FASHION WEEK at the No More Silence Foundation

FASHION WEEK at the No More Silence Foundation

FASHION WEEK

at the no more silence foundation

By LaTrossica Wilson

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There are so many different programs and organizations for children that offer great ways to impact lives. However the No More Silence Foundation Center opened in May 2018 right here in the city of Memphis, offering unique ways through the arts to engage children and their families an opportunity that will impact their lives forever. The No More Silence Foundation is a non-profit organization pending as an exempt organization describe in section 501 (C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Our program also includes an A.R.T.S Summer Camp that is taking place this summer for children ages 4-14. A.R.T.S. stands for A REASON TO SURVIVE. Often time children feel as though they have no reason to live after being faced with adversity. Mrs. Wilson and her team is changing that mentality.

Each week of the A.R.T.S Summer Camp, we offer different themes to help with exposing and educating the campers. The week of June 11-June 15 was Fashion week. On Wednesday, June 13th, we celebrated National Sewing Machine Day and our National Fashion Day.

We invited Memphis’s own Jenni Graham. Ms. Graham is a fashion model, designer, fashion stylist, model coach, creative director, and the CEO of J.Chic Life Style Boutique.

Our goal for that day was to focus on the principals of art elements with designs and fashion. We had our campers to explore through creative areas of fashion using sewing machines, jewelry designs, fabric, patterns, styles, and a fashion show to model their designs down a yellow brick road made of posterboard.

The campers and staff had a ball!

Learn more about our program at our website to find out what’s this week at the No More Silence Foundation.

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25 Buzzwords That Make Smart People Look Stupid

25 Buzzwords That Make Smart People Look Stupid

25 buzzwords 

that make smart people look stupid

by Travis Bradberry

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At first, euphemisms surfaced in the workplace to help people deal with touchy subjects that were difficult to talk about. Before long, they morphed into corporate buzzwords that expanded and took over our vocabulary until our everyday conversations started sounding like they’re taking place on another planet:

 

“Listen Ray, I don’t have the bandwidth for it with everything that’s on my plate, but ping me anyway because at the end of the day it’s on my radar and I don’t want to be thrown under the bus because I didn’t circle back around on this no-brainer.”

 

I understand the temptation. These phrases are spicy and they make you feel clever (low hanging fruit is a crutch of mine), but they also annoy the heck out of people.

If you think that you can use these phrases without consequence, you’re kidding yourself. Just pay close attention to how other people react to your using them, and you’ll see that these phrases don’t cast you in a favorable light.

 

After all, TalentSmart has tested the emotional intelligence of more than a million people and one of the biggest need areas for most people is social awareness. Most of us are so focused on what we’re saying and what we’re going to say next that we lose sight of how our words affect other people.

So give these words a read, think of how often you use some of them, and see if you can catch yourself before you use them again.

Have some fun with it, because at the end of the day if you don’t hit the ground running you can always go back to the drawing board and get the ball rolling…

Think outside the box

Thrown under the bus

Reinvent the wheel

Get the ball rolling

No brainer

Elephant in the room

Apples to apples

Win-win

Reinvent the wheel

Get the ball rolling

On my plate

Elephant in the room

Low hanging fruit

Let’s touch base

At the end of the day

It’s on my radar

Ping me

Get my managers blessing

Pay for the course

Bang for your buck

Synergy

Move the goal post

Circle back around

All hands on deck

Take this offline

Think outside the box

Thrown under the bus

Reinvent the wheel

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Dr. Travis Bradberry is the award-winning co-author of the #1 bestselling book, Emotional Intelligence 2.0, and the cofounder of TalentSmart, the world’s leading provider of emotional intelligence tests and training, serving more than 75% of Fortune 500 companies. His bestselling books have been translated into 25 languages and are available in more than 150 countries. Dr. Bradberry has written for, or been covered by, Newsweek, TIME, BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, Inc., USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Harvard Business Review.

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UofM Research Study on Diabetes

UofM Research Study on Diabetes

University of memphis

research study on diabetes

by Matt Butawan

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Metabolic abnormalities including prediabetes are becoming increasingly common.  In recent years, Memphis has had the unfortunate publicity of being labeled as one of the unhealthiest cities in the country.

Diabetes is becoming an epidemic around the country, but in pockets of the country like the Mid-South, the problem is magnified (Figure 2, below; CDC 2012).  With obesity and associated metabolic abnormalities escalating, visits to the doctor are becoming more and more frequent which in turn puts additional strain on healthcare providers who are frequently overworked.

Thanks to quality educational and prevention programs, the spread of diabetes and prediabetes have slowed but more work is needed.

