What I did wrong

On June 22nd, I held a Facebook Live event. Here’s everything I did wrong.

  1. My favorite word was Ummm
  2. I didn’t look into the camera
  3. I Read my notes (Hello Nerves!!)
  4. I didn’t practice enough (see #2 and #3)
  5.  I didn’t “advertise” enough. No emails, Not enough people and friends invited
  6.  I was distracted before the chat so my focus wasn’t all there
  7.  My public speaking 101 went out the window. (see #1 – #4)
  8.  I didn’t mention all the items I wanted to because of NERVES (not written down)
  9. BRF was everywhere!! (not sure what that means? Urban Dictionary it.)

Things I will do differently next time.

  1. Advertise more: in email, on site, share post more, invite more, post to event more, etc.
  2. Look into the camera
  3. SMILE!!
  4. Less Ummm’s
  5. Remember Public Speaking class training
  6. Practice more.
  7. Have notes closer to the camera.
  8. Better camera angle!!!

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2017 Goals – June Update


I set a lot of goals for 2017. Some personal and several professional. Check out how things are going with the goals. Documenting it will help me keep accountable. I’m also enjoying figuring out how to use Snapchat and YouTube to create fun and entertaining videos! How am I doing?

To see May’s updates, click here.

To see April’s updates, click here.

To see March’s update, click here.

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#VAUMC17

Another Virginia United Methodist Conference in the books. This year it was held in Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, VA. As part of the Board of Communications, we did not hold a workshop and dinner this year. We decided to take a break and do some research for a bigger, better version next year!! In the past, we had 6 topics and 4, 20 minute sessions. We did speed dating style sessions where the attendees moved from table to table every 20 minutes, picking their top 4 interests. Topics included, Twitter, Facebook, websites, blogging, email marketing and Instagram/Snapchat.

This year, I did various jobs as needed. I spent a lot of time the communications table and helped out Heart Havens when they needed it.

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2017 Goals – May Update

I set a lot of goals for 2017. Some personal and several professional. Check out how things are going with the goals. Documenting it will help me keep accountable. I’m also enjoying figuring out how to use Snapchat and YouTube to create fun and entertaining videos! How am I doing?

To see April’s updates, click here.

To see March’s update, click here.

To see January’s update, click here.

To see February’s update, click here.

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Girl Code

Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur by Cara Alwill Leyba

I enjoyed Girl Code. It’s about other girl entrepreneurs working together, even if in the same industry, to build each other up and work together. It’s about killing the mean girl stigma and  celebrate successes, yours and other business women. It talks about being proud of who you are, where you are in business and how to move forward. We all have our struggles, and the book acknowledges that and doesn’t gloss things over. It also lets us know that not everything is cookie cutter and being true to you is better than trying to mimic others. Use your voice, keep your personality present and you’ll do better than when you question yourself about everything you do. There is nothing wrong with getting advice or asking for help, but that isn’t the same as copying others. Be you. Take care of you.

I enjoyed all the interviews of various female entrepreneurs in different industries. They were from diverse backgrounds, upbringings and very successful in their industries!

I’m glad I bought it on Audible.com so I can listen to it again and again. The next time, I’m going to follow instructions and write down the items Leyba asks me to.

Ps: Thank you for stopping by my little site and reading my content!

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Going Live – Lessons Learned

I helped my client, Capt. Rob’s Pigalicious Barbecue go live on Facebook. For a small business and first timer, it wasn’t bad. It wasn’t great either. Here are some lessons we learned by doing our first Facebook Live.

  1. Connection to the web is key!! We had terrible service at the location where we were going the live video.
    – We were in the country and did not research our connectivity. Poor service causes freezing, blurry imagery, and could cause the audio to go in and out.
  2. Be aware of where the mic is on the device you’re using. I was so focus on being still and quiet, that I may have accidentally covered the tablet’s mic with my finger. The sun was also so bright it was hard to the see the screen to be sure I was going the shot I was looking for (another distraction when it came to the sound.)
  3. Try not to let the tablet overheat. Overheating the device will cause all sorts of havoc during the live video. Because he’s an outdoor caterer, the Live Video was outdoors. The sun was intense and caused the tablet to overheat and go to sleep MID video!! PANIC!!
  4. Do a better job of promoting. I created an event on his behalf. I invited some people but he knows better who is more interested in going to his Live Event than I am. I added posts to his event but that wasn’t enough. He’s the voice of his catering company and it would have been beneficial for him to help promote his own Live Event. Ask other friends to invite their friends. It’s live and they can watch from home, so reach out!!

With the lessons we’ve learned, we will do better next time! What lessons have you learned that you’d like to share?

For more about Going Live, click here.

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Facebook Live – Snapchat

Want to learn more about Snapchat? Wondering if it’s for you and your business? Curious about what it’s about? FREE live chat where I answer your questions and give you the basics about Snapchat. Hope you can join me!!

On June 22 from 1:00 pm until 1:30 pm I will discuss with you why Snapchat is on the rise… still!! IT’S FREE!! It’s only for 30 minutes! Join the fun!

To RSVP, click here!!

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2017 Goals – April Update


I set a lot of goals for 2017. Some personal and several professional. Check out how things are going with the goals. Documenting it will help me keep accountable. I’m also enjoying figuring out how to use Snapchat and YouTube to create fun and entertaining videos! How am I doing?

To see March’s update, click here.

To see January’s update, click here.

To see February’s update, click here.

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New Tab or Same Tab, That is the Question


Who really likes having lots of tabs open for the same website? Have you been annoyed because you clicked a link and it took you away from a site you weren’t done with yet? You aren’t alone.

It is common to use links in websites and blogs. Sometimes you might need to link to previous articles or other related pages in your site which good for SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Or you may want to link to something OUTSIDE your site and blog (maybe you and another website or blogger will share a link back to you, also good for SEO). When creating links, it is usually better to have the outsider’s link to open a new window or tab. When in your own site, that isn’t necessary. I personally find that clicking on menu items that open multiple windows for the same site to be annoying. When new tabs are not opened to take you outside of the website it is also annoying. Many like the idea of closing a tab when done to return back you the original site/blog, your site/blog!! That is less likely to happen when the visitor is escorted away.

The photo to the right is a visual version on how to make sure your WordPress site’s or blog’s links are doing what they should be doing. For the readers, below is a list of link instructions.

  1. When in the editing portion of you post or page, click on the existing link
  2. Click the edit button (the little pencil)
  3. Click on link options button (the cog)
  4. To open a new tab or window, make sure the box is checked for  “open a new tab”
  5. Click update.
  6. Make sure you also click update for the full post or page.

Easy peasy! All is corrected and set for the best results.

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