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24-Year-Old Christianna Hurt Is Still in College but Helps Moms and Dads Grow 6-Figure Businesses

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You hardly meet people like Christianna, the owner of Wealthycollegekid. You might find it hard to believe that she is only 24. The moment you hear about her, you immediately wonder how a student would become a millionaire at such an age. Is it a twist of fate that she is a millionaire or did she work for it? You get the answers to such questions when you speak to her for a few minutes. Christianna, a young, charismatic girl, has a lot to share.

She has beaten all the norms of young college students who believe that being broke is part of life. At her age, she has built a Digital Educational Brand, which has made her gross a total of over $2 Million within two years. How could a girl in her early twenties make a 7-figure income? In an interview, I learned that there are specific tactics that she employed to experience the massive growth in her online business.

Being a Leader for Others to Follow

Christianna tells me her story, and at one point, I sit wondering whether I am speaking to a girl who once planned to be a dentist before the sudden turn of events. She explains how she first worked in a sports bar before she was fired. Having no source of money, she partnered with an online marketer who mentored her into network marketing. By the first month, Hurt had generated over $256,000. She started with e-commerce in Shopify and later expanded her business.

Just as she was mentored, Christianna has, in turn, mentored many people. She recalls a client she mentored, and he is now on his business has generated a 7-figure income. Apart from that one, she has mentored more than a thousand other people. This quality has made her get outstanding feedback from them. She believes that by helping others, she also gets to master whatever she is doing, thus becoming a guru in it.

Cracking the Norm

It is a normal thing to be broke in college. Students entirely depend on their parents for money. You rarely find independent financial students. It is at the college where you see students applying for loans and spending hours on the internet searching for scholarships. However, this was a paradigm shift for Christianna Hurt. While others waste time on the internet chatting and doing other stuff, she was busy making good money. When I say good, I mean, good.

At her age, you cannot imagine the empire she is building. How about when she is 30? Won’t she be among the top entrepreneurs in the world? Only time will tell. However, we know the current situation. She has excellent command in online marketing. You would be tempted to think that she has taken more than ten years to get such a big audience. I was shocked knowing that she was now in her third year in business.

Rising Above the Tides

All odds were against Christianna, but she proved to be a strong woman. Spending her early years in Lake Mary, Florida, she went to Seminole High School where she graduated. It was at this place that she saw how people struggle to join the school and to stay in school due to lack of fees. She was concerned about changing the situation there. She has since then focused on giving people both old and young financial information. She highlights that seeing people change their lives and succeed has not only made her happy but also inspired her to it even more. That’s the main reason she started Wealthycollegekid.

A smart mind is always intelligent. Christianna has an entrepreneurial gene in her. She has plugged into other businesses like becoming an affiliate for a Motor Club of America. She admits that her journey was full of mistakes that made her learn and sharpened her.

Christianna agrees that if you have an internet connection and a laptop, then you may be one ad away from your six-figure. You need to have the right resources. The best remedy is having appropriate information like the one she offers in her coaching. She is eager to make her clients triumph and change their mindsets. ‘You miss every shot you don’t take.’ Christianna concludes.

Sergio Centeno is a PR Expert that helps brands establish credibility and create brand awareness. He specializes in helping brands get recognized by prestigious publications and featured on major news outlets. He’s worked with influencers with 100K+ followers and a few clients worth over $100M. Sergio is known for helping brands get more clout!

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Priyanshu Chouhan Young Digital Influencer all set to join B-town as Promotion Partner.

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The Indian movie industry is growing worldwide. It is creating more and more opportunities for young ones to join Bollywood as lots of work is there for talented people who are techno-friendly.Priyanshu Chouhan is a famous name from the IT world known as social media master. He is the founder of IT company called #piyanusquad, Priyanshu makes people remarkable with his online skills. Now he is all set to join B-town, don’t get surprised not an actor but as a promotion partner.Priyanshu Chouhan wants to be part of B-town if he gets the chance to promote movies. He is close to many Bollywood directors and producers. In the past, he has even given his technical to many producers for promotional work. Now Priyanshu wants to join full time to handle big projects in Bollywood movies. If he enters Bollywood, then it will be win-win for both B-town and him. Priyanshu Chouhan’s expertise will help more to B-town to stand against the western world in terms of marketing movies. He has different techniques in his mind which he will utilize in the movies. His technical help will boost movie promotion work in India and abroad. Hollywood promotional work and their technology inspire Priyanshu, he wants to bring the same thing in Indian movies. Priyanshu has the potential and talent to take our movie promotion work to new highs. Bollywood movies have always attracted him right from his childhood. He wanted to be part of B-town but never thought of acting; Priyanshu always wants to join B-town with his work, not for acting. His interest can take him long in Bollywood as he has that X-actor in him. He is young and smart techno person who can do wonders for B-town with marketing strategies.It is a good sign for Bollywood as young techno-friendly people are joining B-town. Bollywood needs people like Priyanshu Chouhan who can bring new vibe in the industry with their work.Here’s wishing Priyanshu Chouhan all the best for his new attempt. We hope he gets the same success which he acquired in the IT field.

