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There were a few things I didn’t win even though I felt I had the best submission. You could also say I won a job online since I’m now doing webinars for Zendesk. Actually, nearly all my business for the last 3 years of consulting IT gigs came from Internet leads. This means I did a good job of communicating what I did, SEO and turning the inquiry into billable work.
Ok, back to winning contests!
It takes courage to enter contests. You put yourself “out there” for all to judge. At first I felt very uncomfortable but over time, I began to enjoy the future we all held our breaths for.
I will impart my learnings to date.
25 Things To Consider When Entering Online Contests (If You Want To Win)
- Ramp up support from people offline
- Blog about it vs using Twitter
- Talk about the voting often
- Give compelling reasons why you want to win
- Ask for the votes
- Tell stories about your future after you’ve won said contest
- Visualize yourself winning said contest
- Avoid people who say they never win stuff (bad luck)
- Sometimes the voting isn’t technically setup to be fair
- Find supporting blogs and Wikipedia links to strengthen your bid for 1st place
- Use Google Alerts to keep your ears open for more contests
- Each contest you enter makes the next one easier
- Some people never win and some people always win
- Research the judges
- Research past contest winners
- Interview past contest winners
- Pray (a lot)
- Hope is an endless fountain of abundance
- Journal about winning and how your life will change
- Stay positive
- Tell people you’re looking to enter similar contest
- Even if you lose, remember you still made the journey
- Faith can take you all the way to the top
- Reflect on other times you have felt lucky or blessed
- Remember that luck is being prepared for the opportunity
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