#033: My Answers to Listener Questions [Podcast]

I get lots of voice mail questions every week. Many of them don’t neatly fit into a single topic, so I thought I’d deal with them in this episode. I have grouped them around my standard categories: platform, personal development, publishing, and leadership.

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I start this episode with a very exciting announcement: Beginning today, we are taking registrations for the Platform Conference which will be held in Nashville February 11–13, 2013. We only have 135 seats available. They will go quickly.

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If you are a public speaker, blogger, recording artist, business owner, entrepreneur, sales person, mortgage broker, pastor, or corporate brand manager, this conference is for you!

We have a terrific line up of speakers, including Ken Davis, Pat Flynn, Jeff Goins, Stu McLaren, Cliff Ravenscraft, John Saddington, Carrie Wilkerson, Andrew Buckman, and Michele Cushatt. (See the bios here.)

The venue for the conference will be the the famous Sound Kitchen music studio in Nashville, regarded by many to be the best recording studio in Nashville. It will provide an incredible atmosphere of professionalism and intimacy.

Again, these tickets will go fast. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to take your platform to the next level. You can find the details on the Platform Conference website.

Listener Questions

As I mentioned I have grouped these questions around my major topics.

  1. Alex Ferrero asked, “What are some of the hobbies you enjoy?”
  2. Aaron Meyers asked, “How important is networking with other bloggers for growing a blog platform?
  3. Brad Blackman asked, “What were the deciding factors in changing from one subject matter focus to another?”
  4. David Specht asked, “How did you stay motivated to keep blogging in the early days?”
  5. Emily Ryan asked, “Is it better to blog with others and reach as many people as possible, build a brand with your own name, or pursue a third option?”
  6. Jason Gardner asked, “How do I get people to my site?
  7. Scott Moore asked, “What advice do you have for people who want to build a platform but are stuck in the corporate world?”
  8. Chelsea asked, “Where should my boyfriend fit into my life plan priorities?”
  9. Jen McDonough asked, “Who do you let speak into your life? Who are some of your favorite podcasters, authors, etc.?”
  10. Keven Quinley asked, “Would I consider doing an end-of-day ritual podcast?”
  11. Otis Henderson asked, “What recommendation do you have for a self-leadership plan for someone who is not a new leader?”
  12. Robbie Kleinburg asked, “What kind of advice do you have for people living in different decades of their life?”
  13. Mark S. R. Peterson asked, “Does your book, Platform, apply to fiction writers as well as non-fiction writers?”
  14. Mike Hansen asked, “Did I have to go through the book proposal process with your book, Platform, or any of your other books?”
  15. Matt McWilliams asked, “What were your biggest fears and doubts when you became the CEO of Thomas Nelson? How did you overcome them?”

Special Announcements

  1. Last week I passed a major milestone: my podcast episodes have now been downloaded more than one million times. I couldn’t have done this without you, so thank you so much for your support.
  2. Just a quick update on the GetNoticed! WordPress Theme. We are making steady progress, but it has turned out to be a lot more work than we anticipated (shocking, I know). But this is going to be a killer theme. We really are giving this our best effort.

    I are hoping to ship the beta before December 1. I will announce next week how you can be part of that, so stay tuned. We have not finalized the final shipping date. That is really going to depend on how the beta test goes.

  3. My next podcast will be on the topic of “E-mail Etiquette.” If you have a question on any topic, please leave me a voicemail message. This is a terrific way to cross-promote YOUR blog or website, because I will link to it, just like I did with the callers in this episode.

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  • http://twitter.com/jaredeasley Jared Easley

    Question about the Platform Conference… Will there be a virtual ticket option?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Possibly. We will decide and announce that once we are sold out of the onsite tickets.

    • http://www.danerickson.net/ Dan Erickson

      But it’s in a recording studio.  Virtual would lose some of that experience.

  • http://www.DavidASpecht.com/ David A Specht

    Thank you for answering my question, Michael. It was a great, great podcast.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, David. Great question!

  • http://www.danerickson.net/ Dan Erickson

    I’d be very interested in the question regarding fiction vs. nonfiction.

    The conference will be in The Sound Kitchen?  That’s too cool!  Oh, if only I had the money and the time.  Maybe a little further up the road.  A former colleague and friend  of mine, Nathan Adam, lives in Nashville and teaches studio engineering and recording at Belmont.  I also lived in Nashville for two short stints in the early 90s when I was attempting to plug some of my early songs.  A trip to Nashville would be a great way to spend a weekend learning about building a platform.    

  • http://www.clayproductions.com/aaron/ Aaron Johnson

    I just like the fact that you are playing the Native American flute! Ever tried the penny whistle?

    • http://www.danerickson.net/ Dan Erickson

      I have a good friend who plays Irish whistles and bagpipes.  He also writes and blogs.  I’m going to interview him on my blog soon.  

