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Achieve Your Potential Online with the GlobalNiche Method

Discover your purpose online -- get connected & effective. Improve your personal & pro results with digital community.
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  • Lifetime access to 78 lectures
  • 4+ hours of high quality content
  • A community of 4600+ students learning together!
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  • Anastasia Ashman Writer. Producer. Digital media mentor. Entrepreneur.

    I can see your potential from here. Not kidding, I spot talent. I’ll show you how you can use what you have where you are to get where you want to go. I'll help you get clear, productive, connected & effective using the social web. I draw on my old school New York publishing & Hollywood entertainment industry experience and 14 years of global living to specialize in digital community building & media producing. But what matters is how I apply my logistical and transformational know-how to your life and goals. You're in good hands: I’ve got a track record of empowering people around the web's new vulnerability, visibility and voice -- and I know how to get you from point A to point B.

  • Tara Agacayak Former DoD data specialist w psychology background.

    Hello from Istanbul and also Silicon Valley,

    I call both places home and am comfortable bridging worlds (including virtual ones).

    I have degrees in Psychology and Information Technology Management which I put to work as a Data Analyst & Database Designer for the US Department of Defense for nearly 8 years.

    My career path took a dramatic shift once I moved to Turkey in 2002. I’ve spent the last 12 years working on independent entrepreneurial projects mostly related to digital commerce, social media and networking, and personal and professional development through the social web.

    In 2008 I met my GlobalNiche business partner and friend Anastasia Ashman in Istanbul. We spent several years talking to international women in Turkey about reshaping their career opportunities by building professional web platforms.

    In 2012 we co-founded GlobalNiche.net to put theory to practice. Our first task was to develop a skill-building curriculum that teaches the GlobalNiche method to empower people to benefit from their online presence. This program is available today at Udemy.

    Two years brought many achievements and lessons, and in February 2014 I left my position at GlobalNiche to explore new horizons in my career and expand my professional skill set.

    Currently I’m in an exploration process to take the next step in my career and am considering working in these creative and tech-related areas:

    • Freelance writing, editing and research
    • Applications Development (technical writing, systems analysis)
    • Content Development (strategy, curricula, web content)
    • Systems Integration (IT audits)
    • Information Architecture & Data Analysis (interactive, business intelligence, report writing)
  • Tanya Monsef Bunger Business Consultant and Leadership Coach

    Tanya Monsef Bunger is a business consultant and leadership coach with over 25 years of business experience in corporate high tech, start-up and non-profit industries. She designs and delivers leadership training, provides one-on-one coaching, and facilitates conversations to clients around the world.

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Achieve Your Potential Online with the GlobalNiche Method

Discover your purpose online -- get connected & effective. Improve your personal & pro results with digital community.
18 reviews

This repeatable, dynamic six-step method will help you become your own North Star on the Internet.

1) JOIN thousands learning in our self-paced program

2) MAKE PROGRESS with friends in a study group

Ask us about joining a peer-led study group, leading your own community in a study group, or how to get one-on-one coaching by video.

3) EMERGE with inspiration, direction & confidence


VISION that lights you up & GOALS you can measure

do-able PLAN & DIGITAL SKILLS you need

PEER GROUP & PRACTICE you can rely on to keep going

Is GlobalNiche training right for your community?

TRY IT YOURSELF AND SEE. Then we'll help you bring this practical, transformative methodology to your people -- anyone you want to see succeed, people you want to be closer to -- so you all can work in community on your own goals while you enjoy a stronger network.


For 5 inspiring years we've been helping you

  • TAP YOUR UNIQUE POTENTIAL using online tools & spaces
  • GROW A VALUABLE NEW RESILIENCE for being seen & heard around the world
  • GET YOUR NETWORK CONNECTED with a methodology to continue working together on personal & pro challenges

"I felt I couldn’t catch up. The way GlobalNiche describes social media – it’s about using technology to communicate naturally – clicked for me." ~ paralegal

“Opened my eyes to my own assets. It has given me the confidence to bet on myself.” ~ work-at-home parent

“I doubled my Twitter presence just by learning about good Twitter etiquette.” ~ scriptwriter

“I’m blown away by the possibilities. I now have an action plan. I feel a huge shift in my life." ~ academic

"For people who are wondering if what they have to say is valuable.” ~ financial officer

"Helped me to recognize and own how I am being virtually “seen” and make positive and educated changes." ~ landscape contractor

