15 Ways To Ask For a Raise…

No, don’t do it by email.

George approached his manager asking for a raise. Said he had been with the company for years and was in dire need, unable to meet his personal expenses.  He just had a child and threatened that he would resign if it was received.

Sounds familiar? At times many find themselves searching for that Loophole to earn extra cash to supplement their disposable income to do the things you would like to do. Things such as get married; buy your first place; get a larger home for your new and growing family; or simply to getaway on that dream vacation.

But accomplishing these goals is not as easy as most would like. It is then that creativity jumps in as I shared in a recent article on 20 Ways to Earn Extra Income. In that article I promised to share the how to ask your boss for a raise (yikes!). But while this method of increasing your income is upfront, and center (basically right under your nose), it’s not the easiest for us to do. We get nervous, shake, get angry, scared, have sleepless nights, all in our efforts to come up with the most plausible reason why we deserve the salary/rate increase .

15 Ways To Ask For A Raise

Having managed Human Resources internationally for over two decades dealing with issues like this, I’ll share a few pointers on how to do it ‘right‘. How to Evoke the response that will not remain Static with your employer, boss, supervisor–whichever pertains to you.

Here I share:

  1. Prepare yourself for the ask.
  2. Timing is everything.
  3. Consider your company’s policy on salary reviews.
  4. Evaluate the financial situation of your employer.
  5. Take on more responsibility.
  6. Demonstrate your wins, and added values
  7. Share your goals and ask for feedback
  8. Request a face to face meeting. If you’re in a different location, use your internal communication channel. Whatever you do, don’t do the initial ask by email.
  9. Focus on the ‘why‘ not the ‘need’. Why you deserve the increase (not why you need it)
  10. Practice your pitch and anticipate questions
  11. Don’t use other colleagues as your argument (he/she received an increase and so should you). That’s the worse thing you can do.
  12. Don’t discuss workload
  13. Do your research…know what the market pays
  14. No, no, no. Be prepared to hear no. It happens. Decide to ask for other things such as bonus, incentives, or personal development opportunities. Be confident that once you’ve asked, you’ve taken that giant step and the request stays in your boss’ mind.
  15. Never threaten that you will resign.

Still afraid? Have questions? Let’s connect

Cheers!

9 Things To Do By Yourself…

Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get, you’ve got to make yourself.” – Alice Walker

Reflection, Rest, Relaxation & Renewal

Self-care is important, and so is doing it alone ..yikes! But time alone is important. It Evokes reflection, rest, relaxation and renewal.

Here I share my own favorite list of 9 Things to do by yourself.

Self-Care

  1. Give yourself a mini retreat weekend–eat healthy food, go for a massage, spoil yourself, and really relax!
  2. Meditate. Sit. Be still and devote time to listen to your spiritual thoughts. Breathe.
  3. Have dinner on your own in a nice restaurant… take time to really enjoy the food
  4. Go somewhere in the city where you have never been
  5. Study. Sign up for an online course in any topic you have an interest in and learn something new
  6. Sip a cup of tea and look out the window
  7. Spend a day at a museum or art gallery
  8. Journal. Carve out the time to write up a list of things you would love to do. Declare your dreams and intentions or simply empty out all your thoughts into your notebook.
  9. Travel on your own. Learn something new about yourself.

So those are my top 9. What’s yours?

Cheers!

I Hear The Waves A-Calling…

Tis the Season. I hear the sounds of the waves A-Calling. It’s getting louder. Now shouting for some well needed time to relax. Time to rejuvenate. It’s time to listen to the waves. It’s Time for quiet, peace, and serenity. I hear Footsteps of the waves a-calling.

Do you hear it too?

Cheers.

Captiva’s Breathtaking Getaway…

Longing for a Quick Getaway? The Beauty and Serenity of Captiva Island, Florida provides just that. As you drive along the coastline you start to feel the Stress of the daily grind slip away.

Don’t Succumb. Take a Break from your busy schedule and join us at this Exciting Retreat at the South Seas Island Resort, on November 3rd, and let your 2018 Goals Ascend.

