I am looking forward to speaking to Alabama lawmakers, Chamber of Commerce executives and other business leaders, as well as state and local governmental elected officials.

Date: August 17, 2013
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Event: Governmental Affairs Conference
Topic: Platform
Sponsor: Business Council of Alabama
Venue: Marriott Prattville Hotel & Conference Center
Location: 1 Grand Blvd
Point Clear, AL 36564
United States
Public: Private
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

http://michaelhyatt.com/speaking

#053: How to Become a Morning Person [Podcast]

Recently, I did a podcast about how to be more productive by re-engineering your morning ritual. The response was astounding. But many asked, “What if I’m just not a morning person?”

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Well, you can be. It may not be easy, but it’s definitely possible. You can do it if you are intentional.

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Use Video Interviews to Bring Outside Expertise to Your Tribe [Video]

Generating quality blog content is a lot of work. However, you don’t have to do it all yourself. You can use video interviews to bring in outside expertise. It’s simple and inexpensive.

I have done this repeatedly on my blog. Two people who are particularly good at this are Jamie Tardy and David Siteman Garland. Their blogs are almost exclusively video interviews.

#052: The Power in Choosing Your Response [Podcast]

When bad things happen, it’s natural to ask questions like, “Why did this happen to me?” or “What did I do to deserve this?” The problem with these questions is that they are unproductive and disempowering.

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The bottom line is this: you can’t always choose what happens to you, but you can choose how you respond to those situations. This is where our real power—and our real freedom—is found.

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Book Yourself Solid Illustrated (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2013)

I read Michael Port’s original book, Book Yourself Solid, and loved it. The subtitle says it well, “The Fastest, Easiest, and Most Reliable System for Getting More Clients Than You Can Handle Even if You Hate Marketing and Selling.”

Now Michael has published the illustrated version. It’s a totally different experience. It makes the book more useful, more scannable, and more compelling. I literally couldn’t put it down. The bite-sized tips are pure gold, one after another.

If you need to attract more clients—the right kind of clients—and generate more business, this book is for you. I highly recommend it.

5 Headline Templates That Grab Readers

This is a guest post by Ray Edwards. He is is a marketing strategist, copywriter, speaker, and author. You can read his blog and follow him on Twitter.

Your readers decide whether your blog post is worth their time within a few seconds. Most of that decision is based on the post title (or “headline”).

5 Headline Templates That Grab Readers

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Some of the highest paying work in the copywriting business is creating headlines for magazine covers and tabloids. Think about it. Aren’t you sometimes at least tempted to pick up those magazines in the grocery store line? That’s the power of a great headline at work.

7 Reasons to Convert Your WordPress.com Blog to WordPress.org

In my book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World, I recommend you start blogging with WordPress.com. It’s free and easy to get started. But if you are serious about blogging, you will eventually want to upgrade to self-hosted WordPress, also known as WordPress.org.

7 Reasons to Convert Your WordPress.com Site to WordPress.org

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What’s the difference? WordPress.com is the hosted version of WordPress. In other words, the software lives on Automattic’s servers. They are the parent company of WordPress.

The MacSparky Markdown Field Guide

The MacSparky Markdown Field Guide (David Sparks, 2013)

One of the biggest problems writers face is distraction. It is especially frustrating when the very tools designed to help you become a distraction.

That’s why I am now writing eveything in a simple text editor, using a method called markdown. It enables me to remove the clutter of technology and just write.

If you have an interest in learning markdown, I recommend The MacSparky Markdown Field Guide by David Sparks and Eddie Smith. I read the whole thing last week in one sitting.

It is an iBook, so you will either need an iPad to read it, or if you don’t have an iPad, you can purchase the PDF version. The book includes 137 pages, 27 screencasts, and an additional hour of audio interviews.