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Atlanta business development strategist discusses living purposefully

Atlanta business development strategist discusses living purposefully
Photo provided by Yvette Gavin

Have you ever found yourself feeling all over the place in your career? Prior to becoming a business owner, I often found myself starting many projects and not finishing them. I had no idea at the time I could hire a professional to help me find my niche.

Rolling out had the opportunity to chat with Yvette Gavin, a business development strategist and owner of Yvette Gavin Consulting. We talked about her biggest career challenges and how she helped one client score a six-figure income.

Talk about your professional achievements since launching your firm.

Since launching my company, Yvette Gavin Consulting LLC where I’m helping others grow their companies and assisting individuals in landing higher paying jobs. One of my client’s increased her income from $70K to over $170K within three months of coaching. After implementing the operational and sales strategies I recommended to a client in 2015, the company’s net profits increased by 68 percent within 12 months! These results make me proud because I’m impacting the lives of others in a life-changing way.

What has been your biggest career challenge in your career so far?

Being heard in a male-dominant work environment was my biggest challenge. I would share ideas or solutions and not get a response but when my male counterparts repeated or rephrased my idea it was received. I had to learn how to speak boldly while maintaining a professional tone. It was indeed a challenge because initially, I came off as too aggressive for some men in the conference room. Over time, I learned how to get my voice to the table without losing my dignity.

What is your No. 1 career goal for 2017 and since we are in the third quarter, how close are you to achieving your goal? 

2017 has been all about brand awareness for Yvette Gavin Consulting in the private and public sector. We aligned our goals to several forms of measurements to track progress. Where we have made a significant imprint in getting the brand out in the private sector, we’re slightly behind projections in the public sector.

In business, social media is important, which platforms do you engage in the most?

My big four are Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Instagram! I love everything about this platform. It’s easy to post a picture, inspirational sayings, and short videos. LinkedIn is where many of my clients’ handout so for that reason I am on LinkedIn a lot as well. We do a LIVE Facebook and Periscope Lunch and Learn every Monday and Thursday at noon and really think Facebook is strong in the live video postings.

In your opinion, what is the key to success?

For me, the key is faith. Faith in God and faith in myself. Too often people want success but don’t have the faith; i.e., belief system, to carry them forward. There are other keys like confidence, talent, network, but none of that works well without faith.

 Tell us about the three C’s?

The three Cs — collaboration, candor and care — best describe my leadership style. I believe strongly in the power of the team. I sincerely listen and encourage ideas and feedback from the team. I lead my team the way I would want to be led and that is with candor and care.

Follow Yvette Gavin on Twitter @Yvettegavin

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