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.
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.
One of the first questions you must answer as a would-be platform-builder is this: What do I name my site? This is also one of the questions I am most frequently asked when speaking on the topic of Platform.
You basically have four options:
The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.
In this brief video, I talk with Andrew Buckman about three common mistakes platform-builders make with their blogs. This is an excerpt from this month’s Master Class at Platform University. Andrew is a WordPress genius, my web developer, and the co-founder of Get Noticed! Theme for WordPress.
More than 6,000 people have used this simple tutorial to set up their own self-hosted WordPress site. And now, for a limited time, Bluehost is offering a special for my readers for only $3.95 a month. Honestly, this is a steal. Get it while you can!
The easiest way to build a platform in today’s world is to start a blog. While you can do this with free hosted options like WordPress.com, TypePad.com, and Blogger.com, you will get the most control by using self-hosted WordPress. This is what most serious bloggers use. It is what I use here at MichaelHyatt.com.
However, this is where many people get stuck. They assume that the process of setting up a hosting service and installing WordPress is complicated and time-consuming. It’s not.
Only a few of them live in my community. Most of them live hundreds of miles away. But that doesn’t keep us from working together effectively. Thanks to some really cool software, we are able to communicate and stay totally in sync.