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    • Internet access, basic Internet skills, using at least one social media tool
    • a willingness to explore tools to find what's right for you
    • Over 78 lectures and 4 hours of content!
    • a personalized digital strategy
    • a proven community practice to keep making progress
    • repeatable, dynamic method you can depend on as you grow and your needs change
    • take charge of your own life and circumstances: articulate the vision for where see yourself going and define the goals you’ll set to get there
    • uncover the real value you've already created: take inventory of what you've been doing, detect the patterns in your activities, gain insight into what you're drawn to
    • put your mountain of natural resources to work for you: acknowledge all that you’ve created and use it to gain insight into who you are and who you want to be
    • show the world how you make sense: link what you've done in the past & are doing today with your wider goals
    • recognize that you need to become visible to meet people you want to collaborate with, work for, hire
    • combine who you are and where you want to go with the tools available to express yourself
    • make empowered, focused decisions about how to operate online
    • create a home for yourself in the unlimited world of the social web
    • use the social web for personal & professional development
    • picture who your right people are, and where you’ll find them on the web, and how they’ll find you
    • overcome the vulnerabilities of being more visible
    • go beyond managing your reputation online to using social media to represent your best self
    • meet and enter conversations with your peers, mentors and customers on the web
    • get recognized by authorities & peers in your field, recruiters, the media
    • identify how to use existing materials as building blocks for future projects
    • come up with different ways to package your content and use your web platform as a launching pad for sharing it
    • identify new ways to use social media, which platforms work for you (and which do not), and how to use those platforms to your advantage
    • learn how to represent and market yourself and your goals through the use of your content
    • express yourself with the best social web tools available, including how to use Google+ and Quora, ScoopIt and Storify to your benefit
    • establish an interactive calling card at a site like About.me
    • gain a new understanding of the best social media and content management and strategy tools, formats, methods to try
    • grasp why to use a web comment clearing house like Disqus to establish your expertise across the web, and capture your commentary
    • best practices for blogging frameworks like WordPress and Thesis, blogging services like Twitter and Tumblr, social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn, Pinterest and Instagram
    • best uses of video and slideshow making and presentation sites like Animoto, YouTube, Vimeo, Slideshare, email service providers, affiliate networks and e-commerce sites
    • grasp a new perspective on yourself as a content creator, realize the energy you generate around your interests IS content
    • understand the variety of ways to capture all the energy and content you’ve generated
    • publish, record, remix, repackage, reformat your content
    • ability to see the road ahead as small, do-able steps
    • design and implement a plan to get your creations into global circulation in alignment with your larger goals
    • you want to learn today's skills to get things done
    • people who want to explore what they can do with the right digital tools
    • you want to bring your project to the world
    • anyone with a business or creative idea and a fledgling internet presence
    • you're ready to increase your impact & visibility
    • anyone wanting to expand their exposure in the world
    • people in life transition
    • people in career transition
    • people who want to re-enter the workforce after a hiatus
    • people who can envision where they want to be in 5 years but don't know how to get there
    • you're ready to go new places and do things differently
    • people who want to take the guesswork out of how to operate digitally
    • people who want to stay current in their industry or subject of interest
    • people who want to feel more empowered to make decisions about what they do online
    • people who know they need to be online but haven't figured out a way to do it that feels right
    • people who want to learn how to feel more like themselves online
    • you want to make sense of your many strengths, interests & needs
    • people who are wondering if what they have to say is valuable
    • people who want to become more effective
    • you want a creative & challenging support community
    • you want tools that fit & a system that works

CURRICULUM

  • 1
    SUM-it UP program overview and orientation
    08:02

    WELCOME! We're so glad you're here.

    In this program you'll be learning how to communicate yourself to a wider world as the interested, engaged party that you are. By creating a platform and stocking it with the best parts of yourself, you'll be raising the volume on your thinking, and the research and building that you're doing.

    That's how you'll start to use your online presence as a 21st century life & work skill to connect with relevant people, info you need & enriching opportunities — in less time, with minimal effort, often for free.

    Skip the struggle, we say. Go straight to the rewards of online community.

    Our combined 25 years of expatriate life and work challenges forced us to tap our backgrounds in culture, info tech, media & psychology to create this network-activating system using the social web.

    We’ve used this method to survive. You can use it to thrive.

    Thank you for choosing the GlobalNiche method (earlier we called it SUM-it UP, so you’ll see that name sometimes) to get connected and effective.

    Don't forget to check the supplementary material for this lecture for ways to share your process during the program.

    ~ Anastasia, Tara and Tanya

    GlobalNiche instructors

  • 2
    SUM-it UP Digital Workbook Introduction
    6 pages
    Note: Scroll through the workbook to see ALL the pages. The arrows in preview mode only show odd numbered pages!
  • 3
    Guidelines & Expectations
    07:19

    Note: The GlobalNiche Facebook group is invitation-only and a prerequisite is that you have graduated from a study group led by one of the founders of GlobalNiche or your peers who have been coached by them. Contact us if you want to be led in a study group by one of these graduates or the founders, for a fee.

  • 4
    Invitations & Suggestions
    03:24

    We want you to ask for help when you need it. However, it's a good idea to ask *after* you've done your own research. So try Googling the question you have. You are probably not alone in whatever you're wondering (like, what is the difference between Wordpress.com and Wordpress.org and which one do I need?). It feels good to realize that many other people asked that same question and left a trail on the web showing you how they got their answer. It's empowering to find you can get answers quickly in this way, you can learn exactly what you need to know,  and move forward. 

    TALK TO THE COMMUNITY ON TWITTER WITH THE HASHTAG "#globalniche":  We encourage you to use the #globalniche hashtag as a member of the community - so that it is searchable by you and others. You'll be able to see what others are saying that might be relevant to you. If you're unfamiliar with hashtags, they are terms or acronyms without spaces or punctuation that allow you to follow Twitter conversations that you are interested in. Examples: #leadership #Election2012 #Olympics #SFGiants #socialmedia.  Entering a hashtag in Twitter's search box can be used to research and to join conversations of people you might not know yet who are like minded. 

    Mashable Twitter Guide is our favorite, most comprehensive guide to Twitter from the social media-tech-lifestyle site. And, it's free! Bookmark it. 

    Find us on Twitter: @globalniche @anastasiaashman @taraagacayak 



  • 5
    Forgive our imperfections
    01:27
  • 6
    Responding to requests
    00:56
    Determining how incoming requests rank in your own plan of action is an important energy and time management technique. Tara gives you four responses to requests.
  • 7
    Ideas for finding an accountability partner
    00:47

    Tara suggests some ideas for finding an accountability partner for this course.

  • 8
    10 Tools For Your Global Niche Web Platform
    45:36
    Don't miss this video! It's our foundational workshop about building your online presence with the right tools for you and answers lots of concerns people have about getting started, and becoming visible, and doing what you feel called to do.  (Please  share  it with the people in your life who could use it by giving them this link .) We've also included small clips from this 45-minute video throughout this course.
  • 9
    Life 3.0: the self-awareness of SUM-it UP
    03:34
    The SUM-it UP process is organic, and a chance to learn about yourself, and the best ways to make the best of who you are. Pay close attention to what comes up for you in this program -- both positive and negative -- Web 3.0 & Life 3.0 will reveal to you things you may not have recognized before. Check the supplementary material for this lecture for ways to get help during the SUM-it UP program.
  • 10
    Never the perfect time
    00:59
    Don't wait for the perfect time to get started, go public, or do anything else you want to do. Tara shares the GlobalNiche philosophy for experimenting, making progress, and connecting with a supportive community.
  • 11
    Take a snapshot of your online scores
    02:39

    Take a screen shot of the first page of Google results that is actually about you. This may not be the first page of results returned when you Google your name. Make sure the screen shot includes which page of results you begin to appear on. Pin this screen shot to the GlobalNiche program board at Pinterest and include your Klout & Kred scores in the caption area. (Tip: to be added to the GlobalNiche program board, first you have to follow us at Pinterest!)

