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July 24, 2017

African Americans Need to Attend Conferences WordCamp Philly, DC and More

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African Americans Need to Attend Conferences WordCamp Philly, DC and More
by William Jackson
Speaker at WordPress Jacksonville 2017 and WordCamp DC 2017
@wmjackson Twitter #MyQuestToTeach Google
As an educator, blogger and speaker I encourage not just my
students to attend conferences, but those that are entrepreneurs,
small business owners and even community activists seeking to
gain and share information.
No matter the level of participation, encouraging involvement
to attend and speak on the areas passionate about.
To share knowledge, wisdom, skills, that learning is a life-long
adventure and African Americans need to recognize this and be
involved.
To be involved in their communities to help them to grow
requires gaining, sharing information, resources and building
Learning Communities and Learning Networks within the c
community that fosters Learning Families. This shows gener-
ations that each of us has a responsibility to our future to
build knowledge leaders for the future.

If African Americans become complacent allowing themselves
to be lead the wrong way by misinformation we will loose the
very rights, privileges and very humanity we fought so hard
for. Those that have influence are those that embrace learning
and understand the value of networking and collaboration to
build communities that are diverse and connected.
Companies and industries are not just built by one person it
takes a collection of visionaries, dreamers, strategist, developers,
thought leaders, smart creatives and innovators. The opportunity
to exchange ideas, to collaborate with like-minded individuals
of color and culture and building Professional Learning Comm-
unities that build on professional relationships is immeasurable
in its power to make and sustain change.

The presentation “How To Be Dope on Social Media” is not a
cultural relevance, but how to connect with the diversity
of community residents related to the integration of Social
Media to share information not just the stupidity that youth,
teens and young adults are doing online.
How to learn the languages, the nuances and be able to effec-
tively carry on conversations that are beneficial to building
relationships and accept diversity.

The presentation “How To Use Your Blog to be a Community
Activist” too many African Americans do not think or plan
for the future, they live for the moment, do not participate
in opportunities to build generational knowledge to tran-
sition into generational value for learning and success.
Attending conferences opens the mind to new ways of
thinking and exposure to opportunities of change and
growth. African American are a growing entrepreneurial
force across the nation birthed from necessity and need.

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The availability of conferences, workshops, seminars and
other learning/networking chances should be attended
and followed up from exchanging business cards, followed
by emails and phone calls brings about beneficial business,
educational and entrepreneurial connections.
African Americans should be building their marketing
plans, growth plans, and developing Branding strategies
to take them into the future.
Parents are many times the ones that start their entre-
preneur journey and followed by their children, genera-
tional wealth is obtained because of what parents pass
down to their children and then to their grandchildren.

Conferences and similar meetings allow for plans to be
developed that can be put into place that are relevant to
what the person wants to accomplish. Gaining knowledge is
empowering, but the application is more important because
it creates the opportunity to open Marketing and Branding
plans that will allow them to be implemented to build wealth.
This summer opens doors to embrace the business knowledge
and take that leap, to cast away fear and self-doubt.
Many times the only thing holding a person back is their
lack of self-confidence, self-motivation and the fear of failure.
Being a veteran of conferences does not just empower me it
allows me to share knowlede with my students, even if they
are elementary school age or in higher education at Edward
Waters College.

We have to share our knowledge, wisdom and learning so
each generation can grow to be better for the next one.
African Americans must be sure to think out of the box,
to be thought leaders, smart creatives, digital innovators
even on digital paper for the world to read. To look at
nontraditional careers and seek to grow beyond
self-perceived limitations and fears.

My greatest thrill as an educator is to take students with
me to introduce them to new ways to see the world with
technology, to network with industry leaders, web
developers, graphic designers, venture capitalists,
problem solvers, CEO’s, CFO’s, chairman and
chairwomen of boards, corporations and even Mayors.

“What we plant in our students and in our children
will grow to take them beyond anywhere we
individually can imagine.”
Professor William Jackson 2017

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December 26, 2016

The Black Expo of Networking, Knowledge and Empowerment

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The Black Expo of Networking, Knowledge and Empowerment

This blog is independently written by #MyQuestToTeach
The information is strictly the opinion of its writer.
William Jackson, M.Ed. CVO My Quest To Teach
@wmjackson Twitter

Contributions are provided by left to right:
Elisha Taylor student at Duval County Public Schools
and speaker with TEDxFSCJ Salon
Young lady name not provided 
Deyona Burton student in Duval County Public Schools
Community Activist
Taylor Richardson student at The Bolles School
Literacy Advocate and Aspiring Astronaut
Jon Gregory
Edward Waters College Student
Graduate of Bolles High School
Speaker at TEDxFSCJ and EdCamp NABSE

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Networking and sharing knowledge and wisdom
Ryan of Ngoma Thunder Drum Troop

The Black Expo provides a wonderful opportunity
for businesses, entrepreneurs, performers and even
youth, teens and  young adults to show the community
what they are about. How they can better engage and
participate in making the community better for
everyone in the areas of business, commerce,
investments and building needed collaborations.

