Brands that AM: Romona Foster

Brands that AM are my personal picks of individuals and entrepreneurs who stand out in their industry or communities.  These brands get it right by consistently and authentically delivering great content, products, and services that we are all better off knowing more about.

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Romona Foster is the owner and social media trainer of Admin Tech Consulting, where she provides social media training (Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter), consultations, social media management, and teaches the best practices of email marketing to small businesses, nonprofits and individuals.

Often tagged as “the fixer” by her clients, the first three words Romona used to describe herself were ambitious, confident, and funny.  Having had many opportunities to engage with Romoma, I would add to that description list, authentic, extremely knowledgeable, and top notch customer service skills.   I am honored to feature Romona Foster as the first Brands that AM, read to know just a little more of why she rocks!

In your own words, what is personal branding?

It’s the ability to show people who you are.  What you do, what you can do for them whether it’s online or in person.  It’s all about how you live your life.

Who are you (as it relates to an entrepreneur, how your personal YOU connects in your work)?

I AM Romona Foster, social media trainer and consultant.  I love, love, love helping people both professionally and personally in any way that I am able.  I am a techie and very analytical. I need to know how things that interest me work.  If I don’t know how it works, I must, must look it up. [laughing]  I am very interested in eating healthy (though I do slip from time to time as I love desserts) and also research natural medicine and natural health in general.  What most people don’t know about me is that I studied culinary arts.  I am a trained chef and pastry chef, so I also love to cook and create new recipes.  Running is a passion of mine, and I have trained to run a marathon.

I know from our previous discussion, you initially provided administrative and technical services, why the switch to social media?

Social media just kind of hit me in my face, I was initially very much against it for personal reasons and then my pastor asked me to set a FaceBook page in 2009.  As a result of setting up that first page and managing it, the requests started coming in to do more of them.  I decided to place an online ad teaching LinkedIn.  The very first class, 5 people showed up, the feedback was a request for more information even though it was a two hour class.  I was onto something and decided to build my own social media profiles to promote myself and my services.

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How do you stay innovative?

I’ve been blessed to be a creative being.  I have brainstorming sessions with myself, and out of it comes some things that even amaze me.  I get a lot of ideas at the most inconvenient times such as when I am in the shower or when I am sleeping.  I have to be sure I write them down as soon as possible.

Finish this sentence, If I knew then what I know now ….

We are living in a society that is changing, turning into a entrepreneurial society.  I come from a family with a long line of the entrepreneurial mindset.  If I knew then how to follow my passion and purpose, I would have stretched out sooner, instead of doing what was expected.

What’s next for you, your business?

I can’t really say what is next. I have a lot of things in the works – some of which includes partnerships with other small business owners. What I can say is stay tuned.  I won’t disappoint you. [smile]

What is one tip of advice you would give to those who are using social media today for business or to look for career opportunities?

I would tell them, it is extremely important for them to create an online presence, and to brand themselves both personally and professionally – particularly if they have a common name. Why? While trying to convince some of the importance of social media, I’ll do a Google search on their name only to find less than flattering content or images of someone else that bares the same name. When potential clients or recruiters look them up – if they have never met them – they may get the wrong idea about them.

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Romona is a Constant Contact Authorized Local Expert, certified Social Media Marketing Presenter, Email Marketing Trainer, and a recipient of the Constant Contact 2012 ALL STAR Award.  Contact her now for more information on training schedules and to get started on your social media strategy for your personal brand.  click here. Tell her VanB sent ya!

Until then ..   Live Out LOUD

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Life Reminders from a Toddler

Today was pretty much like any other day of work.  I was in full “Make it Great” mode, bursting at the seams with creativity, genius ideas at my fingertips along WITH the care of my 4 year old daughter who’s home from school.  I successfully bargained for some quiet with a pinky-promise of mommy daughter fun time a little later, and then it was time to pay the piper or in this case, my little person.  Minutes into coloring, she caught me checking my emails and twitter on my phone and called me on it .. “You’re not supposed to do that, it’s mommy and me coloring time!”    Guilty, I was instantly reminded that nothing I had to do was as important as investing, and being in the moment with the one I love.

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While working on our master pieces, a couple of other things came to mind that we big kids sometimes forget:

Create your own kind of beautiful – Of course blue, purple, green, and brown go together well.

Break some rules – Color outside the lines, it makes things interesting.

Laugh  .. really hard! – Nothing’s that hard or serious.  Life without laughter isn’t a full life.

SEE more than you see. – A square is a box, or a table, or a pillow, or an open door to walk through.

Take naps often – time out and quiet times are needed to center and restore your YOU.

Manners still matter – Everyone’s welcome to the table as long as you play nice and share.

I’m off to finger paint, I can’t wait to find out what I am reminded of next, how about you?.  Enjoy!

