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3 tips to use fear wisely for your success

Posted by on Jul 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Face it, fear can cause you to stop in your tracks and never progress or take you forever to get where you want to go. We all know this feeling. You can read any number of scholarly writings on fear and the data around how it affects your daily living on Google scholar.

In the real world  I have seen fear managed in three ways successfully.

Use FEAR wisely to

# 1. Keep you alert to new ideas.

#2. Keep you abreast of industry trends and where you can position yourself for success.

#3. Keep you training in your craft and establishing yourself as an expert in your field.

If you’re the type that has new ideas pop in your head every second. Devise a way to keep track of those ideas and schedule a time to review them and decide if any are worth moving forward on.

Keeping abreast of what’s going on in your industry might look like scheduling some time each week to research and read an article on your industry. Literally just one a week could help position you as a superstar because that translates to 52 articles a year and a tremendous amount of knowledge. This can only help you to help yourself and others on their professional journey.

Staying abreast of the training that experts in your field are exposing themselves to decreases fear. Do you need to sharpen the saw in some areas as it relates to your professional life?  Maybe presentation skills, persuasive writing or selling skills might be training that could help you develop professionally and ultimately help you make more money. Sweet, who doesn’t want that?

When you notice fear, feel it and do the very thing that scares you because “Everything you want is on the other side of fear” George Addair.

Cheers to living One Jazzy Life




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Get Busy speaking to yourself about what you desire.

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Conversation Starter of the Week 

You may be ready to take the risk of seeking a promotion at work, declaring you want a new client every week or admitting that you want to loose 50 pounds. Each of these presents its own scary scenairo.

So you want to get promoted, well so does everyone else on your job. You begin to wonder, why am I special, what will make the manager choose me over Joe in the next cubicle?

Affirmation # 1 

I a good at what I do and I have proof that I am making a difference.

This affirmation helped me while writing the book because it made me focus on the fact that I was good at coaching and the women and girls that I worked with gave me feedback to support this.  By extension the book was a way for me to teach more people how to use speaking skills to position themselves for success. This affirmation made it easy for me to keep going when I got scared and thought no one cares or wants this information.

You can borrow this affirmation from me if you want to get promoted along with this piece of advice. Begin keeping track of the good you do. Every time someone says you did a good job or you improved a process or had a big win for the company put these letters into a special place and look at them often. These letter will help you build the confidence you need to take that next step professionally.

So you want to get one new client a week in your business. That is 52 new clients in a year, wow. That is awesome have you ever done the math on how much money that each client you have is worth and how much money this would bring into your business.

Affirmation # 2

Nothing is to good to be true. Nothing is too wonderful to happen.  Nothing is too good to last.

This affirmation gets you into, yes, this can happen and the goodness you are feeling does not have to end. Now that does not mean you won’t be scared however, when I thought my teaching reaching more girls and one girl actually implementing some of what was in the book in her unique way. The fear diminished and I was able to continue writing.

You can borrow this affirmation for your business if you like along with one piece of advice. Begin taking action that would increase the sales of your products and services today.

 So you want to loose 50 pounds, who doesn’t want to get rid of a few extra pounds. This does not mean you are not sexy nor  does not mean you don’t like what you see when you look in the mirror. What it may mean is that cardiovascular disease is right around the corner and you don’t want that.

Affirmation # 3

I see clearly the open road towards good health. There are no obstacles on my pathway just fulfillment of my hearts desire.

This affirmation helped me to see a clear path towards being an author. On those days when I was too tired to write after work or did not  allocate my time properly for the day, I would say this affirmation and calm myself. The writing plan I had for myself was moving forward like a train going across country that needed to stop for gas from time to time, take in the sights and occasionally stop because of engine trouble. This affirmation got me right back on track.

You can borrow tis affirmation if you want to take a few pounds off along with one piece of advice. Be compassionate with yourself while setting goals that you can measure. This may look like exercising 60 minutes a day and eating fewer calories. That means you have to calculate your calories and eat less of them. All of this you can measure and with increased exercise and decreased calorie intake you can get rid of pounds and keep it off. You can see the results by weighing yourself at a specific interval that could be weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.

