Projects: Community Organizing Questionnaire

Projects: Community Organizing Questionnaire

Hey team. I’m working on another new project. A community organizing guide for novices. My goal is to provide a useable toolkit to help regular people like you and I get in action to develop our communities to be in action and in purposed service for our futures.

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Are you a leader currently giving back to your community? -or- Are you looking to get out of your head and into action to develop your community for your family and friends?

I’m looking for 100 Community Leaders to participate in a survey uncovering our strengths, needs, and goals we’ve identified on our journey to community empowerment.

Could you support me with your feedback and 10 minutes of your time.

Survey Link – https://goo.gl/forms/Rt8yJFv186XqjUkC3

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Shares to your teammates and network are welcome! While you’re at it like my page to get all the important project updates.

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2017: The Year of “Cuz I Aint Playin With Yall!”

 

2017: The Year of “Cuz I Aint Playin With Yall!”

It’s simple.  2016 was the year of exploring and pushing for growth.

2017 is the year of me doing everything in my hearts desire.

Why

Cuz I Aint Playin With Yall!

 

I really don’t even care. I’m going so hard in the fucking paint I don’t even have time to be scared or nervous.

Why

Cuz I Aint Playin With Yall.

 

There’s so much that needs to be done. So much activity that needs to happen. So much organizing. So much enrichment.

I don’t even mean to whine. I just want to be in action, personally engaged, and an agent of change.

Cuz I Aint Playin With Yall.

 

I’m so ready to be selfish in this. Its well over do!

Cuz I Aint Playin With Yall.

 

There’s so much abundance in the world. I have the ability to bring forth whatever change, growth, and community I wish to bring forth. I’m lucky enough to know that I’m skilled and connected enough to make it happen.

I’m Not Even Playin With Yall!

 

Over this next year I declare to move in action and in purpose of developing and activating my community. You will see my actions and my content reflect that! Today,  my communications were purposeful. My messaging intentioned. I asked a buddy of mine. A Powerful and Giving brother. When Are You Going To Step Into Being The Expert!?

I Aint Playin With Yall!

 

I was asking him. But I was talking to Me! I’m an Expert! I choose to be! I choose to move like one. I choose aspire to be one! An Expert in Developing and Activating My Community!

I am Not Playing With Yall!

 

I’m getting chills just releasing this. I’m not even playin yall.

 

It Is Time For the Experts to Stand Up! I Choose To Stand Up! Do You Declare to Step Into Your Leadership in 2017!?

I Do – And I’m not playin Yall!

 

Share in the comments below and with your friends the ways you want to be held accountable to be your fullest expression of leadership.

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Writing for the need, but what’s the need? – BEDA Day 29 of 31

Writing for the need, but whats the need?

That is the question. What do the people want? whatever it is I what to give it to them. All purpose, no arrogance.

Ive been purposed with developing and holding a conference, a gathering. This year. A gathering featuring wellness speakers. From differemt genres and areas of expertise. The gathering would be in aervice to 200 participants.

I didn’t initially think about price. However, I do believe an admittance price of $30 would allow for appropriate, and an attention to look and feel of the gathering as my homegirls would say.

Right now, I envision an hour long opening session, an hour long time slot with 3 different sessions, another hour long time slot with 3 workshop variations, followed by an hour long closing session.

4 hours in total. Thats a task. I’m nervous, but I actually know this can happen. I have a family that has already offered support. Supportive friends that I’ve met. They push me beyond my limits. That means at least minimum 4 different facilitators, 1 for opening speaker, 3 additional for rotating workshops sessions, closing speaker.

Ideally I would want 4 – 6 workshop facilitators. It’s a declaration.

It’s a stretch!
But im a soul man.
I’m connected to my soul – man.
I actually know i can pull this off.

7 Tips to Knockout Your 1st Photoshoot – BEDA Day 19 of 31

7 Tips to Knockout Your

1st Photoshoot

BEDA Day 19 of 31

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I was nervous y’all. Growing up I’ve never considered myself photogenic. Ever. I’ve pretty much hated every picture I’ve taken until I was about 28. However, I know that I would have to eventually get over that if I was ever going to be as successful and public as I dreamed I can be. I’m good with a good selfie… because normally I can give you a good goofy face or something dumb to hide my camera awkwardity.

Well I couldn’t do that today. Today was my photoshoot. My day to document my image, to create my packaging really. Again, another investment. This one was roughly $150 with a photographer that I’ve worked with before. The test shots that I saw came out AMAZING! Like far better than I ever could have imagined.

