Social Media Workshop in Prince George BC : Social Media for Artists

I’ll be in the Northern Interior of B.C., in Prince George this fall (2012) for two workshops.

One, in the workshop below, I’ll cover the basics of social media for artists and business owners.
It’s intended to be an introductory workshop but anyone at any level of ability is welcome to attend 🙂

This session will be hands-on so please bring your choice of a laptop, tablet, iPhone, iPad or any device of your choice where you are able to connect via WIFI or 3G. There will be no boring PowerPoint in this session. You’ll be active, interactive, learning and busy. The time will fly by.

Here is their write up below. Please contact the gallery directly and visit the Two Rivers Gallery website as they are taking care of all payments and registrations for me. Thank you!

Social Media for Artists

Sunday, September 23, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Facilitator: Brenda Johima

Calling all artists! Join artist and social media expert Brenda Johima and learn what the world of social media can do for you. Brenda will introduce you to tools and techniques to further your business, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Pinterest. Learn how to better connect with other artists and potential clients, helping you to promote yourself and your art in the virtual world.

Website : Two Rivers Gallery
Facebook page : TwoRiversArt
Twitter : @TwoRiversArt
Address : Two Rivers Gallery, 725 Civic Plaza, Prince George, B.C., V2L 5T1
Phone : 250-614-7804

Find out more about Brenda Johima’s business(s) right  here : (art and photography website)
JOHIMA Social Media + Marketing

The second workshop is all about iPhoneography (iPhone Photography) and Mobile Photography(this will is in a separate blog post and is on Saturday, September 22nd, right before the one above. I’ve got a FUN weekend planned for you! 🙂


>> I’m looking forward to my stay at Coast Hotels & Resorts at the Coast Inn Of The North <<

Twitter TIP : It’s Your Job To Reach Out To Others

JOHIMA social media + marketing thumbnail logoTwitter #TIP : Before you unfollow someone because they have not followed you back, send them an @ reply, say HI and strike up a conversation. 90% of the time they follow back.

(Twitter can be frustrating and confusing for those starting out and new to Twitter, or even for “old-timers” who expect a follow-back) Remember this :

  1. It takes time to build a following, and that’s OK. That’s no different than life. Usually we grow our business and friendships one person at a time, and once in awhile we are lucky enough to get a quick build of a group of people all at once.
  2. When you follow people on Twitter with a large following, they just might have been too busy to get to check their new followers and to follow you back.
  3. They might want more time to check you out, your profile, your website, your Tweets and see if they are of value to them to read and then to build a relationship with you.
  4. They might already be checking you out by following you on a private list to decide if they are going to follow you back.
  5. They may never follow you back, but may simply follow your Tweets on a list instead. That’s OK too. It’s your job to reach out and connect with whoever you want to talk to. Again, just like life. It’s all in your hands, it’s your responsibility.

So the moral of the story is … if you like someone, and find them interesting, follow them anyway. Otherwise you lose out on learning with the expectation that they return the favor immediately. They may, later. They may not, ever.

Bottom line, it’s about you following people that you like, love, learn from, and like what they have to say, or what they believe in.

Have FUN! I’m @brendajohima and @johima on Twitter … Do Say HI. I would love to connect with you there.

— brenda johima
JOHIMA Social Media + Marketing

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30 Twitter Tips for Business in 30 Minutes : Comox Valley

Are you a business owner in the Comox Valley, an early adopter and already on Twitter? Super!

Or, have you been waiting, and you do want to get your business on Twitter, but can’t understand how it all works? It’s not too late to jump into Twitter with your business.

I’ll be doing a brief presentation on Twitter for Business in the Comox Valley at the Comox Valley Web Posse meeting. Here’s the “blurb” along with some information on my talk and links to where you can find out more and sign up to attend. (Many of the tips will make sense and be most applicable and easily applied by those who are already actively on Twitter, however, it’s a great introduction to the ways Twitter can be used for your business so everyone is welcome, and you have to start somewhere 🙂

30 minutes for 30 Tips on How You Can Use the Power of Social Media via Twitter For Your Business with Brenda Johima

The Comox Valley Web Posse is loaded with technical expertise and talent. Brenda Johima will share her thoughts on how we, in the Comox Valley can build an even more powerful online business community together via Twitter.