    Reminder: You have to follow GlobalNiche at Pinterest before we are able to add your account to the board so you can also pin there. To get our attention at Pinterest, tag us like this --> @globalniche in the caption or comments of a pin on your board and ask to join the GlobalNiche board.

  • SECTION 1:
    YOUR VISION & GOALS: describe your ideal life
  • 12
    SUM-it UP Digital Workbook Step 1
    5 pages
    Note: Scroll through the workbook to see ALL the pages. The arrows in preview mode only show odd numbered pages!
  • 13
    Be the entrepreneur of your own life
    13:02

    (If you took our 10 Tools course you'll recognize this background material. We just want to be sure you have it in case you want to refer to it while doing SUM-it UP.)

    What are you willing to do *today* so that ten years from now you don’t look back and wonder what might have been?

    Today’s the day to consciously choose the next step you take to get there.

    Tara's come to this conclusion after years of living abroad and experimenting with different ways of working that would suit her situation and satisfy her spirit. 

    In this video, Tara takes us along her journey from a data specialist in the US Department of Defense to becoming an entrepreneur based in Istanbul and shares what seems to work best: thinking like an entrepreneur to solve both personal and professional challenges. 

    Can you guess one of the main steps she suggests to solve our own challenges? Building a web platform!

  • 14
    What is your vision?
    00:34
    Tanya Monsef Bunger, a business and leadership coach at Mobilize Harmony (and GlobalNiche's financial officer!), explains what a vision is.



  • 15
    Where do you want to go?
    01:53
    Our in-house coach Tanya Monsef Bunger of Mobilize Harmony talks about envisioning where you want to go, either in your life or with a specific project. This may not be something you've ever expressed before, and you may not have any idea how you'll get there. That's okay. Whatever you envision should give you a sense that once you get there you'll be very fulfilled. Go big.
  • 16
    Visioning techniques
    02:09
    Tanya gives you a breathing technique that will help you quiet all the voices -- inside and out -- that are distracting you from describing your vision. Even if you don't think you need to try this exercise, try it any way and see what happens. Jot down all the ideas that come to you.
  • 17
    Letting goals form organically
    00:15

    You don't have to impose priorities. Let them emerge as you explore, and observe your results. This is how you'll evolve your ideas, and your persona online, while you build -- rather than slavishly attempting to create something set in stone from day #1. The trick is to feel comfortable-enough with that "flying-by-the-seat-of-the-pants" sensation! It takes practice, we know. But you'll be pleasantly surprised at how it frees you to move forward. Think progress, not perfection.

    Give yourself credit for *just doing it* even though you don't know what you are doing. So much of what we are talking about in this program is NEW TERRITORY for everyone in the world. You are way ahead of the game.

  • 18
    Taking steps to keep moving
    01:29
    Anastasia talks about the importance of maintaining your momentum while doing this course.

    Consider every little step you take as an accomplishment -- because it is! -- and even if you cannot see what the next step is, believe that the path is there and it will come into focus if you keep moving forward.
  • 19
    Feel vulnerable sharing online?
    02:11
    Tara answers your questions about feeling vulnerable sharing information on the web in this clip from the 10 Tools for Building Your GlobalNiche Web Platform course.
  • 20
    How to complete a check-in and get your badge
    01:26
    Consider what you've accomplished so far, even if it's not all that you'd like it to be. Claim your badge for each step you pass through in this program. 
    Believe that you know enough to claim that badge.
    There's always more to be done, and you *will* return to each of these steps as you continue developing your platform, and mining yourself. Think of each badge as a foundation you're going to build on, a reminder of what you're doing. Grab it today, and keep building.

    Take a moment to repin a SUM-it UP badge onto your own vision board at Pinterest, where they will remind you of how you're going to achieve your vision... It might help you to add a link in the comments of each badge you pin to refresh your memory of what you've already done each time you return to the steps!

    For extra impact:  Share those 'reminder' links we just mentioned in the comment area at the original badges on GlobalNiche's SUM-it UP board so other people in the program -- and the community -- can follow your progress, and connect with you. Check-ins are a way for everyone to follow your trail. Wouldn't you like to hear from someone who *loves* what you do and wants to know more? That's what opportunity looks like.

  • 21
    Reminder to get your Step 1 badge
    Text

    Consider what you've accomplished so far, even if it's not all that you'd like it to be. Claim your badge for Step 1 . 

    Believe that you know enough to claim that badge.

    There's always more to be done, and you *will* return to Step 1 as you continue developing your platform, and mining yourself. Think of your Step 1 badge as a foundation you're going to build on, a reminder of what you're doing. Grab it today, and keep building.

  • SECTION 2:
    YOUR PLATFORM: evaluate your current platform
  • 22
    SUM-it UP Digital Workbook Step 2
    5 pages
    Note: Scroll through the workbook to see ALL the pages. The arrows in preview mode only show odd numbered pages!
  • 23
    Module 2 Overview
    04:23
    Anastasia gives you an overview of the next step. If you don't have a Gmail account, you'll have to set up one to do this step. It's free, and should only take a couple of minutes.

    You'll be using your Google Plus account to create a profile for yourself with all the links to places you exist online. That includes networks where you set up an account, and links to sites where your work can be seen online. 