I didn’t do much to prepare… I mean I did tell a handful of people about the photoshoot. I think that helped calm my nerves a little bit. Normally I can keep some things too tight lipped and it builds my stress around completing successfully or not. The few things I did to prepare were –

1: Plan – I wrote my plan down. Nothing too crazy. But I had scenes/locations, outfits, and props. I also had a pretty decent idea of the type of pictures I wanted to have in the outcome. Meaning how my body would be positioned in them, and where I would use them once they were done. This helped me during the shoot make sure I was giving what I knew I wanted in the end. (Does that make sense?)

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2. Scout – I mentioned in the video here that I was scouting for my photoshoot. Same time of day before the shoot. This was key. My locations were going to be JAM PACKED. Like I didn’t really think about how crowded DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN would be at NOON on a weekday. But, seeing that that scene didn’t work, I was able to make some location edits and it turned out so much better.

Alright, once I was sure about my wardrobe and locations, I had to get sure about what the hell I was going to do in front of the camera. Youtube is our friends, and using my Knowledge Hacking theory, I found a couple videos to help give me something to hold on to while I was infront of the camera.

3. Research Moves, Looks, and Poses – It may sound overly scientific… I don’t mean for it to. But like I said I’m not the person who likes to be infront of the camera. I normally RUSH to be behind the camera, and then feel crunchy later on when I’m not in any of the pics. I needed to have some ideas of what to do infront of the camera. A quick google search showed me taking good pictures is an artform, and pieces of it can be learned and used for our own benefit if we try.

Watch your Eyes! 

Aren’t we all pretty sure that Peter Columbused Tyra Banks – Smize (Smiling with your eyes). My years of America’s Next Top Model school taught me that. I’ll give it to Peter that he explained it better though. Years of hearing Tyra didn’t hold a flame to 15 minutes with Peter.

Watch Your Jaw!

I also really tried to pay attention to my jaw. This was another great video. Again. I watched it the night before…. Nothing super duper crazy.

5. Review a portfolio of reference – I just so happened to check Instagram on my way to location. It was great. I was able to study some poses and grab some confidence from InkedApe to help bolster up my own. Find a profile you like and study their moves and looks shortly before. It’ll pay to mimic them once you’re on.

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6. Bring a music/portable speaker – I felt really weird at first. Motioning and doing stuff in front of this guy in a completely silent room. Once I turned my music on on my phone. Everything changed. I instantly felt so much more comfortable. Talking to myself, being free, trying to connect with the camera.

7. Talk to your photographer – I tried to be as transparent as possible with my photographer. I let him know what I wanted the pictures to be used for, I talked to him about my nerves, I talked to him about his business and his own goals. I tried to be as relaxed and open as possible.

Hopefully these tips helped. What do you guys think? Would you be willing to take the next step with your own businesses and projects to do some professional photography? It was overwhelming, but I also was getting so inspired while I was taking the pictures. I knew they would allow me to grow so much more.

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Kanye with a bit of BEDA Recap – BEDA Day 14 of 31

Kanye with a bit of BEDA Recap –

BEDA Day 14 of 31

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This video floated across my facebook the other day. My crazy cousin Kanye always gives me a little something extra to think about. The vid is 2 minutes long. I’ve linked some resent posts connected to his main ideas. Check them out!

 

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Entrepreneurship In the New Black: Counting Consulting Checks

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Income Source 1 – Produce and Facilitate Workshops – I’ve run a handful of workshops over the past 2 years. To date I’ve run roughly 10 workshops ranging from 4 participants to 100 participants. My largest client to date has been my former graduate school.

Definition: A workshop is a presentation or performance in which a group of people are facilitated through a discussion or activity on a certain subject.Skills: Planning, Communicating with clients and audience, finding and modifying tools to share during workshop. Making any additional materials needed such Feedback survey, handouts, creating presentation PowerPoint/presentations, organizing photography and video collection.

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Believe in Yourself, Affirm, Complete!

From Blogging to Book Writing

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The process I’ve used thus far has looked loosely like this:

  • -Read a handful of e-books on writing your own nonfiction book.
  • -Generated ideas
  • -Bought a personalized book writing toolkit from Fiverr.com
  • -Narrowed my ideas down to the three biggest ideas I had. (all others are blog topics)
  • -Bought a notebook, and wrote one full page on what I wanted to book to be about

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Refusing to follow societies rules meant to control people

Reading Books that Scare You

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The title here is enough. Afrikan People and European Holidays: Mental Genocide by Ishakamusa Barashango. It helped me again see some of my behaviors as implicit actions that imposed a dominant culture. Like really, take a second and think about why you’ve worshipped a White Santa Clause figure from early childhood? Many adults don’t even recognize how easily we fall prey to forced cultural and social activities. I haven’t read this book yet. But again the title thus far has been enough to help me already start questioning behaviors that I have that may perhaps go against my ideals and thoughts of the world.

