NGS Next Generation Speakers
March 2021 2 nd Anniversary Issue!
La Donya Yvette
Inspire For Success
Inside This Issue:
2 Years And Counting
Prescription For Excellence: Want A Raise? Also: S.H.I.F.T. 3nd Gear, “Implement”
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Editor’s Note... Can you say 2 YEARS? Next Generation Speakers has been in publication for 2 Years and it’s all because of you! 2021. This month we are PowHERing up with none other than Dr. La Donya Yvette who will Inspire For Success. In this issue, we continue our new series called S.H.I.F.T. This month we are taking it up another gear by showing you how to Implement what you have learned and what we have Studies and what we have Heeded. Our new book Leadership That Last: Passing on 10 Solid Principles to Ensure and Enduring Legacy is out and it is FIRE! Get your copy of this life-changing book today! Dr. James Williams is back with another installment of PRESCRIPTION FOR EXCELLENCE where he asks the question, “Want A Raise?” We are moving at the speed of light and not even trying to slow down! Email: Text:
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.................................It’s Time To S.H.I.F.T
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I just want to know one thing, Who’s Got Next?
Cicone C. A. Prince NGS Magazine Chief Editor
Cover Photo Credit: BH Murray Photography
Dr. James J. Williams Contributing Editor 3
La Donya Yvette Inspire For Success
“For I know the plans that I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” - Jeremiah 29:11. It’s a celebration! “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible!”Audrey Hepburn This quote stands true as we also celebrate Women’s Month 2021 and are reminded of all the accomplishments and contributions women have made by being bold and by being heard. Our diverse backgrounds and experiences brings conversations to the table advocating equality and recognizing that we are women on the rise by leveraging our unique perspectives as we bring strength not only to our families, but also to the communities we serve and generations to come. Diversity and inclusion play an intricate part of how we as individuals treat each other and support one another with love. Diversity, therefore, includes the traditional focus around race and gender but also includes the diversity of thoughts, ideas, backgrounds, and experiences. Inclusion is a culture of kindness that leverages everyone’s unique perspective, strengths and talents that contributes to their ultimate potential. It is such a time as this that as we support each other and collaborate, we also allow for our shared interests, common goals, characteristics and life experiences an opportunity where we can foster relationships and grow together. And by doing so, we can share among these common interests: • Support and enhance professional development within our circle of influence • Contribute ideas to promote better life experiences • Help make a positive impact to each other and the communities we serve by raising awareness of social issues that may exist and promoting positive change In other words,… getting Involved is that special ingredient that we bring to the table. One thing for sure is that women are more PowHERful, confident, ambitious and successful now more than ever before. 4
This message of inspiration is to encourage everyone to live their best life. Begin where you are. No more hiding in plain sight. Map out your message as this is the blueprint for your success. Move forward in faith with joy and fulfillment. When inspiration comes from the heart, that is where we are most impactful. Do not wait for the world to recognize your greatness, live it and live it out loud! Let the world catch up to you. As I reflect on my own personal journey to becoming, I must share that it has been a beautiful one as living an inspired life has been a result of resolve and unwavering faith. It is important to know that growth cannot go without being challenged. It is a link of strength that shall not be broken. If I may be completely transparent, I once encountered feelings of doubt and worry in the fact that my dream is so big that is literally scares me. I will be the first to admit that I had placed too much focus on the “How” I am going to do this? “What” will people say and think of me? Rather than focusing on the “Why” I am supposed to do this. And “Who” I will do a disservice to if I don’t pursue my purpose. It’s amazing how sometimes we can literally talk ourselves out of something. I have learned to Push through it all. Pursuing your dream and your purpose can be daunting to say the least. Trust me, I know; I totally get it! But here’s the deal… Deep down inside you know in your heart that you are meant for something big. That you were created to make a difference in the world to make an impact and to serve to some capacity, even though right now you may be feeling differently. I’m here to tell you, there is a great purpose for your life. So the question remains- what are you missing? Well, you’re missing the simple fact of believing that you are destined for greatness, believing that you are the change and believing that you are enough! Truth be told, people are just waiting on you to show up- because you have what they need that will change the narrative of the way they see themselves or their situation. So it will be forever true that it starts with you! I had to learn this lesson myself. What am I waiting for? And questioned myself, what am I missing? The bottom line is what you really can be missing is for you to just T.R.Y.; Trust your Radical Yes! • Yes, I am worthy • Yes, I am enough • Yes, I deserve abundance • Yes, to all of those things that you were created to do and be 5
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The Process Identified as a “Curator of a Bigger Vision Within,” Mark Smith specializes in empowering individuals in the creation of personal clarity, that cultivates internal relationships needed to reach the unique attributes and views we all have. His podcast “The Process,” outlines trials and tribulations that we all go through, and offers insight on methods to weather the storms in life. The clever use of acronyms within his messages, offer a way for us to remember key points as we GROW FORWARD. Smith’s vision statement of “Your Why is Greater Than Your Situation Which is Part of Your PROCESS,” gives us the perspective that we are always GROWING.
