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Conflict Resolution 101


There is no doubt how challenging dealing with conflict can be. I myself absolutely disklike conflict in any form. As a matter of fact, I try to avoid it at all costs!

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of today’s post I want to give you the definitions of a few words. I am sharing the definitions to give you a better understanding of what they mean.


Conflict- A serious disagreement or argument, typically a protracted one.

Resolution- A firm decision to do or not to do something. or the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter.

Conflict Resolution: is a way for two or more parties to find a peaceful solution to a disagreement among them. The disagreement may be personal, financial, political, or emotional. When a dispute arises, often the best course of action is a negotiation to resolve the disagreement.


 

This is something that if you have to deal with people you need to know the proper way to handle conflict when it arises.  It is hard to bite your tongue when things happen that you don’t agree with. Better yet when someone does something that hurts your feelings.

Especially in the workplace or a professional setting.

We all have to deal with conflict at one point in our lives, but we need to be sure we are doing it the right way. I have dealt with people within my professional career and personal and it wasn’t easy. I honestly can say that dealing with personal conflicts are tougher for me that the business/professional ones. The reason I believe it, is because I am more connected with my personal relationships.

Today I want to give you a few tips on how you can deal with conflict in the business world through conflict resolution. Although these tips will work with personal relationships we are going to focus on the workplace (business) for the sake of today’s post.


 

First, you need to make your concerns are known and request on meeting at a mutually acceptable time and place to discuss the conflict.

Second, once you have agreed and the meeting is getting underway be sure to state your problems or concerns as you see them. Be sure to make “I” statements and withhold any judgments and accusations.

Third, this one is important. Let the other person have his/her say. This may be challenging but you need to be sure to not interrupt or contradict the other person. However, do not allow the other person to be rude or call you names, make threats or intimidate you in any way.

Fourth,  be sure to listen and ask questions. You should ask fact-based questions (who? what? where? when? how?) to make sure you understand the situation. Remember to avoid accusatory “why” questions (why are you like that?) You also want to make sure to use your own words to restate what you think the other person means and wants. Lastly, be sure to acknowledge the other person’s feelings and perceptions.

Fifth, if the discussion breaks down,  you can attempt to reschedule another time to meet. If that is not an option you may want to consider bringing in a third party.


Conflict Resolution

The process is never easy but if you run your own business, or working in corporate America it is one thing that most of us will experience. I hope that I have shed a little light and understanding of the topic. More importantly, I hope you found this post helpful.

 

Have you had to deal with conflict? How did you handle it?

October 30, 2018 0 comment
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The Weekend Blend 004


Guess what I accomplished this week? I’m so proud of myself I just have to share. I finally completed my website for my podcast! Eek! The “P’ Word podcast website is almost official. I still have a few things to complete but nothing major. If you want to take a sneak peek you can check it out here. I would love your feedback! Anywhoo, I know what you’re here for today, the weekly link roundup via The Weekend Blend, so let’s get into it!

 


Blogging + Business

  • In the world of social media, this one thing is imperative
  • This is one of my ultimate goals as a social media influencer. I am utilizing some of these but I need to be more consistent
  • I learned so much from this one right here! Omg!
  • Have you been struggling with this? I know I definitely have!
  • Before you start to feel overwhelmed you will want to read this

 


Good Reads

 

  • There is always something with her, but at least now I know more uses that I can benefit from
  • If you spend a lot of time on devices, then you need to check this out
  • You may want to reconsider how you use your downtime
  • If you are trying to be more productive this month, you may want to read this
  • This is so true! It is so easy to fall into this trap!

Close The Deal

  • We never like to admit it, but its important in any relationship
  • Which one are you?
  • This definitely opened my eyes to the concept of work-life balance
  • This advice is so relevant in more than just your career
  • Wow! I didn’t realize how impactful this can be

Community Over Competition

  • Ashlee is spilling the tea with this one
  • In the grand scheme of things, this is so important
  • Wow I can totally relate to some of these

Did You Miss Last Weeks Post? Catch up here!

 


Have a magical weekend!

