Even if you feel like you will
When was the last time you did something you have NEVER done before? It was a few weekends ago when I got on stage and attempted five minutes of standup comedy. People often say I’m funny, and I reply, “Looks aren’t everything.”
About three minutes before I had to go backstage so they could introduce me, the person who was going to introduce me (and asked me to do it) asked me, “How are you doing?” I told him, “I love you, and I hate you. I am SOOOO out of my comfort zone.”
I went backstage and just focused on how I felt. It was weird. By that, I mean I didn’t know how I felt. Sure, I was nervous, anxious, etc., but the fear of the unknown made it different. So instead of freaking out, I just took a second to FEEL. I somewhat felt like I was going to blow up. Just BOOM, and then someone going, “Oh, now who is going to clean that up…”
It reminded me of the first time I ate at a Jamaican restaurant that moved into town. I took my first bite, and my brain asked, “Do we like this?” and the answer was, “Give me a minute, I’ve NEVER tasted anything like this… hmmmm”
At 6:59, I had sixty seconds to go. I smiled at myself and my sweaty hands. I thought of what I would say to myself if I were a client. I took another second to try and make what I call a “brain tattoo,” so I could remember how uncomfortable this felt. This way, I can better empathize with new wanna-be podcasters. It was such a different feeling. Remember different doesn’t mean bad. It’s just different.
Then I heard the phrase, “Let’s give it up for Dave Jackson….”
I didn’t blow up.
More on how I did in the future.
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FTC Coming For Influencers
Influencers got paid by companies that make sugary drinks and forget to disclose that. The agency wrote in the letters to the trade groups that the posts may violate federal law and could cost them up to $50,120 in penalties per violation. Source
When the government makes an easy-to-remember link www.ftc.gov/influencer you know they’ve put some thought into it.
Self Identified Influencers May Not Make As Much as You Think
More than half of self-identified creators or social influencers surveyed say they make less than $10K a year. pdf
Boosting My LinkedIn Skills
My LinkedIn skills are poor at best. So I found a LinkedIn guru to interview.
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