My 2018 BloggerXchange Experience

My 2018 Blogger Xchange Experience

 

Dr April Blogger

 

     This past weekend I attended the Inaugural Blogger Xchange Expo here in Nashville and it was nothing short of an amazing event! An entire weekend of networking with other bloggers, learning what’s new in the world of blogging, being introduced to some great brands I wasn’t previously familiar with……and all of this taking place in some great venues ( George Jones Restaurant/Bar/Museum, Redpepper Creative Agency, and Industrious Co-working office space in The Gulch)

 

I’ve been blogging since around 2012 and in that time, so many doors have been opened and opportunities afforded to me because of it. I’ve met many other creatives, content creators, restaurant owners, Chefs, appeared on a couple of TV food shows, been able to share my full-time career work as a Podiatrist, inspirational posts, service to my community, and……life in general etc. It’s been an AMAZING creative outlet for me!

 

Just as I attend medical conferences regularly to keep up with everything new in the medical world, I find it important to meet with other bloggers and creatives to stay in the know in this arena as well!

 

The masterminds behind Blogger Xchange are two lovely ladies, Leigh Love and Kay Elle, who orchestrated the event to a “T”! Everyone was speaking of how lovely it was!

 

Head on over to my Instagram feed ( @DinnerWithNerds ) for more pics with links to the Blogger Xchange Instagram feed as well as the other businesses/brands I discovered during the weekend.

 

Since this is the “Inaugural Expo”I assume there are more to come and I’m certainly looking forward to next year!

 

Dr. Carmen April           Dr. Carmen April is an entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a Nashville Emerging Leader (NELA) Award Winner, a Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient and is a Graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute – Nashville Chapter. She is a Podiatrist and Owner of The Foot And Ankle Healthcare Center, PC in the Nashville area. She is also the creator and owner of Ann DeVeaux Boutique, an online fashion Boutique. She is a Reiki Master, a Law of Attraction Practitioner, and an advocate for the power of positive thinking! Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Leadership & Life Leadership for College Students and Young Professionals and is the creator of the “Design Your Story” Women’s Empowerment Luncheon Series.

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A Grand Success

A Grand Success!

Dr Carmen April Speaking

 

My very first Design Your Story Women’s Empowerment Luncheon was a fabulous success! I’m so appreciative of each and every woman who came out to the luncheon to share with each other, network and be inspired! There are many more pics coming…… after I kick my feet up for a sec ☺️! #DesignYourStory

 

Dr. Carmen April            Dr. Carmen April is an entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a Nashville Emerging Leader (NELA) Award Winner, a Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient and is a Graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute – Nashville Chapter. She is a Podiatrist and Owner of The Foot And Ankle Healthcare Center, PC in the Nashville area. She is also the creator and owner of Ann DeVeaux Boutique, an online fashion Boutique. She is a Reiki Master, a Law of Attraction Practitioner, and an advocate for the power of positive thinking! Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Leadership & Life Leadership for College Students and Young Professionals and is the creator of the “Design Your Story” Women’s Empowerment Luncheon Series.

The Wonders of Milk Thistle

The Wonders of Milk Thistle

 

Milk Thistle

 

Ever wonder what a “ thistle” actually is?! You’ve probably seen this beautiful flower out in a field or along a highway or country road somewhere. This flower is more than beautiful, it packs a powerful liver detoxification punch!

“As a liver support and liver aid, milk thistle is a powerful liver cleanser. It helps rebuild liver cells while removing toxins from the body that are processed through the liver. Milk thistle is effective at naturally reversing the harmful effects of alcohol consumption, pesticides in our food supply, heavy metals in our water supply, pollution in the air that we breathe and even poisons!” (Quote from Dr Axe online)

It’s one of the supplements I personally take on a daily basis ( I take mine in a liquid tincture form) as part of a healthy eating regimen.

The milk thistle plant, as is prominently displayed in the name and logo of Thistle Farms & Thistle Farms Cafe, is symbolic of the physical, mental and emotional detoxification process the survivors who are healed and rehabilitated through the Thistle Farms programs experience.

Learn more about Thistle Farms, hear from our Keynote Conversation guest, Nashville News Reporter Harriet Vaughn-Wallace, and network with other women during my upcoming Women’s Empowerment Luncheon on Saturday July 21st!

 

Design Your Story Women's Empowerment Luncheon

Eventbrite registration link: https://bit.ly/2KL4Yg1

 

 

Dr. Carmen April                Dr. Carmen April is an entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a Nashville Emerging Leader (NELA) Award Winner, a Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient and is a Graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute – Nashville Chapter. She is a Podiatrist and Owner of The Foot And Ankle Healthcare Center, PC in the Nashville area. She is also the creator and owner of Ann DeVeaux Boutique, an online fashion Boutique. She is a Reiki Master, a Law of Attraction Practitioner, and an advocate for the power of positive thinking! Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Leadership & Life Leadership for College Students and Young Professionals and is the creator of the “Design Your Story” Women’s Empowerment Luncheon Series.

This is The Power In Gathering

This is the Power In Gathering…..

