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@lmallman Apparently do does Trinidad/Tobago and Portland.... If you have any contacts at an airline and they're looking to sponsor anyone (hand raised).

2 days, 20 hours ago on How to feel like a Nobel Peace Prize winner, without leaving your sweatpants

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@Shuling Thanks Shu! Come hoooommmeeeee!

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Why I’m celebrating 10 years of self-employment with hard-boiled eggs

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@lmallman Thanks chica! Appreciate all your cheerleading over the years, not to mention all the Cheese-Its you've sent my way.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Why I’m celebrating 10 years of self-employment with hard-boiled eggs

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I've been self-employed for 10 years and attribute the fact that I've never paid for advertising or marketing, that all my business has been word of mouth, to my ability to 'un-network.'

I go to events where I stick out, where I have no business being, e.g. tech events, where 1/2 the time I have no idea what people are talking about. I come across as a breath of fresh air and am very memorable as I am unlike most people there. If you're a videographer, don't go to a videographer networking event -- go to an event where you're the ONLY videographer.

I also force myself to go solo to events. Parties, lectures, happy hours, meet and greets, you name it. While scary, I am much more likely to meet new people and have quality conversations with new people when I go solo. This is why I require that people come solo to many of my own events. And that way, no one has to be nervous about being the new kid, as everyone is the new kid!

The last thing that's really worked for me is going to events that I actually want to go to, for nothing more than the experience of the event. I don't go hoping to get a date, new client, best friend out of it. If those things DO happen, great, cherry on top. But if they don't, that's ok; I went to the event for the actual event. Don't set yourself up to be disappointed or to have a bad time. Chances are, if you force yourself to go to an event that you really don't want to go, you'll probably have a bad time.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/234148

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@michaelmcgee I think a deathmatch between my ETHS Wildkit and your Freeport Pretzel would help...

(And Thank You!)

2 months ago on Cheese-It Giveaway! (More) Goodness delivered to your office…

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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.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/233808

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@missverasays Yep, see above!

7 months ago on Our (bartered) wedding in pictures

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@Justanothermom  Thank you! And ditto!

7 months, 1 week ago on Our (bartered) wedding in pictures

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@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.

7 months, 1 week ago on Our (bartered) wedding in pictures

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@missbonniejane  Thanks Bonnie! And yes, we were both cry babies that day. :)

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Our (bartered) wedding in pictures

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Melanie, lovely post! 

Are you 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...'

Whatever 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 work, no.

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!

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Why I’m considering getting a snake tattoo

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@gofireyou Great piece! And nothing makes me happier than sharing goodness with my Cheese-Its. Thanks for penning it!

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Smatterings: December 2013 Vol I

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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.

11 months, 2 weeks ago on The weight of your words and actions

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 @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, 3 months ago on Public Speaking: The Chili Con Queso Test

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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.  

1 year, 3 months ago on Public Speaking: The Chili Con Queso Test

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 @blfarris Andy IS known as kind of a tyrant. Wouldn't be surprised if withholding food was part of the Orbit MO.

1 year, 3 months ago on Public Speaking: The Chili Con Queso Test

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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:

http://macncheeseproductions.wordpress.com/2012/06/01/thought-he-was-going-to-pass-gas-instead-he-proposed/

 

Thanks again for the post!

2 years, 3 months ago on The Fart That (Almost) Altered My Destiny

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Great article Peggy.

Do you have any experience with Keypass or LastPass for password storage and generation? LastPass' cloud-based'ness appeals to me.

2 years, 9 months ago on 12 Most Fool Proof Ways to Keep Your Accounts Safe Online

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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.

3 years, 1 month ago on 12 Most Important Reasons I Don’t Bash People Online

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