    Your G+ profile can be your cheat sheet on the web, a place to go to remind yourself where you can share your content, and all the places you need to update when you have changes to your bio and your photo. (Use the same or similar photos on all your profiles so people can easily recognize it's YOU, and you can be consistent across your platform & profiles. Update them at least once a year.)


    Tip: At your G+ profile you can format your bio in HTML -- take advantage of this! Use links, bold, italics to make it easy to scan and your trail easy to follow.


  • 24
    What is a web platform?
    01:47

    In this clip from the 10 Tools for Building Your GlobalNiche Web Platform course, Tara explains what a web platform is, and why it matters to you. She also gives you a quick task to see where you exist online, and what you look like to others. 

    What *IS* a web platform? The GlobalNiche answer:

    Your web platform is where and how you exist online. However, it’s not just your avatar randomly scattered (and randomly linked) at Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Quora, G+ and your blog. It’s more than a list of places you happen to show up on the interwebs. 

    A web platform is both the web technology you choose to use, and perhaps even more importantly, who you are using it. 

    Your web platform is the mechanical pieces on the web (blog, email newsletters, social media outposts, aggregated comments, etc.), *plus* the conceptual pieces of you that you want to bring to the world.

    This is what your web platform can do:

    • It reflects the whole of you -- both offline and on.
    • It’s how you communicate your personality and your interests and who you are as a person.
    • It's how you share the work that you do today, and what you've done in the past, and where you want to go next.
    • It is how you demonstrate who you are, showcase your work and engage with your interests and communities.
    • It's your foundation for continuing education, and personal and professional development.

    Your web platform bridges who you are and what you do offline with how the wider world finds you, and connects to you. 

    In this Udemy course you're going to learn to look at yourself as a global being, which will help you bridge who you are and what you do (and want to do!) offline with what you do and how you present yourself online. That's your GlobalNiche web platform.

  • 25
    Do you need social media in your web platform?
    01:33
     Tara talks about the importance of social media in your web platform and encourages you to take part in the "great big experiment" of the world wide web in this video clip from the 10 Tools for Building Your GlobalNiche Web Platform course.
  • 26
    What's the difference between Web 2.0 & Web 3.0?
    02:14

     Tara explains the difference between Web 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0. in this clip from the 10 Tools for Building Your GlobalNiche Web Platform course.

    Why do you need to know? Because it's where the web is going (and where we want to take you with GlobalNiche's Web 3.0 + Life 3.0!) -- so you can optimize your personal and professional growth.  Web 3.0 is about using what you've created and are creating to gain insight into yourself and to create a life and work of meaning and purpose. 

  • 27
    Self-agency
    00:44
    When we see ourselves doing things we didn't know how to do a few minutes before, we gain confidence in our ability to do other things.
  • 28
    Using Twitter
    03:30

    Are we still talking about Twitter? Yes! Why? Because it will make your life easier, and make you more powerful. We realize it may be hard to understand how that can be so if you're not using Twitter well yet. But the more you use it in the ways we suggest in this program, the better it will work for you. If you don't yet have a Twitter account, we *strongly* suggest you open one right now. It's our favorite social media service for its ability to connect us with people around the world we want to hear from and interact with on our specialities and interests. If you want to be seen as an expert in a topic, Twitter is a good place to demonstrate it by entering the worldwide conversation on that topic.


    Twitter is a good way to connect with people doing this program, and a good place to share the ideas and questions doing this SUM-it UP work brings up for you. (This also applies to ANY interest you have, and ANY community you want to join.)

    Use the hashtag #globalniche to share with the entire community, and monitor the SUM-it UP Twitter list (one click to subscribe to the whole list, which then shows up in your lists area at your Twitter account) to see who else is doing this program and what they're all about. It's like a class roster, with everyone's face, bio, homepage link, and more. If you find useful what someone in particular is tweeting, you can follow them with one click right from that list.

    Tweet a note to us at the @globalniche account  if you don't yet appear on the SUM-it UP Twitter list and we'll be happy to add you!


  • 29
    Slow down, don't burn out
    00:20
  • 30
    Module 2 Recap
    01:08
  • 31
    Reminder to get your Step 2 badge
    Text

    Consider what you've accomplished so far, even if it's not all that you'd like it to be. Claim your Step 2 badge

    Believe that you know enough to claim that badge.

    There's always more to be done, and you *will* return to Step 2 as you continue developing your platform, and mining yourself. Think of your Step 2 badge as a foundation you're going to build on, a reminder of what you're doing. Grab it today, and keep building.

  • SECTION 3:
    YOUR CONTENT: inventory all you've created
  • 32
    SUM-it UP Digital Workbook Step 3
    5 pages
    Note: Scroll through the workbook to see ALL the pages. The arrows in preview mode only show odd numbered pages!
    In this step, you're going to be working with memories and physical reminders of things you have done, things you own, things you've created. You're going to gather it together and start to digitize some of it -- because this is your story, and it's linked to who you are today and where you want to go in the future, and it's how we'll connect with you and what you want us to help you do.

    Your story is what people connect to. Consider that your story is a bridge for people to get to your venture, whatever that might be. 
  • 33
    Module 3 Overview
    04:07
    Anastasia gives you an overview of Step 3, where you'll be looking at everything you’ve created  and thinking about what you *want* to create. You'll be thinking about the content that is not yet online that may hold treasures or may be the missing pieces of what you want to do.  

    In the SUM-it UP program your content is what you climb. Your content is your story, and it's where you've been headed all this time. In this step you'll be finding it, and trying out some documentation tools to pull it together and start making it digital. 

    Once your content is digital, you can use it in your web platform.

    Anastasia points out that each step in SUM-it UP is a shifting of gears. Do you feel that? It's a way to catch a breath, and start thinking about the entire process from a different angle. In Step 3 we're getting into memories and the mementoes of our lives. What kind of content do you have that is an outflow of your life? 

