It’s that time of year–time to pat yourself on the back for everything you accomplished in 2005. Since I encourage you to do this in this week’s Art Marketing Action newsletter, I wanted to share my own list here.
I surpassed my goal for the Gain the Edge in Today’s Art Market workshop (October 29-30). One-hundred and fifteen artists came from all over.
The Art Biz Connection was launched. I am enormously proud of this site, which encourages artists to get together and support each other in their marketing efforts. About 30 salons have launched in the U.S. and Canada.
Focus on my book. I know what it is now! Before it was an idea. Now, it’s a book proposal AND reality. My coach, Cynthia Morris, has helped me focus on my goal of writing my book. She’s more than a cheerleader. I am totally motivated every time I talk to her. Hiring a coach was the best thing I’ve ever done for my business. I should have done much, much sooner!
Hosted a successful artist workshop in February in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A terrific group of about 24 people learned how to organize, install, and promote their exhibits. It made for a full (small!) room, yet intimate enough that we could be very interactive.
The BIG switch from PC to Mac and learning how to use my iPod and new audio technology for my Web site. Still have a long way to go, but it’s a start.
The Art Biz Blog came into its own. It had been a nebulous idea of an art blog, but gained strength and readers when I honed in on what makes me tick: better, more effective art marketing. It is also closely tied to my weekly newsletter. There’s a lesson to be learned here, folks.
Online ArtBizCoach.com classes were slightly changed so that "students" became lifetime members of the class. Anyone who now takes one of my classes belongs to its discussion group and is able to attend telegatherings on related topics free of charge (or listen to the audio recordings from those gatherings). Way cool.
Honed public-speaking skills through Toastmasters membership. As someone who has been speaking in public for 15 years, I sure wish I had done this ages ago. Honing writing skills by attending several workshops.
I encourage everyone to come up with their own list. You’ve accomplished much more than you think you have.