Hey female empowerment teachers!
Are you looking for material for your empowerment teaching? Or, perhaps you need holiday gift ideas for your female clients?
Why not consider a book?
Whether you work in the areas of personal, spiritual, financial, or professional empowerment, these books are great sources of motivation and inspiration. I share a few of my personal insights and recommendations for these books. As holiday gift ideas, these books are budget friendly and readily available for purchase from online retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, and Books- A- Million. So, go ahead! Grab these books for your empowerment library and empower your clients today!
1. If I Lean in Will Guys Just Look Down My Shirt? by Dr. Regina Barreca. I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Barreca in person at a women’s empowerment summit. Dr. Barreca shines with her humor, wit, and heartwarming stories that empower women to be authentic and love themselves. I especially love Chapter 4, “Women Carry Everything We Need to Start Life in a New State.” Warning ladies- it’s time to get rid of the baggage!
2. The Black Rose by Tanavarive Due: This is a fictionalized story based on the life of Madam C. J. Walker, the first self-made African-American female millionaire in the United States. Overcoming poverty, discrimination, and betrayal, Walker left a legacy of beauty culture and entrepreneurship that lives on today. As an African-American woman entrepreneur, I deeply admire and respect Walker’s example of chasing your dreams.
3. Making Sense of Men: A Woman's Guide a Lifetime of Love, Care and Attention from All Men by Allison Armstrong. A humorous and quick read for women who want to improve their love relationships with men. In my favorite chapter, “Men are Not Hairy Women,” Levin teaches that most men show their emotional involvement in a woman he is interested in by performing gestures such as giving their coat or opening doors. She encourages women to understand these gestures as their way of saying, “I care about you!” and open themselves to more nurturing and fulfilling relationships.
4. Worthy by Nancy Levin. Levin helps women break free of personal, emotional, and financial beliefs about money that block their abundance and freedom. One of the most thought-provoking statements I came across in this book was, “He who controls the purse strings rules the world.” I learned that if I want to know who is in charge of my life, I should ask myself who is in charge of my money. For me, this statement was both a sober wake-up call and motivation for me take a closer look at how I manage my finances.
5. Expect to Win: 10 Proven Strategies for Thriving in the Workplace by Carla A. Harris. Harris, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley, is recognized as one of the most powerful and respected women in business. I was fortunate to experience “Carla’s Pearls”, her powerful presentation of wisdom, motivation, and inspiration at the Goodwin College Vital Voices Speakers Series. I highly recommend reading Chapter 1, “Authenticity” where Carla discusses the importance of bringing your authentic self to your workplace.
After you check out this list, share with me on Twitter and Facebook what you learned!
In this three-part blog series, I share short, personal stories of how I solved a problem close to me to move my business forward. If you are a life coach, empowerment teacher, or personal development coach, my goal is help you solve a problem close to you to help you attract clients. For Part 1, I discuss a problem-solving approach I used as a freelance writing entrepreneur to discover my writing specialty.
Why do I say, “A problem close to you”?
When looking at the larger picture of life around us, many of us are surrounded by problems that are competing for our attention. However, there is often one problem that is close to you that requires immediate attention. Because this problem is directly connected to your goal to move forward or accomplish a goal, finding a solution is high priority. After solving the problem closest to you, it becomes much easier to tackle the other competing problems because oftentimes solutions start to appear. In the next section I illustrate how this works.
Among the problems I had to tackle in launching my freelance writing business included creating a blog, compiling a writer’s portfolio, and setting up a website. These problems varied in terms of my ability to solve them, meaning that some were relatively easy to solve while others required a steep learning curve on my part. Nevertheless, while these problems circulated around me, I discovered that the problem of how to market myself as a freelance writer would be the one that required high priority. Because this problem was directly connected to my goal to move forward with my business, it became the problem closest to me. By figuring out what value I offer to clients, many of the other problems-my blog, my writer’s portfolio, and my website- would eventually be solved as the answers fall into place. In the entrepreneurial world, this “figuring out” process is often called developing a value proposition. Here is how I tackled this problem closest to me.
First, I want to introduce a definition for what a problem is from a business context. Business Dictionary defines a problem as:
“A perceived gap between the existing state and a desired state, or a deviation from a norm, standard, or status quo.”
Applying this definition, I perceived a gap between my existing state- my unspecialized freelance writing self- and my desired state-a freelance writer with a specialty. Next, I devised a method to solve my problem. First, I did some soul-searching to explore what I love to write about. Next, I reflected on my most enjoyable writing experiences with past clients. Here are two things I discovered:
After discovering my value proposition, the answers to my other problems started emerging. I now have the direction and material to further develop my blog, my writer’s portfolio, and my website.
To see how my problem-solving approach can help you, stay tuned for Part 2! This is where you come in! Visit my website and follow me on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter for updates!
Yvette M. Williams, Ph.D. is a freelance writer for hire. Her company, The Esteemed Scribe,LLC provides expertise in ghostwriting, copy-editing, copy-writing, proofreading, and blogging. Yvette specializes in helping midlife career women 40+ write informative, creative, and inspirational copy that expresses their unique voice and propels their business forward.