In an attempt to help combat this epidemic, the dietary supplement industry is now marketing supplement and nutraceuticals with the proposed benefit of helping to control blood sugar.

Because of the lax regulations surrounding dietary supplements, consumers should be cautious when it comes to which products they shell out money for.  Many supplements do not undergo any form of research or testing before entering the market and products are not pulled off the shelves until they are demonstrated to have significant adverse events.

cinnamon extract

in reducing blood sugar

One such nutraceutical that could potentially aid in controlling blood sugar is cinnamon or a cinnamon extract.  Educated consumers should understand that not all cinnamon extracts are effective at reducing or controlling blood sugar.  In fact, only certain varieties of cinnamon have been shown to have this effect.  Even though supplement companies are not required to provide research, good ones still choose to do so.

For example, the University of Memphis is now recruiting non-smoking men and women for a research study to determine how a cinnamon extract and the amino acid glycine can impact blood sugar and insulin following the ingestion of a carbohydrate drink.

The study consists of three lab visits in which participants will be required to drink a sweet beverage and provide blood samples before and during the two hours post ingestion period. Each lab visit will take approximately 2.5 hours.

You will be compensated $150 for your time.

If you are interested in learning more and to determine if you qualify to participate, please contact Matt Butawan at mbbtawan@memphis.edu.

 

Note: This study is not meant to diagnose or treat any medical or health disorder.  It will simply serve to assess the efficacy of the supplement.

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How Smart People Handle Difficult People

How Smart People Handle Difficult People

How smart people

handle difficult people

by Travis Bradberry

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Difficult people defy logic.

Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons. Either way, they create unnecessary complexity, strife, and worst of all stress.

Studies have long shown that stress can have a lasting, negative impact on the brain. Exposure to even a few days of stress compromises the effectiveness of neurons in the hippocampus—an important brain area responsible for reasoning and memory.

Weeks of stress cause reversible damage to neuronal dendrites (the small “arms” that brain cells use to communicate with each other), and months of stress can permanently destroy neurons.

Stress is a formidable threat to your success—when stress gets out of control, your brain and your performance suffer.

Most sources of stress at work are easy to identify. If your non-profit is working to land a grant that your organization needs to function, you’re bound to feel stress and likely know how to manage it.

It’s the unexpected sources of stress that take you by surprise and harm you the most.

Recent research from the Department of Biological and Clinical Psychology at Friedrich Schiller University in Germany found that exposure to stimuli that cause strong negative emotions—the same kind of exposure you get when dealing with difficult people—caused subjects’ brains to have a massive stress response. Whether it’s negativity, cruelty, the victim syndrome, or just plain craziness, difficult people drive your brain into a stressed-out state that should be avoided at all costs.

The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance.

TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm and in control. One of their greatest gifts is the ability to neutralize difficult people. Top performers have well-honed coping strategies that they employ to keep difficult people at bay.

While I’ve run across numerous effective strategies that smart people employ when dealing with difficult people, what follows are some of the best.

To deal with difficult people effectively, you need an approach that enables you, across the board, to control what you can and eliminate what you can’t. The important thing to remember is that you are in control of far more than you realize.

They set limits.

Complainers and negative people are bad news because they wallow in their problems and fail to focus on solutions. They want people to join their pity party so that they can feel better about themselves. People often feel pressure to listen to complainers because they don’t want to be seen as callous or rude, but there’s a fine line between lending a sympathetic ear and getting sucked into their negative emotional spiral.

You can avoid this only by setting limits and distancing yourself when necessary. Think of it this way: if the complainer were smoking, would you sit there all afternoon inhaling the second-hand smoke? You’d distance yourself, and you should do the same with complainers. A great way to set limits is to ask complainers how they intend to fix the problem. They will either quiet down or redirect the conversation in a productive direction.

They rise above.

Difficult people drive you crazy because their behavior is so irrational. Make no mistake about it; their behavior truly goes against reason. So why do you allow yourself to respond to them emotionally and get sucked into the mix? The more irrational and off-base someone is, the easier it should be for you to remove yourself from their traps. Quit trying to beat them at their own game. Distance yourself from them emotionally and approach your interactions like they’re a science project (or you’re their shrink, if you prefer the analogy). You don’t need to respond to the emotional chaos—only the facts.

They stay aware of their emotions.

Maintaining an emotional distance requires awareness. You can’t stop someone from pushing your buttons if you don’t recognize when it’s happening. Sometimes you’ll find yourself in situations where you’ll need to regroup and choose the best way forward. This is fine and you shouldn’t be afraid to buy yourself some time to do so.

