Tuesday, May 27, 2014

What I’m Reading

Yes; I know this is my business blog; however if it was not for God and all that he has seen me through; there would be no business. 
So take a look at what I've been reading to keep me going!

I’m been out of the reading circuit for a while. But when I got back in I went full tilt. The book that I am currently reading is by Beth Moore it is titled: Jesus: 90 Days With The One And Only. The book is apart of the personal reflections series that she did a few years back and to be honest I have had the book for about three years.

But will all that is going in my life personally and professionally I knew it was time to get my spiritual being grounded and centered. 

I want to be ready for all the success that is coming my way, so I’m preparing and enjoy the process while I do!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Favorite Social Media Platform

My Favorite social media platform without a doubt has to be FACEBOOK!!

Facebook has allowed me to reach more potential clients and convert them to paying clients versus any other platform to date. 
It’s like a secondary portfolio for Ellegant Affairs by Juanita and my clients, friends and family love the updates and to see what I’m doing.

But these social medial platforms below have been very key to my business success as well.
Twitter: EllegantAffairs
Instagram: EllegantAffairs

So follow us to stay in the know!!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Toot Toot!

When you most people start to discuss themselves and their accomplishments people tend to think that they are egoistical and self-centered. Well I beg to differ; if you don’t toot your horn and promote your talents how else are your current and prospective clients going to know what you can offer them in solving an issue that they have.

There are many things that I love about myself personally and professionally. But today I am going to talk about the one trait that is truly prevalent in both arenas and that is: My innate attention to detail.

Yes I take attention to detail to levels and heights unknown. In my world there are just things that my family, friends and even clients never have to worry about. When I say I have it, I have it. No (t) will go uncrossed and no (i) will be left undotted. My overall mission is to allow you to do what you do whether that is run your company, encourage your department, or enjoy your event; the minute details are my job not yours.

So the next time you need the details managed call me; and let me worry about the small details so you can focus on the BIG PICTURE.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Give Me What I Asked For & How I Asked For It!

Being an event planner, designer & manager for the past twenty years you come to realize all the small details that come together to make an event a successful one. Over the years technology has made a lot of our day to day easier; but it has also made it harder. 

How you say? People have become lazy and complacent and no longer pay attention to the minute details that are needed to make the process smoother.

Which leads into my main pet peeve within my industry: Suppliers not paying attention to what is sent to them.

Scenario: I have just landed a new client; I am now sourcing for a venue and other items for their event. I create a detailed RFP (Request for Proposal) with every possible thing the client may need and finally how to contact me. I’m specific with my contact instructions; “after your review of the proposal should you have any questions or would like to set a time to speak please email me at (email address)”. That should be it right; wrong! Within hours of hitting the submit button I am receiving phone calls left and right saying they received my proposal and would like to speak with me regarding my needs. After speaking with a salesperson I realize that they have never read the event specifications that I have sent them.

Most suppliers don’t realize that I just mark you off my list and keep it moving; because if you can’t be bothered to follow details prior to an event; I am not convinced that you will follow them during my client’s event and that is not a chance I’m willing to take.

 I sent a request to your company because my client was interested in utilizing your services; so help me help you, please, please, please give me what I asked for and how I asked for it!!!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Top 5 Essentials for Long Flights

For my road warriors; this one is for you! 

As an event planner I am constantly traveling across the United States and the globe as a matter of thought and for those long flights (LA, Hawaii, Canada, Madrid) there are just some things that you will need to have in your arsenal to make your flight comfortable and enjoyable.

Surviving long hours of travel requires a few aides.  Like the ones listed below.  (Alcohol & Valium not listed – nor recommended, if you can avoid them!)

  1. Noise-canceling headphones drown out crying babies & loud passengers.  These also can be charged via USB, have tangle-resistant cords, and come with their own carrying case.
  2. A luxurious travel blanket that gives your economy seat a touch of first class.  Tip – do not use the airline-provided blankets unless it comes packaged in plastic. They are the germ magnets and will put a dent in your trip very quickly.
  3. Kindle - perfect when the movie selections are less than stellar. 
  4. A portable charger; my personal preference is the Energizer® XP4000; It was my lifesaver in Madrid. To be honest, it should be a permanent fixture in every work bag and purse.
  5. Snacks; airplane food is well blah, bringing snacks are essential especially if your have food allergies or need to eat a specified times.  Tip – Eat a hearty meal either before you get to the airport or after; and purchase a bottle of water after you clear the security check point.  No caffeine or alcohol while traveling.  In-flight hangovers are drastically worse than those on the ground.
So what item must YOU take with you on a long flight? Share below.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

What Motivates & Inspires You?

