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Network Like A Pro: 5 Hot Tips

Small Business Week is right around the corner, and organizers have planned some great events. Are you ready to network your heart out? Here’s the Sexy Grammar approach:

  1. Whom do you want to meet? I usually find the best solutions to my business conundrums in other people, so before I go out networking, I ask myself, “What does my business need right now?” Need a logo? You need to meet a talented graphic designer. Need an office space? You need to meet a good real estate agent. Go to the event looking for someone specific to help your business grow.
  2. Seek quality people, not quantities of people. It’s easy to meet a lot of people and hand out a lot of business cards at a networking event, but how many of those 30-second glad-hand moments turn into valuable business connections? Seek out one or two high quality connections, and you may find your next collaborator or mentor.
  3. “Have you met anyone interesting here?” It’s one of my favorite conversation starters at a networking event. Suddenly, your conversation partner becomes your co-conspirator. Mine the people you meet for the connections you both want to make.
  4. Streamline your follow-up. After the event, don’t let your stack of collected business cards become an object of follow-up guilt and misery. Instead, break down the stack into 3 groups: 1) people you really need, 2) people who really need you, and 3) people you’ll probably never see again. Write to the first group right away. Give the second group a chance to approach you first by putting them off a day or two. Send a polite but short note to the folks in the last group whenever you get around to it.
  5. Look your best. Don’t over-drink. Have fun. Just because the party has the word networking in front of it doesn’t mean the basic rules of party attendance don’t apply. Look great to feel confident. Have a soda between those free glasses of wine, and have some fun. It’s a party!

The Sexy Grammarian arouses entrepreneurs and professionals to build their own strategy, brand, social media, and marketing content with private sessions, intimate workshops, custom style guides, and free writing secrets such as this tip about why your company’s name should not end with an s or this advice about how to be a sexy social media writer. And check out these useful tips for business owners from last year’s Small Business Week: How To Get Organized, How To Engage Your Social Media Community, How To Set Goals, and How To Become A Sought-After Speaker.

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Get Inspired This Pride

Pride Month inspires me: the creative force of the gay community, the bold beauty of queer culture, the flapping rainbow flags, and the glorification of a drag queen riot that changed the world.

I love this quote about Pride, posted a few years ago by one of my favorite local bloggers, Lesbian Dad:

Ah, Pride. Hot sun, cheering crowds, thumping disco beats emanating from jumbo speakers on flatbed trucks and from a massive sound system installed in front of city hall. Lining and streaming up the street are old and young, lesbian and gay, bisexual and transgendered. Locals and tourists. Drunk and sober; clean and sober. Been there, done that attendees. Been there, done him, and him, and him attendees. Never been there before attendees, who can’t wait to do anything a’tall. The heartwarmed and the heartbroke. The bursting with energy, and the utterly exhausted.

No matter what turns you on, there’s something for you in San Francisco in June. Here’s my list of inspiring outings this year:

6/1-6/30 Benders Bar shows a retro collection of the photography of the talented and wildly creative Genea Barnes. Go have a drink for your head and a feast for your eyes.

6/4 Essence promises to be a sex party with a soul.

6/8 & 6/24 Tales of the City, A New Musical: Episodic, gay melodrama meets discoball musical madness. Armistead Maupin gets busy with the Scissor Sisters. The show’s already running, but check out the special event performances 6/8  Out With ACT and 6/24 Special Benefit with Olympia Dukakis.

6/10-12 The 7th Annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival: What turns you on? Radiant, unique voices expressed through film or an old-style theater rocked by hundreds of hot dykes? Either way, you’ll be in heaven.

6/15 Jean Dibble, Co-founder and co-publisher of the SF Bay Guardian speaks on running an independent paper in an uncertain publishing market at my local small business incubator, The Ren Center.

6/17-19 Respectful Confrontation Weekend Workshop: Stop pretending your relationships aren’t a mess, and start learning how to communicate. The gentle, brilliant Joe Weston shows you how in three life-altering days.

6/18 Out & Around Launch Party: Toast bon voyage to the bold and crazy Lisa Dazols and Jenni Chang as they embark on their trip around the world to find the SuperGays.