Think of it this way—if a mentally unstable person approaches you on the street and tells you he’s John F. Kennedy, you’re unlikely to set him straight. When you find yourself with a coworker who is engaged in similarly derailed thinking, sometimes it’s best to just smile and nod. If you’re going to have to straighten them out, it’s better to give yourself some time to plan the best way to go about it.

They establish boundaries.

This is the area where most people tend to sell themselves short. They feel like because they work or live with someone, they have no way to control the chaos. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Once you’ve found your way to Rise Above a person, you’ll begin to find their behavior more predictable and easier to understand. This will equip you to think rationally about when and where you have to put up with them and when you don’t. For example, even if you work with someone closely on a project team, that doesn’t mean that you need to have the same level of one-on-one interaction with them that you have with other team members.

You can establish a boundary, but you’ll have to do so consciously and proactively. If you let things happen naturally, you are bound to find yourself constantly embroiled in difficult conversations. If you set boundaries and decide when and where you’ll engage a difficult person, you can control much of the chaos. The only trick is to stick to your guns and keep boundaries in place when the person tries to encroach upon them, which they will.

They don’t die in the fight.

Smart people know how important it is to live to fight another day, especially when your foe is a toxic individual. In conflict, unchecked emotion makes you dig your heels in and fight the kind of battle that can leave you severely damaged. When you read and respond to your emotions, you’re able to choose your battles wisely and only stand your ground when the time is right.

They don’t focus on problems—only solutions.

Where you focus your attention determines your emotional state. When you fixate on the problems you’re facing, you create and prolong negative emotions and stress. When you focus on actions to better yourself and your circumstances, you create a sense of personal efficacy that produces positive emotions and reduces stress.

When it comes to toxic people, fixating on how crazy and difficult they are gives them power over you. Quit thinking about how troubling your difficult person is, and focus instead on how you’re going to go about handling them. This makes you more effective by putting you in control, and it will reduce the amount of stress you experience when interacting with them.

They don’t forget.

Emotionally intelligent people are quick to forgive, but that doesn’t mean that they forget. Forgiveness requires letting go of what’s happened so that you can move on. It doesn’t mean you’ll give a wrongdoer another chance. Smart people are unwilling to be bogged down unnecessarily by others’ mistakes, so they let them go quickly and are assertive in protecting themselves from future harm.

They squash negative self-talk.

Sometimes you absorb the negativity of other people. There’s nothing wrong with feeling bad about how someone is treating you, but your self-talk (the thoughts you have about your feelings) can either intensify the negativity or help you move past it. Negative self-talk is unrealistic, unnecessary, and self-defeating. It sends you into a downward emotional spiral that is difficult to pull out of. You should avoid negative self-talk at all costs.

They get some sleep.

I’ve beaten this one to death over the years and can’t say enough about the importance of sleep to increasing your emotional intelligence and managing your stress levels. When you sleep, your brain literally recharges, so that you wake up alert and clear-headed. Your self-control, attention, and memory are all reduced when you don’t get enough—or the right kind—of sleep. Sleep deprivation raises stress hormone levels on its own, even without a stressor present. A good night’s sleep makes you more positive, creative, and proactive in your approach to toxic people, giving you the perspective you need to deal effectively with them.

They use their support system.

It’s tempting, yet entirely ineffective, to attempt tackling everything by yourself. To deal with toxic people, you need to recognize the weaknesses in your approach to them. This means tapping into your support system to gain perspective on a challenging person. Everyone has someone at work and/or outside work who is on their team, rooting for them, and ready to help them get the best from a difficult situation. Identify these individuals in your life and make an effort to seek their insight and assistance when you need it. Something as simple as explaining the situation can lead to a new perspective. Most of the time, other people can see a solution that you can’t because they are not as emotionally invested in the situation.

Think outside the box

Thrown under the bus

Reinvent the wheel

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Before you get this system to work brilliantly, you’re going to have to pass some tests. Most of the time, you will find yourself tested by touchy interactions with problem people. Thankfully, the plasticity of the brain allows it to mold and change as you practice new behaviors, even when you fail. Implementing these healthy, stress-relieving techniques for dealing with difficult people will train your brain to handle stress more effectively and decrease the likelihood of ill effects.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Dr. Travis Bradberry is the award-winning co-author of the #1 bestselling book, Emotional Intelligence 2.0, and the cofounder of TalentSmart, the world’s leading provider of emotional intelligence tests and training, serving more than 75% of Fortune 500 companies. His bestselling books have been translated into 25 languages and are available in more than 150 countries. Dr. Bradberry has written for, or been covered by, Newsweek, TIME, BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, Inc., USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Harvard Business Review.

