Sunday, September 18, 2011

It's in the Cards

It may sound crazy that I do not use a business card in my corporate business life but all my clients come to me over the Internet. When we meet it is usually in the theme parks where I would not dare to give out a business card. (Thou shalt not distribute business materials on Disney property). However, when it comes to keeping the pounds off, I found myself in need of a business card. Over this past year I have been asked to speak at clubs, organizations. conferences and corporate events about my life before, during and after weight loss. In speaking I have concentrated on giving informational testimony about the experience of living life while keeping the pounds off and motivational talks for starting or staying on the journey. After these events people would ask how to contact me and I had nothing to give out. 

Well duh, Jane, get a business card! That idea does not need a Mensa level IQ to grasp, right? It did not make too much sense to me at first.   I wasn't thinking of it as something I would do be asked to do after the first few times. But one day I was surfing the 'net and discovered I could design the cards to my specifications. I love anything that lets me be creative. So I got business cards.

I got a card that would give information on the front and on the back. I thought 'I carried my weight front and back I might as well carry a card that carries the message that same way'. I really liked the card but it did not occur to me to post it on line because I already talk to you with the blog. Who needs to see the business card? This weekend someone else showed me the sense of making it a part of my signature. 

When it was suggested I write a book last year I pondered the idea for while and then I started writing.  If I prioritize my day and get out of my own way  I should finish writing it by the end of the year, which would be useful since it is being published sometime in 2012. This means I need a new business card that includes the title of the book. Should I change the design of my business card or just update the one I have. Your thoughts?



Princess Dieter aka Mir said...

I love the cards. Seriously cool. And if you come to Miami, let me know. I'd love to hear you speak.

Wow, a book. Yes, I'd read it! Make sure they put it on the NOOK format. :D

Jill said...

I love the card! I would just update it! I can't wait for your book to come out! How exciting!!

Diane Fit to the Finish said...

They are beautiful! Just update it with your new information! Are you self-publishing or do you have a publisher?

Jane Cartelli said...

Princess - I have already looked into what I need to do to have it as an ebook. It is an exciting idea.

Jill - Good, because you and my oher blog friends will get to see it first!

Diane - Self-publishing unless the book gets in front of the right person during the process of the first edition. I have a book coach to keep me on task and I have an editor to make my more superfluous dribble coherent. I am a person that needs an action plan so I could not write the book without a plan in place that had some sort of pln for the finish, so I began with self publishing in mind.

In my current profession I get to make magic for other people. Who knows, maybe there is a Godmother or Godfather in the publishing field to sprinkle enough magic dust on the manuscript to get it on the desk of someone who will want to take it to the next step - and not to the circular file. ~


E. Jane said...

Great cards! I didn't know that you did public speaking, and I didn't know that you were writing a book. You have such good information for people struggling with obesity. You also can give hope and courage to those who struggle. I'm so glad I found your blog so many months ago!

Kari said...

Love the card. I'd add Author of... right under "Event Speaker" and you'd be set. :)

Fatoutofskinny said...

The cards are great, I think you should just update them

Anonymous said...

Your cards look great. Redo them when you get the book done and published!

How fun! You certainly do not lack discipline.

lisa said...

I loved them when you emailed me the cards. They were so professional looking! I love the photo on the front.

I got a big batch of my business cards because I plan on handing them out everywhere. At restaurants in Portland (because I often do restaurant reviews on my site) and potential business partners. I just need to remember I have them on me!

Jane Cartelli said...

Lisa: What a great idea about the restaurants. You support so many of them in your area (in a healthy way). That would be a great outlet for you to tap.

Munchie: Oh yes I do have discipline problems. There is a lot of room for improvement so I am trying to improve. :-) My writing coach urged me to post about the book 2 months ago and I was fearful of doing it. I kept thinking I would feel too vulnerable sharing that info before it was done.

Everyone else: THANK YOU for your support and comments - always!


Crabby McSlacker said...

I have been meaning to get business cards forever--love yours! After I moved out of state and had to let my psychotherapy practice go, I didn't really need them anymore. Plus "Crabby McSlacker, Half-Assed Health Blogger" wasn't really all that impressive. But now that I've got the life & wellness coaching business going, it's definitely time to give out some cards. Thanks for the inspirational nudge!

Jane Cartelli said...

I have tossed out many cards that contained words like therapy, psychotherapist, clinical, therapist, wellness and expert - but I swear to the Chocolate Gods that I would NEVER toss out a card that read Crabby McSlacker - Half Assed Health Blogger! That is the kind of card you KEEP for LIFE.


Anonymous said...

Crabby McSlacker! LOL

Hope you are blocking out time to write in peace. If nothing comes, nothing comes. Keep a little notepad in your pocket. When a thought strikes you can write it down for later.

Shauna said...

How cool that you have a book coach! You are such a wonderfully proactive person, I can see why you've kept the weight off when you are so good at enlisting support and help when it's needed to get the job done. I am learning so much from your blog and can't wait to read your book :)

Jane Cartelli said...

Shauna - Thank you so much, Shauna. I have not always been so good at enlisting the support I need. Now I know it really is life or a slow, bloated death.

Without my coach I would still be saying 'someday to getting started. She saw my potential and inspired me.