We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexis Maurice and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Alexis, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
There are a few habits I believe have helped me succeed, but the one I deem most important is effective time-management. People make time for who and what they want to make time for. In order to have a successful business, you have to utilize your time for the things that matter and things that are important in building and growing your business. I hate to waste time…and I hate for people to waste my time. So to prevent that from happening, I make sure I maximize my time by creating daily and weekly task lists; and then prioritize those tasks by level of importance. I utilize my phone calendar to remind we what I’m supposed to be doing, when I’m supposed to be doing it, and where I’m supposed to be doing it. It helps keep me organized. And I’m also heavy on the ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature on my iPhone. It helps to remove unnecessary distractions.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Well, I’m a Content Creator / Digital Media Strategist / Social Media Manager. I have a YouTube show called “The Wine Up.’ I originally started it back in January 2013 under the name ‘Hollywood Happenings’, but I had to change it to ‘The Wine Up’ in December 2016. Why? The first tough business lessons I learned – always own your name / brand. Life happened and I took a few years off from recording, but now I’m slowly but surely making a comeback in 2022. During the years I wasn’t recording, I learned and cultivated new talents – branding and social media. I started my company, MAD Solutions, where I help small businesses create and build their brand and social media presence from the ground up.

I think what sets me apart from others is my ability to connect and relate with everyday people – black or white, rich or poor, educated or uneducated, saint or sinner, male or female. I’m a people’s person, I don’t judge, I want to see everyone succeed, and I genuinely care about people. I’m proud of my ability to respectfully connect with people from different backgrounds or arenas of thought. And I think that shows up in how I conduct business – whether it’s talking about Hot Topics on YouTube or helping a small business establish it’s online presence. Sure I’ve made mistakes…many mistakes…and will continue to make them, but I never let those mistakes define who I am and where I’m going. And I always encourage others to do the same.

Regardless if it’s ‘The Wine Up’ or MAD Solutions, my goal is to inspire, educate, entertain and/or elevate every person I come in contact with.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
When my best friends or any of my friends come to town, the goal is to always show them a good time. We’re definitely going to eat good and drink good – whether I’m cooking at home or we’re going to a good spot with good food, good drinks, good hookah, and good vibes. Positive Vibes Only! From paint and sips, to concerts, to movies, to rooftop bars, sporting events, to house parties, to hikes up Stone Mountain, to church, to even a club (yes, a club)……we’re going to be somewhere having a good time. And sometimes…it’s not about doing anything. It’s nothing for my friends to come to town to just chill at the house and reconnect with each other. I’ve lived in Atlanta since 2014 and I still feel like I’m new to town. I’m always discovering new restaurants and something new to do

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to one of my long-time best friends, Stacy Australia Brice. She’s actually the reason I made my first YouTube video back in 2012. Stacy always told me that one, when I talk people listen. Two, that I always have something interesting to stay; and when I say it, I can make you think and laugh at the same time. Three, that I have a unique ability to keep it real, and inspire and motivate people. I’ve always heard those things growing up, but I didn’t feel like I was worthy, or that people really cared or even paid me any attention. But it wasn’t until that day in 2012 when Stacy told me that I had a gift and that I needed to share it with the world that I got it. That GOD have me toolbox of gifts, talents, skills and abilities that I was destined to share. If it wasn’t for Stacy (and a host of others) reminding me of that, I don’t think I’d be where I am today. So THANK YOU Stacy.

Instagram: @_alexismaurice

Facebook: Maurice Alexis Dyckes

Youtube: The Wine Up (AlexisMaurice)

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