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* Welcome to the eleventh episode of the Boss Girl Creative Podcast!! Today I’ve got Kirsten Oliphant as my Guest Co-Host and we’re talking about Collaborations. Have comments or questions? Tweet/IG using the hashtag #BOSSGIRLQA or call in: (707) BOSS-GIRL
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* Beginning to Collaborate
* Reasons to Collaborate
* Expanding your Community
* Expanding your Horizons
* Expanding your Opportunities
* Different Types of Collaborations
* Building Community
* Building Brand Awareness ($$)
“The main part [of a tribe] is to be able to bounce ideas back and forth you know sharing contacts and whatever else we need help with, we celebrate each other. It has been a great place as far as connecting and kind of really growing.” Taylor Bradford”[My Book Club] it has kind of evolved over the years from trying to figure out what really works and like what’s feasible because you know everybody’s busy and trying to maintain an online book club, what I’ve experienced in person with books clubs is…what keeps the book clubs going is the in-person events so trying to figure that out online has been an interesting ride for sure.” Taylor Bradford”I think you would just set yourself up to fail if you didn’t kind of have that sitting at the back of your brain that it’s going to change, you know your idea once you first pitch it is one of the things on collaborations because you are able to test ideas and products and you know what’s feasible, what works, what doesn’t work I mean I think that’s the nature of any kind of business regardless of collaboration, but it does allow you to see what works and truly what you’re trying to do with a collaboration is grow…grow in some way and whether it be to grow your community or grow your brand. I mean you are going to grow. So whether it works or doesn’t work it helps you figure out what direction to move or to go, in order to continue to grow.” Taylor Bradford
“It’s expanding your community when you collaborate.” Taylor Bradford
“I want the value in the podcast and my listeners to take away something from everything I put out there so yeah, for sure I don’t go into it thinking ‘yeah this is going to push me over the top!’” Taylor Bradford
“When you collaborate with someone else, it kind of opens your eyes to see things differently because the person you are collaborating with may view you in a light that you didn’t realize and, I am saying this in a positive way.” Taylor Bradford
“It almost, in a way, secretly reaffirms that you are on the right path that you are doing what you are supposed to be doing when someone does recognize that in you but you don’t yet see it. That’s a character builder for me is that I know I’m on that right path when someone approaches me and says, ‘I need to learn everything you know.’” Taylor Bradford
“What I think bloggers have that no one else has is we have learned the power of our community. We have learned the power of our social media. And we know how to utilize those things to build our brand and build our market and build what we are saying is important to us. And that’s the true power of collaborating…to be able to collaborate maybe with similar paths but you guys can both bring something different to the table.” Taylor Bradford
“Do you have time to collaborate with somebody? And do they have time to collaborate with you? Because you don’t want to put all of your eggs in the basket and for them to put two. You know you want it to be a 50/50 thing so it benefits both of you, regardless of it’s your idea.” Taylor Bradford
QUOTES BY KIRSTEN
“I blogged in a vacuum, which is to say I did not talk to any other bloggers, I did not know what was going on and I wish now that I did because I just look back at those years and think how much better of a blogger I would be now had I been really learning or talking to other people or implementing things that I know how to implement now.” Kirsten Oliphant
“The more I hung around with other bloggers and kind of connected with some of those same bloggers at the Blog Elevated conference also, a whole set of new bloggers, I really just started to soak up information like a sponge and not just information. I joined a little tribe of people after the conference and we all had sort of different kind of blogs.” Kirsten Oliphant
“One of the biggest things to realize as you’re doing [in collaborating] so is that they are going to evolve…sometimes you go into something with one sort of idea in mind of what is will be and then it changes and that’s sort of necessary.” Kirsten Oliphant
“Sometimes people go into podcasting thinking they are going to blow up because they have big guests and they think the guests will share with their list…but I do know that some people share better than others. I’ll say and I have heard from other podcasters that you know they interview people and it never gets shared.” Kirsten Oliphant
“Share without expecting things back.” Kirsten Oliphant
“When you start collaborating with other people and working with them I think you do start to see that value, and other people see the value, and I have started to see value in myself that I didn’t know was there until someone was like, ‘you are so good at this!’” Kirsten Oliphant
“I am always learning…I feel like I start to see things differently the more I talk to other people and experts in their fields.” Kirsten Oliphant
“From the conferences I’ve been to, I get so much value from connecting with other people and the things that come out of that.” Kirsten Oliphant
RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED
Blogger 2 Business Podcast
Create If Podcast
Blog Elevated Conference
Living Well Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life by Ruth Soukup
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