All About Me – Who is Lisa Sicard of Inspire To Thrive?
Moreover, I remember that I wanted to buy Levi jeans and my parents would not allow that as they cost too much. So, I decided to make my own money to buy my own jeans! ?
That First Real Job
One summer while working at the Reminder, they decided to teach me how to make and design ads. Hence, this was before computers and it was the old cut and paste method. I was a quick study and that lead me to attend a vo-tech high school for commercial art. Likewise, I stayed at the Reminder through most of my high school years and beyond.
The Next Job
Later, I went to work for a commercial printing company to expand my horizons. I found I was bored. That job led me to start to work part-time for a weekly Catholic diocesan newspaper called The Visitor. Consequently, I designed ads and typed copy for the newsroom. Soon I became full time as the Art Director. Then, I decided to attend Community College to get my AFA in fine arts. There, I took mostly graphic art classes.
Next, I set my sights on working at The Providence Journal; the oldest continuous newspaper in the United States. It was my dream job and I had been applying for jobs there since I was 15. I finally got my first interview in my early 20’s but came in 2nd out of 75 applicants! When I called to inquiry why I was not offered the position, I was told that I needed daily newspaper experience. Disappointed but not deterred, I moved towards gaining more experience! After all, I would not give up!
My First Business in My Late Teens – Early Twenties
During this time, I did some freelance work and formed a company called Creative Hands.
I did billboard ads for a local marketing company that placed ads on billboards at the local grocery stores. It was my best account until, tragically, the person died in an auto accident. After that, I made and designed business cards and greeting cards. (Photos of business cards and greeting cards).
In fact, I found some of these cards in my parent’s home after my dad died earlier this year.
Although I was still crushed that I did not get the job at the Providence Journal, I continued pursuing ways to learn and gain newspaper experience. Months later as luck would have it, a photographer from the Pawtucket Times, a daily newspaper in a small city, told me of an opening at the said newspaper!
The First Daily Newspaper
I thought it was for a graphic artist, but it was for the composing department. I applied and started that job in January. Once again, I was bored. I noticed that all the salespeople were making commissions and getting free trips and bonuses for extra sales. I had a light bulb moment and I started to think that maybe I should try that? Within a few months, a position came up for inside sales and layout of the newspaper. I applied for it and got it.
Right away, I found that I enjoyed working with people and helping them design their ads. Because of my previous work experiences, I understood the ad sizes, colors, etc. It made it easier for me to sell. After a few years of working there, my manager left to go to the Providence Journal.
The Dream Job by 30
One summer day while attending a picnic, I began reading the ProJo and saw an ad for a job there. It was not permanent but a temporary position. This did not stop me from wanting to apply. It was as if it had been written with me in mind! I had to apply and take a chance!
At the time, I had two small children – ages 1 and 3. I interviewed and after my former manager gave his recommendations about me, I got the job! Some people were concerned I took the job without health benefits. That only lasted 1 month.
Another position opened, and I was in – full time, my DREAM job!
I worked as inside sales and as a specialty rep for a few years. It took a while to get outside sales, as at that time; not many women were put into those positions! Hard to believe, right?
Within 5 years, I made it to outside sales – perfect timing as I was going through my first divorce. It saved me from having to sell my home. I met wonderful friends and business owners during my time there.
I spent some time in local small business sales, digital sales, and most of the time with real estate sales. The one category I was not fond of was national and working with agencies. I found that I preferred face-to-face engagement with clients. That part of me has never changed or wavered.
Once again, as I was working in the field I attended Bryant College for marketing classes.
The End of An Era
It was a wonderful job for many, many years. Then the newspaper industry was turned on its head! After 25 years and painstaking deliberation, I decided to leave and go to work for a smaller, locally-owned paper.
That lasted less than a year as I was growing my part-time business and I quickly realized that it was time for me to take the leap and go full time on my own.
My Side Gig
It all started while working at the Providence Journal. I was a rep for the website sales and became interested in everything digital. At the same time, I ran an online business called Fancy Scrubs for several years.
I built the website, did all the SEO, blogging, and social media for it. Since I was in a bad marriage it was my way of dealing with it. Then, when I was not working at the Journal, I spent as much time as I could learning and growing that business. It helped keep me sane!
Therefore, it gave me a sense of purpose and a feeling of achievement! In fact, I got the largest sale from a Tweet – a doctor in Texas purchased the largest order of medical scrubs. Because of that, I have not stopped tweeting since.
