Join Sally in Wimberley, TX for Tarot practice

Colorful Tarot cards are a great way to sharpen your intuitive skillsWednesdays and Fridays in Wimberley, TX, just got a little more insightful.

Drop in September 10, 12, 17 and/or 19 and read some Tarot with me. All skill levels are welcome. Even if you’ve never touched a deck before, we’ll get you on the road to greater intuitive clarity and confidence.

These are not formal classes set in sequence, so join us as you can. All you’ll have missed is some great camaraderie and a couple of fascinating hours exploring on the edge of what is known.

The cost is $10 per meeting. (Cash only, please.)

Find us at:
Sanctuary in the Village
501 Old Kyle Rd & Blue Hole Ln
Wimberley, TX

Have a deck? Bring it. Need a deck? We’ll have a few you can borrow. See you soon!

What does “personal brand” really mean?

Flip side Sally Felt biz card example designed by Kelly Mills
My business card

I carry two business cards. My main card describes me as WriterSpeakerAdventurer, same as this site. and you can see the art for yourself. What the description lacks in specificity, it seems to make up in memorability. Folks see it and smile. Some exclaim in delight, needing to repeat it out loud.

When I chose these three words, they represented my personal aspirations. True, I’d been a writer for decades. But I’d not yet had a real speaking gig, and with a few exceptions, my adventures were mostly spiritual.

It worked. I’ve grown into the description. It fits me. When I give someone this business card and get a reaction, I’m not just connecting—I’m paying it forward. Inspiring someone else to take a risk, be playful, stretch a bit. That’s a brand I happily inhabit.

Sally Felt biz card example designed by Kelly Mills
My card’s flip side.

So why carry more than one card? Let me start with a question (and a rant about my personal preferences in business card design).

What do your business cards say about you?

Do you carry cards? Perhaps, like me, several different ones? Trying to find a meaningful, memorable way to represent yourself on a 2 x 3.5” bit of card stock is confusing, isn’t it?

When working for someone else’s company, you take whatever is offered, even if the logo is ugly or your job title doesn’t reflect what you do.

When working a side hustle or are self employed (like me), you face delicious, agonizing freedom of choice all the way down the line.

Job title, yes or no?

If yes, what? I’ve seen quite a few that say President, or Owner. That doesn’t suit me, especially since I don’t operate under a business name. (“Owner of Sally Felt,” makes me giggle.)

I’m more drawn to cards that suggest what’s being offered, such as Illustrator, or Programmer, or Handyman, or Author. As time passes, cards like this help me remember who you are and why I kept your information.

Include Twitter, FB, LinkedIn, 2 phones, 2 webs, email etc.?

In the interest of helping clients, fans, colleagues and prospects reach us, it’s tempting to load up the business card with all our addresses, from email to website, social media, and maybe even snail mail address. Plus at least one phone number. Some authors I know include a list of book titles.

I prefer something sleeker. Simpler. Give me a card that doesn’t try to be all things to all people and I see you as a confident professional. I start to trust you before we’ve done more than exchange cards.

Paring down to essentials

The process of creating ideal business cards proved so tough that I’m currently carrying two cards while pondering how to get down to one.

Things I’ve solved: what to include

  • My name
  • A 2-3 word description of what I offer
  • My mobile number
  • One email address
  • This website

It makes for a clean, simple card that gives essential contact information. And I chose uncoated card stock so it’s easy to write on with an ordinary pen. (Do you like to make notes on people’s cards, like where and when you met them? I do.)

And at last, my answer to why two cards?

All that differs between my two business cards is the artwork and the self-description.

My second business card says Intuitive Tarot and uses striking close-up photos of dragonflies, suggesting the transformative potential of receiving a card reading. A Tarot reading is an intimate experience, and though my playful approach to life spills over into my Tarot business, I want a business card that reflects my client’s potential more than it reflects me.

Perhaps I’ll find a pare it down to just one card. Until then, I carry two. What’s a WriterSpeakerTarotAdventurer to do?

