It's important for every thriving community to be a place of kindness, generosity, and genuine respect. There needs to be real communication – and that means it can't be a place where people are just constantly self-promoting.

That's why just about every online community has rules against selfishness and self-promotion.

In this channel, you can be a little selfish. Here, you can ask for favors and let us know, directly, how we can help you.

Don't abuse it!
I would love for everyone to read my latest article on, "Sharing Tragedy." As a paramedic, personally, our grief doesn't end at our door step. We are often like sponges, unintentionally picking up and sharing what doesn't belong to us. But when it is unavoidable, there are ways to process someone else's grief. Please have a read. If you like it, share it. As a writer, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing someone share your article because it resonated with them. Thank you (graciously).
Leah Sobon - this is a truly powerful piece. I love that it's not just "a day in the life of a medic"'s a completely real and honest look into what YOU personally feel as a wife, mother, creative writer and a saver of lives. It hits home particularly for me now because one of my dearest friends just lost his wife very suddenly to a heart attack one week ago today. Unfortunately, she had passed by the time the medics arrived, but they were kind, caring, respectful and supportive as he endured one of the worst moments of his life. 

I just shared this on both LinkedIn and Facebook. Keep it up, Leah...looking forward to what you write next! 
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Leah Sobon many years ago, in another life, I worked in the medical field. You've learned what's important early on. That's healthier for you and those you hold close. For many, it takes years, others prefer to harden their hearts and live in denial because it's easier to do their jobs. Life can change in an instance-- keep loving hard and be kind to yourself.
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Hey Friends! 

It was lovely to meet some of you the other day via zoom! 

I believe I briefly mentioned that I am in the process of re-working my in-person "Photography For Artists" workshop in order to offer it virtually to a community of textile artists. The original workshop was very simple - mostly me and a slideshow explaining basic photography principles and translating them into applicable practices for artists shooting their work on their phones. After the presentation, we did a few demos. 

This is going to serve as a great foundation for me to hopefully get some new clients and shoots booked, and I'll be offering virtual one-on-one studio hours and portfolio mini sessions for purchase after the workshop as well. In short, I'm looking to nail the workshop and create some additional opportunities for revenue.

Being that this virtual space is our new normal and Zoom fatigue is a REAL thing, I would LOVE to hear some feedback from you guys about any online workshops or classes that you've taken recently.

Any general advice, pet peeves, best practices, tech/AV concerns, things that stuck out to you, or ideas for engaging a virtual group while presenting and performing demos would be greatly appreciated!
I love this question. Some things I really focus on given the number of video calls I facilitate through my business...

  • Keep YOUR energy high. Nothing is worse than following a digital presentation where the presenter isn't having fun. It sets the tone!
  • Start interesting. Hook people in with something before you go into the boring backstory slides about you + your business.
  • Having crisp audio is a huge plus, especially if some people will be following along passively. An external USB microphone (like a Blue Yeti) goes a long way.
  • Consider some facilitated breaks. I just did a 3-hour Zoom session that was all about getting deep work done. Every hour, they rang a bell, and had us do a small, energizing exercise.

Just a few ideas!
Is this going to be a free webinar or a paid course? I ask because as a consumer, I have very different expectations of the two. If it's a free webinar, I expect that the presenter will share a few offers at different points throughout the webinar. But if I've paid for the class, I don't want a pitch. I want nothing but substance (and maybe a soft pitch at the very, very end). 

Ages ago, I put together an online class using Ruzuku. It was actually a lot of fun. The class was self-paced and I built in a weekly video conference. I suspect there are a LOT more online class platforms to choose from these days and it might be something to look into. 
It's going to be a paid three-hour workshop! Likely less than $100/participant, and definitely saving my soft pitch until the end! I also hate promotional plugs! 
Hey yall!

I'm taking on more work helping ecommerce businesses with their Facebook ads.

Have you or someone you know tried and failed to make FB ads profitable?

Have ads been considered but not tried yet (perhaps for fear of failure)?

If so leave a comment below and I'll figure out how I can help!
I tried ads once for Unreal Collective and it was a big ol' flop 😓 
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I haven't tried ads yet, but am curious about them. I am considering FB ads for an upcoming 3-hour play lab on exploring life purpose.
Hey everyone, I wanted to show you what one of these Asks may look like...

As you may or may not know, I have a podcast called Creative Elements. On the show I talk to independent creators who have made a living with their art and creativity (folks like Seth Godin, James Clear, Vanessa Van Edwards, and more).

I'm really proud of the show, and it's off to a great start! I'm trying to get a feature on Apple Podcasts, and more ratings will go a long way.

Could you subscribe and give the show a rating on Apple Podcasts? You do not need to leave a written review if you haven't listened to it yet.

I think you'll like it!

Click here to listen on Apple Podcasts