Magic in Manhattan

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Buckets of rain  kept pouring down as we drove through the streets of Manhattan. My nephew maneuvered in and around the traffic to get me to my book signing event at Sister’s Uptown Bookstore. He was determined to get me there on-time for my “Special Event” as he called it.

The torrential rain was just another obstacle I had to face on Tuesday. The day started with me arriving at the airport only to be told that my flight. This was cancelled due to some difficulties at the arriving airport. My heart almost stopped! I told the valet that there is no way I will miss getting to New York that day. I had my book signing after all. He instructed me to go to the main reservation desk.

Wheeling my bags frantically and praying unceasingly, I found one of the JetBlue personnel who directed me to the front of a line. She told me someone would be able to help me. When I approached the counter the young man said there is a seat available at the same time to JFK instead of Westchester, my original destination. I told him I would take it. A little over an hour later I was on my way to New York.

Knowing that I made it to NYC on-time gave me the strength I needed to be optimistic that folks will turn out for the book signing despite the rain. This faith proved to be true. When we walked into the store, I was greeted by one of my sorority sisters. She came all the way from Sheepshead Bay to support me. This was more than an hours ride on the train.

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Not long after, others turned out for the event. My heart was filled with joy as my friends and family came out to support me. I saw folks I hadn’t seen in years, including my brother that lives in the United Kingdom. This will be one of my favorite moments in this journey called “Life!”

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If you are faced with obstacles today, here is what I recommend:

  1. Don’t give up.
  2. Take a deep breath and believe that it will work out.
  3. Have faith in yourself that you are strong enough to handle it.
  4. Enlist the aid of others that will take some of the burden off you.
  5. Push forward and see the magic unfold.

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It was a thrill to be able to conduct one of my book signing in one of the few books stores left in Harlem. I am so grateful to the owner, Jenifar (I even like the way she spells her name), and her assistant in being such wonderful hosts. If you are in Harlem, check them out at 1942 Amsterdam Ave.  They were a part of my Magic in Manhattan.

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Marlene M. Bryan is a Distinguished Toastmaster, DTM. She is a certified speaker and leader by Toastmasters International. She is currently the District 47 Public Relations Officer, and leader of the Public Relations Team. She provides her services to over 3800 members throughout the district. Marlene is the owner of Marlene M. Bryan, Corp and Small Biz Evolution, LLC. She is a speaker, an author, and a coach.

You Are Worth It!

You Are Worth It

“People are always asking me to help them, but I don’t know how much to charge.” Does this sound familiar?

You have the knowledge. You have the experience. Yet, when someone asks you to help them on a project or take them on as a client, you don’t know what to charge. You become frustrated and either don’t charge and you do the work for free. Or you don’t do it at all.

This seems to be a common occurrence for people who want to start their own business. At first, I encountered this issue when I started my speaking business. Then I went back to my experience as a product manager when I had to develop products. Here are some of the steps I took to set the product or service rates:

  1. Benefit and Value: I had to think about the benefit to the client and whether are not they will see the value of the product. If the client cannot see how the item or service will benefit him or her, they will have a hard time understanding its value.
  2. Cost: I had to determine the cost of providing the product. Think about the raw material, the manufacturing and shipping costs; if it’s a tangible product. Or if you are offering your service, assess the time it takes to offer that service. This includes the time for researching, writing, etc. Your time is valuable.
  3. Competition: What are others charging for the same item or service in your marketplace. Keep in mind that the rate sometimes vary by region. You don’t want to be the most expensive in the area unless you can demonstrate that your product or service can command that rate. Yet don’t be the cheapest on the block. Your clients may not appreciate you; if you cheapen yourself. Your product or service becomes a commodity at that point. This lessens its value.
  4. Return on Investment (ROI): When you present your product or service, you have to learn to show the client, his or her return on investing in it and in you. Show your clients the outcome of utilizing your product or service. Give them the before and after picture. This will help them in their purchasing decision. Make it a compelling one that leaves them without doubts that it’s best to sign up with you.
  5. Value Your Knowledge: If you don’t value your knowledge how would you expect someone else to do so? Value what you know and keep building on what you know. By keeping up-to-date you increase your value.

Next time someone asks you to help out and they are willing to pay you, take the time to determine your worth. This person asked you, because they believe you have something that they need. Set the rate and value. Know that You are Worth It!

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Thank you for reading my post. Please hit the “follow” button at the top of the page to allow me to share more Purposeful thoughts, ideas and experiences with you. Feel free to leave a comment or share the article with others.

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Marlene M. Bryan is a Distinguished Toastmaster, DTM. She is a certified speaker and leader by Toastmasters International. She is currently the District 47 Public Relations Officer, and leader of the Public Relations Team. She provides her services to over 3800 members throughout the district. Marlene is the owner of Marlene M. Bryan, Corp and Small Biz Evolution, LLC. She is a speaker, an author, and a coach. Pick up the latest copy of her book:

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