October 26, 2018 0 comment
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The Weekend Blend 003


This week has been challenging but it has also been SUPER productive. The hubby was out of town for work and I had to bring out my superwoman cape! I also had the chance to relax and get my nails done AND I had a meetup with some blogger friends for lunch. I also have another photoshoot coming up so I can have all of my November content ready to go! I have even started filming some Holiday Hair & Makeup tutorials!  What would you like for me to share in November? I would love your input! Ok, Ok, I know what you’re here for today, the weekly link roundup via The Weekend Blend, so let’s get into it!

 


Blogging + Business

  • Green is my favorite color! I love having it in my pocket as well and these ideas are great!
  • How much time do you dedicate to doing this?
  • I have recently discovered how important these are. It helps me to be more productive and efficient
  • When you thought running a business was hard enough and then you read this.
  • You think you don’t know how to do this but you can.

 


Good Reads

  • We all strive to conduct more meaningful and engaging conversations
  • I would have never imagined that the signs would look like this, especially for high functioning individuals
  • As business owners and entrepreneurs, we take risks every day, but I was surprised by this one
  • It’s always interesting to read articles about traveling, but this was from a completely different perspective
  • Texas holds a special place in my heart, I hope to become a resident one day and live closer to my sister
  • Oh my gosh! I was just having a conversation about this very thing recently!

Close The Deal

  • I didn’t know that most successful people do this
  • Work hard or do this you tell me…
  • Moving up in the corporate world? You may want to consider getting one of these
  • I know that companies see this a beneficial, but I used to despise doing them

 


Community Over Competition

  • If you are looking for things to do this Fall check out Hillary’s Fall Bucket List
  • Holiday parties and get-togethers are fast approaching! Make sure you have the right beverages deck!
  • Taking a family road trip soon? Make sure you have these packed!
  • Oh my goodness! This is some beautiful interior design inspiration!

Did You Miss Last Weeks Post? Catch up here!

 


Have a magical weekend!

October 19, 2018 0 comment
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The Weekend Blend 002


This week has been non-stop! I put myself on a schedule and I am trying to stick to it. Every morning I make sure to get my 3 miles in. Soon it will be 5 miles! Lol! I am also focusing on achieving over 10,000 steps per day.  Outside of exercise, I have been super busy in the studio creating a ton of new videos. I have pushed myself and I am happy to report that some of them turned out WAY better than I thought. I know. I need to stop doubting myself. I know what you’re here for today, the weekly link roundup via The Weekend Blend, so let’s get into it!

 


Blogging + Business

  • This is why keeping a secret isn’t so bad after all
  • I used to be terrified of having one of these but if you are trying to brand yourself, you need to have one!
  • I still struggle with trying to decide which one is best! I have learned to do what feels right for me and my brand.
  • Being a very analytical person, this is something I will never get tired of gaining more knowledge in

Good Reads

  • In my sales career, these skills are imperative! However, it also applies to your personal life as well.
  • I couldn’t agree more with this!
  • The reason why is because it’s not as easy as it seems
  • You know the saying “Knowledge is Power”
  • This is definitely  something worth reconsidering

Close The Deal

  • I remember asking the same question when I was trying to start my career.
  • This puts a new perspective on the term “good fit”
  • Anyone that is on the payroll with a company deserves this
  • I have said this over 100 times!

Community Over Competition

  • Maria was right on time with these signs! I definitely needed to read this after my weekend back home in Mississippi.
  • Thanks to Paige I will be adding all of these to my stash!
  • If you are a content creator or just a person who loves interacting on social media, more specifically Instagram then you must read this.

Did You Miss Last Weeks Post? Catch up here!

 


Have a magical weekend!

October 12, 2018 0 comment
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Give Credit Where Credit Is Due (Especially with images)


This topic right here…I just have to be completely honest. This is a topic that I have found myself discussing more than I actually want to. The reality is…we need to be informed. We need to know what is acceptable and what is not when it comes to giving credit.

As creators, there are some things that we need to start taking into consideration. To some of you, what I will be sharing in today’s post may not apply to you. But for those of you who are aspiring creators and bloggers please continue reading.

When it comes to creating content (taking photos) you can:

  1. Take your own photos
  2. Hire a photographer to take pictures for you
  3. Purchase stock photos
  4. Use royalty-free stock photos
  5. Share other people’s amazing photos via social media (from public accounts)

Now, for number one it is pretty straightforward. You take the photo, you own the rights to the photo. We will get into some details on number two later in the post. numbers three and four are also pretty straightforward.