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A Look Into Steven M. Lee and the Memphis Jazz Workshop

A Look Into Steven M. Lee and the Memphis Jazz Workshop

A look into steven m. lee

and the memphis jazz workshop

by Duy Nguyen and Alden Zuck

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Steven M. Lee is the artist, director, and founder of the Memphis Jazz Workshop.

Steven was born in St. Louis, Missouri and moved to Memphis around the age of 1. He graduated Carver High School with the class of 1987 and left to Knoxville to study with ‘the great Donna Brown, who is a phenomenal jazz pianist’.

He left there and moved to Vegas, traveled around Europe, back to Memphis, and then resided in New York in 1996 for roughly ten to twelve years performing around the city. He was also the music director for several musicians and worked with a host of musicians that he ‘had the pleasure and blessing of working with’. He then left in 2009 to move back to Memphis and has been teaching ever since.

Steven talks about his path . . .

“I had no idea I would be teaching for these number of years, but it’s good and I really think of it as a ministry, not a job. I think I was called to help motivate kids and give them the tools they need to be successful. I was blessed to have some band mentors that I can still look up to today and talk to, that experience is what I want to share with these kids.”

Steven has been playing music since he was eight years old and has always had a certain feeling that brings him peace when he is playing that goes back for years.

“I feel right at home when I’m sitting down playing a piece of music, especially improve because it’s more freedom. It’s nothing that planned, you just go for it. You know all the ideas that you’ve practiced and studied for and you put it together and tell a story. It’s the freedom of expression”.

The Memphis Jazz Workshop is a non-profit organization committed to cultivate young musicians in the Memphis area by giving them opportunities for learning and performance opportunities with professional local musicians while embracing the legacy of jazz music at Memphis. Memphis has a very rich heritage of jazz music which the world is familiar with but unfortunately the city of Memphis is not. Our goal is to first start a workshop and let the city expand from the workshop, from there we have other things in store for the city which pertains to jazz that will be revealed at a later time.

The motivation for the Creation of the Memphis Jazz Workshop

“If the students aren’t inspiring to become a professional jazz musician, one thing I would like them to leave with is skills they can transfer. One thing we teach the kids is you have to practice a couple hours a day and you have to know what to practice, that’s time management and discipline.”

Steven also describes how when one is learning a difficult piece of music you start out a lot of times thinking there’s no way to learn such a hard piece, but once you get it down it is the feeling of being successful through the music that he also wants the kids to feel.

“The kids who are serious about doing this for a living, they have to understand the importance of practicing and the importance of relationships.”

Steven places the importance on creating relationships because the people that the kids are in the band with now could be looking for a musician in the future. Having this network of musicians through this program is important when pursuing a career as a musician.

Hutchison Music School

The Memphis Jazz Workshop did a collaboration with Hutchison Music School for the whole month of February. “They have a piano lab and the perfect rooms, it was just the perfect spot to do a workshop. It’s a great feeling to work with Tracey Ford at Hutchison, she’s always kind and whatever we needed there was never a problem. We just want to publicly thank Hutchison school for their space and time.”

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Steven M. Lee

“What I have to say to the city is just to support the Memphis Jazz Workshop, not just financially but just come to our concerts, send your kids, and if you know of a child that’s talented and wants to learn more about jazz and music, send them too! We start at age 11-18 and are open to any child from all over the city, we just need kids who are really serious about music and we need your support.”

Come out to support the Memphis Jazz Workshop and watch everybody who has been a part of camp for the winter months perform in front of their friends and family! They haven’t selected a specific place or time yet, but it will be around the third week of April.

PLEASE CHECK THEM OUT AT MEMPHISJAZZWORKSHOP.ORG

Ulysses Owens and the Students

“I’ve been to a lot of jazz music workshops but how Ulysses presented his workshop was perfect”.

When Ulysses came to teach the workshop, he didn’t just come and play for the kids like some people do, but he had each student get up and play as a band as he gave some tough love and critiques, allowing the kids to be engaged the full two hours. The first hour was ensemble playing and learning different techniques and the second hour was based on entrepreneurship. What Ulysses did was not just about playing an instrument he explains how you can make a living as a musician.

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10 Things Genuinely Confident People Do Differently

10 Things Genuinely Confident People Do Differently

10 things genuinely

confident people do differently

by Travis Bradberry

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True confidence – as opposed to the false confidence people project to mask their insecurities – has a look all on it’s own.