Well I hope you have fun with these affirmations. If you have a few of your own that you have used to get things done in your life and reduce that scary feeling when you are doing something you have never done before, share it in the comments section.

Cheers, Janice Saunders

Your Speaking Skills Mentor






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3 Smart ways to add giving to your day.

Posted by on Jul 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Three smart ways to add giving to your day


Conversation with Yourself


Giving of yourself is the fastest way to put a smile on your face and the recipient.  When you put good “stuff” out into the world you’re going to get some good back when you least expect it.


This week my path crossed a woman who had a beautiful smile, it was so nice that I struck up a conversation with her. We had a wonderful exchange about the events of the day and I realized through the course of our conversation that she was a bit down. Her smile gave me the courage to strike up the conversation and talk to her and we ended up talking about the possibilities which the future holds for each of us. We don’t know what they are but we have to be where we are and take action everyday to get where we want to go. Her smile gave me the courage to give her the gift of encouragement in our conversation.


Tip #1

Wear a smile.

It opens the door to conversation and every opportunity begins with a conversation.

Tip # 2

Give yourself some time to write what you are thankful for daily.

Beginning or ending the day with what you are thankful for by way of journaling sets the tone of joy in your life because there is always so much to be thankful for. Noticing in your writing what you are thankful for can help direct your giving of time and resources to create more of that feeling in your personal and professional life.

 Tip #3

Give the gift of listening to others.

So often you are tuned into yourself at such a high frequency that you hear the person talking to you but you do not hear the message they are sharing. Real listening is a tool of communication that is underutilized and by most people but if you can begin to practice this skill you will hear about opportunities where others just heard the words. You may miss a chance to give some valuable information to that person that could change their life or business.


Lastly, I would stay away from giving off a hopeless attitude. While having dinner with a friend the other evening she said you know what Jan, I am just not dealing with negative people any more. Giving to others and to yourself can be a great way to pick yourself up if you’re in a slump. In the process who knows you may connect with like minded people and create something wonderful.

There is a little  in giving.

Let me know what your experience has been with giving.

Janice Saunders, Your Speaking Skills Mentor

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Three “Must Do’s” so in twenty years, you are where you desire

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Thank you for taking an interest in getting where you want to go in twenty years. No long story these are the three keys.

1. Create good health habits

2. Create an environment that supports your goals

3. Say yes to opportunities

Now the back story to each of these and how you can begin to think about if  where you are today is supporting your twenty year plan or moving you away from your desired result.

Write down your twenty year vision and share it with a friend. This increases your chances for success.

Write down your twenty year vision and share it with a friend. This increases your chances for success.

Create good health habits

Beginning and ending with health is important. You may be at an age currently where you are not thinking about the long term ramifications of being even slightly overweight. You may think it is not a problem but as sure as the sun will rise, it will become a serious one and take away from you being able to enjoy the fruits of your twenty year plan. For example, suppose your career is rocking and you are the go to person for opportunities and you are moving up the ranks according to your plan. Then you become hypertensive with out knowing because you’re not managing your stress well, you’re making poor food choices and although you know exercise is important you make excuses for why you don’t do it. Then BAM you have a stroke. 49 % of African American women 20 years of age or older have some form of heart disease. The end result of this is you not being able to enjoy your twenty year plan because no one plans to be sick. So do what you can do to create good health habits and if you need a coach, reach out to me and lets talk about how speaking to your self about the importance of good health is a conversation worth taking action on.


Create an environment that supports your goals

Environment may mean a lot of things but let me put it to you this way. Who you are with matters. Who you talk to and who talks to you matters! If your significant other is telling you that you can not achieve your goals ever because you’re not good enough and you’re not smart enough or just plain old you don’t have what it takes.   Believe you me, it is time to hear what that person has really said to you and examine if that persons points have merit. Then put them on notice that they can’t talk to you that way and if it continues you will be moving on. You can apply this same rule to your professional life as well. If you are working with people who are rude, unprofessional, and don’t allow you to share your ideas IT IS TIME TO MOVE ON, but not without another job in the pocket. If you need help creating these conversations and seeing how a change in your environment can improve your confidence and help you increase your income and happiness reach out to me because improving your speaking skills can get you the outcomes you desire.


