My Take-Aways from the Platform Conference

This is a guest post by Justin Wise. He is a family man, author, professor, and digital communications expert. He lives in Des Moines, IA (by choice) with his wife and two children. Visit JustinWise.net for a free social media ebook.

What do a trumpet, a George Bush impersonator, and the C+C Music Factory all have in common? If you guessed, “Nothing, weirdo,” you’d be wrong.

Platform Conference Day Q&A-1

Cliff Ravenscraft, Pat Flynn, Ken Davis, Carrie Wilkerson, Andrew Buckman, Michael Hyatt, Stu McLaren, and Jeff Goins

The correct answer, dear readers, is they were all part of the inaugural, sell-out Platform Conference, held in Nashville, Tennessee on February 11–13.

The three dumbest guys I can think of: Charles Lindbergh, Steve Jobs, Winston Churchill. Why? Because any smart person who understood how impossibly arduous were the tasks they had set themselves would have pulled the plug before he even began.

Ignorance and arrogance are the artist and entrepreneur’s indispensable allies. She must be clueless enough to have no idea how difficult her enterprise is going to be—and cocky enough to believe she can pull it off anyway. How do we achieve this state of mind? By staying stupid. By not allowing ourselves to think.

How do we achieve this state of mind? By staying stupid. By not allowing ourselves to think. A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. It’s only you and I, with our big brains and our tiny hearts, who doubt and overthink and hesitate.

Steven Pressfield
Do the Work (New York City: The Domino Project, 2011), Loc. 161-163

#041: 7 Actions to Take Before You Quit Your Job [Podcast]

You know it will eventually happen. You’ll quit your job to take another one. Maybe you’re in the midst of this right now—or considering it. Regardless, in this episode I discuss how to finish well and setup yourself up for success.

Letter of resignation

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The time will eventually come that you have to quit your job.  The only real question is how to do it in a way that doesn’t burn your bridges. So what I want to share in this episode is this: before you turn in your resignation—or even begin looking for another job—let me suggest that you consider the following seven actions:

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5 Ways to Energize Your Team

As a leader, you have an effect on people. When you leave the room, people either feel taller or smaller. This is an almost super-hero power, but, unfortunately, leaders are often unconscious of it.

5 Ways to Energize Your Team

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A few years ago, I met with an author I had always admired. It wasn’t our first meeting; I had met with him a few times previously. I had always enjoyed being with him and left our encounters with a renewed commitment to serve him well.

The One Thing You Must Do to Achieve Break-Through Results

I often meet people who are stuck in one area of their life or another. They want a break-through, but they can’t seem to get traction.

The One Thing You Must Do to Achieve Break-Through Results

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Contrary to what they think, it’s not about having:

  • More money;
  • More time;
  • The right contacts; or
  • Better luck.

Instead, it almost always is about overcoming an invisible barrier that exists in their own head.

#040: Get Out of That Funk [Podcast]

In this episode, I talk about how to get out of that funk. I discuss the winter blues, also known as “Seasonal Affective Disorder” or SAD, and how to keep your energy up regardless of the time of year.

New Podcast: “Get Out of That Funk—How to Beat the Winter Blues”

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Many people get depressed during this time of year. Sometimes there are legitimate medical or psychological issues that must be addressed. However, some people resort to medication prematurely, before making sure they have the basics covered.

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The First Platform University Monthly Q&A Call [Audio]

I hosted our first ever Monthly Q&A Call for Platform University last week. In case you missed it, you can listen to the recording here (or download the transcript here.)

The First Platform University Monthly Q&A Call - January 2013

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Going forward, this will be a members-only call. However, I wanted to share this first session with you—even if you are not a member—so you could sample the kind of content I am providing at Platform University.

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I will be speaking at this one-day event designed to help equip and inspire local ministers and business leaders.

Date: August 26, 2013
Time: TBD
Event: Leadership Lab
Topic: Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World
Sponsor: The Assembly
Venue: The Assembly
Location: 3500 W. New Orleans
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
United States
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.