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How a 14-Year-Old Girl Became a Millionaire

How a 14-Year-Old Girl Became a Millionaire

One could argue that being a teenager is one of the hardest times in a person’s life. It can be a period of both confusion and self-discovery. But some teens have a better grasp on adolescence than others. They are self-assured and know who they are and are ready to change their lives because of it. According to Entrepreneur’s Bryan Elliott, knowing who you are is one of five signs that you are ready for success. In 2013 Listverse published an article in 2013 listing 10 self-made teen millionaires. They’ve become millionaires doing everything from making jam to creating greeting cards and apps. It’s certain these teens are self-assured and are comfortable with who they are.

Isabella Weems is one of these dynamic millionaire teens. If you haven’t heard of her, maybe you’ve seen her jewelry. At age 14, Isabella “Bella” was the founder of the now multi-million dollar jewelry company,Origami Owl. These lockets can be bought in many shapes and sizes and you can even mix and match your chain. You then fill these lockets with as many charms as you want. With hundreds of choices it’s not easy to pick! They make amazing gifts (I should know as I bought them for my bridal party), or they are great just to buy to treat yourself (which I’ve also done)! The success has been so high for Origami Owl that they have started to branch out to other types of jewelry as well. They sell not only other types of necklaces, but also lanyards, earrings, and bracelets.

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    Bella shares her story on her website, telling readers that she was only looking for a way to buy a car. With only a few hundred dollars she created an idea where you could personalize a locket by adding charms inside. While she is now branching out to other items, the locket remains her most popular piece. With the quick growth of the company, these personalized lockets became a hit. They can be ordered online and found at vendor shows. But the most fun way to buy the jewelry is through home jewelry parties. Site visitors can sign up to be a consultant and for $149.99 you can host your own parties and sell the jewelry. Part of the profits go back to Origami Owl while the rest stays with you. It gives anyone a chance to run their own business while utilizing a million-dollar idea.

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      While it was Bella’s initial idea, and her initial $350 that started her on her way, Elliott points out in his article that listening to your support system is also another sign you’re ready for success. Bella was lucky to have so many people supporting her. In an article in Forbes, they share that she gets a lot of help and support from family. Mom, Dad, aunts, and uncles all have jobs in their own specialities helping Bella. As a group they all take part in making her business a success. And what a success it is! In the same interview Forbes reports that as of 2013 Origami Owl was set to make around $250 million!

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      Isabella has all the makings for continued success. She works hard at her company and pushes the envelope of her success. She implements new ideas for her line of jewelry that make visiting her site always fun. It’s exciting to see what new pieces, charms, and lockets Origami Owl creates. This teen is a great inspiration to everyone.

      Bella Weems is proof that with an idea, determination, support, and just a little bit of money- anyone can really change the world! Way to go Bella!

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      Featured photo credit: Origami Owl Facebook via facebook.com

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      Last Updated on December 2, 2018

      7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

      7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

      When giving a presentation or speech, you have to engage your audience effectively in order to truly get your point across. Unlike a written editorial or newsletter, your speech is fleeting; once you’ve said everything you set out to say, you don’t get a second chance to have your voice heard in that specific arena.

      You need to make sure your audience hangs on to every word you say, from your introduction to your wrap-up. You can do so by:

      1. Connecting them with each other

      Picture your typical rock concert. What’s the first thing the singer says to the crowd after jumping out on stage? “Hello (insert city name here)!” Just acknowledging that he’s coherent enough to know where he is is enough for the audience to go wild and get into the show.

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      It makes each individual feel as if they’re a part of something bigger. The same goes for any public speaking event. When an audience hears, “You’re all here because you care deeply about wildlife preservation,” it gives them a sense that they’re not just there to listen, but they’re there to connect with the like-minded people all around them.

      2. Connect with their emotions

      Speakers always try to get their audience emotionally involved in whatever topic they’re discussing. There are a variety of ways in which to do this, such as using statistics, stories, pictures or videos that really show the importance of the topic at hand.

      For example, showing pictures of the aftermath of an accident related to drunk driving will certainly send a specific message to an audience of teenagers and young adults. While doing so might be emotionally nerve-racking to the crowd, it may be necessary to get your point across and engage them fully.

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      3. Keep going back to the beginning

      Revisit your theme throughout your presentation. Although you should give your audience the credit they deserve and know that they can follow along, linking back to your initial thesis can act as a subconscious reminder of why what you’re currently telling them is important.

      On the other hand, if you simply mention your theme or the point of your speech at the beginning and never mention it again, it gives your audience the impression that it’s not really that important.

      4. Link to your audience’s motivation

      After you’ve acknowledged your audience’s common interests in being present, discuss their motivation for being there. Be specific. Using the previous example, if your audience clearly cares about wildlife preservation, discuss what can be done to help save endangered species’ from extinction.

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      Don’t just give them cold, hard facts; use the facts to make a point that they can use to better themselves or the world in some way.

      5. Entertain them

      While not all speeches or presentations are meant to be entertaining in a comedic way, audiences will become thoroughly engaged in anecdotes that relate to the overall theme of the speech. We discussed appealing to emotions, and that’s exactly what a speaker sets out to do when he tells a story from his past or that of a well-known historical figure.

      Speakers usually tell more than one story in order to show that the first one they told isn’t simply an anomaly, and that whatever outcome they’re attempting to prove will consistently reoccur, given certain circumstances.

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      6. Appeal to loyalty

      Just like the musician mentioning the town he’s playing in will get the audience ready to rock, speakers need to appeal to their audience’s loyalty to their country, company, product or cause. Show them how important it is that they’re present and listening to your speech by making your words hit home to each individual.

      In doing so, the members of your audience will feel as if you’re speaking directly to them while you’re addressing the entire crowd.

      7. Tell them the benefits of the presentation

      Early on in your presentation, you should tell your audience exactly what they’ll learn, and exactly how they’ll learn it. Don’t expect them to listen if they don’t have clear-cut information to listen for. On the other hand, if they know what to listen for, they’ll be more apt to stay engaged throughout your entire presentation so they don’t miss anything.

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