6/26 The San Francisco Pride Parade: This is the real deal. Get out on the street early or you miss the famous Dykes on Bikes Kickoff.

6/27-30 This Is What I Want, The National Queer Arts Performance Festival. I think the title says it all.

Inspiration’s just one of the keys to expressing yourself in writing. Get your blog flowing, your dissertation finished, or that novel out of your head in a series of coaching sessions with The Sexy Grammarian.

It’s National Grammar Day!

A Tribute to Marina Orlova continues today, the last day of Sexy Grammar Week. Thanks for coming along for the ride. Our last  Hot for Words video addresses a word that’s often associated with grammar: geek. I love her pronunciation.

What is Sexy Grammar?

Sexy Grammar is a lot of things. It’s the fun way I present writing tools and grammar guidelines. But it’s also a philosophy—that writing and art satisfy a human urge to create, not unlike sex. Sexy Grammar is about letting your inner writer be sexy—turned on, engaged, and unapologetic. When you do that, your writing gets sexy, and that attracts readers.

What is Sexy Grammar Week?

Sex ed luminaries and heroic grammarians have already established March 3rd as America’s Sexuality Day and March 4th as National Grammar Day, so I’ve declared the whole first week of March for Sexy Grammar! Last year, I nominated three honorary Sexy Grammarians. This year I’m paying tribute to one special superstar, Marina Orlova.

Why Marina?

I have a huge crush on Marina Orlova, the world’s sexiest philologist and an accomplished teacher on the World Wide Web. Besides winning many coveted honors and awards, Marina curates and stars in a library of educational, funny, and sexy videos that explore origins of words and idioms in the English language. I think her motto, “intelligence is sexy,” harmonizes with Sexy Grammar.

Who is the Sexy Grammarian?

That’s me, Kristy Lin Billuni. I’m a writer, teacher, collaborator, and editor whose free Sexy Grammar lessonsaffordable workshops, customized coaching, and boutique manuscript services seduce writers into finishing their projects.

It’s America’s Sexuality Day!

A Tribute to Marina Orlova continues as Ms. Orlova handles masturbation in today’s  Hot for Words video. It’s the perfect word for America’s Sexuality Day and the fourth day of Sexy Grammar Week. Enjoy!

What is Sexy Grammar?

Sexy Grammar is a lot of things. It’s the fun way I present writing tools and grammar guidelines. But it’s also a philosophy—that writing and art satisfy a human urge to create, not unlike sex. Sexy Grammar is about letting your inner writer be sexy—turned on, engaged, and unapologetic. When you do that, your writing gets sexy, and that attracts readers.

What is Sexy Grammar Week?

Sex ed luminaries and heroic grammarians have already established March 3rd as America’s Sexuality Day and March 4th as National Grammar Day, so I’ve declared the whole first week of March for Sexy Grammar! Last year, I nominated three honorary Sexy Grammarians. This year I’m paying tribute to one special superstar, Marina Orlova.

Why Marina?

I have a huge crush on Marina Orlova, the world’s sexiest philologist and an accomplished teacher on the World Wide Web. Besides winning many coveted honors and awards, Marina curates and stars in a library of educational, funny, and sexy videos that explore origins of words and idioms in the English language. I think her motto, “intelligence is sexy,” harmonizes with Sexy Grammar.

Who is the Sexy Grammarian?

That’s me, Kristy Lin Billuni. I’m a writer, teacher, collaborator, and editor whose free Sexy Grammar lessonsaffordable workshops, customized coaching, and boutique manuscript services seduce writers into finishing their projects.

A Tribute to Marina Orlova–Sexy Grammar Week, day 3

Are you having fun with Marina Orlova and her amazing Hot for Words videos? So am I. Here, she tackles an idiom, reclaiming eye candy for sexy people everywhere, from Helen Reddy to Chrissy Snow.

What is Sexy Grammar?

Sexy Grammar is a lot of things. It’s the fun way I present writing tools and grammar guidelines. But it’s also a philosophy—that writing and art satisfy a human urge to create, not unlike sex. Sexy Grammar is about letting your inner writer be sexy—turned on, engaged, and unapologetic. When you do that, your writing gets sexy, and that attracts readers.

What is Sexy Grammar Week?

