As a solopreneur, I occasionally have an idea or conundrum that I wish I could just bounce off someone else. Or, sometimes, there’s a challenge or business option I need to talk through a bit because I’m one of those people that needs to talk to think, as opposed to think so I can talk. I’m betting many of you can relate.
In both situations, I’ve often thought how nice it would be to be able to pay an expert or “thought leader,” for 20-30 minutes of their time to help me brainstorm what’s on my mind or a sweet-sounding opportunity I’ve recently come across. And wouldn’t it be great if there was no obligation to officially engage or hire her/him for a minimum amount of time or term length? Yes, it would.
Finally getting some clarity
This is where getting Clarity comes in! Turns out it’s a perfect service for my own needs and I wanted to share it with you for yours. The idea’s simple: once you’re on the Clarity.fm home page, just search by subject matter for an expert to help you and then request a call with them for however long you need/can afford (up to 1 hour). Here’s a sneak peek at how you can rent someone’s brain via Clarity:
And, yes, starting February 1, 2014, I’m now offering YOU this on-the-fly support as well because I’ve officially been accepted as an “expert” on Clarity. This awesome “on demand business advice” service exists for anyone (with a credit card) to utilize.
I hope you give Clarity a try and if you’re a friend/fan, maybe you’ll consider logging in via LinkedIn and/or Facebook and find/fave my profile to help me get a gold star by my name as shown below (look for the red arrow):
I love it when a plan comes together
Finding this service was kismet, because over 10 years ago a former colleague had given her notice to our mutual employer and a few days before she left she said, “What am I going to do without having you available to bounce things off of?! I wish I could just rent your brain and pay with a credit card to get your advice on demand.” So, as soon as I learned about it, I knew I had to get on board the Clarity train because this idea’s time had finally come.
BTW, Clarity even offers a handy little guide for making the most of your time and money when utilizing the service. If you give it a try, please come back and share your experience in the Comments section.Read More
In case you missed last week’s (30 min) Networking Like a Pro G+ Hangout sponsored by PayScale, you can now check it out at your convenience here on the BDM Blog.
Hope this provides some inspiration and gives you a few new approaches you can take to further develop your networking skills. Do you have any experience practicing your small talk with strangers (1 of my tips)? Please tell us all about it via Comments.
Networking Like a Pro G+ Hangout sponsored by PayScale (Jan ’13)
And, if you want to share this advice with others, here is the link: http://bit.ly/UoEAdT
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Since I’m focused on helping people strategize the best ways to maximize LinkedIn for their unique set of goals, I wanted to offer my LinkedIn Profile Audit Checklist tool (2014 version!) for FREE.
Download it by clicking HERE or the image below.
Why not set aside about 30-45 minutes this week to tackle my do-it-yourself audit and see if you don’t attract some new eyeballs, get a few leads or (re)connect with some new people on LinkedIn? And if you think you’re ready to become a LinkedIn Master, just contact me and we’ll take your use of LinkedIn to the expert level!
It’s true! I offer a personalized 2 hr LinkedIn session for job seekers, career climbers or business owners looking to elevate their use of LinkedIn for career management or business growth. This is a deep dive into your LinkedIn profile and exploration of the many ways you can boost your brand, generate leads and grow your network via a new, polished presence on LinkedIn. If you’re ready to get started, please pay in advance and submit your session PAYMENT INFO HERE and then I’ll be in touch within 24 hrs to schedule it. This training is offered in a mutually convenient location to those in the SF Bay Area or as a phone or Skype/Google+ hangout session at $279.
“Sandy is a career coach, motivator and guide par excellence. She has personally counseled and helped me think through my career objectives in light of my current experiences as well as future aspirations. I would recommend her to anyone looking to better message their current work experience, articulate their career objectives to potential employers or simply structure their resume. She is a LinkedIn savant and can also help anyone make better use of this excellent tool!”
Alok Kapur, Mobile & Emerging Media Senior Business Executive, Microsoft
“I hired Sandy to help beef up my LinkedIn profile, and was very pleased with her services. She thoroughly explained how to raise my profile, walking me through every step, and I came away feeling significantly more informed and confident about making the most of this networking tool. She’s a great asset for any small business owner.”
Laura H, Magazine and Corporate Communications Writer
“The two hours I spent with Sandy discussing my objectives and reviewing my LinkedIn profile were the best, most cost-effective two hours I’ve spent in a long time! Not only is Sandy an expert at virtually every aspect of LinkedIn, but also she makes the entire process fun and enjoyable. What’s more, since I’ve made the changes Sandy suggested, I have seen an increase in both the quality and quantity of my business leads. That’s ROI defined.”
Emily C, Communications pro, small biz ownerRead More
On Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 10:30 A.M. PST, I’ll be participating in a Make It Happen Google+ Hangout where I’ll share my practical advice and tips on how to: Network Like a Pro.
To learn more about Make It Happen click here. And, yes, you’re definitely going to hear me mention the “L” word, as in LinkedIn.
I hope you can join us for our chat next Thursday, 1/17/13 and please share this with friends or clients that could use some help polishing their networking skills this year. Thanks!
Here’s the link to the RSVP page should you wish to share it: http://pysc.al/gHXUt
And here’s the link if you missed it live.Read More
Larger conferences purport: More is Better. Well, sometimes more is just…more.
Why travel to distant conferences only to get lost in the shuffle – one of thousands among a sea of people?
HR West focuses on the participant. No big expo hall, no holding the food hostage, or box lunches and a seat anywhere you can find on the floor. Rather, a collaborative event focused on the profession and a quality experience. Yes, quality over quantity.
HR West is the “Un” Conference. We’ll actually see you there!
Register Today and look forward to:
- Four World-Renowned Keynotes: Kimberly Alyn, Shari Harley, Paul Alofs, Gautum Mukunda
- Over 90 Concurrent Sessions covering issues you’re facing right now
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- Executive Education on Driving High Performance in a VUCA World
- Award-winning HR Certification Prep Courses the weekend before
For complete details about HR West 2013, please visit www.hrwest.org
As a holiday treat, I thought I’d curate and share some of the most popular posts on my blog. I hope you enjoy and Happy Holidays!
Please comment below with which of these was the most relevant to you or your favorite. Thank you!Read More