A Blog and Business Was Born
I began my own personal Twitter account and my own blog at inspire to thrive. People – friends, associates, folks I met on Twitter were asking how I did it. Therefore, instead of answering each individual question there and on email, I started a blog — Inspire to Thrive. I am proud to say that it has evolved and grown over the years; and in the past few, I have started offering services.
Now, I blog for international clients and I train and consult with local businesses. Furthermore, I also do social media management, digital assessments, and blog for local clients.
Finally, I became proficient at Twitter…..so much so that my blogging colleagues convinced me to write an eBook! Another achievement I’m quite proud of!
New Chapter Is Born
In fact, I am now in my ninth year of blogging and I am never bored! Between my 30+ years of newspaper advertising and digital marketing, I feel I have so much more to offer potential clients. I love helping people and working for myself allows me the freedom to do so.
I am so excited about this new chapter in my career. Starting this business has taught me a lot about myself – my strengths, my determination, my sense of adventure, and loving what I do. I will never allow myself to be bored again! Life is too short!
A few more things about me
Featured recently on Reputation Defender – 10 of the best personal brand statement examples. June, 2020.
See on Online Business Ambitions – 7 Experts Give You Their Advice on Starting an Online Business, June, 2020.
Featured on I Am My Imagination in September, 2019. The Solopreneur Series.
Interviewed by Social Champ – March 2019. Sharing Secrets of the Blogging World.
Featured on Status Brew (Below) – Top 100 Social Media Marketing Influencers to Follow in 2019.
Recently, I was featured on Ryan Biddulph’s YouTube Channel:
- Shown on Animatron Blog as the 43 Most Influential Social Media Marketers You Should be Following, September, 2018.
- Featured on Status Brew ” The list of top 55 social media marketing influencers whom you should follow in 2018 to be aware of the ins and outs of the social media world. “
- Mentioned on Huffington Post in “How to Tweet Properly for Increased Traffic and Profits”, January, 2018.
- My personal story on how to get over fear on Blogging From Paradise, April 2018. (For those that have asked, I recently married my childhood sweetheart. I have 2 grown boys, a grown step-daughter, and an almost 4 year old granddaughter. We live in Rhode Island, the smallest state in the union.)
More About Me
- Claimed as one of the top 25 Pro Bloggers to Get Inspiration from on The Writers Hub, October 2017.
- Chosen as one of the 62 Experts Revealing Their Twitter Secrets and Tools on Simonzaku.com, October, 2017.
- Quoted on Small Biz Trends, July, 2017 – Don’t Wait – Take These 10 Easy Steps to Improve Your Business’s Online Presence.
- Featured on Signority as The Ultimate List – 70+ Business Experts To Follow For Explosive Business Growth – February, 2017.
- Twitter is the favorite network you’ll find Lisa on.
- Featured on Search Engine Watch post “13 Twitter PR Secrets to Report News, Gain Publicity and Build Relationships.”
- Highlighted on Blog Engage’s Spotlight, September 2013.
- More blogging at: Up City’s Top 25 Inbound Marketing Articles of the Week.
- Now Offering Content Marketing Services to help you with your small business or blog.
- Loves to walk, enjoys taking nature pictures and learning new things.
Awards – About Me
Notably, One of the Top Ten in Report Garden’s Top 10 Twitter Influencers. March, 2017.
Featured in Fit Small Business Top Marketing Blogs for 2015 and 2016.
– Blogger and Founder of INSPIRE TO THRIVE (9 years and counting!)
– Social Media Management.
– Social Media Marketing.
– SEO – Search Engine Optimization.
– Content Marketing.
– Social Media Training and Consulting.
– Social Media Marketing Consulting.
– WordPress (Extensive Knowledge with some HTML knowledge).
– Google Analytics Knowledge and Usage.
More About Me From Others:
All well Lisa. I really liked and appreciate all your articles as I get some awesome ideas and new vision for my career. Have a nice day and great week ahead.
— Rijhu (@Rijhu9) September 21, 2020
Wow such a nice explanation these tips not only limited to Instagram.
Replicated for creating Pinterest pins.
Thanks for sharing ??@Lisapatb
— ♥️♥️Suresh Allu♥️♥️ (@Suresh__Allu) September 19, 2020
— Joe Luca, REALTOR (@Luca9797) May 29, 2019
— Infinity Blog Awards (@infinity_awards) April 15, 2019
Great info. Instagram is powerful for my clients. https://t.co/w9Bi577sBA
— Janette Speyer (@JanetteSpeyer) March 19, 2019
Found very useful and interesting content on #InspireToThrive mam, it’s a must follow blog for every social media and digital marketer.
