Guest Appearance on Real Talk, Real People, Real Business

Podcast interview number two is now online!

If you are on my email list, then you’ll know that one of my goals for 2019 is to be a guest on five podcasts.

In this video, Leanne Peard interviewed me for her YouTube podcast – Real Talk, Real People, Real Business – where we talk about copywriting, editing, translation, and my book, Branding for Beginners. In her other videos for Social Media Mate, she shares a lot of great information on how to promote your business on social media. Continue reading

Author’s Spotlight at Business Rocks

BizRocks-AuthorSpotlightSending a big thanks to Emma Burford at Business Rocks for featuring me and my book – Branding for Beginners – on her Business Rocks website as part of her Author’s Spotlight series.

Emma asks me questions about the inspiration for the book, challenges I faced while writing it, as well as my Top 3 Book Tips for people who want to write their own book.

 

You can check it out at this link.

Guest Appearance on Mental Cement Podcast

If you are on my email list, then you’ll know that one of my goals for 2019 is to be a guest on five podcasts.

Well, podcast interview number one is now online!

The very gracious Candice Kelly interviewed me for her podcast – Mental Cement. I’ve enjoyed many of her other interviews, and am excited to be featured in “Establishing Your Exit Plan with Bernadette Geyer.”

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Branding for Beginners: A workshop and a book

This fall is all about the topic of branding for me. I had previously offered an online workshop, The No Time Guide to a Brand Style Guide, but I decided that I wanted to turn that online workshop into both an in-person workshop, as well as a book!

On 14 September 2018, from 10:00-noon, I will lead an in-person workshop called “Branding for Beginners” in Berlin, Germany. Full details can be found at this link. Continue reading

Spring Cleaning for Businesses

springSome businesses operate year-round, but have a predictable “slow season,” while other businesses have a season (or, at least a month or two) when their business has very little client work at all. Some potential examples of the latter are landscapers, exterior painters, swimming pool cleaners, etc.

With spring on the way in the Northern Hemisphere, thoughts turn to spring cleaning – indoors and outdoors. Some folks will busy themselves doing a thorough cleaning inside their house or apartment, while others will head outdoors and work on their gardens and yards.

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Before You Share Old Blog Posts, Do This

We’ve written before about the importance of re-sharing old blog posts to make sure you get enough mileage out of them. Of course, it’s a waste to work hard on something for several hours – or even days – and then forget about it once it’s been posted.

However, it’s important to remember that you can’t just repost links to your old blog posts without rereading them. Sometimes a typo will be missed in the initial post that you’ll be better able to catch after several weeks or months.

Aside from typos, here are four other things you should look for before re-sharing that old blog post. Continue reading

Watch Out for Expectation Escalation!

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about Expectation Escalation. Sometimes, we have to go above-and-beyond the usual amount we accomplish in one day. That’s natural. But just the mere fact that we could do it one day can sometimes lead to the expectation that you can always operate at that level. It’s like being able to sprint fast for 50 meters, and then having everyone expect you to run that fast all the time.

On my weekly calendar, I write down what I want to accomplish each week. Then, I break it down by day to fit those tasks in with my daily client work. Some days, I accomplish everything on the To-Do list and then have time to spare. Some days, I add to the To-Do list, figuring I must not have done enough, or I was too easy on myself. Continue reading

How Do You React to Mistakes?

I hear it all the time – “If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not trying anything new.”

While it’s comforting to hear that everyone makes mistakes, they can be a small blow to the ego. I’ve made lots of mistakes over my professional career. Some still stick in my mind and return from time to time to serve as cautionary tales.

It’s great to learn from mistakes and look back on them. But another important factor in the experience is how you react to the mistake at the time. Continue reading