What Makes An Effective Leader?

Anyone can be an effective leader. That’s right—anyone. It doesn’t matter what school you went to, what kind of shoes you wear, or if you wake up on the left or right side of the bed. What really matters is whether you are willing to help and support others while doing the following:

  • Showing positivity
  • Being honest
  • Being confident and relaxed (or at least acting as if you are)
  • Showing your sense of humor

Branding: “Why” or Die!

This is a guest post by Dave Murray of Mayniax Branding.

Image courtesy of Mayniax Branding

Image courtesy of Mayniax Branding

“I’m Dave Murray, the Big Guy at Mayniax Branding, and I’m an incorrigible smartass. But I take what I do very seriously.

“The world’s broken, and we believe entrepreneurs are the only ones who can fix it. But they’ll never get that chance if no one cares about their brands. So, with a little fun, a little research, and a lotta caffeine, it’s our job to make people care.”

The above is how I introduce myself to groups. It’s a little funny, a little serious, and makes it so people know what I’m about right outta the gate. It also includes the “why” for Mayniax Branding: The world is broken, and we believe entrepreneurs are the only ones who can fix it.

First, because I can, I’m going to type a little more about the why of Mayniax Branding. After that, I’ll explain how using the “why” worked out for a little company called Apple. So sit back, grab a cup of caffeine, and let’s get this “why” party started!

A Must See Interview About How to Network Effectively

A lot of people are nervous when they think about networking. They have lots of questions on the best approach when attending networking events so that they can have the chance to connect with really awesome people.

While some may say that networking is over rated, Devora explains that it’s truly underrated.

In this video, Devora Zack explains what real networking is really all about. And it boils down to building meaningful, lasting and most of all, mutually beneficial relationship one person at a time.

Worried about being not a good speaker? You need not fret about that as it can be more about being a good listener.

Let’s watch it here:

About Charles


You got something to say or are you just sitting there looking pretty?–Charles Strickland, 2016

Charles is far from your typical business person. He’s always ready with big ideas and the initiative to back them up. Heck, at age 13, he started his own window-washing business and sold donuts door to door. And let me tell you, when you grow up in the woods of Georgia, the doors are miles away from each other. He did this all while helping his dad run one of the larger moonshine stills in Georgia. “Oh, those were the days.”

Charles, a devoted husband and father, has been building legitimate businesses since the 80s, including three successful contracting companies. He even tried out a personal and business bankruptcy once. That hurts. Don’t try that one out; it’s no fun.

Committed to helping others, he also put his considerable experience to work founding The National Aids Awareness Center, spearheading The Children’s Wish Come True Foundation and running Hope 4 the Homeless. Sounds exhausting, doesn’t it? Well, Charles wasn’t finished yet. He heard a voice (his wife’s ) say, “Move away from there! Michigan is the place you ought to be.” So they loaded up the truck and moved very slowly… toward big houses, cheap money and plenty of it. So somehow, he found himself in the mortgage business. Like Charles would say, “Now, that was a hoot.”

Always looking for something fun and profitable with one of the smartest women in the USA by his side, it was time to jump into the world of digital marketing, and the timing was just right. You will find Charles at different networking events promoting Michigan Marketer, which he co-owns, along with the other online publications he owns and operates with his wife.

Never content with being ordinary (because that’s just plain boring), Charles also teaches a class on entrepreneurship a couple of days a week at a private school. He brings a little bit of down home to everything he does, cracking epic jokes while he’s closing the big deals. Charles’ motto is “Work until you no longer have to introduce yourself.” Send Charles a message at Charlesfstrickland@gmail.com if you’ve got something to say.

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6 Tips for Better Public Speaking

6 Tips for Better Public Speaking

Few things are as difficult as public speaking. Anyone can stand in front of a crowd and just talk (though they may be quaking in their boots doing it). It’s much harder to deliver a speech that interests, engages, and persuades. But buck up, Bud, good public speaking takes some work, and you might even need to get some practice in, but the tips below are sure to help you not only keep your audience awake but also inspire them.

4 Ways Business Owners Who Work From Home Can Maximize Work Productivity


Being productive while working from home is sometimes a huge challenge. When you work for yourself, it is easy to put things off, as you don’t have a screaming boss waiting for you to complete tasks. Although, let’s face it, you do have a boss or bosses. They’re called clients. There are countless distractions that affect productivity. Productivity can be defined as completion of tasks in a short amount of time without sacrificing quality of work. The difficult thing to determine is what that looks like for each person.

What is productive for you may be very different from what it is for me. However, to maintain standards of productivity, it’s important to look at ways to maximize the time spent at work.

Rebooting Your Entrepreneurial Spirit

Chances are when you started your business, you were full of enthusiasm, creativity, and the motivation to get out there and deal with every challenge and task that came your way. That drive is what pushed you to take the first step. But, after some time in business, it’s normal to see that enthusiasm start to slip away. Maybe you started your own business because you wanted to create and sell your own art. Soon you realize you’re spending most of your time balancing the books or talking with advertisers, leaving you little time to create the art that was your reason for becoming an entrepreneur.

You wonder why you wanted to do this to begin with. This new reality affects your motivation, your creativity and your productivity. If you’ve felt less than joyful about your business lately, it may be time to reboot your entrepreneurial mindset.

6 Tips for Writing a Bangin’ Bio

There’s just something about the end of the year that makes us all want to be better. It’s probably because those New Year’s resolutions are coming. We just kind of want to clean house, start fresh, and kick ass going forward. Given that, now is the perfect time to clean up your bio or write one if (gasp!) you don’t have one yet.

Here are six tips for writing a bangin’ bio:

Getting Back to Basics Part 6

Time flies so fast! We’re now in mid February, how’s your business doing so far?

In this post, we’ll share with you the last segment of our 6-part Getting Back to Basics series.

In case you missed the others, feel free to visit them here:

Let’s watch this!

Funny Motivational Speaker | Teamwork – Engagement | Jon Petz

Getting Back to Basics Part 5

We’re now on part 5 of our 6-part series called “Getting Back to Basics”.

In case you missed the others, feel free to visit here:

This week, let us watch Les Brown as he talks about getting past our fears and going beyond what’s holding you back to reach your full potential. Let his charisma, warmth and humor transform you into extraordinary achievers by using his own life, and his in-depth study of others’ challenges, to build an understanding of what works, what doesn’t work, and why.

Getting Back to Basics Part 4

Time really flies so fast! We’re now on Part 4 of our “Getting Back to Basics” 6-part series.

In case you missed the others, here they are:

  1. All Up In Yo’ Business: Sole Proprietor, LLC, or Corporation?
  2. The 15 Characteristics of Effective Entrepreneurs
  3. How to Know Your Life Purpose in 5 Minutes

For this week, discovering what skills you have is very important so that you can leverage and capitalize them. This is a big part of thinking about what your potential future will be like. Let us help you find out more about yourself and your strengths.