As you may know, I have hosted and produced the Indie Business Podcast since October 2005, featuring influential experts, authors, entrepreneurs and celebrities who offer tips and insights to help small business owners be successful. Tomorrow’s show will be devoted to the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010. The show airs live at 1:00pm EST, and you can listen live online and join the live Twitter chat by following the instructions at the bottom of this post. I am still coordinating the details and guests, but I wanted to let you know as soon as possible. I will update this post as more information is available. Here’s what I know now:
1. Kayla Fioravanti will be a guest. Kayla is the co-owner with her husband, Dennis Fioravanti, of Essential Wholesale, a supplier of base cosmetics, ingredients, essential oils and private label services. Essential Wholesale is certified by the USDA’s National Organic Program, and is located in Portland, Oregon. Essential Wholesale is a longtime sponsor of my work at the Indie Beauty Network. Kayla blogs at Essential U and Tweets here.
2. Kristin Fraser Cotte will be a guest. Kristin leads The Grapeseed Company in Santa Barbara, California. She also co-edits the Personal Care Truth blog. Kristin makes organic personal care products with safe ingredients (like this Lemon Cake Bath Oil I mentioned on FaceBook recently), and she is in the process of opening a retail store and studio in her community. Kristin blogs at the Green Skincare Blog.
3. Marla Bosworth will be a guest. Marla owns Back Porch Soap Co. in Duxbury, Massachusetts, home state of SCA 2010 co-sponsor Rep. Ed Markey. She makes personalized, wedding and sea inspired soaps. She also teaches classes and offers consulting for budding small cosmetics businesses. Marla leads a popular forum at our social networking site, is a writer for Saponifier Magazine and is a sought after speaker at at small business events nationwide, including the annual Conference of the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild. Marla blogs here.
4. Anne-Marie Faiola will be a guest. Anne-Marie owns Bramble Berry, Inc. in Bellingham, Washington. She offers soap and cosmetics making supplies and teaches classes to help people make those products. Anne-Marie also owns and manages the Otion retail store and studio in Bellingham where she teaches private classes, hosts parties and sells soap and cosmetics making supplies. Anne-Marie is an award-winning entrepreneur who blogs here, and you can follow her on Twitter here.
Kayla, Kristin, Marla and Anne-Marie are IBN’s State Advocacy Leaders in Oregon, California, Massachusetts and Washington. I may update this post today and tomorrow morning with more guests as they are confirmed. In the meantime, please share the link to this post with your friends who may be interested in joining us tomorrow.
Here’s how to join the show tomorrow at 1:00pm EST
There are two players to choose from to listen to the show. If you want to make sure in advance that you’ll be able to hear the show tomorrow, click the player you normally use below and if you can hear a current show playing (someone else’s show), it means you’ll be able to click the same link and listen live tomorrow. If the links don’t work, it means you do not have the player installed on your computer, so follow the “click to download” instructions below.
If all you wish to do is listen, you don’t need to do anything else. Just turn up your volume and listen live.
How To Chat Live During The Show
If you’d like a more robust and interactive experience (which may also increase the number of people who care about this issue who follow you on Twitter), you’ll want to either TweetChat or TweetGrid to chat live.
TweetChat is an easy to use. Web application that uses text messages on Twitter to interact me, show guests and others participating in the live show and chat. To use TweetChat during the show, go to TweetChat, then type OpposeSCA. If you are not already logged into Twitter, you will be asked to log in. Once you’re logged in, you will begin to see the screen update with the real time conversations of everyone participating during the show and live chat.
As you can see, you can participate in the chat by using Twitter like you normally do. The #OpposeSCa hashtag will automatically be added to each Tweet you send out. You can use the icons on the right side of the chat windows to ReTweet, Reply, Favorite, etc., You can pause the chat and do other things to make it easier to keep up with the conversation. If you have not familiar with live Twitter chats, my suggestion is to use TweetChat.
Tweetgrid is the best choice if you want more robust interaction, and if you are already familiar with live Twitter chats. To use TweetGrid, log onto the customized TweetGrid link set up for #OpposeSCA. Log in as indicated by entering your Twitter name (include the @ symbol) and your password. Once you authenticate the account, you can start Tweeting using the Tweet window at the top of the page. Note that the #OpposeSCA hashtag appears to the right of the Tweet window. By using this link, the #OpposeSCA hashtag is automatically added when you Tweet. (If you do not see #OpposeSCA there, please add it so it is appended to your Tweets.)
Our TweetGrid link has three columns. The far left column is where you can see the Tweets of everyone using the hashtag during the show. The center column shows my Tweets as the host of the show, and I may or may not add some of the show guest to that column. You can use the far right column for you own twitter account so you can see who is replying specifically to you. Just put @ your twitter name (it’s best to include the @ symbol there), choose search, and TweetGrid will look for people speaking directly to you so you can chat with them.
You’ll notice above you username is a #hashtag box, which should say #SmallBizChat – if it doesn’t, please add it there, so that it adds that tag to each tweet you send.
Use the icons to ReTweet, Reply, etc. Things may move pretty fast, so if you feel like it’s too much to follow, choose “Stop” so you can kind of catch up a bit. When you’re ready to join live again, choose “Search” and you’ll rejoin the conversation as it unfolds.
Remember that I am having the show recorded so you can listen later. I may also be able to prepare and transcript but I’m not sure about that yet.
I know this may seem like a lot to people who are not used to using live chats, but I do want you to remember that your ability to use services like these will continually enhance your ability to participate in this new economy which requires us to continually learn how to use new technologies to reach the people who want to buy our products.
And remember, of the two chat systems above, TweetChat is far less complicated for a “beginner,” so if you are new to all of this, start with that. Or just listen this time and try a chat next week. As you know, from time to time, Twitter runs slow of stops altogether. If this happens on the show, it will not affect the audio. You will be able to listen even if Twitter stops working or slows down so don’t panic if the Twitter stream is slow or stops.
Let Your Followers Know
As a courtesy, if you plan to chat and interact during the show a lot, you may wish to tell your followers that you are joining a live Twitter chat so they know in advance that you’ll be Tweeting live for a bit. Here’s a suggested Tweet you can cut and paste:
I’m joining a live Twitter chat about #OpposeSCA and may be Tweeting about it for about an hour.
Question: If you have questions about SCA 2010, please leave them in the comments. We may ask your question on the show. If you have a comment about SCA 2010, leave that too. If it fits into the show, we may discuss it. If you leave your name and city/state, we would like to be able to mention that as well. Thanks!