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People who are doing, know that doing is hard, but are not afraid to fail

How I Failed at Community Organizing

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Why is this a failure? Well, because we haven’t met since April. And part of me knew this would happen. I feel like while I was doing some… interesting and valuable work inviting members of my community to gather together, I wasn’t doing anything truly enriching. Our numbers halved each gathering. February was packed with approximately 15 men. March we had roughly 7, and then in April we peaked at 4 members in the room at once.

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If my failures inspire others, then I’m gucci

Houston, We’ve Made Contact

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He said my blog had answered many of his initial questions.
He had questions written in his phone.
He asked me about my thoughts and reflections as an educator.
He asked about advice I would give him going into his second year.
He asked me about the future of the blog.
To which… I shared there are immediate plans to update my online presence. 

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5 Things to know before starting your Limited Liability Company (LLC) – BEDA Day 13 0f 31

5 Things to know before starting your

Limited Liability Company (LLC) – 

BEDA Day 13 of 31

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This weekend, at my training that I’ve referenced many times. I spent a good 15 minutes talking to one of my friends about her LLC. How she started it in Atlanta to do her community development work. She said it only cost her $50, and that now that she was in the NYC, she was thinking about having it transferred over.

Ever since that conversation, I knew that I too had to get my LLC. I made the goal to grab it before the end of the month. I couldn’t wait that long though.

I went on the NY State website, and was supposed to be printing out pages for references and research…. The very first page asks you for the name of your business. It checks it against the state registry. I hadn’t fully thought of a name yet. I have probably 100 different names I’ve written down and gotten test logos for.

I entered SkoolHaze LLC… It was available

At this point, I gave myself the freedom to jump in head first into what is sure to be a new arm of the journey for me.

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1 – Have a business idea or two or three. You can check my post from yesterday to see my three personal methods of creating business for myself. Your methods will look different than mine. But just have some.

 

2 – Do your research. I was making this post…. And I realized very quickly that I didn’t know anything about starting an LLC. Not enough to share with readers. Do enough research until you feel you know enough to make a decision. I applied for my LLC 2 days ago, I still don’t know everything, but I knew enough to know that I needed to take the next step in my journey.

Let’s take a second to learn a few things together:

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3 – Know Your State’s Requirements.

Each state is vastly different. I’ve made a little table to demonstrate for you. Be sure to check your state’s official listings. However, you can jump to this link to do some quick and dirty research for the 4 basics: Filing Fee, Online Application, Publication Requirements, Annual Report.

Check your states info here: this link is just a reference apply DIRECTLY through your State gov’s website)

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4 – Talk to your peers and clients.

I’ve had quite a few conversations with my peers who talk about getting their LLC. How its helped open doors for their businesses. I’ve also had conversations with quite a few potential partners that spoke about wanting to do business with other people that “have their paperwork in order”

 

5 – Give yourself the freedom to begin new journeys!

I have been pondering for roughly 2 years about this business mess. How do I start it? What’s the right structure? When will I start saving money. What if I don’t sign up the right way? What if I choose the wrong name? I’m want to wait until my business is fully mature. I should wait until I’m out of school….

Nah – give yourself the FREEDOM to live. If you’ve been thinking about a business for a minute, and you know you have some balls rolling in the market. Be adventurous, take a chance on yourself, and jump in.

I actually didn’t have the money for my Limited Liability Corporation. I allowed myself to get caught up in the application and used some money from my savings. It was $200, so I knew I could cover it. But I knew I was going to feel the hit until I could replace what I had taken out of my savings. I returned home, later that evening to a $500 consulting check (I talk about it here)…

Let the energy of the universe take you on a cosmic journey!

Hopefully this helps.

 

There are missing points. If you have questions leave them in the comments!

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Entrepreneurship Is The New Black: Counting Consulting Checks – BEDA Day 12 of 31

Entrepreneurship Is The New Black: Counting Consulting Checks

BEDA Day 12 of 31

Shout out to my mom. Today is her birthday. Love you pretty lady.

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You’re looking at a check I received for some consulting work I completed this Spring.

Back Story:

I was never a fan of gloating about money. But, I did want to show you that the idea that you can turn YOUR idea into a hustle and a business. That is a real thing. Ya boy Paladin did it. And I promise you yall are so much more talented than me. This blog was a Launchpad for my creativity. And now I get paid, on top of my teaching salary, to perform my skills for folks!

