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I am leading a workshop on November 6 about relaxing and relieving stress during the holidays, celebrating in ways that feel right for us, letting go of old paradigms from family dysfunction. The producer wanted to put my picture and name as the “lead” for the workshop poster. It still feels weird. Although I am writing this blog for the whole world to see (although mostly friends and the porn folks are the ones finding it), I am shy about promoting myself! The part of me that suffered from negative press during my trial, the part that wants to enjoy my quiet and private life screams “NO” at self-promotion. The budding Buddha in me that knows all things pass, that there is no “separate self” to promote. It is important to keep the focus on the message, the people I am serving, the work, the writing, the workshops, not on my SELF.

I love giving workshops and retreats. I want my book to sell, to be successful, to reach people who need inspiration to solve today’s problems. So, this promotion and “shipping” stuff seems to be part of it all. Life is short. I have a little candle to shine with all the other candles in the dark night. So, my granddaughter and I spent the morning Saturday posting the flyers on telephone poles, in store windows and on bulletin boards in our wonderful neighborhood. We had fun!

So, do come. We’ll have fun there too, reducing stress, relaxing, laughing at our silly selves, enjoying the fact that we are so interconnected in our feelings and contradictions. For more info see http://killerstilts.com/calendar.html. 10% off for the next FIVE DAYS!!!!

Do you have issues with “self-promotion”????????? Share!

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3 Comments

  1. Go for it Joann. Though I try to take a humble approach, it’s important to be recognized for the service you do in the world and to actually promote things that actually need others. I believe that one can self-promote without sounding inappropriate or arrogant.

    • Dear Kenley, Thank you so much….it is a constant challenge, especially given that humility and “non-self” are such important values to me. One old guy from Arkansas told me that humility is TRUTH, that it’s just as wrong to deny our gifts and talents as to exaggerate them. Will someone who is an ego-maniac with low self-esteem ever GET that???

      Peace, Joann Malone

      “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Gandhi

    • Ann Hendrix-Jenkins
    • Posted October 20, 2010 at 3:02 pm
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    I love your blog Joann. Keep up the inspiring work. You can never come off as self promoting…

    Ann


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