I’m at the NAMS Conference in Atlanta this weekend (thanks in large part to the nudging from the brilliant & beautiful Savvy Blogging ladies & Dan Morris), and even though you may not be a blogger or internet marketer, I wanted to share some of the best “A-HA” moments I’ve soaked up so far about blogging & business wisdom 🙂
To be honest, I was hesitant to even attend another conference right now; I have a lot of things haunting me on my to do list already! But I’ve truly benefited from having people outside the traditional blog world speak into my business.
More than that, I’ve learned phenomenal time management, goal-setting and yes, even family-first techniques (yes, this conference is continually reminding me that my most important shareholders in my business are my family – thanks Carrie Wilkerson!)
Here are some of my favorite take-aways, A-HA moments & nuggets from Day 1 that I’ll be implementing:
How to Launch Products Faster by Jack Born
*Stop falling in love with your idea, forget about perfection and have a system for choosing one project from many.
*At the end of each day, write down the ONE thing you want to accomplish the next day for it to be considered a win.
If you’re looking for graphics for an eBook, video series, mobile products and more – check out what Jack’s done at Box Shot King
Optimizing Pinterest by Dan Morris
I’m new to Pinterest, so this little lunchtime bonus session was really beneficial to me. I can’t divulge all the secrets on this, because Dan has a great Pinterest Optimization video that you can buy (really inexpensively, by the way), but suffice it to say that it’s broken down into 2 very critical segments (neither of which I ever knew you could OR should do):
*Optimizing your Pinterest page (for instance, did you know if you don’t put your own affiliate links in, Pinterest will put their own in?)
*Optimizing your website so that it can be pinned! (he showed us where to find a great “Pin It” button!)
Business Owners Blueprint by Perdew, Scholle & Huff
This was a very practical, two session series that got down to the nitty gritty of creating a one-sheet business model (based on the book Business Model Generation). My mind was toast by the end of the first session, but the most important thing I learned there was that ” A blog is not your business model; it’s a component of your business model“. YOWZA.
The other two “A-HA” moments came when I heard these two statements:
*Project management = getting the right things done at the right time
*Editors don’t look for creators, they look for publishers with numbers
I also wanted to send a special shout out to one of my roommates, Debba – the founder of Girlfriendology, who did the practical brainstorming on my business model with me. Check her out!
Paul Evans (Closing Session)
This man is power-packed with enthusiasm, drive and heart. He said far too much for me to recap here, but here are a few of my favorites:
*Define what success is – and have a clear picture of it
*Know your value, who you are, what you bring to the table, AND how other people are better off because of who you are, what you know and how you share that
*Do what you know how to do and don’t get distracted
*Massive action assassinates massive distraction!
A lot of theses speakers have great free resources on their web pages and Facebook pages if you want to learn more, but I promise to keep updating you while I’m away.