Sex ed luminaries and heroic grammarians have already established March 3rd as America’s Sexuality Day and March 4th as National Grammar Day, so I’ve declared the whole first week of March for Sexy Grammar! Last year, I nominated three honorary Sexy Grammarians. This year I’m paying tribute to one special superstar, Marina Orlova.

Why Marina?

I have a huge crush on Marina Orlova, the world’s sexiest philologist and an accomplished teacher on the World Wide Web. Besides winning many coveted honors and awards, Marina curates and stars in a library of educational, funny, and sexy videos that explore origins of words and idioms in the English language. I think her motto, “intelligence is sexy,” harmonizes with Sexy Grammar.

Who is the Sexy Grammarian?

That’s me, Kristy Lin Billuni. I’m a writer, teacher, collaborator, and editor whose free Sexy Grammar lessonsaffordable workshops, customized coaching, and boutique manuscript services seduce writers into finishing their projects.

The Second Annual Sexy Grammar Week: A Tribute to Marina Orlova, day 2

Because it’s impossible to choose just one favorite Hot for Words video, Ms. Orlova’s delightful lessons will be here all week. I offer a humble word today, muscle, just to show you what she can do with it. I just love the part where she tells us to expose our arms!

What is Sexy Grammar?

Sexy Grammar is a lot of things. It’s the fun way I present writing tools and grammar guidelines. But it’s also a philosophy—that writing and art satisfy a human urge to create, not unlike sex. Sexy Grammar is about letting your inner writer be sexy—turned on, engaged, and unapologetic. When you do that, your writing gets sexy, and that attracts readers.

What is Sexy Grammar Week?

Sex ed luminaries and heroic grammarians have already established March 3rd as America’s Sexuality Day and March 4th as National Grammar Day, so I’ve declared the whole first week of March for Sexy Grammar! Last year, I nominated three honorary Sexy Grammarians. This year I’m paying tribute to one special superstar, Marina Orlova.

Why Marina?

I have a huge crush on Marina Orlova, the world’s sexiest philologist and an accomplished teacher on the World Wide Web. Besides winning many coveted honors and awards, Marina curates and stars in a library of educational, funny, and sexy videos that explore origins of words and idioms in the English language. I think her motto, “intelligence is sexy,” harmonizes with Sexy Grammar.

Who is the Sexy Grammarian?

That’s me, Kristy Lin Billuni. I’m a writer, teacher, collaborator, and editor whose free Sexy Grammar lessonsaffordable workshops, customized coaching, and boutique manuscript services seduce writers into finishing their projects.

The Second Annual Sexy Grammar Week: A Tribute to Marina Orlova

What is Sexy Grammar?

Sexy Grammar is a lot of things. It’s the fun way I present writing tools and grammar guidelines. But it’s also a philosophy—that writing and art satisfy a human urge to create, not unlike sex. Sexy Grammar is about letting your inner writer be sexy—turned on, engaged, and unapologetic. When you do that, your writing gets sexy, and that attracts readers.

What is Sexy Grammar Week?

Sex ed luminaries and heroic grammarians have already established March 3rd as America’s Sexuality Day and March 4th as National Grammar Day, so I’ve declared the whole first week of March for Sexy Grammar! Last year, I nominated three honorary Sexy Grammarians. This year I’m paying tribute to one special superstar, Marina Orlova.

Why Marina?

I have a huge crush on Marina Orlova, the world’s sexiest philologist and an accomplished teacher on the World Wide Web. Besides winning many coveted honors and awards, Marina curates and stars in a library of educational, funny, and sexy videos that explore origins of words and idioms in the English language. I think her motto, “intelligence is sexy,” harmonizes with Sexy Grammar.

See for yourself in the video below. It’s impossible to choose just one favorite Hot for Words video. Ms. Orlova’s charm forces me to dedicate the whole week to her. I kick it off with the popular, antidisestablishmentarianism, just to give you a taste. Please come back tomorrow for more.

 

Who is the Sexy Grammarian?

That’s me, Kristy Lin Billuni. I’m a writer, teacher, collaborator, and editor whose free Sexy Grammar lessonsaffordable workshops, customized coaching, and boutique manuscript services seduce writers into finishing their projects.