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D is for Dancing

Welcome to the letter D in my blog series, The AB…Zs of Self-Care!

According to Dance.com, there are four health benefits to dancing: flexibility, strength, endurance, and a sense of well-being (physical and social). This makes good sense, and you can read more about them, if you click here.

I would add a fifth reason to dance. It shifts my energy, and frees my mind. When I am tired, or bored, or really stuck on a decision, or even stuck on what word to use in a sentence I’m writing, if I’ll just put on some music and dance, it makes all the difference. And what’s cool about this kind of dancing is that there is no right or wrong way to do it. There are no steps to follow, and there’s no audience to please. Truly, this is some of good medicine. In fact, I don’t know why I don’t do it more – it always works!

Sometimes we don’t have to dance at all to get benefit from dancing; we can just watch, and it moves us in a different way. We can go to the ballet, our nieces’ recitals, or we can just go to the movies! Some of my favorite dance movies are the Gene Kelly classic, Singin’ in the Rain, the stereo-type busting, coming of age stories of  Save the Last Dance, and Billy Elliot, and last year’s intense and glorious Silver Linings Playbook.

What are your favorites? Are you an 80s dance movie fan, with Flashdance, Footloose, and Dirty Dancing leading the pack? Or are you more of a 70s dancing fan, with Saturday Night Fever topping your list? Or do you forego the movies altogether and get into the excitement and competitition of Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance?

Regardless – whether it’s by flinging ourselves around our offices, getting your grooves on at the movies, or cheering on our favorite football players and childhood celebrity crushes, I’d like to suggest we “get on up on the floor ’cause we got to boogie oogie oogie ’til we just can’t boogie no more!”  (Uh-oh, I think I just gave away my growing up era – I even sang that song at my prom!)

So, why is D for Dancing? ‘Cause not only is it good self-care, it’s great FUN!!!

Your Press Release, Your True Voice

I’m not sure how many of you actually involve the media in what you do…however, you may want to start thinking about it.

Search engine optimization is far more than just getting your web site listed by submitting it to Google.  There’s Facebook, Twitter, and all those other things that can bring your online presence to a higher level.   One of these is press releases.

When you say “press release,” it scares the bejeepers out of people.  Most people can’t write them (me being one of those people) nor do we even know what to do with them.    However, Laura Scholz who runs her own communications company somewhat summed it up at the recent Spark and Hustle event here in Atlanta: “When dealing with the press, be timely, relevant, to the point – and send no attachments.” Interesting.

I asked Cindy Brock, one of my team members, about this comment, since she has worked in the TV, entertainment, and media industry.   “It’s true,” Cindy says.  “For every 5 press releases I must rewrite, 3 of them are for a product or service that was released weeks or months ago, it’s not relevant to anything that anyone would care about, and it’s filled with endless gibberish.”   Cindy said that when dealing with the media, you must put yourself in the shoes of the person who is going to receive the information.  “Imagine you’re a TV news reporter and you only have 1 minute to get your message across.  You must tell the viewer what it is, how it’s beneficial, and why action needs to take place now.”

I thought about how this transfers across to aspects of a business (or even a personal journey).  How much time, money, energy are we spending doing things that are not in the time frame we want, not relevant to our overall goal, and are completely missing the point we want to make or goal we want to achieve?   Yikes!  If we’re being true to ourselves, wouldn’t we give these items the attention they require?  Wouldn’t we be do what ever we could to make our voices heard?  I think so.

What are your press releases – and other actions and choices –  saying about you, and how you feel about yourself?  Are you using your True Voice?

Note:  This is one blog post in a series of them that I’ll be publishing here periodically about the insights I gleaned from the aforementioned Spark and Hustle conference.  It is my hope that these posts will not only inform you, but also inspire you to take action on making your dreams real, especially if your dreams include becoming an entrepreneur.  Perhaps with some spark and hustle, we can all profit from our passions!