Number five is where we are going to start.

Sharing other people’s amazing images via social media (public profiles)

Now before you start to stress I want you to know that it is perfectly fine to use someone else’s social media images on your social media platforms, as long as you are giving credit to the original source. If you are wanting to share an image from an account that is “private” you would need to ask that person for permission to share it.

Here are some ways that I give credit on the images that I post and share:

  1. Included “PC” which stands for “Photo Credit” with the photographer’s personal or business page. In most of my images, you will see the following: PC: @angiegarciaphoto
  2. I will use the camera icon with the Instagram username. By using this format, it will help save you character space which gives you more room to be creative with your words.
  3. Lastly, I always make sure to tag the photographer “on the photo” its great to give credit to the photographer in the caption of your post. I just love going the extra mile to give credit where credit is due.

I can’t begin to tell you how so many creatives have this process all wrong. If your blogger friend takes your photo for FREE the best way to say thank you, is to give the credit for taking the photo for you. I call it mutual respect but more importantly community over competition. Why? Because, by sharing who took your photo with your audience, that helps your friend connect with new people. We can all grow together.

Tag the people who take your photos for FREE.

Just because they are your “friend” and they do it for “free” doesn’t mean that they are ok with you not giving them credit for taking the photo. Can we agree to do better in the area? Ok. Good.

Now we are going to briefly discuss number two.

You hire a photographer to take pictures for you. Having a photographer take pictures for you is the best thing since sliced bread. Seriously. It saves so much time and it allows you to create a ton of content in a short amount of time. When it comes to hiring a photographer there are some things that you need to know.

If the “photographer” is your friend and offers to take your pictures for free, you need to know that there will be strings attached. Not in a bad way. For example: Let’s say your photographer friend takes your pictures for free, and you decide to use the images in your blog post. Not just any blog post, but a sponsored blog post. (you were paid for the post) You would still have to give photo credit to the photographer in that post for those images.

Free or Hired. It doesn’t matter.

I have seen situations where a photographer has taken pictures and a brand uses the photos on all of their social media to promote a product or service. Guess what? The brand failed to credit the photographer because the brand was unaware that the FREE photographer friend took the photos. This is not cool and it happens a lot.

We as content creators and bloggers need to be respectful of people and their craft. Everyone wants credit for their hard work. Free or not. Most importantly, if you do not have a contract and the licensing rights to use the image then you may be playing with fire. (i.e. LAWSUIT)

Just do the right thing.

I will get more into contracts and licensing rights in a later post. I myself use a contract when I hire a photographer to shoot my images. I also have a contract for “friends” who take my images for “free”. It is the easiest way to protect myself and my friends who are helping me grow my brand. I know it may seem crazy, but sadly it is something that I feel like I have to do. Honestly, this is one reason why I recently stopped working with a photographer and I started taking my own pictures with a tripod and a remote.


What are your thoughts on giving credit on images?

Does it matter if it is free or paid? I would love to get your feedback on the topic!


 

 

 

 

 

October 9, 2018 0 comment
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The Weekend Blend

Okay! This week has been super busy and challenging. However, I am excited to be launching my very first weekly links roundup. To give you a little background, I wanted to have a dedicated space where I can share articles and links that I have read and love. Sharing is caring am I right? So every Friday I will be sharing The Weekend Blend to help you learn and grow. I hope by sharing these you will learn some new interesting things. Most importantly, this is another way to support others that are doing the damn thang!  Let’s lose ourselves in some links, shall we?

