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2020 Courses towards “Improve”ment

I may have gone a little overboard. I know that I have actually. But there were all sorts of courses on sale in January at Udemy and the Woman’s Wellness Bundle from Ultimate bundles this week, that I decided to sign up for a whole bunch of courses. 

First Udemy. 

I’ve finished the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Practitioner Certificate Course with Kain Ramsey. I have learned so much about active listening, goal setting, belief development and defining my core values. In fact, I liked Kain Ramsey’s presentation style so well, that I signed up for two of his other courses, the NLP Practitioner Certificate Course and Life Coaching Certificate Course. If you’ll recall, finishing the CBT course and taking at least one other are two of my goals for 2020. So I’m well on my way in this!

Then the Ultimate Women’s Wellness Bundle has a whole slew of courses to choose from. It’s not feasible for me to sign up for them all, although I’d love to, so I choose those that most aligned with my goals for this year.

As you may recall, I have hypothyroidism. With the uncertainty about the Mexican healthcare system this year, I need to be more proactive about taking matters into my own hands. For that reason, I signed up for the 14 Day Thyroid Alive! Kickstarter Program by Stephanie Wharton course.  Many of the thyroid courses I have taken in the past focus on recipes, which is problematic for living in central Mexico since I can’t find many of the ingredients. Although this course has quite a number of recipes, it also talks about the actual physical ailment of thyroid issues. Yeah!

I also signed up for two herb classes which why they don’t directly fall under a goal subheading, are certainly things I am interested in. The Basics of Holistic Herbalism by Monica Mitzel and Preparing Your Garden for the Golden Years by Christine Dalziel. Ok, so I’m not exactly in my golden years, but they are closer than they were 20 years ago.  I finished the second course already and was pleased with the tips I learned in the course about how to make my garden more accessible, which herbs to plant for senior health, and that lavender is an excellent companion plant for apple trees.

I’m also working through two courses that so far have just blown me away. They are Love & Boundaries by Beautiful Minds Wellness and Emotional Resilience Training by Georgia Foster. The analogy of each of us is the star in our own movie really resonated with me in the Love & Boundaries class. Then the guided meditations in Emotional Resilience Training have made me experience relaxation like I’ve never felt before. I’m looking forward to finishing them up in a few weeks.

The Ultimate Women’s Wellness Bundle has a total of 29 eCourses for you to improve yourself, ranging from pregnancy care to menopause. Any one of these courses are valued at more than the entire bundle, and you get access to them all! I know I’m super excited about working my way through them over the course of the year. 

With the Ultimate Women’s Wellness Bundle you’ll get a total of 79 products worth $4641.70 which includes 32 eBooks, 32 eCourses & audios, 12 workbooks & printables, 2 summits & a documentary for $37. But act soon, because this deal ends on February 10. 

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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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