Professionals Against Bullying

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


This week has been dedicated to me being a writing coach for an excellent young writer. Rebekah (pictured above) has already created and written two books of her own. They are not published yet but she has the determination to carry it through. This week we have worked on her story planning, character developing and more. She is working on several chapter books at this time and will be in the seventh grade this Fall. She is a great example of putting her talents into action. If you are interested in a writing coach for your young person please let me know at .
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009


When you reach for your goals with full reach them. As an author I am able to meet many people who share their dreams with me. The best part about having a dream is taking the necessary steps to make it happen. Do you have a dream? Is it written down? Have you also wrote down the steps that will get you closer? The picture above is a photo of my brother. I used to take him to the gym with me and he was not very fond of exercise. He grunted and complained when I challenged him to lift weights and run on the treadmill. One day he proclaimed that he wanted to be in great shape. He stopped drinking sugary beverages and began working out daily. He has not ever missed a workout since he began this regimen. Today he is very strong and I am the one who has the occasional grunt when I workout with him. His goal/dream was to be very physically fit and he made it come true. If your goal is to be published...begin researching the markets that they are looking for. Take classes and seminars to get you prepared for the life of an author and write everyday! If your goal is have your own business...invest in your education! Find out what you need to get you in touch with the right contacts. My next lunch-time webinar is on June 29th from 11-12. You can register today using the paypal buttons on this page. If you would like to see me in person register for our next Power Of People seminar on July 9th from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Your goals are's all about applying the methods you need to see your dream become a reality.
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Monday, June 22, 2009

Making Connections...

This Saturday I had a wonderful time with the ladies of the Black Women In Business Brainstorm. Our meetings are always focused and positive and our featured speaker was Nicole Johnson. She gave a presentation on Generational Diversity. Often when people think of diversity they can immediately consider race relations & gender. This focus was a fresh perspective in regards to the groupings from Traditionals to Gen-Y. The ways that people act, look and perform can easily be tied to the times that they were born and the life-changing events that happened while they were growing up. It is always beautiful when people learn to work together offering a variety of strengths and challenges so that we can glean knowledge and success from one another.
Take some time today to make a new connection.
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Friday, June 19, 2009

He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare,

He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare,And he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere.
Ali ibn-Abi-Talib (602 AD - 661 AD), A Hundred Sayings

The quote above is a reminder of the strength of relationships. In addition to being heavily involved with books that promote self-esteem and diversity...I am also a facilitator of a series titled "The Power Of People". This series helps people yield the best results out of relationships by using social media and traditional networking strategies. Every person is important and it is always better to build a bridge than to burn it. Think about who your friends are...could your relationship use a makeover? Are you being the best support to them? What can you bring to this relationship to make it even better? Think about that for a while and after careful thought... try making a list and noting the ways that your relationships are helpful and the ways that the relationship can improve. This exercise is good for those who are four or fourty-four. Relationships are vital from the time we have our first playdate to our weddings and beyond. If your goal is to excel in your career or business than your goal should be to make the most out of your relationships. Join me on June 29th for a introspective webinar on using referrals to reach your goals, boosting your online presence and creating a elevator speech that is unforgettable. The cost is only $15 and can be purchased on this page. Remember to read something great!

Thursday, June 18, 2009


One of the benefits that I have had since being published is meeting amazing people that make a difference. Last year I met Trina Fatimah Williams, Founder of the Mixed Roots Movement and the Reel Mixed Film Festival. Fatimah is great at building bridges with race relations and acceptance and I was honored to be a speaker at the Reel Mixed Film Festival last week. I hope that you enjoy the photos!

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Reel fun at the Reel Mixed Film Festival!

