Shoes, My Next Speech, and Items of Rooted Beauty

22 07 2009

Today was a good day. I definitely needed one because yesterday was not.

I spent most of the day in a business training meeting. The first part was on networking. I was surprised how little internet networking possibilities were mentioned. I have some notes on changes I want to make to my business card though, and I’ll be looking for some FREE local networking activities. I have a feeling they won’t be official networking activities. More likely are visits to exhibits, during which I keep in mind networking. Maybe just an effort toward constant awareness of networking possibilities, but hopefully more than that. Also, my elevator speech is now one that can be delivered on the elevator of a building of less than 75 stories. It’s actually down to 30 seconds flat and I like it.

The second half was about presentations. Considering that I’ve been active in Toastmasters for a good half a year now, it was not surprising that there wasn’t much advice and strategy of presentations I hadn’t heard of. But the timing was perfect. Tomorrow I give my second speech at Toastmasters. I’ve been turning different ideas over in my head, but hadn’t really sat down and worked on it yet.

So I used the opportunity to practise for tomorrow, and I’ll be darned, what I produced was highly praised. I do think my attendance at Toastmasters has produced noticeable results. It’s done wonders for my confidence about actually being able to make a business of this. The instructor said the kind of enthusiam I have for my business is a good predictor of success. I’m finding myself imagining how it might actually happen. Amazing!

The second thing I want to write about is a project that pays nothing, though it might produce some useful publicity, and it should make some money for a charity. I’ve been commissioned to review a book for a website (the commission being keeping the book). The book is about turning unattractive or dull shoes into some really impressive shoes. Since it’s an instructional book, I think trying out a project needs to be part of the review. I proposed making a deal with a charity shop to allow me to take some of their shoes and tart them up. The website liked the idea, and the very first charity shop I approached approved it on the spot and let me choose three pairs of shoes to transform. Then they’ll be featured in the window with an attribution. Dig it!

Ah yes. and “Items of Rooted Beauty”. An e-mail discussion group I subscribe to has been discussing how difficult it is to make a living in one of my favorite craft arts these days. It was partly that discussion that had me down yesterday. But it is also that discussion that led me to try to find a description of the difference between the types of items I make and all those mass market things that might fill some of the same purposes. What I make are:

Items of Rooted Beauty.

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3 responses

22 07 2009
Barbara Winter

Hooray for better days…and a new idea from it.

23 07 2009
djcnor

Thank you both for your comments. I do recommend Toastmasters to various folks rather often. It is so different from what I expected it to be. So positive. So much fun, in general. I need to credit the discussion group as well, where discussion has turned to using the new technologies and the judgements that need to be made in order to maintain what I mean by the “rooted-ness” of the things we make. I have proposed that we turn the discussion also to marketing, which is another area where competing effectively as a cottage business is anything but easy.

23 07 2009
Jack

Best of luck to you in your business and things in general. And for your readers, here’s a little more perspective on Toastmasters, in the form of a short video — ahamoment.com/pg/moments/view/4453 — which tells of the aha moment experienced by a woman that led her to join Toastmasters and how that decision really changed her life for the better. I hope you enjoy it, as well as the rest of the site, which was created by Mutual of Omaha to highlight inspirational stories, good works, and aha moments of all kinds.

Thanks,
jack@ahamoment.com

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