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President's Corner

Have I told you lately how much I love my job? This past week I spent time talking on the phone with two new members and I had the opportunity to meet one of our members that lives locally in southern California. See picture on Facebook. In this role I get to hear throughout each week how incredibly resourceful and creative nurses are. Nurses are carving out niches, improving existing business models and creating exciting products and services. When I ask some of them if they are scared wading in entrepreneurial water, they say “Yes, but I am doing it anyway!” I am continually inspired by our members.

For those of us that are feeling “content fried”; you’ll love the 7 Tips to Focusing in the Age of Distraction. This article was written a while back but it is even more pertinent today, especially during the busy Holiday season. The article contains a mind map that I’ve printed and have near my computer to help me as I process multiple streams of information.

The NNBA is giving a Holiday bonus that will be good until January 1, 2015; it is 15 months of membership for the price of 12, that’s 3 months free! Join or Renew before January 1st rolls around! Check it out at Our members tell me that the information, opportunities and connections are well worth the cost of membership. The NNBA can help you with your entrepreneurial goals and make this new year your best year yet!

Unconventionally yours,

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Articles of Interest

Are You Content Fried? | Success Tip

This morning I learned a new word for information overload – “content fried” from a colleague at the Packard Foundation. It resonated. We have so much content in our professional lives. I’m talking about the stuff we consume daily to keep inform of our professional field. It comes speeding at us from our email boxes, social networks, kindles, and even paper and snail mail! We scan, we browse, we try to thoughtfully read the best stuff, and interact through online conversations. Then there’s the whole other world of organizational content that you need to consume or create to get stuff done! Reading, reviewing, commenting, writing, and editing content.

For those of us who work on social media and networks, “content fried” is an occupational hazard. So, it is important for us to incorporate techniques in daily work life that reduce the chances of this happening.
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The Real Reason You Are Procrastinating | Inc.
We all procrastinate every now and then. Whether it's putting off a simple task like organizing files or a bigger project like writing a business plan, it's something we are all guilty of. The excuses vary from "too busy" to "not the right time" and so on, particularly with the more important, time-consuming projects. We continue to rationalize delays to the point where we start to believe just about any excuse we give ourselves.
So what's really holding you back from being productive and accomplishing what you set out to do? The answer is simple: 
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    4 Things Not to Say in a Presentation | Success
    Giving a PowerPoint presentation for an audience large or small is like flying a plane, according to Boris van Zanten in a recent blog post. The co-founder and CEO of, an online tech news hub, says, “You are taking the audience by the hand and guiding them somewhere. Nobody wants to see a pilot with shaky hands or a captain seemingly lost at the wheel.” Most of the missteps made by people guiding a presentation are intuitive. Here’s the sage advice of van Zanten and other presentation pundits:  Read More

    Rich In Sales Share These 5 Entrepreneurial Qualities
     | Entrepreneur
    Seems that sales has gotten a bad rap over the past few years, and today it seems young people want nothing to do with it. Salespeople are characterized as overly zealous and manipulative middle-aged men, the used-car salesman if you will.

    It’s time this stereotype is reinvented. There comes a time when salespeople need to take a step outside of their employee mindset, and begin thinking differently with a more entrepreneurial approach. Just because salespeople don’t own the business, doesn’t mean they can’t posses the qualities of those entrepreneurs. Here are the top characteristics that all of these "entrepreneurial" salespeople have in common, to help you to reinvent yourself as a salesperson as well.

    How to Become Charismatic 
    | Business Insider

    They say "you either got it, or you don't," but when it comes to charisma, you don't have to have it — you can learn it. According to Olivia Fox Cabane's book The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism, people aren't born charismatic. They acquire it through knowledge and practice.

    With charisma, you'll become more influential, persuasive and inspiring. People will become magnetically drawn to you, trust you, want to learn from you.Charismatic leaders "cause followers to become highly committed to the leader's mission, to make significant personal sacrifices, and to perform above and beyond the call of duty," says Robert House, a Wharton School business professor.

    We've compiled the most interesting points to help you rise to the top of your game.
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    NNBA Members Spotlight
    Lexi Timmons
    RN - Founder Lumpy Cards
    Letter from Lexi

    Hi, I’m Lexi, an oncology nurse and founder of Lumpy Cards.

    I’ve always been drawn to oncology, as I felt I could make the greatest difference there. I loved the connection I got to make with my patients, and it was so satisfying to support them through something so challenging. But everything changed when my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer a year ago. Cancer became personal, and from then on, every patient reminded me of her, and the newfound fear I had. It was crippling watch my mom, the most inspirational woman in my life, my role model, go through what my patients did.

    Living more than three hours away, I couldn’t just drop by and be there when she was sick. I tirelessly searched for ways to brighten her day, and ended up buying lots of blank cards, because most of the cards out there were depressing. I wanted to make her laugh.

    If you knew my mom, you would understand why her laughter is such a big deal to me. She’s got this amazing sense of humor, her charisma makes her the life of any party, and her laugh is dangerously contagious. It’s half way between a cackle and a girly giggle. Believe me, you want to hear her laugh.

    My goal now is to bring laughter to as many cancer patients as I can. Cancer doesn’t have to be scary all the time!
    LumpyCards – Humor When It’s Least Appropriate!

    NNBA News – Volume 14 Number 12.5
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