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MN Daily Salute: Christina Silva

February 21st, 2013 - By Marc Polite
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Christina Silva is a Marine Corp veteran and entrepreneur. In addition to her accomplishments in the military, Christina is a real estate broker and consultant. Madame Noire had the opportunity to speak with her about her pursuits in business as well as her service in the community. This is her story.

Why did you join the Marine Corp?

After a year of college, I wanted to sign up. The things that Marines do really fit in with my personality type. It’s a daring adventurist kind of career, and it just meshes with who I am.

Did you always know you wanted to be in the service?

I knew that I would become a leader, and I became a leader by fate. The Marines gave me that opportunity to do so. It’s the right position.

What leadership skills have you  developed as a result of your service?

I am extremely organized and detail oriented. I have the ability to adapt  and overcome. The Marine Corp teaches you to multi-task and I have applied that to my pursuits outside of the military. I have a trained, sharpened ability and I was made to think outside of the box.

How were you able to blend multimedia production, motivational speaking, and real estate into one career?

Through multi-tasking I turned myself into a resource center. I became a consultant and used the information I have gathered to promote my expertise on the radio and elsewhere.

Why is community service so important to you?

Once a veteran leaves they have a sense of responsibility to give back. Community creates great relationships. You give not to get, but to build community in general.  It is called relationship brokering, and it is a big part of what it means to be involved in community partnership.


Why should more Black women consider joining the service?

We are already against the grain. That means that you can overcome, and as a result you have a high feeling of esteem. When you say you are a Marine, as a woman you get that respect.

What’s the best thing about being a Marine?

The best thing about it is that it means commitment to anything you are intent on doing. You have to get it done, and that is just the attitude going in.

For more on Christina Silva, watch her video here.



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[Video] We Salute You: Christina Silva, Marine Vet And Motivational Speaker

February 20th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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In honor of Black History Month, MadameNoire is sending a daily salute to the African American women who inspire us every day of the year. From the big screen to the forefront of the service lines, these are their stores of courage and integrity.  Today we are saluting Christina Silva, United States Marine Corps Veteran, federal contractor specializing in multimedia production, and motivational speaker. Watch her story here.


Public Speaking Career? Turn Your Expertise Into Cash

January 4th, 2012 - By Tre B
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Are you an expert on a subject that you’re also passionate about?  You can impact people’s lives and turn that expertise into cash with Great Pro Speakers,  a new online training program that will teach you everything you need to know about becoming a paid public speaker — and it’s Black-owned too!!  The program is a little pricey at $97/month, but much less than college tuition and well worth it if you can book even one speaking engagement, which can land you anywhere from several hundred to several thousand dollars for a few hours of your time.  Also they’ll be offering a discount of at least 66% off through Ujamaa Deals at the beginning of January, so sign up here to be notified when it starts.

The new year is here.  If you’ve been thinking about being a speaker or trying to figure out how to get a side hustle going, it’s a good time to make that resolution and get started.  You can make a little extra income (or a lot if you’re good), but there’s another benefit that’s not immediately apparent and you’ll really appreciate it in about 2 to 3 months as that April 15th tax filing deadline starts to creep up on you.  Yep…tax write off.

See, before you get started as a paid professional speaker, you just file an Articles of Organization/Incorporation with your secretary of state to set up a legitimate business for your public speaking efforts.  Usually you can do this online.  Talk to your accountant/tax person to make sure they can handle the extra work with your tax return and keep you in compliance with any local tax regulations (companies like or LegalZoom can help get your legal paperwork in order too).  Then after all that’s done you can start writing off everything on your taxes such as miles on your car, flights, meals, supplies, and even get a deduction for having a home office.  If this is your first time starting a business I would definitely seek professional help instead of trying to do everything yourself, but you can figure most of it out with a few Google searches.

Ask Felicia Joy: How You Can Create a Business As a Motivational Speaker

April 14th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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"Felicia Joy"Dear Felicia,

Based on a podcast I sent out, one person asked me how much I would charge to motivate his teens.  I have never charged for it, but now I am attempting to market myself as a motivational speaker since I already mentor teens through my own organization.  How do I charge?  By the hour or in a lump sum? Also, do I send a brochure stating my services?

Daphne W.

via Facebook


Dear Daphne,

Kudos to you for attracting a business opportunity without necessarily intending to do so!

There are different models for growing a motivational speaking business so it’s really up to you.  Overall, people are still very money conscious these days, and they want to know exactly what they are getting and how much it costs.  So, it would be most effective for you to offer speaking packages.  Create a list of several topics you can speak on and come up with catchy titles for each topic. Then, list what the teenagers will learn after hearing you speak on the subject.  Set a rate for each speaking topic. This takes the guesswork out of it for you and makes it easy for people to buy from your business.

As far as sending a brochure stating your services–you can do that, but creating a blog with WordPress or another free service would be more effective.  This way, other people can find you. You can quickly and easily update your speaking topics and fees without having to print new materials each time. This way, you will have a place to create a library of your podcasts, which is what landed your first paid speaking opportunity to begin with!

By using your blog, you can also take advantage of free social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to grow your business.  You can post video snippets from your talks—and video is the fastest growing way to market any kind of business today.

You can keep your blog updated with thoughts on your current list of topics, as well as new topics that inspire you.  Writing your thoughts will make you an even stronger speaker.  Over time, you can take all those blog postings, get them edited and create a book, which you can then sell at future speaking engagements for an added cash flow stream.

If you want something tangible you can hand out where ever you go, opt for a clean, well-designed business card, and maybe a 4×6 flyer with strong brand messaging. Don’t include details like pricing, which could change. Give people a reason to go to your website. You can order 1,000 or more of the 4×6 flyers for less than $100. Just search “flyers” on Google for printing options.

Congratulations and good luck!

Grace & Peace,

Felicia Joy

Felicia Joy is a nationally recognized entrepreneur who created $50 million in value for the various organizations and companies she served in corporate America before launching her business enterprise.  She is often called on to discuss the ins and outs of entrepreneurial success and has appeared on CNN, FOX and in other national press.  Felicia operates Ms. CEO Inc., a company that helps women entrepreneurs achieve more success, faster — as well as Joy Group International, LLC, a business development and consulting firm. Send her your questions at or