Barbara Sher’s Idea Party

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How Does the Online Idea Party Work?

You have a dream or a wish, and an obstacle to getting there. (If you don’t think you know your wish, work through my kick-starter and read this post. To learn why you must put logic aside to find your dream, read the following.)

The online Idea Party is here to help you – and the other fellow party goers – with your wishes and obstacles.

Voices from Success Teams and Idea Parties:

Having a team to report to and hearing what everybody did each week is very exciting. It’s kept me moving all year. In the past I made some good starts on my own, but found, every time, when the energy ran out, I ran out. Now it doesn’t run out.
Jade G.
Children’s Playroom Therapist, New York Hospital

I would do a painting a year, a sketch a year. If it was only me I know I would never do it. Having to tell you makes all the difference. It’s crazy why I didn’t do this years ago, it’s so easy all of a sudden.
Caroline R. Personnel Executive, Macy’s Dept Store

Post Your Wish and Your Obstacle Here!

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3,326 thoughts on “Barbara Sher’s Idea Party

  1. I want to home school my son staying on an amusement park.
    My obstacles are
    1. I don’t own an amusement park
    2. I have only one source of income

  2. OK, I’ve done it now! Gone and created more mischief than I can handle. So I need some help here.
    I have just gone and e-mailed everyone on my e-mail list, and they live mostly in geographically distant and scattered places from my house–about starting a Success Team, and needing people to join.
    Which begs the question, how do I set this up electronically? How is it possible to set up a conference call? Or a Zoom meeting? And does Zoom come with its own tutorials to show you how to do this? And what are the costs of these things?

    • Great

      Zoom, freeconference call and Skype and so on have prices and Tutorials on their Websites.
      And as so many people have to use these Tools now, I think there might be many videos also on YouTube.

      But it would be very helpful if you had a real person to practice and test Videoconference tools.
      I am in Germany and did test and learn with colleagues how to use it as participant or Host. Thats why I recommend personal help.
      I hope that you will find some body in your Timezone.

      • Thanks, Astrid. Good points: I am thinking of offering this to a children’s group on an island near here that studies nature, and see if they’d like me to come do something with it for them.

        I think my marketing approach needs to dig deeper into the purpose or value of coming on a tour. As for me, the minute I hear “Ethnobotany Tour” my ears perk way up, something in the core of me stirs, and forget everything else that I was going to do that day except perhaps for an emergency doctor appointment.
        If there’s an Ethnobotany tour going on and I am not leading it, then I really want to go! But not everyone feels this way. And so I do have to hit purpose harder.

  3. Ethnobotany is about how Native Americans have used plants for food, medicine, and to make belongings out of. I have given ethnobotany walks in the past, but once when I relied on getting the event into 6 local arts and events calendars in newspapers and heavily promoted it with about 150 fliers on display in merchants’ stores near where the event was to take place, not a single person showed up. How can I effectively promote an ethnobotany walk so that people will be willing to come? (The skills learned here could be good for promoting other events too, like speaking engagements, for instance.)

    • Hi

      Some ideas
      post it in online Plattforms Like meet-up or Facebook?

      Or check typical Marketing: what ist the purpose or value in participating in your Tours?

      Like reconnecting with nature, being more Independent, health, tradition,

      Or make it for Special groups, like only women or kids, or only Special kind of plants….
      Good Lück.

      • Thanks, Astrid. Good points: I am thinking of offering this to a children’s group on an island near here that studies nature, and see if they’d like me to come do something with it for them.

        I think my marketing approach needs to dig deeper into the purpose or value of coming on a tour. As for me, the minute I hear “Ethnobotany Tour” my ears perk way up, something in the core of me stirs, and forget everything else that I was going to do that day except perhaps for an emergency doctor appointment.
        If there’s an Ethnobotany tour going on and I am not leading it, then I really want to go! But not everyone feels this way. And so I do have to hit purpose harder.

        • Hi Mary Ann,
          Thanks.
          So I think, that not everybody knows, what Ethnobotany may be,
          What about calling your offer something like

          learn from nature / native people how to stay in wildernss without starving
          or
          what the elders / first nation knew about plants
          another approach to plants
          respectful use of nature

          I hope you get the idea: translate the content to common language / knowlegde of your clients.
          Good luck

  4. Hi
    I want to get N trDitionsl performative gente practices in yemen put on the UNESCo list of world intangible cultural heritage. Has someone an idea or contacts. I am an social anthropologist
    Having just contacted UNESCO in germany yemen and Paris waitkmg for an answer.
    Thanks for ideas!