 


Blogging + Business

  • Mark hit the nail on the head with  one question we all ask ourselves
  • You’re doing better than you think with this
  • When you struggle with writing 
  • I have to agree with James. However, everyone is different and we all approach this in different ways
  • The one thing that is so important when you work for yourself  *insert praise dance*

Good Reads

  • I’m sure I’m not the only one this pertains too.
  • There is so much that we can learn from others
  • I have heard this before, but does it count in all areas of life is what I am wondering?
  • I just heard my Pastor say this in service last week. It is a thing and NOT a person
  • WOW! I was surprised to read so many people are doing this! I mean I have polled my audience and asked numerous friends. I feel so much more informed on the topic.
  • I didn’t even know such a thing actually existed…good to know we have options

Close The Deal

  • You want to be sure that you choose your words wisely with this
  • The key to what many people strive for because it is so important

 

I’m heading back to my hometown of  Terry, MS for the weekend and I can’t wait to spend time with my family. Most importantly, I get to spend some quality time with my grandmother. If you have a loved one that you haven’t seen in a while, make the time to go and see them. Life is too short, so be sure to spend it LIVING and making memories!


Happy Friday, yall! Have a magical weekend!

October 8, 2018 0 comment
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IGTV: The 3 Important Things You Need To Know Before You Upload


Number 1: Take your time to really understand what it is that you want to share.


 

It can be very tempting to just treat this as the new next best thing to do when it comes to Instagram. For those of you who are reading this and you have worked hard to build your online presence, you need to do the same when it comes to IGTV. I know, I know, it’s that “one more thing” and if you’re like me change can be challenging.  But as you know in this industry we have to be able to roll with the punches.

You know the saying if you can’t beat them, join them.

The first thing you really need to consider before hitting that upload button is to have a plan. Make sure you take some time to really understand what it is you would like to share. For me I want my IGTV to be informational. I want my followers to get more in-depth information from me outside of my IG Feed and/or YouTube Channel. This was the number one thing I struggled with prior to uploading my first video.

I asked myself 3 Questions:

  1. What MORE can I offer my audience?
  2. How can I use this “new” feature to connect with my audience on a more personal level?
  3. What is it that I can share that can help my audience?

With all the above factored in, I felt more comfortable with my “why” behind my IGTV and more importantly I had a good solid plan.

 


Number 2: Don’t sacrifice quality over convenience.


 

I know when new things are introduced it can be scary and fun all at the same time. When there are new features and platform that are presented to us within social media scene, we want to just post whatever we “think” is relevant. When  IGTV was rolled out to the masses at first, many people were not sure of the “reasoning” behind it. According to Instagram, IGTV is the first ever video platform where you can upload a vertical video. They understand that so much of our time is spent on our mobile devices these days, to it just makes sense.

However, the number one thing that stood out to me, was that people were just uploading content that wasn’t quality content. Also, how do you make sense of IGTV when it is so similar to IG Stories and IG Live.

Take your time and do it right!

If you have invested blood, sweat, tears, and most importantly time, be sure to treat IGTV with the same respect. I have watched numerous IGTV segments to wear the person just uploaded old content and it did not fit the dimensions designed for quality video on IGTV. Keep in mind, if Instagram decides to allow you to monetize your IGTV Channel (kind of like YouTube) then you want to make sure that it is quality content worth monetizing!

Would you be interested in a step-by-step tutorial?
If so, let me know and we can make that happen!

 


Number 3: Make sure you have video editing software installed on your phone or desktop.


 

Can I be 100% transparent? This part almost made me give up on even tapping the upload button. Seriously, because I take all the content that I create and share VERY seriously. I wanted to make sure that I invested the time to learn and research on the best way to upload and approach IGTV. But, the actual “upload” process took some getting used to and I almost gave up.

Thankfully, with the help of a few apps (and programs), I was able to get the desired footage uploaded and I was satisfied. Yes, there is much more to learn but I think that I am on my way one step at a time. So, with that being said, if you are like me, and you want to be able to edit on the go there are a few apps that I have discovered they may work. Keep in mind options may be limited due to the “newness” of IGTV.

If you know of any other apps that have worked for you please share in the comments section below!

On the Go Editing Apps (IOS):

1. Spark Video Editor  – $2.99

2. Video Resizer– Free.99

3. Instagram/IG Stories


Other Editing Software:

– iMovie

– Final Cut Pro


Did you find this post helpful?

Please SHARE to help others who may be struggling on how to get started with IGTV!

 


My most recent IGTV Posts?

  1. Get Ready With Me
  2. My thoughts on Meet-Ups
  3. Sister Chat-The Blog Societies Conference 2018 Recap

Check out the screenshots of my process of uploading my first IGTV!
Also if you are interested in creating a custom cover photo for your IGTV posts check out Canva or Creative Market.

