Connect Authentically

Connect Authentically Connect Authentically, LLC helps businesses and writers build, engage & grow a community in an authentic way. http://www.connectauthentically.com
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Connect Authentically, LLC, a digital marketing management and communications consulting firm, helps businesses build, engage and grow a community in an authentic way. Our clients use our all inclusive services to discover and share their brand’s unique and authentic voice to inspire loyalty, make connections, and grow their online footprint. Every time you send a newsletter, publish a blog post, e-mail a client, share a status update on Facebook, compose a Tweet, or even publish a photo on Instagram you are representing your brand. The way you communicate matters. Your tone and voice matters. Your business and blog are extensions of you. We offer customized packages and training opportunities to help: - build your social media presence - establish and maintain your blog - design/update your website - manage and design regular html newsletters - create quality content (ghost writing) - increase your Search Engine Optimization - reach out to bloggers and other influencers - define your brand’s voice across all communication touch points - train your employees to communicate effectively in writing - promote your event, conference, or launch - review and mentor individuals on writing authentically Contact me at [email protected] to learn more. I want to help you on your journey. You may be amazed what you will discover. Connect With Me: Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/BeAuthenticYou Google+: http://plus.google.com/+Connectauthentically Website: http://www.ConnectAuthentically.com

Operating as usual

11/25/2014

What does being authentic really mean? To me, this is much more than a buzz word. It is a whole philosophy for not only my business, but for my life. I acknowledge and respect everyone. I share bits of my heart and mind with everyone. I listen and I speak and I write in truth - each and every time. I am true to my voice and I make decisions that reflect my integrity. Does this mean I don't make mistakes? No. It means I am honest when I do make them. I don't put on airs or pretend. I am simply me, because I am enough. What does being authentic mean to you?

Find your tribe! I depend on my community of fellow entrepreneurs. Here I am at my local Femworking meeting.
11/19/2014

Find your tribe! I depend on my community of fellow entrepreneurs. Here I am at my local Femworking meeting.

Thank you for a high energy Fairfax Femworking meeting today with lots of brainstorming, idea sharing, and incredible support for our businesses: Dorie, owner of Dorie Howell Photography; Jasmine, owner of JFD Media; Denise, owner of Pinpoint Training Services; Karen, owner of A Second Me Errand Service, LLC; Marcia, owner of MagnifiCuffs; Stephanie, owner of PopNod; Nicole, owner of Connect Authentically; Megan, owner of Picture This Photo Solutions, LLC; and Naomi, owner at 8th & Home Realty.

Can't wait til we get together again in two weeks! Hope everyone is thinking about how to finish 2014 strong.
~Lisa Shaughnessy, FemLeader Fairfax

Facebook's Latest Feature: Has your page been updated yet? I love that you can now save your drafts. This is a feature I...
11/18/2014

Facebook's Latest Feature: Has your page been updated yet? I love that you can now save your drafts. This is a feature I've been wanting for a while.

11/14/2014

Even though a good portion of my business is managing other people's social media platforms, I took a much needed break from this one for a while. I am back now and will ramp up discussing and sharing the tips, conversations and topics that will help each of us focus on creating an authentic voice for our brands. #authenticvoice

05/28/2014

"All great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us that we are all more alike than we are unalike."-Maya Angelou

I am conducting my 30-Day Authentic Voice Writing Program beginning June 2. It is a four week program that is meant to h...
05/27/2014

I am conducting my 30-Day Authentic Voice Writing Program beginning June 2. It is a four week program that is meant to help inspire you to find your voice. If you are in a rut or simply need some more practice and would like to participate in a program that provides individualized feedback, then consider signing up. I provide twice weekly "assignments" and we meet via Go-To Meeting three times. Register here: less http://lnkd.in/dtiRgAw

Registration for my next 30-Day Authentic Voice Writing Program is NOW OPEN! Register here: http://www.connectauthentica...
05/23/2014

Registration for my next 30-Day Authentic Voice Writing Program is NOW OPEN! Register here: http://www.connectauthentically.com/registration-page/

“The 30 Day Authentic Challenge renewed my confidence in the power of written words. I had convinced myself that writing was a chore and I avoided it like a plague. However, Nicole’s simple writing prompts gave me the space to write with ease and without pressure. She provided essential feedback and reminded me that we all have a story to tell. My words flowed as I did not feel pressure to perform and I was able to let go of my perfection. I highly recommend the 30 Day Authentic Challenge to anyone who knows that they have words to share but feel stuck in the process of releasing them. Thanks again Nicole!” -Shayla Boyd-Gill, L.A.B.O.R. Business Coaching

05/19/2014

Some days you just have to be grateful.. especially when you start to forget how blessed you truly are.

04/30/2014

As a reminder: I am hosting a live webinar tonight at 7 pm EST to review the basics of using Wordpress! Register at link below!