Networking is a learned experience that youth,
teens and young  adults need to understand now
at a young age to prepare them for future business,
civic and community collaborations  and projects.
Many have a business dream, but do not have access
to the resources that allow the dream to come into
fruition. The mental spark is there, but the kindling
needs to be provided to build the fire of production
so it starts to burn hot and bright. Leading to a
viable and strong business that
contributes to the community.

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Financial management  advice……

Each year the Black Expo embraces, recognizes
and awards business owners, visionaries,
entrepreneurs, innovators, and smart creatives.
Their passions that drive them are inspiring
and lead to continued opportunities to hire
and mentor others with the same interests.
Even in business it takes a village because
the village will buy, barter, and have access
to the services the business provides. Building
that business because the relationship
is based on trust, respect and the accountability
of providing a service and need for the
community.

Many that attend the Black Expo, from our
observations are looking for that spark of  inspiration,
that opportunity to gain the knowledge that will
allow them to follow their dreams and to help their
business. Potentially hiring new people, providing
educational training and financing investments to
the community.
Small business is the glue that bonds communities
and allows for re-investments.
Technology has allowed many to connect with each
other and build a network of clients and partnerships.
The statements that many are starting to embrace is,
“don’t look at your business competitor as competition,
but an opportunity for collaboration.”

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Hello Tee – http://www.shophellotee.com

In order for businesses to be recognized, Social Media
is not the end all and be all, it contributes, but nothing
beats meeting and greeting people with a handshake
and a smile. Sharing information
and “word of mouth” alliances.

As an Educational Technology and Social Media instructor
at Edward Waters College, it is a requirement for my
students to blog about their interests, passions, abilities
and skills. Building their Brand and understanding how
important a digital presence is, but more important
building relationships in the community.
Volunteering, mentoring and helping outside of the
business brings exposure and respect to the business.
As I talk to youth, teens and young adults at local and
national conferences it is valuable because the information
they gain is relevant and can be applied to their goals.
Youth, teens and young adults that have a business
mind set must be taught things that are relevant to them
for the now and how it influences their future.

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Moxie Girl and Gabby

The Black Expo is a part of the building process to
put people together, a platform where handshakes
are exchanged, business cards are flowing and
smiles are shared. Before many do business they
establish a relationship based on trust and
mutual respect.
The business package starts with building of
relationships, having a solid Brand and knowing
your Niche. Developing a Marketing  strategy that
is a living document with multifaceted avenues to
provide streams of revenue not just from one source,
but dynamically creating a continuous path to
making money, and just as importantly
re-energizing the community with investments
in people.

The desire to gain business power should never
be the priority over humanity. It is the people that
are the ones that will help build a business or allow
that business to wither away. The youth, teens and
young adults attending should be embraced, mentored
and provided role models so they can achieve their
dreams as future business owners.

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Youth, teens and young adults are contributing
to business success models.

Too many times there are gaps in education, political
influence, economic stability, diversity in commerce
and generational wealth is lacking. Venues like the
Black Expo are proved as viable, solid and productive
Black businesses that are influencing the community
in positive ways and showing each generation of
youth that they do have alternatives to potentially
dangerous and illegal activities. There is life in
following positive people doing positive things
through education, hard work, networking,
technology and investments.

Support Black Businesses because these Black
businesses support the communities they are
established in, by providing needed tax revenue,
mentors, role models and job opportunities.

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Pro. Wm Jackson, Blogger and Author Harold Harvey
author of “Justice in the Round”
Essay on the American Jury System

Resources:
15th Annual Florida Black Expo
https://www.facebook.com/BlackExpoSouth/

Accounting and Financial Womens Alliance
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/afwa-winter-tini-social-tickets-30220477261?aff=erelexpmlt

30th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/30th-annual-martin-luther-king-jr-breakfast-presented-by-florida-blue-tickets-29893201370?aff=erellivmlt

Women In Insurance and Financial Services
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/northeast-florida-wifs-january-luncheon-registration-29789105015?aff=erelexpmlt