 


 

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IGTV: The 3 Important Things You Need To Know Before You Upload-Tiffany D. Brown


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August 20, 2018 0 comment
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2018 Conference Recap | The Blog Societies


On August 9th-11th I attended the 6th Annual The Blog Societies Conference in Alpharetta, Georgia with my sister De’Ana Fierce. The conference was hosted by the beautiful Hotel Avalon.


6 Things You Need To Know About The Blog Societies Conference-Tiffany D. Brown


I don’t even have enough words to describe our experience staying at Hotel Avalon, so much that I will be doing a separate post to share my thoughts, pictures, and video.

But since you are here to read about The Blog Societies Conference (#TSBCON) recap I will spare the hotel deets and dig right into the conference juice!

But, before I share all the deets I wanted to let you know I have my sister De’Ana Fierce with The Modeling Standard joining me on this post today. Furthermore, I’m so incredibly blessed to travel to conferences with her and to learn and experience new things. So, I’m kicking it off with My 3 Key Takeaways from this year’s conference from my perspective and De’Ana will be sharing her 3 Key Takeaways too!

Let’s get into it!


3 Key Takeaways from this year’s conference:

1. Planning and Organization

Now, I have attended some really amazing conferences the past couple of years. It’s funny how when you go to different conferences you see that things can be done differently. For example, I have attended conferences the organization was great! But then going to The Blog Societies Conference this year really exceeded my expectations.

From the moment we arrived on site, everyone was so nice and accommodating. Justin in valet treated us like queens. Later that evening, when we were in search of something to eat Justin, took us for a spin on the hotel golf cart! Y’all this golf cart had all the bells and whistles. We laughed so hard and it really helped set the tone for the experience that was yet to come.

After we checked in and Jeremy saw that we were a little frazzled due to our flights being delayed and having to drive over an hour through rush hour traffic in a thunderstorm to get to the hotel. He was so nice to gift us complimentary drink coupons to help rest our nerves. lol.

Can we say winning?!

If you want to check our IGTV Sister Chat video just click here 

We settled in we had to quickly change clothes to make it down to the Welcome Party. Arrived at the registration table and Ms. Caroline (Birdie & Boe ) had the biggest smile on her face, she gave us the warmest welcome and handed over all of the details we needed to get the most out of our first night.

Once registered and we received our tote bags, itineraries, and lanyards for the conference.  On the back of the lanyard, there was a very detailed itinerary that broke down what my individual schedule was based on what I had selected in the survey prior to the conference.

You’re probably wondering what is so great about that.

Well, let me tell you. Have you ever attended a meeting or conference and you had to keep up with a sheet of paper?  Yeah, what if you lose the paper? Yeah. This small attention to detail was amazing because I didn’t have to ramble for papers because it was right around my neck.

2. Focused On Cultivating A Community

After we registered and we had our schedules in hand, we came across a sheet of paper. On this sheet of paper was ALL of the Instagram handles for everybody who was attending the conference. It included, first and last name what state they were from. Also included was everyone’s Instagram handles. There was also Instagram handles for every sponsor of the conference!

Can you say efficient and organized?

You know so many times we attend conferences and we’re so busy and concerned about passing out business cards and trying to follow everybody at that moment. It was a great experience because after following and engaging with fellow attendees profiles, the next day we were able to meet them in person. This really made our interactions with fellow attendees more personable. We weren’t there in the sense of exchanging business cards, because they already had that information for us.

What more could you ask for?


3. Constant Communication of Daily Events

My favorite thing was receiving a recap of the previous day in my inbox at 6 o’clock every morning during the conference. Yes, you read that right! Daily Conference recaps and updates. More importantly, there was a link to all the images for us to use (with giving credit of course).  You guys everything we needed at our fingertips. Hands down this conference had to be one of the most stress-free conferences that I’ve been to.

Honestly, there was no feeling of being rushed or feeling as if there was not enough time in the day to do things we wanted to do to unwind. Our schedule was streamlined and organized and the sessions went from 9 to around 3:00 or 4:00. This type of schedule gave you plenty of time to go explore take photos or hang out the pool.