Cheers!

Getaway! It’s Elastic!

Travelers are never disappointed. To get there, they journeyed by cruise, plane, taxis and foot. Every moment of planning the trip was filled with beautiful excitement, longing, and delightful Elastic dreams

A year ago my daughter and her husband came up with the Genius idea to go on their dream vacation to the beautiful and historic Greece. The country prides itself in the wonders of joy, and rich history. Travelers are never disappointed.

To get there, they journeyed by cruise, plane, taxis and foot. Every moment of planning the trip was filled with beautiful excitement, longing, and delightful Elastic dreams of what was to come. And when the day finally came, it didn’t disappoint. They had a wonderful time! 10 days exploring the mountains, valleys, monuments, eateries, and more.

Then the day came for their departure. Filled with pics, souvenir, and memories to last a lifetime. Suddenly…without notice, things changed.

Unrest erupted in Turkey. Airports closed. Luggage on flights that were terminated. No way out from Athens. Flights cancelled, they had to seek alternate accommodation at nearby hotels. Yet no sleep. Fears rose as they thought of their kids. Oh to feel their tiny hugs.

Two days later with commute from Athens, they ended up in Paris. No seats on flights to the United States, they had no choice but to separate…to Journey home on separate flights, over long distances through different countries. It was their only option. A few other stops, and days later they arrived home. Apart but together. Safe.

What a trip!

Ever experienced anything like that when things to awry? No doubt. But be encouraged. Stay stay the course and you will achieve your goals. As bob Marley sang,

“never give up the Fight” – Bob Marley

Want to plan your next getaway retreat? Reserve your space Now!

Cheers!

When Goals Strike: Fight Back…

Suddenly…without notice, as if in a Trance…things changed. Airports closed. Luggage on flights that were terminated. No way out from…

A year ago my daughter and her husband went on their dream vacation to the beautiful and historic Greece. The country prides itself in the wanders of joy, and rich history. Travelers are never disappointed.

To get there, they journeyed by cruise, plane, taxis and foot. Every moment of planning the trip was filled with beautiful excitement, longing, and delightful dreams of what was to come. And when the day finally came, it didn’t disappoint. They had a wonderful time! 10 days exploring the mountains, valleys, monuments, eateries, and more.

Then the day came for their departure. Filled with pics, souvenir, and memories to Recite to last a lifetime. Suddenly…without notice, as if in a Trance…things changed.

Unrest erupted in Turkey. Airports closed. Luggage on flights that were terminated. No way out from Athens. Flights cancelled, they had to seek alternate accommodation at nearby hotels. Yet no sleep. Fears rose as they thought of their kids. Oh to feel their tiny hugs.

Two days later with commute from Athens, they ended up in Paris. No seats on flights to the United States, they had no choice but to separate…to Journey home on separate flights, over long distances through different countries. It was their only option. A few other stops, and days later they arrived home. Apart but together. Safe.

What a trip!

Ever experienced anything like this? Sometimes our goals go asunder. But only the strong survive. Don’t give up. As bob Marley sang,

“never give up the Fight” – Bob Marley

Goals …keep going. Don’t Stop. You’ll get there.

Cheers!

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Retreat For Your Success…

Grab a Friend and Plan to attend Goal Setting Retreat in Las Vegas! This retreat is for you if you are a New Entrepreneur…

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Grab a friend, Pack your bags and plan to attend 2018 Goal-Setting Retreat at the Beautiful and Serene South Seas Resort on Captiva Island! November 3rd!

As a vivacious Memorized planner, how many times have you sat alone at home or at the office and decided that you are going to do this or that for the coming year? No doubt many times! But statistics reveal that over 80% of individuals fall short of their plans within 2 months of the New Year. Then frustrations set in later when you look back and realize that you haven’t done a Jiffy thing towards accomplishing your goal.

Here’s where we come in. Grab a Friend and Plan to attend 2018 Goal Setting Retreat in Captiva Island, Florida! This retreat is for you if you are a New Entrepreneur, or Mid-Career Individual who wish to jump start your 2018 goals!