    Audacity is the free audio recording and editing software that Anastasia mentions.
  • 34
    Get your content organized
    01:27

    Anastasia suggests that you figure out an organizing system for your files that works the way your brain works. Are you more visual? Do you like to search for documents by word strings, and the date and time you last saved it? Are you really detailed in your file naming? Take a look at the documentation tools in Step 3 to see if there's a service that works the way you like to think.

  • 35
    Private vs. personal vs. public data on the web
    01:56
    In this clip from the 10 Tools for Building Your GlobalNiche Web Platform course, Tara talks about the difference between public, personal and private data sharing on the web.
  • 36
    Being personal builds community
    01:12
    When people recognize themselves in the things you say and share, they will want to connect with you. What you share leads to a deeper you, and communities you love.
  • 37
    Making conscious decisions in the right frame of mind
    01:14
    Tara suggests a way to deal with fear you might be feeling and how to not let fear dictate what you do or don't do. 
  • 38
    Resiliency
    01:58
    Anastasia talks about what sometimes happens when we start sharing our thoughts with our networks. We might get flack. Criticism. Pushback. Negative comments. Becoming visible on topics you care about is scary. Becoming accountable for your thinking is a new muscle to flex. Someone in your network may not react favorably to hearing your opinion. 

    It's good to know that you can start small, and test the water. Put out a feeler. See what happens, and from whom. If need be, adjust your filters so you can continue to share what you care about. Consider which platforms are best for sharing which topics.  It's also good to know that you can survive any negative feedback you might get -- and you can re-generate and keep sharing. You are a resilient being. You are self-generating. 
  • 39
    How to handle the firehose of information
    01:21

    "There is no such thing as information overload, there is only filter failure." ~ Clay Shirky

    Feeling like social media is overwhelming, like trying to drink from a firehose? You are not alone. There is help for that. It's called digital (or information) literacy. Information literacy is all about learning how to filter. 

    Anastasia explains how putting filters into place can help you get the information you want and reduce the distraction of information you don't want. It's a worthwhile venture and it's how you're going to succeed using the resources that are right for you.

    Maybe your custom filtering looks like suspending email notifications from Facebook and only looking at new activity from your FB account online. 

    Maybe you'd like to set up an email rule in your email client (for you that might be Gmail, Outlook, Hotmail, Apple Mail, etc.)  to direct certain incoming emails right into a particular folder so you can look at them all at once when you're ready to think about that topic or want to easily monitor incoming correspondence from a particular person. 

    If you're receiving a ton of newsletters that you can't manage to read, Unroll Me is a free service that helps you unsubscribe to them with one click, and "rolls up" the rest into a digest email so your inbox doesn't get overloaded. Perhaps you'd like to receive updates from blogs you like by subscribing to them through Google Reader instead of having to remember to go visit the site.

    We love social media strategist Alexandra Samuel's blog on loving your life online. Here are her posts on information overload.

  • 40
    Fear of missing out
    02:09
    Tara suggests ways to deal with the sense that you are missing all the goodness streaming by you online.
  • 41
    Reminder to get your Step 3 badge
    Text

    Consider what you've accomplished so far, even if it's not all that you'd like it to be. Claim your badge for Step 3

    Believe that you know enough to claim that badge.

    There's always more to be done, and you *will* return to Step 3 as you continue developing your platform, and mining yourself. Think of your Step 3 badge as a foundation you're going to build on, a reminder of what you're doing. Grab it today, and keep building.

  • SECTION 4:
    INTEGRATION: use your content in your platform
  • 42
    SUM-it UP Digital Workbook Step 4
    7 pages
    Note: Scroll through the workbook to see ALL the pages. The arrows in preview mode only show odd numbered pages!
  • 43
    Module 4 Overview
    03:47
  • 44
    Syndication Example: The Global You Manifesto on Storify
    06:39
    Syndication is a process of not just distributing your work through different channels, but also letting the process of sharing and reformatting over time transform that work. Anastasia lists all the ways the Manifesto was syndicated across the web and notes how the content itself evolved in those different usages.
  • 45
    Spamming vs Syndication
    03:25
    People need to hear something 11 times to remember it. So if we have a message to share, we'll need to share it many times in many places and in many ways, over time. 
    You'll be glad you have various places in your platform to share a link or an idea or an image, your commentary on news of the day, a feature of a person in your network. Anastasia suggests that each time you share you alter how you talk about the content. Format your description, and the content itself, for the culture of the place where you are sharing it. Show us how well-rounded your own comprehension of the topic is by changing the perspective you offer. 
  • 46
    Evolution of a global niche - short version
    06:50

    This is the slideshow version of Anastasia's longer talk about the evolution of a global niche. If you're short on time, this will give you the basic story.

    Anastasia shares her round-the-world journey to the idea of a global niche...and why it'll work for you too if:

    1. You dream of belonging not just to fit in, but to be your whole self. Finding people who UNDERSTAND you.
    2. You dream of doing work you love so much it feels like play.
    3. You dream of combining your interests in a way that makes sense, and brings new opportunities.
    4. You dream of being able to do what you love, where you are.
    5. You dream of operating from your unique strengths, right where you are.

    That's what the GlobalNiche style of web platform helps you do: find (create!) the place where you belong and operate to your full potential.

  • 47
    Evolution of a global niche - long version
    18:39

    if you're unable to view this video at Udemy, you can watch it at Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/22774593

    Anastasia shares her round-the-world journey to the idea of a global niche...and why it'll work for you too if:

    1. You dream of belonging not just to fit in, but to be your whole self. Finding people who UNDERSTAND you.
    2. You dream of doing work you love so much it feels like play.
    3. You dream of combining your interests in a way that makes sense, and brings new opportunities.
    4. You dream of being able to do what you love, where you are.
    5. You dream of operating from your unique strengths, right where you are.

    That's what the GlobalNiche style of web platform helps you do: find (create!) the place where you belong and operate to your full potential.