It was AMAZING!

Hands down this was the most informational conference I’ve been to. This conference for us was the validation that what we are doing, we’re doing it the right way and we’re on the right path. Yes, there’s still a lot of work to be done. I have to become a bit more discipline. There are so many things that I really need to focus on to get my blog and brand to where it needs to be.

The best part about this is that I can reach out to any one of the blog society’s members that I met and ask for their feedback on things I may be struggling with. I honestly feel that they will be open and honest and give me the feedback that I would need to help grow my business and my brand.


Now, this is what my sister De’Ana Fierce has to say…

On top of all of the things, Tiffany listed out about The Blog Societies Conference I have a few more I must add.

4. Photographer and Videographer present

You all know how I feel about photographs and videos especially when it comes to quality content. And Cathy and Jessica nailed this portion of hosting a conference! There was a professional photographer Colleen (@xxiiiphoto) and videographer, Drew (@drewglickmanfilms) who were both presents for the entire conference.

During the opening party when Jessica was welcoming us to the conference and I heard her that they wanted us to spend less time on our phones trying to get great images for blog content and focus on learning and connecting it took me back. She followed up by introducing the photographer and videographer that would be present to snag video and photos for us to use. Talk about a lifesaver, this may seem small but it was a huge help!

5. Speaker Knowledge & Workshop Topics

There are 2 main things I look for when attending conferences, education, and connection. This conference delivered on both. The Blog Societies founders curated 6 major topics that bloggers, online influencers and entrepreneurs (like ourselves) really need to know. The workshops flowed easily and gave us the opportunity to dig into the top areas we wanted to learn more about.

We were able to attend 4 different workshops each lasting a full hour. And these workshops were presented by amazing speakers who were eager to share their experiences from mistakes to ways to do things right. The speakers did not hold back on filling our heads with so much knowledge inspired us to get up and get at it! Here are the workshops we attended and the bomb speakers!

The strongest point I can make about each of these workshops that we attended was that the information that was shared was on a higher level. I am going to be real, I do not want to invest my money in a conference that is on a beginners level or teach me the things I already know. I want to have a place I can go and continue to elevate my knowledge.

Although my head was about to explode by the end of the day it was SUCH A GOOD FEELING!

Because I was overflowing with ideas, inspiration, and steps that I could take after attending these workshops.

6. Transparency and Acceptance of Questions

The knowledge sharing didn’t stop after the workshops. Oh no! Saturday was dedicated to more educational and elevating information. This time it was in a speaker format and all of the attendees joined together in one room to hear the speakers and panel discussions. What I loved the most from this day was that Jessica and Cathy laid out the house rules in the beginning and continued to remind us that these sessions were open to questions. We didn’t have to feel like we had to save all of our questions till the end of the speakers’ session, we were able to ask questions as soon as they popped in our heads.

Which I found to be so valuable because sometimes you just can’t remember it all and 99% of the time if you have a question there is at least one other person in the room that has the same question but may not be willing to ask. But by having the openness to ask questions and receive immediate feedback was extremely helpful. It also gave us as the attendees the opportunities to share information that we know with one another. Yall, this was a powerful session. Let me hit on one other fact, transparency. I know we are hearing that word a lot but The Blog Societies made this word shine. If you had a question, you got an answer that was open honest. You never felt like you were getting the runaround or the filtered version answer to your questions. I really appreciated this.

This blog post could go on and on about The Blog Societies Conference 2018 and it will be one that we will talk about for days to come.

For this both Tiffany and I want to give a HUGE thank you to the founders of The Blog Societies Cathy (@poorlittleitgirl) and Jessica (@mystylevita) for the dedication, love, and passion they have for this community.

Definitely go show them some love (actually everyone we mentioned here would love some virtual love from you all!) and if you haven’t checked out The Blog Societies (@theblogsocieties)  make sure you do that right here!

We are always looking for communities to join and conferences to do our next sister takeover!
Have you attended a blog conference?
What do you look forward to the most? Let’s chat in the comments!

