NSA Drops the Platform Name: My Response

As you may know, a few weeks ago the National Speakers Association (NSA) announced it was changing its name to ‟Platform.” Many of you were, understandably, upset. Many of you were also vocal in your opposition. Your support meant more than you know to me.

However, I am pleased to report the matter has been resolved. Shep Hyken, the NSA board president, called me last night. He told me the NSA board had held an emergency meeting and voted to drop the name and go back to the drawing board. He also apologized to me for any stress this may have caused me or the people in our community.

Which Veterans Would You Like to Thank?

Today is Memorial Day in the United States. For many, this simply means an opportunity to take the day off, relaxing with family and friends. But there’s more to it than that.

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Memorial Day is a day we set aside to commemorate those veterans who have died in the service of our country. It was first enacted to honor those in the Union Army who died in the American Civil War. After the first World War, it was expanded to include American casualties of any war or military action.

Amazon is working on technology that will enable you to receive your package within 30 minutes of placing the order. (Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon, revealed this on 60 Minutes.)

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Ask a Question on My Podcast

If you’ve listened to my podcast, you know I answer questions from my listeners. Callers leave messages on my listener feedback line, I go through and pick the best, and then answer those on the show.

In the past, I have restricted the questions to the subject I covered on that particular episode. However, I am now allowing my callers to ask any question on any subject.

If you have a question about personal development, leadership, productivity, platform, publishing, or anything else, I’d love to hear from you. All you have to do is call me and leave a voice mail message. You can do so here.

If I answer your question on the show, I will also provide a link to your blog or website in my “show notes” (the blog post that accompanies that podcast episode). This is a great way to promote your site and get new traffic.

Advertise on My Blog Before the Rates Go Up on May 1st

My monthly blog traffic is up 164 percent over the same month last year. Mindy, my advertising director, is pressuring me to raise my rates, to bring them more in line with the market.

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I told her that I wanted to wait until May 1st. I want to give you, my faithful reader, an opportunity to get more than double the impressions at the same old price.

Why Sitting Is Killing You [Infographic]

I spent most of last week parked in my chair. I was working hard to finish the first draft of my new book. On the day before I turned it in, I sat at my desk for 12 hours. It was no surprise that my back was sore—really sore—by the end of the day.

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Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/Yuri_Arcurs

My first instinct was to buy a better chair. But after reading an article by Dean Karnazes in Runner’s World, I realized that the real problem was the sitting itself.

3 Non-Physical Benefits to Running

We all know the physical benefits to running. I won’t waste your time by repeating them here. However, people who don’t run, often miss the non-physical benefits. To me, these are even more valuable than the physical ones.

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Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/asiseeit

This week, I have been running outdoors. I have chosen to run in the heat of the day—usually when the temperatures are 90° or more. I know, I’m crazy. But I am loving it.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Father’s Day

We live in a world that is desperate for fathers. I am not just thinking about the millions of children who grow up without the benefit of a biological father. I am talking about the need for men who act like fathers and are willing to assume the role of fatherhood—with their families and in their communities.

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This beautiful infographic tells the whole story about Father’s Day with some interesting facts about fatherhood in general. I am offline today, choosing to disconnect from Twitter and Facebook to reconnect with my family. I hope you will do the same.

The Mystery of Good Friday

After attending the services at our church last night, I am still speechless. Good Friday commemorates perhaps the greatest mystery in the history of the world. How is it that God Himself—the Creator of the Universe—can suffer death at the hands of His creatures?

Last night, our church observed the ancient service of the Twelve Passion Gospels. Though I have participated in this service more than twenty times, I never cease to be amazed—and deeply moved. I am almost always brought to tears, as I contemplate God’s extreme love for us.

How I Used a Free App to Lose 11 Pounds in 6 Weeks

Financial advisor and author, Dave Ramsey, says that one of the keys to financial success is to spend less than you earn and do it over a long period of time. The key to weight loss is similar. Burn more calories than you consume and keep doing it until you reach your target weight.

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A Typical LoseIt Home Page

This is also the premise behind LoseIt.com, a Web site and app that Gail and I have been using since the first of the year.