Business Tip: Negotiate A Higher Salary

A colleague of mine recently shared a broadcast from NPR. The broadcast titled “Why Women Don’t Ask for More Money,” shared a recent study which revealed that while women are great negotiators, they aren’t when asking for higher salaries for themselves.

The study showed that when negotiating for other employees, women were more aggressive and firm in their approach, than when they were asked to share their negotiating techniques for themselves.

“Now in the workplace, women often undervalue themselves,” – Sallie Krawcheck, former president of the Global Wealth & Investment Management division at Bank of America said.

Also known as one of the most senior women at Wall Street, Krawcheck shared that professional women seldom ask for the salary they deserve, if they even attempt to ask at all.

That is why our business tip of the day is to negotiate a higher salary, especially if you are a woman. Now, of course there are many factors that go into negotiating including conducting the proper research beforehand, understanding the market, and more. However, the overall point is that once you’ve taken those steps it’s important to be firm and willing to negotiate your salary.

Share some tips you may have on negotiating a higher salary, or check out “Lean In,” by Sheryl Sandberg – chief operating officer at Facebook below.

~Jaleesa Lashay~

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Charge What You’re Worth

Period. Whether you’re a freelancer or running a fully functioning business, it is important to know the quality of your work and charge what it’s worth. Here are a few tips on determining your worth: 

  • Know The Market: When you have an understanding of your market, and your customers demand, you have a better understanding of your charging price. Do your competitors charge $200 for their digital services? Do you want to be among competitors or more affordable? What specific services do you offer? 
  • How Much Time Will it Take: Have an understanding of the amount of time each project takes. Depending on the type of field you’re in, you may want to charge per hour for your time. The amount you charge is up to you, but understanding the market will help you determine this. 
  • What’s The Opportunity? Depending on your field, I think it’s also important to think through the opportunity. For instance, if you are a hair stylist you may charge a celebrity less than your normal rate, given the fact that they promote your services via social media. However,  I recommend avoiding sponsorships as often as possible, and charging for your services. People need to take you seriously. 

Never apologize for charging someone, they came to you because they believe in your work, so they should be willing to pay for it. It is important; however, to understand your customer and work with them when necessary. 

Side Note: I never recommend telling someone “I charge what I’m worth.” It comes off very unprofessional and arrogant. Just provide them with the bill and take things from there. Remain a professional. 

Comment below and tell us what you think. 

~Jaleesa Lashay~ 

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10 Leadership Tips for Women

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and her “Lean In” Foundation have launched an official campaign to ban the b-word. The campaign stems from several statistics and points including the fact that young boys and men are often encouraged to be leaders; however, when girls demonstrate ambition they are identified as being “bossy.” 

Go to www.banbossy.com and make the pledge to ban the b-word. I recently made the pledge, as I am a strong advocate for women empowerment. After doing so, I downloaded the website’s leadership tips for girls and found them to be very helpful and relatable for women of all ages. 

10 Leadership Tips for Girls

1. Speak Up in Class

This tip is relevant to work, school or wherever you are in your life. It is important to speak up and have your voice heard. Too often, are men the ones who ask tons of questions, while women sit back. It’s time to speak up. 

2. Stop Apologizing Before You Speak

This is one that I definitely have to learn to do. How many times in the professional world have you heard a woman say “I’m sorry or apologies but.” Speaking in that tone often displays a lack of confidence. We need to stop this. 

3. Challenge Yourself

Especially if you don’t have any responsibilities (kids, husband). It’s important for professional development to challenge yourself. Men challenge themselves with new projects and take risks throughout different professions, all time, and its time that we do more than what we’re asked to do. 

4. Ask for Help

Period. 

5. Don’t do Everyone Else’s Work

This is especially important for young professionals who often find themselves doing work for everyone. Understand that it’s okay to say no. 

6.  Speak Up in Friendship

Yes Ladies. Stop being messy. Call people out. Keep it moving. Period. 

7. Trust Your Inner Voice

This is something that I do very well. Always trust your inner voice and the vibes people give you. I can always tell off of someones vibe if I plan to continue a professional relationship with them or stay clear of any interaction. 

8. Change The World

We can do it. We will do it. Start to tell yourself that. Be global. Travel the world and experience news things. This also coincides with challenging yourself. 

9. Remember: It’s Not Always Easy to Speak Up, But It’s Worth It

Hell yea! If you’re looking for a job or an internship, know that your confidence and willingness to speak up is just as important as your skills. 

