How to be a shameless self promoter
Have you ever avoided putting yourself in the spotlight or worried about promoting your creative talents?
Well today’s blog will challenge you to take a risk!
Being talented is only half the job in developing a creative career. Being willing to tell the world what you do is the other bit, so what about you? Fancy pushing the boat out with me?
Go on – be a bit shameless today.
Great video Nicky.
I’ve just been inspired to record a new video for my website and shamelessly self-promote it on this blog http://www.adamshaw.co/
Mr Shaw – you are already a shamelessly good self promoter, glad that I inspired you! Keep up the good work – he he Nicky 😉
Great vid Nicky! Suitably shameless 🙂 xx
Do you have any thoughts on how to proceed when people aren’t really clear what their gift/s is/are? When they don’t really see what they HAVE that they can promote – that there is a hunger for?
thanks for your comments. The best place to start is to focus on what you love to do – what comes naturally, easily and what’s enjoyable? Often things we enjoyed as a young child can give us clues. Education can suppress us, or make us judge ourselves some of our natural gifts. Have you read ‘The element’ by Ken Robinson or seen his TED talk? http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.htmlIt's all about that. nicky x
Well, what can I say to that engaging and thought provoking blog, apart from I WILL start believing my talents are my gifts to people. What a wonderful thought!!
Thanks Alex – yes, sharing a gift is a lot more fun than forcing yourself to do promotion. It’s a frame of reference that made it much more enjoyable for me. nickyx
sexy voice 🙂 – so looking forward hearing MORE more and more from you!
It is a tough subject – I most often feel people are right over the top and ‘pitch’ in your face (without even finding out if you would apply for their services) or they are silent.
If you know where you wanna go in life and with your business you come a lot more out of your shell and I am excited about the amount of people you will inspire to do so. You def. inspired me! MORE (again)
what lovely comments – thank you. Yes, good point. I think people become ‘over the top’ because they’re not comfortable with promoting themselves and their energy is pushy because they feel they must do it, rather than relaxed, confident and enjoying what they’re offering.
Hi again Nicky
Ah yes, the Ken Robinson video on how schools kill creativity – I remember that now. Brilliant and very though-provoking talk. I’ll go back to it and check it out again. Thanks for that!
Yes I think you’re so right about looking into childhood joys for hints clues on where our talents and gifts lie – and I was also thinking more along the lines of less tangible gifts like someone’s special presence or spiritual essence – or tangible & intangible irresistible combo! Who ARE we – what’s our impact – as well as what are we gifted at & what do we enjoy … 🙂 x
Great blog Nicky. Interesting that you delve into childhood. As a musician in the rather macho world of the South Wales valleys, I would often worry about what people thought about me. And I still do now, so your tip not to worry about what people think, while reverting back to our childhood to find the inspiration, is a timely reminder.
Btw, if ever there was a person to give people the confidence to unleash their potential it certainly is you. Not only do you embody this by embracing every (daunting) opportunity that comes your way, you also inspire confidence in others in any challenges that might come our way by turning them into adventures.
Thanks for the lovely feedback Gerwyn.
I agree that worrying about what people think is something that we all face. I realised that it’s easier to get over this anxiety when we’re more focused on giving to others and being focused on their needs. Some of the most successful performers I interviewed for a book I’m writing, were fixated with giving their audience the time of their life. It takes away the obsession with ‘Am I good enough’ and creates more of a connection.
We need a lot more inthsigs like this!
I absolutely love this video. Thank you so much for spreading confidence to the world! Some points about Lena’s story resonate with mine and it’s great to finally start to be aware of what has been always there…
Very insightful comments and responses too.
Thanks Rita – much appreciated. I’m so glad that it resonated with you. Yes – I am on track for a creative community world domination!! nicky x
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