Subject: Top 10: The Best Career Advice - Nurses in Business News

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President's Corner

We are only 50 days away from the 29th Annual Nurse Entrepreneurship Conference. August 20th is the last day that you can save $50 by entering ‘ebird’ in the coupon code when you register. Nurses are coming from all over the United States and Canada. The conference promises to be exciting, informative and inspirational. If you make your room reservations by September 18th you are eligible to receive the NNBA’s discounted group rate of $114.00/night! When making your reservations, be sure to tell the reservation desk 
you are with the NNBA or if you go on-line, be sure to enter the three digit code NNB so the discounted rate is applied.

How to Craft Your Elevator Pitch and How to Talk to the Media Like a Pro
Become comfortable when talking about your business. These two articles below will help you be prepared to get the most out of conferences and networking opportunities. Don’t forget your business cards and your plans for incorporating new contact information. Also remember that NNBA Membership provides you with your account profile, make sure to fill that in and upload your picture so you can benefit from the visibility. Be seen and be found!

Golden Opportunity
This year’s conference has nationally acclaimed speakers and experts and provides a golden opportunity for nurses. NURSES are achieving more autonomy and taking a central role in providing a wide variety of cost-effective healthcare and wellness services. Thousands of nurse entrepreneurs nationwide have already accomplished this by starting their own business and are enjoying independence, professional respect and increased financial rewards. Now more than ever it’s time for nurses to expand our profession through entrepreneurship. Register here.

All the best,

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Articles of Interest
Crafting Your Elevator Pitch | Michelle Podlesni 

One of the biggest challenges that nurse business owners have is being able to describe what they do and the beneficial outcome they provide their clients. Nurses aren’t accustomed to promoting themselves so when it’s time to blow their own horns they don’t know what to say and they tend to stumble or freeze up or overdo it. In business, where everyone is competing for attention and dollars, you must be able to distinguish yourself from the crowd. You need to capture the attention of busy people so when you have an opening to deliver you need to make it good.  Read more

3 Things Successful People Do Every Day | Business Insider

A healthy life is often viewed as a mere side-effect of success. But those who don't take their health into account often rely on money to sustain them, and money by itself is simply not enough.
The right strategy for sustainable growth isn't only about your business.
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How to Talk to the Media Like a Pro | SBA.Gov

Do you dream of getting interviewed by a reporter, radio personality or blogger? Unless you know how to handle yourself during the interview, your dream could turn into a nightmare. You see, getting the media’s attention is only half the battle for a small business owner. What really matters is how well you handle being interviewed.

As a small business journalist and blogger who’s interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs, I’ve learned the painful difference between the business owner who responds in monosyllables and the ones who give great quotes, create a conversation and are just plain fun to talk to. How can you be the latter and not the former?  Read more

My Top 10: The Best Career Advice I’ve Received |  Success

Last week I was asked to complete an “About the Author” questionnaire. I enthusiastically answered questions about my favorite words, best day and why I chose my career. The next question made me pause—for a long time. “What is the best career advice you have ever received?” I knew that one would take a few minutes, so I grabbed more iced tea and started writing my list. And I kept going and going. I smiled thinking of the amazing people who shared the nuggets of wisdom that I still carry with me today.
  Read more

One of Steve Jobs' Last Public Statements Can Help You Discover Your Passion | Entrepreneur

Passion is everything. You cannot inspire unless you’re inspired yourself.

In 25 years of studying communication, I’ve never met an inspiring entrepreneur who isn’t freakishly enthusiastic about his or her idea. Steve Jobs, one of the most passionate entrepreneurs in business history, may have offered the best definition of passion in one of his last public presentations, in March 2011 (he died that October).  Read more

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NNBA Members Spotlight
Donna Cardillo

Donna Cardillo is The Inspiration Nurse. She travels the world helping women and healthcare professionals to be happy in their lives and careers and to reach their full potential. She does that as a keynote speaker, columnist, author, and cut-up. Her accomplished career combines over 25 years of clinical, managerial and business experience, not to mention her stint as a professional singer. Donna’s clinical experience includes emergency and psychiatric nursing. Donna holds a diploma in nursing, a BS in Health Care Management and an MA in Corporate and Public Communication. Known as “Dear Donna”, she gives daily online career advice at Donna is also an Expert Blogger at She was formerly the “Healthcare Careers Expert” at

Donna has twice been named Business Woman of the Year in New Jersey and has also received the coveted Athena Award, a national leadership award for women. Donna was designated a Diva in Nursing by the Institute for Nursing in NJ for outstanding achievements and excellence in practice. She has also been named one of 50 Best Women in Business by NJBIZ. Donna appears regularly on television and radio, is frequently quoted in newspapers and magazines and has published numerous articles. Donna has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and the Today show and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times on several occasions.

Donna is a founding member and past president of the New Jersey chapters of both the National Speakers Association (NSA) and the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). She holds the coveted Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation, the highest earned international recognition for professional speakers. This makes her one of only 10% of all speakers to hold this designation and one of only 20 nurses in the world with this credential.

Donna is a volunteer lecturer and facilitator for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. When she is at her home base in Sea Girt, NJ, she serves as a local spokesperson for family caregivers.

Donna will be presenting a NNBA preconference workshop “Career Alternatives for Nurses®", Friday, October 3, 2014.
For more information on Donna, visit 
Have questions about the NNBA, or starting and growing a business? Join us for a Preconference Question & Answer session in the ‪#‎Nurseup Facebook forum. This will be ongoing until our October 3 – 5 2014 conference in Orlando, Florida.

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