Getting Corporate Sponsorships

Getting Corporate Sponsorships

Getting Corporate Sponsorships You’ve probably heard of people who have received sponsorships to fund their event or project or promote their book. But how can you secure your own sponsorships? That’s the million dollar question, and every so often I attend Linda Hollander’s webinar on getting corporate sponsorships. Although I would like to secure sponsors for some of my personal projects like The Invisible Mentor 2015 Reading Challenge and the Virtual Literary World Tour, I have never taken the time to write a sponsorship proposal. Last year, I applied to the Ontario Arts Council for funding for professional development and I was … [Read more...]

To Remember More of What You Read, Take Notes by Hand

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To Remember More of What You Read, Take Notes by Hand How much of what you read do you remember? Research shows that if you do not take active steps to remember what you learn, within an hour of being introduced to the new information, you forget over 50 percent. A good way to prevent the Curve of Forgetting from setting in, is to take better notes while you are reading that you review from time-to-time. But what does it mean to take better notes? That’s a very good question, which I will try to answer. Additionally, a study by two psychological scientists, Pam Mueller of Princeton and Daniel Oppenheimer of UCLA, found that when … [Read more...]

Better Note-Taking: Learning to Abbreviate Words

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Taking Better Notes - Learning to Abbreviate Words Note taking is an art, but I did not recognize that until recently. I take notes when I read books and take courses, and sometimes I take better notes than at other times. What I have noticed, especially when I have read a book and have not written the review in a day or two, if I have not taken very good notes, then I have a very difficult time remembering all the important points in the book. Although I would love to think of myself as Wonder Woman, the reality is that the curve of forgetting is a fact of life. When we learn new information, if we have not taken steps to remember … [Read more...]

Using Technology to Write Meta-Descriptions, Summaries and Abstracts

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Using Technology to Write Meta-Descriptions, Summaries and Abstracts This post is the second part to How to Write Meta-Descriptions, Summaries and Abstracts. These days, there is an app to perform virtually any function, so why not one for summarizing text. I am always scouring the internet for ways to perform tasks faster and more efficiently, and earlier in the year, while researching ways to auto-summarize my blog posts to use as a meta-description, I discovered a few options. What I have found, is that manually summarizing takes more time, but the results are far better and more accurate than the technology options. The technology … [Read more...]

How to Write Meta-Descriptions, Summaries and Abstracts

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How to Write Meta-Descriptions, Summaries and Abstracts I must admit that I am not great at writing engaging headlines – I know that there are formulas tested by the ad men of yesterday, and when I remember, I use some of those formulas. And writing meta-descriptions are a chore for me, and in my opinion, they are more about search engine optimization and making Google happy. And most of the times, if I am honest with myself, I do not invest enough time to craft the meta-descriptions for my blog posts. However, something clicked for me today that will cause me to change my errant ways. I know that if I do a better job writing … [Read more...]