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CORE Talk Biz Tips - Hospitality and Customer Service

CORE Talk Biz Tips - Hospitality and Customer Service

January 26, 2021

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What do your clients/customers think about your customer service? Are you one that over-delivers, or do you deliver just enough to get the job done? Customer service can be challenging - it is not when we want to work most likely, and it usually causes some inconvenience to us. What if we switched it around to thinking of customer service as a way to add value and transform people's lives? 

Testimonial

This week I highlighted Cameron Miller, who is a financial advisor from Opus Financial Advisors. His way of working with us is very holistic and customer-centered. He doesn't just jump into talking about how our businesses and finances are going but instead wants to see how we are doing personally. His focus on the business of our life before the business of our business makes his clients feel like he cares for them wholly, rather than just financially. 

 

Truth

From John 2:1-11 - One of Jesus' first miracles was turning water into wine at a wedding where they had run out of wine (which was considered rude in their culture). Jesus was called into customer service or hospitality of sorts when His mother, Mary, told Him there was no more wine, expecting Him to take care of it. He told her, "My hour has not yet come," meaning it wasn't time for Him to show His miracle power. He wasn't ready to do miracles, but He told the servants to fill pots with water and take a dipperful to the head of the house, who proclaimed it the best wine. It was not His time, but yet He was hospitable and did it, knowing it would increase enjoyment for the people.

 

Travel

This recording was done right after Christmas when I was on the Island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It is a beautiful place, and we had the opportunity to stay at a villa called "Dancing Dolphins" on Coral Bay. We were there over Christmas and Christmas Eve night one of the cisterns went dry. This meant no running water, showers, no dishwashing, etc. for 10 people. We called the office to get someone to come out, and on Christmas morning, somebody came. Their heart for service was palpable from the moment they came in. Even with a mask on, you could see their bright, shining spirit and demeanor. They were willing to teach instead of just doing the thing and grumpily walking away. That is customer service and hospitality. It is never convenient, but it is done with joy and understanding the value you are offering the client/customer.

 

Want to learn more about being a part of the CORE? CORE Creatives is a group business coaching program for faith-based entrepreneurs. Through bi-monthly in-person (Virginia Beach) or virtual ZOOM calls, I help you discover your CORE, learn how to activate it, and share it with the world. Learn more here. 

Take Care of Your Enneagram Type with Christina Wilcox

Take Care of Your Enneagram Type with Christina Wilcox

January 21, 2021

In this podcast, I interviewed Christina Wilcox. She's an author of a new book that I'm going to buy multiple of because it's that good in explaining everything about the enneagram. She's a mental health advocate that uses her passion of digital illustration through the enneagram. Take Care of Your Type: An Enneagram Guide to Self-Care is available now in all major bookstores. If you're not a reader, you have to go follow her on Instagram.

 

Key Takeaways:

Jesus is the algorithm

How self-care has a lot more to do with internal healing and less to do with taking bubble baths

How we have to be connected to ourselves in order to be truly connected with God

She is starting a podcast SOON, so stay in touch with her via her socials

About Christina:

Christina is an author, mental health advocate, digital illustrator, and Enneagram expert. She lives in Denver, CO with her husband Noah, and my first book Take Care of Your Type: An Enneagram Guide to Self-Care is available now!

 

Where to Find Christina:

https://www.christinaswilcox.com/

www.instagram.com/christinaswilcox

bit.ly/TakeCareOfYourType

 

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Core Talk Biz Tips - What Is Your Convenience Factor?

Core Talk Biz Tips - What Is Your Convenience Factor?

January 19, 2021

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Do you make it convenient to work with you or buy what you offer? Many people look for the convenience factor when searching for a service or good. If you are not making it simple to work with you or buy what you offer, via easy to find links to get in touch with you, links to purchase, and easy ways to hire you, you will be losing out on some customers/clients. Think about what your convenience factor is or what you need to work on! 

Testimonial

Tamra features CORE Creatives member Brenda Cornwell, from the Mom and Me Boutique. It is a brick and mortar business in Virginia Beach, but Brenda has up-leveled over the last year to make it convenient to purchase on the Internet. From Facetiming clients to shop for them to walking purchases out to the car (masked, of course) to wrapping for those who need it, they have thrived during this season. 

Truth

In Luke 19, the story of Zaccheus is shared with us. This short-statured man had to find a way to see Jesus, so he climbed up in a tree to watch for Him. He took action, and it got Jesus' attention and the pleasure of having Jesus come to his home. God is waiting for us to step out. 

Travel

This week I am broadcasting from one of my favorite coffee houses, Sawdust Road in Pungo, Virginia. I think the way they pivoted due to COVID to make it more convenient to drive up and get your coffee or enjoy the outdoor spaces they have created with playgrounds to connect with your friends was ingenious. They have actually seen an increase in business with the addition of these convenience factors. 

