Friday, April 8, 2011

The Once Timid Networker's Special Announcement

This Once Timid Networker is about to launch her way into another world of Networking. When I began this blog my soul purpose was to help two types of people, the timid or shy person and the person working with that timid person.

I’ve tried to give tips and pointers about things that helped me. I wanted to help others break out of that box like I had and network in a much more comfortable and in turn effective way.

The feedback I’ve received about these articles, have been overwhelming, to say the least. I had no idea that it would have far reaching effects and that people all over the world would be helped or inspired by the stories that were published. However, true to form in the Tara way, I wanted to make it better. That is why I’m thrilled to announce the launch of “The Once Timid Networker Radio Show”! Cue a marching band, streamers and confetti and a little party in my head!

How in the world did this happen you might wonder, especially if you have known both versions of me. Well, it began at one of my first Entrepreneurial Excellence Business Forums, last summer. We worked on a marketing idea with the sky as the limit and money as no object. One of my personal ideas was having a Radio show that fed a TV program that traveled the world interviewing and helping other people who were either timid or once were timid. I put the thought in my book and continued to move forward with things that were within reach. However there is a reason I write things down… so I won’t forget.

A few months later my very dear friend Jim Bear called me telling me his wonderful news that he would be launching his own radio show helping the 55+ who were looking for work. The show would have the same title as the seminars he had been successfully teaching called, “You Can Get Hired”. I was absolutely THRILLED for him and saw how his program would be so helpful to so many.

He then said, “Tara, I think you should have a show and it should be about networking.” Jim has been a friend of mine since I was timid. He is a respectful, kind and gentle person who has always had very nice words of encouragement, seemingly when I needed them most. I respect and admire Jim and I trust him implicitly. However, this time, I chuckled (remembering the idea written in my book) and thanked him for his kind words that made the back of my neck and my cheeks hot and I think I may have tried to change the subject.

Almost exactly a month and a half later the idea came back to me and Jim’s words were loud in my head. I called him and said, did you really mean that when you said it?? He confirmed his previous thoughts and I started making a list!! Over the next few days I refined my list and Jim was right there with his encouragement, cheering me on with the idea that had become a fire inside of me.

Then Jim offered to say a few words on my behalf to Pamela Muldoon, the Producer of the Next Stage Business Radio Network, which was where his program is produced and aired. It worked.

Pamela and I met for coffee not long after and what I thought would maybe be an hour and a half turned into about 4 hours. I was ecstatic that she liked my idea. We hit it off famously and one idea sparked another! As we sat in the Coffee shop that day, I wondered if the other people sitting there with their beverages had any idea that right there at that moment someone’s dreams were coming true… It was incredible.

And so, I’m pleased to announce that April 20th, my first show will air. The hour long program will be an easy going conversation with other storytellers on the topic of networking. It will include tips and tricks as well as some humor, of course!

I warmly invite you to listen in. I’d just love to have you there with me!!

Tara Schmakel

The Once Timid Networker- Writer and Radio Personality (HUGE smile!)

28 comments:

  1. You will be so WONDERFUL at this! Congratulations on your new venture. This is very exciting :)

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  2. Hi Tara
    What exciting news!!! Are you wearing your feather???? :)

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  3. Turtles (Becca), thank you so much!! I'm really excited too!!

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  4. Thank you Rebecca! Yes, very exciting. The dreamers weekend confirmed my idea. And yes, I've got my feather on! ;-)

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  5. I envision you wearing your tiara! I am so right there with you -- I used the word ecstatic before I read the blog -- kindred spirits through and through. I am just thrilled for you and happy for myself that I know I will be able to listen in -- even from Florida! Love you so much!!!

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  6. Thank you so much Val. Yes we are kindred through and through. Love you to pieces!!! <3

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  7. Congrats Tara!! Is there a Happy Hour being planned to celebrate?

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  8. I too thought "Tiara". After all a Tiara is as sparkly as you are today! Congratulations Tara!

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  9. 1 word: goosebumps! I just loooove you and am soooo excited for this new chapter in your life. you are SO inspiring. xoxo

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  10. Good job, Tara!!! I'm so proud of you honey!! I'm happy for you that you are doing something you love and are good at! You are so encouraging to people and always so helpful!!

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  11. So Excited for you Tara! Congratulations.

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  12. Jon, thank you for helping me set up my blog all those months ago! :)

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  13. Leigh, thank you... happy hour April 20th! Champagne anyone?? <3

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  14. Thank you Sarah, you know how I love my tiaras! <3

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  15. Brianne you are so sweet! I love you too and I'm excited as well. Thank you for being such a loyal reader. <3

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  16. Mom, thank you! I am so excited for what's to come. I appreciate you always being so positive and encouraging. Love you so much!! <3

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  17. Thank you Deb! It's going to be cool!!

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  18. Best of Luck to you Tara. I know you will bring much value to a niche that has yet to be explored!

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  19. A HUGE congratulations to you! I'm so excited to hear the news. Without a doubt, your personality, your knowledge and your generous nature will come through over the airwaves and will help you to serve the community and build a legion of fans and admirers.

    So now you can officially call yourself a contributing author to a best-seller, AND radio show host!

    Bravo!!

    Tim

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  20. Congratulations Tara. I can't wait to listen in. Let me know if I can be of assistance to you.

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  21. Jerry, as always thank you so much for your support, mentoring and friendship!!

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  22. Tim, being part of your book was such an honor from beginning to end. Thank you for believing in me, it was definitely a factor in making the decision to pursue this avenue of media. :)

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  23. Thank you Lisa! Yes, I have a few ideas that I think will help both of us!!!

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  24. Get a real job!

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  25. Tara you rock, and don't worry about the last post. The person is either really unhappy with there life or jealous of yours.

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  26. Congratulations, Tara! There is nothing TIMID about you anymore. I'm truly amazed at your commitment to help others through all that you do! I'm already a BIG FAN and I can't wait to hear your first show.

    BTW - What's up with Anonymous? It's easy to get out of line on line...when your name is "Anonymous".

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  27. Thank you so much Paula. I really appreciate your guidance and mentoring through my journey. As always, your words are just what I needed! :)

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