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Getting More People To Your Feldenkrais Website

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Ryan Nagy

Hi all – This is the follow-up to the earlier event, “Get More Results From Your Feldenkrais Website,” in which we covered in detail simple and effective strategies for getting more people to contact you after visting your website. In fact, that webinar was recorded and when you buy the current webinar, you will get a link to download the first one for FREE.

If you have a website and it is not giving you a steady supply of new students and workshop attendees, you need these webinars. Simple changes can make a big difference. You probably already know that to build a strong, recession-proof practice you MUST have multiple referral sources and the internet can be a major one for you (If you follow my advice). People get online everyday, searching for Feldenkrais and related disciplines. They do so regularly and in very specific ways. When you tap into that, you will get more calls, more emails and more referrals.

I have been making 100% of my income online for many years, my marketing workshops (when I offer them) are constantly full, as are my webinars and psychotherapy conference (over 1000 people enrolled in my conferences last year). I know what it takes to get people to take action online and to get websites a high ranking.

Webinar: Getting More People To Your Website

Even if you are “technophobic,” and don’t like marketing!

Once you have a website that “converts” and gets people to take action (as you will learn in the first webinar), you will want to get more and more people viewing your website. The more people that visit your website, the more success it (and you) will have. There are many strategies for doing this but we will focus on the ones that will give you the “biggest bang for your buck” and that are the easiest to implement.

Top search engine tips to give you a higher Google ranking. This is crucial.

The vast majority of health practitioners especially doctors and private health clinics are doing search engine optimization now. Without it you are at a huge disadvantage.

How to get long term results from Google from people actively looking for what you offer.

When people go to Google they are not passive consumers of advertising they are actively searching for products and services. As such, they are usually motivated to do or buy something. I will show you how to capitalize on this and get their attention WHILE they are searching.

Use Google to “read your client’s mind” and find out what people want and are searching for online.

You can find out EXACTLY what people search for on Google and how they reach your site. This marketing intelligence is surprisingly easy to get and can skyrocket the number of online referrals that you get.

A simple Facebook and Twitter strategy that will only take a few minutes per month (Thank god)

I don’t care what people say, social media for business is highly overrated and can be a massive time and brain drain. Don’t get me wrong. I use social media everyday because I like keeping up with certain friends and colleagues. But you can be highly successful online without social media. However some of the younger folks “live there”, so we will keep a “toe in the water” to keep our options open and to have maximum effectiveness.

LIVE optimization

This webinar will consist of about 15 minutes of powerpoint slides and 20 minutes of examples online of effective websites. Then we will spend the last 20 minutes reviewing practitioner’s websites and giving advice on what works and what needs to change.

Interested? Join now, and review the recording later if you cannot make the “live version.”

When? Saturday, January 5th, 2013 (assuming the world has not ended)
Where? Everywhere. Just get online!
Time? 11:00 AM Central Time (Which is 9:00 AM Pacific/Noon Eastern
How Long? 55 minutes.

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Feldenkrais Webinar Replay Available

The marketing webinars from February are now available as a product – ready for immediate download. We had a great turnout for the workshop with 22 people from accross the United States and several from Europe in attendance.

 

Giselle GCFP“I came to Ryan knowing next to nothing about internet marketing but I knew I needed it if I wanted to take my Feldenkrais practice to the next level. Now, I now have two high-ranked blogs, a website with “email sign ups” and a bookstore! I am fully engaging the web with email my lists of my clients, email updates, sales pages, surveys, products and more. Best of all, my workshops are packed AND I can manage all this on my own!” Giselle St. Hilaire, GCFP, Sunyata Movement Studio

 

The Overview

Each of the two webinars was approx 60 minutes long and they will give you a broad overview of what is possible on the internet for expanding your income, website rankings, the number of visitors to your site and your overall knowledge of how you can use the web to expand your reach.

In addition to the webinar recordings, there are a huge of number of free bonuses that you will get. The bonuses, quite frankly, are worth about ten times the cost of the product itself. They represent the summation of years of work and will save you the time, hassle and expense of having to search for, learn and find the information on your own.

