Hello! (waves) It's been quite the busy month for me, even without too many shows to slow me down. Why? Well, I spent a lot of time shopping for a condo (NOT an easy task in Chicago, second only in outrageous prices to New York!) and working and reworking the Making the Most of Your Two Minutes seminar. I think I might be getting a tad obsessive about it.
And I'm still on pins and needles about Atlanta. I really do hope the gig comes through. Not just because I have turned away other work opportunities to make room for it (a bad idea, BTW, if you don't have a signed contract--so please don't follow my example on this), but also because it is work that I dearly love. There is nothing like the rush of having given a great, fun, motivating seminar, and then seeing people respond to it. So keep those fingers crossed!
Still on pins and needles about Atlanta. The guy is doing some checking, making sure it would be worthwhile to fly me there. But for me, it's nerve-wracking, not knowing if I'm going to be gone for a month or not!
Still, the Buddhist in me says, "Hey, look, what a pretty sunbeam that your cat is lounging in."
No, that's not a koan. Just a way of reminding myself to appreciate the NOW, the world around me just as it is, not as I want it to be, or as it might be soon.
It's very good advice, actually. With my giving nearly daily rate quotes for shows in September and October now, the air is full of possibilities and maybes and we'll sees. In this business, that's good. Even if you don't get the gig, getting the inquiry is a big step. It means you've been doing your marketing.
Now, if I can just hypnotize them all into signing contracts... :-)
Hello! It's been a while, mostly because the speaking has taken off so incredibly well that writing would feel a tad like bragging. But a fellow model/speaker-to-be asked a question via email this week about aching feet, and hey, it's something that plagues all of us in the tradeshow world!
So, my general advice:
Never, ever, EVER wear new shoes to a show. You'll live to regret it.
Wear comfortable shoes with a low heel. "Comfortable" means you've worn them near-daily for at least a month before the show.
Use arch supports if you need them.
I highly recommend these squishy gel insoles called Happy Feet. The semi liquid in these slim little slip-ins squishes around your tootsies every time you move, giving you little massages all day! (And no, I don't work for them.) :-)
If your feet get tired anyway, fill the plastic bag from the hotel ice bucket with ice and rest each foot on it for 20 minutes. That will reduce the swelling.
Believe it or not, working out helps, too. If you can't work out that morning, try working out (swimming is nice if you can--no weight on the feet!) that evening. It'll get the blood circulating to places other than your achin' feet.
You know, this business is kinda funny. When I tell people that the fall is always insanely busy for me but that, at the moment, I’ve only got two shows booked, they look at me a bit dubiously, as if to say, “Well, what are you going to do in the meantime?”
Well, the answer to that was: a postcard mailing, an email newsletter, follow-up calls, and condo shopping. (OK, that last one doesn’t have much to do with business, but it sure takes up a LOT of time). But I don’t really worry because I know that somehow my calendar will fill up with so many shows in the September-November season that I’ll barely be able to breathe.
And so it seems, it begins. No contracts yet, but I’m very excited about some really cool leads for both shows and some training seminars coming up in the next two months. I really hope they all pan out, but even if they don’t, the fall will still zip by, I’m sure!
But I’m really writing to share a fun moment, a blast from my own past. See, the whole reason that I started this business, years back, was because I had my dream job. I was a motivational speaker giving professional development seminars for another company, and I loved every minute of it! So when the company closed its doors during the recession (don’t tell me it wasn’t a recession!), I just couldn’t be happy with anything less than a job I loved.
So here I am. And yesterday, I got an unexpected call from a friend of the folks who owned that company—he’s started a similar company in Atlanta, and one of his reps is going to be out for a few weeks. Would I consider stepping in for a few weeks?
You can only imagine how fast I’ve scrambled to finalize and rearrange my own calendar! I’m still keeping my own clients’ shows that happen to fall during that time frame, of course (so if you have a show booked, don’t worry!) but I’m hoping that, with a little shuffling, I’ll be able to take advantage of this opportunity.