Crissy Says

What Are You Going To Do Today?

I’m going to ask you a question. You can get mad if you want. I hope you do. When people get mad, they take action. So here goes “What are you going to do today?” I’m serious.

What are you going to do today?

As you know, I’m talking about your business. I want you to do something you wouldn’t ordinarily do. I want you to get out of your comfort zone and do something you’ve been thinking about but haven’t done.

You could buy a domain or learn how to use WordPress.  You could send out a press release. You could contact a popular website or blog owner that reaches your target market and ask them if they would like to team up on a project. You could write an article and submit it to a reprint directory. You could buy a quality headset, download Audacity, install the Podpress plugin and start a podcast (yes, it is really that simple).

You could do anything you set your mind to.

But you gotta’ do something. Because if you don’t, no one else will do it for you.

This is your business.

Make it awesome!!

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Episode 31

Episode 31 of The Indie Biz Chicks Podcast is jam packed with information! Our guest is Claudine Hellmuth. She is a mixed media artist, and you can find her work at www.CollageArtist.com.

Claudine shares her tips on how workshops helped her grow her business, and she shares the story of how she got a book deal, created instructional DVDs, created her own product line and some inside information about her appearance on The Martha Stewart Show.

Like I said – this episode is jam packed with info!

(don’t forget, you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes by clicking here!)

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Crissy Says

What would your teenage self think of you today?

I was recently asked a very interesting question during an interview… I was asked, as a little girl, what did I want to be when I grew up? (by the way, it was the  PNN.com Podcast “Cereals,” and you can listen by clicking here).

It just so happens that I had been thinking about that in the days before the interview. I had just completed my site redesign. For inspiration, I had been watching old episodes of  My So-Called Life. Whenever I need a creativity boost, or  if I have a problem that I’m trying to figure out, I always go back to that show.

I was a senior in high school when that show originally aired, and when I watch that show I am immediately transported back to the early to mid-ninties. There’s something special about those years – back when I thought I knew everything, when I was so sure of the world and my place in it.

Watching that show helps me remember who I really am at my core. And of course, who I wanted to grow up to be.

Let me tell you – if you ever have a doubt about anything in your life, think about yourself as a fifteen year old and what they would have thought of your choices today. Would your younger self be pleased with you? Or would they roll their eyes in disgust and think you grew up to be totally out of it?

So I guess that brings us back to the question of what I wanted to be when I grew up…

Well, I remember watching reruns of Bewitched back before I was in school, and thinking that Darren had a really cool gig. I mean, he just thought up advertising and commercials. I could do that! And then when I got to school, I thought it would be really neat to be a teacher. I loved reading. I loved learning. If I were a teacher, I could be in school forever!

But then, when I was 8 something else happened… Oprah went national, and I thought “WOW!”  She got paid to talk to people! How cool was that?

And then, when I was a teenager, I came up with my idea for a television network. Yep, that’s right. My own television network. I dreamed big. And why not? You should be dreaming big when you are sixteen years old!

So flash forward to the present. I don’t have a tv network, but my website is pretty similar. And the internet has pretty much taken over what tv used to be, so I’m right on track with that. I may not be employed by an ad firm like Darren was, but I’m still all about the marketing and advertising. And I’m definitely a teacher of sorts. Don’t forget that I made my talk show dreams come true in the form of my podcast…

When I look back, I think it’s pretty crazy that I have managed to take all the things I wanted to do and melt them into one career….

If my 15 year old self saw what my life would look like as a 31 year old, I think she would think I was pretty freakin’ cool. And that makes me feel like I’m doing something right!

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Crissy Says

I Love The New Media

Have you ever heard the term “new media?” It refers to things such as blogs, websites, podcasts, internet radio shows, web shows, webisodes, etc, etc. More and more people are turning to these new forms of news and entertainment each day. It’s no secret that many once-popular newspapers, magazines, television networks,  etc, are losing readers, viewers, ratings, and money!

I love the new media… It opens everything up. Growing up in the Midwest, I thought that if I ever wanted to be a writer or host my own show I would have to live in New York City or Hollywood.  (yes – even as an 8 year old, I  wanted to be a writer or the next Oprah or something like that)

Well, thanks to technology, I can do those things from anywhere in the world…

And I can do it myself. I don’t have to wait for some contract to fall in my lap…

What’s your favorite form of “new media?” Do you have a podcast or a web show that you can’t live without? Is there a blog out there that you have to read every day?

And most importantly – do you have any dreams of starting your own “new media?” I want to hear about it!

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Podcast Hosts: What To Stay Away From

If you are a podcast host, you may be wondering if there are some things you should not be doing. While you are the only one that can decide what works best for your show and your audience, here are a few general tips on what to avoid:

Using foul language can turn off listeners – especially since some people will be listening with their children nearby.

Different people have different opinions, and that’s the way the world should work.  If your opinions are extreme, however, it may be best to keep them out of the podcast, as there will be some people who will undoubtedly take offense to them.

Joking about various subjects is another thing that some people can take offense to.  Some topics, such as race and religion are best to avoid at all times, even in a humorous tone.

If you have a co-host or a guest, there may be times when the two of you want to express different opinions.  Arguing is a big no-no, although a gentle debate may be appropriate.  When this happens, try to stay focused on the topic that the show is about.  Maintaining a clear speaking voice will make it sound less like people bickering, and more like people debating. Keeping things light will insure that no listener is offended.

Podcast shows are done on a myriad of topics and you never know who is listening.  Keep in mind customer service skills.  Using these skills in this setting can go just as far as using these skills in a face to face situation.  The difference here is that your skills will be reaching a much larger audience.  If the show you are on is not a debate of any kind, then keep a neutral stance, and allow for the input of others if it is interactive.

If you are scheduled to be on a show, then show up.  If something happens whereby you cannot make it, then by all rights call in; do not just leave them hanging as this is rude, most definitely unprofessional and can cause an adverse effect on those running the show.  I have seen this happen and seen the disappointment of everyone involved.

Just remember that when on a show, all sorts of people will be listening – whether they are in a car or at their computer, so always maintain professionalism.  The podcast may very well spread world wide and a bad first impression is always remembered.

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What Can You Create Out Of Your Passion?

We are going to finish our discussions on digital products this week, with guests LaTara Ham-Ying from Vegan Family Living & Christina Lemmey from Wonder Years Radio. Both of these women created websites & podcasts out of their passion – and they’re earning an income while they do it!

Not only are digital products a great way to start a new business, they really can incorporated into an established business!

Listen online or download here:


MP3 File

Or, subscribe in iTunes by clicking here

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Episode 21

We are going to finish our discussions on digital products this week, with guests LaTara Ham-Ying from Vegan Family Living & Christina Lemmey from Wonder Years Radio. Both of these women created websites & podcasts out of their passion – and they’re earning an income while they do it!

Not only are digital products a great way to start a new business, they really can incorporated into an established business!

Listen online or download here:


MP3 File

Or, subscribe in iTunes by clicking here

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