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PRESCRIPTION FOR EXCELLENCE With Dr. James J. Williams
Want A Raise? Ask Yourself These Questions First! This month’s column is Part 1 of a two-part series on the topic of Compensation v Value. It’s that time of year again: a time to wrap up your previous year-end projects, check key goals off your list, and face the often-daunting but necessary process of negotiating a raise at work. But rather than dive head first into that discussion, be sure to run through the following questions ahead of time. 1. Am I Actually Underpaid? Though you might feel entitled to a pay boost based on your skills and effort, the reality is that if you’re not statistically underpaid, you might have a harder time arguing that point. Before you attempt to talk numbers with your boss, do some research to see if your earnings are on par with those of the average person who has your job title. If they are, or if you find that you’re being paid rather generously within your field, you’ll need to adjust your strategy when having that salary discussion. 2. Have I Done Anything To Deserve A Salary Boost? It’s one thing to want more money, but it’s another thing to legitimately merit an increase. Before you ask for a higher salary, think about whether you deserve an increase. If you’ve consistently worked late, pitched in on projects that technically weren’t your responsibility, or added value to your company in another way, then by all means, make the case for a boost. But if you can’t think of a single compelling reason why you deserve a raise, you might want to table that discussion for another time. 3. When’s The Last Time I Got A Raise? There’s no rule stating that you must wait a certain period of time (such as a year) between raises before you ask again. For example, if you got a raise in July along with most of your peers but your scope of responsibilities has increased since then, there’s nothing wrong with asking for more money five months later. At the same time, if you got a raise two months ago, there’s a good chance your boss will look at you funny if you initiate a salary discussion in conjunction with the close of the year.
On the flip side, if you’ve been doing the same job for the past three years without any sort of income boost, you can make the argument that while your responsibilities may not have shifted, there comes a point when you need a boost to keep up with the general cost of living. So if it’s been a while since your pay has changed, get that meeting onto your boss’s calendar. 4. Are There Benefits I Should Ask For Instead Of A Raise? It’s always nice to get more money, but before you insist on a raise, think about whether there are some workplace benefits it pays to request instead. For example, if your 401(k) plan is lousy and your employer doesn’t provide a match, you might ask for an improvement in that area instead of a $2,000 bump in income. And while an uptick in vacation days won’t necessarily put more money back in your pocket, if your company has been stingy on that front thus far, snagging an extra week of paid time off might do more for you than an extra $1,000 or so in earnings. 5. Should I Actually Ask For The Amount I Want Or Aim Higher? One of the toughest parts of negotiating a raise is determining what number to ask for. If you present the salary you’re actually looking for, there won’t be room for your company to negotiate downward. On the other hand, if you aim too high, you might come off as greedy. A good compromise, therefore, is to ask for slightly more than the number you’ll actually be happy with. For example, if you’re hoping for a salary of $58,000, ask for $60,000, because chances are your employer will try to take that figure down a notch. 6. What Will I Do If That Conversation Doesn’t Go My Way? While it’s good to approach a salary negotiation with a positive attitude, you’ll also need to account for the possibility that your request for more money could get outright denied. That’s why it helps to go in with a backup plan. Before sitting down with your manager, think about what you’ll do if that discussion doesn’t go the way you want it to. Will you ask for a different accommodation (such as the ability to work from home) as a compromise? Or will you nod politely, exit the room, and immediately fire off your resume? Knowing what you’ll do in the face of rejection will help you better navigate that unfortunate but possible turn of events.