 

Want to learn more about being a part of the CORE? CORE Creatives is a group business coaching program for faith-based entrepreneurs. Through bi-monthly in-person (Virginia Beach) or virtual ZOOM calls, I help you discover your CORE, learn how to activate it, and share it with the world. Learn more here. 

How to Live an EPIC Life with Jennifer Willingham

How to Live an EPIC Life with Jennifer Willingham

January 14, 2021

During the podcast, I had the opportunity to interview Jennifer Willingham from EPIC Agency. She has stepped away from the typical persona of someone in her field to bring her faith and love for God into what she does every single day. Listen to her story about how she came to recognize the need for God in every part of her life. It will change how you think about combining your passion with your love of Jesus. 

 

About Jennifer:

Jennifer has lent her publicity and marketing skills to many New York Times bestselling authors, A-list celebrities, well-known pastors, box office hits, musical artists, senators, a former governor, a former president, and other personalities of note. She steers the team's overall campaign strategy and has, through the years, worked with almost every network, cable show, and national publication, with relationships spanning key TV, print, online, radio, and podcast outlets. Jennifer was formerly an Associate Publisher for Simon & Schuster, VP of Marketing/Publicity for Thomas Nelson, and cofounder of ICON Media Group. Along the way, she served at DeMoss, the largest faith-based PR agency in the world, and as a VP of Marketing for Guideposts. Jennifer's expertise in strategic planning, campaign development, positioning, and activations enables her to lead a wide variety of efforts for EPIC's client roster.

 

Where to Find Jennifer:

https://epic.inc/

 

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CORE Talk Biz Tips-What Is Your Unique Selling Proposition?

CORE Talk Biz Tips-What Is Your Unique Selling Proposition?

January 12, 2021

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What is your competitive edge or your unique selling proposition that sets you apart from other businesses in your niche? Tamra talks about the importance of narrowing in on your USP to make sure you stand out in a world full of sameness.

 

Testimonial

Tamra features CORE Creatives member, Rachel Kemp from Live the Blissful Life. Rachel has set herself apart by how she chose the businesses she works in. She did a lot of research to ensure that the businesses she chose all worked together in her dream for others to live a blissful life. 

 

Truth

1 Peter 4:10 - Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve others, as good stewards of the varied grace of God. (CSB)

 

Travel

This week I am broadcasting from the beautiful Cuxos Hotel in Cancun, Mexico. Their USP is the view that is unparalleled in other locations and they showcase it with their sliding glass wall that gives you instant access to the beautiful view. 

 

Want to learn more about being a part of the CORE? CORE Creatives is a group business coaching program for faith-based entrepreneurs. Through bi-monthly in-person (Virginia Beach) or virtual ZOOM calls, I help you discover your CORE and learn how to activate it and share it with the world. Learn more here. 

 

 

Adorned in Armor with Tarah-Lynn Saint-Elien

Adorned in Armor with Tarah-Lynn Saint-Elien

January 7, 2021

This episode marks season three of the Fit in Faith Podcast, and I could not think of a better person for God to send us for our first episode. Tarah-Lynn St. Elien is way more than a Kingdom Passionista. She's a fashionista side who is armoring us all, adorning us in the crown of Jesus Christ and standing alongside her in a beauty pageant. You guys, this is like real life that we get to live every single moment.

 

And it's not just for the queens, it's for the kings, too. I love her heart. She is a Haitian American woman, who is truly a beauty queen. She was crowned Miss Black New Jersey in 2018, and has come out with a book since then called Claim Your Crown that is absolutely incredible. It's testimonial based, but also just an activation call for us to know our worth and value, and look in the mirror with the understanding that we have already been crowned righteous and whole in who He is.

 

So today we unpack her storyline, we unpack how she's gotten here, where she's gotten and where she's going, why she's going there, who she's going there with, and how you can come along for the journey, too, as that royalty. I just pray that this blesses you like it blessed me. I'm so excited to see and read the new book that she has coming out later this fall, as well as the other one that will be coming and her YouTube channel.

 

You guys can find her Adorned in Armor. Tarah-Lynn, you are a gift, and I just pray ultimate blessings over every single person that listens to this, that you, too, would grasp hold of the sweetness that He has given us right here on Earth as it is in heaven and walk globally into the thing you are so passionate about. Stop sitting, stop waiting.

 

2021 is right here and in order for you to take hold of it, you've got to say “yes” to the God dream. If you need somebody to walk alongside you in that process, you know I'm your girl. I would be honored to get coffee with you if you’re local, chat virtually with coffee if you're not. Let’s just have a call and just really unpack the vision God has laid on your heart and help you bring it to fruition.

