Wordless Wednesday: #AYASummit Pictorial

As I shared last Wednesday, I attended the AYA Summit with ONE Girls & Women last week at Google’s offices in Washington DC. It was an amazing gathering of bloggers and panelists, and I am still struggling to find the right words to describe the experience. There will be a post soon though. I promise. For now, I invite you to read the wonderful posts from my dear friends Nicole Morgan (Sisters From Another Mister) and Nicole Melancon (Third Eye Mom). Both have cameos below as well.

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Wordless Wednesday (10.29.14): #AYASummit Pictorial

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Upcoming Classes in Freeport, Worcester and Online!

I’m excited to share three upcoming classes I will be teaching in May and June. While two are in-person classes in the New England area, the third is a free online webinar I will be offering through Sverve. I hope you will join me for at least one of them!

If you like the sound of these classes feel free to drop me a line. I offer private workshops and am available to speak at local and national conferences and events. I’m always open to offering online classes as well. You can view my classes and workshops page for a list of topics I typically cover.

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Using Your Social Media Influence for Social Good: Online

I am excited to partner with Sverve once again for a webinar dedicated to those interested in using social media for social good! 

We work hard at building our blogs and growing our social media networks. Most of us strive to provide good content and engage with our readers. We might even earn some cash from time to time from our blogs and social media channels. Why? Because readers, brands and public relations companies understand that our words mean something. That people are listening to what we have to say.

Imagine what kind of change we can make in the world if we used our social media influence for social good. Not only do we empower our readers to become advocates for the causes they care for, we also feel good about giving back.

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Register for Using Your Social Media Influence for Social Good for FREE! (registration is required to access the webinar)

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Business Blogging 101: Freeport, Maine

This local blogging class is being offered through RSU5 Recreation and Community Education, which covers Freeport, Pownal and Durham, Maine.

Writing and maintaining a blog for your business is a great way to keep in front of customers or clients on a regular basis while positioning yourself as an expert in your field. A blog is also a great way to drive traffic to your website and rank you higher in search engines. In short, a blog is an extremely inexpensive way to market yourself, your products and/or services.

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When: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST

Where: Freeport High School, Room: 102, Holbrook Street, Freeport, ME 04032

Price: $30.00 (residents),  $35.00 (non-residents)

Registration: Online or print the Course Registration Form and mail or drop off the form locally

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Marketing Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention and Recovery Programs: Worcester, MA

This class will be offered at the 45th annual New England School of Addiction Studies and the 14th annual School of Prevention Studies. The program will take place at Worcester State University in Worcester, MA from June 9 – 12, 2014. My class will be offered as part of the Operational Management: Addiction Field Concentration track. Check out the full course list and course descriptions and register.

Most substance abuse treatment, prevention and recovery programs do not have the luxury of big marketing budgets or even a designated staff marketing person. Coupled with the stigma that comes along with substance use disorders, marketing and branding an organization becomes challenging, to say the least. Managers are tasked with promoting programs on shoestring budgets and little education on the intricacies of marketing. This course will examine various concepts and strategies for developing an integrated marketing communications plan – that includes traditional and social media strategies – within your organization.

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What classes might you be interested in taking?

5 Vlogging Tips for Beginners (video)

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I’ve worked on a couple of projects lately where I’ve been asked for a few quick tips and/or guidelines to follow when creating a video blog (or vlog).

I find a lot of people are intimidated by vlogging because they think they need to have the perfect production quality or they just don’t feel comfortable being (or seeing themselves) on camera.

Rather than repeating myself over and over again in meetings or via email, I thought I’d put together a quick video with my simple tips for vlogging. My hope is that you’ll stop fretting about the “right” way to vlog and just do it.

And, believe me, I’m not a professional vlogger. These tips are ones that I’ve picked up along the way since I’ve started to use video on my blog.

Is this video perfect? No

Did I worry about my hair and makeup? No

Does it accomplish what I want it to accomplish? Yes

Will it be helpful to those are interested in incorporating video into their blog? I sure hope so.

Watch the video and let me know what you think.

Are you a vlogger? What vlogging tips would you add to this video?

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