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Have you ever wondered what sets others apart from the rest? Well let me tell you… It is tenacity and grit! As we take this time to recognize and applaud all who have taken their rightful place as a leader, entrepreneur, visionary or dreamer, we can appreciate that there are many facets of endured strength. They say everything comes in three’s. Everyday we are being challenged by one thing or another. However, praying and asking God for wisdom regarding everyday life is a key ingredient for victory and successful change in your life. Second ingredient is faith; which means looking forward and directing your vision into the future rather than looking back at the past. Faith is not required to look back into yesterday. Faith is required to look forward to the next minute, hour, and year. Focus forward in faith. This is our seasoning for the healing of mind, body and spirit. Third ingredient is love. Love is powerful. Love is patient. Love is kind. Love is a many-splendored thing. Self-love is the most important love that we can have in our lives. If we care for and love ourselves, then we are able to share love with others. If we allow love to simmer in our spirit, we allow healing in our heart. So as we incorporate wisdom, faith and love as our recipe for change, we will see situations being resolved and our lives will be forever changed. It starts with all of us. Together we can make a difference. It is said to be the change you wish to see, which can impact and revolutionize the world in terms of business and personal growth. You have absolutely everything it takes to pursue your dream and create positive impact in the lives of others. We all have a divine gift tailor-made just for us- for greatness. It is important to realize that your greatest potential is achievable and within your reach. Life in general can be challenging to say the least. However, once you show up for yourself and begin to pursue your purpose, everything will fall into place. Adopting an attitude of action is the jump start to putting things in motion. Here are some steps to consider that I have found helpful on my journey to make a difference and create change and how to maximize growth within business and personal development. 10
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You are the Expert: Remember, the gift is yours! It is also wise to further study your industry or your niche. Explore your creativity. The world is waiting on you. Be resilient. Be Productive: What and how much you get done are important for business and personal growth. Time management is a successful habit to master in order to produce great results not only in your business, but in your personal life as well. Not only should you live a balanced life, but a harmonious one! Be Indispensable: How well do you assert yourself? Knowing what your strengths are will definitely give you the leverage that you need to produce at a higher level. Be yourself but make yourself stand out from the rest and capitalize on your uniqueness. Be a catalyst for change. Build Networking Relationships: Taking advantage of the gift of collaboration is the key to building strong business and personal relationships. Forming partnerships and supporting others is a great way to gain new opportunities for growth. It’s a win-win situation! Collaboration is the new currency. Your network is your networth! So as we take a moment to recognize the greatness we see in others, I also wish to celebrate You! Go be great in the world. I wish you all indescribable peace. I’m just a girl who decided to go for it, who is on my journey to becoming the best version of myself daily by using my God-given gifts to inspire others to believe in themselves and confidently go after their dreams. I truly believe that when you know who you are and whose you are, without the limiting beliefs or self-doubt, you can build any form of success you desire upon that foundation… one inspiration at a time. “A confident woman is an empowered woman humbled by Grace.” – La Donya Yvette
La Donya Yvette is the Founder/CEO of iWIN Global Inc., an inspirational movement all about G.I.R.L. PowHER and Living an Inspired Life. She is a Published Author, Writer, creator of Butterfly Beauty Blog, Inspirational Speaker, Master Your Mindset Coach, Certified Dreamsteerer Academe’ Instructor, Contributing Writer for MizCEO Magazine for the Entrepreneurial Woman, the Breathe Now Magazine, and the Entrepreneur Platform Magazine. She is also Your Voice of Inspiration! Website: www.iwinglobalinc.com (iWIN Global - Influential Women Inspire Network) Email: email@example.com https://iwinglobalinc.com/g-i-r-l-powher (G.I.R.L. PowHER - Gladiators Inspire Remarkable Ladies) www.Transformedfaith.blogspot.com (Butterfly Beauty Blog) Facebook.com/La Donya Yvette Twitter.com/iWinGlobal
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S. H. I. F. T.
