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The Messy Mind

The Messy Mind

By Tammy L. Davis
As a 1st generation serial entrepreneur in real estate, construction, information technology consulting and a franchise, Tammy provides a listening experience focused on the world of entrepreneurship, coupled with 2 of her favorite industries: Technology and Change Management. Listen in as Tammy guides you on how embracing the messiness of entrepreneurship can lead to your light bulb moments.

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Season 2/Episode 11: Guiding Your Kids on The Entrepreneurial Path: What is Your Blueprint?
Our entrepreneurial household has been in full effect before our children were born. They have witnessed and experienced the ebbs and flows of our journey and it is only natural they have a curiosity about being their own boss.  If your child has a desire to start their own business, what guidance can you provide? What blueprint can you share with your children to support their entrepreneurial dreams? Listen in as Tammy shares an interaction with her daughter who thinks she is ready to start selling her product.
06:55
December 03, 2021
Season 2/Episode 10: Funding - My Experience in What You Need to Start, Grow and Scale Your Business
Did you know that 61% of black female entrepreneurs must self-fund their companies? I know Tammy did with Nexlevel! But there came a time when she wanted to expand her business footprint and needed capital.  In this last installment of the Budding Entrepreneur series, listen in as Tammy shares her experience with gaining access to capital and provides key action steps for you to get access as well. Here is the Forbes article Tammy refers to in this episode: https://www-forbes-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.forbes.com/sites/christinecarter/2021/06/18/black-female-founded-companies-need-funding-not-accelerators-or-incubators/amp/
12:31
July 20, 2021
Season 2/Episode 9: Why I've watched Meet the Robinsons At Least 15 Times!
Do you believe we are almost 6 months into the Year 2021? Time is flying by, but there's no need to panic. If you aren't already, now is the time to move with a sense of urgency in accomplishing the goals you set for yourself this year!  Want to know how Tammy gets through strategizing and executing through distractions? Listen in as she shares two of her strategies for staying focused and how a Disney movie comes to her rescue each time! In case you are interested, you can grab one of the daily planners here: https://www.thedesiremap.com/planners.
06:03
June 08, 2021
Season 2/Episode 8: Think You Know How to Build a Team?
Four business……. Four revenue streams with a husband, two kids…., along with being a friend, an aunt, a sister and a mentor… Tammy knew she needed to get some things in place to make sure she didn’t freak out on a level that she could not come back from. Now was the time to build our team! In her 3rd installment for budding entrepreneurs, listen in as Tammy shares her top 4 tips for building a team or as she likes to say, building a village of support!  Be sure to check out our website and Instagram page:  Podcast Website: https://themessymindpod.com  Instagram: https://instagram.com/themessymindpodcast
07:45
May 25, 2021
Season 2/Episode 7: A Defeating Networking Experience
Have you ever gone to a networking event, all spruced up, looking forward to building new relationships, engaging in interesting conversations, learning more about individuals in your community... and instead this happens... ATTACK! You get a business card shoved in your face. Or someone glances at you while heading off to THEIR clique, barely noticing you, or worse, giving you one of 'those' looks. We all know the experience, but it does not need to be this way. In fact, it should not be this way. I truly believe we are here to help lift each other up, to help each other grow, to bring more joy into each other's lives. In the 2nd installment for the budding entrepreneur, listen in as Tammy walks you through a particular networking experience and learn how it taught her a valuable lesson, a lesson that could change how you approach networking, and more importantly, how you stay focused on YOUR journey and how to stay TRUE to yourself.
04:19
May 11, 2021
Season 2/Episode 6: You're Certified, So What?
Business and socioeconomic certifications, such as SBA 8a, HubZone, Women Business Enterprise, and Minority Business Enterprise can be powerful distinctions to your business, however, why do business owners rest their "hats" on these certifications? Why do businesses lead with these certifications when introducing their products and services as opposed to their differentiators? Listen in as Tammy breaks down the true value of certifications and how to use them to maximize your business.
10:41
April 20, 2021
Season 2/Episode 5: Do You Understand the Power of a Debrief?
