Thursday, March 15, 2012

Living with Intent: 31x31

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Many of my friends and family know that I'm an extreme planner, and am always looking for a new project. Several of us have started lists of tasks to do before our next birthday. I'm turning 31 at the end of the year, and have written a list of 31 Things to Do Before 31. I've been a little lazy on this list so far (I've done one) but have found my motivation returning...

Up next? A worm bin! I've got the supplies, now I just need to plug in the power drill. Ready or not, here they come! Now, I just need to get that square foot garden in place. Compost tea, anyone?

I've been wasting a lot of time getting to know my new iPhone. I'm in love! I balked at paying the data charges forever, but I've decided a smart phone is a good investment towards becoming a busy little indiepreneur/superwoman. Let me know what apps to use!

Have a lovely day!


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Lessons from My Meet-Up

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I organized an informal meet-up last night for local indiepreneurs. It was a great event, with a lot of meaningful discussion. However, I learned a few lessons that will help me organize an event better next time, and I hope that they’ll help you as you plan future events.

Make sure to strategically target attendees, and use your network to garner connections with targeted invitees. It’s also about quality over quantity. Last night, I was able to develop solid connections with attendees, and I value that over meeting a dozen new folks.

Ensure that your attendees know what to expect from the meeting. What’s the purpose of getting together? What do you hope to achieve? Who’s invited? I assumed that the ability to see invitees and RSVPs would be enough to prompt interest and great attendance. Let them know your agenda and guest list ahead of time.

Make personal connections. Facebook has great reach, but approaching a new connection with an invite on Facebook is not as compelling as connecting in person. Your effort will be rewarded. Again, quality, not quantity!

Follow up. Thank the venue (Thanks, Tall Pauls!), connect with the attendees, and let those who didn’t attend know they were missed (and what they missed!).

It won’t be perfect the first time! Use what you learned from a past event, edit your approach, and keep moving forward!

I hope this helps. Good luck with all of your endeavors this week!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Everyone Needs an Editor

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Alachua County residents have access to a fantastic (and little known) resource. The Adult Learning Center provides access to a service that offers free proofreading for documents. And you'll get a response within 24 hours!
I've personally received feedback on all sorts of materials - blog posts, articles, web content, essays for job applications, resumes, and cover letters. It's a fantastic service, and it's free! Documents cannot be larger than 1400 KB, but my 450 word article was only 19 KB, for some perspective.

I think this service could help busy indiepreneurs who need a second set of eyes. Non-profits may benefit from sending grant proposals for proofreading.

I hope this helps! Let me know if you use the service.

I'm taking a long weekend to visit my sister, so my work week is ending today. Happy Thriday!