If we are truthful, we can all say that we have taken more classes, been to more seminars, and watched more videos than we have Implemented. It is easy to just absorb information, we can almost do that in our sleep. So why is it so easy for us to take in information but it seems to be hard for us to put it into practice? Most of the time it has to do with information overload. We don’t have a plan for the information that we get. Most of us don’t know what it is that we need. This leads us to get all we can and then can all you get. For us to make a S.H.I.F.T. in our life we have to be willing to take the information that we have been given and put it into practice. I remember a fellow Coach telling me that he had a potential client that shared with him about their displeasure from working with another Coach. After they finished talking about how much money they paid and how much time was spent he asked them a simple question. The question was, “How much of what they taught you have you implemented?” Their mouth just flew open and they were stopped in their tracks. So many of us fall into the same category because we have a boatload of knowledge but very little to show for it.
For us to see the change that we want, at some point we have to take action. We have to put some feet to our faith and do it even if we are afraid. I’m reminded of the 1980’s cartoon G. I. Joe always ending with a moral of each story and they would recap the episode with a quick illustration and then the young children that they were teaching would say, “Now we know.” And the G. I. Joe’s agent would say that “Knowing is half the battle.” A lot of us know, we just need to do it! What have you learned that you have yet to implement? What have you been exposed to that you have not done? What information are you sitting on? If this pandemic has taught us anything it should be that we have to take action to see the change that we desire. I want to encourage you to put into practice those things that you have learned and do it now because tomorrow’s not promised. Your dreams don’t have an expiration date but we do. Next month we are going to look at how Fostering and developing our goals will get you closer than you are right now. Also, if you missed Study and Heed click the links below: Study Heed 15
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Talking salary takes guts, but it also requires some forethought. Run through these questions before having that talk so you’re better equipped to handle what could be a lucrative, albeit stressful, conversation. The opinions expressed here by Next Generation Speakers Magazine columnists are their own, not those of the magazine itself. Email - firstname.lastname@example.org Cell - 301-806-8614 Webstore - ChasingTheEagle.com Twitter @jjwilliamsphd LinkedIn - linkedin.com/in/james-j-williams PRESCRIPTION FOR EXCELLENCE With Dr. James J. Williams SCHOLAR | AUTHOR | SPEAKER | VETERAN | SUCCESS EXPERT
2 Years And Counting It is hard to believe that it has been two years since we launched Next Generation Speakers Magazine but it has. Two years of featuring amazing speakers and people who are on the way to becoming household names. We have showcased Speakers who are not only passionate about their message but their method of getting that message out. This Magazine has been a platform for Speakers to tell their own stories in their own words and that has been a gamechanger.
Learning everything that goes into producing an online Magazine has been an uphill battle but it has been one that’s worth it. Figuring out some of the best practices from layout, to placement to style has been a trial and error approach but it has been a learning experience. I’ve gone from pushing the envelope of my knowledge of the software that I’m using to taxing my computer hardware by providing our highest quality magazine. 18
We have used cutting-edge technology that allows for World Wide distribution across virtually all platforms. This technology also included a greater level of interactivity by allowing for in publication links to anything on the web (i.e. websites, landing pages, Eventbrite, Amazon, and even YouTube videos.) All of this has provided us with the reach and level of engagement that we have longed for to allow our readers and our featured speakers the ability to go further than just a stagnate graphic. Yes, two years have come and gone but our commitment to providing a place for Speakers to have a voice has only gotten stronger. We are looking forward to more years of showcasing the Next Generation Of Speakers!
Here’s to 20 More Years!
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