    • Hi Ulrike–

      I don’t understand the first part of your first sentence. Could you explain a little more, please?

      Could you network with people in your anthropologist professional associations?

      Good luck!

  5. I’m not sure if this bulletin is active anymore but I was called to try.
    Goal: To find a literary agent to represent a book that has been divinely channeled.
    Obstacle: The book is very spiritual + short in length, i have struggled to find agents interested in such qualities.

    • I don’t personally know any, but here are some great places to look:
      https://www.writersdigest.com/getting-published/find-a-nonfiction-agent/spirituality-agents
      https://literaryagencies.com/list-of-literary-agents/best-literary-agents/ (search for the word spirituality to find 3 agents)

      And some advice on the process:
      https://www.writersdigest.com/publishing-insights/how-to-get-a-literary-agent-a-simple-two-step-process

      Remember that publishing is a business. Publishers and authors are partners in a joint venture. Agents get to know what particular publishers want to publish and accept inquiries from authors, so that they can put them in touch with each other, for a share of the author’s money. But it IS a business venture, not a writing contest. Most of the books the publishers invest in fail. Eighty to ninety percent fail. In other words, the publisher spends more money on the author’s advance, the cover design, the interior layout, the printing, the distribution, and all the administrative details than they will receive from sales of the book. They are counting on the other few books to keep them in business. So, they say yes only to books they think have a good shot at landing in that 10% to 20% that succeed. And their business is getting tougher every year.

      Publishers (and agents) are decent judges of what’s likely to sell in the current market and whether or not your book is among the best in one of those current categories. So, unless they are absolutely certain you’ve knocked it out of the park in those two aspects, their big question about your book is this: How many book buyers can YOU bring in? How many people are eagerly listening to you every month? How many people look forward to email or tweets or Instagram messages from you? How many people have purchased your earlier books? Or, in publisher parlance, how big is your platform?

      Almost all of us authors are sent reeling by this question. We expected a writing contest with publication as a prize–or, in your case, a divine revelation with divine intervention to get someone to spend the money to publish and distribute it. We looked for an agent and a publisher to avoid all the marketing involved in self-publishing. And it turns out marketing is just as important as what’s in the manuscript, unless someone with a lot of money to spend looks at your book and thinks it will be THE hot seller of 2022. [This is why we teach a lot about how to self-publish and promote your book in Barbara Sher’s WriteSpeak Online course.]

      I hope that your book finds its publisher and does really well.

    • Maybe you could team up with an artist or a stunning photographer to illustrate the short book you have now with their images?

    • Hi, I’m an illustrator trying to incorporate spiritual subjects to my work. I‘ve doing it in a really subtle way ‘cause I was afraid to be misunderstood by clients or potential clients interested in my illustration work but not interested in the spiritual side of my work.

      All this to say that if you need an artist I would love to hear more of your project.

      Also, have you tried to contact Hay House Publishers?

  6. Dear webmaster,
    Help!
    The comments on this page are all mixed up and out of order, and the last one, from Maggie on the 11th, I’d like to respond to, but there isn’t even a response button, or not one that I can see, at least, anywhere on here.

  7. Dear Maggie,
    It is high time to go to a criminal prosecutor and to the police and get them to track down this individual, and press charges! That, unless it’s already been done, IS the “Right Next Step!” The guy is a criminal who has made off with the family fortune, and you must do everything in your power to go after him. And prosecute. Sometimes, love, pink light, and wishing just doesn’t cut it at all. This guy’s a criminal, and he’s massively ripped you off. Period. And you can’t let him get away with it. It’s going to take a lot more than visualization and prayer.
    You sound like English is your second language, is it? Are you European? I can’t quite tell what you’re trying to tell us. When you say, “I’m writing for a naturopathic doctor, does this mean that you are in med school, training to become a naturopathic doctor? Or, does it mean that you are seeking a naturopathic doctor to meet your own health needs? And you say that you need more to have home and a life. Does this mean that you are homeless? If so, was the homelessness caused by this criminal rip-off artist? Are you on the streets? Living out of a car? What are your real, present circumstances? These are the beginning points to this business, as I see it. Let us in on what’s really happening to you, and geographically where you are.

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