My Word of the Year is #BanBusy

  Every year, I do a few things. First, I review the year behind me (that would be 2014). Then I set annual goals for the year ahead (2015 is what we're calling it, apparently). In that process, I choose a word of the year.  This is my third year on the word-of-the-year bandwagon, and I love it so far. In brief, the goal is to choose a word that will direct how I think about my life and the decisions I make about how to spend my … [Continue Reading...]

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When Is the Right Time of Day to Work?

Last week I told you the story of my try-hard-do-little day at the coffee shop, attempting to churn out some of my monthly writing and failing miserably. Despite the fact that I am generally a fast writer, and someone who can put pen to paper with particular speed, that day I did nothing of the kind. Instead, despite the fact I had come to the cafe with the express purpose of getting some writing work done, I did more or less nothing. Aside … [Continue Reading...]

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Elite Blog Academy: An In-Depth Review of A New Blogging Course

I get tons of questions about blogging, so I'm always happy when I can check out blogging courses to see what I think of them and if I think readers would like and learn from them. Recently I told you about Ruth Soukup and her new course, Elite Blogging Academy. In this review, I'll lay out what I think more in-depth about the course. Who it's for, who it's maybe not for, and why I care. Hopefully, this will help some of you think about if … [Continue Reading...]

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How to Make 2015 Not Suck #goals

As part of my morning quiet time, I've been reading a book on goal-setting from Danielle Laporte. So far, I'm loving it. This morning, in the book, Danielle suggested that the entire month of December should be wiped off the map in terms of work. In other words, no one should work in December. I laughed. And then I agreed. There's a lot to do in December. The holidays. The family stuff. The shopping. All that food. And then there's the … [Continue Reading...]

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Why Smart People Prefer Twitter

There's been a lot written about the use of Twitter for writers, and for folks who think in words. As others have said before me, Twitter helps you distill your ideas, refine your thinking, and polish what you want to say into less. If you used to think in words, now you may think in … [Continue...]

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Social Media Pet Peeve #2: Over-Sharing

Ah, the case of over-sharing. On social media, it (sometimes) appears that over-sharing seems to be certain people's #1 favorite idiotic thing to do. In this social media pet peeve video #2, I share about why over-sharing is so: unnecessary, annoying, and not smart.   Want more … [Continue...]

My endorsement of Michael Hyatt's latest bestseller, Platform. Happy to see other authors I love endorsing it, including Donald Miller and Chris Brogan.

How to Get Book Endorsements and Reviews: Part 2

Earlier this week I gave you the top five of my ten tips for getting and managing book endorsements on your next book. (Want the audio version? Check out my podcast on the same topic.) Here are the remaining five tips from the list. 6. If It's a Glowing Review You're After, Provide Some … [Continue...]

Me reading the manuscript for Jeff Goins' new book, Wrecked. I loved it, and endorsed it.

How to Get Book Endorsements and Reviews: Part 1

I read a lot of books every year (the goal this year is 150 books, and I'm on track so far), and many of these books are not actually purchased by yours truly (or Mr. Yours Truly, when he can't think of another birthday or Christmas gift I'll otherwise gush about). In fact, many of the books I … [Continue...]

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The ONE Documentary on Honduras is Here

Some of you know that last month I had the pleasure to serve as a delegate on a trip to Honduras with ONE, the grassroots advocacy campaign co-founded by Bono some years back. The trip was a chance to see the work of ONE's partner organizations especially as it relates to women and girls in the … [Continue...]

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The Women Who Change Honduras: My Trip with ONE

Last month I had the pleasure to serve as one of three delegates on a trip to Honduras hosted by ONE -- the grassroots advocacy campaign cofounded by Bono. It was ONE's first trip to Latin America (and first outside Africa). Alongside the other delegates, actresses America Ferrera and Alexis … [Continue...]

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Social Media Pet Peeve: People Who Constantly Ask for Retweets {Video}

I've got pet peeves, and I'm going to start telling you about them. In this first video of an upcoming video series on - what else - social media pet peeves, I'm sharing about one of my hands-down, feet-up least favorite of all social media pet peeves: people who constantly ask you to retweet their … [Continue...]

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Podcast #9: How to Get Great Book Endorsements

If you're writing a book, this may be the podcast for you. In it, I'll talk about the importance of finding good endorsers for your next book, and how you can maximize their support for marketing gold. I share ten key tips on how to best approach endorsers, how to guide them to a good … [Continue...]

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How to Create Your New Twitter Profile in Three Easy Steps

This week brought a bunch of changes on Twitter, and the most commented on change of all is the new functionality to create a more awesome Twitter profile page. Specifically, you can now upload a header image alongside your handy avatar. The way your bio is displayed is also cooler, too. After … [Continue...]