One thing is certain: truly confident peopel always have the upper hand over he doubtful and the skittish because they inspire others and they make things happen

 

Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t—you’re right.

Henry Ford

Ford’s notion that your mentality has a powerful effect on your ability to succeed is seen in the results of a recent study at the University of Melbourne that showed that confident people earn higher wages and get promoted more quickly than anyone else.

Indeed, confident people have a profound impact on everyone they encounter. Yet, they achieve this only because they exert so much influence inside, on themselves.

 

We see only their outside. We see them innovate, speak their mind, and propel themselves forward toward bigger and better things.

And, yet, we’re missing the best part.

We don’t see the habits they develop to become so confident. It’s a labor of love that they pursue behind the scenes, every single day.

And while what people are influenced by changes with the season, the unique habits of truly confident people remain constant. Their focused pursuit is driven by these habits that you can emulate and absorb:

They speak with certainty.

It’s rare to hear the truly confident utter phrases such as “Um,” “I’m not sure,” and “I think.” Confident people speak assertively because they know that it’s difficult to get people to listen to you if you can’t deliver your ideas with conviction.

They seek out small victories.

Confident people like to challenge themselves and compete, even when their efforts yield small victories. Small victories build new androgen receptors in the areas of the brain responsible for reward and motivation. The increase in androgen receptors increases the influence of testosterone, which further increases their confidence and eagerness to tackle future challenges. When you have a series of small victories, the boost in your confidence can last for months.

They exercise.

A study conducted at the Eastern Ontario Research Institute found that people who exercised twice a week for 10 weeks felt more competent socially, academically, and athletically. They also rated their body image and self-esteem higher. Best of all, rather than the physical changes in their bodies being responsible for the uptick in confidence, it was the immediate, endorphin-fueled positivity from exercise that made all the difference.

They don’t seek attention.

People are turned off by those who are desperate for attention. Confident people know that being yourself is much more effective than trying to prove that you’re important. People catch on to your attitude quickly and are more attracted to the right attitude than what, or how many, people you know. Confident people always seem to bring the right attitude.

Confident people are masters of attention diffusion. When they’re receiving attention for an accomplishment, they quickly shift the focus to all the people who worked hard to help get them there. They don’t crave approval or praise because they draw their self-worth from within.

They don’t pass judgment.

Confident people don’t pass judgment on others because they know that everyone has something to offer, and they don’t need to take other people down a notch in order to feel good about themselves. Comparing yourself to other people is limiting. Confident people don’t waste time sizing people up and worrying about whether or not they measure up to everyone they meet.

They get their happiness from within.

Happiness is a critical element of confidence, because in order to be confident in what you do, you have to be happy with who you are. People who brim with confidence derive their sense of pleasure and satisfaction from their own accomplishments, as opposed to what other people think of their accomplishments.

They listen more than they speak.

People with confidence listen more than they speak because they don’t feel as though they have anything to prove. Confident people know that by actively listening and paying attention to others, they are much more likely to learn and grow. Instead of seeing interactions as opportunities to prove themselves to others, they focus on the interaction itself, because they know that this is a far more enjoyable and productive approach to people.

They take risks.

When confident people see an opportunity, they take it. Instead of worrying about what could go wrong, they ask themselves, “What’s stopping me? Why can’t I do that?” and they go for it. Fear doesn’t hold them back because they know that if they never try, they will never succeed.

They aren’t afraid to be wrong.

Confident people aren’t afraid to be proven wrong. They like putting their opinions out there to see if they hold up because they learn a lot from the times they are wrong and other people learn from them when they’re right. Self-assured people know what they are capable of and don’t treat being wrong as a personal slight.

They celebrate other peoples successes.

Insecure people constantly doubt their relevance, and because of this, they try to steal the spotlight and criticize others in order to prove their worth. Confident people, on the other hand, aren’t worried about their relevance because they draw their self-worth from within. Instead of insecurely focusing inward, confident people focus outward, which allows them to see all the wonderful things that other people bring to the table. Praising people for their contributions is a natural result of this.

Think outside the box

Thrown under the bus

Reinvent the wheel

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Building confidence is a journey, not a destination. To become more confident you must be passionate in your pursuit of a greater future.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Dr. Travis Bradberry is the award-winning co-author of the #1 bestselling book, Emotional Intelligence 2.0, and the cofounder of TalentSmart, the world’s leading provider of emotional intelligence tests and training, serving more than 75% of Fortune 500 companies. His bestselling books have been translated into 25 languages and are available in more than 150 countries. Dr. Bradberry has written for, or been covered by, Newsweek, TIME, BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, Inc., USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Harvard Business Review.

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