Lisa A. Kramer

Author, Speaker, Theater Artist, Creativity Facilitator

Advertising Self

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Our world runs on advertising. Homes for sale or rent, products to sell,  places to visit, services . . . we all find them through advertisements.

But advertising, as I was reminded quite painfully yesterday, can be false. (Where do people think of these scams?)

I've been thinking a lot about advertising lately, as I try to figure out how best to move forward into the next adventure of my life. I have to advertise myself. I have to advocate for myself as well. I have to promote and sell myself, and I simply don't know how. I can do it for other people really well, but when it comes to self-promotion or self-advertising I feel out of my depth.

The above image is just a bit of silliness that I put together when I thought about this weeks "Weekend Theme" from Viewfromtheside's Blog. Advertising plays such a crucial and somewhat manipulative role in our society that it is something worth thinking about.

The problem, for me at least, is that I cannot advertise falsely--especially when it comes to promoting myself. But there are so many people out there who have mastered the art of marketing themselves gloriously. I'm not saying they are all guilty of false advertising, but somehow I haven't found the way that markets ME to the best of my ability.

Maybe I need to hire myself an advertising agency. But that requires something that I don't have--$$$. Ah, the vicious circles of life.

How do you promote yourself?