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How My Facebook And YouTube Profiles Led To An Invitation To Become A High Paid Speaker

By Neroli Makim
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Greetings once more Entrepreneurs! I’m going off on a tangent today about engaging in the world of social media to build your profile, build your brand and grow your business. This is a topic we’re all pretty savvy about as online entrepreneurs, because we’re all doing it, and most of us will have experienced some success with it. I’m writing this post to share with you just how extraordinary the power of social media has been for me in my own business, and specifically to let you know that if I can do this anyone can!

In regard to the above statement, I have to explain, I’m not an expert in social media, and my computer skills are questionable. I don’t have huge numbers of followers on Twitter or friends on Facebook, and none of my YouTube videos have gone viral. But I’ve still been able to use it to launch me to a level of connection and communication with people who I would LOVE to be associated with and do business with! These are individuals I consider to be the best in the world in my field. To me, the power of social media is mind blowing! Even more exciting is, as aforementioned, if I can do this, anyone can.

What Are These Results, And How Did I Get Them?

Let’s start with Facebook and YouTube. I was asked recently to be represented by a speaker’s bureau. This business books speakers around the world, with the lowest fee bracket being 7,500 Euro. But most of the speakers are in the “more than 30,000 Euro, or the, ‘better pm the bureau, it’s going to cost you a fortune’ bracket” – aka, Sir Richard Branson, Lance Armstrong, Jimmy Carter, Sir Bob Geldoff, Nobel laureates, Spice Girls, Supermodels, etc.

To be offered an opportunity to be represented by this bureau is pretty exciting for me, and it came through social media. A representative of the bureau saw my videos on YouTube, checked out my website, befriended me on Facebook and the rest is history. I couldn’t have imagined this simple sequence of events in my wildest dreams…Well, maybe that’s not true, because all of our creations come from our intentions, so I guess I did dream it on some level…getting esoteric and off-topic, quick, back to business!

What this does for my business in both financial terms and profile building is incredible. I’ve asked to put my presence on the speaker’s bureau on hold until July, after I’ve completed some intensive speaking and presenting training. I have plenty of speaking and presenting experience, and I love it, but if I’m playing at the level of their other speakers, I need to make sure I can be in the game with some professional training and tweaking.

Astounding Outcomes From Twitter And Facebook

The other astounding outcome from my social media adventures was being interviewed for an upcoming book on creativity, but this is not just any book as far as my work is concerned. The author, Sir Ken Robinson, is considered the world’s foremost expert on creativity. I’ve referenced him plenty of times before in both my book and my posts. This opportunity came via Twitter and Facebook. I responded to a tweet then followed through with a facebook message. I was contacted by his co-author for an interview a day later. I was so shocked, I nearly feel off my chair!

Sir Ken’s co-author, Lou Aronica has interviewed people all around the world for the upcoming book. It’s due out in July, and it’s about how different people access their creativity or find their Element. If you can imagine your own level of excitement at being interviewed for a book by the one person in the world whose work you love the most, and who is the biggest name in your niche, then you can probably get how buzzed I was about this. Being a writer though, I’m aware that passages can end up on the editing room floor, so fingers crossed this doesn’t happen to mine!

Creativity And Social Media

As far as how this post is related to creativity, I’ll be very brief on this because it’s covering old ground. When you look at the play personalities that guide us to how we express our creativity, there is one in particular that loves to connect and communicate with others, it’s the Director.

I’ve got a fairly strong Director element in the way I love to play, and I’ve noticed a lot of women do. It’s an intriguing correlation to observe the amount of women who use social media and get amazing results from it, and I’m pretty sure this is due to social media being a perfect platform for the Director play personality to get their groove on in myriad ways to connect and communicate with others.

Getting active in social media has been one of the most amazing ways to make contacts, build business and public profile for me. There’s no silver bullet needed to get similar results in your own business. But there is one thing I know for sure that helps, it’s congruency, consistency and being in the right place at the right time with the right information.

Those last three things might sound like impossible aspects to have any control over, but the truth is, you create that for yourself. When you are congruent and consistent with who you are, and what you offer to the world, you magnetize opportunities to you like some kind of master alchemist in full swing. I said before there was no silver bullet, I take it back. There is, it’s got Facebook, Twitter and YouTube written all over it, and anyone can do it☺

Many thanks for reading and I’d love to hear of your own social media adventures or insights.