Say Yes to opportunities

Time and time again I have seen women get scared and say no to the opportunity of a life time. The big reason for saying no to opportunies is rooted in “good reasoning”. When talking to clients these “reasons” sound more like excuses not to take a chance on yourself for advancement. For example, I met a woman who was was a paralegal who said she wanted to be a lawyer. Now, she had children and responsibilities and I presented her with a resource I learned of from a friend on becoming a lawyer without going to law school, yes believe it or not it exist. First of all it was an amazing coincidence that I even had that information and I met her and she needed the information. I shared the resource with her. Two months later, I was back in the office and inquired with her did she investigate this program and she said no and I asked how come. She had a million reasons that all boiled down to fear. The person who is ready to take a leap investigates then decides yes or no. The people who are fearful make excuses on why they can’t do something without examining the pros and cons. You can use the skills of investigation and be armed with the information necessary to say yes to opportunities. Yes, you may have some fear and you may not know fully how it will work and the confidence you have in your ability to get whatever it is working to your advantage will win in the end. The most important conversation you have everyday is the one you have with yourself about what you will say “yes” to and what you will say “no” to . Check in with me if you need to work on how to align your daily activities around where you see yourself in twenty years.

Twenty years will be here before you know it. Begin today with the end in mind and your next steps will be obvious and the confidence to take them can be built one day at a time.

Leave a comment below on what you are doing this summer to make your twenty year dreams a reality.


Cheers to living One Jazzy Life

Janice Saunders, MBA
Certified Professional Life Coach New York University

Your Speaking Skills Mentor
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Show Up Strong

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Because your health is important to building confidence in how you look and feel so you can do the work you love most

Hello my fellow sister in the health struggle are you having a great day today or are you green and red healthy foodsecretly worried about your health?

Have you ever sat back and thought about your health goals? Seriously, I mean with all the information on health that is available, what are your goals? You may have the goal of loosing or gaining a few pounds. You may have the goal of lowering your blood pressure or cholesterol or increasing your iron levels. Everyone has different goals, today is all about your goals. In the book “The One Thing, the surprisingly simple truth behind extraordinary Results” by Gary Keller with Jay Papasan they discuss the concept of the One Thing. Ask yourself this question in every aspect of your life.

I began asking myself this question in my twenties because I did not want to have heart disease, diabetes or high cholesterol. In my twenties I sold medicine for all these disease and the people who had these problems were sick. They did not seem to be able to live freely. They were tied to medications that messed up your teeth and made your hair fall out on the serious side. This was not for me so I began to see groups to help me to change the way I ate and lived.

Now that it has been over twenty years of eating less meat, drinking less alcohol and excising regularly , I feel great. What I am here to encourage you to do is BEGIN TODAY to ONE THING to make your big health goals a reality. My health goals are to keep my blood pressure, sugar, cholesterol and stress levels low.

The One Thing I choose to do everyday is walk.

What is the One Thing you can do for your (physical health)such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?

Tip # 1
Walking adds years to your life.

Tip # 2
Cut down on fried food.
For instance, participants who ate fried foods 4-6 times per week had a 39% increased risk of type 2 diabetes, and those who ate fried foods 7 or more times per week had a 55% increased risk, compared with those who ate fried foods less than once per week

Tip # 3
Drink more water, it helps your digestive process move things along.

Tip # 4
Become a part time vegetarian because eating less meat equals a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease and much more

Tip # 5
If you don’t exercise, start! It is one of the things you control that can extend your life.

Get the look you want and feel great on the journey this builds your confidence and makes communicating and connecting with others easier.
Begin SPEAKING with yourself about good health and sticking with it today and if you want help building YOUR confidence that the life you dream of is possible beginning with good health, hit this link and schedule a complementary One Jazzy Life Discovery Session.

Janice Saunders, MBA
Certified Professional Life Coach New York University
Your Speaking Skills Mentor
the most important conversation is the conversation you have with yourself

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Your “Phrase that Pays”

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Why create a phrase that pays?

We all need something short and sweet to keep us on track and focused on achieving our big goals this year. It is almost like a cool little affirmation but this one is about putting money in your pocket. Many of you have that negative tape of “shoulds” playing in your head and have no way of cutting it off. I should be making more money, I should be at a higher level in my career, I hate her because she has everything I want, damn all these connected people, I could go on an on. JUST STOP IT.