 

“There are so many ways to approach being on the web and after attending Ryan’s webinar, I was able to see what the next steps are for me. It helps that Ryan is a Feldenkrais practitioner – he understands that this is a process and that you make a first pass and then a second pass. Ryan definitely has the technical information to answer all your questions and the resources he provided with the webinar were invaluable. I’ll be back for the next one.” Kim Cottrell, GCFP, 2009 FGNA Program Chair

 

What You Will Learn:

• How to Find Untapped, Low-Competition Niches (CRUCIAL)

• How to Write for the Search Engines Google is like a 5-year old. Smart, but needs to be spoken to in a very particular way.

• Writing to Engage Your Target Market Use simple keyword research to speak your niches language

• Search Engine Optimization and Where to Get Links to Your Website Each link to you is like a “vote” and google NEEDS to see lot’s of votes

• Using The Right Images and Words to Reach Inside the Mind of Your Market (You may be surprised by what really encourages people to buy)

• Using What You Already Know And Love to Create High-Profit Digital Products

• Easy MP3 Creation – For Selling ATMs Online, Creating Workshops and PASSIVE Income. (I have one series, made in a closet at home, that has netted me over $5000)

• Selling Your Products Online for $5.00 per Month (and getting set up in less than 30 minutes!)

• Keeping Your Soul Alive By Selling What You Love…..(Having a Soul is Nice)

• Quickly and Easily Creating Websites for F.R.E.E (Seriously!)

• Creating a High-Impact Blog for Promotion and Search Engine Visibility (…your reading this one aren’t you?!)

• Effective Internet Marketing “On The Cheap”- Get mucho visitors to your website

• Creating Multiple Revenue Streams: Affiliate income, advertising revenue and more. You won’t have to be dependent on one source of income

• How To Engage Social Media (Facebook is one of my largest sources of traffic. And another social network once sent me over 1000 visitors in 3 days.

 

“I previously participated in one of Ryan’s webinars and it was a well spent hour. I learned a lot. He also sends a lot of material by email that makes for many more hours of learning. I’m going to be at this class as well. It’s easy to get into the webinar, and Ryan records the class so you can listen to it again later.” Silani Wahlgren, Feldenkrais Practitioner

 

 

Bonuses That You Get INSTANTLY Just For Purchasing:

Niche Picking 101: How to do online research and pick a niche that’s just right for you. (24 Pages, Step-By-Step)

Digital Products Guide: 25 pages of detailed instructions for creating your own pdf’s, ebooks, mp3’s, teleseminars and more.

E-Junkie Quick Start Videos: Start selling in less than 30 minutes(10 Videos!)

Small Business Google Guide: The secrets to getting a top ranking on google.

How To Submit to Directories: Get important links to your website.

Blogging 101: printable instructions for using WordPress.

Free Video: Using Google Adsense

How To Get A Virtual Assistant for $5 an Hour.

Sample outsourcing scripts (Tasks that I actually outsourced and how I did it.)

You can watch and listen and re-watch on your own time and in your own way. Download all of the materials to your hard drive instantly.

Cost? $57

That includes BOTH the webinar downloads and ALL of the bonuses listed above.

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After you register, your personal link to all the files will be delivered instantly. You will also have immediate access to your webinar bonuses. (If you do not see an email from me after you purchase, check your “spam” or “bulk” folder.

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Live Webinar: 27 Low and No-Cost Ways To Expand Your Income Using The Internet

Do you have a Feldenkrais-based practice or side-business and want to make more effective use of the internet?

Join me in February for 2 power-packed webinars to help you create more influence and income online.

In these interactive online workshops, you will gain both a broad overview of what is possible for you online and also get the skills you need to increase your income using the internet.

Some of you already have all the basics in place and just need some additional strategies. Others are just beginning. Either way, I can give you new tools and new strategies for making income from the web.

To make more income online, you need three things:

1) A website or blog
2) Visitors to that website or blog
3) Ways to make revenue from your visitors.

