Draw to Win and the Napkin Academy

There are times we come across things we love and we just have to share.  This post is about a book, an author, and site which the author, Dan Roam, hosts called the Napkin Academy.  I became acquainted with the author through a webinar last year, and was instantly fascinated with his ideas on using your visual mind for products and services.  Though, he focuses mainly on business,  these precepts translate into other areas of life as well.

One of Mr. Roam’s main concepts is using simple pictures for better communication.  His drawings enlighten the mind and he states that no matter your ability, you can learn to draw, and develop a better message through doing so.  (And let me tell you, my drawings are not wonderful, but Mr. Roam prompted me to continue and practice.)

During my time at the Napkin Academy, Mr. Roam brought in guest authors, artists, speakers, and other business professionals to draw integrating ideas together.  For me this process opened my mind to a realm I probably wouldn’t have noticed otherwise.  It’s amazing what you can see when someone cleans your glasses, and opens your eyes to new possibilities.

Dan Roam has other books and strategies to lead you further than this.  He trains fortune 500 companies in strategy development and communications, and comes across as just a regular guy.  He has a knack for breaking the complex down into simple terms, and this is only one reason I recommend him. There are many more.

I will put a video of a sample of my work and…

urge you to chuckle with me, but while doing so, remember, this- Dan Roam is a wonderful author whom you should check out.  In my view if you want to succeed, you need to “Draw To Win.”

You will find Dan Roam at the Napkin Academy.

 

Sincerely, BG

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Canva: A Great Resource for Writers

As writers we need graphics for our blogs, covers for our books, ads, social media posts, and sales letters for your books and articles.  Canva is a great place to find everything you need for free, or at a nominal price.  Canva gives the amateur a way to make graphics as if they were pro designers.  There are so many things that you can use Canva for.

If you still aren’t sure about how easy Canva is to use, there is a course called “Canva for Business,” created by Lillian De Jesus, at Tigerlilyva.com.

I took this course that Lillian created a couple of years ago, and learned a lot.  I use Canva to make covers, add text to my social media graphics, and when adding text to book illustrations created for me.  Canva has so much to offer for today’s writer.  If you want more, be sure to take Lillian’s course.  I highly recommend it.

There are even newer ways to use Canva with their Stencil Program.  It’s another platform for setting post times on your blogs, and social media for your convenience.  I will confess I have not tried Stencil yet, and I’m sure there’s more than this.  I will be visiting it soon.

Canva for Work also includes a “Magic Resize” option for changing your graphics to fit different social media sites without having to redo the graphic.  Another favorite of mine is the ability to download your graphics with transparent backgrounds for social media and other work related projects.

This is definitely a must see site.

Go here and join Canva today! (This is not an affiliate link)

And then contact Lillian if you want to learn more about Canva options.

 

Sincerely, BG

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And the Winner is for Flash Birthday Giveaway…

And the Winner for the Flash- Birthday Giveaway for June 7, 2017 is…

mfinston2@…….    You have also been sent an email.  You have to respond by

6/9/2017  @ 9 p.m. CDT  and if not, the prize will be given to someone else.

Thanks so much to all who participated!

Bubble Love?

What a glorious day! The day we live in our bright shiny bubbles.   We love our bubbles.  They are safety and protection, and then suddenly they burst.  We weren’t expecting it, and we weren’t ready for it…but nonetheless, we have to deal with it.  Then we get hit with that one more thing that throws us completely off-balance.

If you’re wondering what brought this on… I won’t go into a lot of details, but my friend told me last night, (after she’s been hit with many other things) that her washer died.  I feel bad for her,  but, she is taking it all in stride.

I thought to myself,  I should send my hubby over to help her, and her hubby, fix it (though we live a thousand miles away).

I could just see it…he (my hubby) would be over there in a jiffy, and would take every single piece off of her washer until he figured out what was wrong with it.  And this picture (left), would be him in a second.  Nothing would stop him from getting the job done.  No height, angle, or anything, would stop him from his mission.  I have to say, I have a bit of admiration for his stick-to-it-ness.

Anyway, that is what a lot of us need these days…the will to stick to it… and complete what we start.

That’s how it is with our writing.  We think we’re going along just fine when our bubble pops.  We get a negative review, or a snide comment on our written piece, or whatever it is, and we do take it personally.  It’s our baby.  Don’t mess with “this mama” sort of thing.

But then, after we settle down for a bit, we look it over and see that maybe somebody might have a better idea or two.  Then, we dig in, take it apart, redo, rewrite, re-purpose, overhaul, and re-whatever else we have to do to make it better because as any mama knows…nothing is too good for our babies.

So, wherever you are, and whatever you’re doing, stick with it today…and learn to dig into what you love.  Don’t give in, and don’t give up.  Make your baby shine.

Just a little lesson my hubby taught me… for those days when I want to say, “Go Away World!”  He helps me see things for how they are.  Bubbles are not forever.

Now let’s implement his lesson.  We’ll all get there.

Sincerely, BG

 

Be sure to check out Monna’s New Writing Prompts for today…

It may be just what you need!  A little writing fun.