Bonus strategy tip

Saying your Phrase that Pays to yourself at that moment (when you get caught in shoulds) can help you stay on track.
If your phrase is more than a few words you will not remember it, so keep it short.

Keep it authentic to who you are, let it teach you about yourself, limit it to a short sentence so the message is not mixed up, and write it everywhere so you see it all day everyday.

Set an alarm in your phone to ring several times a day to remind you to repeat your Phrase that Pays to yourself so you remain focused or get refocused on thoughts and activities that will put money in your pocket not rob you of wasted time.

My phrase for this year is “You build confidence because without that making more money is impossible”.  Asking yourself each day if what you are doing is in line with your Phrase that Pays cans be a nice way to stay in alignment.

What is yours?

Tips to create your “Phrase that Pays”

1. Write down the first things that come to your mind
2. Then start thinking about those words and how you could put them together

3. Then start thinking about how your life would be if you lived that some of those groupings
4. If it scares you “good”
5. Choose the one that feels right and enjoy the second half of 2015

Let me know yours,

Janice, Your Speaking Skills Mentor

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If you’re too busy….Get back on track!

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

3 tips to get back on track 

Conversation with Yourself  

You may say to yourself, that it is going to be hard to create a new outcome and make more money. If this the first statement that goes through your mind, don’t claim it.  You can try to put a few things in place before you get started. When I was stuck in the elevator last year I could not be busy. I had a lot of things to do but could not do anything because sometimes life, the universe, circumstance tells us to wait.

You can build your confidence by taking action to create this new outcome. Action towards a specific outcome will make you feel good on the inside and people will see it and put some extra green in your bank account.


Here is what you need to do to get started. Get quiet and …


  1.  Define the new outcome YOU desire


Be very specific with this new outcome, give it some teeth. Make it something you can measure, this way you know when you have arrived at the destination. You may be thinking “oh no” I have to decide something, yes you do!  If you don’t, you may not know when you have reached a milestone on your way to this new outcome. Then you don’t know when to reward yourself for a job well done.


  1. Define what YOU care to leave behind


You may be thinking, I can not let go of all that I want to right now, and that may be true but take a hard look at what you can let go of and systemically begin the process. Releasing dead weight also makes you feel good. This could be in the form of thoughts or things.


  1. Check your behavior for what YOU need to start, stop and continue to support this outcome.


What are some new behaviors you can add that can help you reach your defined outcome. Are there some activities during the day you can stop because they are taking you away from your outcome? These can be things you are doing or even thinking. Sometimes our mind gets in a negative loop. The kind that makes you feel terrible like you can’t do this, you may want to develop a strategy to address this and stop it as soon as it starts.  What can you continue to do in your everyday activities that can build your confidence as you move towards this new outcome. My philosophy is that all of you are doing a tremendous amount of positive stuff that is life affirming, these are the activities you want to continue.


Using these three tips will help you build confidence on your journey towards the outcomes you desire.  Let me know what you try, so I can support you.

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The two part Natural Nice No

Posted by on May 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Use your Voice to Say NO Nicely

Conversation with Yourself


There are many of you who say yes because you want people to continue to come to you for your expertise and like you. This does get out of control when you fear saying NO will change your relationship. When done properly it won’t.

This conversation begins with you setting your clear priorities. There are non-negotialbles in your life that can not be touched and then there is everything else. Now there will be times when life will make you bend but those and those times are few and far between when you use the natural nice no.

Using your inner voice to get in touch with what those ” untouchables” can be useful to guide when you say no and what you say no to.

For example, I know for me to operate in tiptop shape for the week, I have to know what I am eating for breakfast and dinner everyday and have the food in the fridge on Sunday. This is just who I am so, the time I spend meal planning and food shopping  is untouchable.

What is untouchable for you?

When people want to interfere with my food shopping time I thank them for asking for my help, which validates them and then let them know I am not available and offer to help them at a time when I am able if I want to.

Now at work this gets sticky because you don’t want to alienate colleagues but it still the same sequence. You thank the coworker for valuing your expertise and then you let them know when you will be able to help and then the key is to follow up with them at that time. 