  • 48
    A holistic persona
    00:57
  • 49
    How the right people and opportunities will find you
    00:12
    When you share across your platform what you're doing (reading, seeing, hearing, thinking, making) and what you care about, a very valuable thing is going to happen. You're going to find out who in your network comes closer when you share. You're going to learn who cares about the same topics, who's done that stuff, who's doing it now. You're going to get to know better people with whom you might be able to build something. You're going to see who your peers are.
  • 50
    Finding clients online
    02:08

    Operating online is about finding people you want to interact with. Peers, mentors, customers.

    Anastasia and Tara talk about finding where your type of people exist online and, if you are looking for customers or clients, how to talk to them about your work

    As you build your web platform and stock it with your content, you'll want to use online the language your current clients use about you. That's how interested parties will recognize you are the right person for them.  Surveying people who have liked your work and asking why it is valuable to them will help you get testimonials you can use in your platform. 

    Tip: ask your clients and customers and people who come to you for help "how did you find out about me?"  That may be a channel you need to lavish more attention on...it's working!

  • 51
    Reminder to get your Step 4 badge
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    Consider what you've accomplished so far, even if it's not all that you'd like it to be. Claim your badge for Step 4 . 

    Believe that you know enough to claim that badge.

    There's always more to be done, and you *will* return to Step 4 as you continue developing your platform, and mining yourself. Think of your Step 4 badge as a foundation you're going to build on, a reminder of what you're doing. Grab it today, and keep building.

  • SECTION 5:
    ACTION PLAN: draw up the steps
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    SUM-it UP Digital Workbook Step 5
    7 pages

    Note: Scroll through the workbook to see ALL the pages. The arrows in preview mode only show odd numbered pages!

    In Step 5, play with role models you're aware of and pattern what you will do the same as they do, differently from them. That's a way to describe your plan without perhaps knowing ALL the details and how-tos. Break down what you're attracted to about that role model's way of operating.

    What elements of her work and online presence do you feel drawn to? What is she bringing to the world? How does she do it?

  • 53
    Module 5 Overview
    01:51
    Tara explains in this step that you're just looking at *what might be possible*. Don't freak out!  You don't have to know how to do the things you'll list in your plan, and you don't have to DO it, either. Step 5 is just about playing with the possibilities.

    Anastasia says you can take inspiration from a role model and dissect what that person is doing to help you complete Step 5. Who do you admire? Who inspires you? Who has a system that looks like it might work for you? Take lots of notes and then use that to inspire your plan.  

    And even when you've chosen a role model, stay open to new role models. The role model you have today may not be who you want to look to in the future. Perhaps in looking more closely at your role model you will find there are things you don't like, things you don't want to emulate.
  • 54
    Polish in public
    01:56

    Anastasia and Tara talk about why polishing your ideas in public is a good idea. It's hard to progress in a vacuum so sharing little bits and pieces of your thinking, your works in progress, your forays into new ventures, is a way to explore your own work, and meet the people who care about it

    1. You can get feedback that will help you improve your work. 
    2. Each time you share something, you can evolve what part of it you share and how you present it, which is you-making-progress!
    3. You can attract people to your ventures and your journey -- people who would not know about this side of you, and this thing you care so much about unless you shared it with them! 
    4. You can connect with people who appreciate your vulnerability in sharing something that may not be in pristine condition. 

    This is how community is built, and this is how you create a seamless flow between your creations and your expression of them. 

    A note: You don't have to share 100% of everything you ever create (and we suggest you exercise caution when sharing new content that can be appropriated by unethical others, such as designs on Pinterest. Use digital watermarks on your photography and artwork and investigate ways to protect your rights to your content. Use Pinterest's secret boards to pin images you are not ready to share publicly, for instance.) But when you do work on something, find a safe way to make a bit of that public, even if it's just to say "I made 5 sketches today, and will bind them into a book for a friend's birthday."

  • 55
    Charge most for what comes easiest to you
    02:36
    Anastasia talks about how your global niche is built on doing the things that come easiest to you, and the things that you love. 

    She suggests you get testimonials from former clients (even if you've done the work for free!) as a way to use their language to talk about and frame what you do and why it's valuable.

    Often it's the things that come easiest to us that are the hardest for us to talk about because we can't get perspective on something that close to us.  She refers to questions you can use to survey your current and former clients. See the survey we use for examples: http://www.globalniche.net/recommendations .
  • 56
    The sales conversation
    03:12
    Tara talks about how sales is a matchmaking effort. It's matching what your network needs with what you have to offer.
  • 57
    Getting where you want to go
    01:00
  • 58
    Rely on your action plan for large and small wins
    01:48
  • 59
    Module 5 Recap
    04:06
    Tara recaps what Step 5 is all about.
  • 60
    Reminder to get your Step 5 badge
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    You know the drill!

    Consider what you've accomplished so far, even if it's not all that you'd like it to be. Claim your badge for Step 5 . 

    Believe that you know enough to claim that badge.

    There's always more to be done, and you *will* return to Step 5 as you continue developing your platform, and mining yourself. Think of your Step 5 badge as a foundation you're going to build on, a reminder of what you're doing. Grab it today, and keep building.

  • SECTION 6:
    IMPLEMENTATION: get into action
  • 61
    SUM-it UP Digital Workbook Step 6
    3 pages
    Note: Scroll through the workbook to see ALL the pages. The arrows in preview mode only show odd numbered pages!
  • 62
    Module 6 Overview
    00:50
    Tara introduces Step 6. You'll be taking *one* action in this step.
  • 63
    Choosing where to spend your time on social media
    01:08
  • 64
    Avoid hit and run social media habits
    01:15
    Anastasia says your social media presence should not feel like a dreaded paper route. Experiment, and learn which outposts you enjoy and which give you a reason for staying when you arrive.
  • 65
    Make time by pruning and crowding out
    00:53
    Finding time to do what you want is a problem. Here, Anastasia talks about a productivity method of getting more of what you want to do into your day. 
  • 66
    Asking for help from your network
    01:51
    Not-knowing how to do something is an uncomfortable place to be. We all have our reasons for not wanting to ask for help.