10. Practice! 

Stop wasting time going to the club, making inappropriate and tasteless “twerk” videos. Find your passion, and work toward it. Everything you do should be productive. 

Hope these have been helpful. You can find the full pdf of the tips along with more information at www.banbossy.com 

~Jaleesa Lashay~

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Business Tip: Spell It Right

Making that transition from college life to adulthood and the overall professional world can be challenging, and I understand as I recently made that transition myself. However, as young professionals we have to realize that no one cares. 

Business is business, and it is important to always be tight and remember that you are hired because of your capabilities and expertise, and there is no excuse for a lack of paying attention to small details.

With that being said, our business tip of the week is to “Spell It Right.” By it, we mean someone’s name. At this point, you shouldn’t make any small typos, so we are addressing specifically spelling a colleague, client, mentor, or anyone else for that matter – spelling their name correctly. 

Not only is it a common courtesy, but it also demonstrates an ability to pay attention to detail, which is extremely important in the workforce. I have been in too many instances where a student has reached out to me for an internship opportunity and spelled my name incorrectly. 

Not only is it important to spell someone’s name correctly but you definitely better spell it right if you’re asking for advice, help, or for any of their time. The truth is that everyone makes mistakes, but there’s no excuse for not taking two extra seconds to make sure someone’s name is spelled correctly. 

Share other helpful tips with us below or email them to JaleesaLashay@gmail.com. 

~Jaleesa Lashay~

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5 Tips for a Successful Radio Show

The Internet is a tool that could be used as a means for procrastination, or as a tool to help achieve your dreams. For those interested in broadcast/journalism, the Internet serves as a space to share content and develop a following. 

Developing a following may vary depending on an individual’s goals and interest. For some people this could be achieved through an effective podcast or online radio show. With that being said, I came across a blog post by Temple Illuminatus,a long time ago, but thought the tips would be helpful.

The post provides readers with 30 tips for better radio/podcast broadcasting. I’ve listed the top five, based on personal experience below. Check them out and share any additional tips you may have. 

~Jaleesa Lashay~

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1. Come Prepared: I cannot say this enough. It is important to have key talking points for the topic of discussion. I do not recommend having a script, as the listener will be able to hear that you are reading, but it is important to be prepared with key points/opinions. Being prepared also means doing research on guests and general topics. 

2. Stay On Topic: Once you have identified your key points, it is important to stay on topic. Furthermore, it is important to plan out the duration for each topic. You shouldn’t discuss one topic for more than ten minutes, especially if the show is only for an hour. 

3. Let Guests Talk: It is my pet peeve, when I am listening to a radio interview and the personalities talk over the guest. It is rude, and a waste of their time. Don’t do it. Learn how to navigate and direct a conversation without interrupting. It is a skill you will need to master. 

4. Note Your Nervous Habits: ummm…like…sooo. Everyone has that filler word, but it is important to get rid of it and out of the habit. Not only is it annoying, but also very unprofessional. You never know who could be listening, and you always want to maintain a level of professionalism. 

5. There’s Enough for Everyone in the Field: This is one of my favorite tips. Avoid worrying about competition, and allowing it to take away from your willingness to do business with people. What’s for you is for you. It’s nothing wrong with collaborating with other men or women who share your interests. 

 

12 Tips for Rebuilding Your Life

A colleague of mine recently shared an article by Purpose Fairy titled “How to Begin Rebuilding Your Life and Make It Ridiculously Amazing.”  The article provides 12 tips for rebuilding your life, and I found the tips extremely refreshing and helpful. 

Rebuilding your life does not have to mean changing your career or major in college, but it could mean small things such as the way you approach your brand or business. It could be the way you view professional partnerships, etc. 

I’ve listed the tips below and highlighted the ones I practice within my life and find most helpful. Let me know which tips you plan to implement into yours. 

~Jaleesa Lashay~

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1. Make a commitment to yourself 

2. Forgive, release and let go of past hurts and resentments (still working on this)

3. Embrace with grace all that you face

4. Visualize your achievements and create your destiny (create a vision board or visibility plan)

5. Dreams won’t work unless you do

6. Take one step at a time

7. Develop a deep trust in life

8. Give yourself permission to “fail”

9. Be good to yourself

10. Give up living your life to other people’s expectations

11. Discipline your mind to stay present in the NOW

12. Surround yourself with loving and supportive people

 

4 Tips on Time Management

Project Eve recently shared six tips to improve time management, and the tips are not only useful, but are realistic and honest in their approach.

