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Failing at Your Own Business–Online Summit Presenter

I know you are probably thinking “Give it a rest already” the Work Freedom summit is OVER. But, to be true to form, I must write and share my latest epic income-generating disaster. 

If you’ll remember, I participated in the Work Freedom Summit a few weeks back. I spoke about publishing eBooks, something I know a bit about. Of course, I could have also presented information on freelance content writing, teaching ESL online, affiliate marketing, creating online courses, blogging, overcoming insurmountable obstacles, and finding your passion. However, when the hosts got around to my application, apparently everything had been taken but the eBooks topic, so it was a take it or leave it situation.

So let’s talk about the interview first. I thought it went ok, until I went to share my slides. Just before the call, I had been practicing and forgotten to reset the slides, so I began with the end in mind or something. Being flustered, it took me a few minutes to even figure out why the slide I was looking at wasn’t the title slide. To make matters worse, instead of typing 1 and hitting enter to return to the title slide, I SCROLLED through them backwards looking in panic for the title slide. 

Then there was that oversight on my part about the link to the handy worksheet I had prepared. I was supposed to send the host a copy of that document erroneously believing that it would be included in the bonus section or at the very least, a pdf link after my bio. Nope. It appeared absolutely NOWHERE because I FORGOT to send it!

So today, feel free to download this document about the steps on How to Turn Your Blog into a Book (which is an upcoming eBook).

Another issue that I’m sure was all in my head was that I sort of felt like the kid sister in this whole experience. You know, the one mom said you HAD to let tag along but you really didn’t want to because somehow I was left off the initial contact list and missed the first few communicants from the presenters. Then I was supposed to get an email to check my profile page but didn’t so had to ask the host about it. But it all worked out.

I was able to attend a few of the sessions during the summit and listed those in a previous post. I just wanted to make a commentary on the communication styles of the presenters here.

With one notable exception, the women presenters participated in a dialogue with the host and the men expounded their thoughts at the host. I know that’s not really a new observation on the differences between male and female communication styles, but seeing it in these back to back sessions really brought it home to me. The communication styles also influenced how I, as a female observer, absorbed the information presented. I was more interested in, hence felt like I learned more from, the dialogue rather than the pontificating, naturally. 

I also noticed that not one of the presenters in the sessions I attended used slides! WHAT? I thought that conducting my session as a class would be the most natural way to provide the information to viewers and as a consequence, spent some time on slide creation. ALL of the presenters were just talking heads, no additional graphics, nothing in the background to spark creative interaction, NOTHING! They might as well have been podcasts (which I also recently did for that first time and you can find that here.)

Now for the nitty gritty. It would have been nice to have received some monetary compensation for my time and effort in promoting, but as no one signed up for the paid version of the Work Freedom Summit via my affiliate link, I earned a big fat goose egg. I’m not as disappointed as you might think, since I went into this as a learning experience rather than expecting to make the big bucks, but still….

Those are the negatives. There were some positives about this experience, however.

First, I learned that I could do this! Remember how I mentioned in a previous post that participating in a video summit was something way beyond my comfort zone? Well, it was, but I did it anyway. And it wasn’t so bad. Neither was sharing a graphic with MY picture on it all over social media. I mean, it wasn’t my favorite thing in the world to do, but I did it!

I also picked up a few useful tidbits from the presentations that I am planning on implementing beginning in the new year. So my time spent in viewing wasn’t wasted at all. (And neither will yours be if you choose to get the lifetime access pass now available. Wink Wink, Nudge nudge) 

Lastly, the summit deadline made me get on the stick and finish the publishing course I’ve been working on. It’s live. You can see it here: Book It: Everything You Need to Know to Publish Your Book on Amazon.

I’m looking for Beta Testers for the course before I make a big deal over it. If you, or anyone you know is brave enough to self-publish or has already self-published, I’d love for you to give me feedback on the material I’ve provided in this course. Please contact me with the form below.

All in all, my first summit presenter experience was a mixed bag of tricks. But I can say, I’ve been there, done that, and it’s time to move on to another venture. 