(Well, you need some PASSION to, but I assume if you are reading this page you have passion for what you are doing).

Most people get things backward and create their website first. Not always a good idea. I’m going to show you how to find targeted online niches first, and then how to create multiple products and services for those niches so you can have multiple revenue sources. This can dramatically increase your businesses success. (It’s taken me 3 years get the strategy down, so pay attention.)

And don’t worry, I will show you how to “tune up” your current website too.

 

Here’s what you will learn in these back-to-back interactive webinars:

• How to Find Untapped, Low-Competition Niches (CRUCIAL)

• Using The Right Images and Words to Reach Inside the Mind of Your Market (You may be surprised by what really encourages people to buy)

• Using What You Already Know And Love to Create High-Profit Digital Products

• Easy MP3 Creation – For Selling ATMs Online, Creating Workshops and PASSIVE Income. (I have one series, made in a closet at home, that has netted me over $5000)

• Selling Your Products Online for $5.00 per Month (and getting set up in less than 30 minutes!)

• Keeping Your Soul Alive By Selling What You Love…..(Having a Soul is Nice)

• Quickly and Easily Creating Websites for F.R.E.E (Seriously!)

• Creating a High-Impact Blog for Promotion and Search Engine Visibility (…your reading this one aren’t you?!)

• Effective Internet Marketing “On The Cheap”- Get mucho visitors to your website

• Creating Multiple Revenue Streams: Affiliate income, advertising revenue and more. You won’t have to be dependent on one source of income

• How To Engage Social Media (Facebook is one of my largest sources of traffic. And another social network once sent me over 1000 visitors in 3 days.

 

Bonuses That You Get INSTANTLY Just For Enrolling:

Niche Picking 101: How to do online research and pick a niche that’s just right for you. (24 Pages, Step-By-Step)

Digital Products Guide: 25 pages of detailed instructions for creating your own pdf’s, ebooks, mp3’s, teleseminars and more.

E-Junkie Quick Start Videos: Start selling in less than 30 minutes(10 Videos!)

Small Business Google Guide: The secrets to getting a top ranking on google.

How To Submit to Directories: Get important links to your website.

Blogging 101: printable instructions for using WordPress.

Free Video: Using Google Adsense

How To Get A Virtual Assistant for $5 an Hour.

Two mystery bonuses that you will receive the day of the workshop. (They’re a mystery to me too, because I haven’t created them yet! But they will be great.)

You can watch and listen live and you will also get a video of the sessions. If you can’t make the live call – don’t worry – watch the replay!

 

What are other practitioners saying about this webinar?

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There are so many ways to approach being on the web and after attending Ryan’s webinar, I was able to see what the next steps are for me. It helps that Ryan is a Feldenkrais practitioner – he understands that this is a process and that you make a first pass and then a second pass. Ryan definitely has the technical information to answer all your questions and the resources he provided with the webinar were invaluable. I’ll be back for the next one. Kim Cottrell, GCFP, 2009 FGNA Program Chair

I previously participated in one of Ryan’s webinars and it was a well spent hour. I learned a lot. He also sends a lot of material by email that makes for many more hours of learning. I’m going to be at this class as well. It’s easy to get into the webinar, and Ryan records the class so you can listen to it again later. Silani Wahlgren, Feldenkrais Practitioner

 

 

When? Two Tuesdays: February 9th and 16th

Time? 8:30 to 9:30 PM Eastern

Each webinar builds on the other. I’m notorious for packing tons of information into my workshops, so we may end 5 or 10 minutes late.

Cost? $57

That includes both the workshops and all of the bonuses listed above.

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After you register, your personal link to the webinar will be delivered instantly. You will also have immediate access to your webinar bonuses.

Please note: The Webinars are video-recorded and the link to the Feb 9th recorded session is included. So you can buy now and get access to BOTH webinars.

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David Zemach Bersin And The Advanced Workshop That Wasn’t

Worst Advanced Training Ever?

Or Just Business as Usual?

