Niccole Nelson

Merci Cadeaux LLC - Owner
Detroit, Michigan
http://www.mercicadeaux.com

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Your excuse is invalid

"There are two kinds of people in the world: those who make excuses and those who get results. An excuse person will find any excuse for why a job was not done, and a results person will find any reason why it can be done. Be a creator, not a reac...

By Angela Jia Kim - Added to favorites on October 11, 2012

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5 Ways to Get Instant Credibility

  It’s true, testimonials are crucial.  Testimonials have power.  It shows prospects that you are credible, your products and services are outstanding and we get to see what kind of customers you serve. The challenge is that ...

By Katrina Padron - Added to favorites on September 24, 2012
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Risk Taking 101 - Step 4

Ok, you've made it through steps 1,2,& 3 and you are still considering this idea.   Step #4 -  What happens if this idea actually works?  Are you prepared for the sudden increase in work load? Can your supply meet the dema...

By Bobbie Robertson - Added to favorites on September 4, 2012

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More Shortcuts To Your Next Blog

In my last post, I wrote about how past emails are a great source of material for your blog. Here are 5 other tips to write a blog quickly:   Align your topics with the holidays. There is a holiday most every month, and there is typicall...

By Caroline Ceniza-Levine - Added to favorites on August 1, 2012

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What the most successful people do before breakfast [VIDEO]

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy   I was speaking to author Laura Vanderkam earlier in the summer about her new e-book, What the Most Successful People do Before Breakfast. Her theory is th...

By Angela Jia Kim - Added to favorites on July 29, 2012

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How to finance your business with a loan

I love getting business questions from our members, and we always try to answer a lot of them in my blogs. One of the most frequently asked question is: How can I finance my business?  There are many ways to finance business: personal invest...

By Angela Jia Kim - Added to favorites on July 23, 2012

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You Already Know The Right People For Your Business

It's a common frustration of entrepreneurs everywhere - you are the right person to solve that problem, serve that client, or tackle that project IF ONLY you could land the deal. Maybe if you knew more executives, projects would come more easil...

By Caroline Ceniza-Levine - Added to favorites on June 23, 2012

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You Already Have What It Takes

Last week I wrote about how you already know the right people to succeed in your business. Now, I'm telling you that you also already know enough things, have accomplished enough accolades, and can use what you have already done to further your...

By Caroline Ceniza-Levine - Added to favorites on June 23, 2012

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"Is tomorrow later than now?"

My two-year old daughter and I take a spa bath every morning. She loves bubbles, and I love connecting with her. She always entertains me with endearing ideas and thoughts... and child-like wisdom far beyond her years.  "Sienna, we ar...

By Angela Jia Kim - Added to favorites on June 23, 2012

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Follow up on my problem with some "high-level" coaches

When I initially wrote my first blog about "high-level" coaches and my problem with them, I had no idea the outpouring of emails we would receive from people thanking me for speaking up. Really, I have the chills right now. I had no idea the impac...

By Angela Jia Kim - Added to favorites on February 12, 2012

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Use your Time Wisely + Find Your Rhythm =THRIVE!

You may have noticed that I’ve been a bit quieter these past few weeks…this is due to the fact that I have been recruited for a project that requires me to be in an office for twelve weeks. Considering  I haven’t worke...

By Ellen Thomas - Added to favorites on January 28, 2012

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What's Holding You Back? Pt 1: Competition

Competition is a funny thing, isn't it? It can be paralyzing or it can be healthy. I use it to fuel my fire.  I have always been one to thrive on competition. After all, I have Korean parents and was a concert pianist. Through extre...

By Angela Jia Kim - Added to favorites on January 28, 2012

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Planning with your Calendar: Networking Time

•             Do you have a networking strategy? •            Are there dates already set aside on your ca...

By Bryn Johnson - Added to favorites on January 22, 2012

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Am I crazy?

This week I vlog about the craziness of being a new mom and opening a holiday shop for Om Aroma in Manhattan.  I also talk about how to learn from others who are doing what you want to be doing.

By Savor the Success Founders - Added to favorites on December 29, 2011

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Lesson in the Waiting

Entrepreneurship has its days.   Days of  joy. Days of disappointment. Days of standing in fear. Sometimes this rollercoaster of emotion I experience is based on a business issue. Sometimes on a life ...

By Bryn Johnson - Added to favorites on December 25, 2011

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Lost Child in my Own Business

Thank you to everyone in the Savor community who responded to my “little voice” dialogue from last week.  So many of you have had those “little voice” moments that propelled you forward ~ utterly inspirational! And t...

By Bryn Johnson - Added to favorites on December 25, 2011

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Are You in the Checkout Line Behind Your Next Client?

