We are all looking to climb the corporate ladder, escape the rat race, and keep up with the Jones. However, we can’t forget to live a meaningful life like doing what we love and seeing the world. Dana Humphrey of Whitegate PR has managed to find that happy medium. While running her own public relations company, she also found time to visit over forty five countries.
In this action packed interview, we learn:
Why Turkey is Dana’s favorite country she visited
What to do if you want to break into PR
Success is holding on while others have let go
Why she loves Peter Shankman and Help A Reporter Out
The Curse of the Entrepreneur
Failure prepares you for possible bigger problems in the future
Today’s Blogger of the Week is Eddie of Finance Fox. He’s been at the game for about two years and he’s totally found his voice and is taking no prisoners. Check out his honest and in your face post, You’re Not a Writer, and You Probably Will Never Likely Be One… Unless… I need to learn a thing or two from Eddie and find my voice while not caring about what other people think. If you don’t like it, he could care less. We need more unique points of view and personalities like this!
Schedule conflicts, unexpected events, even guests getting ill at the last minute derailed my new podcast series. I just kept going with the flow, “Eh, what can you do?” A few weeks of rationalizing and acting insane, I needed to get myself back on track. The momentum and good form I achieved were slipping away. I turned to Peter Shankman’s creation, Help A Reporter Out (HARO). I’m thinking when Peter created this, he had dreams of being the ultimate connector between reporters, writers, and experts to sources, publications, and other media outlets. Never in his wildest dreams would he ever hear someone say that HARO can also cure insanity.
Do you have tips on how to best use HARO? When you are stuck in a loop, what method do you use to break the cycle?
Who’s this week’s Listener of the Week? Here’s a hint, he blogs at roshawnwatson.com!
A few days ago, I attended my first Lamaze class. What were my takeaways besides childbirth is a beautiful and natural process? If you are a content creator, I strongly urge you to attend a conference. Here are two of my favorites. Tune in to find out why and hear one of Peter Shankman’s business success rules!
Besides sharing personal finance principles and deciphering Herman Cain’s 999 plan, I am still sifting through the valuable lessons I learned from BlogWorld LA 2011 (BWELA). I hate to admit it, but with all that is happening lately I am losing some of the energy I got right after the amazing event. Hopefully I can get my mojo back and give you some as well.
Justine Ezarik aka iJustine rocketed to fame with her YouTube videos and her rant about her 300 page iPhone bill. She suggested I use a question and answer format when I asked about expanding into video or podcasting. Whether it is 1 person or 10,000, someone out there may have the same question. I would be providing a service and an answer for them.
Rick Fox, who is working on Off Season: The Lex Morrison Story, told me to be a student when asked the same question above. Watch and learn from other video bloggers and podcasters and apply them to my own game. This is great advice, but shouldn’t be a surprise, from a three-time NBA champion.
Tim Street of 1TimStreet, who is known for his French Maid TV videos, told me elicit emotions with my content. If you get one emotional reaction, you are doing a good job. If you get two, you’re doing great. If you get three, you are a genius. Takes one to know one, Tim!
Peter Shankman of shankman.com and founder of HARO – Help A Reporter Out, wasn’t a panelist, but his keynote was off the charts. People I met throughout BWELA couldn’t stop talking about him. I enthusiastically agreed with their praise. My favorite lesson is “Make a backup plan for when you succeed.” Too often we worry about when things fail. Even more devastating is when something actually works, but you aren’t ready to fully take advantage of the opportunity. We should all tweak our lifelong mindset of backup plans and make them for success and not for failure.
Rick Calvert, co-founder of BlogWorld, displayed his patriotic spirit by continuing to allow people who served our country to attend BWELA for free. Don’t forget to thank those who fight for our freedom. He also gave us a little preview of an inspired by true events film, Act of Valor. It is an unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, which stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs in a powerful story of contemporary global anti-terrorism.
If you went to BWELA 2011, what’s your favorite takeaways?