Be a Writer with Integrity-Keep Your Promises

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In lieu of me planning on posting a continual blog to the last one, I feel this one takes precedence over any other consultation I had to give you for your writing journey.

While perusing on my personal Facebook page, I came across a blog ad that asked me to sign up for a free webinar happening that week. Of course FREE is my favorite word and it was on a topic I knew would not only help me but my followers as well.

The first thing I did was check the time it was scheduled to post. Once I saw I can fit it into my schedule, I quickly signed up and began downloading all the information that was sent to my email. I was excited about the webinar because in the advertisement it was already answering questions I had been asking myself for years. I knew this would be a well worth webinar.

Days before the webinar I confirmed the time and link and cleared my agenda so I can spend the time in the webinar. The day of the webinar I was resent a page with the link. I opened the new email approximately ten minutes before it started. To my surprise they were eight other participants besides me waiting for the webinar to start. At first I thought for something advertised on Facebook, this is a small amount of participants; hopefully others will join in for the sake of the hostess, then I looked at the top of the participant list only to see the start time said ‘one hour ten minutes.’

Shocked at the start time, reverting back to the first email was my only option to clear my baffled mind. The program was supposed to start at 5p.m. Eastern, but according to the revised email it said 5p.m. Central time.

“Well of all the nerve!” I shouted. It’s not bad enough I could have been doing something else but now I have to wait another hour before it starts.

Let Your Yes Be a Yes

Ladies and gentleman, be a person with integrity. As a writer it is important you make your deadlines.

If you promised an agent a revision at a certain time give it to them.

Never break your appointments.

If you hold webinars, please indicate your time zone on your invitation so your participants can schedule accordingly.

If you say you are going to do something at a certain time, then do it. If you have to reschedule, don’t sneak it in or think “Well those who can’t make the new time oh well.” The tables will turn on you and you will reap what you sow. It will become ‘oh well’ on you because that, right there, is bad business Buddy.

The World Wide Web is Worldwide

The World Wide Web isn’t called that because it sounds catchy. It actually is ‘worldwide’. That means anyone; anywhere can watch your webinar. The last thing you want to do is make a bad reputation for yourself. The slightest mistake can make someone judge you and with the same World Wide Web, your name can hit social media in less than three seconds. What type of impact do you want it to make?

The End Result

I was fortunate enough to catch some of the webinar. The speaker did follow the old time cliché of save the best for last but unfortunately I wasn’t able to stick around to watch the main factor of her webinar. The tiny bit of information I watched will help me but unfortunately it will not help her.

I was able to find a fortunate opportunity to turn this into something positive and lucrative for both of us. If this should ever happen to you, you can turn this into a win-win situation. If the speaker is professional enough they would have a comment or survey along with the webinar. That is your time to professionally inform her not to take her potential audience for a fool and, in the future, show integrity by informing them of any changes. You can then direct them to your blog or another writer you know that will help them.

My LinkedIn page has blogs that speak on work and managerial protocol, and I was able to direct her to it where we were able to form a great professional relationship.

Have you had a client or know of a person who lacked integrity in their so call field? I would love to hear how you resolved the issue? Did you help them or someone else?

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5 Great Sites to Host Your Webinar

Many of us have our own business or want to start one. Some of us who started a business used our own Skype or Hangout account in order to have meetings. This can be hard as we juggle between personal and professional conversations. There is also the fact certain apps only allow you, to connect with those with the same app .

Using well-known sites such as Skype or Hangout sometimes doesn’t give us the professionalism we are looking for. Although Skype and Hangout is great for those small meetings, what happens when you have more than ten people or you have presentation slides you want to show your audience? This is where a webinar site will come in useful.

A lot of web hosting sites allows you to host conferences within your site (usually for an additional fee to your package), but what if you don’t have a website? Or, what if you just want to hold a webinar maybe once a month or less? If you don’t need a subscription to a site until your business really starts to escalate, you can use any of these five sites that do an excellent job of hosting webinars.

  1. Freeconferencecall.com

freeconferencecall_616  This webinar site lets you have twenty-five people on your conference for free. It is a great site because it allows you to do screen view (so the audience can see the presentation you designed ), record your webinar, and send the link to whoever missed your webinar. You can also upload files and give links to the audience in case you have a book or something promotional to give out.

Freeconferencecall.Com lets you see your audience and gives you your own personal access and phone number. It is easy to set up and has customer support for those times you need help.  And yes, you can also hold conference telephone calls.

2.Freescreensharing.com

freescreen_616 This site does what it says. It’s free and you can share screens with another speaker. This is perfect for the times when you have a guest speaker or co-writer. Freescreensharing.com allow other participants to share their screen although you are the main host. Once again, the great thing about this site is, it is free up to one-thousand participants. You get up to six hours and unlimited webinars per month. Downloads are included for this awesome site as well.

So far you have two great webinar sites that allow downloads. The next three has benefits for you as well.

  1. Meetingburner.com

meetingburner_616This site has a variety of package deals. As part of the package deal, you can stick with the free package they offer that allow you to have ten attendees and live meetings. The advanced packages allows more features and participants of course.

