Don’t let Technology Fears stop you — JUST DO IT!

I am completely out of biz cards! ok, I still have one … I think that is lipstick smeared on the corner (maybe some sort of sauce) with a few sprinkles of gold fish mashed in as well … not suitable for a media mixer for sure.

So after my ‘work’ was done at 11:30pm and I was contemplating what to do; what I’d hand out to people at the #blpinfluential Mix & Mingle Soiree tomorrow morning. And then it hit me — we have all those 4×6 glossy photo sheets that came with our Cannon printer cartridges and I have a logo and a great headshot … maybe I could make something up quickly. Now I know most of you would have headed to Photoshop — don’t know that program well enough for a late night session! SO … I opted for my stand by program — WORD. Don’t laugh! I use what I got!

Added my photo

Added the makeshift logo my friend made

Added my contact info

Well I should add my name … and a little intro … uh oh … I’m getting inspired (according to a seminar Martha McBride attended, I’m a prowler which means I am a creative night dweller .. so being productive and funny at midnight is not so uncommon).

There it was … on the computer, in a 4×6 format, in color, proofed and ready for printing and sharing and laughing at … one little problem … I have ZERO idea how to use the 4×6 glossy paper in the printer! It must use it though since it came in my ink cartridge pack, right?

Off to the printer I go, I look in the paper drawer; no 4×6 setting. I turn the printer around and see if there are any other drawers to pull out or levers that pop up … this photo paper has to fit somewhere! This machine is like a freakin’ puzzle box!

Oh there it is in the back, totally hidden. As soon as the drawer falls open I see the little 4×6 slot ready for me! So I load the paper and hit print … prints on the back. Turn the paper around, hit print. Bottom contact info is cut off. Change the formatting and font size on my file. Hit print. ohhhh that looks presentable … but maybe it could be better. I hit print again and go to Media and Quality settings … change to semi gloss paper and High print quality … go. Ohh these are looking good!!! Wait, what is flashing???, crap the ink it running out! open the cover, printer won’t move because I’m mid-print. Close the cover. Cancel the print. Open the cover. Change magenta and Skinny black ink. Close the cover. Select print AGAIN with semi gloss paper and high print quality.

go brush my teeth.

Come back and wrap my little tokens of humor in plastic, place in purse and off to bed I go. (well really off to blog about it all but you know what I mean, right?)

So what that I don’t have cards for a networking event, so what that I don’t know Photoshop, so what that tonight was the first night I’d ever printed on 4×6 photo stock at home, so what that these aren’t as fabulous as if my graphic designer Janice could make … I had a need. I filled the need. I like the outcome;) I just Did It! And ya know … maybe they’ll even still seem funny in the morning!

Are you a thinker or a doer? Do you just jump in like me and assume you’ll figure it out on the way or do you let your fear of the unknown stop you in your tracks?

If you let fear get in the way sometimes I challenge you this week to DIVE RIGHT IN! And let me know how that goes for you;)


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Social Media Strategy Training: more than social media tips & tricks

Have you ever walked into a room and connected with someone … no I mean REALLY connected with them? Have you ever listened to a speaker in a full room and felt like you were the only one in the room that speaker was talking to? Well that is what happened to me at the BagLady Promotions Women In Business conference in the fall of 2010. I started following Ann Evanston immediately upon seeing that she was a speaker at the conference. I already knew I would like the WAY she spoke because her posts had a bit of sass to them — already sat well with me. And since I was very intrigued in social media and getting my business word out via Facebook I was anxious to hear what she told us to do on this new frontier for me. So following her for a few weeks before the conference was fun. And in those following moments, when she was posting about meeting up with some conference attendees for drinks, I was in … well I’m always in for drinks … especially after a long day of learning and marketing! I was excited to get the back stage pass, after event party invite with Ann. But first … we had a conference to attend!

