Take Me As I Am
Does Your NET….work?

A current student at my alma mater called me to interview me for the Communication department.
He asked me what advise would I give to students?!
My advise - network!
Not the “networking” you all claim to do when you go out and exchange business cards and emails yet never follow up.

See 95% of people do one thing VERY well - we never follow up.

Think about the thousands of business cards you’ve gotten over the years. When you got home did you email them and say “great meeting you, let’s get together soon!”, so they could remember who you were ??

And before we even get to the follow up - let’s start with the basics.

Steps to effective Networking:
1. 30 second rule: When a person asks you about yourself, be prepared to state who you are and what you do(or want to do) within 30 seconds. Anyone that is serious about business is not really interested in anything other than the BOTTOM LINE. How can I help you, how can you help me. Period. Point. Blank.

2. DON’T TRY TO SELL PEOPLE! Unless you’re in HR as a recruiter and literally make a living off of selling people….. don’t do it!! Get to know a person first. Rather you own a business or not, we are all in the business of building relationships. Relationships are the “bread and butter” of business. People do not do business with those that they do not like.


3. Exchange information: Be sure to have your cards, marketing docs, or virtual business card available to exchange.
Definition of exchange - Give something and receive something of the same kind in return.
Don’t just throw your business cards out to everyone and then go home waiting on a call or email.
Which leads to step #4.

4. FOLLOW-UP! FOLLOW-UP! FOLLOW-UP!

5. Repeat #4…. No but seriously as stated in the beginning, we ALL fail to do this. Think of the people you came across and never contacted after meeting then. Days, months, or even years later you think of them and how they could benefit you or vice versa…. but you don’t have their contact info because you didn’t follow up. - Work on that!


6. “If you want to be around IMPORTANT PEOPLE, you must go where IMPORTANT PEOPLE are…. because they aren’t coming to you!”
These great words from the mouth of my mentor (World renowned POWER networker George Fraser)
You haven’t met the person that could lead you to the rewarding career or completely turn your new business around or even turn a vision to reality…. because you’re waiting on them to walk into your life.
“Faith without works is DEAD” - Do the work! Get involved. Invest in yourself. GO WHERE THEY ARE!


I’ll stop at 6 since that number is the best number ever! Plus you can read more in my upcoming book… “Does your Net… work?” (shameless plug LOL)
I’ll close by saying this:
Follow these basic steps and then.. REPEAT!

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As always…. SHUT UP! & #KeepGrinding

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Has anyone ever asked you “What Do You want?” if you are like me then you have heard this question several times, but most times you are asking yourself. This simple question requires so much complexity when trying to give a genuine answer. It’s feels like it can take days or years to answer…

Crazy that i wrote this blog a year ago… Everything is what I wanted it to be… Except he’s paper bag brown not chocolate.

Think and grow rich…a black choice.

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Shut Up! & #KeepGrinding …. The movement

Some people find comfort in seeking sympathy for their current situation, trials, or tribulations. Others keep making shit happen regardless of their “right now”.

I would say I fit the latter.

I express what most would describe as “tough love”… But I promise it actually makes life for you easier. See I expect the people around me to be nothing short of amazing. Not good or great but amazing. My circles of influence have evolved over time and now they are all at their peak of productivity. So as I continue on my journey of spreading the importance of networking…. I’ve decided to title this movement:

<strong>Shut Up! & #KeepGrinding</strong>
It’s self explanatory and it is a verbal representation of my hustle.
Stop complaining about not being happy, not having support, being denied, not following your passion and MAKE IT HAPPEN.

There’s so much more to come from this…. #DontBelieveJustWatch

<strong>Shut Up! & #KeepGrinding</strong> will be featured in the networking and business segment of the DrivenByMusic.net blog
Coming soon…. And also my personal blog - JadaDSpeaks.wordpress.com

Keep looking out - I’VE GOT SOMETHING TO SAY!

- Jada D.

If you&#8217;re a business owner&#8230;you should be on this call!

If you’re a business owner…you should be on this call!

I just got back from The Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage cruise. A year ago I would have never dreamed I’d be where I am today in life. I can’t thank God enough. Matter fact 2 months ago I had no idea where my life was headed. I’ve always structured my life to an extent. Like up to age 25. But by the time I was approaching 26 I had no idea what was nexf. That control that I had on my life was by an educational and career standpoint but it affected other areas. So I was successful but what fun is it alone. Alone… Not lonely. Now I’ve had a few opportunities to let people get close and love me but I had programmed myself to mess up anything close to that reality. 

But I’ve had time to work on myself. So for the last 6 months or so I’ve made some life decisions to make me a better woman - mentally, spiritually, and physically. You have to do something different to get different results right. 

Right now I’m loving my new life, new job, new businesses, and new special people. 

No longer trying to control it and just letting life happen.

I just got back from The Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage cruise. A year ago I would have never dreamed I’d be where I am today in life. I can’t thank God enough. Matter fact 2 months ago I had no idea where my life was headed. I’ve always structured my life to an extent. Like up to age 25. But by the time I was approaching 26 I had no idea what was nexf. That control that I had on my life was by an educational and career standpoint but it affected other areas. So I was successful but what fun is it alone. Alone… Not lonely. Now I’ve had a few opportunities to let people get close and love me but I had programmed myself to mess up anything close to that reality.

But I’ve had time to work on myself. So for the last 6 months or so I’ve made some life decisions to make me a better woman - mentally, spiritually, and physically. You have to do something different to get different results right.

Right now I’m loving my new life, new job, new businesses, and new special people.

No longer trying to control it and just letting life happen.