Early in 2009, I took the most ill-conceived and, I am sorry to say, useless, advanced Feldenkrais training that I have ever encountered – A “Functional Integration Immersion” workshop taught by David Zemach Bersin in Berkeley, California. It has been nearly 8 months since I took the workshop, and I must say, I still find myself stunned by it.

I’m not proud to admit that it has taken me this long to write about the workshop and that it bothers me as much as it does. But I’m getting a little weary of the low standards for training that exist in the Feldenkrais community and I think it’s time for people to start speaking out. My apologies if I sound a little crabby. And I certainly don’t mean to state that all feldenkrais training is universally bad. But in this instance something was seriously amiss.

That fact that a person “studied personally with Moshe Feldenkrais” or is called a “Feldenkrais Trainer” should not give him or her a free pass to put out half-assed feldenkrais training. There is accountability in the real world, and I think it’s time to have some accountabilty in the world of Feldenkrais. It is possible. And it is necessary, if this work is going to reach it’s full potential.

“I have nothing prepared!!”

The workshop began in a manner that I found quite shocking. There were about 25 people, myself included, sitting or lying on the carpet in the training room. If you have ever been to a Feldenkrais training or workshop, you can picture the scene. In walks David Bersin. From the side of the room he starts speaking and says,

“Look, I asked you to email me if you had specific areas that you wanted to address in this workshop. Nobody emailed me, so I have nothing prepared!!”

Nothing prepared?! Jesus Christ. For a brief moment I stopped breathing. I spent $300 in tuition for a workshop and he is telling me that he has nothing prepared?! And it’s the participants’ fault for not telling him what to prepare? Imagine for yourself what you would feel. You have bought a plane ticket, traveled cross country, paid for a hotel room and meals, paid for a 3-day workshop…and the workshop leader tells you that he has not prepared?

I tried to tell myself that David said was using a technique or something. That he really DID prepare something but that he wanted to keep people on their toes. My delusion was soon shattered.

ATM to FI? No.

David had us lie down and do an Awareness Through Movement session. It was a brilliant ATM (one I have never encountered) and David taught it masterfully. I assumed that after the ATM- this being a “Functional Integration Immersion” – we might do some FI. You know, perhaps take the ATM and translate it into an FI or something? But I was wrong. Instead, David launched into a “show,” that I can only describe as something akin to religious revival meeting. He started talking about Moshe and what a genius he was, and how he could “make the lame walk, he could make the f*cking lame walk.”

Then what? Well just like in a religious meeting once you invoke the master and his brilliance, you must talk about the “fall from grace” and your plan to restore everyone to glory. That’s right, Bersin talked about the fact that, in his opinion, no one had reached the mastery that Moshe achieved, and that he (David) was upset by this and wanted to make things right. That he was passionate about and committed to the work…and then…?

FI Practice? No. FI template? No.

And then…nothing. Not a damn thing. David launched into a 90 minute lecture on the conservation of energy and mass. He threw out some of the obligatory “lines” by and about Moshe: The nervous system works well because it is invisible…You are not aware of the process of learning itself…you can’t separate learning form experience etc. etc. But his ideas were not connected to anything. There was no organization to help make the ideas usable nor actionable. And remember this workshop was a “Functional Integration Immersion.” While it was interesting to hear David Bersin quote and repeat some ideas from Moshe, would it not have been appropriate to teach something about FI? And maybe DO some Functional Integration?

So Much For The “Immersion”

We never got there. David took the easy way out. He gave functional integration and expected us to pick it up by osmosis. He talked about functional integration. He brought out the (seemingly obligatory) video of Moshe lecturing. And then – I kid you not – not until the last hour of the last day did we practice FI. And, we practiced ALONE. David was off in a corner talking to someone. If I remember correctly, it was his wife…or perhaps, it was the “assistant trainer” Carol Kress. Either way David didn’t want to be bothered by something so trivial as interacting with his workshop participants.