Brenda Johima will use her past experience in the helping professions to focus on the skills and art of listening, encouragement, inspiration and motivation and how you can use basic communication skills and use your unique personality to thrive on Twitter for your business. These skills are also transferable to Social Media clients for those working in the area of Social Media. Here is what I aim to cover within my 30 tips in my speedy 30 minutes:

  • Why Twitter
  • The Hidden Power of Twitter
  • Twitter and the Power to Build Community and Business
  • Why We Need to Connect with Each Other More and Coach Local Business Clients To as Well
  • Why and How Success on Twitter might be exactly the opposite to what you think
  • One super tip on how to deal with a difficult person who goes public with comments via social media (Twitter)
  • Why Chit-Chat is Real Business
  • 30 Twitter Tips for Business

Brenda Johima was selected as a speaker for the 2010 Social Media Camp in Victoria. Her topic was Small Towns, Big Ideas, and she’s now alumni, slated to speak again at the June 2011 Social Media Camp Conference, this time, her FUN topic is “I’ve Got an iPhone, Now What? iPhone Photography apps and image sharing via Social Media.

Brenda has been working online since 2002 with JOHIMA Designs, which has now re-branded to JOHIMA.

Find Brenda on Twitter at @brendajohima and @johima or by phone at (250) 335 – 1195

Hope to see you there!
~ Brenda Johima ~

P.S. Here’s some links for information and sign up:

Comox Valley Web Posse Website
FaceBook Event Page
Email Newsletter Page (It’s A Triple Header! Find Out Who Else is Speaking)

P.S.P.S. Want to attend my “I’ve Got an iPhone, Now What?” Session at Social Media Camp in Victoria?

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Compartmentalizing Social Media and My Life

Here is what I posted today, to my personal FaceBook profile as a note. I’m hoping it may help some of you out there, who are searching also, for a way to deal with social media overwhelm for yourself, but also for those of us who do work online a lot, this may be  a way (I am finding) to not overwhelm close family and friends (who may have no (zero) interest in my fascination and passion for a career in Social Media, they just want to see my photos or (YES!) hear what I ate for breakfast or lunch, or that I went to the swimming pool or to a music concert). It’s also a way to not overwhelm colleagues on my personal friend list who are already reading (too much) content online all day.

Hope this is of some help to you too:

Hi to all my friends and family. Thank you for connecting with me, and for staying connected, in whatever way we can. You matter. People matter. LOVE matters. Connection matters.

My FaceBook “friend” list is not a big list. It’s quite small actually. I have few friends (in comparison to some folks on FaceBook) and I’m 100% OK with that. I’m not a FaceBook friend collector.

If you are on my personal list, you really do matter to me. I want you here in my life, in some way, for some reason. We are meant to be connected. I’m not trying to gain hundreds or thousands of friends on FaceBook on my personal profile. If you are on my personal profile friend list, I have enlisted HUGE trust in you, to not break our trust. My FaceBook “friends” are real friends to me.

Now … I really like social media. A lot. And I like you. A lot more. In person and in real life.

If I can’t see you in person, I’d like to talk to you on the phone  (1+ (250) 335 – 1195.

If we can’t make that happen for some reason, then we connect here on FaceBook, and in my opinion, this too, is real life. Online life and in person life, are both real to me, because I do choose to share my real and authentic self.

Did I say that I really like social media? I LOVE social media. I promote most of my business now, via Social Media. And would love for you to give me a hand in spreading the word.

I have created several FaceBook pages for business and would LOVE it if you would “like” them (many of you have, and Thank You SO Much!) So why so many pages? Here’s why:

  • I Tweet a lot. I write a lot. I create a lot. I post a lot on FaceBook. For some folks, I know it’s too much. Too much overwhelm of content. And that’s OK. However, it’s who I am, and I like it. Sooooo, to make it easier for my friends and family (and business colleagues) you can choose which department(s) (I’m calling it compartmentalizing) most interest you. I would LOVE to have you join me in all of it, but I know everyone is different. This way you can choose only the parts of my life and business you really want to follow. For each account below, I post only information relevant to that target market/topic.
  • I’ll be keeping my FaceBook personal profile posts for friends and family, pretty much, yep, more personal stuff. So if you don’t want to hear all that real stuff, and are more interested in business, you can un-friend me. My feelings won’t be hurt a bit 🙂 There are many many ways we can connect as you can see from my list below.
  • I’m a self-professed multi-talented creative. Some people don’t believe one person can do it all. But I do. And I love it. I have found over the years, that for most people, it is easier for them to have it split into sections, rather than to be overwhelmed by the huge amount of content in multiple categories, that I create on a daily basis.
  • Online Marketing. I try to reach different audiences and customers/clients with each niche. Join me in the one(s) that interest you most. And help spread the word?
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • It makes it easier for me also to separate in my brain, the many ideas that I have bubbling up on a daily basis. It actually makes it easier for me to manage my own brain! LOL.