 

Schedule a call with me on my website. You can actually text me now, and I'm so excited about this. Text me at 757-906-3734. If you text the word “podcast”,  you will be in a drawing for a FREE Yeti microphone in the coming month. Just text "podcast" and me, literally me - will be responding. If you don't hear from me immediately, it's because I'm with my kids or doing something like a podcast. But I promise it's me responding and I cannot wait to connect with you. So leave me some love and I'll do the same for you.

 

Guest Bio

Tarah-Lynn Saint-Elien is a fashionista encouraging thousands of women to fully grasp their worth in Christ through her Cosmopolitan UK nominated brand, Adorned in Armor, and the Dressed for Battle Podcast.

The Teen Vogue "It Girl" turned Teen Vogue fashion writer was crowned Miss Black New Jersey in 2018 and is dedicated to showing everyone that their crowns have always existed.

The Haitian-American beauty queen graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rider University, earned her Master's degree from Syracuse University, and most recently, signed a three-book deal with Baker Publishing. Her first book, Claim Your Crown, is available at all major book retailers nationwide and the free devotional is also available on the YouVersion Bible app with over 50,000 completions around the globe.

Tarah-Lynn's features include CBN, the Haitian Times & more!

 

Where to Find Tarah-Lynn

https://www.instagram.com/adornedinarmor/

http://instagram.com/dressedforbattle/

https://adornedinarmor.com

http://youtube.com/adornedinarmor

 

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CORE Talk Biz Tips - Renovation

CORE Talk Biz Tips - Renovation

January 5, 2021

We should constantly be in a state of renovation, and that's what transformation is about, always becoming. Right now, my house is in a state of renovation, but renovation is a term that can also be used in business. One of my clients, Faithful Families, has been renovating and reworking their business, and are seeing big results. Join me for my tips on renovating your business to move it to a new level.

Client Spotlight

Fruitful Families Coaching

https://www.fruitfulfamiliescoaching.com/

https://www.instagram.com/sleepingbabieshappymamas/

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God’s Path is Always the Best Path with Amy Klutinoty

God’s Path is Always the Best Path with Amy Klutinoty

December 31, 2020

Have you ever had a moment? A second in time that, you know without a shadow of a doubt, was an experience with Jesus? A time that you hold so tightly to when the storms get heavy, or the dark shadows of life try to bear down on this present light that you've experienced? Maybe you experienced Him in the midst of the dark, and that's what makes Him all the more tangible.

Today's guest is Amy Klutinoty from Your Path His Plan. She's a podcaster, a writer, a wife, and she's an evangelizer and a pastor in her own right. I was so amazed to hear her storyline, the depths of things and places that I have mildly traveled, but not to the same extent. God showed up for her during a dream. She tells us about this dream, and through the details of this dream, I'm living it out with her. I can sense Him and His very being and His very nature amid this dream that happened to her over a decade ago. And yet it's still so present in her life, and so I pray wherever this episode finds you, that it just engulfs you, that it embraces you, that it creates hope within you.

He exists in such a grandiose way, and no matter how hard-headed you are, He will show up on your path in His own unique way to pull you back like the prodigal son, into the place that you've always been destined to go. And He will use those hardships, those difficult spaces and places, and even character traits for good.

 

Guest Bio

My name is Amy Klutinoty, and everything you will ever need to know about me can be found in Acts 20:24. I’ll tell you why that is...

I grew up in church and functioned out of man-made religion rather than a Christ-centered relationship.

I was sexually abused as a child and learned early on that the word “trust” didn’t exist in my world.

At 14 years old, I rebelled and ran with sin as far as it could take me. The destination? Rock bottom.

At 23 I was a high school dropout, raging alcoholic and frequent drug-abuser of illegal narcotics. I found myself in and out of jail, bound to probation, slept around to gain “love”, and bounced from one abusive relationship to another.

One night, I had a dream of Jesus that completely changed the entire direction of my life. A few months later I laid everything down to follow Him.

Today, I live in Nashville, TN with my husband Adam, and we both have dedicated our lives to pointing others to Jesus. I’m a firm believer that wherever you are; that’s your ministry field, and I specifically enjoy speaking and writing.

My purpose is to be a voice, calling out to the world with one simple plea, “BE READY-THE KING IS COMING!”

My passion is to encourage others to be bold enough to do the same.

 

Where to Find Amy:

https://www.instagram.com/amy_klutinoty/

https://www.facebook.com/amymklutinoty

http://www.yourpathhisplan.com

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt1Hx9EsTTn6uo9ZAO2UH9w

 

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Finding God in Our Pain with Sherrie Pilkington

Finding God in Our Pain with Sherrie Pilkington

December 17, 2020

Before every podcast, I pray that God will use it for His purposes. This podcast with Sherrie Pilkington needs to be soaked in. It is so prevalent when God shows up, and I was overwhelmed with so much emotion during many parts of today's guest testimony sharing. Sherrie is a sweetheart, really. She is a friend and somebody who has a testimony - not unlike you, but uniquely hers. The part that I love most is that she relates to everyone in a beautiful way through the pain.

