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It’s a wrap! December 2017
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When I thought about what I’d like to achieve in 2017, I had two things on my mind: I wanted to share my learnings at Creative Mornings and I wanted to teach. Now that December is over, I’ve come to realize I’ve reached both of these goals. Through a weird series of coincidences, I was asked to speak at Creative Mornings Vienna last February. (My plan was to launch my Kickstarter campaign at the end of the talk, which, given there was a technical bug, wasn’t meant to work out. How apt given the title of the talk which was "Plan B is always better.")

My second goal – to teach – came about unexpectedly as well. My original plan was to discontinue my freelance practice to join the Teach4Austria initiative. Given I went to a secondary school with a high quota of immigrants, I’ve had the desire to give back for a long time. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it through the assessment center. However, my goal to teach happened in a different way. After giving a lecture at the New Design University in November, the students seemed to have enjoyed it so much that I was asked to come back and teach a whole seminar. I lead a seminar on how to use social media to position yourself as a designer online. That brings me to the article I wrote that was published on the Kontist blog where I explain how designers can monetize their talents. 

This past month, I’ve joined the Berlin-based strategic consultancy Beluga to participate in an innovation workshop for a global beauty brand. I might also work with them on a project in the vegan foods industry, which would be incredibly exciting. 

One of the things that happened this past month that I’m most excited about is that SOS Kinderdorf finally tried a different approach to fundraising. During the Edelstoff market, we teamed up with letterers to create beautiful Christmas cards in exchange for donations. On one hand, we had boxes there for people to donate immediately, and on another hand, people were invited to use We’R’SOS to raise money online. I’ve been working with SOS Kinderdorf on different approaches to fundraising for some time, so I'm glad we’re slowly moving forward. 

A small side project also went live a few weeks ago: I made a new website for my yoga teacher. Feel free to book a retreat or come to one of her classes in Vienna. She’s amazing! 

Last but not least, I’m currently learning SQL. If you have any tips, feel free to share! Also, if you need someone to help you with positioning, retention, and/or marketing, don’t hesitate to drop me a line! (helloATmkanokovaDOTcom) 

#WTART Update 07: Hire me to help you revamp your website (Introducing a plan B)

As you might have already seen, the campaign to fund Work Trips and Road Trips has been incredibly slow and we’ve only reached 58% with just one week left. Kickstarter is All Or Nothing, which means I’ll only receive the funds if the project hits 100% of its goal before the 4th of March. 

(Now breathe!) 

It’s been a crazy month. I've written a ton of guest blog posts and the project has been featured all over the internet. (Literally! Scroll down to read some of the posts.) Many of you have shared a link to this campaign too. Something I’m incredibly grateful for! 

Nevertheless, the closer this project comes to an end, the more obvious it is to me that I need a plan B to get Work Trips And Road Trips funded to pay the team. 

There have been obstacles from the beginning. I first tried to launch this project at the end of my Creative Mornings talk on how plan B is always better. Oh the irony! After failing to go live due to a bug on the Kickstarter website, my plan B that day was to launch after the talk, on a Friday afternoon. Note to self: you should never launch a Kickstarter project on a Friday, especially not in the afternoon.

When I woke up at 5am this morning and scrolled through my Facebook feed (it’s literally impossible to sleep longer than that when you have a project live. It’s pure adrenaline!), I came across this New York Times article, that explains how Trump has taken over the internet and become probably more talked-about than anyone else on this planet, and how it’s impossible to notice anything that’s not Trump-related (like this project). 

As Britain struggles with a weak Pound and with the US reevaluating life under Trump, I feel like it's time to share my plan B with you to make this project happen after all.

Ok, so what is my plan B? My plan B is to offer you help with revamping your website. (We'll most likely build one from scratch!)  ... and yes, please spread the word about this offer!

I can restructure your content and create a site map that best represents you or your company. I can help you gather references about your work and can also help you write the copy. If you’re a visual designer, I can also consult you on how to generate a scalable (others would call this passive) income with your creations. If you choose to create your website with Squarespace, we can basically build the entire site together. 

I'm not a designer. You should know. Squarespace sites are mostly photo-based and you don’t need any sort of programming skills. I have, for example, built my own website in about a week while doing all sorts of other things. If you’d like my help, I’ve included a €1,000 package here on my Kickstarter page. I’d love to work with you! 

Alright! Let’s get this project funded and let’s get you a shiny, new website! 

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PS: If you have any sorts of concerns and want to jump on a Skype call before you decide to back the reward to have me help you with your website, email hello@mkanokova.com 

PPS: This project has been featured on Design TaxiFemtasticsThis is Jane WayneBerlin Loves YouVinazineThe Startup Valley, and in the Matriarch newsletter. There will be a few more guest posts going live. I’ve written one for the Travelettes blog (about how to plan for a vacation as a freelancer), a post for Creative Boom (about how to prepare to go nomadic) and even Sherpa (you should try it!), the new travel app will feature the book in the newsletter next week. 

Talk at Creative Mornings Vienna

Have you ever loved something, but decided to give it up? I don’t mean giving up on people you loved. I mean giving up on an activity or a job. I came across this blog post by Derek Sivers that made me think about the things I gave up. Much more, his post made me think about the moments when I decided to give something up. Often, it’s the moments we decide to give up one thing to pursue another that we gather our courage to make something more meaningful happen. 

As coincidences usually go, the post was mentioned in the Creative Mornings newsletter. About 10 minutes after I read the post, Harald, the new host of Creative Mornings Vienna, asked me if I’d like to speak about “Moments” at the next event.

If you’re around, I’d love to see you there! Tickets will go live next Monday at 11am, and the event will be on the 3rd of February, at 8:30am at the Angewandte Lab.

On another note, the Kickstarter campaign for Work Trips and Road Trips will go live on the 2nd of February. You can sign up here: kck.st/2jh1dSP if you’d like to get notified. There will be a special reward for the people who back the project within the first 48 hours!

The one and only thing you need to know about networking.
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If you think there is a secret to networking I am going disappoint you. There is no special way to approach people, nor are there general tactics to help break the ice between you and a stranger.

I personally believe that networking is a mind-set where you have a genuine interest in other people’s work and the willingness to help them whenever they need your advice or your resources or a bridge to the people who they want to meet. What I think helps too is the knowledge that you have something to give, just as the person who you’re about to approach has something they can give to you or help you with. You are equals!

One of my strongest beliefs is there are no hierarchies between people. You are a human. The other person is a human. They have as much respect for you as you have for them. If not, they’re not worth your time.

Generally speaking there are two ways to meet new people: networking events and conferences or approaching people directly via social networks - the easier one.

The best way to find out about networking events in your area is meetup.com and eventbrite.com. It’s easy to do a keyword search and try to find a group of people with common interests. If you cannot find any events there, you might want to look up events at co-working spaces in your area. My favourite events are hosted by PechaKuchaTedX and Creative Mornings. In case you live in a small town, you could start a monthly meetup yourself.

The other way to meet people who you’d like to have in your network is to approach them online. I prefer to use Twitter or Instagram to approach people I don’t know. Mostly it’s enough to just say “Could we have a coffee sometime next week?” If you feel uncomfortable about it, ask someone to introduce you to the person who you want to meet yourself.

When you meet with others, always offer your help. People might not need your help immediately, but it’s always good to let them know in what situation they should best approach you. If someone approaches you, ask them clearly how you could help them.

Everyone needs some help from time to time. Don’t be afraid to pay favours forward. Make it clear to people that it’s your general interest to help them on their way up. Don’t ask for favours in return. Treat your network as a favour network. Give to someone and trust that they will help someone else.

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