Brenda Johima : Writing, Art (and cartoons) and Photography

You will want to follow me here, if you are interested in reading my personal blog, and to view images of my art, cartoons, paintings and photography. Feel free to comment and connect in any of the social media platforms below. I LOVE compliments on my work. It keeps me going as an artist/creative. * You can also purchase almost anything that you see me posting. Just ask and I’ll let you know if it’s available, and how we can make that happen. Shipping is available, of course, almost anywhere in the world, for my creative works. *

twitter: @brendajohima :!/brendajohima
facebook:  * ( * facebook custom Short URL coming soon!* )

JOHIMA : Social Media : SEO : Design

You will want to follow my business here if you are interested in receiving (paid) help in setting up your FaceBook page for business, Twitter for business, to learn about LinkedIn, and how you can use it for job search and for business promotion. Also, if you would like to purchase graphic design or web design services (which includes search engine optimization or SEO). And YES! I do provide set up of basic WordPress blogs and WordPress driven websites. *I also do speaking engagements and *NEW for 2011* provide Social Media basics workshops.

* I also post LOTS of free tips *

P.S. Are you afraid of Twitter? Confused by Twitter? I LOVE Twitter. Happy to give you a hand to get started. It’ll be our little secret 🙂 A very powerful business tool and way to connect and network, receive inspiration and positive vibes from fantastic people all day long. I do.

twitter: @johima :!/johima

phoDOGraphy : Dog Photography and Puppy Photos

LOVE getting referrals and business in this department. LOVE dogs. LOVE puppies. LOVE photographing dogs and puppies and the human bond. You can purchase photography services and prints here. ** And no, you don’t have to buy anything (although I love referrals) … it’s OK to just want to look at my photos of dogs, because I think they are awesome! **

twitter: @dogphoDOGrapher :!/dogphodographer

Happy No Matter What : Hope, Inspiration and Tips for Living 24/7 with Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia

Living with Fibromyalgia and/or Chronic Pain 24/7? I do. I am. I have been, since June of 2000. I have pain and I’m awesome! There is a way to have pain and still be happy. Am I there yet? Some days, yes. Some days, nope. However, my goal here, is to learn how to be Happy No Matter What is going on, pain or no pain. And in the process, on my journey, I seem to be inspiring others who suffer daily, and I LOVE that. Hoping I can offer you hope as well.

twitter: @ibeehappy2 :!/ibeehappy2
facebook: http:/

Creative Nudge : Creativity Consulting for Business

* Creative Nudge is Sleeping while on a Vacation Right Now 🙂 *


Hiring a Social Media Expert?

Hiring or Contracting a Hiring a Social Media “expert”? Find out if they have mastered ONE social platform first, before believing that they can teach you 2,3,4,5 or 6 social platforms. Me? I know my limits, and practice ethics first.

Need help with Twitter? That’s where we start 🙂

~ brenda johima ~

(250) 335 – 1195 *Gets You a Real Live Human Being on an Old Fashioned Telephone* Call me to get started on the basics. Happy to Help!

~ Social Media Tips by Brenda Johima ~

Today Just Give It Away

Today, just give it away. (no, I don’t mean a FaceBook contest or Twitter contest for your product or services). Your kindness, your love, helpfulness, compassion, caring, listening, noticing and then reaching out and lending a hand … just give it away today.

People need it.

Business is about people first. Social Media is about people first. Human beings are not dollar signs, and none of us want to be seen as one, treated as one. Your success in social media first, will come from your desire and ability to build relationships, and then … to nurture them.

Today, just give it away. Care about others first. Be curious about others first. You know that love you can see in the eyes of a dog? That beautiful warm love and loyalty and awe, that they have for you, and for other human beings? You know, we’ve all seen that look. Pure love. They adore you, us.

Do that. Do that.

daschund dog with loving eyes in baby buggy

You don’t have to be all mushy with your words in business if you don’t want to (although these days, that’s not a bad thing at all either)people can feel your energy, your thoughts, your moods. Simply express through your intention. People will notice. They will feel it.

Today, just give it away, who you really are. We are not separate from our business.

Social media has given us one of the most powerful tools ever, when used for good, to make a difference in the lives of others, yes, through your business. Use it.

Today on FaceBook and Twitter, just give it away. Your kindness, your love, helpfulness, compassion, caring, listening, noticing and then reaching out and lending a hand … just give it away today.

~ Social Media Tips by Brenda Johima ~

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Have You Checked Your FaceBook Security Settings Lately? Yikes!

You know how FaceBook constantly makes changes? You know how FaceBook makes changes but doesn’t always tell you about it? Well, how do you know if you are browsing safely while logged in? Better check these settings! You just might be vulnerable to be hacked.

  1. Go to your Account, top right corner
  2. Click on “Account Settings”
  3. Click on “Account Security”
  4. Click the blue word “change”
  5. A drop down will show you a box you can tick called “Secure Browsing (https).” FaceBook unchecks this box by default (they don’t want you to have privacy 🙂 I suppose?
  6. Tick that box and select “Secure Browsing”
  7. Click “Save” and that’s it

Hope this has been of help!

~ Social Media Tips by Brenda JOHIMA ~

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