Please join me and so many other talented and thoughtful people celebrating diversity in Birmingham tomorrow!
ReelMIXED Film Festival™
Birmingham, MI ~ JUNE 12-14, 2009

Children’s Story-Time: Who I am not what I am - 2:30-3:15PM - Donor RoomAuthor reading with Tara MichenerThe book is for children and it embraces self-esteem and diversity in all kids.
The goal of RMFF is to promote ethnic, cultural, racial, & religious understanding and

appreciation, through building awareness, bridging communication gaps, and closing negative spaces that divide people based on ethnicity, culture, race, and religion. RMFF is a Cultural Exchange, Challenging perceptions and Celebrating Diversity and promoting Love, Respect and Unity through the arts. ReelMIXED Film Festival… Learn. Understand. Grow.
Festival organizers aim to see the festival grow each year with this vision in mind: An Opening Night Gala/Reception (entertainment, food, & film screening) which would raise money to support the coming year. A Multi-day festival of film screenings, poetry readings, book readings/signings, ethnic dance performances, children’s activities and street fair.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

There is hope

In this time of recession and opportunity is looming. I have spoken to many people who have lost their jobs, their financial stability and the lifestyle that they are accustomed to is being threatened by the current economic state of America. There is always a silver lining and sometimes we have to discover it the hard way. Many people that have had rough times have realized that they have more strength than they thought they did. My seminars on the Power Of People are meant to motivate and inspire as well as teach people the principles that they need to effectively brand and present themselves despite the current environment. In a time when referrals mean so much these upcoming seminars are valuable. Sign up for my webinar on networking and using social media to increase the value of your brand. This will take place on June 19th at 12 p.m. it is a hour session but it is well worth the time and the cost of $15.00. My next seminar is July 9th and this will be on using the referral generation to take your career and professional brand to the next level. There will also be a focus on using social networking to boost your online presence. Please pass these opportunities on to others that you meet and offer hope in a time of challenge.
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Tuesday, June 9, 2009


I had the pleasure of being able to be one of the main speakers for the Autism Speaks Walk Kick-off. It was such an honor to be able to encourage and motivate the walk teams for the steps we will take in October to bring awareness to this cause. If you are interested in learning more about this walk event that will take place on October 11th in Auburn Hills...please email me at
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Monday, June 8, 2009

Bringing diversity awareness to you...

My book "Who I Am Not What I Am" helps children to focus on self-esteem and acceptance of others. The main character (Janelle) is a young girl who feels confident in herself until kids question her in regards to her race. This book is great for those who want to talk with their children about race relations in a fun and positive way. Many schools, libraries and organizatios have invited me to speak to their children in hopes that they can understand what diversity means and therefore fight the effects of bullying and low self-esteem. If you are interested in having me talk to youth at your camp, school, etc. please email me at My fees are based on time, size of audience, etc. This evening I am the keynote speaker for the Walk Now For Autism team sponsored by "Autism Speaks". I will also lead a team of selfless individuals in bringing awareness and support to this cause. On this Saturday I will be a stop on the Reel Mixed Film Festival. I will be signing books and reading in Birmingham, MI at the Baldwin Library. I hope to see you!
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Friday, June 5, 2009


Are you looking for ways to stay up on upcoming "Who I Am" events, discuss diversity and self-esteem issues? My Fans Page on Facebook is a open group for anyone who would like to join. Just look for "Fans of Who I Am Not What I Am" in the group search and request to join.
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Wednesday, June 3, 2009


I have been very fortunate in gaining opportunities to advance myself and others through networking and now I have started a series of seminars to help others do the same. The next event is in July and the info is below. The "Power Of People" series is great for professional branding and developing a enhanced and refined presence online, etc.
I hope to see you there!
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-Do you need help developing and/or refining your 30 second elevator story?
-Would you benefit from having a strategy to take your professional ideas from goal to implementation?
-Are you in need of an online presence makeover using Twitter, Face book & Linked In?
-Do you need help navigating your target market?
Join Author, Tara Michener as she facilitates on the importance of creating your professional vision, talking your way into opportunities, refining your professional presence online & more.
$15.00/person. Light refreshments served.
July 9th 5:30-7:00 p.m.
The Hampton Inn,
Northville 20600 Haggerty Road
Send payment to: P.O. Box 530432, Livonia, MI 48153 or register online at

Monday, June 1, 2009


School will be out for summer... but that does not mean that reading should go away! One of the best parts of summer is enjoying sunshine while reading something fun and engaging! I hope that this summer will take your imagination to a whole new level. Try reading something new on a weekly basis to keep your mind alert . Book clubs are always looking for new members. I will be at the Baldwin Library in Birmingham on June 13th for a special reading of my book and will be signing them out to those interested. I will also be in Ann Arbor at the library there for a special summer reading session on self-esteem on June 30th. I hope to see you this summer!
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