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PowerNetworking Conference 2013
For SPECIAL rate, use the link below:
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My Big Twin is in TOWN and we&#8217;re celebrating her birthday and my new career!!! #TurnDownForWhhhhaaat lol #Mama #ReadyTeam

My Big Twin is in TOWN and we’re celebrating her birthday and my new career!!! #TurnDownForWhhhhaaat lol #Mama #ReadyTeam

It’s Mine!

So before 2010 I had never been to DFW (Dallas-Fort Worth for slow people)… But in June of 2010 through the Scholarship Celebrity Brainshare Auction I was actually flown to DFW and spent a weekend with Tom Joyner and Sybil of the Tom Joyner Morning Show. It was amazing! Fun and a lot of good tips & advice.
While in town I used that time to go visit the apartment and school that I would soon move into in 2 months - but had never seen.

I went through my MBA program starting in August 2010 not knowing what I would do with it. I just knew it would help someway down the road.
I always knew that the most rewarding and enjoyable positions I’ve had we’re not paid so I had to find that happy medium.

#Flashback.. In high school in Memphis I was part of a teen radio show called Onpoint on K97FM (s/o to Whitney Hardy, Reggie Tooley, and Jae Henderson). So I took that passion into college and majored in Communications. So by the time I graduated I still loved radio but I knew that I kind of wanted to be the person that Makes Shit Happen…and Gets Shit Done. (Lol)
So I went for MBA to get a business foundation. Just as quickly as I graduated in December, I was fired from my job in February. With no unemployment benefits my entrepreneurial spirit, Hustlers mentality, and GOD kept me focused on “my latter being greater”.

I assumed that me being fired was a blessing in disguise and I said that from DAY ONE… So months have passed and I’ve been blessed to have interview after interview. Quite frankly tired of them. I got 3-4 job offers which I was happy about but none got me excited.
So in January I interviewed for a company… 3 separate interviews actually. Then by mid February I got the call from the Vice President: “Jada it was a very hard decision but We decided to go with another candidate. I think you are a great fit for our company but not necessarily this position”
I was PISSED. But the fact that she saw me at their company was good. So I prayed and I said God is keeping me unemployed because he wants me to be patient and trust him. So a week later I applied for another position with the same company…
Then I was asked to interview. It went well AGAIN…
This time I said - It’s MINE
Then I got a 2nd interview. God and I agreed that it was the last time I would go to that office as an interviewee and not employee.
I solicited prayer warriors and I trusted God. 2nd interview went Great! But before I got home from interview, my mentor George Fraser called me. He said he had just gotten a call from the President of the company asking about me and who I really am. (Basically wanting to know if I was really as amazing as I appear lol)
He said “I’m pretty sure you got the job…I told him you’re one BAD sista (#oldschool) You’ll hear something in 24hrs or so”
I still said ill wait before I get excited… God your will be done.

And about 2 hrs later I got an email offer asking if I wanted to accept a position with the Tom Joyner Morning Show - in programming & operations.

I literally SCREAMED I head off. Lol ask @DJMikeBlaze he was there tripping at me as I yelled.

Although I secured this position on my own efforts…my relationship with my mentor sealed the deal. There is POWER in networking! I’m telling y’all.

Like I spoke aloud on February 1st when I was terminated, God is going to all the glory. Then. Now and Forever.

Thank you to everyone that believed in me when I wanted to give up, that prayed for me, and supported me.
My best is yet to come. I won’t let you down. But this…. This right here…This is a #PowerMove. The first place I ever visited EVER in Texas is the place I’m starting a new chapter of the best part of my life.

The sky is the limit…Meet you at the TOP!!
*runs in circles shouting*

Am I F**king Lady or what?!

So a few weeks ago I went home to Memphis and ran across my rather attractive childhood friend.

SN: I just realized that all the guys who I hated and who hated me in elementary and middle school are now rather cool, attractive, and love me. Lol. Ok like. Any who…

So as we talked some kind of way we got on the topic of relationships (blah!) so we joked around. But then he said something profound that inspired this blog:
“See your problem is… You want to be the man and want the guy to be the woman. I know you want to be the breadwinner… But seriously you’re just like y’all mama”

WRONG. WRONG. RIGHT.

I def don’t want to be a man. Breadwinner - not really. I don’t care really. And am I like my mama - absolutely.

See Nedra (my mama) always taught us since we were knee high to always have enough for us if no one else. What I mean is…. If I was going out with someone I knew they were paying I still always had enough money to cover the bill too and if nothing more I DEF had enough for Jada’s portion.

I don’t see a problem with that. So that philosophy shall be carried on into adulthood, relationships, marriage. Like I really don’t care if I make more than my husband. I just want to make sure I’m happy and make sure that 1st my future kids eat, bills get paid, and lastly that I can survive and maintain if at any point a grown person wants to leave.
(Emphasis on grown… Cuz you can do what you want at that point)
Hell this may come to a surprise but if I meet a man that makes enough to maintain my standard of living and tells me not to work because he wants to take care of me …. *chunks deuces to a job* Bruh! I don’t want to work. Never have wanted to. Lol. But I will. I could definitely be at home, keeling the house clean, food cooked, etc.
and if you’re reading this you know I’m a hustler by nature so I’d still have plenty to do with my home based business, consulting, managing, marketing, etc etc etc. so I wouldn’t be bored and unproductive.
Instead I’d be “gettin money” from the couch… Which is already my goal by 40.

*talks to God* if you see fit that I Marry a man that is wealthy and doesn’t want me to work… Your will be done Lord.

He said make your prayer plain. Clear and distinct. You have not bc you ask not.

Any who. I just wanted to clarify those things. I’m a LADY. I don’t want to be a man but my Memphis upbringing and the expertise of my mother (one of Memphis’s #1 Go-getters) have put an unstoppable grind in me. So no matter who comes in and out of my life… I’m always going to make sure me and mines is taken care of but I def willing accept a man wanting to take on that duty full time.

- Jada D.