What Makes A Good, Trusted Advisor?

Aszure Gray

An “advisorship” is more than a simple mentorship – it is a relationship between your business and an external party that has a specific value to add. With this relationship comes an implied sense of expectations and reward. So what qualities should you look for when finding a trusted advisor? Read below for five traits that are commonly sought for in consultants throughout the business world.

They have a genuine interest in getting to know you & your business

Despite any other qualification, the consultant must be able to complement your organization. In order for an advisor be able to work smoothly with the business owner for success, they must be cross-functional and eager to learn about you and your business. Don’t expect a “perfect fit” though. You don’t want more of what you already have.

They have transferable skills

Cookie-cutter approaches are weak. A great consultant is able to…

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As someone who loves both social media and making a difference in our world, I am always in awe with what ideas people create to combine these two passions of mine.

First, I was introduced to Charity Miles. This mobile application allows walkers, runners, and bikers to track their personal mileage and donate their miles to the charity of their choice. For each mile that you walk or run, 25¢ is donated; for each mile that you bike, 10¢ is donated. My friend Chris implemented a competition throughout the state of Indiana, encouraging universities to raise more miles than their competitors. While I’m proud to say that Ball State was the Charity Miles Challenge champion, I’m even prouder to say that my involvement didn’t stop there. Thrilled by the idea of being able to make a difference from my own pocket, I continued to utilize Charity Miles and was eventually featured in their Spotlight On blog after my friend Aaron and I challenged the CM community to a #September70 #selfchallenge. And to think- all of this involvement and interaction with various charities in our world was stemmed by one simple app.

Now, I’ve discovered a new app that allows me to reach out and help others. (Don’t worry, CM! I’m still using you- especially after your most recent update.) Started by Johnson&Johnson, Donate a Photo allows you to, well, donate your photos to various causes. While their cause list may be smaller, their impact is just as mighty. For each photo donated, J&J donates $1 to the cause that you have selected. They’ll even stamp your photo for you, proudly showing the world what cause you chose to support that day.

You now have an excuse to take that embarrassing selfie!

I could advocate for these apps all day and all night, but that’s not going to do much of anything. What will do something, however, is you downloading either one of these apps, using them, and making a difference in our world. So go. Help a child go to school. Protect a child from bullying. Provide support to the Special Olympics. Stand Up 2 Cancer by walking a mile or two. It doesn’t matter how you help the world, it only matters that you help.

And I quote: “Be the Change You Wish to See in the World.”


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At one point in my life, I wanted to be a photographer. I loved the idea of experiencing a moment, capturing that moment with the click of a shutter, and sharing the image with the rest of the world. Photography was something that I enjoyed; something that I was passionate about.

I still love photography, but I’ve come to realize that I love adventures more. While I can document my experiences through photography, it’s impossible to share those experiences with anyone else. Images can be admired, but they can’t put you on the train; they don’t allow you to feel the wind in your hair and the coal bits on your face. Be it a lack of ability to capture the “perfect” moment or simply the face of reality, my experiences are true and personal to one person: me.

Every adventure is unique. Allow yourself to fully experience yours.

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Remember: you are more. You aren’t just a resumé, a portfolio, a reel; a photograph merely captures your image for nothing more than a split second of your life. Life is full of experiences, both good, bad, and most certainly in between. These experiences are your substance, your self. And although it can be overwhelmingly easy to lose sense of who you are, it’s important to remember your purpose on this Earth. Each individual’s purpose is unique; some may go undiscovered to a subjective eye. Nevertheless: you are more. You always will be.

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“To dance is to be yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power on earth and it is yours for the taking.”

Today, I needed a little Agnes to remind me of what I already know. It’s so easy, as an artist, to lose yourself in your own mind. Misguided passion is common; the urge for new experiences can often lead us astray from our “intended” path. But, it’s so important to remember that our bodies, much like the world, are a melting pot. They crave new movement, excitement, and have been carefully crafted to serve our every desire. I refuse to let movement define me as a dancer. To dance is to be yourself.. And I have chosen to define my own movement.

“To dance is to…

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kinesthesia: awareness of the position and movement of the parts of the body by means of proprioceptors in the muscles and joints

être: to be

kinêtre: to be aware of the position and movement of the parts of my body as i embark on the wonderful adventure that is life and art