Expected Delivery Outcome include:

  • Visioning | Planning | Finding Your Why
  • Identifying your Top 3 Key Goals
  • Creating Concrete Steps to Achieve
  • Strategies to Keep Your Plans on Target
  • Connect! Connect! Connect with like-minded Professionals
  • A chance to relax and rejuvenate in a different and fun environment

Experience Your facilitator will be headed by Dr. Shelly Cameron, Organizational Leadership Specialist, Author and Coach, who has over 15 years planning Leadership Retreats to devise and concretize Goals and strategies to achieve.

Material: All working documents will be provided at no extra cost

Food: Breakfast and Lunch will be provided on the 3rd November

Relaxation: You will be able to reserve Excursion activity (your cost) on the 4th November

Hotel: Discounted rate are available at the South Seas Island Resort. Registration for the Event will be made by individual attendees directly with South Seas Island Resort Registrations.

Additional Notes – Recommended you arrive a day early (2nd Nov 2017) and be ready for an early morning start the next day.

For Additional information – Contact Email 

Capture Early Bird Rates! Expires September 7th. – Reserve now

Cheers!

Stuck? Reserve 2018 Goal Setting Retreat for Success…

Grab a Friend and Plan to attend 2018 Goal Setting Retreat in Las Vegas! This retreat is for you if you are a New Entrepreneur, or Mid-Career Individual in Transition who has experienced…

How many times have you sat alone at home or at the office and decided that you are going to do this or that for the coming year? No doubt many times! But statistics reveal that over 80% of individuals fall short of their plans within 2 months of the New Year. Then frustrations set in later when you look back and realize that you haven’t done a thing towards accomplishing your goal.

Here’s where we come in. Grab a Friend and Plan to attend 2018 Goal Setting Retreat in Las Vegas! This retreat is for you if you are a New Entrepreneur, or Mid-Career Individual in Transition who has experienced:

  • A burning desire to Move from Employee to Entrepreneur, or pondering a Glaring change a in your career.
  • A change has been thrust your way—without notice. Without warning you have been blindsided.
  • Sometimes you feel like a failure—as though you’re just ‘winging’ it.
  • You’re a workaholic who wants the time and space to do the things you’ve always dreamed of. Things such as spending time with your family, or to getaway on that dream vacation that you promised yourself years ago.

Expected Delivery Outcome include:

  • Visioning | Planning | Finding Your Why
  • Identifying your Top 3 Key Goals
  • Creating Concrete Steps to Achieve
  • Strategies to Keep Your Plans on Target
  • Connect! Connect! Connect with like-minded Professionals
  • A chance to relax and rejuvenate in a different and fun environment

This event has strict parameters, so please ensure you will be able to meet the following requirements:

  • Come prepared to Achieve.
  • Stay for the entire session.
  • You should set concrete goals that you want to achieve.
  • Bring a Laptop computer (with WiFi accessibility) if you prefer
  • Dress comfortably.

Experience Your facilitator will be headed by Dr. Shelly Cameron, Organizational Leadership Specialist, Author and Coach, who has over 15 years planning Leadership Retreats to devise and concretize Goals and strategies to achieve.

Material: All working documents will be provided at no extra cost

Food: Breakfast and Lunch will be provided on the 3rd November

Relaxation: You will be able to reserve Excursion activity (your cost) on the 4th November

Hotel: Discounted rate 11/2 – $175 | 11/3 – $205 are available at the Signature at the MGM Grand. Registration for the Event will be made by individual attendees directly with MGM Registrations.

Additional Notes – Recommended you arrive a day early (2nd Nov 2017) and be ready for an early morning start the next day.

For Additional information – Contact Email 

Capture Early Bird Rates – Reserve now

Cheers!

Need Extra Income? Here Are 20 Ways…

There might be goals you’re trying to achieve such as that dream vacation, saving for your first place, tying the knot, getting out of credit card debt, or should I say that infamous student loan! All these examples I’m sure some extra cash won’t hurt!

