Here She Is….Ms. World Elite 2017-18!
Jun19

Here She Is….Ms. World Elite 2017-18!

Here is an article written by Janee Law from the Long Islander News and published on June 5, 2017. Native Crowned ‘Ms. World Elite’ As the sash was wrapped around her shoulder and hip and she was handed a bouquet of red roses, Lidia Szczepanowski’s grin quickly widened as she knelt down to be crowned Ms. World Elite 2017. The Ms. World Pageant, held May 26-28 at in Everett, Washington, featured 21 contestants, including Szczepanowski, of Dix Hills, the daughter of Polish immigrants who was crowned Ms. Poland in March. Both Ms. World title and Ms. World Elite were crowned. Szczepanowski said the elite designation is awarded to the highest scoring contestant who is over 40 years old. “It’s empowering for me because age is only a number,” Szczepanowski, 52, said. “It doesn’t matter how old you are and the judges saw that beauty is not about being the youngest it’s just who you are as a person. It’s the total package.” Szczepanowski was elated when she heard her name called. “I didn’t think I was going to win. There were so many beautiful, intelligent, well spoken, and experienced women,” she said. “The fact that I won the top prize in my category, I couldn’t be happier.” The pageant consisted of an interview before six judges, an opening gown portion, a fitness wear, evening gown and onstage question and answer session. Along with her crown, Szczepanowski earned a cruise to the Bahamas, luggage, jewelry and a couple of other gifts. “I believe Ms. World Elite is this smart, stylish, stiletto clad woman who exemplifies success, independence and glamour,” Szczepanowski said. “What I’m going to do is incorporate the title into my current lifestyle, which I’m so proud of.” Szczepanowski, a veteran of pageantry, has promoted a message of women empowerment through her career. But she said that earning the Ms. World Elite title marks an end to her pageantry days. The Melville-based litigation attorney will continue both her professional and charity work, however. She’s also the founder of both Everything Lidia, a multi-platform lifestyle enterprise, and the National Organization for Women’s Safety Awareness, a nonprofit that helps prevent crime and violence against women of all ages. Throughout her experience in pageantry, Szczepanowski said, she’s learned that being authentic and genuine is one of the most beautiful and attractive features that any person can carry. She added, “Everyone has their own beautiful way about them and if more people were true to themselves I think we’d all be better from...

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Tips, Secrets & Proven Strategies On How to Develop Your Personal Brand
Aug04

Tips, Secrets & Proven Strategies On How to Develop Your Personal Brand

Personal branding is “the art of building a unique brand around yourself as an individual” and it is just as important as your company’s brand and image. Personal branding requires you to “find a signature image, a unique voice, and a recognizable standard that your readers, fans, and clients can grow to recognize”. “Personal branding is becoming increasingly important because modern audiences tend to trust people more than businesses. Audiences are used to seeing advertising everywhere, and they tend to believe corporations and organizations take actions and speak with only sales in mind. Personal branding allows you to establish a reputation and an identity while still maintaining a personal level of trust and interaction, usually through social media.” Additionally, people want to do business with other people, not with companies. A strong positive personal brand can dramatically improve the number of users who take a desired action i.e. retain you or go to your website and buy something. (Portions above quoted from Inc.com article by Jayson DeMers, Aug. 27, 2014.) Here are some tips, secrets and proven strategies on how to develop your personal brand. 1.) Become an “EXPERT” in at least one professional field or focus on a topic that you are knowledgeable about and start blogging and posting about it • Develop yourself in a very specific niche and try not to come across as the “Jack of All Trades…Master at None.” Also consider discussing a hobby, sport or organizations you are involved with. • Consider signing up with HARO (Help a Reporter Out) and answer applicable queries…you never know, you might be published in a newspaper, magazine, or on the internet • Have someone pitch you and your expertise to local media, colleges, groups, etc., especially if your topic was recently in the news. Try not to self-promote…it annoys people. • Also have someone submit your name for consideration for awards and acknowledgments. But remember that these events usually have a “cost” attached to them and you will be expected to sell tickets, seats or ads. 2.) Set up and link accounts on various SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS i.e. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Google Plus +, etc. • Set up both personal and professional accounts but do not pitch them too frequently. Let people become interested in YOU first and YOU as the professional second. Social media lets people discover who you are…and it’s free. You control the information that is posted. Be careful not to post inappropriate content or too many random and uninteresting photos. • Anytime you speak or are mentioned in any article, share/post it and thank the host or author. 3.) VOLUNTEER your...

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