The last two sites are two of the most used webinars by corporations. Although they ask for a fee (for the more useful part of the site,) in the end, it is all worth it if you have a large platform.

  1. Gotomeeting.com

gotomeeting_616  Although it gives you a thirty-day trial, gotomeeting.com, is one of the most popular webinar sites used by a lot of businesses. It allows screen sharing and audio conferencing. The size of your attendees determines the fee per month.

  1. Anymeeting.com

anymeeting_616.jpg This amazing webinar site lets you have free webinars up to one-thousand participants, personal url, international and national telephone number,follow-up emails, surveys, and tests. Anymeeting.com also has registration forms and handouts. After the fourteen day trail, rates apply.

These webinar conference sites are great to use to promote yourself or use as part of a training course you offer. The best thing to do when you are starting, is compare the different sites to each other in order to see Which works for you.

What webinar conference site have you tried?

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You Can Write as Many Books as You Want–At One Time

The one thing I love about teaching others is I learn so much about myself as well. During my blogging session, after the workshop, a guest came up and had a conversation with me. Within that conversation they stated how they tend to write more than one story at a time and felt as if that was wrong to do (as if it was a writing sin.)

That comment made me feel so relieved because that is exactly what I do. I told them there is absolutely nothing wrong with writing more than one book at a time. As long you don’t mix up your characters and stories, you can write as many stories as you can think.

Writing numerous stories at one time has helped me with writer’s block. I don’t get any symptoms (knock on wood). Since I am in the process of writing a trilogy, it would make sense I am writing more than one story at a time. I am also writing an adult fiction so when I get tired of writing about four human teenagers helping thier two alien friends defeat the Saturians who invaded Glitron, I can switch to a married friend of a stripper contemplating if she is going to sleep with her husband’s client.

The ability to do more than one job at a time is part of human nature. We all put down on our resumes ‘ability to multi-task,’ so why can’t we have the ability to multi-write?

Do you write more than one story at a time? Do you think it is writing etiquette to do so? I’d love to hear what you think.

 

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Writer’s Guild Attendees Are Ready to Conquer the ‘Blog’

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Life Journeys Writers Guild members and guests got a start-to-finish blog lesson taught by Alison Figueroa (Aliefwrites.wordpress.com).

I want to take this time to thank all those who attended my blog class at the Life Journeys Writers Guild held in Waldorf, Maryland, at the Waldorf West Library on Saturday, May 21. For those of you who missed it, don’t worry, the request for another class was clearly heard.

At this event I show the participants how to create a blog on WordPress from account sign up to posting the blog. As I taught the class, I learned a lot myself particularly about the areas where writers need help in blogging.

Our time was limited, and (almost like the computer gods planned it,) the internet was slow, making it even more challenging for me to intimately explain and demonstrate some of the pertinent steps in creating a blog. Despite all the welcomed questions and freezes, I was able to achieve my goal of teaching the class how to create a blog.

I will try my best to have a more in-depth class in the near future. Please continue to follow my site for more information regarding the date and location.

Like I said, I learned a lot too. The main thing I learned is I am a useful vessel to many and holding this class has inspired me to not only have a similar class but to hold classes that go further into blogging, design, and how to jump-in and market oneself.

At this time I am open to any ideas on what the audience would like to hear regarding blogging. I received some great questions and would love to blog about them in more detail. Is there anything you want to learn about blogging or how to create a post? Write your question in the comment box and good luck blogging.

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The Days Before an Event

With two days left before a big event, Sarah paced the floor as she tried to recite her speech. The book she promised her editor was barely done (she had written four out of the nine chapters required), and the presentation slides were not in order. The sweat from Sarah’s brow barely reached her nose when the phone rang; it was the coordinator.

This is the way I feel before special moments in my life. The event could be something so simple as making it to the doctor’s office in time to helping a client organize their office. Although all circumstances turn out for the best, I can’t help but allow the anticipation to yield its way into the depth of my heart.

The one thing that keeps doubts, fear, and anxiety out of my soul  is the joy I get knowing I am helping someone achieve their dream. There is no greater love than seeing a client or friend filled with excitement and glee as they realize they have succeeded in a chapter in their life.

In two days I will embark in teaching a group of writers and guests how to blog. They are no words (although I’m sure my fellow writers can find one) that can explain how excited and honored I am to be a part of what will enhance the goals they have set for themselves.

The day my joy will permeate into the minds of others and enlighten them–and you– on the world of blogging will be held by

Life Journeys Writers Guild on

Saturday, May 21,

2:30-4:30 at

Waldorf West Library-10405 Odonnell Pl Waldorf, MD

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Learn To Create a Blog the Quick Way

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Hands-on Training Waldorf West, MD

I have exciting news for all you writers, coaches, entrepreneurs, and those thinking about writing or blogging!

  • You already know you need a blog.
  • You know what you want to write for the blog.
  • The only thing stopping you is, you don’t know how to use those darn blogging software and sites.

Join me and other members and guest of the Life Journeys Writers Guild on Saturday, May 21, as I present a FREE hands-on course on setting up a blog.