In a recent trip to New Orleans at a book event, I had to travel around but did not need a car because I stayed close to the business district. Nonetheless, there were times I had to commute. I decided to call Uber and discovered it was very common to find professionals using their cars to earn a few extra dollars before, or after work. One mother Casually explained that her daughter wished to go on a dance tour and she needed the extra dollars! So there she was…using her car to bring in the dough!

Even more, the Symphony of the holidays is fast approaching! And if you’re like me, you’d like to participate in the Yuletide season giving gifts, attending office parties, and entertaining family, and friends.

Can’t be bothered with the fuss of the holidays? There might be other goals you’re trying to achieve such as that dream vacation, saving for your first place, tying the knot, getting out of credit card debt, or should I say that infamous student loan! All these examples I’m sure some extra cash won’t hurt!

20 Ways To Earn Extra Income

Here are 20 ways that I’ve pulled together to help you kick-start this extra income drive.

  1. Ask for a raise (tricky…I’ll explain in a separate post).
  2. Get a new job.
  3. People person? Try Customer Service …check Flex jobs
  4. Great organizer? Try being a Virtual Assistant. Search virtual assistant
  5. Love pets? Pet sitter is a common phenomenon these days.
  6. Writer? Try freelancing. Check out Skyword.
  7. Get rid of junk! Rather than paying storage, sell old items on ebay, or Letgo
  8. Good with designing websites? Try building and designing  website online. Widen your expanse.
  9.  Love taking pics? Sell photos online at Foap.  High demand these days from bloggers, writers, content creators, and more!
  10. Reduce expenses. Can’t ignore this!
  11. Stay healthy and get paid for it! Start an exercise boot camp!
  12. Bartending or Wait tables! Patrons of hotels and restaurants pay extra bucks for this!
  13. Sell your services online through Fiverr.
  14. Excellent cook? Sell your baked products to birthday parties, meetings, and more!
  15. Love kids? Baby Sit!
  16. Live near a college? Try Tutoring.
  17. Play music? Offer to play at Church or at Weddings!
  18. Teach English to Adults. Contact schools or colleges.
  19. Have an extra room? Rent it out.
  20. And like we started out, use your car to earn extra bucks. Try Uber!

If you can’t be bothered with working 2 jobs but need to step up your Career Game and make a change, let’s Partner.  Connect with me and I’ll show you how.

Cheers!

Feeling Drained? 21 Ways To Recharge…


Feeling drained? Time for a Vacay? Getaway? Sounds good! It’s about time to step back, relax, reboot. Goal seekers, new entrepreneurs, career upward mobilizers find it a drag to to take the time to Stop. But it’s in stopping that we are able to generate new ideas, boost our creativity to forge ahead with measured speed after.

Imagine taking a long road trip. It’s imperative to stop. I’m guilty as charged. Enter the plethora of Rest Stops for food, breaks, vehicle refuel, and rest. Laws propel this through enforcement of Drowsy Driving which refers to driving while ability impaired by fatigue. Want proof?  Just ask truck drivers or someone who has suffered the Soiled Disastrous consequences of accidents from tiredness. To keep going is a sure recipe for disaster.

21 Ways to Recharge

Here are a 21 ideas shared by entrepreneurs on ways they recharge when feeling drained.

  1. Meditate
  2. Beach Day
  3. Sleep
  4. 1-2 hour workout
  5. Listen to Christian Music
  6. Disconnect and go to a happy place
  7. Go to the gym
  8. Go for a long walk
  9. Sleep
  10. Enjoy Nature
  11. Church & family
  12. Guilty pleasure – TV watching
  13. Find pictures that motivate to keep going
  14. Think about positive things in life
  15. Get a Massage
  16. Watch good interviews
  17. Worship and inspire
  18. Go to the park with kids and tell them how important they are
  19. Read motivating Book
  20. Cook
  21. Go shopping & Watch Movies that inspire

These comments came from survey of individuals on what they do to recharge. Do any of them resonate? Can you add any that’s missing?

Adopt the attitude to Stop. Reflect. Share. Then progress.

Cheers!

Let’s connect!