Today, I am reflecting on my clients and connections. My remarkable “walk through the fear” clients and connections who are building businesses and lives that will make a difference in their families, communities and the world! I...

By Bryn Johnson - Added to favorites on December 25, 2011

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The sky is not the limit [VIDEO for inspiration!]

I was up late one night with a bout of insomnia, and I happened upon a recent Diane Sawyer interview with Gaby Gifford. You may know of her as the congresswoman who was shot in the brain in a senseless act of violence.  I am sharing this bea...

By Angela Jia Kim - Added to favorites on December 25, 2011

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One reason many businesses fail... and how to avoid it

In this week's vlog, I reveal what I have observed as one of the reasons many businesses fail. I had a huge Aha! moment this past week and found myself going down that path. After stopping myself short and implementing a very important challeng...

By Angela Jia Kim - Added to favorites on December 8, 2011

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Wrapping it up Easily, Ahead of the Rush! (Save time & money AND be a STAR!)

Are your holidays typically spent frantically worrying about what or whom you might have forgotten, panicked; waiting in line, buying last-minute meaningless gifts just so you have something to give? YIKES! Mine certainly used to be…but NO ...

By Ellen Thomas - Added to favorites on December 3, 2011

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5 Red Flags To Look Out For Before Hiring a Coach

As you know, I am a big believer that we as entrepreneurs need a support team to we grow both professionally and personally. It's not always easy to sit as CEO, so having that support is such an integral of feeling supported and not having to do...

By Angela Jia Kim - Added to favorites on November 30, 2011

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Lessons learned from building my Dream Team + 2 words you must use with anyone you hire!

Do you have your Dream Team in place? If not, we have to talk. :)   Last week, I had to fire one of my employees because it became crystal clear that she was no longer part of my Dream Team. It was very hard for me to do because she was a...

By Angela Jia Kim - Added to favorites on November 18, 2011

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Before & After Vlog - Improve Your Online Stardom in 60 Minutes or Less (without spending a dime)!

{Below is a fun homework assignment, and I have a gift for all of you that will help YOU to improve your online stardom!!} During a recent 7 Figure Club meeting, we were doing an in-depth branding exercise, and one of the assignments was to come ...

By Angela Jia Kim - Added to favorites on November 3, 2011

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Post Your YouTube Channel And Subscribe to Fellow Savor Member's Channels

Last message: This is great! AND perfect timing as I am partnering to do my first vlog soon (we are scripting it on Wednesday).  I have subscribed to everyone's above, my channel is: http://www.youtube.com/user/ApparelTherapyOnline ...

Started by Payson Cooper - Added to favorites on October 9, 2011

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Do You Own It?

About a year ago, there was a discussion on the Savor VIP café about a site called Fiverr, where people would post jobs they would do for $5. Everything from creating graphics to finding sharks’ teeth. One of the things you co...

By Stephanie Vozza - Added to favorites on October 2, 2011

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Did something alter you as a child? (Listen to it!)

Did something alter you as a child? (Listen to it!)I have this strong belief that children know much more than we think they know. There are experiences that happen in our childhood or young adulthood that alter us... and you can often use it...

By Angela Jia Kim - Added to favorites on September 29, 2011

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How do I hire an employee? Plus red flags to avoid!

  Quick links: For reader's questions on "How much do I pay my Personal Assistant", go here!  I'm wearing jewelry by fabulous designer, Vanessa Coppes, a Premium Member of Savor the Success!  For the Craigslist posting,...

By Angela Jia Kim - Added to favorites on September 8, 2011

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How to find an assistant with your Vision Book (I fire my new assistant at the end of vid!)

  Loose transcription (with dramatic ending of me firing my new assistant!): Hey, Angela here! I wanted to share a fun project that I've been working on called "Project: Find My Personal Assistant". It's something I've been meaning to do ...

By Angela Jia Kim - Added to favorites on September 1, 2011

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Q&A: Close Credit Cards Or Keep The Accounts Open?

Q: My sister and I are having a running debate: My mother said she should close her credit cards because she can't manage to pay her bills on time. I tell her she needs some counseling so she can live on a budget, and should keep the cards ope...

By Pegi Burdick - Added to favorites on June 17, 2011

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What Martha Stewart Told My Husband About Branding...

  A few weeks ago, I was a keynote speaker at Savor The Success’ Rock The World Conference in New York.The night before I was slated to open the conference, I had dinner with my husband, who was also in Manhattan and had just attende...

By Lisa Steadman - Added to favorites on May 27, 2011

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Mess or Message? Why Your Rock Star Social Brand May Be Confusing!

