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Great tips, agree x1000!
I'd also add "Going Solo."
I've been successfully self-employed for 10 years and haven't spent a dime on advertising or marketing, and I attribute much of this to my Going Solo'ness. I found that when I go to events by myself, I'm more likely to meet new people, to meet more people, to have quality conversations, and to stick out/be memorable.
When you go to events with people you know, you often stand in the corner and talk to them the whole time. They often become your security blanket.
While it can definitely be scary -- upon arrival, I totally revert back to that middle-school girl, nervously glancing around to see what table to sit at in the cafeteria -- as soon as I go up and introduce myself to someone or a group, all those fears melt away. We're not in middle-school anymore. People are usually pretty darn friendly and inclusive.
Going Solo has worked so well for me, both in getting clients and in personal growth, that I now require people come alone to many of my offerings. And thus have helped thousands of people over the years create amazing, genuine relationships and challenge themselves with wonderfully positive results.
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@missverasays Yep, see above!
4 months, 1 week ago on Our (bartered) wedding in pictures
@Justanothermom Thank you! And ditto!
@missverasays shoot me your email: http://macncheeseproductions.com/contactus/
@missverasays You made my day with your comment, thank you! :)
Nothing would make me happier than getting all these beautiful, talented, wonderful lil' guys more work. Please let me know if you end up going with any of the vendors! AND if you blog about your big day.
Are you in Chicago? I have a list of venues if you're interested.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Our (bartered) wedding in pictures
@missbonniejane Thanks Bonnie! And yes, we were both cry babies that day. :)
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Our (bartered) wedding in pictures
Melanie, lovely post!
familiar with improv comedy at all?
"Doing improv" terrifies
me to no end but taking classes was one of the best things I ever did,
mostly rooted in learning the overarching philosophy it has of 'Yes, and...'
you're given by a team-mate in a scene, you accept and you offer back a gift;
you 'yes and.' Imagine if our
default was to yes and instead of to I can't, that'll never
One of the
gals in my current Fear Experiment has 'Yes and' tattooed on her wrist. LOVE.
Your post reminded me of all the reasons I love improv. If you get a chance, go see a show. And even better, go take a class. I think you'd love it!
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@gofireyou Great piece! And nothing makes me happier than sharing goodness with my Cheese-Its. Thanks for penning it!
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Smatterings: December 2013 Vol I
Aw thanks, @AmyHoward1! So glad to have you in my life and to see all the progress and leaps you're making, as well as your embracing of vulnerability and 'what if?"; it's a beautiful thing.
You're such a ray of life and love. How much you care for others radiates. And I'm ecstatic you're caring for yourself now too!! Looking forward to what lies ahead for you.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on The weight of your words and actions
@ginidietrich I did, it went better than I ever could have imagined! My first keynote. It was an intimate room of 300 event professionals in New York.
Felt like a rockstar the rest of the day, with so many conference attendees coming up to me to share how much they loved the talk and that they want to get involved in Mac & Cheese Productions (my business).
Thanks again for the valuable insight!
1 year ago on Public Speaking: The Chili Con Queso Test
Wonderful post Gini!! Very helpful. Giving a presentation next week that I'm nervous about and these tips are really good to keep in mind.
@blfarris Andy IS known as kind of a tyrant. Wouldn't be surprised if withholding food was part of the Orbit MO.
Hilarious! Thanks for sharing your embarrassment with the world -- makes us realize we're not alone in our "oh my God!" moments.
Though I have many of those, most of which I'm still covering my eyes in shame over, your post made me think about the one that almost was... but then turned into one of the most wonderful moments of my life.
In May, when my Fiance was suspiciously looking around the North Carolina waterfall we were standing at, I swore he was going to let one rip. Turns out, he was checking to make sure we were alone so that he could propose!
Here's my post, "Thought he was going to pass gas, instead he proposed," if interested:
Thanks again for the post!
2 years ago on The Fart That (Almost) Altered My Destiny
Great article Peggy.
Do you have any experience with Keypass or LastPass for password storage and generation? LastPass' cloud-based'ness appeals to me.
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Yes yes and yes!
I just had my first experience with someone saying not so nice things on my blog - http://macncheeseproductions.wordpress.com/2011/08/18/that-bith-stole-my-business-idea-how-im-going-to-get-her-back/
First reaction, to fight back! Defend my honor!
Well no, first reaction was to delete the comment. But then I thought, the point of a blog is to be public, to be out there, to engage with others. And so I left it and was about to compose some snarky reply.
But then I realized exactly what you pointed out -- it would spiral out of control, go nowhere, and for what? I'd much rather spend my time doing almost anything else. What do I care about this one person's opinion?
Thanks for the post Margie, great food for thought.
2 years, 11 months ago on 12 Most Important Reasons I Don’t Bash People Online