Ashley Ann is a country girl, hard worker, with a big hair & a big heart. She is creative, fun, fair, and the life of the party. Ashley Ann also is extremely considerate of others and willing to help anyone, but does not allow people to take advantage of her.
Tell us about your businesses?
I have a lot of hustles, but the two businesses that I dedicate the majority of my time and energy to are Ashley Ann Speaks and Events by Ashley Ann. They both allow me to participate in manifestation on a constant basis.
With Events By Ashley Ann I am allowed to express myself creatively, facilitate order and experiences, and create magical atmospheres. Creating Luxury events is my form of art. It is a rush for me to take a clients ideas, thoughts, and dreams they've had for years & turn them into spaces that create a lifetime of memories for them, their friends, and families. I really like taking the stress off of my clients and giving them the opportunity to enjoy some of the biggest milestones in their lives.. rather it is a wedding, the birth of a new child, or 50th birthday party. It is labor intensive for sure, but it is worth it when you see it all come together.
I design & coordinate for clients. This includes choosing liens, napkins, place settings, flowers, toppers, lighting, patterns, design, coordinating 30-43 vendors per event, working the the caterers on menus, plating, order of service, wine pairings, cake flavors, and actual designing cakes for clients. I also help my clients with wardrobe, finding the perfect glam squad, photo concepts, signature drinks, stationary design, and several other facets of their events. This is an experience and I want to make sure it is unforgettable for them. I have been designing floral for years. So I have the unique designation of being a planner that designs. I actually prefer to just design and produce events when I have the opportunity. So you will actually see me on site building walls, elaborate tables capes, floral runners, draping, and all of that stuff
Where do you see yourself in the next 2 years? 5 years?
In the next two years I would love to have a few co-working spaces, speaking at more events, hopefully I will be in Forbes & Inc, maybe even a spot on Today or GMA, possibly have created a few more digital products, and have moved up to Million Dollar Event Clients.
In 5 years I would like to be known as a Top Consultant in the Country, have my curriculum in several universities and colleges, and possibly be running more retreats that focus on personal and professional development of women
What's next for Ashley personally?
I'm praying for a husband and babies, but if that doesn't happen I will continue to spend time with my family, travel, and work on growing myself spiritually and mentally. Also hopefully in the near future I will become much better with time management.
What is the greatest lesson that you have learned in business?
Trust my instincts. God gave them to me for a reason. Anytime I have gone against them I have paid very expensive prices. So now I trust my instincts and focus on what I want to create. I don't spend too much time anymore fighting again things or people.
What advice would you give to that person who's business is no doing so great and wants to give up?
Stay encouraged. Anything worth having is going to take some effort. Look at what is not working and lets search for the spots of success, It doesn't matter how tiny they are, you can magnify them and create more favorable results. It also may help to talk to other people who are doing great in their businesses. They don't have to be in the same industry for you to learn from them.
Connect with Ashley Ann:
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Facebook @KingAshleyAnn 31.5K ( I will be at 45K or so in about three weeks I will fire up awareness campaigns
Instagram @KingAshleyAnn 140K
Periscope @KingAshleyAnn 57K
Website: www.AshleyAnnSpeaks.com (coming soon!)
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