The ever-awesome Laura Roeder threw a very fun Meetup last evening at Corkbar in Downtown Los Angeles. At one point, she and I stepped outside, where I grilled her with tough questions about her Creating Fame program, as well as her new Facebook Fame e-book:

Check out Laura’s brand-new video at her site: “Creating Fans Out of Thin Air.”

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For several years, my websites were hosted by a popular and heavily advertised web hosting service (which shall remain nameless).

At first, I didn’t notice too many problems. The difficulties began when I started my WordPress blogs — VoiceoverNinja.com, and the one you’re reading now.

When a website is a critical part of your business, it’s a disaster when it suddenly goes offline.
It’s like owning a store that suddenly disappears. Folks are trying to get in, but they can’t. The “store” isn’t there.

In business, one of your primary challenges is getting customers in through the door. This is true with a brick-and-mortar establishment, and maybe even more so in the online world.

Far too often, I’d receive puzzled emails from readers wondering why my site was offline. Sometimes the outage would last for a few minutes, in other cases it would take hours before it was back up again.

Each time, the hosting company would acknowledge the problem, but could say nothing more than that they were “working on it.”

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Thanks to everyone who tuned in to our outstanding live Webinar with Laura Roeder! It was a very stimulating time with many great questions asked, and excellent insights shared.

If you missed the session, or would like to re-experience it, here’s the replay: (50 minutes)

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Laura Roeder

Laura Roeder

Is your business or brand as well-known as it could be? Are you stumped about what you need to do to get your awesome, life-changing message into the minds of the right people?

Laura Roeder is exactly the one to help you. She will motivate & inspire you — and share some awesome ideas that you can start putting into practice in your small business right away.

In this Webinar, we talk about Laura’s concept of “Creating Fame” — why it’s essential for any small business, and how to make it happen for you.

Some of the topics we cover:

  • Why “Creating Fame” isn’t about feeding your ego.
  • How to use social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn to launch a personal brand.
  • Why your website is your most important tool in your marketing arsenal.
  • Why small is good — and why it’s a mistake to give your brand too much of a corporate look & feel.
  • Using email marketing to stay “top of mind” with your customers & prospects.

In the Webinar, Laura & I place special emphasis on ideas that can help actors & artists in their efforts to get recognized. It’s a session no creative entrepreneur should miss!

Here’s a video from Laura about how she manages her time running an Internet business:

For many more excellent ideas from Laura, be sure to check out her website at www.LauraRoeder.com

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Thanks to all who attended & participated in our live Webinar all about the negativity that creative people often experience from others, and what to do about it. If you missed it, or want to re-experience it, here’s the replay: (53 minutes)

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Have you ever felt pressure to convince another person that your particular career path doesn’t mean you’re insane?

Have you been warned by well-meaning relatives that you’re making “the biggest mistake of your life” — because you opt not to live as they do?

Have you been the target of put-downs and guilt trips — since the conventional way of doing things just doesn’t interest you?

In this hour-long session, we delve into why people often react negatively (and unsupportively) when they encounter someone who dares to live their dream.

Some of the topics covered:

  • Why fear is behind much of the negativity expressed to you by others.
  • How to keep disapproval and dire predictions from draining your motivation.
  • How you can still love your family, even when they’re not behind you.

It’s an interactive session, with great comments & thoughts shared by listeners.

This Webinar is not about bashing anyone. It’s about understanding why people do & say what they do — and how understanding this can bring you the internal peace you need to move forward.

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Why I’m Loving Audible.com — And Why You Should, Too

March 23, 2011

As a professional voiceover artist, you’d think I’d have been more up-to-speed on the audiobook market. I listen to spoken audio all the time — the majority of it coming from an extensive collection of tapes and CDs which I’ve manually converted for listening on my iPod. I recently discovered Audible.com — and I’ve stepped [...]

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Audio: Laura Roeder on “Cooking With Recipies”

January 17, 2011

(Don’t worry — this hasn’t suddenly become a culinary blog!) Last week I attended a great live Webinar by Laura Roeder. Actually, I attended twice — the first session was so popular, she gave an encore presentation of it. In her Webinar, Laura talked about the importance of having systems in place for your business. [...]

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Archived Webinar: Make 2011 Your Hottest & Most Amazing Year Ever

December 28, 2010

Thanks to all who attended our awesome Webinar about making this year your best ever! It was great to chat live, and and I appreciated hearing everyone’s thoughts & insights. It’s a new year! For most of us, this means re-evaluating various aspects of our businesses and our lives, of seeing what’s working, and determining [...]

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Free Webinar Friday 12/10 – Creating a Powerful Web Presence

December 7, 2010

Join me on Friday, December 10th at 12 noon Eastern (9 a.m. Pacific) for a free Webinar about how to create a strong & profitable Internet presence — for yourself and your business. Twenty years ago, the concept of web presence would have been unintelligible. Today, it’s essential for anyone looking to build a powerful [...]

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I’ve Switched to iContact for Email Marketing

August 19, 2010

Of all the tools you have in your marketing arsenal, none are more important than your email list. If you’re really savvy, you maintain multiple lists. For example, for my Voiceover Ninja projects I manage several lists, each pertaining to different geographical areas where I host workshops. To do this professionally, I need a reliable [...]

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Does Your Website’s URL Suffer From Low Self-Esteem?

August 11, 2010

I’m continually astonished at how many websites commit a very simple error. If a URL consists of multiple words, capitalize the first letter of each word any time the URL is written or printed. Which of the following URL’s “pops” and captures your attention more? www.wealthybohemian.com www.WealthyBohemian.com The first isn’t easy to read. It’s a [...]

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Audio: What Do Oprah, Elvis & Madonna Have in Common?

July 9, 2010

(Besides the fact that they’re all known by just one name!) In this third installment of my interview with marketing expert Laura Ries, we talk about what has made these people not just incredibly popular celebrities, but super-powerful brands. Branding is at the heart of every big-time success. The public can only fall in love [...]

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Fake Check FAIL

July 7, 2010

Sleazy Business Tip: When attempting to trick people into thinking that your junk mail advertisement is a check, it’s best not to address it to “occupant.” Tweet This Post!

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Prince: Internet “Completely Over,” Advocates Return to Sheet Music

July 6, 2010

In an interview with British tabloid The Daily Mirror, music icon Prince says he believes the Web is dead, and digital music distribution is a thing of the past. “The Internet’s like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated. Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They [...]

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Audio: Marketing Expert Laura Ries on Personal Branding

June 14, 2010

Do you think of yourself as a brand? You are one, whether you realize it or not! Laura Ries and her father Al Ries help individuals and companies to think like brands. In their books and on Laura’s blog, the Rieses lay out strategies for thinking different, and how to create a strong identity for [...]

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