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Upcoming Free Workshops

Fun group sessions to learn new skills and meet new friends...and no sales pitch 🙂

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Happy Fall!

I think working for ourselves and doing our work with love & resilience requires constant learning. But it does NOT have to be expensive learning, or manipulative learning (someone clearly just trying to sell you something) or scary learning.

Sometimes it can just be hanging out with other people trying to do some good in the world, sipping coffee and checking out something you didn’t know about before.

To serve my personal goal of ‘helping the helpers,’ I’ll be offering these Tuesday Tools & Tips sessions in the last few months of 2019. The goal is to help you learn needed “fill-in” skills to get/keep your business humming. They don’t cost anything, there’s no recording, and all you have to do is show up and enjoy.

Signing up below gets you in the loop so you can stay abreast of the dates we’ll do sessions for these topics. And although I’ll send emails and reminders, I promise it will not set off an avalanche of sales funnel emails or anything else icky. I’ve had enough of that and so have you.

Tuesday Tools & Tips (starting September 3)

Fun, friendly & free sessions to learn more of the skills you need,
in the company of other thoughtful people like you

60-minute live sessions via ZOOM, every Tuesday at 10:00am Mountain Time
(9am Pacific, 12pm Eastern, 5pm London)

UPCOMING TOPICS:  (more coming)

September 3
Focusing tools: Apps, spaces, and real-life tricks to help you gently corral your distraction-seeking mind

One of the most elusive commodities in this day & age is the ability to focus on one thing long enough to do our best work and Get. It. Done. Luckily, there are nifty software apps, online spaces, and behavior tweaks that can really work miracles (says the very distractable Me). Come learn about ’em.

September 10
How to create a compassionate content calendar to keep yourself on track

Having a content calendar—a system to organize how/when you stay in touch with the people important to you—changes everything. It eases writing, helps you stay focused, and helps with consistency, which is the single best thing you can do to grow your work.

September 17
Searching 102: Finding what you need on the Web so you don’t have to hoard everything

I’ll teach you the superpower that feeds all your other superpowers: searching tricks and formats in order to find exactly what you need on the Web with minimal brain pain. Search using whole phrases, time periods, exclude certain results…save time and confusion, and feed your work.

September 24
Google tools: A quick overview of the free-ish cool tools that might make the ‘evil empire’ worthwhile

Google isn’t perfect, but it does have some awfully nice tools for people like us. Create documents, spreadsheets, forms, calendars, file storage, and a lot more. Let’s look at them all and see if they can serve you.

October 1
Content Café: Sneaking around writer’s block with a brainstorming gang

This one will be highly interactive, as we help one another identify interesting subjects to write about for our clients (because often others can see clearly what WE aren’t seeing!)  I’ll get us started with a few ideas, and we’ll riff the rest.

October 15 (RESCHEDULED to NOVEMBER 12)
Do I really need that? How to assess your individualized digital needs to save brain cells and stay clutter-free

What do you need to do your work, and how much clutter and unnecessary stuff are you hoarding on your computer and devices? Let’s talk about a basic system of “vetting your stuff” and making it earn its way into your digital life.

October 22
Online course creation tour: Four popular solutions to create your own online courses compared

A lot of us are considering creating online learning opportunities, either to serve our existing clients or to attract new ones. Let’s take a tour of four of the most popular options for doing this, and start getting a feel for what might work best for you.

October 29
Files, folders, labeling, and searching: Fun and easy (honest!) tactics to sort out your digital chaos

Having a way to lay your hands on the right document, image, or other digital ‘asset’ can make it so much easier to use all the digital riches you collect in the service of your work. Let’s talk about how to name, organize, and find it all again.

November 5
Setting up Free FBPurity to Eliminate the Worst of Facebook: Live Demonstration

Many of us still choose to use Facebook (for the long-term OR for the time being) to help market our work in the world. Here’s a free tool you can install and configure that helps you be safer, less distracted, and more intentional out there…it’s an essential tool for me.

November 12
Do I really need that? How to assess your individualized digital needs to save brain cells and stay clutter-free

What do you need to do your work, and how much clutter and unnecessary stuff are you hoarding on your computer and devices? Let’s talk about a basic system of “vetting your stuff” and making it earn its way into your digital life.

November 19

How to create a compassionate content calendar to keep yourself on track

Having a content calendar—a system to organize how/when you stay in touch with the people important to you—changes everything. It eases writing, helps you stay focused, and helps with consistency, which is the single best thing you can do to grow your work.

November 26

Marketing without marketing: Soulful, human ways to build your list of clients

If you know me, you know I have a deep distrust of most marketing tactics. I’ll talk about ways to reach out & connect without shady tactics and sales funnels.

December 3
Content Café: Sneaking around writer’s block with a brainstorming gang

This one will be highly interactive, as we help one another identify interesting subjects to write about for our clients (because often others can see clearly what WE aren’t seeing!)  I’ll get us started with a few ideas, and we’ll riff the rest.

December 10
Designing your personal end-of-year business planning retreat (no matter how much time you have for it)

All solo small businesses and practices need to take a little time each year—measured in days, not hours—to quiet down, disconnect, look back, and look forward. Let’s talk about how to customize that to YOU.

Dates for each topic will be scheduled as we move through autumn, based on the interest expressed in various topics…which you vote on by sending in the form below! 🙂

If you can make it to any of the live sessions, let me know your interest by “signing up” below.

When you do that, here’s what you’ll get:
Email updates as we choose the dates to offer the topics above
The chance to submit YOUR topic for me to (possibly) create a session around
All the details and reminders and Zoom address etc.

And here’s what you WON’T get:
A clever daily sequence of fake-familiar marketing emails. Ever.
A big surprise sales pitch that takes up half the session
The Zoom police won’t come to your door if you can’t make it
Recordings. Yep, no recordings.

Since these are just casual, free events, and more important, there may be things participants share that they’d like to keep within the group, note that there won’t be a recording. But come hang out with us if you can (playing hooky is a lost art, don’t you think? 😉

A Little About Me

I’m Margaret Rode, and for more than 20 years I’ve been a consultant, mentor, and tech sherpa serving thoughtful solo entrepreneurs, small businesses, and nonprofits. I’m not a web geek, not an aspiring thought leader, just someone who loves to learn stuff and then teach it to her friends.

I offer these trainings as a service to my community, to help us all avoid the self-judgment of “I should already know that” by learning together in a relaxed environment with kindred spirits.

When I’m not in here, I’m out in the garden, hiking, playing tug-o-war with the dog, or writing in my journal.