Turn a Layoff Into an Opportunity By Turning Your Passion Into a Profession

Early Retirement…Resource Action…Downsized…Laid Off…or Fired, it doesn’t matter the term you use, when you leave a full time job on somebody elses’s terms after many years of hard work and dedication it’s always a time of anxiety and uncertainty. 

However, if you turn that OBSTACLE into your next OPPORTUNITY, make that STUMBLING BLOCK a BUILDING BLOCK and turn that TEST into your next TESTIMONY everything will be okay. 

Last week’s Podcast, Social Media Sunday with the Delaware Blogger, my guest, Shamma Casson and I talked about the next phase after our layoffs from Corporate America.

 

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According to Monster.com there are also several things that you should do before you leave the office for the last time and I will list the first two below, however, I ask that you click this link to hear the entire Podcast and then leave a comment as to any suggestions you have for others facing a layoff or a resource action.

 

5 Steps to Take When Your Are Being Laid Off according to Monster.com

 

Then, follow these five steps to make sure you’re leaving the building with your dignity — and everything you need to land on your feet.

Don’t Leave Without Your Contacts

If you don’t have a backup of your contacts at home, the very first thing to do is to get your contacts, says Ryan. “If you’re in the conference room and being seen out the door, you obviously can’t,” she says. “But if they let you go back to your desk and sit down — and most companies will let you do that today — save your contacts. If there’s someone hovering, just say, ‘Look, I’m just downloading my Outlook contacts.'”

Your contacts are paramount to jump-starting your new job search. “You want to write to each of your contacts and let them know that you’ve been laid off and give them a paragraph about what you’re looking for,” Ryan says. Your network will immediately start looking for work for you — while you’re distracted dealing with other tasks.

 

Don’t Leave Without a Layoff Letter

“Get something in writing about this termination before you leave the premises,” says Ryan, a former human resources executive. Unemployment is not retroactive, so you should go to your local unemployment office within 48 hours, and having such a letter will help.

“If you walk in with something in writing from your former employer saying that you were laid off and you worked there from this date to that date, it will speed up the processing of your check,” she says. And because most unemployment checks aren’t as much as regular wages, it’s important to bring in as much money as possible as quickly as possible. 

 

 

Let’s Chat: Have you ever been laid off?

Social Selling & Tips for Realtors

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Do you remember, “back in the day” when home buyers would simply open a newspaper to look for properties for sale or look up names of realtors in a phone book? 

Well, there are people that still use the newspapers but not a phone book in their search, however, home-buyers today are definitely online looking for homes and other pieces of property.

 

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Therefore, it is imperative for any real estate agent to use social media in marketing their businesses and listings. However, because any realtor can create a Facebook or Instagram account, it’s not always clear how to use these social media platforms as a tool to send the right message to the right people at the right time.

There are realtors who are still using old-school advertising tactics like billboards, bus bench signs and making cold calls, but most home buyers no longer search this way, in fact, many times they simply ignore it.  

 

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If a realtor wants to generate more real estate business, then he or she must be where their potential clients are and that is online.  The largest demographic of home buyers in the United States are Millennials (or “Generation Y”) they have a median age of just 29 years.  I remember when my husband and I purchased our first home, I too, was 29 years old.

 

On Sunday, my Podcast guest, R.K. Wilson, a Licensed Realtor® Myers Realty and I talked about a few tips for using social media to engage with clients and below are just a few.

 

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Instagram

Instagram is widely considered the perfect social media platform for realtors, There are more than 700 million users on Instagram.

Instagram is very user-friendly and it is mainly accessed on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, which leads to higher levels of engagement.  

In promoting listings on Instagram, realtors should remember that photos tell the story on this social media platform. It is very important to post beautiful images on Instagram. Sharing 15-second video clips that showcase a house up for sale will also be a part of a winning strategy.

 

Facebook

Without a doubt, Facebook is the king of social media with more than 2 billion users worldwide.  It’s easy enough for anyone to set up an account. But how should a real estate agent share content on Facebook?

Remember to use the 80/20 rule; 80% of posts should be for the customer while 20% should be about the business and social selling. Agents should post about happenings in and around the communities like local charity events, school-related activities or new store openings, etc.,  because this type of community engagement helps to position you as a thought leader, rather than just a seller. 

People are buying more than a home, they are buying into communities, schools, churches, events and will be making a lifetime of memories.

 

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Twitter

It may not be as widely used as Facebook, but Twitter is still a social media platform that real estate agents should be on. The volume of tweets will greatly boost a realtor’s exposure. The more tweets a real estate agent sends out, the more leads can be generated.

In addition to sharing listings, there are other types of content or pieces of information worth tweeting, like advice on moving as well as tips for staging and upgrading homes.