 


 

Check out my post on The Balancing Act: How I Manage To Get Things Done

 


 


6 Things You Need To Know About The Blog Societies Conference-Tiffany D. Brown


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6 Things You Need To Know About The Blog Societies Conference-Tiffany D. Brown


6 Things You Need To Know About The Blog Societies Conference-Tiffany D. Brown


6 Things You Need To Know About The Blog Societies Conference-Tiffany D. Brown


6 Things You Need To Know About The Blog Societies Conference-Tiffany D. Brown


6 Things You Need To Know About The Blog Societies Conference-Tiffany D. Brown


6 Things You Need To Know About The Blog Societies Conference-Tiffany D. Brown



6 Things You Need To Know About The Blog Societies Conference-Tiffany D. Brown


6 Things You Need To Know About The Blog Societies Conference-Tiffany D. Brown


6 Things You Need To Know About The Blog Societies Conference-Tiffany D. Brown


6 Things You Need To Know About The Blog Societies Conference-Tiffany D. Brown


 

 


Photo Credit: Colleen Walter

YouTube Video Credit: Drew Glickman Films

August 19, 2018 0 comment
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Natural Hair In The Workplace


I know we’ve all been there as naturalistas,  as natural chicks, and the corporate woman. We’re working in the workforce, we’re going to work every day dealing with Corporate America the best way we know how. There are times we want to rock our natural curls, we want to wear our Bantu knots, and we want to wear our braids. But a lot of times, we almost second guess doing that.

We always second guess that it’s almost like, should we wear our hair this way? Should I be natural? What if my boss says something to me about it? What if a co-worker says something to me about it? That’s a conversation we’re going to be having today and it is all around…

Three responses to handle unprofessional comments about your natural hair in the workplace.

I decided to talk about this because I think it is a very big deal. I think a lot of times we place judgment on whether or not we wear our hair curly or straight depending on the situation at work. Because recently, I attended a meeting for my job and a co-worker walked up to me after I spoke to her.

She was like oh I didn’t recognize you. Your hair is different it’s. Bigger or something…

 I’m sorry, what?

At the time my hair was naturally curly. If you follow me on Instagram or you tag along on the blog. You see I wear my hair curly, straight, twist. I mean it just really depends on my mood. I was taken aback by this statement that she made to me. It made me realize that more often than not this happens. It may be those comments like that that really triggers that, girl… What did she just say? What does that suppose to mean? Especially when you may be the only minority in the room. It really, really stands out.


3 Ways To Handle Comments About Your Hair In The Workplace-Tiffany D. Brown

 


Number one: Only react when necessary.

So in my case for example, when she made the statement to me about my hair, I was like, oh, no I didn’t change it.

You know it is maybe a wild hair day for me. But deep down inside it bothered me. It bothered me so much so that when I rode all the way back home two hours away, I couldn’t stop thinking about the fact that she said that to me. Now, why does it bother me so much because I felt that she was out of line and I felt that she was unprofessional at that point? So only react when necessary because a lot of times you just want to be out to be an angry mad black woman you know your job would be that minority that always gets an attitude when a statement is made. You always have to remain professionally tact at all times and you have to treat it as such.


Number Two: Do not go into ATTACK mode.

 

Y’all know how we can get, we can go into a straight attack mode. We don’t want to do that here. Especially in a setting if it’s a meeting of is a public place. If it is during lunch or you know during one of those corporate outings. We don’t want to go into attack mode because at the end of the day it’s going to look bad on us and nine times out of ten for some of those people who make those statements they really may not know that they’re saying something to you that gets your feathers ruffled so you definitely want to tread lightly, you don’t want don’t want to jump off a cliff and just go into full attack mode because you just really never know they’re understanding or if they’re statement was made purposely to hurt you or to offend you so you definitely don’t want to go into attack mode. I know how bad we want to sometimes, but sometimes we have to take a step back and reserve ourselves from doing that.


Number Three: Don’t confront your insulter via e-mail.

 

If I don’t know anything else in this lifetime, my momma taught me one thing is for sure, be careful what you put in writing because it may just come back to bite you. Unless of course you’re telling a good story or are writing a book purposely for that but be careful in Corporate America and in the workspace what you said via e-mail. So you try to come in and attack that person via e-mail and say you made me feel this way you should have never made that statement. You don’t want that to be out there floating around for it to come back and potentially I don’t know, get escalated to up to HR or whatever the case may be so you definitely don’t want to do that.


