This is the single best conference I have ever attended. I use what I learned every single day. Now I co-own the conference with my friend, Ken Davis. If you are a communicator, this conference will help you prepare with focus, deliver with confidence, and speak with power.

Date: May 5, 2014—May 8, 2014
Event: SCORRE Conference
Topic: Set Up on the Stage with Confidence
Sponsor: Dynamic Communicators International
Venue: Rosen Plaza Hotel
(407) 996-9700
Location: 9700 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
USA
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

Click here to check out my speaking page.

#070: Help! I Married An Entrepreneur, Part 2 [Podcast]

My wife, Gail, often travels with me when I speak at various events. Inevitably, she is asked, “How do you live with a entrepreneur?”

Couple in B&W

In fact, two literary agents have encouraged her to write a book on this topic. So I sat down and interviewed her about this very topic. It was lot of fun. So much so, that we have decided to make this a three-part series.

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Last week, I made the mistake of upgrading to the new Mavericks operating system on my MacBook Air. I immediately began to experience problems with Apple Mail and my Gmail accounts. (The problems have been documented in numerous places, including this article on TUAW.) I am now testing alternative email clients. Which email program do you use? Why do you love it—or hate it? Tell me in the comments below.

Are You Making These 8 Twitter Mistakes?

Twitter is a great tool for extending your influence. You can engage your “tribe” in real time, offering leadership and assistance in a way that would have been impossible just a few years ago.

Twitter Screenshot

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However, Twitter is not without its challenges. I have made just about every mistake you can make. But assuming you want to grow your influence and increase your follower count (and I realize not everyone does), here are eight mistakes to avoid:

I am looking forward to speaking at NMX 2014 (formerly BlogWorld) and networking with other new media professionals.

Date: January 4, 2014—January 6, 2014
Event: NMX 2014 (Formerly BlogWorld)
Topic: TBD
Sponsor: New Media Expo
Venue: Rio All Suite Hotel
(866) 746-7671
Location: 3700 W. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89103
USA
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

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I am looking forward to speaking at Social Media Marketing World and networking with other social media professionals.

Date: March 26, 2014—March 29, 2014
Event: Social Media Marketing World
Topic: TBD
Sponsor: Social Media Examiner
Venue: Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
888-421-1442
Location: 1 Market Place
San Diego, CA 92101
USA
Registration: Click here to register.
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4 Reasons You Should Consider Crowdsourced Design for Your Next Big Project

My first experience with crowd-sourced design was four years ago. I sponsored a contest to design a new logo for my blog. I paid $200 and received 280 entries in seven days. I am still using that design to this day, albeit tweaked a bit since the original.

Since then, I have sponsored three design contests:

#069: Help! I Married An Entrepreneur, Part 1 [Podcast]

My wife, Gail, often travels with me when I speak at various events. Inevitably, she is asked, “How do you live with a entrepreneur?”

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Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/Tsuji

In fact, two literary agents have encouraged her to write a book on this topic. So I sat down and interviewed her about this very topic. It was lot of fun. So much so, that we decided to make this a three-part series.

Click to Listen

Play
The Virtual Assistant Solution

Last week, I ran a contest on 99Designs to have a cover designed for my new ebook, The Virtual Assistant Solution: Come Up for Air, Offload the Work You Hate, and Focus on What You Do Best.

After three days, I chose five finalists and asked my readers to select their favorite. More than 2,700 people voted. What you see here is the winning design (with a few tweaks), created by Niels van Londen from the Netherlands.

I’ll tell you more about the book when it is available for sale next week, but I wanted to share the results with you here.

3 Ways to Start Monetizing Your Blog Now

When I started blogging, using my platform to make money was the furthest thing from my mind. Back then, I just wanted to share my ideas and connect with others.

Now that I’ve build an entire business around my platform, that may be hard to believe. But, I just didn’t know what was possible, and I definitely didn’t know how to get started.