Alt Chat Wednesday: Generating Excitement for Your Work


By: Eden Hensley; Photos by: Brooke Dennis for Alt Summit

You work hard. So why shouldn’t you be excited about what you do? And why shouldn’t others share that excitement?

Effortless reveals don’t just happen. They take practice and planning (just like successful photo shoots!). A great idea. Impeccable execution. Gorgeous images.

While we can agree we want to share what we’re doing as we’re working on it, timing isn’t always on our side. We start crafting Halloween decorations in the summer to have our projects ready for sharing in late August and early September. Then we’re onto the next thing. It’s easy to forget (and still be excited) about a project we completed months prior. So how do we tease out the details as if we’re still working on it?

Join #AltChat on Twitter this Wednesday September 23 at 9AM PDT / 12PM EDT / 4PM GMT as we talk about how you can get your community excited about projects you’re working on. We’ll figure out when’s the right time to start your reveal and whether we’re pre-shooting and sharing later or shooting and sharing live as we go.


Seven Steps for Sharing What You Do

  1. Start with why and share your dream.
  2. Create and practice your elevator pitch.
  3. Build a memorable site.
  4. Get organized online.
  5. Add visual interest with photo shoots.
  6. Craft a stand out social media presence.
  7. Promote your work.

Future #AltChats

Next week, September 30, 2015, don’t miss how to curate your aesthetic and be recognizable across your social media streams. Subscribe to our Events via Facebook page and get reminders for upcoming chats.

Topics that have been suggested and will be covered in upcoming chats are: Collaboration: The In's and Out's of Successful Partnerships; Newsletters: Building Your Subscriber List; Is Doing It All the New Having It All: A Tale of Balance and Time Management; The Art of the Pitch and Media Kits; Community: Building Online and Offline; and Mastermind Groups: Finding or Creating One that Works for You.

Have an idea not listed here? Comment below or send me an email.


Eden Hensley

Marketing creative, community engagement specialist, technophile, photographer, food and wine enthusiast, and the founder and editor-in-chief of The Road to The Good Life, a lifestyle blog about appreciating and enhancing your life by being grateful for the "haves" instead of lingering on the "wants." There you will find personal stories about my life and family weaved in with real-life, achievable entertaining tips, recipes for hearty home cooked meals, and DIY projects for capturing and sharing memories. I believe the best place to swap stories is over a shared meal, preferably a Thai-meal served family style, and teach an online introduction class to Thai Flavors and host the Family Dinners at The Station supper club in San Francisco.