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Freddie Achom on why effective listening is a key leadership skill

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Frederick Achom is an entrepreneur and co-founder of the Rosemont Group Capital Partners, a private investment group with a portfolio including renewables, financial services, and digital tech.

What’s the most important skill for company founders, start-up owners, dynamic entrepreneurs? Passion? Communication? Business acumen? All of these are important, of course, but listening is the game-changer.

Research shows that just 10% of us listen properly. That is, a whopping 90% of us fail to listen effectively. Of course, we usually technically ‘listen’ but we find our minds wandering to other subjects.

Effective listening is vital for business leaders


In my career, across my businesses, investments and partnerships, I have always found listening to be the main driver of growth. Staying open, tuning in to other people and, above all, listening to our customers, helps drive business success. Most people assume they’re good listeners but taking the time to really master this deceptively difficult skill can pay dividends.

Bain&Company carried out a survey in 2016 on leadership traits. They asked 2,000 employees to rate 33 separate leadership skills and traits. Respondents selected ‘centredness’ as the number one characteristic they appreciate in a business leader. In this context, ‘centredness’ means the person demonstrating the ability to truly be present and give their full attention to the other person. It’s about making employees feel heard and valued.

Business leaders must make sure that every team member is listened to equally. That means the quiet ones who can be tentative about coming forward. It also means those who demonstrate different communication styles.

Don’t overestimate your listening ability


It’s all too easy to pay more attention to speaking our voice rather than listening to others. This is particularly the case with business founders, entrepreneurs and start-up owners. We tend to be extroverted personalities, with ‘Type A’ communication styles.

I admire anyone who can clearly communicate their thoughts to a room full of people, as and when they crop up. But I admire business leaders more when they really listen to other people. Listening allows an insight into new perspectives. It helps to understand what’s not being said and to find out what’s missing from the puzzle.

According to development advisor Melissa Daimler, there’s more than one listening style. In fact, she says there are three different listening levels: internal listening, focused listening and 360-degree listening. Internal listening is where we concentrate on our own thoughts rather than the person speaking. Focused listening is where we listen but don’t fully connect and so miss the subtext. The final level, 360-degree listening is where we listen to what the other person says and how they’re saying it.

How well do you listen to your employees?


And while we may assume that we’re always at the highest level of listening, cognitive bias says we probably aren’t. This is why it’s good to check in every now and again and see where you measure up to the four listening qualities, as defined by leadership consultants Joseph Folkman and Jack Zenger:

  1. Positivity – good leaders are able to give constructive, thoughtful feedback. If the other person thinks you’re listening properly, they are far more likely to take your feedback on board.
  2. Cooperation – bad listeners use the time when others are speaking to construct a combative correction or statement. This leads to a defensive, unproductive conversation. Feedback should flow in both directions more or less equally.
  3. Support – effective listeners boost the other person’s confidence during the conversation.
  4. Participation – great listeners ask questions and delve deeper into the subject.

How to become a better listener


If we’re busy, distracted or stressed, it’s all too easy to pay less attention than we should. During those times you realise you haven’t truly heard your colleague, team member or employee, use the following techniques to boost your listening effectiveness. Some sound obvious, but they’re simple to miss.

  • Make direct eye contact – this shows confidence and respect for the person speaking. Don’t let your gaze stray to your computer screen or phone and switch off notifications. The other person should have your total, undivided attention.
  • Ask open questions – if you ask questions that can only have a closed answer, you’re effectively stifling the conversation. This is likely to leave the other person frustrated and feeling unvalued.
  • Allow them to finish – don’t be tempted to speak over them and try not to even frame your response until they’ve stopped talking. Pauses are OK, don’t feel you have to immediately fill any thoughtful silence.
  • Try to hear what isn’t being said – around 80% of all human communication is nonverbal. If you pick something up from a facial expression, don’t be afraid to ask questions.
  • Watch your speaking/listening ratio – if you’re not leading the conversation, watch how much you speak. As the business leader, you’re likely to automatically take control of the conversation. This isn’t ideal, when you need to listen to the other person.

Effective listeners work better in teams, learn and absorb information faster and contribute to a workable culture. They also tend to interact with clients, customers and colleagues better. Leading by example as an effective, meaningful listener will encourage your workforce to do the same. Cultivate this skill within your organisation for more effective business growth.

