good listener | teacher | open-minded | fan of non-geek | social media freak | animal lover | loves to laugh, often at himself
The part about training and coaching I love most is seeing the light go on when someone learns a new WordPress skill. One of my greatest joys is watching WordPress users go from confused to confident as they learn the basics and take control of their sites.
A heart for teaching
Since 2008, I have taught thousands WordPress beginners in groups and individually, online and in real life. But what most people don’t know about me is that I owned my own marketing firm for more than two decades. So when you access my WordPress video tutorials or hire me for hourly training, you also get my 20+ years of marketing, print and web design, and entrepreneurship experience—at no extra cost.
The best way to describe my WordPress training style is “non-geeky.” I keep things simple and straightforward. I’m not here to impress you with lines of coding that you cannot understand.
I don’t pretend to know everything. And I will not promise that with my tutorials, you’ll have a WordPress site up in two hours. Because that just bothers me to mislead people like that. Sure, it’s entirely possible to create the site you want, and I’ll show you how to do that. But not in two hours.
If you contact me, I’ll let you know what I can and cannot do. One thing I hear over and over when I get a return email is “Thanks Bob, for being so honest.”
“It’s true. I live and breathe WordPress.”
Offering a helping hand
So many times you truly want to learn how to do it all yourself. But getting started is the hard part. That is why I have built my unique WPStarter Kit. I give you that helping hand in the beginning and provide the resources for you to learn and get control over your own site.
A commitment to the community
I am a huge believer in giving back. I love it that the WordPress community values learning. I blog several times weekly and spend hours scouring social media each week for tips and resources to share.
In my time on social media, I reach out to people who are having issues or challenges with WordPress and share easy solutions when I have them. I am also a past organizer for the Seattle WordPress Meetups, organized Seattle WordCamp 2012 and co-organized in 2014. I also co-organize the Seattle WooCommerce Meetup.
Sharing my knowledge
I have spoken at countless meetups and events. In my years of teaching I’ve given my time in free workshops across the Puget Sound. I have also spoke at 4 New Media Expos, several WordCamps and the newly founded WooCommerce Conference.
Do you just want an hour of my time?
Maybe my tutorials, startup kit or workshops aren’t right for you. And you just have some questions or need some guidance on how to start your site. If so, you can always purchase an hour of my time and we will chat online.
Need some help getting that WordPress site started?
Everyone has different needs. Sometimes you just could use an extra hand to get your site or blog started. Other times, you might need more. Either way connect with me and I’ll let you know if it sounds like a good project for myself or if not, I’m sure I would have a good recommendation for you.
One more thing
I actually do have a life outside WordPress. Here are a few things you might not know about me:
I love any movie that Christopher Guest produces, from Spinal Tap to For Your Consideration.
I make the best veggie pizza on the planet.
I learned most of my life lessons from Curly of the Three Stooges.
Most people don’t believe I’m an introvert. I remember my stomach getting tied up in a double knot at the thought of speaking to even 10 people.
I can never get enough of Monty Python or Fawlty Towers.
My road to entrepreneurship started with a job driving an ice cream truck, you know, the kind with that irritating, make-it-stop music.
I’ll choose a good mystery or horror novel over any TV show today.
I cherish all living creatures, and find it hard to kill even a nasty-looking spider.
I bartended in the days of “Harvey Wallbangers” and “Rusty Nails”.
I believe the amount of liquid in a glass has nothing to do with anything but thirst.
And yes, I am an optimistic fool.
These Things I Believe: A Blogger’s Creed
1. People are basically good.
I have found that most people are honest, kind and wanting to do the right thing. If I come in with those expectations, I am rarely disappointed.
2. Everyone has something to bring to the table.
We are each one of us unique, with special skills and talents. When everyone gets a voice, great things can happen.
3. What you see is what you get.
I don’t like pretending. I will strive to put myself out there in the most honest, transparent way possible. And I tend to gravitate toward people who share the same philosophy.
4. We are all teachers.
I can usually learn something new from every person I encounter. I believe that everyone has the ability to teach something new to someone else. And I love it when that happens.
5. Cooperation beats competition every time.
Exciting stuff happens when we pool our talents together. I love sharing back and forth with my colleagues who are in the same industry.
6. I believe in lifelong learning.
Learning continues throughout a lifetime. I love the quote: “I’d rather know some of the questions than all of the answers.”
7. A sense of humor will get a person through almost anything.
Laughing—at myself and at the weird stuff life throws me sometimes—is one of my greatest joys. I love LOL comedies, John Cleese and The Honeymooners. Laughter is good for the soul.
8. It is better to look for what we have in common than what divides us.
I won’t go near the political discussions on social media because I truly believe that it builds walls, when I am more of a bridge sort of person.