Hello all, hope that business is going well (or will be going well).
I wanted to just post an introductory entry about me and my endeavor and some of the questions that I have - feel free to respond as you want to, praise and criticism are equally accepted.
I'm starting a business called Graduate With Success which is based a lot on the model that Dan Miller has going except I'd like my greatest effort to be as a speaker. I've got several products (a book, a manual and a couple of video series) that eventually will be made available to the public and a couple of products that I am developing for teachers.
Quick summary of GWS, I believe that we have become so grade-centered in this country when it comes to academics that we have completely forgotten the purpose of education. We're so stuck on "Graduating With Honors" that we don't consider the ramifications of what that goal actually means - in that graduating with honors (while impressive) is a goal attained and has very little to do with any events after that. Graduating with Success however is a term that is focused on what happens after graduation in that the education learned is used in order to achieve a career. I've developed a system whereby high school students can get a jump start in that process by "focusing their dreams into careers through education" and I am looking to deliver that message to high school students. However, in order for this system to work well, parents need to be just as involved in this process so I have created 2 presentations - one for students and one for PTA's, churches, civic groups...etc. Both presentations are Christian based messages though I can remove the scripture for "public assemblies" and still be just as effective.
Quick Bio, I'm a bit of a jack of all trades person when it comes to media production. I've been a broadcaster doing high school and college sports events for 15 years, I've also been a freelance web designer and I've worked as a media producer for the marketing department of a Division I university. I have also taught for 2 years in a private Christian school (which is where this system was born) and in a few months I will receive a masters degree in education. I've had the ability to do almost all of the jobs that I dreamed of as a child in my almost 38 years and so I feel uniquely qualified on this subject.
Last Friday at 2:22 in the morning, I launched the GWS website to the world so I'm just getting started and looking to grow. With that, here are some of the main questions that I have in my own path. Please don't feel like you have to reply to all of them, I'm sure I'll bring them up in Forums or Groups that I get into.
1. Generally speaking, people wouldn't identify me as a leader or someone that people are drawn to. I recently sent out a few blasts on my Facebook account to all of my family and friends asking them if they might join my mailing list just so I could have someone on it to get started. One person did (out of 125). I've bought books on blogging and I'm on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. I'd love to have guest posts, but I only get about 4 pageviews a day (after promoting a few entries on Reddit) so I can't promise any visibility. My target market online is women with teenagers. Are there any methods that you have seen that help in just getting some early traction when starting a blog/web based business?
2. I've been a broadcaster and a teacher so speaking in front of people comes pretty natural to me (after 15 years of doing it). Given the fact that I will have a masters degree within my speaking topic (if that means anything), I'm wondering where I can price myself amongst the other youth speakers out there.
3. And finally, (probably something that everyone goes through at the beginning), getting a masters degree means that I will get a masters degree and the credibility that comes with it. It also means that I am financially depleted to the point that I need to get a job - my wife's income will not support the both of us and I've been out of work since July 1. Knowing that some speaking gigs (especially at schools) are during the day and some will require some degree of traveling, how have some of you sustained financial solvency when a speaking job and a traditional "real" job conflict?
Thanks for reading this abridged version of War and Peace, I promise that subsequent entries will be shorter. Again, hope everyone is doing well and if my experience as a multimedia producer (audio/video/print/web) can be of service for your endeavors, please let me know. You can find some of my work at www.billpriestley.com and I'm very giving with advice if you think my opinion might be worth an inquiry (not that I'm trying to sell myself here, I just wanted to report the areas that I can best contribute to 48Days.net).
Best wishes in business,
Bill Priestley - Graduate With Success
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