      • http://www.mattmcwilliams.com/ Matt McWilliams

        I long to learn the bagpipes but my wife would kick me out of the house :)

      • http://www.clayproductions.com/aaron/ Aaron Johnson

         I’ll be checking that out Dan.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yes, I have. In fact, I have a couple!

      • http://www.clayproductions.com/aaron/ Aaron Johnson

         Cool! I picked one up a few years back so that I could learn to read music again. It’s been a lot of fun. After hearing Bill Miller in concert though, I’ve wanted to pick up a Native American flute. Guessing it’s an easy transition.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          Bill is who Gail bought the flutes from. Small world.

          • http://www.clayproductions.com/aaron/ Aaron Johnson

             No Way! It is a small world :)

  • http://www.mattmcwilliams.com/ Matt McWilliams

    Wonderful podcast Michael. 

    I look forward to every week…it’s a must listen, but I especially look forward to it when friends email me or text me before the sun rises to tell me to listen to the last question :)

    Thank you for answering the question and being so open. It really is comforting and encouraging to hear that you struggled with the same things I have. And look what became of it!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • http://www.joyjoyg.com/ Joy Groblebe

    Just an update for you podcast listeners on the Platform Conference.  The master level of tickets is already sold out.  You are the FIRST group to hear about this.  If you want to join us I would recommend you don’t wait to get registered. Please let me know if you need any help or more information.  HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

  • http://viewsfromtheouthouse.blogspot.com/ Mark S. R. Peterson

    Thanks, Michael, for answering my question on fiction writing.  I’ll be picking up Platform, for sure, and will continue to build my own.
    Appreciate your thoughts, and God bless!

  • http://blog.cyberquill.com/ Cyberquill

    Will the Twinkie survive? 

  • http://dalemelchin.wordpress.com/ Dale Melchin

    Michael, will you be doing this again soon?  Because I have enough questions to fill an entire show.  Yes, I am offering a challenge.  Please, don’t delete me. :-D  Seriously though, will you do this again soon?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Probably. Next time, though, I think I will focus it more by subject category. For example, questions about leadership or questions about platform. Thanks for your enthusiasm!

  • http://www.chaplainmike.com/ Mike Hansen

    Thanks for answering my question Michael. I am working on my book proposal currently and hope to make further progress over the Thanksgiving holiday. I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving too!

  • http://www.jeremybuzzard.com/ Jeremy Buzzard

    Hi Michael, Thank you for your excellent work and all that you do to share your tools and insights.  I agree with you on the basic framework of the 20’s and 30’s for sure, if not also the others.  I am slightly into my thirties now (33) and I see rather clearly the previous decade of  “learning” that I spent on what I now feel led to build my blog/platform with. 

    It’s quite amazing as I’ve prayed and listened for how I should “invest” in my 30’s to establish a lasting “product” that will add value to others.  I recently began a more serious venture into the blogging/writing world this summer.  I’ve learned a ton from you in a few short months and have been very pleased to connect to others who have helped me through their work on this front also.  Thanks again!  Blessings.

  • http://www.thecallofmen.com/ Scott Moore

    Michael, Thanks for answering my question. Your podcasts, blog, and book (Platform) have been instrumental in helping me build a platform with http://www.TheCallOfMen.com and in helping me work with Todd Wilson, aka The Familyman, at http://www.familymanweb.com. We host a weekly podcast together – The Familyman Show with Todd Wilson (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/familyman/id419981670?mt=2&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 or http://familymanweb.com/the-familyman-show/).

  • http://www.toddliles.com/ Todd Liles

    Simple, yet important question: “How did you get your picture to show up in your google searches?” Thanks!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I think just by filling out my Google profile. Honestly, I can’t remember.

      • http://www.toddliles.com/ Todd Liles

        Thanks.  I’ll do a little searching around.   I have a google profile and a google +.  No profile pic.  I’ll let you know what I find.
        ——– Original message ——–

  • http://christopherbattles.net/ Christopher Battles

    Thank you Michael.
    This was a good way to do this and I learned a lot of little(big) things from it.
    Bows for the quiver.

    K, bye

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  • http://www.DavidASpecht.com/ David A Specht

    Question about Get Noticed! Theme. Will your event post plugin be a part of the new theme?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yes, it will. It’s one of my favorite parts.

  • http://twitter.com/beardonabike Shane Blackshear

    Did I miss an announcement about the Get Noticed! Theme? Did the beta launch?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Not yet. We’re getting closer. Sorry for the delay.

  • http://twitter.com/bethanylconnor Bethany Connor

    Hi Michael,

    I am very interesting in being on the beta team for your Get Noticed Theme. What do I have to do to get on the list? Thank you for the updates on its status. Thank you for your fabulous podcasts ~ I just love listening to your sage words. You are a gift!


    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Bethany. You are kind. You can sign up to be notified of the beta here.