Pauleanna Reid is a Motivational Speaker, Millennial Mentor, Celebrity/CEO Ghostwriter and critically acclaimed Author of her fictional novel, Everything I Couldn’t Tell My Mother (which is available worldwide at Indigo, Chapters, Barnes and Noble, as well as on Amazon).
Through a whirlwind of inspirational lectures, round table discussions and media appearances she positively influences, challenges and reconnects youth with their passion. Pauleanna uses incredible wit and candor to empower women & girls. Her passion for inspiring others has led her to be featured on MTV, Forbes, Global, the Queen Latifah Show and Rogers TV amongst many others.
What to Expect
- Turning passion into a paycheck
- Wanting more money is not greedy
- Pauleanna’s journey
- The Ripple Effect
- The Pinnacle Moment
- Speaking from personal experience
- Being a student of life
- Proper team management
- Acquiring a mentor
- Questions to ask from a mentor
- Mentors are not superheroes
- Networking techniques that work
Starting From the Bottom
Pauleanna’s career path has been a fruition of what she calls the “Ripple Effect.” It all started with her putting up her blogs and Youtube videos online talking about her personal experiences. She says speaking is about vulnerability and using that as credibility. When people trust you, and an emotional connection was built, that’s when they hire you to speak to their audiences.
Her next biggest journey was her book which she gave all away for free on the night of her book launch. Pauleanna believes that we get paid in three ways: blessings, opportunities, and money. Sometimes, it’s not always about the money. The blessings and opportunity outweigh so much more than the dollar amount. True enough, a month later, a lot of people who got hold of her book shared it online in response to Queen Latifa Show’s post on Twitter and Pauleanna’s book was featured.
Being a mentee for Pauleanna is a privilege as well as a responsibility. She has five mentors who also operate as her sponsors. Acquiring them was easy for her, but she believes that for anyone who wants to learn, you should provide value as well. There’s responsibility as mentees not just to sit around and expect people to give things to us. Mentorship comes in various forms, and it’s up to us and our mentors to carve what it looks like.
One of Pauleanna’s biggest learnings about mentorship happened when one of her mentors came to her for comfort. She then realized that it’s okay not to be okay sometimes. All mentors are not superheroes, they do bend, but they pick themselves back up.
Pauleanna claims that she’s a killer networker and her tactics are what separates her from the pack. She shared with us her two main strategies how she acquires clients
She does her research. Pauleanna always arrives at an event with a solid game plan. She identifies who the panelists are, the keynote speaker, what they look like, what their businesses are. She knows what her focus is. Pauleanna studies their backgrounds, so she knows what’s the best way to approach them and get their attention. We get nervous when we walk into uncertainty, but she has confidence because she knows who the movers and shakers are.
She nurtures relationships. Pauleanna shares that she landed two business deals through organic relationship. She believes that cultivating a relationship is very crucial because we cannot just offer to sell someone who we don’t even know. Pauleanna says that she’s doing the small touches to let her leads know she’s thinking about them. In turn, when the opportunity arises, she is the first person on their mind.
- “I just want to be the voice for individuals to tell their story.”
- “Wanting money is not greedy or selfish. It allows you to attain more opportunities so you can help others.”
- “In my prayers at night, I always ask God to bless me so I can bless others.”
- “I work hard to have the things that I have so I can share.”
- “Having the confidence to charge what you’re worth is important.”
- “Passion doesn’t pay the bills. You have to turn that passion into a paycheck.”
- “Honest speaking is about vulnerability, and using that as credibility.”
- “It’s not always about money. Sometimes blessings and opportunity outweigh more than the dollar amount.”
- “All of us have brilliant ideas, but not all of us launch them.”
- “I walked out of school, ripped off my exam paper and told myself I’d figure it out.”
- “There are a lot of motivational speakers, but there’s nothing like to speak from your own experiences and share your own story.”
- “I love people who are veterans in the game because I will forever be a student of life.”
- “Learning how to delegate and trust in people has been a great strategy for me.”
- “Asking and raising my hand has helped me get a mentor every single time.”
- “If you want to swim with the sharks, you have got to boss up!”
- “There’s responsibility as mentees not just to sit and expect people to give things to us. You have to be of value to your mentor.”
- “Mentorship comes in various forms, and it’s up to you and your mentor to carve what it looks like.”
- “You get nervous when you’re walking into uncertainty. I had confidence because I came ready.”
- “I always tell my mentees, before you date me you have got to seduce me.”
- “You cannot just offer to sell me something; you don’t even know me.”
- “I’m doing the small touches to let my leads know I’m thinking about them. In turn, when the opportunity arises, I’m the first person on their mind.”
All mentors are not superheroes, they do bend, but they pick themselves back up.
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