Sun Entertainment
http://suncityentertainment.com/florida-black-expo.php

Black Expo South
http://blackexposouth.com/

Florida Black Expo
http://blackexposouth.com/florida-black-expo/

My Quest to Teach
https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/

Business Training and Collaboration
http://www.e3businessgroup.us/

1st Annual Community Film Festival
Daytona Beach, Florida
FreshBookFestivals@gmail.com
(386) 627-4353

December 21, 2016

African Students’ Build Your Brand Reputation and Protect It

 

African Students’ Build Your
Brand Reputation and Protect It

 

 

 

William Jackson, M.Ed., Josh Rodriguez and Jon Gregory
@wmjackson #MyQuestToTeach

“Education is the most powerful weapon which
you can use to change the world.” William Butler Yeats

African Student’s Build Your Brand Reputation and Protect It
The more African students use technology the more they create
a digital footprint that will build in global significance.
African students are being judged, evaluated, and scrutinized
by their digital content as they mature into digital citizens
advancing in higher education and deciding on career fields
that are technology based and not the traditional careers that
society or foreign companies try to condition them to take.

Social Media content can influence the future opportunities
for African students, the mistakes of a past wrong action or
choice can come back to haunt a person especially if someone
is out to hurt reputations. The ability to extend your
credibility because of technology can happen by influencing
E-reputations and E-personalities.
African students across their nation and even their continent
need to be involved in, associated with and actively participate
in positive educational, social and leadership building experiences.

Social Media is a platform that can build a student’s Brand
or potentially destroy it before it can ever get started.
It is important that African students understand the
importance of what their developing Brand and what digital
reputations are capable of achieving. Branding and reputations
are collaborations, students can market themselves by developing
a trusted and respected personal or entrepreneurial Brand.
A Brand is a promise to whatever aspirations to be and must
be protected and guarded by strategically planning.

Understanding the abilities, recognizing talents,
building skills and planning strategies that involve growth
and staying away from stupid stuff. “It takes years to build
a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about
that, you’ll do things differently.” Warren Buffett

It is important that a students’ E-reputation
(electronic reputation) and E-personalities
(electronic personality) be protected at all costs because the
infusion, integration and engagement of technology allows for
being seen on a global platform of global connectivity.
Branding is not the style in clothes, current footwear fads,
artistic hairstyles, video gaming high scores or even the latest
language slang; it is being academically prepared,
professionally aware in a highly competitive and diverse
world on a foundation level based on education, personal
growth and improvement.

As a higher education instructor I encourage my students to
connect with others in their major study to share information
about best practices, experiences, resources, and even to
collaborate on projects. Learning takes place outside of the
classroom just as effective if not more than in the classroom.
“A good  reputation  is  more valuable than money.” Publilius Syrus

African students just as students around the world need to
understand that their lives are under scrutiny, people are
watching their personal decisions that are projected on
digital canvases that the world is watching. Whom they are
associated with; “guilt by association” and alliances.

It is important to strategically place themselves where they
can network to increase their visibility to others who have
similar interests and goals and build that Brand.
The hope is to help students of all levels and their parents
understand that associations do matter. Branding can earn
scholarships, internships and increase employment options.
In today’s society parental guidance is needed, but if
parents are not knowledgeable about technology the whole
family must learn together.

E-reputation, E-personality, Social Branding, and the
perceptions that people have play a strong part in the
Branding of students and influences their future.
African students should ask themselves how do they
perceive themselves and how do others perceive them,
do these match and what are the differences and
similarities.

This encourages areas to be addressed that need
strengthening, modification, and weaknesses.
“Everywhere I go, I’m second to arrive. My reputation
precedes me.” Jarod Kintz

In this world of constant technological change,
competitiveness, cultural diversity and lifestyle decisions
students globally must leverage their greatest asset
THEMSELVES in their Brands.
The contributions in the blog are from Jon and Josh
students attending Edward Waters College millennials
that are attending conferences, WordCamp, EdCamp,
WordPress and TEDxFSCJ. They are defining their culture
and developing their Brands.

Resources:
Guy Kawasaki | If I Knew Then What I Know Now | SXSWedu
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eF3ETXzVm-g
MC Hammer | Using Social Media to Develop Your Brand
https://youtu.be/QZn-yn6V_As
Systems of adversity: for the love of teaching | Rusul Alrubail |
TEDxKitchenerED https://youtu.be/CzHP-PIFBH0
The Danger of a Single Story | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
https://youtu.be/D9Ihs241zeg
Survival of the Fittest Through Intelligence
https://knowledgeablelearners.wordpress.com/2016/12/18/survival-of-the-fittest/
EdCampUSA in Philadelphia
http://s1211.photobucket.com/user/williamdjackson/TEDxFSCJ%202016%20Salon/story

 

 

 

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