By the way, the “Assistant Trainer” Carol Kress, had no presence in the workshop. She was relegated to the role that most Feldenkrais Assistant Trainers play, which is to essentially stay in the room and say nothing and do nothing. If we had done a substantial amount of FI, perhaps she could have helped. But I must say that it was comical to see the blank look on her face the multiple times that Bersin look at her and at the group and said:

“So what do you want to do?! What should we do?!!”

Carol didn’t have anymore ideas than did David. I guess she wasn’t expecting to have to teach the workshop for him and provide the structure.

Passion is Not Competence

That David Bersin cares deeply about the Feldenkrais Method, I have no doubt. Nor do I doubt that he is passionate about the work. But the last time I checked passion and caring are not substitutes for competence. And they sure as heck aren’t substitutes for planning, preparation and a well thought out plan for teaching. Charging money for a workshop and then showing up without preparation or thought is inexcusable. And saying nothing and doing nothing when a “trainer” completely disrespects the time and commitment of people who come to his workshops is equally inexcusable. I am embarrassed for myself and embarrassed for the group for not demanding better. I would have gotten more out of my time had I gone to my hotel room and did ATM or simply practiced with the other practitioners there. Bersin’s presence was irrelevant.

For the record – David Bersin is a brilliant practitioner. He is what Malcom Gladwell would describe as an “outlier,” someone whose work is extraordinary. I have seen David give Functional Integration sessions that are breathtaking and that engender truly astonishing changes in the people he works with. That is one of the reasons that I attended his workshop. However, I have seen no indication that David Bersin knows how to teach Functional Integration. In fact, I would be willing to bet that David does not think FI can be taught in a workshop setting. I could be wrong. Perhaps I am wrong. But I can tell you I saw nothing in his workshop that would convince me otherwise.

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Do You REALLY Want To Have A Feldenkrais Practice?!

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It’s Ok if you don’t. You are still an amazing human being. Perhaps even more amazing. You don’t have a practice and we totally, totally, love you.

I mean that.

I was in the bay area earlier this year and I had a friend who was complaining about not having enough students, her practice wasn’t large enough, her classes were too small, she wasn’t making enough money…yada yada yada…you’ve had friends and colleagues say something similar, yes?

But the problem is..she’s absolutely, positively, 110% full of it. What in the world is she talking about?! She’s been complaining about her practice for 10 years..TEN YEARS!!

And she’s no slouch. In the decade since her training, she has gotten a bachelor’s degree, gotten a master’s degree, traveled all over the world. She teaches English as second language and loves it (and she’s great at it), built a successful marriage…her list of achievements goes on and on…and here she is complaining to me about not having a full practice. Well, guess what:

She doesn’t have a full practice because she doesn’t want one!

Hello? How exactly does Moshe Feldenkrais’ work become a trap for some people? Where does the idea of the “magical Feldenkrais practitioner” come from? Are you somehow a better, more valuable person if you have a practice and are good at it?

No way! In fact, sometimes it can be the opposite of that.

But do you know what really bugs me about my friend’s complaining? It’s not simply that it’s self-indulgent. It’s not that she refuses to take the time to count her blessings. It’s not her lack of appreciation of what an amazing person she is. What really bothers me, is that she could do so much more if she would use the method to do what she wants to do – which is keep developing as a PERSON.

She’s so busy worrying about the practice that she doesn’t want, that she is not using the work for her self. She is not doing ATM for herself. She has volumes of Alexander Yanai that she is not using. What’s is the point? She has access to some of the greatest self-development material that have ever existed on this planet and she’s not using it because she “needs more students” and “bigger practice.”

It’s a tragedy. It might be time to become self-actualizing and focus on being a person, not a practitioner. Being a person and being a practitioner is not the same thing. And reversibility isn’t just about movement.

cheers – Ryan

Feldenkrais: The Next 25 Years

The video below is from: Feldenkrais: The Next 25 Years, an emerging documentary from Irene Gutteridge, whose short-term goal:

…the creation of a series of short videos, each focused on specific aspects and applications of Feldenkrais, compiled into an educational DVD.

seems to be coming to fruition, step-by-step. Very nice! You can find out more about her project on her main website overview.

