Our two co-hosts today are Mama CEOs who are quite literally changing the conversations that are happening in and around businesses. Jules Taggart is my friend and all around mentor, I basically do anything she tells me to, so when she said I need to know Nailah Blades, I did not hesitate to connect, and, boy, am I glad.
Mama Advantage Moments from this episode:
What is our Mama Advantage?
- This is such a big question and it’s a tough one! Since becoming a mom, Nailah feels she has more empathy and understanding towards what people are going through.
- We talk about the quote “I was a much better parent before I had kids” and what that has meant to us.
- Jules talks about loving that her kids are getting to see what she does and how she’s helping people and living her dreams in business.
- Our ability to make an impact both on our families and our business is part of our Mama Advantage.
We’re talking about the idea of proving our value:
- Nailah explains how easy it is to fall prey to the idea of having to prove our values, both as a mother and as a business owner.
- Some of the things we remember from childhood are not that memorable overall, they’re special to us for our own reasons and we can remember that with our kids.
- Nailah talks about thinking things don’t “feel right” anymore and that’s when it’s time to check in with her values and make sure she’s honoring them in her personal life and in her business.
- Jules shares how to get really clear on our own values before we start working with clients and how that helps us move further.
- It’s important to surround ourselves with a circle of people in business and in our personal lives that help us stay on course with our values.
- We talk about how being a parent can make us feel like it will make us feel “less than” in our businesses and how that doesn’t have to be the case.
- The idea of maternity leave while being an entrepreneur is something we’re figuring out as we go along. This seems to be surrounded by fear of loss of income and loss of our value in our community.
What’s inspiring us right now?
- Nailah is truly inspired by her daughter on multiple levels: she wants to create a better world for her and make sure she’s able to move through the world the way she wants to.
- Building a relationship with a child is similar to building a relationship with a client: Jules talks about learning how to navigate people’s wants and needs while realizing not everything is our problem to fix.
- Nailah and Jules are both inspired by moms who are doing it really well: infusing their parenting and their business with love and finding how to juggle all of that together.
- Seeing brands that are really getting it wrong can inspire us to see what not to do and how we can fix it and learn from their mistakes.
What do we want our kids to know about what we do and what they can do in this world?
- Jules wants her kids to never be afraid to ask questions and not to be afraid of rocking the boat.
- Nailah wants her daughter to always know she holds value just the way she is: she doesn’t have to do anything except be fully herself to be a fully functional and valuable person.
- Our children do have the power to make an impact on the larger community and also on their smaller communities by starting a ripple effect.
Nailah Blades is a business & marketing strategist who helps clients clarify their brands online and build thriving, inclusive communities of fans, prospects and influencers. “At its core, marketing is about building community and starting conversations. I partner with brands to craft unique experiences for their prospects and customers by helping them connect with their current target market, as well as finding new and alternative markets online. Marketing doesn’t exist in a vacuum. I connect the dots.” Nailah is a mom to a two year old daughter.
Jules Taggart is a human-centered content strategist, speaker, consultant and educator. She believes intelligent business growth is fueled by forging deeper connections and creating more meaningful experiences, one client at a time. When she’s not working, you can find Jules running near the beach in her hometown of San Diego; riding on the back of a motorcycle with her adrenaline-junkie husband, Jeff; or scrambling to keep up with her ever-curious daughters, Olympia and Helena.