Time management is extremely important for professional development and success. I find the most challenging part to effective time management, is that we spend our entire childhood careless of our time and how we spend it. Even when you get to college there’s so much time that we waste and spend relaxing and just on our own schedules. 

Well, the real world is NOT like that. We don’t have all of the time in the world, deadlines are never extended for your “personal reasons” or because you woke up late. The four tips below taken from Project Eve should be helpful for anyone working on their time management, and I even added my own personal advice or tips to go along with each one. 

1. Schedule Everything

You know those people who spend their Sunday evenings planning out their entire schedule for the week. Those women who carry planners in their purses. That should be you! Scheduling is extremely important with managing your time and there are tons of free apps that could help you with it.

2. No Multi-Tasking

Project Eve said it best “Do One Thing At a Time and Finish What you Start.” Period. 

3. Stick to Your Schedule

This tip is here to help reinforce tip number one. Once you have a schedule be sure you stick to it. Also, its important with your schedules to make room for spontaneous things and projects. One helpful tip that my colleague shared with me is to plan your days two hours less than the time you actually have. For example: If you work eight hours, plan each day as if you work six hours, so that you make room for those two extra hours of work that may come up spontaneously. 

4. Manage Your Email

There’s really nothing else to say about this one. Manage your emails. It’s nothing more unprofessional than when someone sends you an email and you don’t get to respond to it until a week later. If you don’t check your email then don’t “act” like you use it for professional contact. 

Hope those were helpful. What are some ways that you manage your time? 

~Jaleesa Lashay~

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Business Tip: Remove Negativity From Your Life

As obvious as it may seem, the business tip of the week is to remove negativity from your life. In both professional and personal development, it is important to have positive energy surround you. We feed off of the energy around us and believe it or not, our successes are reflective of our mentality and lifestyles. 

Of course, removing negativity from your life refers to people, bitter people who don’t want to see you succeed, people who contribute to your habits and more. However, it also refers to the music you listen to, the things you watch, etc. 

When we surround ourselves with positive energy, we are easier to work with; we are more motivated, and overall just find that we are able to accomplish more. When you allow bitterness in your life, you’re no longer productive. 

I’ve made a personal decision in my life to only surround myself with good energy, so I will literally walk away from a dinner, whatever, if I sense some negative energy. My time is too valuable, and I just don’t have the time for it. I encourage you all to do the same.

What are some negative things that you plan to remove from your life? Let us know! 

~Jaleesa Lashay~

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Business Tip: Create Content

How many times have you heard the words “Be Creative?” The truth is that whether you are an entrepreneur, artist, singer, entertainer or business professional someone in your life has encouraged you to “be creative” in relation to your branding. 

Why? People encourage creativity because in an ever-changing digital world, engagement is the key to effective marketing for your brand or business. The best way to engage with consumers or your target audience is by engaging with them on the platforms that they use most frequently. The best way to engage is through custom content.

Best practices for creating custom content are to keep it short, keep it unique and keep it informative. Whether you are creating an infographic, publishing a video or posting a photo it is important to keep it short and sweet, as people no longer make the time to read through long posts and articles.

The overall point is to create custom content. For example, if you’re an aspiring makeup stylist, share how-to videos on your Instagram page, and on the key social media sites where your target audience is prevalent. If you own your own business, invest the time and money to conduct surveys and produce infographics and statistics that are relevant to your prospective clients.

There are so many factors to creating custom content, but the main thing is to do your research so that you know your audience and your market. 

~Jaleesa Lashay~ 

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Business Tip: Update Your LinkedIn Profile

I have attended plenty of professional workshops in my life, and have noticed that social media is always a part of the discussion. With our digital world, people recognize the importance of various social platforms, and we have even witnessed how it has affected the personal and professional careers of many individuals.

Now, we all know that if you hear of a new company or brand you’re more likely to search them on Twitter and Facebook, maybe even Instagram. It depends. With that, comes an understanding that companies could potentially check your social media pages when considering you for a job position, or even as a current employee. 

One social media platform that isn’t a part of the larger discussion is LinkedIn. This social media platform, designed for networking purposes is great for young professionals and I encourage everyone to create a profile and keep it updated. 

Through this site, you are able to upload various pieces of work, additionally; it is a tool that companies often use to recruit individuals who have the experience that they are searching for in a candidate. It is also a great way to reach out to people who have expertise in a field that you are interested in. 

Feel free to check out my LinkedIn profile for a great example and let me know what you think. 

~Jaleesa Lashay~

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