Notice I didn’t say How To create a blog. That’s right you will be creating a blog page yourself from start to publish. They may also be an opportunity to get some tips and advice on how to attract followers and stay productive on your blogging ventures.

Invite other writers, coaches, entrepreneurs, and anyone you know who is interested in blogging. This FREE course is for everyone!

Mark it on your calendar:

Saturday, May 21.

2:30pm-4:30pm

Waldorf West Library, 10405 Odonnell Pl

For more information email me at aliefwrites[at]gmail.com

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The Real Reason Your Blog Isn’t Up Yet

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The Real Reason Your Blog Isn’t Up Yet

They are so many blogs on the internet telling you it is important to have a blog in order to grow your business. A lot of these sites are great resources until you have to do it and they don’t tell you why it’s taking you so long to get started.

I listed six hardcore reasons why your blog isn’t up yet, and how to overcome these reasons. The reasons may take a stab at your ego, but in the end, you’ll be a better person for having laying claim on the culprit.

  1. You’re on Facebook

Facebook can be your BFF or your worst enemy ever. When I get on a Facebook, my intention is to send out a notice about my new blog, a writer’s event or a tip, or a question regarding writing. What I end up doing is reading all my friends and family post and the next thing I know two hours have posted up on my clock.

Stay on Facebook

Wait! If I just said Facebook is one of the reasons your blog isn’t created yet, how can I tell you to stay on it? Easy! Create another page for your company only.

A lot of times I see entrepreneurs put both their personal and business information on the same Facebook page. There is no reason for that to happen. It confuses the follower and yields personal information to those who, perhaps, shouldn’t have it.

The way you want to make sure you get the correct Facebook time to blog for your company is to, spend at least one hour in the morning working on the business page. Once that’s accomplished then you can feel free to peruse your personal page.

  1. You Have a Job

It’s not always our dream job that we end up with; therefore, we are left no other choice but to make some adjustments in our lives. Don’t let your day job interrupt achieving your dream job.

Start Your Dream Job

As busy as your day is, by law, you are entitled to a lunch break. Use it wisely, eat healthy (you need to fuel your brain), and write your blog during lunch. If you decided to write it during the morning commute (this is for those who take public transportation, NEVER Blog and drive), then at lunchtime check back and see who responded or posted in the blog you wrote.

Although you may not be at your dream job, if you post to the right places such as LinkedIn, there is bound to be someone who will find you and want to use your services.

  1. You Have a Family

I am an advocate for family first. I have seen one to so start with this first, many marriages and relationships break apart because a career came before a family. Let them know how important writing your blog is to you. Second, engage them in the process. Hook them to brainstorm topics, perhaps, inspired by their daily experiences. Now you’ve accomplished two very important tasks talking with your family, validating their lives and getting great topics for your blog.

Include Your Family 

Children, spouses, or significant others love to know they are making an impact on the important things in your life. It makes them feel included, and their help and encouragement will benefit you as well.

Set up a schedule with your family and let them know the certain time of the day or week that you will be working on your blog. If you have young ones, wait until they go to bed and use that time to write your blog. For older children, they can take on a few of the chores or even help you by tweeting or Facebooking your blogs for you.  Spouses or significant others can take on house duties and even put the young ones to bed.

Keep in mind, blogging is not something you do every day, every hour–you have to have a plan.

  1. You Don’t Have a Plan

Sure you have so many things to write about, but you have no idea where to start. This alone can stress your mind and slow you down from even starting.

Create a Schedule

The best thing to do is create a date and time you are going to write a blog, and this way, you can see if your blogs flow and make sense, one after the other. If some type of pressing news slips in that you want to blog about, it is best to make the announcement on one of the social media and/or link followers to the blog. This way they know this is something out of the ordinary from your regular blogs.

  1. You Are Scared

There, there, it’s okay to be a little scared. It’s a new adventure for you. It can be overwhelming having to learn a new program, change your lifestyle, and start a new journey. No need to worry, everybody’s been there.

Just Do It

Start! That’s all I can say. You have to make up in your mind you are going to get the help, create the schedule, and pursue your blogging adventure. Easier said that done—you might say? I am proud to say that I’ve coached a many of doubters and can help you on your way to taking that first leap of faith and WRITING YOUR BLOG!

  1. You Don’t Know How

It’s okay to admit you have no clue about how to start blogging. With so many ‘blog sites’ and ‘How-To’s’ it’s hard to figure out which is the best one and the best hosting site for your blog as well.

Help Is Available

The one thing I try to instill with my clients is there is not just one site you can blog on. I do not point my clients to one blog site, only. I also do not assume everyone learns the same. A good coach will talk to you and find out how to use your strengths to start your blog.

Feel free to contact me if you need help starting your blog. They will be a Blogging 101 class, hosted by the Life Journeys Writers Guild, in Waldorf, MD, May 19th. In the meantime, follow my blog for the latest update and possible tips.

Blogging is fun and easy, and once you start doing it, you will wonder why you didn’t start earlier.

I’ve heard some pretty wild procrastination tales when it comes to “Why I can’t get my blogging in gear. Are there other ways you know that people procrastinate when it comes to starting a blog? I would love to hear it.

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