Hello, Friends! I’m excited to reboot my interview series. I started the Talk Thursday Interview Series in 2013 as a way to highlight my blogging friends and people I met IRL (in real life). As I embark on the second phase of Talk Thursday, each week I will highlight online business owners, blogging buddies and others who will share tips and advice on social media and being successful in online endeavors. In this interview series, each a guest will answer the same seven (7) questions that address social media, social networks and tips for being successful online. Here we go!
Interview Series: Tavana Darris
A2F: How has social media impacted your life – personally and professionally?
Tavana: I got my first social media account in 2007 with Facebook as a way to connect with my friends from high school, but has evolved for me as a way I get my news, recommendations from others and has allowed me to connected with relative that I didn’t know I had here and abroad.
Professionally, social media has opened me up to a world I didn’t realize was there. Most of what I’ve learned about business has come from people you use social media as their way share and promote their work. I have taken course that has improved my skills because of social media and have connected with many great business people.
A2F: What is your favorite social media network, and why?
Tavana: I think Facebook is still my favorite I guess because it was the first social media channel I’ve ever used and I’m very familiar with it.
A2F: Social media is a common platform to market businesses and services, what other ways are you using social media for your business, site or blog?
Tavana: To learn. It’s the main way I get news, updates and articles on various topics since I’m able to follow and even connect with people from vast backgrounds.
A2F: Which social network have you been slow to adopt or use? Why have you been hesitant?
Tavana: Pinterest and Instagram (both for business). I think the issue is because I started off with the regular accounts and have built those without the pressure of performing business. With business, you have to perform meaning you have to work to be seen: consistently present value and be consistent being seen and that’s still kind of new to me. Also, sometimes I get so busy everything else that forget that I have a growing audience in my business accounts because I get sucked into my personal accounts (being the consumer).
A2F: Thinking about blogging and/or social media, share one of your highlights or accomplishments? What made it special?
Tavana: One of my accomplishments is that I just released my first opt-in freebie: Blogger’s Checklist. This checklist goes how to create your own blog and programs that will help you streamline your processes in your blogging journey. I”m really excited to have done this.
A2F: For those in blogging and business, what business or marketing major advice would you share with the Addicted to Fries readers?
Tavana: Whatever you choose to do in blogging and business, don’t do it alone. You need to know that you don’t know everything. Just because you’ve read a few articles, doesn’t mean you’re on your way to be successful. You actually have to touch and hear people in the same business and niche that you’re in to get a good foundation.
So whether you find a mentor, hire a consultant or a coach or find a someone (in person or online) you’d be willing to offer you real and honest advice, direction and feedback and who is/has done what you want to do will get you on your journey to success a lot faster. Remember iron sharpen iron.
A2F: Which 3 books would your recommend for online business owners, marketing professionals or entrepreneurs, and why?
Tavana: 3 book I’m either currently reading or I recommend are:
- Secrets of Closing the Sale by Zig Ziglar
- The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
- You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero.
It’s all about building yourself!
More about Tavana:
Tavana Darris is a mom, influencer and content creator at STRIVEDESTINATION. STRIVEDESTINATION is a blog dedicated to Biz Talk, Family & Kids and Lifestyle and seeks to inspire and promote a balance in business/home life. Tavana enjoys family, friends, travel, food and tranquil moments that bring about peace and balance to her busy life.
Thanks, Tavana. Your advice and tips in the Talk Thursday Interview Series. You were super helpful.
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