Writing Getting Over the Fear

Writing Getting Over the Fear

Writing getting over the fear – that is most people’s problem when they start a blog or even contemplate starting a blog.

My Own Experience of Writing Getting Over the Fear

I myself am not a good writer by many standards, just past English at school and in my first job my minutes of meetings were described as “Terse”.

Important point is it never stop me!

I just keep putting pen to paper as they say and produce content, some good, some bad and alot where the grammar sucks!

 

To give you some inspiration regardless if you are new to blogging or a seasoned pro.

I’m not a writer

This is the first problem new bloggers confront themselves with.  Here is quote form Ernest Hemingway

It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write.

Let them think you were born that way

Next on the list is:

I Haven’t Written Since College or School

Again to give you some inspiration that school or college is not a requirement to be a good writer!  here is a quote from Flannery O’Connor

Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them. There’s many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher

The next one I hear all the time regardless of if it has to do with writing or not.

I’m not good enough

Here is a quote from Neil Gaiman. easy eh? (click to tweet)

This is how you do it: You sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it’s done. It’s that easy, and that hard

Writing takes me forever

Writing Getting Over the FearDoes writing take you forever? Or do you just need inspiration?  Here is some great advice from Stephen King (click to tweet)

If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all

others: Read a lot and write a lot.

The next one is a classic

I don’t have anything to say

You have value in being you!  Just be open, be you and put your thoughts to paper, or computer which ever is easiest!  Love this quote from J.D. Salinger

What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.

I always get writers block

This is a hard one, but you don’t have to start with the novel.  Start with a few quotes, some ideas, even the basis of a story line?  Speaking of quotes, here is another Stephen King one for you. (click to tweet)

The scariest moment is always just before you start.

Words are hard for me

Me too, just start writing something anything.  It gets you started, after all you can always come back and change them, delete them or start over.  Even easier with a computer.  To some this up I will let William Faulkner speak

Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.

 Over To You

This post on Writing Getting Over the Fear was inspired by something I read on Hubspot.  If you struggle with your blog, go read a few articles throw some quotes together and see what comes of it!

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3 Ways to Become a Memorable Networker

Networker

When you go to networking events you want to set yourself up to be a memorable networker.

People want to feel appreciated, interesting and valued.  They want to feel good after all.

Making others feel good when they talk with you gives them a positive association and a favorable opinion of you.

If you are wanting to be a Networker and are looking to find networking groups you should check out meetup.com for groups in your area.

Be  A Communicator

We live in a very distracted society these days and people multitask at every turn. How many of you have written emails while being on a conference call?

You need to be able to clearly communicate who you are and what you do. Some people struggle with this as they have been programed to do a 30 second commercial or elevator pitch rather than be communicative and friendly.networker

When you talk to people don’t sound like a robot or someone reading from the brochure. Talk in a relax communicative way and keep away from industry jargon.

Try and put what you say in a way that the person you are talking to can see the benefits you offer.  As an example don’t say “I’m an account” say, “I hep small business save money on their taxes”

A memorable introduction does not have to be witty or funny but succinct, to the point, easily understood and said with a smile and confidence.

Be a Conscientious Connector

Be remembered, and one way to do that is by being a connector.  People will appreciate your efforts in connecting people to others.

Be prepared to start conversations with people you don’t know and you don’t have to be an extrovert to do this.  Good Conversation Starters can be based on knowing a bit about the host or the speaker and this will allows you to start a conversation.

Lead the way in welcoming new people to the group and introducing them to others in the group.

A new person will appreciate the friendliness and  the introductions to others at the meeting.

Another great aspect of being a conscientious connector is to make strategic introductions.  Find some one from the group and find people who are still looking for referrals or customers.  Understand their needs and introduce them to other members of the group who could help them.

Don’t Forget to Follow-Up on the Follow-Up

We all have that pile of business cards on our desk or in a draw.  We have not followed up because we got busy, got distracted or connectorprocrastinated.  So don’t waste those conversations!

Be timely, 80% of networkers do not follow up on conversations they have had at networking meetings.  Simply by following up, a phone call, a quick email, a card or handwritten note is going to differentiate you from the other 80%!

When you follow up make sure you remind them how you met.  Many people go to many meetings and may not remember how you met.

If you promised to do something MAKE SURE you do what you said you were going to do.  There is nothing worse than not following through with your commitments.

Avoid at all costs adding people to your mail list or newsletter list without their permission.Remember having someone’s business card does not give you permission to add them to your mail list.

Instead send them an email with instructions on how they can subscribe to your mail list or newsletter.

Finally, connect with the people you met at the meetings on social media so you can keep the relationship and conversation going on-line as well.  Remember to personalize your connection request rather than using the generic one in the system. This will help you be that memorable networker.