Now if this the helping assignment of a lifetime that you have been waiting for then you stop what you are doing and listen in. However, 90% of the time it is going to be something that can wait and by using your voice to value your time and let everyone know you appreciate them asking for your expertise keeps you ok with colleagues.

In the Six week Speaking Skills Summer Intensive I teach you to create language that is personalized to your style, so the No is nice and natural, plus how to network with style and give presentations that make an impact.  Let me know how you say no and remain on the nice list and not the naughty list.

Cheers to living One Jazzy Life

Janice Saunders, MBA

Certified Professional Life Coach New York University

Your Speaking Skills Mentor

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Five Tip Tuesday

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Show Up Strong
because your health is important to building confidence in how you look and feel so you can do the work you love most


This past Sunday in the New York Times a doctor wrote an article and stated that African Americans fair the absolute worst in every health outcome that is measured. It was true twenty years ago and it is has not changed today.  It is really hard to say no to make changes and stick with them. A healthy life is worth every ounce of work you put into it. You owe it to yourself, your children and the area you were born to impact in a big way.  B

Why is being healthy important to you?

For me being healthy means being able to keep up with my growing son, my professional life and personal relationships. This is important to me because when I can participate in everything without being tired and impatient it makes me feel successful.

Tip # 1

Establish a clear health outcome you want to change. This could be your blood pressure, your weight or your sleep habits. This is something you can measure and track.

Tip # 2

Define how you are going to move the needle towards your health outcome. This could be walking five blocks a day or limit ice cream intake to twice a week. Again this is something you can track.

Tip # 3

Speak to those you love about what you are doing and how important it is to you.

Tip # 4

Let your love ones know how they can help be successful. This you can define before you have this conversation so they know what to do to support you.

Tip # 5

Celebrate your success often.

Get the look you want and feel great on the journey this builds your confidence and makes communicating and connecting with others easier. You can create it, yes you can. Other women have done it and you are no different. Believe me, when you are comfortable with how you look and feel, it shows and makes everything you do a lot easier.

NY times article

You may have read books and you may have changed your diet and then stopped because your spirit has been broken by not seeing your health outcomes as fast as you would like. If you need a partner to remind you of how important your health is to living the life you love reach out to me for  help.

Begin the conversation with yourself about good health and sticking with it today and if you want help building your confidence that the life you dream of is possible, hit this link and schedule a complementary One Jazzy Life Discovery Session.

Janice Saunders, MBA
Certified Professional Life Coach New York University
Your Speaking Skills Mentor
the most important conversation is the conversation you have with yourself

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3 Tips to Positively Link My Money and Mindset

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Boy is money a tough subject that is” charged” in so many ways. Think about the assumptions you make about how your life would be different with more money and even dare I say less money. These assumptions help you to craft the conversation you have with yourself when setting a personal financial vision.

Its raining money

Just say for example, and you know this has never happened to me, : ) that you are window-shopping on a warm summer day and you run across a super fly dress and shoes that you just “have to have”. You think to yourself “dammit I work hard every day and I am taking care of stuff, why shouldn’t I treat myself.”


I am not saying you should not go for the glad rags but I am saying be in touch with your financial vision and make choices that support your long and short-term vision.


3 Tips to begin to positively link your mindset and money


1# Begin by creating a financial vision.

I don’t care if you did it twenty years ago or you have never done this. Sit still one day soon and think about how you want to live and write each aspect down. Don’t play yourself by saying, “I am not going to write that, who am I to think I could live that large?”


2# Meet with a professional

Meet with a professional and begin with your vision and work backwards to what needs to be done. Don’t get sold on how they think you should be living, let them work with you on a plan that you feel comfortable with. If your plan needs tweaking be open.


3#Mind your words

Be mindful of how you phrase all of your conversations about money from the point of the choices you are making and not from the “I am broke or poor” perspective. Remember the words you use matter.


There are enough jobs and money for everyone to have what they desire, however, it does require some commitment to a rigorous plan and taking some leaps of faith.

Let me know how you are doing and if you need help setting a course email me at

Janice, Your Speaking Skills Mentor

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