If you’re too caught up in trying to promote and sell your art, now is a great time to take a break. Invoke the spirit of the season. Slow down, open your heart, and think of others this week.
If you’ve appreciated someone’s friendship, advice, or support, take time to tell him or her. It will cost you nothing but your time (and maybe some change for sending a card in the mail). Here are five ways to give the gift of generosity.
1. Write a recommendation on LinkedIn.
If you’ve worked directly with people or know their art well, take a few minutes to write glowing recommendations for them on LinkedIn.com. You need to first be connected, but it’s easy after that. Just find the person’s profile, and (if you’re connected) a link will show up in the right column. It’s the second link down. Just click on “Recommend this Person,” and you’ll be walked through the process.
2. Leave a note on a Facebook Fan Page.
If you’re a fan on someone’s Facebook page, you might be allowed to post a comment to his or her wall. (This is a setting that the page owner controls.) Leave a compliment or a positive message that will put a smile on the person’s face. The more specific your comment, the better.
3. Send a card or email.
If you have a bricks-and-mortar address, send a card filled with your gratitude. Heart-felt emails or e-cards are also appreciated by recipients.
4. Mention someone special in a blog post.
If it’s appropriate for your blog, go out of your way to mention another artist’s work. Ask permission to post a sample photo (complete with a credit line!), and you’ll make a friend for life. You could also continue a conversation you enjoyed reading on someone else’s blog. Summarize the original post, link to it, mention the author by name, and discuss why this post was meaningful to you.
5. Tweet a compliment.
Send a short post to the Twitterverse praising someone’s work, blog post, or good deed. Use their Twitter @name and provide a link if one is available. Use under 120 characters to make it more re-tweetable.
FINAL WORD: We can’t always give physical gifts, but it’s usually the heartfelt gifts that are most meaningful to recipients. Select the appropriate delivery method to bestow your gift and aim for sending at least one message every day this week.
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