We just concluded our episode series speaking to and hopefully encouraging our Mompreneurs. Now, for the next several episodes, we will shift to Budding Entrepreneurs where we will focus on the messiness of the budding entrepreneur world! In the first episode of this series, Tammy wants to know if you understand the power of a debrief. Why is a debrief SO important? A single debrief can help to make you and/or your business stronger and more successful. Why? The feedback you receive and how you apply that feedback can literally make the difference in whether or not you get the next bid, proposal, job, or whatever it is you are trying to obtain. You fill in the blank! Listen in as Tammy shares her own experiences in dealing with debriefs and offers 3 tips to a successful debrief and learn what it takes to be better the next time.  Be sure to check out our website and Instagram page:  Podcast Website: https://themessymindpod.com  Instagram: https://instagram.com/themessymindpodcast
10:08
April 06, 2021
Season 2/Episode 4: The Power of Surrender
In this last episode of the mompreneur series, Tammy wants to shift your mindset on the word surrender. Surrender is perceived as negative. Someone who surrenders may be seen as weak, giving in to the enemy, allowing someone to take control of you. Yet, what if we were to take the word surrender and become empowered by it? As Mompreneurs, we are juggling quite a bit and at times, not in our favor, but what if we were to embrace another action to support us? Listen in as Tammy breaks down what surrender can be if you're willing to shift your mindset and focus on what matters.
05:56
March 16, 2021
Season 2/Episode 3: Let's Talk about Rest, Baybee!
Are you getting enough rest? Actually, do you know what type of rest you should be getting? Listen in to discover why taking a break, along with napping wasn't enough for Tammy (and she loves a good nap!) and how she stumbled across information on the different types of rest.   Learn about the rest types and how you can get support to fully rest as well. After this episode, click the links below to discover Dr. Dalton Smith's publications, along with more information on her work as a whole.  https://www.restquiz.com/quiz/rest-quiz-test http://www.drdaltonsmith.com https://www.ichoosemybestlife.com
07:39
March 02, 2021
Season 2/Episode 2: Thrive as a Momprenuer!
Let's talk about being a female business owner, who is a wife, mother and I'd like to throw in other roles, such as daughter, and friend. We are affectionately known as momprenuers who try our best to balance and thrive in our world. When people get a glimpse into my life, the #1 question I'm asked is how to I manage it all. Listen in to hear the 5 tips that support me to keep sane, thrive and truly love the life I live.
10:11
February 16, 2021
Season 2/Episode 1: Newness All the Way Around!
Good Day Everyone! I am so excited to be back for Season 2. New structure, new format, new purpose with episodes dropping every 2 weeks… yes, every 2 weeks. I hope to serve you well this season and please visit our website, TheMessyMindPod.com and be sure to subscribe to the podcast.
04:10
February 02, 2021
Welcome to Season 2!
Welcome to Season 2! I am so excited to launch this season! I can't wait to share how the podcast has been completely revamped. For this season, we will explore a few different types of entreprenuers (Mompreneurs, Budding, Veteran), along with talking about my two favorite industries: Technology and Organizational Change Management.  We will discuss the "messiness" of each entrepreneur type and and how entrepreneurship doesn’t always look like a straight line to get to your light bulb moments. Be sure to check out our website at themessymindpod.com. While you're there, listen to our episodes from Season 1 and be sure to subscribe so you’ll never miss an episode this season.
01:08
January 29, 2021
Episode 15: Vetting System Implementation Vendors: Are Your inheriting the dream or nightmare?
When it comes to partnering with system implementation vendors, millions and millions of dollars are being wasted and dreams are being sold, only for you to eventually realize you are in a nightmare. BUT… there is HOPE… By following my recommended suggestions, you can get to the heart of understanding what your system implementation vendor does bring to the table for your organization, how they can support you and how they plan to manage your project. If you need support in vetting your system/software vendor and would like a complimentary assessment on how to lay the framework, please contact us at Nexlevel Consulting Services, LLC: tldavis@nexlevelconsultingllc.com.