Business card design by Kelly Mills

Two more March events: Keeping company with amazing authors

Book cover of the sweet, sexy erotic romance, Going Native, by Sally FeltThe final two weekends in March see me taking part in big public events for readers.

Saturday March 23, 10am–5pm

Romancing the Books, free to the public
Bedford Public Library, Bedford TX

Join me and more than 30 authors and poets for a day of workshops, public readings, book signings and drawings for free goodies. At noon, I’ll be reading from Going Native.

Friday March 29, 6:30pm–8:30pm

Dreamin’ in Dallas book signing, free to the public
Doubletree Hotel, Richardson, TX

If you love romance, mark your calendar! I’m privileged to signing alongside such luminaries as Cherry Adair, Christy Craig, Meijean Brook, Lori Wilde, Shayla Black, Liliana Hart, Lorraine Heath and dozens of other incredibly talented authors. Sixty authors altogether! A portion of the evening’s proceeds will go to support local literacy programs. Great books for a good cause. Bing the clowning dachshund adds fun to Going Native, a romance by Sally Felt

SWAG: One more reason to see me at the Dreamin’ in Dallas event

If you’ve read Going Native, you know one of the key characters is a dachshund named Bing… and he inspired my giveaways for this huge Friday night event. Stop by to say hi, and I promise you won’t go away empty handed.

Giving voice to the goofball

Today, a friend invited me to a day-long event jam-packed with well-known motivational speakers. I accepted with delight. Not only do I love a good inspirational pep talk, I welcomed the chance to watch and learn techniques from seasoned pros on the arena-scale speaking circuit.

The brilliant, the okay and the ugly

I saw eight speakers before I left, not including the MC and entertainment acts. Six were strictly motivational and two were pitching product. Three of them inspired me. One of them had me feeling empathetic but sad. Two came across as professional but not particularly engaging, and another was practiced (rather than pro) and distant. And one knocked me so off balance, I headed for home rather than stay in that crowded venue for the last two or three speakers.

My favorites surprised me. One was a man not listed on any of the lineups I’d seen publicized, an author and student of Zig Ziglar named Krish Dhanam—passionate, articulate and proclaiming a strong point of view. One was one of the pitchmen, a man named Bob Kittell—warm, funny and demonstrating an undying curiosity and passion for living. And perhaps most surprising to this non-competitive, team-sports-o-phobe (if I might be so bold as to invent the term), one was NFL Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw—self-deprecating goofball willing to be vulnerable in front of thousands of people.

It wasn’t so much the pitch as the pitcher

The speaker that sent me home was the other pitchman. To my ears, he was fingernails on the blackboard. For example, he mentioned the importance of being kind, yet he used cruel humor. (For example, he suggested those who disagreed with him take the Kevorkian home study test and end it all.) And he liked to talk about helping random people he’d met, like a waitress, a hotel housekeeper, his trash collector, etc., and though he insisted it didn’t bother him these people “weren’t white,” made a point to use disparaging adjectives (“fat,” “old,” “disgusting,” “woodpecker”), to mimic their accents and imply their ignorance.

Funny that one of the things I cheered about Mr. Dhanam—a call for the end of political correctness—was the same thing I bemoaned in this other man.

Speaking with a forked tongue

As I rode the train home, I realized what made the difference for me and caused me to walk out. Unlike the other speakers I’d seen, this last man’s words were not in alignment with his true beliefs. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one to sense it, and I sincerely hope the organizers rethink having him on the same roster as the big-name, vibrationally-authentic speakers.

Long live the inner child

On the upside, I realized the speakers I loved had more in common than vibrational alignment. They all had a decided point a view, rather than simply aim to please the audience. They all spoke without notes or teleprompter—they spoke passionately, from the heart. And more than passion, there was JOY.

Thank you, Mr. Dhanam, Mr. Kittell and Mr. Bradshaw for being my role models today.

And thanks to my friend Sherri, for the opportunity to see them speak.

Photo credit: Beth Rankin