Before You Social Media

productivity4 Things to Consider Before you Post

  1. Plan ahead and schedule posts on Facebook. Choose a theme for your business page for the month/week and post accordingly. Creating and scheduling ahead for your business page will save time and worry. Add 1-2 hours of social media planning to your schedule once a week and enjoy the freedom that knowing your posts are on schedule can give you. Time is the most valuable asset you have, learn to manage your social media time and take notice of the time you have back. 
  2. Be creative. This is the perfect time to bring in your staff, business coaches and your social media marketing team. Get creative with your message and ensure your posts have a relatable intention set in place. Ask your team to come up with ideas and suggestions that your audience would enjoy engaging with. Now add the ideas to your plan from step one. 
  3. Tag your pictures with locations and the people in them. Be sure to add your business logo to your images. Every image is a chance to brand your business and connect the audience back to your business. And once the image is shared, guess what…. Your business logo goes too. Welcome the shares and the extra impressions. 
  4. Above all else “Have Fun“. Your social media can be a fun project that adds value and personality to your already fabulous brand. Allow for mistakes and engage with others like you would in person. Social media is a wonderful platform for meeting and inviting new guests to your business page. Think of social media as your living room and take great care of the people that enter your space. Thank them often and ask questions that increase interest and curiosity. Customer service online began the moment you learn the words “social media”. It is here to stay, so have purpose and be conscious of the words you release out into the world. 

    Bonus tip – still confused and have more questions about what to do next. Schedule a “90 minute Sparks Session” with the Elen Sparks Agency. Get all you answers and develop a social media plan of action you can feel confident and proud of. 480.440.5557

Show Them

I love the quote: “Show the readers everything, tell them nothing.” by Ernest Hemingway

Taryl Hansen owner and illustrator for Frame the Message Ink, has something to show you. She has over 25 years working in elementary and adult education and is now traveling the world while working to help people better understand and retain information. Forget the days of sitting in the crowd while doing your best to understand concepts and ideas that are being thrown at you from the stage. Now you have the opportunity to interact and engage with the message. Taryl creates a “visual masterpiece in action” while the speaker facilitator runs the meeting, conference, workshop and or planning session.

Taryl’s unique talent and skill will be available for all to see September 2016 at Tedx Fountain Hills. You will also be able to experience the art of restoring credit while Taryl works along side speaker and creator of the Color My Credit method Alisa Glutz on
October 1st for the first annual Color My Credit Expo at the Tempe Improv, for more information and tickets Click Here

In the meantime, watch for Frame the Message Ink videos and images coming soon on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Creating Events with Sparks


Today I was asked, how do you ensure your events are successful? I love this question!
Here are five steps to creating events with Sparks.

  1. Know your audience and the number of people you want to have attend your event.
  2. Understand and stay true to your budget. Being open and honest about what you are willing to pay for your event is one of the most powerful ways to create success and reduce stress.
  3. Location, Location, Location. Keep in mind your audiences again; consider their travel time and the convenience once they arrive.
  4. What values are you willing to give to your attendee? Education, connections and future involvement will come into play here.
  5. Gratitude. Appreciate the time and effort people have taken to participate in your event. We all have choices, make sure yours are deliberate, kind and always thoughtful.

Upcoming Events
Photo credit: Robert Westerman Photography
Location: Wrigley Mansion

All That Glitters


“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”
— J.R.R. Tolkien (The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1))



Is it really crucial if everyone knows your mission or purpose while
delivering your finest goods or services?

As I drift into this thought I look over my desk and lock eyes with a
laughing Buddha I have a laughing Buddha on my desk. On his marketing
pamphlet it says, “Rub his belly once a day and prepare for a life full of
joy, luck and prosperity!” I was sold once I read that, a perfect reminder
of what I aim for every day. I even find myself smiling when I see him;
it’s a good feeling.

When it comes to the big brands I’ve always wondered if they reached this
massive brand awareness because of their mission. Could something so simple
really be the answer? Here are some of my favorites:

Starbucks: To inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup
and one neighborhood at a time.

Facebook: To give people the power to share and make the world more open
and connected.

Google: To organize the world‘s information and make it universally
accessible and useful.

Microsoft: To enable people and businesses throughout the world to realize
their full potential.

Yahoo!: To be the most essential global Internet service for consumers and

YouTube: To provide fast and easy video access and the ability to share
videos frequently

Are you reaching your mission? What impression or lack of are you leaving
behind? I recommend considering these questions when you are developing
your mission statement.

Making sure your mission statement is clear connects to your brand and
defines your business plan. It could be just what you’ve been looking for;
to create that pride and recognition that keeps everyone smiling.

And with that I leave you with my own personal mission for the day: Always
leave them smiling.


Have you looked back and remembered a moment in life when all you could hope for was a redo? Oh sure, we all know what happens has purpose and meaning, but when you act out with little regard for what you want, and instead your focus is to provoke another to react, a redo may be in order.

This week I was face to face with a past. I feel too involved to explain, but let’s just say it was a “big one”. This “past” was over a decade old and I’ll admit not only did I bury it, I shoved it so far into my subconscious I didn’t even recognize it when it showed up.

While old memories and present thoughts became one, my feelings began to enter unfamiliar territory. Not only did I believe this would never resurface, I felt an uncontrollable pull to run and hide. Really this is no time for games, perhaps this is my safety device making light of a situation that changed my life forever — or did it? I’ve always considered myself hopeful and at this moment I was feeling unsure. I realized plotting the end of a story doesn’t always work as you imagined.

In this case it was one of the moments I would do my best to disguise with the hopes no one would notice; one similar to a Twilight Zone episode with the twist at the end that seems to make you ponder longer than expected. Think back to the episode with the man who loved to read and never had any free time. Once unlimited time was available he stepped on his glasses destroying them, and there was no replacement eyewear in sight. See what you have, not what you don’t have. Without a doubt it’s a lesson worth remembering.


OK, back to the redo. I wish I could tell you all is well now and life is better than ever. The truth is I’m now stuck in an endless think tank without a solution worthy of exploring. Are some experiences really all they are cracked up to be? Will this episode in my life end with a resolution that brings light to one of my darkest moments, or was it really just a dream?

To be continued…