10:35
August 31, 2020
Episode 14: Why Change is Challenging… Because YOU are transforming!
I was on Linkedin recently and noticed someone's headline said something to the effect of making organizational change easy! I thought to myself, " There is nothing about easy about change! Change can be challenging. WHY? Because YOU are transforming as a whole.  Listen in as Tammy breaks down how change that may begin in your workplace can have an effect in all aspects of your life!
07:19
July 23, 2020
Episode 13: Feeling Stuck, Overwhelmed and Confused? A Disney Movie to the Rescue!
Goal setting, Q3 and Q4 Planning, Pipelines and Forecasting. All words to support you in getting ready to crush the last 6 months of the year, especially after how 2020 has and continues to shape our new normal.  Listen in as Tammy shares which Disney movie motivates her and how you can use the same movie to get unstuck and unleash your power to dream, believe and achieve. Be sure to listen to the very end as Tammy also shares what her new "oasis" is! Keep Moving Forward!
08:29
July 02, 2020
Episode 12: 4 Tips to Building Teams & Having Team Members Swimming in Your Vision!
As a serial entrepreneur, there have been many times in which I needed a team. From a large global software transformation project to preparing for opening day for our previously owned italian ice franchise, the formation of teams was critical to our success. In this episode, I share 4 tips to support you in building your team and having your team members “swimming in” & executing your vision. Always remember in Team: Together Everyone Achieves More!
09:36
June 04, 2020
Episode 11: Do You Take The Time to Explore?
Do you take the time to explore opportunities when they don't look like you think they should? Just because it doesn't look the way you want it to look doesn't mean it's not working out in your favor! All that glitters CAN be gold! You just get to look underneath the "leaves" to find the glitter! Listen in as I share my experience of how an unlikely opportunity turned into a huge win for my company, Nexlevel Consulting Services!
12:52
May 18, 2020
Episode 10: Getting Our Financial House in Order and Keeping It That Way..... in Order!
I had the opportunity to chat with Mr. Rob Wilson, Financial Advisor, Personal Finance Expert, Author of Secure the Bag (http://www.securethebag.me), Speaker and, of course, TV/Radio Contributor… who has been very busy over the last several weeks appearing on local TV, national TV and radio platforms. I initially wanted to discuss legacy and generational wealth with Rob, but given the current state of affairs, I wanted to talk about things we can do, in this very moment, to get our financial houses in order! Listen in as Rob breaks down the financial world as we see it today, how it will play out in the near future and what we can do to prepare if the financial outlook ever turned bleak again! Be sure to follow Rob on all social media platforms: @RobWilsonTV.
15:42
May 04, 2020
Bonus Episode: It's About Damn Time! My Chat with Arlan Hamilton
In this episode, I was blessed to speak with Arlan Hamilton, Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital and author of "It's About Damn Time" : https://www.itsaboutdamntime.com/ Backstage Capital (https://backstagecapital.com) is a venture capital firm who, to date, has invested over $7M in more than 120 companies led by underrepresented founders. Arlan is someone who I admire greatly and serves as an amazing example of grit, determination, perseverance and of course, inspiration for me and so many others. I was selected to be on her book launch team and when the opportunity came for podcast hosts to interview her, I jumped at the chance! Listen in as we discuss Arlan's background, her journey, golden nuggets of knowledge/wisdom contained in the book and what we as entrepreneurs can do NOW in our current state of affairs.
22:08
May 01, 2020
Episode 9: Attention All Beauty Professionals: Are You Ready?
