5 People to Consider for Your Blog Audience

This is a guest post by Joseph LaLonde. He is a youth leader at Oak Crest Church of God and a leadership blogger. You can read his blog and follow him on Twitter.

When I began writing my blog, I wanted to reach everyone. Young, old, and anyone in-between. Choosing everyone as my audience seemed like a wise choice. It would give me the widest reach.

5 People to Consider for Your Blog Audience

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But, man oh man, was I ever wrong. I should have considered narrowing my audience and writing for one specific person.

3 Simple (but Powerful) Website Design Tips for Any Business Owner

This is a guest post by Brian Casel. He is web designer and author of Design for Conversions, a book to help startups design a better marketing site. You can read his blog and follow him on Twitter.

Your business’ website is everything. So how do you make sure it’s designed to perform its primary duty—converting visitors to customers? Let’s find out…

Website Design Tips For Any Business Owner

Whether you’re designing your own website from scratch, using an off-the-shelf theme, or hiring a designer to create your website, you’ll need to end up in the same place: with a website that performs for your business.

Why You Must Delegate Before You Automate

This is a guest post by Owen McGab Enaohwo. He is the co-founder of SweetProcess, an app that enables you to quickly and easily document how you get repetitive tasks done so that your employees know exactly what to do.

In Michael’s post on successful delegation, I left the comment:

“Sometimes in order to automate a task you might have to delegate it first, and then remove all the chinks before automating it…”

Why You Have To Delegate Before You Automate: 5 Steps To Reducing Your Workload And Getting The Right Things Done!

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As Michael mentioned, delegation takes quite a bit of time and effort to setup, but in the long run it pays off.

Six Psychological Secrets to Public Speaking

This is a guest post by Bryan Kelly. He lives in Chicago and interviews experts like Michael Hyatt, Chris Brogan, and Jeff Goins about presentation skills. You can watch his web show and follow him on Twitter.

Regardless of your skill level, every platform builder can benefit from the six scientifically researched insights I’m about to share. I know my very good friend, Alisa, put these to great use.

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Alisa is a vibrant, charming, whip-smart professional. However, when she’d stand in front of a group to share her brilliance, she would lock up and deliver a wooden presentation. It was extremely difficult to watch.

How I Became a More Confident Public Speaker

I was invited to speak at Training Minds Camp in San Diego last week by Chris Jeub, father of sixteen children (seriously). The real story with Chris is his wife, Wendy, who used to be totally afraid of public speaking. Chris brought Wendy to The SCORRE Conference in 2012, and it has transformed her life. She has a powerful platform, and this is a guest post of how SCORRE helped her. You can follow Wendy and her husband, Chris, on their website.

Following Michael Hyatt’s lead, I guess you can say I have a significant platform. I’m mother of sixteen children. There’s “wow” for you. Needless to say, I get asked to speak for all sorts of occasions—women’s groups, conventions, and churches. I have a unique message on “Love in the House” that I enjoy sharing.

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My problem is this: I hate public speaking. I love the message, but the actual public speaking part makes me sick. My knees lock up, I can’t keep my notes organized, my voice shakes and I sound like I’m about to cry—because I am! Not a good combination for an audience who just wants to hear what a mom of sixteen has to say.

5 Unique Social Media and Blogging Tips that Helped Us Reach $1 Million in Revenue

I am on sabbatical for the next few weeks. While I am gone, I have asked some of my favorite bloggers to stand in for me. This is a guest post by Leo Widrich. He is the Co-founder of BufferApp, a Twitter app I use daily and can’t live without. You can read his blog and follow him on Twitter.

A little over two years ago, I jumped into an epic adventure while still in college. My friend, Joel, had just launched a small app to help him post better on Twitter. Joel had called it “Bfffr.” He quickly changed the name to “Buffer” a few weeks later, after he realized, that was much easier to spell.

5 Unique Social Media and Blogging Tips that Helped Us Reach $1 Million in Revenue

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Fast forward two years into today. We were incredibly lucky to see Buffer thrive. Just this month, we crossed 650,000 users and $100,000 in monthly recurring revenues.

5 Unselfish Reasons to Charge for Your Content

I am on sabbatical for the next few weeks. While I am gone, I have asked some of my favorite bloggers to stand in for me. This is a guest post by Stu McLaren, the Co-founder of WishList Member and Rhino Support, as well as being a popular business speaker. You can read his blog and follow him on Twitter.

Nearly ten years ago, I made my first sale online for a $7.95 ebook. You would have thought I had just won the lottery. Dancing, high fives, pictures and a huge ego boost—all from one measly sale of $7.95.

5 Unselfish Reasons to Charge for Your Content

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Now I’d like to tell you that from that day forward I became this “sales machine,” but that wouldn’t be true. Anytime you make something available for sale, self-doubt will kick in no matter how much experience you have.

3 People You Need to Ignore Online

I am on sabbatical for the next few weeks. While I am gone, I have asked some of my favorite bloggers to stand in for me. This is a guest post by Jon Acuff, the author of four books including Start. He also founded the Start Conference, a two-day event in Nashville to help you kickstart your dream. He is a blogger and active on Twitter and Facebook.

Haters only get loud when you do things that matter.

3 People You Need to Ignore Online

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People who don’t stand up never get rocks thrown at them.

How to Increase Your Income by Letting Customers Have it Their Way

I am on sabbatical for the next few weeks. While I am gone, I have asked some of my favorite bloggers to stand in for me. This is a guest post by Dan Miller. He is the author of 48 Days to the Work You Love. You can read his blog and explore his community at 48Days.net. You can also follow him on Twitter.

Remember the successful hamburger campaign that promised you could “have it your way”? If you want no mustard, extra ketchup and two lettuce leaves, just voice your desires. 

How to Increase Your Income by Letting People Have it Their Way

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Consumers today are used to getting it “their way.” Hamburgers with extra pickles, radio with no commercials, an individual chapter in a book or a pair of socks that purposely do not match.

How to Successfully Self-Publish a Kindle eBook

I am on sabbatical for the next few weeks. While I am gone, I have asked some of my favorite bloggers to stand in for me. This is a guest post from Jeff Goins. He is the author of Wrecked and his forthcoming memoir, The In-Between. You can follow Jeff on Twitter or find out more about him here.

If you want to get noticed in the digital age, waiting for someone to choose you is the worst strategy. You have everything you need to start sharing your message today—fingers, keyboard, and the Internet.

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Even if they don’t consider themselves writers, most people dream of writing a book. And there’s never been a better time to do so. The stigma of self-publishing is fading away, replaced by countless success stories from first-time authors making a name for themselves.

Are You Doing It Because You Love It Or for the Reward That Follows?

I am on sabbatical for the next few weeks. While I am gone, I have asked some of my favorite bloggers to stand in for me. This is a guest post by Lucille Zimmerman. She is a licensed professional counselor and the author of Renewed: Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World. You can read her blog and follow her on Twitter.

Psychologists believe there are two reasons people choose their behavior: They are motivated intrinsically or extrinsically.

Are You Doing Something Because You Love It Or The Reward That Follows?

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Intrinsic Motivation: This means a person chooses a behavior simply because of interest or enjoyment. The act of doing the behavior is itself the reward. One researcher defined intrinsic motivation in terms of what people will do without external inducement.