Personally, I am becoming even more of an anarchist these days and less inclined to support the work in it’s present hierarchically-based primate dominance structure (how is that for a mouthful?). But when all is said and done – who knows what will finally unleash the power and potency of individuals utilizing Moshe Feldenkrais’ ideas?

Sheryl Field from Jenn Strom on Vimeo.

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Linda Tellington Jones: TTouch® and Feldenkrais® (Video)

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Linda Tellington Jones of “TTouch®” fame is going to be at the Feldenkrais conference coming up in August. Famous worldwide for her work with animals, she has also trained as a Feldenkrais Practitioner.

Her workshop, Integrating Tellington TTouch® into your Professional Practice and Everyday Life is open to the public, so register and show up even if you are not a Feldenkrais Practitioner.

My first experience with the Tellingtion Touch was during the first (or maybe second?) year of my Feldenkrais Training, after buying one of her books:

I was amazed by the work. I had access to a Siberian Husky, that had apparently been abused and hurt by its previous owner. The dog was not hostile, but rather, very shy and wary, even though he was a huge and muscular animal. I spent a few minutes on perhaps two occasions, doing some basic TTouch moves along his back and side. There were certain areas of his body that were essentially “armored” with habitual muscular tension.

The changes in his behavior were astounding. He became much more outgoing, and when taking him on walks he would explore and say “hello” to people, where before he would have just walked by my side with his tail and head down.

Below, is a short-video of Linda working with a cat. Two things strike me about this video. Number one it is way too short! I would have enjoyed seeing more of Linda working with the cat. And second, for Feldenkrais Practitioners who create and post YouTube videos, notice that Linda is (ahem) SHOWING the work, she’s not just talking about…it’s always a good idea to let people SEE what you do.

Enjoy:

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What is the Feldenkrais Method?

I will have more to say about this wonderful video later. It was all that I could do to find the time to convert the DVD and then put it up over the weekend.

Download a copy of this video:

Feldenkrais Promotional Video, Quicktime format: (78 mb): Feldenkrais Video

Feldenkrais Promotional Video, Small, Quicktime format: (20 mb): Feldenkrais Video

If you don’t have quicktime on your computer you can download it from Apple. It is frre and will run on both Windows and Apple Computers. Members of the FGNA will get a copy of this video on DVD. It will be mailed out in May.

Feldenkrais® Podcast: A Primer.

If you have never listened to a podcast or audio on you computer may want to read the text below.

Otherwise, feel free to skip the text and go directly to the podcast links at the end of this post.

What is a Podcast?

A podcast is simply an audio-file in a format that most (if not all) computers can read. You can click on each link below and then click the podcast. If you listen to it on your computer, you will probably need headphones or external speakers.

When you click each podcast-link a separate window will open. Depending on how fast your internet connection is, the audio will begin playing in 1 – 30 seconds.

Can I save the podcast and listen to it later?

Yes. Once the file has completely loaded into your computer, you can click “FILE” and then “SAVE AS” on your Internet browser to store it on your computer. You can then play it anytime that you want.

What about subscribing on iTunes?

Good idea. An easier way to use this podcast is to get iTunes. It is free and works on most PC’s and Macs: iTune Download. Once you have iTunes, search for Feldenkrais and you will see the podcast, as well as a button to subscribe. Each episode will download automatically and will be ready for your listening pleasure.

If you already have iTunes, or another podcast service, you can also click this button to subscribe right now:

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Alright?

Or test the waters and just click on a few of the podcast links. The links below all go to previous podcasts. Click one. It’s ok. It won’t hurt:

Feldenkrais Podcast #1: Marty Wiener #1
Feldenkrais Podcast #2: Marty Wiener #2
Feldenkrais Podcast #3: Dr. Larry Goldfarb #1
Feldenkrais Podcast #4: Dr. Larry Goldfarb #2
Feldenkrais Podcast #5: Dr. Alan Fogel
Feldenkrais Podcast #6: Jerry Karzen

cheers – Ryan