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Be the best client or patient to others that you can be. This way the person knows how you would represent him or her if the roles are reversed.

As a part of my series about “5 things I wish someone told me when I first became an attorney” I had the pleasure of interviewing Stephen M. Bander of Bander Law Firm.

Stephen M. Bander first received widespread recognition in the U.S. immigration law community in 2003 for representing, with the assistance of the FBI Chicago Office, one of the first women in the country to be granted T-1 status (victim of human trafficking) by U.S. …


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Memories in the Drift is a story is about resilience and hope in the face of seemingly insurmountable circumstances. I initially wrote about Whittier because of how unique it seemed at the time, but after this last year and with the very real way we’ve had to cut ourselves off socially from one another, it feels like many of us have experienced our own sense of remoteness and alienation from people, routine, and everything familiar.

Claire’s situation will never change, but she does have the love and support of her family, friends and her larger community and I think there is such beauty in how people come together for each other. My hope is that this story reflects what we see happen across communities of all sizes; a willingness to support and take care of each other whenever there’s a need. We see that now with the wildfires in my state and so many others, and how people reach out to help complete strangers. And we’ve seen it in the last few months, where communities rally around those who have been physically and economically affected by a global pandemic. …


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…Thank you for the question because I worry that with a book about immigration injustice throughout the Americas, readers will just get depressed. But instead I hope that they get angry that these things are going on and use that anger to see that we can resist and improve things. The point of having knowledge is to empower us to take action and fight not only for immigrants but for our values. I hope readers will complete the book, then, with a sense that they can be part of the solution.

As part of my interview series on the five things you need to know to become a great author, I had the pleasure of interviewing Allison B. …


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The main lesson I would like my readers to take away from my novel is to trust your intuition. It will never fail you. My protagonist could have avoided so many pitfalls if she just trusted that still small voice inside. Many times, when we fall in love we can’t see or rather we willingly turn a blind eye to the truth which is often right in front of us. I want women specifically to find their voices and communicate what they want and need in a relationship and be willing to walk away if they aren’t being respected. Most importantly, I’d warn my readers to not lose themselves in any relationship. …


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You are NOT an imposter. Our internal naysayer is one of the greatest enemies, causing us to compare ourselves with other authors and making us feel inferior. Your experiences in life give you a unique voice and perspective, and you have the ability to impact people with your stories and ideas.

As part of my interview series on the five things you need to know to become a great author, I had the pleasure of interviewing Vincent Lee.

Straddling between two countries he calls home for the last twenty years, Vincents residential status as an Oklahoman and his citizenship as a Singaporean have earned him an unofficial title; Okieporean. He is a self-taught graphic designer who found his passion for brand strategy during his career as an in-house marketing professional and later, as an author and brand evangelist. With a handful of clients in Africa, North and South America, Vincent enjoys working with small business owners in crafting memorable brands and currently working towards expanding his reach as a brand coach and through his upcoming book “The ONE Game Changer to Boost Your Business. Use the B.R.A.N.D. …


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Gain Clarity. Know who you are, what you do, and why you do it. Then identify your target audience or ideal clients, including who they are, what they struggle with, and how you can help them. The “sweet spot” for your online business and social media is where what you offer meets what your audience needs. That’s where the magic happens.

At times it feels like wellness or elevating one’s well being, is diametrically opposed to high achievement and high performance in one’s career. The stress, mental energy, long hours, lack of restful sleep and preoccupation that result from a high-achievement life seem to directly inhibit wellness. And yet, in order to sustain the creativity, flexibility, mental acuity and resilience that are necessary for high performance, wellness and wellbeing of the mind, body and soul are also mandatory. So how do we achieve both? …


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The entire world is a stage. I was very shy until the beginning of my youth. Paradoxically, I worked at theater. I got panic when I use to talk in front of an audience without the character mask. I use to hide myself. I just showed my characters on stage. Marlon Brando said that everybody has an actor inside. Joseph Beuys said that everybody is an artist. Caetano Veloso said that people are to shy. Shakespeare said that the entire world is a stage. After learning that, I became the main character of my life. The sculptor of my actions, the writer of the story of my life. Everything became real, intense, funny, dramatic, and tragic. The colors of the world were intensified. I love to put a suit and play with the world. I am on the scene all the time. At the scene, I do what I know the best. …


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Data by the people, for the people, is my mantra. I envision a world where data is not harvested and used against people or where data is not sneakily collected. I am working on starting a movement where more corporations use a model that gives people opt-in options, where transparency is key, and where co-design and collaboration are key components to understanding their markets.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Tiasia O’Brien, a third-time social entrepreneur with a decade of professional experience in leading strategic communications, fundraising, business development, and public-private initiatives. She is the founder of Seam Social Labs, a mission-driven company working to empower disinvested communities. Seam Social Lab’s survey tool, co:census (formerly Synergize Insights) is an inclusive survey and polling software pioneering the collection and analysis of public sentiments for organizations. …


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Say “I am beautiful” a thousand times. Draw it, paint it, play it, sing it, say it to others. When you start to say it you won’t believe it, but eventually, your brain will start to accept it and it’ll start to find proof of every story that you tell it, so if you tell yourself you’re not beautiful it will find ‘proof’ to back that up and your subconscious will look for those things that prove the things you tell it. If you tell yourself you are beautiful then your brain will find proof of that.

At times it feels like wellness or elevating one’s well being, is diametrically opposed to high achievement and high performance in one’s career. The stress, mental energy, long hours, lack of restful sleep and preoccupation that result from a high-achievement life seem to directly inhibit wellness. And yet, in order to sustain the creativity, flexibility, mental acuity and resilience that are necessary for high performance, wellness and wellbeing of the mind, body and soul are also mandatory. So how do we achieve both? This is the question I’m hoping to answer through conversations with high-achieving leaders and influencers who are practicing their own philosophies about how to maintain their wellbeing.


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Prioritize Your Tasks: Incorporating some of your daily tasks into automated systems makes it easier to connect with your employees and team members because those tasks are not consuming your time. Having systems in place will help shift your focus in other areas that can generate revenue, productivity, and collaboration. This will inevitably produce better results and stronger collaborations among team members.

As a part of our series about the five things you need to successfully manage a large team, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Tonya Robertson.

Dr. Tonya Robertson, the learning and strategy specialist is the Founder and CEO of Focused Training Solutions, a company that is committed to curating instructional learning tools designed to optimize performance in the workplace. Robertson has worked with numerous C-Suite Executives of well-known companies to create training materials that will guide their team to success and establish good retention among their employees. Alongside working tirelessly to help others be productive in the workplace, Tonya also devotes her time to organizations such as the Association of Talent Development and Dell’s Women Entrepreneur Network. She has also received a Doctorate Degree in Education and eLearning. To learn more about Tonya and her work, visit www.focusedtrainingsolutions.com

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