The Third Annual Listen To Your Mother DC show is this Sunday May 4 at the Synthetic Theatre in Crystal City, VA. The sh...
04/30/2014

The Third Annual Listen To Your Mother DC show is this Sunday May 4 at the Synthetic Theatre in Crystal City, VA. The show features readings by local writers on the "beauty, the beast and the barely-rested life of mothers" in celebration of Mother's Day. There are still tickets and it makes an amazing gift! I'm bringing my mom and I hope to see you there! #LTYM #DC Here is the link to get your tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/576496

Have you seen that Jetpack for Wordpress now has a Google+ integration option? I activated it and now a link appears und...
04/30/2014

Have you seen that Jetpack for Wordpress now has a Google+ integration option? I activated it and now a link appears under my sharing buttons. It only works with your personal account.

Ok.. this is pretty funny. For some reason I think Facebook got it VERY wrong.
04/29/2014

Ok.. this is pretty funny. For some reason I think Facebook got it VERY wrong.

04/29/2014

I'm hosting a free webinar on navigating wordpress for beginners on Wednesday April 30 at 7 pm. If you are interested, please register at link below!

Way to go Dorie Howell Photography! From Femworking: "We are so proud of Dorie Howell, our amazing head shot photographe...
04/24/2014
Washington Parent Magazine

Way to go Dorie Howell Photography! From Femworking: "We are so proud of Dorie Howell, our amazing head shot photographer for the Femworking Conference. Through connections made at the conference, she was able to secure a cover shoot for Washington Parent Magazine! She photographed their Mother's Day cover, which came out today. She was also featured on Fox 5 DC & MyFoxDC this morning. Read her behind the scenes experience here: http://blog.doriehowell.com/washington-parent-magazine/ and watch the full segment that aired this morning here:
http://www.myfoxdc.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=10087175#axzz2zoLhBGOR"

I am so excited! Today is the day that my cover for Washington Parent Magazine is released. Awhile back (it seems like forever ago) I met with Annie Yu and her precious little daughter along with the editor and some of the staff members of Washington Parent and Fox 5 DC for a cover…

04/21/2014

Be a mentor. If you are finding success, reach out and offer help to others. You'll be surprised by the immeasurable returns.

04/10/2014

Yesterday, on a call I realized how many start-up entrepreneurs struggle with fear and self-imposed roadblocks. It takes courage to build a business and trust your voice. I am motivated by these women who show bravery in the face of vulnerability. I am pushed by the idea that you can turn your dreams into reality.

04/08/2014

#socialmediatip of the day! You can now tag up to 10 people on photos in #Twitter. I love this option!

04/04/2014

Happy Friday! Have you connected with anyone new? Has this made a difference in your life or business? Take a chance and reach out to someone.

04/02/2014
Connect with Your Authentic Writing Voice

My first article for Yahoo Voices was published. I offer three tips for connecting with your authentic writing voice! #writingtips #authenticvoice

Your authentic writing voice is there waiting to be discovered and cultivated. You have to open your heart and take a chance on yourself. It takes practice, time and a willingness to forget the rules. Here are three tips for connecting through writing.

03/28/2014

Do you have a blog for your business? How often are you updating your content? Are you consistent? Share your story and link to your blog below!

03/27/2014

Today has been a really productive day! I started a blog on the Fairfax Patch, I submitted an original article to Yahoo's Contributor Network (fingers crossed) and my latest post with 10 Lessons Learned was published on HuffPost Business! Love these kind of days!

03/27/2014

My article about building community is up on the Fairfax City Patch! I would love some comment love over there! Thanks! {link is below}

03/27/2014

Last night I had an amazing call with my Femworking group. It is so helpful to check in with fellow entrepreneurs who are trying to take their businesses to the next level. #inspired #networking

Yes. This article is exactly on point and inline with everything I have every said. "Great Leaders Build A Culture of Co...
03/26/2014
Great Leaders Build A Culture of Courage In A Climate Of Fear

Yes. This article is exactly on point and inline with everything I have every said. "Great Leaders Build A Culture of Courage In A Climate Of Fear"

Fear is a potent human emotion that can sabotage success for even the brightest minds and biggest organisations. It can also undermine an organisations ability to harness the potential of those within it. Learning how to create a ‘culture of courage’ in which employees feel safe to push back, take r...

03/26/2014

Sometimes this journey to entrepreneurship feels like a carnival ride. One day I am up and I know that all my dreams will come true. The next day I am low and ready to walk away. For me, it's rooted in fear. We all have to battle this monster. We have to push through and be brave enough to stay on the ride. Getting off when it feels scary doesn't allow you to experience the full adventure as it is supposed to be felt.

03/25/2014

This journey of growing and molding your vision of a businesses from nothing takes strength and perseverance. I'm starting to see the pieces of the puzzle take shape one piece at a time. For this I am grateful.

03/24/2014

Earlier someone said they were happy to be part of the Connect Authentically movement. I ADORE this! Yes... it should be a movement. We should all strive to connect authentically in business and in life. Why should authenticity be less important in businesses or in corporate communications or in branding strategies? If you are true to your voice, then it will shine through.

03/24/2014

Thank you to Lisa Shaughnessy of Savvy Digital Business for sharing her tips on Creating Community Online on Connect Authentically. I simply adore #guestposts! {link is below}

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