As an entrepreneur there are many things that motivate and keep me going in regards to my business, my social connections and my personal life.

No matter who you are you are motivated by something; if you are a business owner you were motivated by a speech a colleague or mentor gave in regards to growing your business or you were given a thought on the next conference you would like to plan for your stakeholders or existing clients.

On a personal level you were given motivation and inspiration to plan a dinner party or a special outing; or to take a thought to the next level. Motivation and inspiration happens in all aspects of life.

Below are just a few quotes that motivate and inspire me to take my dreams to the next level:
  1. Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t so you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.
  2. Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. –Napoleon Hill
  3. We become what we think about. –Earl Nightingale
  4. The mind is everything. What you think you become.  –Buddha
  5. When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me. –Erma Bombeck
  6. Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work – Thomas Edison

So what quotes motivate and inspire you? Share below!! Until tomorrow!

Five Things Every Woman Entrepreneur Needs To Know

Being a woman entrepreneur there are some things that I have learned in the 20 years of being in business.

  1. There may never be a right time ~ You may be waiting for the "perfect" time to start your business, but the truth is, it probably doesn't exist. The economy might be crap. You're too young, too old or your children are too young or too old. You'll make it work.
  2. You can ask for help ~ Use your friends and family as much as you can, for support, babysitting, feedback. You don't have to do it alone, and really, you aren't supposed to. It’s not a weakness to ask for help, it's a strength.
  3. Your online presence is your storefront ~ You can’t just have a strong website. You have to be active on Twitter, have Facebook pages, video content and online communities of client feedback. Branding is carried out through a multitude of platforms beyond business cards and logos to social networking profiles and hashtags. Remember every channel is an opportunity to make an impression on someone.
  4. It will be 1000 times harder than you already think ~ There will always be challenges, but they are meant to be hurdles, not barriers. You need to pick yourself up and carry on when you get a knock back. You get tougher. Your skin gets thicker.
  5. Be fearless ~ It takes guts and determination to be about this life, but the payoff is worth the risk.

We need more women putting their passions and dreams on the line. Job creation is a dire need in the current economy, and women have great potential to help turn things around.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Woman Behind The Business

A couple of weeks ago; I was sitting and contemplating about how to bring excitement and great content back to my blog and saw a post regarding a blogging challenge for entrepreneurs. So I signed up! 

Just Blog It 30-Day Challenge for Entrepreneurs starts today and I can’t wait to share new and exciting content with all of you over the next 30 days and beyond. 

So today we are going to discuss yours truly.

My name is Juanita Gaynor, born and in Philadelphia, PA and raised in Boston, MA I moved to Atlanta about 5 and a half years ago. I started my event planning career at the age of 14. I was modeling at the time and was frustrated at the delays and the disorganization of the process. So, I decided to take matters into my own hands, I set a meeting with the organizer and said to them, “I can plan this where you can get the most for your money and be on budget and on time.” And the rest is history.

I was 20-years-old, when I founded Ellegant Affairs by Juanita, Inc., my goal was to help people visualize their dream events, and then assist them in seeing that event come to fruition. For me, establishing my business was about taking creativity to a new level and challenging the status quo of what an event should be.

Ellegant Affairs by Juanita; which is a full service special event and meeting management  company that designs innovative event solutions for small to large businesses, associations, community benefit and non-profit organizations. EABJ organizes all the logistics that go into planning an event; from start to finish we will work with you to create an event that is truly reflective of your style and personality. EABJ also offer wedding planning and design services; no event is too small or too large! Allow us to show you how “Ellegance” & Efficiency meet so that you can focus on the “Big” picture instead of the “Small” details.

Here are some quick facts about me:
  • I love music (singing, listening, etc.) ~ It keeps me balanced
  • I love to cook
  • I’m actually a home body and very kept to myself
  • I have a strong IT and Accounting background.

I could go on forever, but you will learn more about me, my businesses and the things that make this all come together over the next 30 days. Hope you join me for the ride!


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