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SB3 or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Future.

By Strictly Business Blog

At SB3 I learned that just about everyone is worrying about the same stuff I worry about. I learned that everybody has their own way of marketing but that only those people who actively market (or have an independent income) are going to make it. I learned that it’s not just me who is totally rethinking how they price and license. I learned that it’s not really that hard to keep up with changes in…

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Shine Me Up

By Strictly Business Blog

I’ve been a photographer in business for 20+ years photographing everything from people, location, food, catalog, industrial & beyond. Honestly, I was hesitant to attend SB3 in the beginning. Looking back, I wish I could attend it again next weekend just to absorb more of what SB3 had to offer. Colleen Wainwright was an excellent one on one advisor. Her advice was clear and concise, delivered with compassion. The SB3 event, general sessions, roundtable discussions…

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An A-Ha Person from SB3

By Strictly Business Blog

For many, the lessons from SB3 were summed up in Colleen Wainwright’s SB3 keynote message “be awesome” and “be nice”.  How surprising and refreshing to hear the phrase ‘be nice”.  (It reminded me of a sign carried by a small boy at a Madison, WI anti-war rally at the outbreak of the Iraq War. It read, “No hitting”.) Sometimes we lose sight of the obvious and it falls to wondrous people like Colleen to pull…

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Remaining an Image-Maker, Not an Image-Taker

By Strictly Business Blog

At SB3, Colleen Wainwright gave a keynote speech in which she drew a clear line between marketing success and being specific, useful, nice and awesome.  Ironically, I’d already noticed that everyone there was unusually nice and useful.  Her speech rang so true with this community.  It’s refreshing that ASMP understands the importance of collaboration.  Like in Judy Herrmann’s “Breaking Into the Biz” workshop, she uses the quote,  “If you want to go fast, go alone. …

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My 3 A-Ha Moments

By Strictly Business Blog

There were three Ah-Ha moments for me when it came to Strictly Business 3. The first was seeing the light in people’s eyes as they gained insight into an aspect of their business that they have been struggling with, or gained clarity in terms of what they wanted to do next with their business. It was wonderful to hear the excitement in people’s voices as they shared what they had learned. The second ah-ha moment…

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1+1=10

By Strictly Business Blog

There’s an amazing thing that happens when you gather together a group of really smart, really creative people, expose them to thought-provoking content and provide them with plenty of time to talk amongst themselves: Everyone in the room gets smarter. In conversation after conversation at SB3, I found myself connecting dots with lines I never could have drawn by myself, brainstorming ideas I never could have imagined by myself, and reaching conclusions I never could…

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