 

And ultimately, isn't that an easy way for us as humans to connect? In the emotion of hardship, in the emotion of grieving, in the emotion of loss? Of not understanding God all the time? Of worry? Of overwhelm? Of apathy? Of so many things that come alongside her in brokenness? And yet, at the same time, realizing the ever-evolving, ever-present love of our Father and how good He is. Even in the pain.

 

That is Sherrie's podcast name - Finding God In Our Pain. It's the call of her life to live a life of "thrive" and help others learn that we, too, have access to that process. We all have access to that unlock, and she does an incredible job of sharing that.

 

So I hope that you sense His presence today. I hope you, too, are drawn in by her storyline and her perspective, and the vision that God was gifting me during the episode. You guys, it's so interesting to stand alongside people. And we need to do it more often.

 

Today, I hope you realize the power of being with people in their pain, and you take something away. Even if you are sitting with just yourself today, I hope you understand that God is with you all the more. It's OK to ask hard questions. It's OK to wonder. It's OK not to know. But I hope that you find a knowing that you didn't know before you arrived through this episode. Guys, be blessed, know I love you. You know that this podcast blesses me every single time. And my prayer is that it blesses you, too. And I know I say that all the time, but it's like every time there's an evolving story, and ultimately His love is what exists in the weaving of every single person. 

 

Guest Bio

Widowed in early 2018 after 32 years of marriage, her whole world was shaken to the core of her existence. Life no longer made sense to her and she needed answers and needed to know she was not alone.

In the midst of her continued healing, her sons, daughters-in-law, and beautiful grandchildren brought her the fresh water of joy. But she also found special comfort and encouragement in the stories of other women who have endured the devastation of life-shattering events and can testify to the beauty of Christ meeting them in their despair.

As she has lived through this journey, she discovered this truth: we are never alone, as God does not hesitate to enter into our pain with us. He speaks the most beautiful things in the dark.

 

Where to Find Sherrie:

https://alifeofthrive.com/

https://alifeofthrive.com/finding-god-in-our-pain-podcast/

https://www.facebook.com/livelovedandthrive/

https://www.instagram.com/livelovedandthrive/

 

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Being Kinder to Yourself with Eli Weinstein

Being Kinder to Yourself with Eli Weinstein

December 10, 2020

I simply love connecting with people that I don't fully know their entire storyline. Last year with the Fit in Faith podcast, I only interviewed people that I knew, that I trusted, that I was able to even have in person. And before COVID, thank you, Jesus, for the idea, I felt going into 2020 I wanted to interview people from around the globe and it has just opened my eyes to so much. It gave me the opportunity to see how other people are activating and their own version of illumination, as well as how their faith is presented in their life and in their storyline, and all of the different components of their health.

 

Today's guest, Eli Weinstein, is an incredible man of God, an incredible man of wisdom, an incredible man of just knowledge and intellect and also heart. And I love that he's a real guy. He's a therapist, and so often you think "doctor." And yet his podcast is called The Dude Therapist, which makes him so relatable. He is a new dad, a husband, and a public speaker. And he just has so many well-rounded pieces of who he is.

 

And in this episode, he shares a lot about how that was developed and what personality traits led him to the career path that he has today. We talked a lot about emotional intelligence, which is something I'm currently learning a lot about and something he knows a lot about. So it was neat to hear his perspective as well. And so I would just encourage you if you are looking to just establish, maybe re-establish your mental health, your understanding of self, of others and the environment, this is an incredible podcast to round out your 2020 and give you fresh perspective, fresh desire to step in to this next season with just hope and grace for other people. And so I am so grateful for him to be on the show. He's got Elivation and I'll tag all of his stuff here. But you've got to tune in to what he's got going on. 

 

Guest Bio:

Eli is a Social Work therapist who has worked in a psych hospital, intense outpatient clinic and currently works in a community clinic in queens. He created ELIvation to fill a need to help those in struggling times and add extra inspiration and motivation into everyday life. Eli has been featured on Kelly Clarkson show, IVF Warrior, Fruitful, Breaking Taboo and on multiple podcasts ranging from parenting, relationships, mental health, and infertility.

 

His main goal is to help people on their journey to add support, care, empathy, expertise, and insight. He runs events, seminars, and individual coaching on topics from mental health awareness, public speaking coaching, relationship coaching, and confidence-boosting.

 

Connect with Eli:

https://www.elivation.org/

https://www.instagram.com/elivation_therapist/

https://thedudetherapist.buzzsprout.com/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/eli-weinstein-lmsw-95a0a26a/

 

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