The Mission of My Golden Words
I want to bring my five decades of business management and marketing prowess to anyone struggling to grow their small business or creative endeavors. I want to help those who are driven by undeniable (often undefinable, but always creative!) ideas on how to make a living on their own terms.
I do this without hesitation and have a special part of my brain that lives and breaths my client’s needs.
I look forward to sharing my obsessive nature with you and helping you find the marketing path to a successful, independent, and sustainable income stream.
A Very Short History
With my first business at the age of seven – with two employees! – it’s not surprising that I have had a life of entrepreneurial adventures. Knocking on doors to sell my hand-made potholders gave me a unique start to a life of marketing and sales. I eventually had a consulting practice in the 80’s helping a diverse client list with sales and marketing challenges.
In 1992, I returned to selling hand-made products. I have been a very successful full time studio artist. I was included in the Contemporary Designer Collection with Neiman Marcus at one point. I still maintain dozens of wholesale accounts.
However, my artist community tugged at my heartstrings. I saw talent – amazing talent – stuck in the “struggling artist” category. Returning to my consulting role was inevitable.
For businesses today, My Golden Words are welcomed as much now as 30 years ago. With the seemingly daily changes to the rules and the “whole internet thing”, everyone needs a little guidance from time to time. I am fortunate to be able to help.
With over 50 years in sales, marketing, and business management, my vast background and experience has led to some nice feathers in my cap in recent years as I build My Golden Words into a vibrant resource for small businesses – specifically the artist community.
I began sewing the seeds for this gradual shift in the late 2000’s as I increased my appearances teaching E’s of Selling Art Seminars at live events and Skype gatherings.
Became a Certified Solutions Provider with Constant Contact. Joined Arts Business Institute faculty as a workshop presenter and guest blogger. Did numerous guest blogs and interviews with several established art industry leaders, including Carolyn Edlund of Artsy Shark, Alyson Stanfield of Art Biz Blog, and Connie Mettler of Art Fair Insider.
Became an Authorized Local Expert with Constant Contact. Co-authored E-Course, “The Artsy Shark Success Guide to Email Marketing for Artists” with Carolyn Edlund of Artsy Shark. Officially launched www.mygoldenwords.com blog. Continued growing my speaker engagements. It was a very busy year and I was still making lots of jewelry, too!
Increased speaker engagements including travel to other islands and Mainland US for seminars, private coaching, and consulting contracts with my local county government teaching artists how to grow a wholesale business. Certified as a Marketing Authority after completing course with HubSpot. Maintained my certifications with Constant Contact including Platinum Solution Provider.
Published the “E’s of Selling Art System – Guidebook, Worksheets, and Indespensible Flashcards“ and added a NEW blog based on the new publication. So the two blogs are every other week. I am blogging every week! It’s another GREAT year!
It’s noteworthy that in the midst of growing my consulting practice, I continue to run my hand-made jewelry studio and still maintain active wholesale accounts across the US and though out my home state of Hawaii!
Started the “Find Loving Homes for Your Art” podcast! Still blogging about marketing art – just a little less as the podcast is a big focus for now. And yes, I am still making jewelry. I love being an artist and can’t quite quit my (nowadays) side gig.
BIGGER and BETTER news is always on the way! Stay in touch….