This last Tuesday evening, I had the privilege of a telephone discussion with a dear friend I’ve only known from an online interaction over the last couple of years. We are both part of an online community called #UsGuys on Twitter and Facebook! If you see the #UsGuys hashtag in your Twitter stream rest assured you are seeing the digital exhaust of some extremely social savvy people.
Each night around 10:00pm there’s a ritual known as #Nightshift #CheckIn. I haven’t been as consistent in my check-ins due to the pace of life, but I know that any evening where time permits; I can jump into the stream and connect with other socially interested professionals. My friend and I both discovered that we loved the old show, Walton’s Mountain that used to be a weekly television show in the 80’s. So, I would bid her goodnight by saying good night Mary Ellen….she would respond by saying “good night John Boy!” Its amazing how many incredible people I have met over the last couple of years in this group!
So, let me introduce to you my Mary Ellen ~ Lois Creamer is a professional speaker! She’s quite the accidental entrepreneur! She decided when she became a mother that her focus was her child. Her time would be dedicated to pouring her passion and love into being a parent. When her child entered school and she had some free time during the day, someone informed a gentleman who had a professional speaking business that Lois would make a great assistant. He called her and asked her to come speak to him. Although he was looking for full-time help, he finally relented to her firm offer of part time hours that would still allow her to be there for her child before and after school.
She was a quick study and after several years decided there was an opportunity for her to develop a business of her own on the speaking circuit. 15 years later, Lois Creamer is an invaluable resource consulting professionals and business teams from all over! She traveled much of her early career but lately has been able to bring more clients to her town of St Louis, Missouri. If you’ve never visited that part of the country you’re missing out.
I shared with her my future aspirations about the entrepreneurial life and she encouraged me to consider talks in different venues. “One of the best ways to spread the word about your business is to find opportunities to speak about it!” She encouraged me, as she does others, to join my local Toastmaster‘s group to gain experience. Because I’m a huge TED Talk fan, Toastmasters sounds like a great boot camp for the TED Talk big-time! 😉 Anyway, our phone conversation was our first connection beyond the electrons emanating from our screens I’ve had with Lois. I’m forever stunned at how true to the personality I’ve come to know via our electronic connection is reflected in the real life connections. I mentioned this fact to her about my Tweetup experience in the Twin Cities and how amazing that was. If you or your business have not taken the social media plunge you’re missing out on some valuable connections you may otherwise never make.
So, for the readers out there, be encouraged if you too are considering your hand at an entrepreneurial endeavor. Follow Lois on Twitter….and Lois’ blog at BookMoreBusiness for expert advice and practical assistance on how to achieve your dreams.
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