New Networking Community Sites for Social Media and Green Interests to Increase Visibility

I have recently joined a few new social networking websites and wanted to share my impressions.

Social Media Examiner's The Networking ClubsSocial Media Examiner’s Networking Clubs

I have been a fan of Michael Stelzner’s Social Media Examiner for quite some time and love receiving the latest news and ideas each day. When I heard about the “beta” launch of “The Networking Clubs,” I wanted in!

Since I have been working very hard on my reach and online visibility, I was accepted and can now give you a preview of what it is and how it will benefit you and your business.

Like most websites, once a member, you upload your photo, secure your user name, fill out your biographical data and add your social media links. (So far I do not see a way to add more than one for each account, (Twitter, etc.) so if this could be expanded, that would be great.)

They have created 3 starter groups, Facebook, Blogger and Small Business. Very much like LinkedIn, you ask to join the group and once accepted can participate in discussions such as introducing yourself to the groups and then following or friending the other members. You can start a discussion as well.

Since I find social media fascinating and a way to expand the reach of my businesses and  missions, this is a niche and exclusive site with people who are passionate about sharing and networking. As you participate and share in the groups and connect with others, your status continues to grow, sort of like Klout. I started out as a “scout” and have now moved up to “adventurer.” I like how the names match the design and branding of the website.

Social Media Examiner itself has over 450,000 readers per month, and 120,000 email subscribers. So once this opens to the public, watch out!

Ozoshare and Frogs Are GreenOzoshare

An eco-friendly colleague told me about Ozoshare and so I joined for my frog awareness organization, Frogs Are Green. I love being able to connect and share ideas with other environmental and green organizations.

In Ozoshare, you can post more data about your company and can look for partners in these categories: green living, green business, global warming, climate change, healthy living, rainforest, environmental conservation and global climate.

You can post and scan “The Buzz” and can receive “Tree Mail.” I am still discovering the possibilities here and have just realized I have the ability to create custom pages for advertising our products or featuring our newsletter. You can create photo albums and invite other “green” like-minded people and organizations to join as well.

As we move into a new year, think about joining one new community and give it a whirl. Send along any other sites that we should know about.

10 Tips on Speaking, Your Body Language and Knowing Your Worth

Dream Big written in sandThis past tuesday evening Broadcast Louder was joined by Robyn Hatcher, founder of SpeakEtc.

Robyn asked this, “What is your value proposition?” What this means is to explain what value you bring to your business. For creatives, we may say our art or creativity, but we are each so much more than that.

I was in a summer class series this past year and I had homework each week just as Broadcast Louder has provided for you. One week I had this exact question of writing easily and simply what it is that I do and how I can best explain it, so others get what I’m about. It’s not an easy question to answer and you’d be surprised at how many drafts there were.

If we cannot understand ourselves and be able to express it to others, we are not fully realizing our potential.

So, below is a list of tips from Class Eight – Public Relations 

1- Don’t just talk, talk, talk and not be communicating.
2- Don’t just throw things at people like you are pitching baseballs, instead share information and they will be engaged.
3- Think of someone who loves your work and what their characteristics are… if you are shy when speaking, try taking on their persona briefly.
4- Learn what your “bottom line” is when being interviewed or speaking. This way you know the one thing you want them to remember.
5- If speaking to someone over the phone, stand up, you will have more energy, and have a mirror nearby so while talking you can smile, it will be heard on the other end.
6- If you are someone who says “um” or “ah” be aware of it and instead just pause briefly.
7- Learn how to “check-in” properly. Say, “Am I making myself clear or is what I’m saying making sense.” NOT: Do you understand? which can make it seem they aren’t getting you, when you want them to know you mean, are you expressing yourself clearly.
8- Think of words as musical notes, not just black and white lines on a page, this will help you be more expressive so your enthusiasm matches your art.
9- Remember to have eye contact with all parties in the circle (at a party, event or opening) and not just focus on one person and leave others out. Everyone has value and you may even be talking to a person who is not the decision maker.
10- Own your gift and share it with others. Don’t be so humble and shy!

If you would like to download this important class, any of the other classes individually, or are interested in the complete Creativity + Abundance 1.0 eight class series, click here!

Learning What Repurposing and Syndicating Content is from an Online Visibility Expert!

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Www by Renjith Krishnan

In our Social Media class, we learned how important social media is to the changing face of business. It builds your network, fans, clients and opportunities to a staggering degree, if your accounts are kept up-to-date, and worked on, on a consistent basis. We discussed the basic and most important social media accounts to have, to engage and HOW to engage correctly. You know your business and what you want to say to your potential customers but did you know that the best reason to tweet or post on Facebook and LinkedIn is to send people back to your website or blog?

In our Time Management class, we learned that we need to schedule and plan out our days and weeks for both work, promotion and social media so we are maximizing our time and building our businesses right and again shining the light on our websites and blogs.

But in last night’s class with special guest Denise Wakeman, she made us realize the one most basic reason to spread our content around. If you cannot be found on the internet, you do not exist.

I must say that I do quite a lot, email marketing, social media, blogging, updating my web presence and even guest blogging on other sites. And I do this for three different companies, Branding You Better, Frogs Are Green, and our own Broadcast Louder. And I know Andrea does all the same with her own Andrea Rosenfeld website and the Open Studio Coach blog.

I will also admit that with all my efforts, I too sometimes feel without responses to those company’s websites and social media posts, that we don’t exist. And so it’s time for us all to Broadcast Louder!