I want yall to be able to do the same thing. I already know you’re talented enough to! Now we just gotta give you a little blueprint to get you started.

The past 2 years I’ve pushed to break into the workshop and consulting scene. In the past year, I also hopped on the opportunity to obtain my personal training license. As a result. I was a legit entrepreneur in this year of 30. I’ve managed to identify at least 3 sources of residual income that I can bring in for Empire.

How to read this:

I’m going to share 3 sources with you. While I can’t be certain the real reasons these ventures have turned into revenue streams in my life. I do plan to describe my intentions and short trajectory in each. Remember, think course roadmap. Use my journey, tweak it for YOUR use and purpose, and go kick them doors in yo! (See my post tomorrow to know why I’m oh so serious about this!)

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Income Source 1 – Produce and Facilitate Workshops – I’ve run a handful of workshops over the past 2 years. To date I’ve run roughly 10 workshops ranging from 4 participants to 100 participants. My largest client to date has been my former graduate school.

Definition: A workshop is a presentation or performance in which a group of people are facilitated through a discussion or activity on a certain subject. Skills: Planning, Communicating with clients and audience, finding and modifying tools to share during workshop. Making any additional materials needed such Feedback survey, handouts, creating presentation PowerPoint/presentations, organizing photography and video collection. Training trying new types of workshops, not being afraid to work with large crowds, soliciting feedback from partners and collaborators. Income Type: Largest independent cashflow I receive. Currently have a bid out in the thousands. You’re invoicing here, which means you wont see your money for weeks, if not months down the line. Growth: Continue to search for larger audience. Develop partnerships with institutions to provide trainings and workshops for them. Learn additional skills and tools in the field. Start submitting to speak at more conferences.

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Income Source 2 – Personal Training Sessions – Last Fall, I became a certified personal trainer through the National Association of Sports Medicine (NASM CPT). I’ve taken on the task of providing private personal training lessons.

Definition: A customized fitness lesson used to improve someone’s fitness levels. Fitness can include weightlifting, aerobics, cardio activities, body weight training, stretching, etc… (I’m sure I missed a few) Skills: Conversation, Workout/Lesson Planning, Strength Training Knowledge, Exercise Safety Knowledge, Ability to push clients, Knowledge and application of force on the body, charisma. Training: Teaching is daily training for this. Each session I tried to create new and unique programs from my own knowledge. Income Type: Fast turnover. One client: Four 45-60 minute trainings sessions over 2 weeks would bring in roughly $180 -$240. At one time I was juggling 4 clients. I was brining in over $1,000 a month – and I was playing. Growth: Finding ways to maximize my earning potential. Currently can only earn when I’m with a client physically. Want to develop programs that can be utilized without needing me to be present.

Income Source 3 – Graduate School Technical Assistance – I’ve done some consulting work with my former graduate school. This all began from developing a good name with some of my professors. I pushed to produce excellent work, and that work ethic has carried over into consulting opportunities.

Definition: Consulting is a very vague word. To me, it means providing a company/entity services they either can’t or don’t want to do themselves. There’s BREAD in that! And a lot of super valuable experience points. Skills: Consulting work can be anything. For me it looked like grading papers and giving feedback, giving classroom lectures, creating teaching tools for the school like writing prompts, running focus groups, reviewing work expectations with students, helping students develop masters portfolios, etc… Training: Consulting is training to me. It allows me to practice the things that I want to learn how to do better. Anything that I don’t want to do I can either say no, or do it anyway to learn a new skill. Income Type: Invoicing, have to wait for invoices to be processed by clients. For 10 hours of work, I’ve billed $500. Growth: In order to be successful I need to develop better relationships with clients, potential clients, and potential partners.

 

Each of these methods has been a great confidence booster for me. While I enjoy personal training the least. There was something about knowing that if I ever lost my job, I could pick up clients and be ensured a secure livelihood that gave me freedom and confidence. Each method has built my confidence and skills. And both are equally important to me!

 

Reflection Questions:

Have you thought about consulting/running your own business before?

What skills do you have right now that you KNOW you can sell for profit?

What do your friends always ask you to do for them, but you say no?

(People had been asking me to be their personal trainer for at least 6 years before I finally got out of my own way by saying no)

What do you do at work, that you can use in private to make a profit?

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Tomorrow we find out about Limited Liability Companies and how to set them up. 😉

Drop your questions/thoughts in the comments! Lets make this an on-going discussion.

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