Cheers, Neroli.

P.S. All of these opportunities happened in the last three months. For me, social media has been one of the fastest, easiest and cheapest ways to build my profile, build my brand and grow my business. I hope you find ways to make this as fun and useful a tool in your own business.

P.P.S. Terry, Kara, Rob and any other readers who have expressed particular interest the creative process, I’ve posted an article on my site that goes further into the element of the unconscious or superconscious role in the creative process. I was writing it for Entrepreneurs Journey, but I realized it’s getting a bit off the topic of creativity in business and it also gets a bit left field and esoteric when we start journeying into the unknown.

I decided I’d better not subject the E-J audience to an entire article on this, so if you’d like to see what else I’ve dug up on the more unusual aspects of creativity, pop over there to have a look :)

About Neroli Makim

Neroli Makim is an intuitive artist and writer who loves exploring Creativity and its relationship to personal fulfillment and professional success. She educates people about Creativity, what it is, why it’s important and how to access it within themselves. For more information, visit www.yourcreativesuccess.com.

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  • Hey Neroli, I really like how you got all those opportunities from social media. I remember reading (now one of my favorite) book The Tao of Twitter and learning the real potential of this social site. How a simple tweet can start an avalanche of relationships and business opportunities. I must say I haven’t seen you videos but I have already opened your site in a new tab and will be looking around as soon as I post the comment.

    Great post, hope you have a great week!

    • Thanks Brankica, that’s a cool name too, I’ve never heard it. I like the sound of that book you mentioned, I’ll go look it up. I was a little late getting my article about the more esoteric elements of creativity up on my site as my computer has flipped out, so part one of it is now there:)

      Cheers, neroli

  • I love your little comics Neroli! I hope everyone realizes that Neroli illustrates these herself.

    • he-he, imagine Yaro, if one day I become a famous artist, & we can say I made pictures especially for E-J posts! Then the originals, which are covered in white out from all the mistakes I make, would become collectables:)

      Cheers, xn

    • hi Yaro my wife also like Neroli cartoon characters.

  • Congrats! The power of social media proven here. I have one of Ken Robinson’s book “The Element” and really enjoy it.

    You said “creations come from our intentions”. Can you elaborate what you did? Are you talking about the law of attraction?

    • Hey Benny, that’s a cool book huh? The next book is being written because people told Ken they loved his book, but how does it work? People wanted to know about how to get into their Element, I can’t wait to see this next book too…Especially if I’m in it!

      I shall elaborate more on the statement “creations come from our intentions” but it’s a pretty big topic. I have a friend, Rowan Burn, who is pretty brilliant at this stuff & I’ll see him in 2 weeks. I know quite a bit, but I’ll quiz him too, then I’ll write about it & let you know when the article is up;) cheers, neroli

      • I’ll definitely read his next book. Will have to remember it’s coming out.

        That would be great if you let me know when you write that article. I’m very interested! Thank you!

  • Congratulations! This is a great achievement. Those of us who invest a great deal in our respective businesses are all experts in our own field. The hope is that we are discovered by such outlets so we can share our knowledge and experience with others as well.

    • Thanks Lily;) I agree that everyone is an expert in the things that are really important to them whether it’s business, family or social stuff.
      I think one of the reasons so many of us fail to acknowledge areas where we are gifted is because we can be unconsciously competent – we do certain things extremely well, but we’re so accustomed to this, we don’t even realize it’s something others would consider a gift ;) cheers, neroli

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  • Excellent work, Neroli! Both this article itself, as well as the success you have experienced through social media platforms.

    I wholeheartedly agree that anything can happen anytime, and the key is to establish a consistent presence and sense of personal branding, because that “anytime” might be before you know it!

    Who is to say which tweet, or Youtube video or Facebook status update will hit the target? That is why it is so vital to maintain momentum and practice good old fashioned persistence. Do good work, do it often, keep at it, and eventually the “right” people will take notice and get in contact.

    It is getting simpler and simpler to change our lives for the better, we just need to apply ourselves!

    Thank you for the article and inspiration!

