Talk Thursday Interview Series

Talk Thursday Interview Series: Tavana Darris of STRIVEDESTINATION

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This post is part of the Talk Thursday Interview Series. Read past interview posts >>> HERE.

 

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!

 

This week, Tavana Darris is the interview guest. We connected through the Rymixer Club, a group on Facebook. This group is full of online business owners, bloggers and marketing professionals looking for support of their online presence or business.I immediately loved her website. She has great articles, informational blog posts and very cool resources. Check out STRIVEDESTINATION. You will love it!

 

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.

Tavana Darris

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.

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.

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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:

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.

Follow Tavana: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube.

Thanks, Tavana. Your advice and tips in the Talk Thursday Interview Series. You were super helpful.

What do you think? Do you agree with Tavana’s advice? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Ramona

I'm a female who enjoys french fries and everything associated with them. I am a foodie, a carb lover and someone on a mission to lose the extra pounds. At the core of things, I am a storyteller. Professionally, I’m a marketer. I write about food, exercise, traveling and events. I am a daughter, sister, aunt and friend. Welcome to my life…one post at a time.

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  1. Lauren

    Great interview. I’m adding the books she recommended to my reading list. I’d also like to check out the Facebook group you mentioned too. Is it invite only?

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  2. Kiwi

    I love when I meet my blogger friends IRL. Great interview it always great to support other bloggers.

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  3. Shauna

    Great interview and tips! I have to say my favorite was don’t go it alon. This is definitely the key to be a successful entrepreneur!!!!

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  4. ShaBree

    I’ve learned that instagram can work if it’s authentic. It’s a bit challenging for business. Although Facebook is king I prefer instagram because it’s so straightforward.

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  5. Tanya Barnett

    I can relate to her. Pinterest is still slow to grow on me. I have no idea what I am doing.

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  6. Jay Colby

    I love the book recommendations. My favorite platform would have to be Twitter, because I’m a writer of course and it challenges to say what I have to say in 140 characters or less.

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  7. Evelyn Reese

    Great advice to us new bloggers. I too have not mastering instagram and pinterest. I am currently working on my first free opt-in checklist for families looking for childcare.

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  8. Aliyah

    I can definitely appreciate her advice to us readers. “You don’t know everything.” I think the networking I’ve done has gone a long way in helping to build my brand. Good read!

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  9. Crystal Lewis

    Great book recommendations! I’m going to have to get my mom the “Badass” book! She’s newly retired, but is so artistically creative. I am always trying to get her to start her own and make that money! LOL

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      Ramona

      Thanks for the comment, Crystal. I haven’t read the “Badass” book yet, but I’ve heard good things about it.

  10. Kemkem

    This is a great interview. I was slow to get in on Facebook as far as using it for growing business. I wish l had started much sooner. It is my favorite as well. Video is definitely not happening with me though, so no Snapchat :-).

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  11. Chelsea

    Instagram is my favorite platform. I haven’t mastered Facebook yet. Congratulations on the launch of Blogger’s Checklist!

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