I’m acting on what I learned last night and will step up my syndication, my audio and create podcasts, create more videos, and start sharing my documents, articles, pdfs and more on all the sharing websites Denise was kind enough to mention in class.

Below is the all mighty website list for sharing your content!

Thanks Denise! Now go get ‘em!

http://denisewakeman.com

Denise’s Online Visibility Group on LinkedIn

Article Sharing Sites

http://ezinearticles.com/

http://ww.ideamarketers.com

http://www.socialbuzzclub.com/

http://www.divinecaroline.com/

Doc Sharing Site

http://scribd.com

http://docstoc.com

Audio Sites

http://cinch.fm/

http://www.audioacrobat.com/

Podcast Sites

http://www.podbean.com

Image Sites

http://www.flickr.com/

http://picasa.google.com/

Video sites

http://animoto.com

Time Management: Choosing RIGHT So Your Business Moves Forward Successfully

I must say that until we started tackling this subject, I didn’t realize how badly I needed to take our own class! So, I was so very glad that Payson Cooper joined us for last night’s Class #6 on Time Management.

Between designing for my clients, and managing Frogs Are Green, Branding You Better and Broadcast Louder, and Andrea also managing Broadcast Louder and Open Studio Coach in addition to her art and jewelry business, it’s not easy anymore for us to fit everything in, and we both need better time management schedules, as well as more assistance!

I will say this: We all have missions and causes that we care deeply about, but if they don’t generate revenue, they take a back seat to the work we must do to earn a living. I know that seems harsh, and I say it knowing how much I love the causes and missions I’m on, but I have to be realistic as well. If I don’t take the time to do the work I must, I won’t have the extra time to do the other things I want to.

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The monkey in the wrench

No matter how you schedule and plan your days, what do you do when the phone is ringing and each hour you are talking to another client, and now it’s 4pm, and you haven’t yet done any work? Trust me I understand, we all have those days. I will say that there are some days when I am in the middle of working and I answer the phone but ask to call the person back. It’s easier and better for both myself and the client. They know I am going to call them back later and the message wasn’t unanswered.

Payson and Andrea both recommend Google Voice as an option.

Choosing which projects to work on so business moves along

When you are an entrepreneur, you are the driving force behind your business. Your success as well as sustenance, is accomplished by how hard you work, and how quickly you complete your assignments.

We may seek those larger scale, more involved and higher paying contracts, so we can have the time to conceptualize and create. It’s a fine line going between the shorter multiple easier projects and the longer drawn out ones.

For me it’s an interesting dilemma. When a project is short and sweet, it’s started and completed quickly and generates income faster. At the same time I love long involved branding development where we move from print marketing to social media to web design to email marketing, and as we complete all the different areas, I watch the brand develop completely over time and take off… but then if the project takes months and months, the payments are slower and more spread out. So time management becomes not just planning work habits but knowing that you worked on things that help generate income. You can’t just work on an assignment continuously and not consider where you’re going to find money to pay bills.

Making Time to write estimates, pitch or look for new work. This is an absolute. Even if you have lots of work, you want to be thinking of future work.

Time Management Recommendations

As they say, the first step is admitting you have a problem.  What’s the next step?  Getting tools to rise above and help yourself.  Here are some tools that will help you to maintain your focus and allow you to be productive.

1. Take breaks. Non-stop work is counterproductive.  Taking short, timed breaks allows your mind to rest, allowing new thoughts and ideas in.  You must take time off and that means walk away from work.  All work.  Go outside and take a walk.  Listen to music.  Stretch.  Read a book.  And get out of your workspace to do it.

2. It’s best to enter your work space in a good mood because obviously you’re more productive than if you enter moody or in a funk.  Have a grateful list handy and read that over. If you go for coffee, smile and say thank you.  If you put your children on the bus before you work, make sure it’s not a stressed morning. *yeah, I know that can be tough. If you are stressed before you begin work, de-stress.  Find a ritual that works for you and find a calm energy level before you begin work.  If something stresses you mid-day, relax, stay in control of yourself and take step back to calm down before you tackle the situation.

3. Make a to-do list, weekly.  Separate the home and business to-do’s or keep them on the same calendar, whatever works best but remember to LOOK at them.  It makes no sense to write out a schedule then hide the calendar under papers or forget to click it open on your computer.  When you set your time to do a particular task and you get off schedule, don’t sweat it.  That’s life and changing your plan is normal.  Take it in stride, move some things around and keep going.  You can add to your list during the day too and move things to another day if they seem too overwhelming to accomplish.  Prioritize.

4. Be disciplined on social media.  Set up a specific time range and time of day to network and connect online or surf the web for research.  I just found out about Google Chrome’s website blocker, which allows you to set restrictions to your online time by either totally blocking your favorite websites or just restricting the check-in timeframes.  E-mails can be a time drain. It’s okay to have a brain drain with a personal e-mail response but keep mindful of the time you spend and set aside a specific time period.  When working business e-mails, think about whether it would be best to call that person instead. It could reduce the time discussing or waiting for a response and you can check something off of your list!

Other Links and Recommend Reading

Visit Payson Cooper‘s website, Easy Marketing Secrets and read and watch her videos!

Check out Bryn Johnson’s Blog Series on Time Management

Planning with your calendar, a 5 part series

Planning with your calendar, plotting client time