The Nanny Nine: Dennis Powell, Senior Producer ABC News and AARP Inside E Street


Dennis Powell

Dennis Powell

Dennis Powell didn’t plan on being a television producer.  He likens it to “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”.  After studying theatre in school, he became a clerk in the ABC business office, moved on to Video Tape Editor at ABC News, and then advanced to Producer.  Over thirty years years later he is still in the journalism field.  During that time frame, Dennis was a Senior Producer for ABC’s World News, covering events surrounding the President, legislation on Capitol Hill, Department of Transportation & Department of Homeland Security.  Most recently he worked on ABC News ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’.  Dennis is currently the Senior Editorial Producer for Inside E Street, a public affairs show produced by AARP, airing on most PBS stations. [Read more…]

Contemplating Life & Your List of Goals

I am about to enter the last year of my mid-40’s. You know, where you aren’t yet in the last part of the 40’s (47, 48, 49), but will admit you’re beyond the early part (41, 42, 43). You can figure it out from there, right?

It’s not often that I have serious contemplation about my age, and life in general. Who has time for serious contemplation? With a husband, three kids in college, three dogs, and two businesses…seriously, who has time? I have spurts of wonderment. More like what-if’s.

The other night my husband and I were watching a television show, and a discussion ensued about going back in your life and changing a mistake you made. Did you ever do something you questioned yourself about later…did you do the right thing? He asked me if it were possible to undo anything that I’ve done wrong in the past, would I? To his astonishment, my answer was no. If I were to change any one thing in my past, it could completely change where I am today.

Early in our married life we created a list of goals. As I recall, there were about 10-12 attainable goals on our list, and some in particular order: Good jobs, nice house, kids, etc. And there were some that took many years for us to achieve, but we were thrilled when we did. The list was completed three years ago, after 22 years of marriage. If we had changed one thing along the way, it could have possibly disrupted the chain of events that led us to our goals.

Yes, some things in life are hard, sad, shocking, and terrifying. We must learn to adapt, ask for help, change our course and move on. These moments may come into our memories from time to time, and cause us to ask “what if”, but remember you cannot change them. You can sometimes use them to help make future decisions and actions.

Ten years ago I never dreamed I would be an Entrepreneur / Mompreneur. I was happy to have found something I could do from my home (selling items on eBay) to help bring in some money, while raising our children. Five years ago I never dreamed I’d have my own website (Old World Limited) & be an independent seller. Three years ago I never dreamed I would have a second business (Social Networking Nanny), be interviewed by a local network (KARE11) and be featured in a Good Morning America segment. I never dreamed of all the wonderful Friends, Clients, Fans and Followers I would meet online via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, and all of the people I’ve been able to meet in real life, locally and on business trips!

Somewhere inside me these things were on my newest list of goals. I hadn’t written them down, but every decision I made, including mistakes, led me to where I am. I’m very happy where I am, and look forward to seeing what life has in store for me, both personally and professionally.

Yes, my hubby and I do have new lists of goals – his, mine, and ours. We won’t give up on them, no matter how out-there they may seem. 😉

The Nanny Nine: Tory Johnson

If you’ve ever seen Tory Johnson on T.V. you can feel her enthusiasm about each topic.  From Women For Hire to Spark and Hustle she is an advocate for women standing up and taking charge of their professional lives!  She is a regular workplace contributor on Good Morning America, where she often uses small businesses & owners in segments.  She shares many valuable tips, tricks, and solid advice…much of which she learned & uses along the way.  I applaud her push for small businesses to be doing Social Networking on Facebook & Twitter!



1. How long have you been using Social Networking for business?

Several years, but it’s really in the last 12 to 18 months that I’ve gotten heavily involved — before this, I was lukewarm.


2. Is the business using Facebook &/or Twitter?

Both: and

3. Facebook vs Twitter – do you like one better? If yes, why?

If I had to choose, I’d say Facebook because there’s greater engagement.

4. Do you post daily?

Oh god yes…hourly and sometimes more often than that.  If it’s not frequent, it’s not worth it.


5. What is your favorite thing about Social Networking?

Meeting new people who are interested in what I have to offer…and then watching them implement it to succeed.

6. What do you think is the biggest benefit of Social Networking?

I’m here to promote and build my business — that’s my primary goal — and I do it by serving my audience.


7. How do you measure Social Networking, & explain:

ROE – Return on Engagement  
8. What is the best moment you’ve had on a Social Networking site?

I love the instant feedback after TV segments. I’ll be in Times Square at the Good Morning America studio talking to millions of TV viewers, but it’s one way…me talking to them. Then I can log onto Twitter and Facebook and see instant feedback from the people who watched.  Love that.

9. What is your best piece of advice to other businesses about Social Networking?

Follow the 80/20 rule. I spend 80% of my time serving others by answering questions, providing advice, sharing resources, promoting others, etc.  And 20% of my time is focused on selling my products and services, which I’m very transparent about.  If the numbers were reversed, my friends, fans and followers would flee fast.  Sell through service — it works.

The Nanny Nine brought to you by the Social Networking Nanny 


Social Networking Nanny featured in Good Morning America ‘Work at Home’ segment by Tory Johnson

Wow, this has been very exciting, and the response has been heartwarming!  I, as the Social Networking Nanny, was featured in a ‘How to Work From Home’ segment by Tory Johnson, on Good Morning America!  The video is below, and I have also included the link to their website where there is written information as well.  Tory has wonderful insights, so I highly recommend checking it out. Good Morning America – How to Work From Home