    In this clip, Tara explains that asking for help becomes easier when you have a network around you of people you feel you can be vulnerable with. This is the value of building a network of people who are committed to similar aims, and who are committed to being supportive.

    A note: We think the value of support while doing this kind of reflective, impactful work is massive! In fact, not being supported and mirrored in our reactions and urges makes us feel off-base in our deepest places. That's the kind of displacement and disorientation Tara and Anastasia felt in their lives as expats, and solving for it is at the heart of what we do in GlobalNiche and SUM-it UP. We all need support, and we need to find people who understand us and can help us process what's happening in our lives.
  • 67
    Weighing your commitments
    00:48
    Anastasia talks about having a rolling list of commitments that enables you to be flexible about time-sensitive surprises, and how there is no such thing as completing your to-do list 100%. Feel a sense of accomplishment when you honor the commitments you've made to a larger goal or vision, even if they weren't on your to-do list for the week!
  • 68
    Find your global niche
    01:01

    Take a minute to consider your identity.

    How much of it is determined by external forces? Your family, your nation, the school you went to, the town you live in. How do your interests and urges combine? Are you putting some things about yourself on hold because you don't have support around you to pursue them? People don't understand why you care about that stuff?

    In a minute of her early thinking on global citizenship, Anastasia suggests a new way of seeing yourself, and a new way of living and working.

    She was on the clock for a motivational video site for 21st century women, which explains the breathless 60 second monologue, and the terms you may not recognize. Don't worry, we've been evolving these ideas ever since and working to make them clearer.

    It's okay if you don't yet see what your identity or where you live or where you went to school has to do with building a web platform. We'll come back to this.

    Anastasia mentions women in this video but we believe the GlobalNiche concept applies to all forward-looking 21st century people.

  • 69
    Your story is the bridge to your work
    01:34
    Anastasia uses an example from global leadership coach Tanya Monsef Bunger's work -- a company called Mobilize Harmony -- to show how for each of us, our own story helps people connect to the work we do. 

    We (personally and professionally) are the bridge between our community, and our work. Through us, and in their relationship with us, people make their way into our work.

    Can you see how your own personal story is why you do what you do? 
  • 70
    A holistic approach to your online presence
    Presentation

    Here's a diagram of what you've been doing in this GlobalNiche course: bringing together your internal and external worlds of meaning and visibility, to achieve Web 3.0 & Life 3.0!

    As you look over this diagram, can you see how you've been meshing who you are and what you care about and what you've experienced -- with social web tools

    Can you see how you've been marrying the concept of you with the pieces of your platform

    Can you sense how you've added personal discovery and professional development to digital literacy -- and that you now know how to express those developments in your life? 

    Can you see how you've built an intentional digital footprint, empowered yourself by recognizing what you have to offer and using the tools available to offer it, and met your wider world?

    Can you see how a web platform stocked with your content is a combination of the whole you -- and social web technology? 

    Can you see that bringing the whole you to the wider world actually brings you *to your wider world* and the communities you most want to engage with?

    What else can you see? 

  • 71
    Looking back at your progress
    00:31
  • 72
    Looking ahead at the ongoing conversation
    00:41
  • 73
    Review your online scores
    01:47
    Pin your latest Google results screenshot to the SUM-it UP Pinterest board  so we can all see the improvement! Let us know how your page number has changed -- are you closer to the first page of results now? What else has changed? Add your Klout  and Kred  scores to the caption of the pin.
  • 74
    Module 6 Review and Check-in Instructions
    02:21
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    CONCLUSION: you've now met the global you
    3 pages
    Note: Scroll through the workbook to see ALL the pages. The arrows in preview mode only show odd numbered pages!
    Think back to the beginning of the program, and your vision. How has your vision changed as you've found out what's possible? Now that you've practiced a bit, can you see the iterations going forward, and how you'll support yourself in your progress? 

    Reminder: We have a private membership Facebook group  available to participants of GlobalNiche programs including this course, by monthly subscription. It's a rolling discussion of what we are all working on as we build our GlobalNiche web platforms. We share resources and revelations, help each other brainstorm solutions, and talk about all the steps in this course. You can learn more at this link: http://www.globalniche.net/membership
  • 76
    Reminder to get your final badge (it's special!)
    Text

    Consider what you've accomplished so far, even if it's not all that you'd like it to be. Claim your badge for Step 6 by contacting us on Twitter. We'll tell you what to do next.

    Believe that you know enough to claim that badge. Even if you don't feel ready to claim the final badge, take a peek at the site to see what it is. (It's special!)

    There's always more to be done, and you *will* return to Step 6 as you continue developing your platform, and mining yourself. Think of your Step 6 badge as a foundation you're going to build on, a reminder of what you're doing. Grab it today, and keep building.

  • 77
    This is not the end
    01:11
    Congratulation! Tara toasts you for what you've achieved during this course. Good job, we salute each and every one of you. 

    Anastasia says it's not the end -- nor is this a goodbye. We'll see you out there...on the web, in the GlobalNiche community, and in your wider world.
  • SECTION 7:
    Keep Growing Your Global Niche
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    Become a study group leader
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    If you've already started talking to people about how this GlobalNiche course is helping you see the power of your online presence and showing you how to build your web platform to align with the vision for your life, thank you for spreading the word.

    (click on the preview screen above to see your options or go here for the freshest information: http://www.globalniche.net/lead-your-own-study-group/

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  • Ana Filipa Couvinhas
    Very good!

    GlobalNiche provided enthusiastic support and useful tools to reach my Vision and increase my online presence. Now I’m aware of my capabilities, not only as a Designer but also as an individual. I’m also pleased to be limitlessly connected to the supportive and dynamic GlobalNiche network!