 

Design Your Story Women's Empowerment Luncheon

 

Author Alice Walker tells us “This is the power in gathering: it inspires us to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful. In a word, more alive” and I couldn’t agree more! So gather with me, other professional women and our special Keynote Conversation Guest, Fox 17 TV News Reporter, co-host of Fox 17 News’ Nashville In Focus & Professor of Journalism and Communications, Harriet Vaughn-Wallace, as we empower ourselves and each other on issues important to us as women!

 

Tickets are available by following THIS Eventbrite link : https://bit.ly/2KL4Yg1

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Dr. Carmen April          Dr. Carmen April is an entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a Nashville Emerging Leader (NELA) Award Winner, a Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient and is a Graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute – Nashville Chapter. She is a Podiatrist and Owner of The Foot And Ankle Healthcare Center, PC in the Nashville area. She is also the creator and owner of Ann DeVeaux Boutique, an online fashion Boutique. She is a Reiki Master, a Law of Attraction Practitioner, and an advocate for the power of positive thinking! Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Leadership & Life Leadership for College Students and Young Professionals and is the creator of the “Design Your Story” Women’s Empowerment Luncheon Series.

Design Your Story Women’s Empowerment Series

Design Your Story : Women’s Empowerment

Series

 

Dr Carmen April Women's Empowerment Series

 

Happy Tuesday y’all!

 

           SAVE THE DATE for Saturday July 21st from 11am to 1pm when I will be hosting the 1st in a series of women’s empowerment luncheons here in Nashville! It’s something I started speaking into existence and talked about on my blog 3 years ago and it’s finally coming to fruition! We will hear from a special Keynote Conversation guest, enjoy great food, network with other women and expand our mindsets about important topics and issues! More details will be coming later this week, but this will be too good to miss so go ahead and mark your calendar NOW!

 

Dr. Carmen April           Dr. Carmen April is an entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a Nashville Emerging Leader (NELA) Award Winner, a Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient and is a Graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute – Nashville Chapter. She is a Podiatrist and Owner of The Foot And Ankle Healthcare Center, PC in the Nashville area. She is also the creator and owner of Ann DeVeaux Boutique, an online fashion Boutique. She is a Reiki Master, a Law of Attraction Practitioner, and an advocate for the power of positive thinking! Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Leadership & Life Leadership for College Students and Young Professionals and is the creator of the “Design Your Story” Women’s Empowerment Luncheon Series.

 

 

Let Them Talk First

Let Them Talk First

Let them talk first

                When meeting and networking with new people, one of the things that’s pretty effective during the communication is to let the other person talk first. After the greetings and introductions, let the person you have just met talk first. You can do this by asking them a question about where they are from, what they do for a living, what brought them to the networking event, etc. Allowing the other person to talk first is a way to immediately establish trust because you are taking the time to listen to what that person has to say. People, in general, love to talk about themselves and share what’s going on their lives so let them talk. Moreover, if being in networking situations freaks you out a little bit, this is also a way for you to take some of the pressure off yourself!

               I will caution against drilling a person you just met with questions so much so that they can’t get a word in to ask you anything about yourself. I have been in plenty of networking situations in which I felt like I was being interrogated because of question after question they were throwing at me.

Remember, allowing the other person to talk about themselves first and drilling them with questions are two different things!

What other tips do you have for effective networking??

Dr. Carmen April's Speaker Series

Dr. Carmen April’s Speaker Series

 

              Dr. Carmen April is a young entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a 2014 Nashville Emerging Leader Award (NELA) Winner, a 2013 Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient and is a 2014 Graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute – Nashville Chapter.  Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Leadership for College Students and Young Professionals.

You can follow her daily #Leadership insights on Twitter @DrCarmenApril

Never Let Anything Stand In The Way of You Connecting With The Right People!

Never Let Anything Stand In The Way of You

Connecting With The Right People!

Find a way

                 If you have/had parents like I did growing up, they probably said things to you like, “It’s not what you know, but who you know that counts!” when preparing you for the real world. I totally agree and would also like to add that “It’s not WHAT you know, but WHO you know {AND} WHO knows you!” that counts!

              There are so many ways of connecting with people in today’s digital age that simply did not exist just 20 years ago. You can connect with people through social medial channels such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, Instagram, etc and find direct contact info for individuals you want to reach out to online. I’ve heard plenty of stories of  job seekers starting conversations with companies they are interested in working with on Twitter and have secured employment through that interaction!

                The world is smaller than you know and it’s easier now, more than ever, to reach out to and connect with others! I’m always amazed when I look at a LinkedIn contact or Facebook Friend of mine and see how that person and I know several other people in common. Sometimes I can’t figure out how in the world one could possibly know the other! My takeaway here is this: Never let anything stand in the way of you connecting with the right people! (Tweet this).  Often times that connection is only a phone call, email or Tweet away!

What are some ways you use to reach out to and make new connections with others in both business and social realms?

Dr. Carmen April's Speaker Series

Dr. Carmen April’s Speaker Series

           Dr. Carmen April is a young entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a 2013 Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient and is a 2014 Graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute – Nashville Chapter.  Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Leadership for College Students and Young Professionals.

You can follow her daily #Leadership insights on Twitter @DrCarmenApril