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Work Freedom Summit 2019. Did you miss it?

The thing with online summits is you only get free access for a limited period of time. Depending on your schedule, you may not get to listen to all the sessions you planned to. I know that happened to me with the Work Freedom Summit this week. 

On Thursday, I enjoyed Getting Started with Blogging, Creating Online Courses, Getting Started with Coaching. On Friday, I was able to listen to Turning Your Passions into Profit, Work at Home Possibilities, and How to Create Udemy Courses. Saturday brought me Proofreading and Editing, Website Design & Digital Services.

There were segments that I totally wanted to get the information from, but you know, laundry needed done, classes needed to be taught, and lunch needed prepared, so I didn’t get to them. If that happened to you, take heart. You can get LIFETIME access to all of the sessions plus bonus content for a fraction of what the material is worth. 

If you purchase today, you’ll get all this for just $67. If you wait until tomorrow, the price goes up. You have just until 9 PM EST for this pricepoint, so time is of the essence if you want in on this informative online Work Freedom summit for a reasonable price.

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Don’t Forget!!! Work Free Summit

Today, I’d like to take a few minutes and talk about why I love working from home and what my greatest challenges are. Most of you already know that I’ve been working at home for almost two years now and I absolutely love it!

I don’t have to get up before dark and brave the wet or cold on my moto to go to work, nor do I need to bundle up and come home in the rain or cold on my moto after dark. When it gets cold, and even though I live in Mexico, it does still get cold, I can take my laptop and set up in front of the fireplace and work in my sweater and slipper socks with my cup of tea beside me.

I also enjoy the income I earn online as compared to working for pesos in Mexico. Earning dollars means I don’t have to work nearly as many hours per week to provide for my family comfortably. I have flexibility in my schedule that I never had before. I was able to work and visit my family in Pennsylvania this year, which wouldn’t have been possible at any of the traditional jobs I’ve had over the years.

The challenges of working at home are challenges to be sure. The weather impacts my internet connection, so some days I can’t get everything I want to get done, done. I’ve had to cancel online classes because of poor internet connection as well. I’ve learned the best hours for full-power internet are early in the morning, so that’s when most of my online work happens. I need to be organized and ahead of the game so that in the event of an internet outage, I won’t be behind in my writing assignments either. Procrastination has had to be eliminated from my vocabulary in order for working from home to work.

I get to spend more time with my family working from home and I have more time to do the things I love. Right now, I’m going to finish up this post and take the Puppers for a walk in the middle of the day. When could I have done that working at a traditional job? I also get to enjoy my house. It’s been quite an adventure building it and instead of leaving it vacant for 8 – 10 hours a day, I can actually LIVE in it!

I want to help other women, especially those in Mexico, find similar opportunities to work from home, whether online or in another field. So remember that his week is the Work Freedom Summit that I participated in. While it will be available after this week, it won’t be available for FREE! So take advantage of this fabulous resource and sign up for your FREE access from October 24-26.

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Take a look at all the topics that will be covered!

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I can’t wait to see what you think of my segment on eBooks!

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Time for that walk!

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A few weeks ago, I did something out of my comfort zone. I participated in a video interview about publishing eBooks. Even though I teach online using a video platform, I still have to psych myself up every time. So this whole video interview thing–a bit scary.

I did it and I’m proud of myself. And I think it turned out ok. AND I want to let you know that you can watch my first ever video interview for FREE! The Work Freedom Summit will run from October 24-26.

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Look! There I am in the list of speakers!

Believe me, I know all about failing at your own business here in Mexico. I’ve tried all sorts of things to make a buck, most ending in disaster.

If you ever wanted to work from home, these interviews will not only give you some ideas on where to start but help you decide if it really is for you before you invest time and money into it. 

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You can sign up anytime to reserve your FREE spot. If you get a chance to watch my segment, I’d love to hear what you thought about it!

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I’m obviously an affiliate of the Work Freedom Summit since I’m a presenter. If you’d like to sign up to be an affiliate too, and earn a commission on paid viewers, click here.

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