  • Zeynep Kilic
    How to carve your global niche.... My story...

    To be perfectly honest, I resisted signing up for this course and at the end I decided to do it to support the program rather than anticipating any discernible effect on my life. Boy, was I wrong. You see, I signed up at a time in my life when I was discontent with the way my work life was going. It is not that I didn’t like my job, rather I felt that I never had time for projects that gave me true pleasure and I always felt behind schedule, and just not productive enough, even though I worked nonstop. I felt that I didn’t even have time to even dream about a life that may look different and believed that I had no other talents to offer outside of academia. I imagined that this program was for truly ‘creative’ entrepreneurs, doing interesting things with the arts. I didn’t fit in. The program gave me the impetus to do the things I figured I didn’t have any time or use for, such as outlining what my dream future looks like and figuring out the steps to get there. This simple exercise in fact gave me momentum and created excitement around a new project. The leaders, Anastasia and Tara, were so instrumental in asking the right questions to push me in a direction to consider streamlining my interests in a way that would get me credit at my job as well. I always kept my passions and academic pursuits separate, imagining they would not count in academia. And maybe they won’t but for now I decided to combine them to the best of my ability, to ask for credit for those involvements and see what may come next. Most importantly I have this new excitement and hope that things will work out and if it doesn’t, then I will figure out a life that does. The wonderful thing about the program is that the founders have tested these strategies in their own lives and they know it works. One can imagine that the information they share can be found elsewhere in piecemeal fashion, in numerous self help books but it would not amount to the success of this program. One could unearth this information from multiple sources (technology know how, outlining a future etc.) and map out how to make all of these work together with dedicated study but it wouldn't be enough. If one had that much motivation and self impetus, they probably would not be in need of such a program in the first place. The unmatched part of the program is the willingness of the founders for constant and constructive feedback, and the online community they create. The Global Niche community is the most enthusiastic, kind and straightforward group of people I have ever encountered. Feedback is prompt and it is based on sharing of experiences - the good, the bad, the ugly, dead ends, heartbreaks, triumphs, warts and all. This honesty and sharing of personal experiences along with the support of founders is what makes this program truly unique. They created not only google and facebook groups but also have lots of videos and real-time video chats to truly encourage feedback and face-to-face interaction which makes the community thrive much more than an online discussion board. I am not even done with the program since I am so busy as a professor on tenure track (i.e., no time to sleep) but I feel a huge shift in my life as a result of this program. Even though I am only half way through the program, I feel so much more hopeful and confident about where I am today. They encouraged me to dream, to come up with a strategy to make it happen and then they coaxed me to share it with the world (commitment piece!) instead of quietly harboring it for my leisure time. Since signing up for the program, I have articulated a dream project of mine that seemed too large, too looming and impossible before. It gave me the impetus to switch my research focus to an area where I can combine my extra curricular passions with my scholarly work. I have applied and received a summer grant to start preliminary fieldwork on this project this summer and I have also received a course release in the Spring semester to work on submitting external grants for the project (to find money to make it real). The fact that the university was so willing to accept this project as a potential success in the making shows me that I should not have waited this long. Without encouragement and guidance from the Global Niche, I wouldn’t be here today. The program gave me confidence that I do have something to offer in the area of “creative pursuits” and I submitted a personal essay with Anastasia’s encouragement to an online journal (it was published). I also sent something to an anthology. This was also the most productive year for me in my academic career. I published two scholarly pieces, presented at three conferences and am working on 3 other publications. This shows how important one’s emotional state is when it comes to productivity. Even though I worked so hard, I didn’t feel like I was getting anywhere. Now I am just as busy but things seem to be falling into place better than before. Most importantly I feel like I am using my time for something meaningful. What a difference! Who is to say this project will live to its fruition. But you know what, it is okay even if it doesn’t. I feel so much better about who I am and what I want to do and I no longer feel apologetic about my interests. I can in fact dream about a future that will feel fulfilling regardless of where I am (in academia or elsewhere). I can’t imagine what I will or can achieve when I complete the rest of the course. I know it will be wonderful. Thank you for creating such a wonderful program that addresses both the initial steps and the steps to realization, the nitty gritty details. One could not be successful without the other and this program really does a good job of addressing each step thoroughly but concisely while providing enormous support and encouragement and very specific, to the point exercises. I learned so much and I have changed as a result of this program. I wholeheartedly endorse it and recommend that anyone who is at a crossroads try it.

  • Judy Rickatson
    Kickstarted my career goals

    The SUM-it UP program has been a valuable catalyst to help me analyse and plan my online presence with a view to aligning it with my longer-term career goals. I love the way it's presented on the Idemy platform, which is very easy to access and the combination of text and video is both interesting and engaging. Anastasia and Tara are always available to field questions and offer support and advice. This is a very worthwhile program.

  • Designation Linda A Janssen
    SUM-it UP program excellent for achieving your creative/biz/life vision

    I can honestly say that the +GlobalNiche #SUM-it UP program is exactly what so many of us need to get organized, focused, and going with our creative/business/life vision and online presence. Why not plan, articulate and execute guided by the experienced dynamic duo of +Anastasia Ashman and +Tara Agacayak, and a collaborative, energized tribe of kindred souls intent on constructing their own paths tailored to their own strengths, interests and needs? The exercises, sharing, feedback and different perspectives will get you thinking and working to make your own vision a reality.

  • Camille Smith
    excellent guided path with foot & hand holds

    i've had my own biz for 10 yrs.my challenge and reason i took Sum-ItUp was to (a) understand how I could expand what it meant for me to have an online presence and (b) know more about what the choices are i had to expand that presence and (c) get some help in prioritizing what to choose. I got this help in this course. I also got tons of links/resources, practical answers to prioritize what i needed to do (cuz i didn't want to do Eveything!). Learned from peers as well. Now there's plenty of work I need to do, and i feel more focused and able to get it done.

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