I broke all podcasting rules on this episode! No editing, no filters, no 2nd recordings, no do-overs and a TON of fillers. Just real talk about the thoughts swirling through my head when I think about my wellness and beauty professionals! As a follow up to my LinkedIn post on 4/13/2020, I've been thinking about my wellness, health and beauty professionals. I've been wondering if they are thinking about their people, processes and systems/technology to handle the influx of new and existing clients as soon as the stay @ home orders are removed. Listen in as I ask thought provoking questions which can only answered with ACTION. These are the thoughts and questions swirling in my head and may spark a level of creative thinking to support your efforts. Always consult your accountant, lawyer or professional advisor before executing on your efforts or any information related to a change in your lifestyle, business or finances. I'm not a beauty professional nor have a worked in the industry. I'm just a bonafide "pamper-myself" junkie who loves a great massage, haircut and eyebrow waxing who can't wait to sit in the chair or lay on the table again! I'm also an entrepreneur who LOVES supporting businesses, especially small businesses to thrive!
12:21
April 14, 2020
Episode 8: Four Key Aspects of Empowerment.
As individuals, we have been so conditioned to believe the only way we can operate is within parameters that have been set forth for ourselves WHEN we become empowered, and yet we don’t understand we have everything we need. Being empowered is a knowing; truly believing you have everything you need to execute your goals and operate within your vision. We often struggle to go outside of the limitations we have placed on ourselves. Empowerment is about helping people change how they think about themselves, so they can operate and think about what they can and cannot do. Empowerment has more depth than people realize as they say the word.  There are 4 aspects to empowerment: 1. Empowerment is the freedom to BE you! 2. Confidence is the first pillar to being empowered. 3. Stretching or going beyond the limitations you have set for yourself is a viable way to BEING more empowered. 4. Understanding… truly knowing and believing you are more than the parameters you have set around yourself.
08:39
March 30, 2020
Episode 7: Honoring My Girl Crushes For Women's History Month
Happy Women's History Month! This is the perfect time for me to celebrate two women who I admired greatly: Arlan Hamilton, Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital (https://backstagecapital.com/) and Monica Kang, CEO of Innovators Box (https://innovatorsbox.com/). Here is the link to the Backstage Tour 2020 (https://backstagecapital.com/tour2020/) where I will finally get to meet Ms. Hamilton in DC! In the episode, I was completely off on the numbers for Backstage Capital. Backstage Capital has invested over $7M in more than 120 companies led by underrepresented founders. Go Mrs. Hamilton! 
11:53
March 16, 2020
Episode 6: My Journey to the Tech Field
Discover how I went from being a Legal Secretary to an Oracle Applications Guru! If I can make the shift and pivot into this tech world, you can too!  Listen in to learn about other roles in the technology world.... there's more than just becoming a programmer or coder!
14:57
March 04, 2020
Episode 5: 4 Steps to Pivot to the Tech Field
You made a decision. Your desire is to enter in the technology field and you wonder which first step to take. You may not have interest in coding or programming, but want to embark on this new journey. There are MANY other professions in the technology industry!  After you listen to 4 steps to pivot into the tech world, check out my segment on Tech Tuesdays on The Karen Hunter Show: https://soundcloud.com/siriusxm-news-issues/techtuesday-tammy-l-davis-ceo-of-nexlevel-consulting-services-how-to-pivot-to-the-tech-field  Also, here’s the link to the World Economic Forum article about the Fourth Industrial Revolution: ‪https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/01/the-fourth-industrial-revolution-what-it-means-and-how-to-respond/‬ I'd love to hear your journey or desire to embark on your tech journey. Drop me a line at  my personal emaill: tldavis5728@gmail.com or connect with me on Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/tammydavis1
12:51
February 28, 2020
Episode 4: How Are You Making People Feel?
My thoughts on Kobe Bryant and how he made people FEEL. "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Maya Angelou.
07:49
February 11, 2020
Episode 3: Are You Ready to Scale?
Are You Ready to Scale? Don't let good things be the end. Listen to how I break down the 5 Steps for Scalability Approach.
09:45
January 20, 2020
Episode 2: The Power of Intention
When you attend events, network or just want to meet new people in different settings, do you set an intention? Listen in to discover the Power of Intention.
06:14
January 19, 2020
Episode 1: Welcome to the First Episode of the Messy Mind!
Welcome to the First Edition of the Messy Mind Podcast... wait... if you do something for the first time in the podcast world, can it be called a first edition or editions are only for the print world?
04:06
January 18, 2020