Speaking from my experience on these three points, because I am going to elaborate more into this in another segment. I’m not going to get into it today. When it was over for me, I had to eventually pull my manager aside and let him know that it bothered me and it bothered me so bad, that I had to bring it to his attention. Because I didn’t want to seem like I was the one with an attitude, the reason why I don’t want to talk to that person.

If he ever asked me to work with her, I would probably have that side eyebrow, like, I ain’t working with her.

I didn’t want it to seem that way so I brought it directly to his attention soon after that meeting was over. I told him, I don’t need you to rectify the situation for me. What I need you to do is be aware because if anything ever comes up in regards to what has been said or something that she says to me. I want you to know the history of this.

 

To blatantly not speak to me, or to avoid me at all cost, I felt some kind of way. So the next time my manager hosts a meeting, and this behavior happens again. That’s not going to be on me because I already made him aware.

So I just want to encourage you to rock your natural hair. Do the styles that you love but always keep it professional. Even when people make those statements about you. Just be very calm, poised, and professional at all times because at the end of the day they’re always watching to see how we’re going to react to those statements.


3 Ways To Handle Comments About Your Hair In The Workplace-Tiffany D. Brown


Have you encountered unprofessional statements being made about your natural hair in the workplace? How did you handle it?


 

3 Ways To Handle Comments About Your Hair In The Workplace-Tiffany D. Brown


You can watch the informational video here or click on the image above.


Do me a favor, if you know a naturalista that’s in the corporate world. And this may benefit them, definitely hit that share button, and share this with them so they too can become a little bit more knowledgeable when it comes to dealing with people in the workplace.


Natural Hair In The Workplace-Tiffany D. Brown

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Here Are 3 Reasons Why Creating Original Content Is Important-Tiffany D. Brown

Original Content

I know you have probably heard this before, and you are probably saying to yourself, what is she talking about? Seriously, 3 Reasons Why Creating Original Content Is Important?

You’re probably thinking to yourself, but I create original content all the time. But, is your content truly original? Have you copied someone else’s blog post and turned it into your own post? Or, have you ever had a conversation with a friend on a topic and decided to write a post similar to that discussion?

If you have to second guess yourself while thinking about the above-mentioned questions then this post is for you.

Don’t’ worry, because today we will be discussing 3 Reasons Why Creating Original Content Is Important.

The reason why I decided to write this post on this particular topic is that I believe that it is very important that we as bloggers, influencers, and content creators need to realize that all of the content we create is important. But more importantly, it needs to be our story, not someone else’s.

think about it.

Every day we are sharing our passions, we are opening ourselves up to the world and we are letting people see us in a different light. But more importantly, we are sharing tips, tricks, how to’s, what to’s with our audience all of the time. Of course, the internet has so much to offer with a lot of it being around some of the same topics that we share. But how do you set yourself apart? How do you be original?

For me, the easiest way to stay original is by producing content on the topics that I am passionate about and sharing MY stories. Now, there is nothing wrong with being inspired by fellow bloggers or influencers to help you to create relevant content around the same topic. Just be sure to keep in mind the following:

3 Reasons Why Creating Original Content Is Important

1. Brand Representation

YOU ARE YOUR BRAND. It doesn’t matter if you operate under your legal name or under your blog name. You are representing your brand at all times. This is why it is so important to create content that is original and a part of your niche and story. This demonstrates to your audience that you are genuine, authentic and they can trust what you are sharing. Check out The 7 Things You Need To Know To Grow Your Brand if you need some tips.


2. Collaboration

If you are inspired by a post or someone’s story, be sure to share the link to their page or social media. This is where you can really demonstrate the term we hear so much but rarely act on it, COMMUNITY over COMPETITION. Besides this will really help with future collaborations with other content creators and bloggers. Pay it Forward.


3. Credibility

Your credibility is always on the line. If you are inspired, but you go and take someone’s ideas and turn them into content as if it is yours, it doesn’t look good.


If you take one thing away from this post today, just remember to always be credible. You don’t want to be singled out as a creator, or influencer that takes others ideas and uses them for their own benefit. #sharingiscaring

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