Today I'm super excited to have a guest post at BeAwesomeOnline.com.
It's all about being awesome offline: networking events, craft shows, etc. Here's the first bit of it, but you can read the whole thing here.
You are awesome online. You are rocking it. Your awesomeness is shining through everywhere from your About page to your Twitter stream.
But what about the untested waters of the offline world? Are you awesome there?
Or are you hiding behind your website? Terrified of meeting someone in person, afraid you’ll morph into a salesy slimeball who hands someone their business card and says, “Call me, baby.”?
Going offline can feel like that dream where you show up naked for school.
I am an pj-wearing, home-loving hermit. Most of my business is online. My relationships, my work, my helpfulness: it all happens online. But when I quit my dayjob, I knew that to really grow, I would need to start serving branch out and come out from behind the screen.
Before I did my first craft show, I never talked about my business in person. I told people I worked in HR (my dayjob) and had no idea what to tell them about my online alter ego. What would I say? Without the filter of my website, how could I explain what I did?
In person, I’m just me. No fancy graphics. No carefully crafted pages. No tried-50-times-to-get-this-one-picture first impressions. Just me.
Without the buffer of my website and my carefully chosen words and my perfectly focused pictures, it felt a little naked.
But it can be awesome.
Offline, you see the joy in someone’s eyes as they gasp at your lovingly handmade item.
Offline, you feel that immediate click when someone really gets you.
Offline, clients can sip coffee with you, show you pictures of their family, light up when you zap their problem.
Since that first pre-craft-show jitter I’ve peddled yarn at shows across the country, organized classes for wannabe-knitters and taught hundreds of one-on-one, in-person lessons. I’ve even met some of my online friends for a coffee. All without losing my clothes or sweating through them.
And I learned that going offline can actually be fun, if you keep a few things in mind.
Get the rest of the article and 3 tips for taking your awesomeness Offline over at BeAwesomeOnline.com.