In the last two weeks, I’ve been on a speaking tour and talking to a lot of entrepreneurs about their businesses. Specifically, I've been hearing from a lot of women in business who are truly brilliant, and yet...They’re still breaki...

By Lisa Steadman - Added to favorites on May 27, 2011

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Is Your Business Missing Its Sacha Fierce?

Oprah. Martha Stewart. Jessica Simpson. Kim Kardashian. These are just a handful of the celebrity names who have rock star social brands we know and love. From clothes to shoes to linens to magazines to fragrances, these ladies know the power of...

By Lisa Steadman - Added to favorites on May 27, 2011

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There Is No Such Thing as Work-Life Balance

We go around looking for the holy grail of "work-life balance," and fail to find it again and again. It's fleeting at best, it's the promised land that seems as far away as ever as we paddle furiously towards it, trying so hard to make it happen. ...

By Simla Somturk - Added to favorites on May 1, 2011

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Is Sales Panic Eroding Customer Loyalty AND Your Cash Flow?

I heard a story about a woman who worked at the jewelry counter at Macy’s. She had nabbed a guy who was trying to purchase thousands of dollars of merchandise with a stolen credit card. When the police asked her what had tipped her off, sh...

By Julie Steelman - Added to favorites on April 30, 2011

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What Carrie Underwood Can Teach You About Creating CLAMOR

I recently saw Carrie Underwood perform on an awards show. She was working the stage and she looked gorgeous. I couldn’t help but recall when she was competing on American Idol. The judges believed in her talent. America obviously did, ...

By Lisa Steadman - Added to favorites on April 21, 2011

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Q&A: I Need to Borrow Money From My Judgmental Family

Q: I need to borrow some money from my family but when I’ve asked before, they've scolded me. I feel so diminished. I’ve never had a good relationship with them. How do I not feel a loss of dignity when dealing with them? A: I tell...

By Pegi Burdick - Added to favorites on April 21, 2011

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Q&A: My Mother Borrows Money From Me

Q: My mother, who is 55 and has a job, is constantly borrowing money from me, and not re-paying it. She always says: “it’s for groceries” but when I go to her house, I will see brand new books (not from the library), sneakers wi...

By Pegi Burdick - Added to favorites on March 17, 2011

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How to Find National Magazine Contacts

Today I provide a super quick (and fun) tip on how find contacts at national magazines. The magazine industry is ever-evolving, and contacts can become outdated very quickly. In fact, I just had to update at least 5 folks just in the past week bec...

By Melissa Cassera - Added to favorites on February 25, 2011

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Tranform Your Sales Trickle Into A Financial Faucet! (Melissa asked)

Last week I spoke about customers with Hungry Buyer syndrome. The ones who come to you starving for what you’re selling then pull back just as quickly. Remember, people base purchasing decisions on emotions. And once they’re sure you c...

By Julie Steelman - Added to favorites on February 25, 2011

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How to double your fees (by the end of this video)

How to double your fees (by the end of this video) Watch the friendly banter (and disagreement) about how to double your fees on this week's episode of Savor Show! Mike Michalowicz, Jennifer Tuma Young, and I present you with three ways you can ...

By Savor the Success Founders - Added to favorites on February 25, 2011

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That Nasty Sales Objection...PSSST It's Really A Buy Signal!

 Truth time: Ever feel rejected when a customer voices a concern about your offering? I know. Me, too. It's one of the common misunderstandings and fears about sales. But here’s the thing: That objection? It’s not about you. It&...

By Julie Steelman - Added to favorites on February 25, 2011

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Is Your Blog Dropping An Invisible "Bomb"?

I was reading an article in the fashion section of my Sunday newspaper about the Detroit Auto Show Charity Ball, a swanky, black-tie event held the night before the show opens to the public. A reporter was there to cover some of Detroit’s...

By Stephanie Vozza - Added to favorites on January 29, 2011

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Are you on the wrong path?

  This week, I vlog about how you can know if you are on the wrong or right path. Remember how I talked about "working smarter, not harder in 2011?" This is the first step! 

By Savor the Success Founders - Added to favorites on January 27, 2011

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Procrastination

To My Savor Colleagues - I'd love to hear from you!  Please write to me with any financial/emotional question you'd like me to discuss in my blog.  The first one to send me a question this month will receive a $10 Starbucks coupon! ...

By Pegi Burdick - Added to favorites on January 22, 2011

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Mix It Up: Diversity Can Increase Your Bottom Line

Diversity issues have always been important to me. In high school I wrote papers about race and equality issues, in college I started a multicultural organization, after college I wrote articles for a mixed race magazine, and prior to opening m...

