Ladies…Are you Building Your Influence Power?

Posted on October 30th, 2014

Influence is the ability to sway or alter an individual or a groups thoughts, beliefs or actions.

As women we connect easily, we communicate effectively and we want to serve and support others. These qualities set up us well to build influence. The challenge is that we often build influence unconsciously. Learn to consciously and strategically build your influence and you will attract prospects.

To get you started know and embrace the influence equation:

Visibility + Value + Consistency = Influence

Visibility is simple showing up on and off line and making yourself known. That means do not stay at the buffet at an event, but work the room, meet people, ask a question so everyone in the room knows you were there. Same goes for on line. Join various groups. Search for new contacts – friends outside your current business.

A product brand has to be seen several times by someone before they will purchase a product. The same is sometimes true for us. When people see us over and over in a variety of places and situations and we have different opportunities to connect it builds influence. Surprisingly the more people see us, hear our name, see our picture, read our tweet or post or receive any other communication about us the more they begin to feel that they know us, like us and trust us, hence the phrase ” Know – Like -Trust”.

Value is when you give or share or assist someone with something that is useful to them. You can let them know about a resource that can save them money, tell them about a book you think they will enjoy, have an authentic conversation where someone feels really seen and heard by you are just a few examples of providing value. There are so many ways to provide value to others personally and in your business. Sharing a tip you just learned, sending them a referral, inviting them to a group you think they will enjoy, dropping by their wall with some words of encouragement when you know they are having a tough day. Be loud and proud about the value you bring in order to massively monetize your business.

Consistency of good behavior is key for building influence with others. This includes consistently posting and sharing on all your social sites. Be responsive. Not being consistent in the social ways that are accepted is the silent killer of influence. If you are not consistently posting, commenting or liking it is impacting your influence, if you do not respond to message, e-mails or calls that is impacting your influence.

Here is something you probably know from psychology that absolutely applies to building influence. The biggest predictor of future behavior is past behavior. This is relevant here because if the last time someone seen your post on Facebook and now perhaps you’re sending them a friend request but your last post you were complaining about something- guess, they are less likely to accept or reach out to you because that is the last impression they had of you. Even if they are not conscious of it, your past behavior is influencing their projection of your future behavior.

The Influence Equation is the foundation of your cultivating influence plan to gain more of what you want with more ease.

Remember… Visibility + Value + Consistency = Influence Equation as you build your social presence.

Top 10 Fruits & Veggies for Fall

Posted on October 1st, 2014

It’s official Autumn is here!
With this new season comes beautiful crisp mornings, colorful leaves, warm and delicious seasonal drinks and most importantly a host of wonderful in-season fruits and vegetables you can have fun with in your kitchen.

We often think of spring and summer as the season that produces the most and tastiest but September, October and November also offer a delicious season for fresh, healthy produce.

Our Top 10 In-Season Fall Fruits and Vegetables to Eat Now:

Brussels-Sprouts
1 ~ Brussels Sprouts
Loaded with vitamins A, B and C and an antioxidant
compound called glucosinolates which may help to promote a
process called apoptosis (programmed cell death) in cancer
cells and may also act as an antioxidant to help the body’s cells
to repair naturally-occurring damage.

How to use:
Try them roasted or pan seared/sautéed. They’re delicious simply with olive oil, salt and pepper or as part of a more elaborate dish like this Pear Brussels Sprouts dish.

Pears 2 ~ Pears
Pears are a high source of fiber, B vitamins, and folate and
minerals like boron that may help the body retain calcium.
Pears contain an antioxidant called quercitin, found mostly in
the skin of the pear, which is part of the larger family of
nutrients called flavonoids that may play a role in cancer
prevention and promoting blood vessel health.

How to use:
Pears a delicious addition to juices.  Can also be baked for a delicious, healthy desert.

Squash 3 ~Squash
Fall’s seasonal squash includes butternut and acorn squash.
Acorn squash contains a source of fiber, beta carotene and
vitamins A and C; whereas butternut squash contains the same
nutrients as acorn, but also contains electrolytes magnesium
and potassium that also help to promote heart and muscle
health.

How to use:
Both butternut and acorn squash can be used in soups, stews, on salads and in main entrees like this Spinach & Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash.

Broccoli
4 ~Broccoli
Broccoli is an absolute favorite of mine – it’s loaded with fiber,
vitamin c, folate and some bone-strengthening calcium; and
potent phytonutrients including one called sulforaphane that
may help the body rid itself of damaging pollutants.

 

How to use:
Broccoli can be made in a variety of ways including sautéed, raw, baked, as soup, and even in juices.  Try Broccoli Cilantro Pesto Salad.


Garlic2 5 ~ Garlic
Don’t let the fairly small size of it’s cloves fool you, they’re
packed with anti-cancer compounds including allicin that
contains potent antioxidants, immune-boosting properties that
may help to fight the common cold, and anti-inflammatory
properties thanks to the sulfur-containing compounds.

 

How to use:
Cook with it by adding it to sautés, stews, sauces and by baking or roasting.

Ginger2   6~ Ginger
Ginger is loaded with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant
properties that are particularly helpful in joint pain. Ginger is
also known to have digestive, anti-nausea and immune-
boosting properties. A powerful compound called gingerol
contributes to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory power.

 

How to use:
Use in juices, with hot water as a tea, in smoothies, or in cooking stir fry’s or sautéed vegetables. If you have joint pain, enjoy it in this super anti-inflammatory juice.


Apples1   7 ~ Apples
Apples contain soluble fiber that may help prevent plaque
buildup in the arteries, vitamin C that can help boost
immunity, promote wound healing and quercitin that helps to
combat inflammation and possibly prevent tumor growth.
Apples are part of the “Dirty Dozen Plus”  so seek out locally
grown or organic apples that are less likely to have pesticides.

How to use:
Apples can be used raw on salads, in juices and smoothies and can even be baked for a healthy dessert.

Jalapeno-Pepper   8 ~ Jalapeno Peppers
The heat in jalapeno peppers is provided by the nutrient
capsacin, a nutrient that may help to increase body temperature
and thereby may help to rev metabolism and quell appetite.
Hot peppers are frequently sprayed with pesticides and are part
of the “Dirty Dozen Plus” so go for local or organic jalapeno
peppers when possible.

How to use:
Use small amounts because they can be very hot! Great when added to cooked stir fry’s, sautéed vegetables and even soups.

Pomegranate1   9 ~ Pomegranate
Pomegranates contain the mineral manganese that plays a part
in the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase that helps fight
free radicals in the body along with another anti-cancer
antioxidant compound called punicalagin that may benefit
heart and blood vessels. They’re a good source of  vitamins C, K
and some B vitamins and electrolytes calcium and potassium.

How to use:
Pomegranate seeds are delicious as part of this fall-flavored salad or in a stir fry for some extra crunch.

Sweet-Potato   10~ Sweet potatoes
Last, but certainly not least are these classic fall favorites. Sweet
potatoes are a good source of beta-carotene and manganese that
both contain antioxidant properties, helping the body repair
naturally-occurring damage.  Sweet potatoes are also a good
source of vitamins A and C and fiber.

How to use:
Sweet potatoes are a great addition to any meal whether that’s on a salad, in a juice, in a soup, in a stir fry or even baked on their own like in this Sweet Potato Garlic Mash.