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Thanks for sharing, Gini! I'm going to check it out now!
1 year, 1 month ago on Women Entrepreneurs and Business Owners Have Social Network
@ginidietrich @wabbitoid I like the idea of picking up the check in person! :-) And I agree with Gini, the situation is not funny, but the visual of your last sentence is!
1 year, 2 months ago on Cash Is King Or You Are Dead
Gini, thanks so much for sharing your experience. Now I'm even more in awe of you and how you manage everything with such aplomb! I know first-hand what an important lesson this is for small business owners, freelancers and solopreneurs. Actually, it's a good life lesson, period. Inconsistent cash flow can lead to making bad decisions that don't align with your goals for your business, i.e. taking on the wrong clients or jobs, etc.. Glad to know you've come through it and are back in the black.
ginidietrich Um, I'd say yeah. ;-) I didn't really quite believe you when you said you sucked anyway. LOL!
1 year, 3 months ago on Seven Tips for Gaining Business from Speaking Engagements
ginidietrich I will definitely report back. Funny that you mention 2010 as being your year that sucked because I returned to Chicago late summer that year and a friend and former colleague had recently heard you speak at a morning event and mentioned how good you were. So she turned me on to your blog. :-)
Outstanding post, Gini! This is why I'm addicted to your blog (though I don't always have an opportunity to comment. I should, but you already know I love your blog.) I digress. Speaking is frequently heralded as one of the most effective ways to build a business, but it's not easy for everyone. Even if you are experienced with pitching campaigns or speaking to a group comfortably, the idea of speaking as an "expert"--all the while knowing your goal is exposure and gaining clients--can be daunting. You've just provided us with a blueprint for how to make this a little less intimidating. I think the fear stems from not definitively knowing what will resonate with your audience or what they will favorably respond to. You always so generously share information here that makes me feel like I'm getting special insider info. :-) A colleague and I are going to collaborate on speaking engagements this year. I plan on using your tips and will be sure to let you know how we do. Thanks again for all you share!
Happy belated birthday, Gini! As an "auntie" to a few canine honeys, I LOVE this post. If you're reading this, Jack, you are one lucky hound. It sounds like you have a fabulous life.
1 year, 3 months ago on Happy Birthday to Me from Jack Bauer
Gini, I recently got an invite and signed up, but haven't had a chance to pin anything yet. From the way you've described it--and what I've already seen--I, too, predict I'll soon be addicted. Thanks a lot for promoting yet another thing to compete for my time and attention! ;-) In fairness, you did introduce me to Evernote, which has turned out to be a productivity gem, so I guess it evens out. :-)
I do see Pintrest being useful for nonprofits as well though.
1 year, 4 months ago on Three Ways to Use Pinterest for Business
Mana, well done. I LOVE these tips--especially number 4! I launched a freelance writing business last year and the biggest challenge has been learning to juggle all marketing on my own, along with client work. Managing all the marketing (new and old) is extremely time consuming as a solopreneur (no matter how much I try to streamline or automate). I already use Google calendar, but will create one strictly for marketing. I plan to also implement the editorial calendar Lisa Gerber shared a couple of months ago to revive my already dying blog and other social media content. Okay, I feel energized. Ready, set, go! :-)
1 year, 4 months ago on 2012 Marketing: Five Ways to Power It Up
Love this post! It's a great example of how small things can make a big difference. I agree; I prefer to give business to those who are passionate about what they do and address my needs as the customer. I haven't had the opportunity to ride with him yet, but I will next time I can schedule a ride in advance.
1 year, 5 months ago on How Chicago Cabbie Grows Business Using Social Media
In addition to the label, 5 Rabbit Cerveceria is creating some wonderful, unique beers. They graciously did a tasting for my Strike at Cancer board's fundraiser, Arts in the Roadhouse, last weekend where they did a tasting of their Oaxacan-Style Dark Ale, " 5 Vulture," and their Golden Ale, "Cerveza d’Oro." I've also tasted the "5 Lizard," the Latin-style witbier before as well. Delicious!
1 year, 7 months ago on 12 Most Awesome Craft Beer Labels in Chicago
Thanks for sharing these tools, Gini. I'm not familiar with Pinterest so am eager to take a look at it. I like your recommendations about how to use Instagram (another tool I don't use) along with Tumblr. I love that Tumblr is so easy to use--but as you said, not for your business blog. I know from first-hand experience. :-)
By the way, I'm a foodie, too. Love the mouth-watering pics on your Amateur Gourmet Chef blog!
1 year, 7 months ago on Five Tools to Prep You for 2012
deleted_91832_Sean McGinnis Hi Sean. The plugin that was set up for me is Share and Follow. Are you familiar with it? Which plugin would you recommend?
1 year, 8 months ago on The Best Blogging Platform and Plugins
YasinAkgun Do you find it as annoying as I do? ;-) Do visitors still share?
By the way, Gini, which plug in do you use for your "share" buttons? The plug in I have now only allows visitors to share after they click on the actual link to the post. Since the entire post is on the landing page, there is really no reason for anyone to click on it...
Thanks so much for the list, Gini! Thanks, too, jgwhitt for the question. This is exactly what I need right now! I have a blog on my website that needs a lot of work. I had the entire site moved over to Wordpress a few months ago, so this is extremely helpful. I'm bookmarking this AND saving to Evernote. Thinking of which, I have a few "blog etiquette" questions I think I should post to Facebook. :-)
Simply put: Pure inspiration, Gini! Great post for a Monday!
1 year, 9 months ago on Be the Leader In Your Industry: Blaze the Trail
danielnewmanUV Promise! :-)
1 year, 9 months ago on 12 Most Hilarious, Awful, and Real Personalities You’ll Encounter at the Gym
danielnewmanUV LOL! OK. I will! It's a small community gym for our condo so I won't be a bit surprised if some offended "perpetrator" snatches it down!