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THE MANDALAY GROUP SHARES NEW UPDATES FOR #PAY TAMPA BAY

The Mandalay Group today announced updates for the upcoming #PAY TAMPA BAY event, including additions to the advisory board, two of the keynote speakers for the February 20, 2020 Conference as well as a new community partnership in the Florida technology corridor.

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The Mandalay Group today announced updates for the upcoming #PAY TAMPA BAY event, including additions to the advisory board, two of the keynote speakers for the February 20, 2020 Conference as well as a new community partnership in the Florida technology corridor.

The theme for 2020 event is “Banking, Blockchain and Beyond”. Event proceedings are being co-sponsored by BlockSpaces, a Tampa based blockchain technology innovation studio. This unique event will be staged at the new Embarc Collective innovation hub in downtown Tampa.

“We’re excited to enter into these new partnerships leading up to the event” said Bruce Burke, CEO of The Mandalay Group. “These high-profile supporters and contributors will help amplify our message and attract attention and investment to our thriving technology community.”

Andrew Morris, Founder & CEO of new consultancy The Fintech Agenda LLC, will be joining the #PAY Board of Advisors. An expert in the technologies and trends shaping the future of financial services, payments and commerce, Andrew serves on multiple boards and is an advisor to several fintech organizations, including the Technology Association of Georgia’s Fintech Society and the HOPE Global Forums.

“Having served for 5 years as Chief Content Officer for the Money20/20 conferences, and thus helping to build the leading fintech events globally, I have seen how powerful events can be to move industries and companies forward,” Andrew explains.

“The #PAY event brand is in the right space at the right time. I’m excited to play a role moving forward in helping #PAY produce world-class events exploring the innovation that will occur over the next decade in payments.”

#PAY also announced several presenters for the event, including keynote speaker Matteo Rizzi, an unconventional Entrepreneur, Investor, Innovator and Author of the new book “Talents and Rebels, Dealing with Corporate Misfits”.

This book is an inspirational journey where – hopefully – misfits get a spot to be heard, and everyone gets an opportunity to understand a different innovation perspective. For three years in a row, Financial News has nominated Matteo as one of the “40 most influential Fintech executives in Europe”.

Matteo will be joined by executives from Arival, the first fintech bank. Arival was founded in 2017 by a dynamic trifecta consisting of two seasoned fintech venture capitalists and one young fintech entrepreneur.

Regarded for the team’s prior investments in pioneer digital banks such as Simple, Moven, Fidor, & RocketBank – they decided it was time to take the bull by the horns & build their own. CEO, Vladislav Solodkiy, CFO, Igor Pesin and COO, Jeremy Berger will participate in the #PAY event. Arival now boasts a pre-money valuation of more than $14.8 million.

“We’re proud to have so many fintech leaders as headline speakers for #PAY,” said Rosa Shores, Co-Founder of BlockSpaces. “These innovators will explore the most transformative technologies and ideas reshaping the banking, fintech and payments industry. 

We look forward to shining a global spotlight on Tampa Bay as an emerging fintech hub and, once again, show the nation we are a “go-to” city for blockchain innovation.”

The Mandalay Group also announced a new community partnership with the Florida based non-profit, Synapse. #PAY will host a panel session focused on Fintech investment during the Synapse Summit being held February 11-12, 2020 at Amalie Arena. Leading VC’s, institutional investors and well-funded fintech firms will provide information and insight with key strategies for successful exits.

“Synapse is glad to partner with #PAY to ensure our audience of upwards of 6,000 attendees from all parts of Florida’s innovation ecosystem have the chance to learn about the growing fintech and payments industry,” said Lauren Prager, Synapse Vice President of Community Engagement.

The #PAY TAMPA BAY agenda offers keynote sessions from global leaders in the banking, fintech and paymentsindustry, with more than dozen sessions on topics ranging from opportunities in blockchain, to shifting consumer payment preferences, digital identity, innovative payment solutions and how these changes will reshape the banking, payments and commerce industry.

Reserve your spot today at: www.paytampabay.eventbrite.com

Industry innovators count on #PAY to connect them with key decision-makers at financial institutions, venture capitalists, and fintech startups as well as service providers, analysts and media.

Get your brand message in front of executive-level stakeholders and buyers. #PAY TAMPA BAY has opportunities for speakers, sponsors and supporters.

For more information visit: www.paysymposium.com/contact

About The Mandalay Group

The Mandalay Group is a consortium of professionals focused on accelerating the future in the banking, fintech and payments industry globally. TMG is well known for bringing together thought leaders, innovators and decision-makers from across the financial services industry to discuss the tsunami of transformation changing the face of finance.

Attendees benefit from access to the world’s foremost experts focused on emerging payments technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, cryptocurrencies, e-commerce, blockchain, cognitive platforms, digital identity and experiential customer engagement

Media Contact: The Mandalay Group: [email protected] (727) 612-5775

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