    Peter

    • Thanks Peter, totally right about persistence and how life is changing so rapidly in that we really can accomplish extraordinary things these days with the level of communication and connection available to us. It’s pretty cool huh? Makes for a very fun and interesting adventure of our time here on the planet;)
      cheers, neroli

  • Great article and it just continues to show how powerful social media can be for you or your business. Keep up the great work!

    • Thanks John, luckily, once certain things get momentum, we’re forced to keep going! It’s a great mechanism for making us get on with doing what needs to be done;) cheers, neroli

  • Neroli, nice stuff as always and good comics. As for your accomplishment, you deserve it. Having a popular youtube and facebook profiles will improve your brand and has a lot more benefits!

    • Thanks Fazal, when ever I do the work to the best of my ability, I always think I deserve it – which is great, because then we tend to get what we want when we don’t feel guilty or wrong for having it:) It’s a very good point though, in regard to me putting my presence on hold on the speakers bureau. I need to have that sense that can really hold my own in amongst those peers, in order to be absolutely sure of my success in the game.

      Cheers, neroli

  • Now I know why only the posts done by Neroli have the cartoons in it. :) A lot of famous singers like Justin Bieber, Charice etc. were discovered from Youtube. I think you can be next in line with the entrepreneur category. :)

    • Aaaaargh yes, the other writers are not artists or cartoonists to the best of my knowledge, otherwise they could always put some of their drawings in:) I draw pictures to illustrate what I’m saying because it adds another level of expression to the messages & helps people connect with what I’m saying and remember it better.

      I’ll certainly jump in that line and jostle for position in the entrepreneur category…but I’ve got some strong competition – which is great, keeps me on my toes;) cheers, neroli

  • It’s really wonderful that social media like Twitter and Facebook including Youtube allows people to earn money rather than just making communication or networking.

    • Yep. It can do so many things, and I love that about social media! Cheers, neroli

  • Wow…
    the power of Soc Med yet again is proven..
    with a strong networking in Soc Med, u should be able to expand your steps easily..

    • I will have to work at it, but I am always happy to do the work if it’s what I really want in life. Cheers:) neroli

  • Hey Neroli, congratulation for your opportunity represented by a speaker’s bureau! I really like your article and your creativity concept.

    • Hey Semmy:) Thanks for the congrats! I’ve got some work to do to make it work out for me though, which is great, it’s pushing me to the next level:) I’m glad your wife likes my drawings too, I hope they make people smile or just have a moment of contemplation or reflection,
      cheers, neroli

  • The first time I read your article, I paid attention on the drawings, I’m fond of them.

    • Thanks Vlad:) I like the idea that the drawings literally draw people into the work more so than if it was just text on a page. Images are so powerful, they effect us in a multi-sensory way, so i love them! cheers, neroli

  • Great achievement you’ve got here Neroli. The power of social media totally proven here. I really like your concept and insights. “If you can everyone can do this”. Thanks for the share. Really loved the read.

    • Thanks Andrew:) That message is something that i really want to get across with any step up the success ladder I take. I think in my next article i might even talk a bit about where i came from to get this far, I think it will help people realize the absolute truth in that statement! There’s quite a funny story attached to it, about my first meeting with Yaro a few years ago…yes, I think i shall have to write about it:) Cheers, neroli

  • Hi Neroli,
    I have a few websites and some are on page 1 at Google for certain keywords. However, getting from position nr. 8 to 1, 2 or 3 seems impossible. I’ve done virtually everything to achieve this, but I’m stuck. One thing I haven’t done yet, is making use of social media like Facebook or Twitter. I don’t even have a Facebook account, but I do have one at Youtube. Looks like I will simply have to start getting “social” after all!

    • Hey Cobus, congratulations on getting some sites to page one on Google, that’s a really decent accomplishment:) I’m sure you will get up the page too.

      If social media is the one thing you haven’t done, then I guess it’s well worth giving it a go. Also, if social media isn’t something you love doing, maybe there’s someone you know who loves it and is great at it who you can outsource it to. I don’t know the ins & outs of outsourcing this as I do it myself, but there would be plenty of people who do. Cheers, neroli

    • I agree with Neroli social media is a must for every online business and as Neroli said you should outsource it if you can not do it by yourself. Social Media exposure is very important for search engines ranking and it will become even more important in the future

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