 

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DWM: Marian L. Thomas’ Aqua Blue

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Author Marian Thomas’ fourth book has success written all over it.  Some of her other works of fiction My Father’s Colors, Strings of Color and Color Me Jazzmyne have been seen and discussed on national television stations such as the Oprah Winfrey Network, Ovation and the A&E Network.  It was my pleasure to chat with Ms. Thomas on my show Divas Who Motivate about her newest book Aqua Blue.  Ms. Thomas is as engaging and easy to talk to as her books are a joy to read.  This award winning writer has an amazing ability to string together words in a literary symphony that allows the reader to sit in the moment with the characters.

Ms. Thomas’ books are rich with ever-intriguing themes of race, family strife, love, divorce, friendship and abuse.  And yet, her tales which seem to pre-stage current tabloid headlines are spelled out in ways that suit the delicate moral tastes of both the Christian Fiction reader and the clean fiction book reader.

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AQUA BLUE: A friendship that begins to unravel.  A young man fleeing the tragic loss of his mother, a romance that crosses the boundary of hatred and proves that love is stronger than the color of skin. Find it all in, Aqua Blue.  Available on:  Amazon.com, Kindle, Barnes & Noble.com, Google Books and your local library.  Be sure the check them out.

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Shhhhh … Let It Rain!

let it rain1Do you remember being a kid running around outside playing and screaming up a storm to your hearts delight?  You could scrape your knee, fall out and fight your friends, make-up and go right back to playing all in an hour’s time.  Nothing interrupted that running and ripping until the streetlight came on EXCEPT one thing … and that was rain with thunder or lightening.  The minute the heavy downpour  started, everything, and everyone knew what time it was. As a kid, you didn’t care about getting wet, but you knew there was no need to collect a ball or rope, say goodbye to friends or apologize for ending the game, you’d been taught earlier on by Big Momma to get in the house, sit it down and be quiet.  “Listen to the Lord do HIS handiwork” is what she said … and you did just that!

Welp, fast forward some years, and the following saying applies.  Into everyone’s life a little rain must fall and sometimes when it rains, it pours.  Unlike our younger selves, most adults don’t like the rain or getting wet as a result of it.  Getting wet is inconvenient, uncomfortable, ruins plans, and puts a damper on things.

When life’s rain shows up in our lives, we immediately seek to ease the discomfort by going into what we think is damage control and …. 

  • We complain about the “rains” affect on our life.
  • We feel embarrassed about how we must look after the storms affect.
  • We panic, blame the rain for being rain, because if it hadn’t been for the rain then ….
  • We look outside of ourselves to everyone and everything for immediate feedback on “rain stopping”.

I’ve learned a couple hundred drizzles back, that not all troubles are created equal.  There are some issues that we bring on ourselves, and some things happen just because, without our permission or assistance.  Trying to control those raining moments in our lives is as futile as trying to hold the wind in your hands.

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When the forecast in my own life becomes thunderous, I take a note from my youthful days and listen to what Big Momma said.  “STOP whatever you’re doing, go set yourself down somewhere, get quiet, and Listen to the Lord do his handiwork!”  and rain don’t last always. 

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Tune Out Can’t

Can'tMaybe you have heard it at some point in your life, I know I definitely have …. and if you’ve ever been on the receiving end of the words “You Can’t” then you know just how much of a buzz kill, immobilizer, or dream snatchers those words can be to a person.  Unfortunately, we’ve come to expect this type of behavior and “advice” from so called hatters, and bitter folks, but It amazes me (yes, full on gobsmacked) how often we are told “can’t” by well intended people.

Welllll  Hunnay’s  let me just put my two cents worth on the table and let you know  … when a parent, boss, teacher, spouse or friend tells you what you can’t be or can’t do, they’re attempting to predict a future they have no control over.  NO ONE knows what your 5, 10, or 15 years from now looks like.  While timing, ability, calling and a few other things play a part in your Can Do.. I encourage you to tune out can’t, and turn it all the way up on CAN.  Have yourself a Can DO day Go Getter!

Until then … Make it Great!

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Don’t hold onto everything thrown at you, give some stuff back! (Part II)

Leaving behind what doesnt workNext: Ideas and folks that have outlived their purpose for your best good.
I remember this line from an old church song “Friends don’t treat me like they used to, since I laid my burdens down ..” YESSSS, exchange the word “burden” with whatever you choose to leave behind, be it drama, fear, average, heartache, limited thinking and, and, and!
Hunnay, misery loves company, and when you are ready to get up, stand up and strike out for MORE .. unfortunately, not everyone else is ready at the same time. When you are no longer doing (and thinking) what you used to do with whomever, the roads you travel along are no longer parallel and according to others you now seem to have changed, become extra, and then the constant question now becomes .. “Does it really take all of that?” Yes ma’am or sir is most certainly does!! It takes SO much more than what you used to do to get more than you used to have.

Halfway through your transition, expect the scenery and altitude to start to look different physically, financially, and spiritually.

Don’t apologize for wanting more and deciding to let go of what no longer, or in some cases never has been for your best YOU.

To read part I, please go to and like my page @ http://www.facebook.com/IAMTVanB

Until then.. Make it Great!

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