Teaching and Speaking
I teach a variety of classes and workshops in the Auckland area, and am available to add my unique voice to your event or education program. I specialize in the areas of small business and online marketing, marketing and business in creative industries, writing, blogging, inspiration and living a full and amazing life.
Here are my upcoming classes in 2013:
Webinar: Guest to Impress: Strategic Guest Blogging for Your Wedding Business
Wedding Business Evolution Summit, Wednesday 27 February at 3pm
Do you know what guest blogging is but aren’t sure how it can help your business? Have you tried guest blogging before without much success?Join me as I demystify the guest blogging process and show you how this powerful online marketing technique can bring you more exposure and more clients.
After this presentation you’ll be able to:
- Understand the benefits of guest blogging,
- Identify blogs to target for guest posts,
- create a strategic guest post plan for your business,
- write and edit a powerful, engaging post
- pitching blogs and working within content guidelines
- promote your posts and convert guest blogging into business
Rutherford Community Education, 6 weeks – 7-9pm, Wednesday 20 Feb 2013
Writing helps you to explore your creativity, but it can also be an excellent way to earn a little extra money, and we could all use a little of that these days! Whether you enjoy writing personal essays, fiction, or want to see your articles in your favourite magazine, this course explores different ways you can earn money writing.
Rutherford Community Education, 6 weeks – 7-9pm, Wednesday May 22, 2013
Blogs are everywhere, and it’s easy to see why. Blogging is a great way to keep up with friends and family, hone your writing skills, and teach others about a topic you’re passionate about. Blogging can also be a great way to promote your business and make a little extra money. In this course you’ll learn all the basics you need to set up and write your own successful blog.
Rutherford Community Education, 6 weeks – 7-9pm, Wednesday Oct 30, 2013
Ever since the release of Amazon’s eReader, the Kindle, ebooks have taken off in a big way. Ebooks now outsell print books in some markets. Now that it’s easier than ever for authors to connect directly with readers, self-publishing ebooks has become a viable way for authors to make a living.
This course teaches you how to write your own ebooks and sell them through sites like Amazon. Whether you write novels, how-to guides or are finishing your family history, publishing an ebook is a great way to get your words out into the world.
These were the classes I was teaching in 2012:
How to Blog
Selwyn Community Education, 7-9pm, Monday 21 May 2012. $32.
Discover how easy it is to share your thoughts and photos in an interactive online environment. This workshop covers blogging basics for the uninitiated, and introduces the idea of the “problogger”.
Selwyn Community Education, 7-9pm, Mon June 11, 2012. $32.
Find out how to place orders with online shops, and what to watch out for when buying online. I’m an experienced online shopper, and can help you ensure your online shopping experience is personal and stress-free.
Selwyn Community Education, 7-9pm, Mon June 25, 2012. $32.
No massive phone bills anymore! This free internet communication tool allows millions of people to speak and connect daily. Find out how to set up a username, profile and security settings, and to install a webcam. Perfect for small business owners or home users wanting to keep in touch with family and friends.
Selwyn Community Education, 10am-4pm, Saturday 8 September, 2012. $66.
Is something holding you back?
Do you find that year-in year-out you make the same New Years’ Resolutions, complain about the same problems, hope for the same solutions, but that nothing really changes?
In this 1-day workshop, you will get clear about what is important to you and how you can make the lasting changes you desire. Whatever your reason for coming, this one-day supportive workshop is sure to change how you SEE yourself and your life. Gain clarity, reconnect with your passion, and tap into what gives you meaning.
Goals give us direction in all areas of our lives. Goals give us purpose, a reason for getting up early in the morning, for working, for living, for loving. Goals inject drive and passion into everything we do. Perhaps you’re feeling direction-less, confused, lethargic, uninspired, even angry about where life has brought you? Perhaps your life is just fine, but you have often wondered what goal-setting could do to enhance your vitality and passion? Or perhaps you have done goal-setting work in the past and are ready to push your insight and sense of fulfillment to the next level? During the first half of the workshop, you will take stock of where you’ve come from, where you are, and where you want to be. In the second half, you will have a chance to clarify your vision and articulate a mission statement for the future, and set short-term and long-term goals for key areas of your life. During the last portion of the workshop, you will clarify your intentions and design discrete actions to begin using immediately.
Breakout Workshop: A Blogging Author: How Does a Blog Help You Sell Books?
After reading all the marketing advice, listening to conference speakers and hearing your publisher lament your lack of ‘audience’, you bit the bullet and set up a blog too. But how exactly do you promote your book and your author brand with a blog? This isn’t a ‘how to build a blog’ workshop, but an in-depth discussion on how to successfully blog your way to best-selling status.
Past Events (Teacher / Speaker / Workshop Leader)
Workshop: How To Promote Your Art Online
InterACT: Disability Arts Festival, Corban Estate Arts Centre, October 2011
Steff Metal (known to the tax-collectors as Steff Green) is a freelance writer, pro-blogger and heavy metal maiden living in New Zealand with her cantankerous drummer husband and their medieval sword collection. As well as running a successful heavy metal blog SteffMetal, Steff is the author of the Gothic Wedding Planner, a wedding celebrant for alternative weddings, the author of metal webcomic Corpsepaint Kitty, and a writer for over 50 different blogs, magazines and publications.
I am a passionate, enthusiastic and humorous speaker. I dress unconventionally and gesture a lot when I talk. I use powerpoint slides only to illustrate ideas – I don’t believe in reading my talk off them. I’m not your average speaker, but I love to connect with your people and share topics I’m passionate about.
Hire Me to speak on:
- Motivation, goal-setting and overcoming adversity. As a legally-blind adventurer, a dark alternative and an all-round “weird” chick, I can share with you my wisdom gained from a life of forging my own path.
- Marketing and small business in the digital age. I work with small creative business clients to hone their marketing message. Let me teach your people how to sell more online.
- Writing: idea generation, overcoming the blank page, selling your work, self-publishing and the freelance life. As a professional wordsmith with over seven years experience, I can help up-and-coming writers overcome their fears.
- Blogging: creating content and finding an audience online. With over 50 000 people reading my words every month, I know how to find your people online.
I love to collaborate with other creatives in panel discussions, give motivational or educational talks, conduct powerful workshops or entertain or MC at a function. If you want to learn more about a particular course, or you’d like to hire me to speak or teach a workshop at your event, contact me and I’ll be happy to help.