman…

A Lesson in Ownership at UNT

This week has been something!  3 speaking opps in 5 days has been a whirlwind, but a blessing.  But I have to say that there was only one moment that topped them all. In this Media Ownership Class @mayborn.unt, I had the opportunity to add to my story thanks to something that happened that very same morning at my day job.  It was a pleasure to introduce myself…

Some Conversations are Simply Soulfood

I had a wonderful  chat with career coach Trudy Bourgeois who is the CEO of the Center for Workforce Excellence (CWE). She poured into me at the The Executive Leadership Council (ELC) Strategic Pathways sessions at their leadership week a few years ago, and it was life changing.  You will get to meet her in March when we kick off our “Authentically SHE” Series for Women’s History Month. …

When it’s time, you call family…

Just three days after establishing a really great speaker lead request form on the site, I realized that I needed a human touch.  I needed someone whom I trusted to put the human touch on handling my speaker outreach and closing those deals.  While I’ve had a few people approach me to see how they could support—good people too—all I could think of were the ones who made…

A Lesson on Microaggressions in Two Languages at the Local Deli

Like many people, I occasionally wear shirts or tops with words on them.  I enjoy them.  Especially when I’m relaxed after work or on the weekends when the corporate uniform is put to rest for a bit.  And I, like many people, usually know the meaning of those words.  In fact, I recall my mother once telling me to always know what the  words and brands that I…

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 Rock the Platform Webinar 2.24.20

I’ll be hosting a webinar on Feb 24,2020 that will not only share more about the 1:1 counsel and support my team provides, but it will provide you with 5 actionable strategies to shift your approach to speaking opportunities and transform them in to brand-boosting, business-generating appearances that attract prospects, employers and deals. I’m talking about revenue generation, even for those non-paid speaking opportunities.  How?   You gotta sign up to hear this. It’s time you stopped thinking of these appearances as a time to regurgitate talking points.  Are you ready to get serious now?  We’ll have sessions throughout the day to fit your schedule.