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I’m honored to know this:

Wife of one
Mother of three
Grandmother of seven
She is:
• caring by nature– after all, she has a degree in nursing
• a business owner
• a good neighbor
• a caregiver
• a protector
• a friend  to many

This woman is many things to many people.  As I have become acquainted with her over the last few months, I feel like I’ve known her my whole life. She’s often appeared with a plate of cookies to make me feel better.  I have watched her life unfold and I am amazed at the extent to which she’s involved in, actively giving and outreaching to the community, personally and professionally.

 She is a caring neighbor, weekly driving her elderly neighbor to the hairdresser, the grocery store and other places she needs to go.

 She is a caring sister to her brother who is experiencing severe health challenges.

 At the end of the day, she should be utterly exhausted.

However, from her social media posts and in talking to her, you would never know it. She is happy for the opportunity to care for new grandchildren. She is happy to be entertaining family on a Sunday. She is happy to drive that elderly neighbor to the salon. Her medical background helps her to act as her brother’s champion. She’s glad to go to work. She treats her employees as family, honors them and lifts them up verbally and in writing. Most importantly, she does this publicly on social media.

She could so easily think,  “pity me; look at all have to do; look at all of my burdens”. But she doesn’t see it that way. She doesn’t dread work, because she truly loves the people with whom she works, and this shows.

Valiant, is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary, as “strong, courageous, to be of worth, marked by or carried out with courage or determination.”

That pretty much describes this woman, my friend, Debbie Valiant.

Debbie and her Husband Walter own AmeriStamp SignARama. They were given the Integrity Torch Award from the Better Business Bureau and are  finalists for the 2010 Small Business of the Year Award  From The Evansville Chamber.

I had the privilege to see Steve Radick twice during his visit to Indiana, when he spoke at USI’s “The Impact of Social Media of Communications”  

Below are some of the nuggets I pulled from the keynote address:   

 (And video of the entire presentation is below the nuggets)   

  • Be aware of your personal brand 100% of the time. Physical or online.
  • @garyvee– told me “Be you 100% of the time.” :: Don’t have 2 profiles.  Be comfortable with who you are.  Be self aware.
  • Relationships matter.
  • Be good to people.
  • I can teach you twitter, I can’t teach you basic communication principles.
  • No excuses. You had the opportunity to do it, and you didn’t.
  • If you’re a bad person. Get good or get offline.
  • Stop throwing your business card at me!
  • Twitter is a valid communications medium. The white house uses it….
  • For 100s of hundreds of people have fought to have a voice. Now you can start a blog, and you’re not taking a part of it. You have a say in how your brand is represented, and you’re not using it! (SoMe)
  • Advertising is not about eyeballs. It never should have been about eyeballs. It is about doing something. It is about engagement.
  • “but twitter is not a creditable source. “ No but the person who wrote it is.
  • The lines of PR and customer service are merging. You have to become a company the treats its customers and employees w/ respect.
  • Stop worrying about eyeballs and start caring about people. 
  • Ask for forgiveness not permission.

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