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Note From Tonya
PMC Guild Conference - Pre-Conference Finessing
News
New Goodies Arrive at Whole Lotta Whimsy
Feature Article
7 Ways to Make Heart-Centered Connections

July 22, 2010

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Note From Tonya

It's been a fantastic summer! I hope for you as well.

I can't thank you enough for the great feedback you've shared with me regarding my ezine and blog. I love knowing it's made a difference in your week. I do appreciate the referrals to your friends and students too. Thanks!

It's been heart-warming to see the numbers of subscribers expand! My deepest desire is to provide value, benefit and inspiration for you as head into the weekend to enjoy your creative time!

This week I'm working on the finishing touches for my presentation which is *gasp* next week, at the PMC Guild Conference. I'm proud to say that I've been a feature presenter the last 4 of 5 conferences! It's a great opportunity to share my passion and love of metal clay and the business of being a jewelry artist. What could be better than catching up, expressing gratitude, learning tons and getting to know others...in person! It's all about the heart-centered connections!

Plus investing in yourself is essential. Do you follow the suggested rule of 3% of your income per year rule of investing in yourself? This continued learning is imperative to growth and thus attending classes and conferences are key!

I do wish everyone could attend and am disappointed to hear that many of you will not be able to be there. The great news is several presenters make it possible for you to get the information later from their sites, classes or programs. Many handouts will be available on www.pmc-conference.com as well. So be sure to download that information.

I certainly will be adding information to my blog about the things I've learned and want to share. I am also very excited about the high-value content program I'm going to be offering this winter to help every artist expand and transform their lives from the inside out. The program will integrate all the information I've learned from 22 years of owning retail and wholesale businesses, teaching, creating and living as an artist/business woman.

To make your conference experience all it can be, scroll down to read my 7 ways to make the most of your networking experience in today's article! Even if you aren't attending the conference, these tips can be used when attending classes and also in online forums.

Creative Blessings,

News

New Creative Tools Arrive at Whole Lotta Whimsy

 

Each week we continue to add items to our Clearance Section. Check out the section this week to see what new items you can pick up while saving some money!

 
Feature Article

7 Ways to Make Heart-Centered Connections...and Improve the Outcome of Your Experience

Attending a conference, a class or even just an online forum can be a little frightening. You might think no one is interested in your opinion, you don't want to be judged, you are afraid of putting yourself in a vulnerable position. However, the only way you can gain an experience is to be willing to be vulnerable. This courage creates character and builds confidence. This is a win-win situation.

1) Come prepared
Bring your business cards with all your information on it. This includes your website, blog, facebook, twitter and LinkedIn information. If it can include a picture of you, your work or your brand that's important! Always be ready for those opportunities when you can connect. A great place to keep them is in your name tag holder...ready for passing out. No digging or fumbling. You never know, the person you connect with might be your next best friend, an important school education director, editor or even a customer!
2) Rehearse your ideas, thoughts and conversations
Rehearse what you might say to those you meet. Close your eyes and imagine yourself extending your hand to someone, smiling and introducing yourself. Next, brainstorm topics and questions of interest. Everyone likes to be asked for their opinion. So create a list of questions you'd be interested in hearing about or they'd be interested in talking about. Or think up topics that are pertinent to the audience or group of artists you are with.
3) Wear your name tag
Try to include a picture of your work if possible or your logo. You can print these out on stickers and attach them when you get there. Or maybe you want to print out a tiny sticker with the Facebook logo to let others know that they can connect with you. Don't forget to include your state as well. These things help others to remember you. Be memorable! Try to make sure your name tag is visible and not covered by your sweater, bag etc. It makes an introduction easier, especially if someone has had a momentary lapse in their memory with your name.
4) Focus on common interests
To establish a bond with someone else, hone in on their common interests and talk about those. If you know that they like to do resin or polymer clay, as them questions and share information with them on those common interests.
5) Give joy-filled exuberant answers
When asked how are you doing or how your art work is selling, don't just say fine or great. Make it a memorable reply by adding some flavor like amazing, beautiful, spectacular, tremendous, outstanding, cool, etc. Don't be afraid to toot your own horn. When you meet someone and ask how they are doing would you rather hear "I'm okay, but..." or "I'm fabulous and life is great"? Think about projecting joy, warmth and exuding confidence! Everyone will surely want to meet you with this vibrating energy!
6) Watch your body language
Try not to look at your watch, look around or past the person you are speaking with, cross your arms, or start talking to others that are not part of the conversation. I'm sure you just got a flash back of when you were talking to someone and you were telling them something about you or your life. They seem to be listening and then 'oh look shiny', there's Sally over there and they start talking or worse yelling to them while you are in mid-sentence. Do your best to be mindful of what your body is saying to others and make them feel like they are your focus. It's just a few minutes of your time but it makes a huge difference in how you make them feel. Be a great listener!
7) Conquer your fear
Don't be afraid of putting yourself out there and meeting others. Remember when you meet someone and you feel uncomfortable, that's okay. Experience it and if it disagrees with your sensibilities, you simply say "next", and move on to the next person. There are usually at least 200 other people to go talk to. If you feel they were mean, judgmental, rude or disinterested, that's unfortunate but c'est la vie. Not everyone needs to be one of your peeps. There are many you will connect with if you try...and try again. SWSWSWSW = some will. some won't. so what. someone's waiting!
 

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Tonya Davidson is an artist, entrepreneur, coach and mentor. She helps other artists better their techniques and business skills by empowering them to live creatively from the inside out. Her ezine goes out to over 11,000 subscribers. If you want to learn to create a life you love, sign up for a FREE subscription at http://wholelottawhimsy.com. Be sure to check out her blog at www.tonyadavidson.com for more articles like this one.
 

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