And that is when I met

I already mentioned above how I felt when Ann spoke that day. The points she gave us in that 30 minutes pretty much went against 50 – 75% of what I’d already put in place, but yet it all made sense to me. SO why do you think I kept following her online…why did I join her Blogger Monday community? Because she connected with me. That connection (one of MANY I made that day) came through and I (eventually) signed up for Ann’s Social Networking Coaching Club but under Ann’s first certified/licensed coach Louise Edington .. you see Louise was also at that conference, in that room when Ann spoke and at that bar after the conference. And we connected as well. She is the one who lead me, who guided me, through the free portions of the SNCC system. Why did she do that .. well I can only guess, but my guess is that I also made a connection with her. She knew there was more to Ann’s SoMe system and that I’d not only love the community that I’d find inside but I’d give back to it as well.

And I have fond just that … a great community of women that I look forward to seeing every time I am online — even if we don’t interact at the same space of time, we support each others posts, we comment on each others blogs we engage with each other … not because we are told to do so but because we have made a connection with each other. I’ve formed the beginnings of a collaboration with Rita Freay on a passion project, I always know my fellow night owl Jen Duchene is there with me online after the kids go to sleep, I’ve been nominated as fan of the week by Susan Berland … and yes I’ve gained so many tips and tricks from the system as well as more business already by using it … but more importantly I’ve gained SO MUCH MORE! And exactly what I needed. And I’m not even through the entire program yet! There are still so many more things for me to learn!

If you are looking for more to your Social Media presence than what you have now, check out Louise Edington’s SNCC spring specials with amazing deals on her trainings until the end of May. And connect with me there too! I’d love to add you to my list of online community contacts.

Have you ever found yourself in a community that made you wonder, “How have I gone without this til now?”

Networker by Nature

I’m a networker by nature. It has always happened so naturally for me. I really enjoy meeting people and helping them out if I can. I like networking, not just because it allows me to talk to people over the age of 4, but also because it feeds my connector personality.

I’ve only been networking my business for about a year now. Whether you are in sales or own your own business there are multiple organizations that allow in-person marketing for little to no cost: chamber meetings, lead groups, and networking events. I’m inevitably inviting people to groups and events to help them get their business or idea “out there.”

There are so many options here in the LA area in the next few weeks that allow women biz owners and entrepreneurs to connect, mingle and in some cases even learn. Just had to share them with you! If you see me at one of these events, please come say hello. I’d love to learn more about you and what you do. I might even have a connection in mind;)

Networking Socials with a learning twist: (I already have my tickets for these 3)

Mid Morning Social – Small Biz owners Top PR Tips (W LA) March 17

http://bagladypromotions.com/blp-westside-mid-morning-social-featuring-elizabeth-rosenberg-top-5-tips-for-reaching-out-to-the-media-for-small-business-owners/

Mid Morning Social – How can PR help me (Sherman Oaks) March 23

http://bagladypromotions.com/we-are-heading-to-the-valley/

The Weave Networking Social – Building your biz in a new economy – March 22

http://ourcommonthread.com/theWeave.html

Heartlink is a national organization with local chapters. Check out this page to find your closest heartlink.

Shelley in Northridge – March 16

http://www.theheartlinknetwork.com/user_info.php?ID=2317

Annette in Corona del Mar – March 22

http://www.theheartlinknetwork.com/user_info.php?ID=2345

Stacie & Dana in Huntington Beach – March 23

http://www.theheartlinknetwork.com/user_info.php?ID=2322

Britta in Santa Monica  – March 24

http://www.theheartlinknetwork.com/user_info.php?ID=2292

Lead Generation Groups

But you’ll find me each and every week (except when the kiddos are sick) at Beach Cities Breakfast Club. This group is my rock. It is a more traditional lead-generation, membership-based group. Over the last 7+ years of the club’s existence they’ve met each week (minus holiday weeks) to share leads, brainstorm and support fellow female entrepreneurs, saleswomen and independent reps. If it weren’t for the support of this group (who even manned a boutique table for me over the Holidays so I could be in two places at once) I would surely NOT still be in business.

Beach Cities Breakfast Club – March 17 & 24 (and every Thursday beyond)

www.facebok.com/bcbcwomen or http://bcbcwomen.ning.com/

Are you a networker by nature or do you have to work at it? How and where do you network?

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