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Talk Thursday interview: Vonda Tharpe
A2F: How has social media impacted your life – personally and professionally?
Vonda: I am always amazed by how social media has impacted me in my life and as a blogger.
Social media has helped me connect with so many people that I would not be able to see on a daily basis. I have gotten great advice, recipes, and of course the latest news all from social media. On a professional note, social media is the one HOTTEST topic in the Human Resources world. Private or Not Private for an employer to view social media of their employees?? It is an extremely fine line that has new twists and turns on a daily basis.
A2F: What is your favorite social media network, and why?
Vonda: My favorite social media network is Facebook. I love the connectivity as well as the interaction when used appropriately.
A2F: Social media is a common platform to market businesses and services, what other ways are you using social media for your business, site or blog?
Vonda: To share the love of Jesus Christ!
A2F: Which social network have you been slow to adopt or use? Why have you been hesitant?
Vonda: SnapChat. It is basically visually messaging times 10. It is truly a fun app, but it has limited reach and value to target marketing. All in my humble opinion.
A2F: Thinking about blogging and/or social media, share one of your highlights or accomplishments? What made it special?
Vonda: When Melissa McCarthy connected with me through Instagram. She has a clothing line for curvy ladies, so it was totally cool for her brand to notice me. I am hoping to collaborate later this year.
A2F: For those in blogging and business, what business or marketing major advice would you share with the Addicted to Fries readers?
Vonda: Stay focused and DO YOU. It is easy to look at other bloggers and/or businesses generating traffic. However, you have to stay true and focused to the audience that you are attracting. You are in your lane for a reason.
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A2F: Which 3 books would your recommend for online business owners, marketing professionals or entrepreneurs, and why?
Vonda: I am a motivational book enthusiast. I love to read books that share different perspectives about how to be a “go getter.”My top three books:
The Message Bible. You have to be grounded and spiritually centered to be an entrepreneur. The message bible is an easy read to apply to everyday life.
I Know How She Does It by Laura Vanderkam. An easy read that shares great tips on how balancing work and family.
Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office 101 by Lois P. Frankel, PhD. This book has been with me for 8 years. It is practical advice for women in the world of business. Each “mistake” has coaching tips to change the behavior. This has truly been my “go to” book.
More about Vonda:
Vonda Settles Tharpe is better known as The Curvy Boss Lady. As a Human Professional with more than 15 years of progressive experience leading teams, the “Boss Lady” nickname stuck because of her career. She added the “Curvy” because as she’s gotten older the weight challenges continue to remain inconsistent. It became a challenge finding trendy, non frumpy clothing for a curvy lady. Once she got comfortable, the Curvy Boss Lady blog was born!!! Curvy Boss Lady is less than a year old, but it’s on the MOVE!
There you have it for this week’s Talk Thursday interview. Thanks, Vonda, for being part of the series. Your insight will help the masses. I look forward to seeing your outfit posts and boss lady success tips.
What do you think? Do you agree with Vonda’s insight? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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