In this week’s #JustAskJess, I’m answering a question I was recently asked by someone in a panic: “I hired someone to write a pitch for me, but it’s not working. What now?”Read More
If you’re familiar with my story, I’m big on turning your mess into a message.
You can’t change your story, as much as we’d sometimes like to. What you can do, however, is change how you tell it, change how it controls you.Read More
If you own a business that doesn’t serve other businesses, you may think that you have nothing to talk about at creative conferences full of entrepreneurs.
That’s completely untrue, so today we’re going to talk about how all the B2C entrepreneurs out there can approach these kinds of presentations, and what you should be talking about.Read More
Lately we’ve been talking about overcoming adversity, and in that process, some curve balls will hit you harder than others.
You know that moment when you’re working towards something or coming back from something difficult, and you feel like you’re finally getting traction, you’re finally making progress, and things are finally starting to fall into place for you?Read More
“Why haven't you written a book, yet? I don't get it. You should have a book!”
Writing my first book was not a bucket list project. It was not a big goal I wanted to cross off my dream board, or a milestone I set out to achieve.
Writing this book has felt like an obligation.Read More
Today, let’s talk about all the “what ifs” you may be asking yourself around your next presentation.
“What if I forget everything I’m supposed to say up there?”
“What if I bomb and it just looks horrible?”
“What if I look silly?”Read More
All those times in our life when we are overwhelmed with things we can’t control, we find ourselves asking #allthequestions.
What if I had done this differently?
What if this had happened instead?
Why am I the one going through this?
What makes these questions even worse is that they snowball.Read More
A lot of you ask me, “why does it feel like I’m the only one NOT getting asked to speak at these amazing industry events?”
Ever felt that way?Read More
You’re a creative business owner speaking at conferences in your industry. You want to build credibility and be seen as the go-to expert in your zone of genius. So obviously you want to have a high-value presentation with tons of educational content to position yourself that way. At least that’s what so many creative business owners think at first.Read More
Let’s just address the elephant in the room: everyone faces adversity in our lives. Yes, everyone.
As beautiful and perfect as people make their lives seem on social media, none of us are perfect - that stuff is just a highlight reel. In the background, we all face difficulties big and small every single day.
But how we each handle and overcome adversity greatly differs.
The people we look up to, that inspire, have figured out how to punch adversity in the face and get moving anyway, while everyone else stays stuck.Read More
You've been giving some presentations here and there... but it just doesn't seem to be working. When you jumped into this you envisioned rolling in testimonials, endless new clients and a booked out speaking calendar. Instead... you're hearing crickets.Read More
They say you are the sum of the 5 people you spend the most time with and this holds true both in real life folks and all those folks on the internet.
When I first started my business I was clueless on what an online business entailed. Honestly when I first started I didn't know facebook groups even existed except for swap meet style groups.Read More
You’re not going to perfect your craft if you don’t have a chance to practice it. Get on that stage and serve your people. Do you need to break the bank building your credibility? No. But should you turn down valuable opportunities because they’re unpaid? Absolutely not.
Weigh your options, do the math and seek out opportunities that are mutually beneficial.Read More
It may sound strange coming from a website designer, but the most important part of your website isn’t actually the design – it’s the words you’re sharing. Don’t get me wrong, a well-designed website is important and attracts more people to your work, but without the words to back it up, pretty images and a great layout won’t help you reach anyone.Read More
If you are thinking about adding speaking to your business you probably aren’t thinking about a YouTube channel, right? What good would a YouTube channel do for you if you want to start booking those speaking gigs? Why should you add another platform?
Let me tell you, you are missing out on a huge opportunity on YouTube. And YouTube should probably be the main platform you are focusing on!Read More
Storytelling is an art, and the art of storytelling for your brand happens on many platforms and avenues.
There are the mini-stories you share in your social media feeds and captions, photographs, blog posts, and even ads and email campaigns. For all of you fellow bootstrapping ‘preneurs out there, you know what I’m talking about. We do our best to weave our little stories into our online presence so we can hopefully make an impact on those who read our content.Read More
Before you start pitching yourself to speak at all the creative conferences you need to know who it is you are called to serve. In our last post on “What You Need to Have Before You Pitch Yourself to Speak” we walked through crafting your compelling presentation Topic, Title and Takeaways. Today we’re taking that one step further and determining who your ideal audience is.Read More