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Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Dreaming with Frida - Continued
It's been kind of a stressful day, but I'll at least tell you about some things Frida and I discussed.
I need to market myself better. Well, that's no big revelation. But, I think that with the credibility of this 4400-mile accomplishment that I will feel more confident about doing so.
I already have a whole package of programs/seminars that I've given one or more times that could be marketed to groups which are looking for speakers. I've really only tried to get engagements with one of these programs.
Yesterday, I added some of my available programs on Books Leaving Footprints, which is where my programs are listed. But today I went through files, and made a real list of all the outdoor/trail/nature programs I've put together and given over the past few years. I was surprised how many there were. I started standardizing how the descriptions are presented with times, cost, and available adaptations. These need to be rolled into a brochure- print and electronic.
Other ideas I've pursued to bring in some income end up foundering on the fact that I just want to go back to the woods. This is possibly compatible, and I'm very comfortable with public speaking/ leading seminars.
She also gave me an audio book called "The Secret," by Rhonda Byrne. It's a motivational tool. I've read lots of things like that, but I'll take on another one... why not? It can't hurt. I have to admit that I'm pretty discouraged about my inability to bring in an income.
She says that I need to be a lot more aggressive about trying to get my news column in more papers. I've tried some, but when I am turned down I give up easily. Just hearing someone who writes a lot, for many different publications, tell me that I need to push harder is very helpful.
I'm in a strange place between the euphoria of my hike success, and the discouragement of not having enough money to pay my bills. Well, this blog is supposed to be about my quality day... so the positive aspect here is that I think I have a direction in which to move.