What You’ve Missed, What’s Yet To Come: The Circus Ketchup
…a curious silence from me over the past few weeks. It’s because, as usual, I’ve managed to over-extend and over obligate myself, forgetting my limits and somehow being oh-so-sure that I’d magically be able to juggle responsibilities like a madwoman. (A madwoman who can juggle, I mean. Which I can’t do, no matter how mad of a woman I may be!)
So here’s a rundown on what you’ve missed lately (because I forgot to tell you)
The Right-Brain Business Plan: A Creative, Visual Map for Success by Jennifer Lee is now shipping from Amazon!And guess who is featured in it, along with a whole slew of other awesome right-brained entrepreneurs?Moi! and Emmit! (your favorite clown nosed celebrity business plan) Emmit didn’t have a name or even a clown nose when the book went to press, but he’s in there. How cool is that?
There’s going to be a whole lot of hoopla around the book release, some of which I’ll be a part of; I’ll devote a whole post to all of the excitement later this week.
But for now? Check this next bit out:
The fabulous Abby Kerr (who writes about nichey-enterprises and building relationships with your right people) interviewed me about all kinds of wacky, including #Emmit, Quirkipreneurs, and finding your own unique voice. It was a lot of fun, and although I was so nervous I don’t really remember what I said, Abby assures me it was brilliant and quotable.
You can listen in here:
Abby Kerr’s Creative Solopreneur Podcast: Tori Deaux
If audio is your thing, Abby is building a great collection of audio interviews on her site – she’s got real touch with it!
If you’re not the audio type, but are still interested in the whole building relationships with right people thing and just can’t get enough of my blathering? I wrote a guest post for the #CustomerLove website last week.
It got rave Twitter reviews (if I say so myself) but I owe a debt to the glorious staff over there, who polished up the post and my bio while I dealt with ice storms and Mr.Spouse’s dislocated shoulder. (He fell on the ice. Ouch. No worries, he’s ok now. I think.)
The post is entitled “An Open Letter, From Those You Would Woo”. While you’re there, be sure and check out some of the other posts, too – there’s some brilliant, inspiring stuff going on from some brilliant, inspiring bloggers!
Speaking of #CustomerLove, some of you are probably wondering what the heck it is. So tada! An explanation.
CustomerLove is the brainchild of the unique, crazy, fabulous former-flake and voice-coach, LaVonne Ellis. After reading a post by Naomi Dunford, LaVonne decided to challenge herself to a creative launch strategy: shower current and potential clients with love for a full 28 days, building fans, relationships and trust along the way, then launch a product. When she mentioned her plans on Twitter, people asked if they could join in, and it became a “thing” (sort of like #Emmit did, here.) There’s a full explanation here: A Challenge: 28 Days To Make Customers Love You
CL is on its third go-round, and LaVonne has partnered with Jonathan Wondrush (of @bybloggers fame) to teach participants to create their products as well as love their customers.
And silent elsewhere.
Because I am a development hermit.
That means I’m not showering anyone with love while in development mode, which kind of sucks. And I may not have my product completed within the month either, which also kind of sucks!
But! You WILL see some sort of helpful planning product from Emmit, the clown nosed business plan and advisor, very soon. And then comes the love, Baybee! Yeah! That’s what I’m talkin’ about! (Imagine that said in Emmit’s voice, please. Because it really doesn’t work, coming from me.)
Meanwhile, check out the Customer Love challenge, drop in on the Tweetchats, and don’t forget to love your customers, past, present and future.
So Sayeth The Deaux!
Ok, that’s it for now. And having finished this update, I’m scampering back to the super-secret circus hideout & hermitage, where not-so-evil plans are made. As usual, I’ll be poking around on Twitter – because even a hermit needs a Tweet-fix now and then!
And of course, comments are invited, especially if you want to commiserate on the sense of overwhelm. Or share your personal experience of such things. Or link to photos of your cat. Whatever! Oh, and Happy Valentines Day!
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