By Megan King
Get to know the members of our community! Today, we're featuring our member, Romona Foster, social media trainer and consultant at Admin Tech Consulting. She is also author of several social media articles at Business2Community.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a social media trainer and consultant specializing in teaching small business owners how to brand themselves through their online presence.
Tell us a little about your biz.
Through my business, I provide training in social media, email marketing, online marketing and personal branding. I also offer social media management services to include Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn - for small businesses and nonprofits.
What motivated you to start your business?
I was motivated to start training out of necessity. I was looking for employment when the job market was really, really bad. I realized that I needed to create something. So, I thought about what people were constantly asking me to, and that was setup social media accounts for them and show them how to use them.
What do you think has been the key to your success so far?
The key to my success so far has been staying informed on what's trending with social media and making changes when necessary.
What is your favorite thing about your specific industry?
What I most enjoy about being in the online marketing space is that I get to meet new people with unique and interesting businesses and ideas.
What first got you interested in the online marketing space?
My Pastor was the first to approach me about Facebook. In 2009, he asked me to setup a Facebook page for the church. From there, people would ask me questions about Facebook and LinkedIn. It was funny because I had no interest on being on social media, but because I was always reading about it, I was able to answer their questions.
Best advice you've been given?
The best advice I've been given so far is, when training or presenting, always treat it as a performance - always give your audience the best of you.
Favorite or most useful business-related book you recommend?
I have many, many favorite business and social media books, but one I find most useful is one I read many years ago called, "Raving Fans" by Ken Blanchard.
What is your favorite productivity tool to stay organized and on top of things?
As simple as it seems, my Google Calendar. It pops up every where!