By Nancy Vaughn - Added to favorites on January 17, 2011

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Change, Happiness, Hope, and Dreams

The topic came of change came up when I was speaking with a woman from York Street Project who felt like she had no control over her life. She told me she desperately wants to make changes, but feels a little hopeless. She wants to be happier. S...

By Jennifer Tuma-Young - Added to favorites on January 17, 2011

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Work Smarter, Not Harder in 2011

Savor-ettes! Happy New Year!!  Are you committed to working smarter (not harder) this year so you can spend more time with family and friends, live fuller, and be more balanced?I did some soul searching over the holidays and decided ...

By Savor the Success Founders - Added to favorites on January 13, 2011

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The Simple Trick you Must Learn to Be Successful

"That's just my luck, things never work out the way I want them to." Do you mutter this under your breath every time a customer walks out the door without buying a darn thing? Every time you announce a new program and no one signs up? Every ti...

By Melissa Cassera - Added to favorites on January 13, 2011

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Customer Service Effort Goes Weirdly Awry

Last week when we had our first gloriously sunny day, after about 10 days of rain here in Southern California, I decided to take a drive up the coast to Malibu for a late lunch with my daughter at Gladstone's, a seafood eatery perched alongside Pa...

By Ann Baker - Added to favorites on January 12, 2011

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Perfectly Imperfect

Q: I am 45. I spend more than I earn and even though the closet store I own is doing okay in this economy, I awake @ 3AM in a cold sweat. I have 2 kids in college; I have been a single parent since they were 2 and 4.  One of the coll...

By Pegi Burdick - Added to favorites on January 9, 2011

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Anything is possible... what's possible for you in 2011?

Savor-ettes! Recently Chase did a mini-profile of my "Anything is Possible" philosophy for us entrepreneurs.  So... I want to know what is possible for YOU! Watch the video and then tell me what you are going to make possible for...

By Savor the Success Founders - Added to favorites on December 29, 2010

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Fearless and Falter-Free Selling

I remember when I first started selling, I was petrified to talk to people and ask them for money.  I thought I was acting in a way that would have them not like me and I was walking head-on into rejection.  Yuck!One day I was on the pho...

By Julie Steelman - Added to favorites on May 3, 2010

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More on SEO

Did you know that three of the top search engines are now social media sites?  YouTube, MySpace, and Facebook now are just about as important for SEO considerations as Google.  So, when thinking about and planning your SEO tactics, apply them to...

By Ann Baker - Added to favorites on December 14, 2009

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How Treating Life Like an Encyclopedia Will Increase Success

You might be thinking - 'Life like an encyclopedia?! Has she lost her mind?!' That's right folks - treat life like that dusty old set of Britannica's you had years ago and you'll ultimately increase your success. So, how does this work? To e...

By Melissa Cassera - Added to favorites on December 14, 2009

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Real You: Survival Tactic: Stay the Same

Many of the astounding entrepreneurs I’ve profiled deal with folks who have revolutionized an industry, or who have kept up with the times through change and constant improvements to their business model. But what about the success stories t...

By Kaira Rouda - Added to favorites on May 9, 2009

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Just Say "No" - A Sense of Relief

Why do most women have a hang up with this two letter word? It’s usually one the first words we say as babies because we hear it so often (“No, do not touch that hot pan.” “No, you may not have a 10th cookie.” &ldqu...

By Romy Taormina - Added to favorites on May 9, 2009

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Real You: Is it time to add a new ingredient to your secret sauce?

I'll admit it. I can still sing the lyrics to the McDonald's Big Mac commercial: two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun. Ta da! Did I get that stuck in your head, too? For McDonald's—and th...

By Kaira Rouda - Added to favorites on April 28, 2009

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How Physical Challenge Can Make You Stronger Mentally

In my quest to be nice to myself (and to my body) I decided to take on a new physical challenge. My original plan was to take up pilates at a local studio or take a spinning class. One day I was combing through my township recreation brochure and ...

By Melissa Cassera - Added to favorites on April 19, 2009

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10 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When We Started Our Business!

1.  Find a good attorney , ok I think someone did tell me this but I didn't listen they are expensive you know!  But not having a good attorney from the onset can also set you back thousands of dollars when it comes to protecting your pr...

By Julie DeFruscio - Added to favorites on April 17, 2009

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I believe this video will change you

This video is not directly associated with business although I will make the connection. Since the day I let my hair go white, I noticed a not-at-all-subtle change in the way strangers treat me. Mostly, I'm ignored. Honestly. when Corey and I ent...

By Lynn Colwell - Added to favorites on April 17, 2009

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Mindset

It has been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. That was sort of what I was doing. All talk and no show. I would talk about success, write plans, research sites that h...

By Niccole Nelson - Added to favorites on February 25, 2009

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