— TechSini (@techsini) January 3, 2019
My pleasure. Love the way you engage with people. Truly social! Nice summer day in Toronto
— Irving Frydman (@IFrydman) August 24, 2018
Loved reading it! It happened to me quite a few times this year… Great tips
— Ai Addyson-Zhang, Ph.D Digital Learning Evangelist (@aiaddysonzhang) July 30, 2018
This was such an informative post, thanks for sharing your tips!
— Maria Wen Adcock (@BiculturalMama) April 12, 2018
— Lynne Carey (@LynneCarey) February 28, 2018
So true @InspireToThrive Since you taught me about this I have seen an increase of traffic. Thanks bunches
— Donna Merrill (@donna_tribe) February 22, 2018
— Donna Merrill (@donna_tribe) February 16, 2018
And More What Others Are Saying About Me
Thanks so much Lisa. You’re an inspiration!
— Moss Clement (@mosclement) December 5, 2017
— Trade Show Ready ? (@TradeShowReady) November 26, 2017
Brilliant info and insightful tweet @Lisapatb, great site as well website
— Phil (@Train2Gain_Pro) November 19, 2017
As can be seen, there is more about me
Thank you! You always have great content. Have a great week! ?
— Harrison Ray Cowart (@harrisonRcowart) October 30, 2017
— Shameel Abdulla (@shameelabdulla) September 26, 2017
— Lauren Salkin (@thinkspin) July 13, 2017
@Lisapatb great article Lisa It’s not easy getting verified (speaking from own experience)
— Nancy Nardin (@sellingtools) November 18, 2016
More About Lisa Sicard from Twitter
— Lynn Abate-Johnson (@peoplefw) June 6, 2016
@Lisapatb Glad to do it, Lisa. I am doing well. Great post on Twitter Tools.
— Steve Cassady (@SteveCassady) April 20, 2016
@InspireToThrive my pleasure! Always on the lookout for good content, and this piece is great ?
— Tony Romano (@WriterTonyRo) March 14, 2016
— Michelle Hamilton (@HavenlyPhoto) March 13, 2016
More about me from others:
- Debbie from The DogLady’s Den – “Lisa is an experienced webmaster and social media buff, whom I also met through Bren Lee as a result. Her vast knowledge about Twitter and the ins and outs of the running a website are explained on her blog, for all of us to learn from. Want to know what’s new in the world of social media? Lisa has the answers and will tell you how it will help your site. She has a flair for engagement and I enjoy our conversations. Finally, we share a love of Southern California landscapes.”
- Sue Neal from Write Clever “Lisa is a friendly, engaging and very smart blogger, who shares her knowledge generously. Lisa’s blog is full of great advice about blogging, including helpful tips about some of the stuff I find it difficult to get my head round, like search engine optimization (SEO) and social media. Therefore, if you ever want any advice about Twitter, look no further.“
- Silviu Constantinescu from NetMarket Success – “Lisa is an exceptional blogger and one of the most supportive people I know. Her site – Inspire to Thrive – is packed full with expert advice in the SEO and social media world (she is an expert in those two fields). “
More About Me In Tweets:
— FitSmallBusiness.com (@FitSmallBiz) July 1, 2015
@Lisapatb – Hi I was browsing Twitter and stumbled across your account and thought; interesting, so I hit the follow button as a result.
— Rachel (@thedigger0) April 20, 2015
— RI Political Scene (@PolitcalScene) August 6, 2014
And more about Lisa Sicard on Twitter
@lisapatbI love the new post. Just did the test. Thank you so much for all the great tips.
— Richly Middle Class (@RichlyMiddleCla) April 4, 2013
In Conclusion About Me
@lisapatb I am fine, Lisa. That was a great post. Of course Anything I see of yours in justretweet I post even before I read it 🙂
— mikec (@blogboy2) March 12, 2013
@lisapatb: Thanks for sharing. Hope your weekend is going well Jen
— JenCastlePhotography (@JenCastle) May 19, 2013
— Barry Wells (@barry_wells) June 7, 2013
@Lisapatb You’re welcome Lisa. I’m always glad to share your content. It’s always valuable.
— Sherryl Perry (@KeepUpWeb) June 13, 2013
@Lisapatb Always a pleasure to share your content Lisa. Really good stuff. Love it!!! You’re awesome!
— Adrienne Smith (@AdrienneSmith40) June 20, 2013