Real estate investors should use the platform to connect with local business people, brands and influencers. Hashtags are also very important, as people use them to search for a particular topic on Twitter. 

 

LinkedIn

When it comes to professional networking online, LinkedIn is the top platform.  Agents and investors should use LinkedIn to establish their professional reputation online and gain much-needed exposure to local banks, investors and business owners , if you’re selling commercial property.

Sharing content including photos of new and exciting projects is one way to do so. A social media-savvy realtor also posts relevant and interesting reports, articles and blog posts and videos as well.  If you want to hear more tips on social selling please listen to the Podcast interview with R.K. Wilson, then leave a comment below.

 

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Let’s Chat > Which social media platform do you use most often when searching for a product or service?

 

Social Media, Smartphones & Teen Suicide

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SOCIAL MEDIA, SMARTPHONES & TEEN SUICIDE

 

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“LOVE You For YOU!” is a book that will inspire children, teachers, parents, social workers, social activists and humanitarians to want to continue making a difference in the lives of others.  The crafty flow of words and the charming message will raise multi-cultural awareness in addition to teaching self-empowerment and accepting diversity in others.

Cyberbullying and Social Media was a topic that we first discussed on the Podcast back in 2016, but it seems to be increasing and now teen suicide rates are on the rise with heavy use of smartphones and social media. 

A study shows that suicide rates among teenagers have risen along with their ownership of smartphones and the overuse of social media, suggesting a disturbing link between technology and teen self-harm.

 

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This evening’s Podcast guest was Precious Allen, an International Children’s Book author of “Love You For You!” and is an educator. She teaches in the inner city of Chicago, IL and is deeply passionate about building self-esteem and preventing suicide among young children.

 

It was a great interview despite a time zone mix up, but I was able to speak with Precious at the end of the show on the topic of “Social Media and Teen Suicide” which is a very important topic of discussion for parents to have and hear.

 

Click this link to hear the entire Podcast.

Music for Health and Healing

 

Research has shown that music has a profound effect on the body and psyche. In fact, there’s a growing field of healthcare known as music therapy, which uses music to heal. Music therapy is beneficial in helping cancer patients, children with ADD, and others so many hospitals are beginning to use music therapy to help with pain management, to help ward off depression, to promote movement, to calm patients, to ease muscle tension, and for many other benefits. 

 

 

This evening’s Podcast guest is SuiteFranchon, Poet Performer, Composer, Songwriter and an entertainer extraordinaire whose soulful, sultry, soothing tone and rhythm have comforted many around the world.  SuiteFranchon is embarking on a new journey with her musical talents and will be helping others heal through the power of music in Las Vegas starting on October 26th. 

 

I first met Suite at her book signing – Read more here

 

 

In case you missed the Podcast you can hear the rebroadcast here http://bit.ly/2xPxQl7

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Demystifying The Myths of Hypnosis

How many of you remember the movie JD’s Revenge or an episode of The Jeffersons when George was hypnotized and removed all his clothing?  Have you ever attended a hypnosis comedy show in Vegas or New York?

According to the dictionary, “hypnosis is the induction of a state of consciousness in which a person apparently loses the power of voluntary action and is highly responsive to suggestion or direction. Its use in therapy, typically to recover repressed memories or to allow modification of behavior by suggestion, hypnosis but is still very controversial.”

 

 

Whatever the case may be, some people still associate hypnosis with demonic or satanic rituals like they may have seen in some B-Rated Horror movie.  Thanks to on-stage brainwashing sessions and movies featuring stupid shenanigans,  hypnosis has a reputation for being nothing more than for pure entertainment.

 

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Are you scared of hypnosis? Many people are, either for personal reasons or because of religious beliefs, most of which result from misconceptions about the process. Almost all of the people who fear hypnosis think they have never been hypnotized, or would not choose to be hypnotized if they were given the chance.

However, according to the website Healthy.net most of us have experienced hypnosis many times, but we haven’t known it. Have you ever stood in a supermarket checkout line, idly daydreaming, only to realize with a start that the person in front of you had already checked out their groceries, while you had checked out of normal awareness?

Have you ever gazed into a flickering fire, remaining transfixed by the dancing flames, without thinking? Ever zoned out in a hot tub in a state of total relaxation, or missed your exit on the highway while you were somewhere else? All of these experiences are states of natural hypnotic trance, and very few of us would be afraid of them. 

 

Tim Miller, Hypnotist

On this Podcast, I interviewed Tim Miller, a former Head Football Coach at LaSalle University now Celebrity Hypnotist and his lovely wife Michelle who will be starring in their own reality television show, Hypnotizing America with Tim Miller.

 

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