#050: 8 Leadership Lessons from a Symphony Conductor [Podcast]

Not long ago, I sat in Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center watching Hugh Wolff, a world renowned conductor, lead the Nashville Symphony in a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, Op. 45. It was fascinating!

Concert

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Toward the end of the evening, it occurred to me that conducting an orchestra and leading a team have much in common. In fact, this analogy has become so powerful to me that I can hardly talk about leadership without referring to this example.

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Are You a Catalytic Leader?

I’ve known Brad Lomenick for over a decade and have participated in his Catalyst leadership events for almost as long. Helping leaders grow is their stated desire, and it’s one that I fully support. Our growth as leaders is central to our success. It’s also increasingly urgent.

The Catalyst Leader by Brad Lomenick

The tools of influence are more accessible today that ever before. When barriers come down, participation goes up. That means a growing number of people are flooding into leadership roles, many of them unprepared.

4 Ways to Connect with A-List Bloggers

This is a guest post by Dean Dwyer. He is a former teacher who now makes a living online. You can read his blog and follow him on Twitter. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.

I have been pretty fortunate to have the opportunity to connect with some big hitters online. Aside from Señor Hyatt himself, here are a few of the others who have been gracious enough to give me a significant portion of their time.

Four ways to connect with A-list bloggers

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How to Get Started Selling Advertising on Your Blog

I am frequently asked, “How can I begin to monetize my platform.” Of course, we deal with this at Platform University, but I thought I would tell you how I started.

How to Get Started Selling Advertising on Your Blog

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In 2008, my friend John Saddington convinced me to convert my blog from TypePad to WordPress. It was one of the best decision I ever made.

I will be speaking at INVEST Financial Corporation’s 2013 Leaders Conference in beautiful Palm Springs, California. I will be talking about “Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World,” specifically tailored for people in the financial services industry.

Date: April 25, 2013
Time: 09:00-10:00 a.m.
Event: 2013 Leaders Conference
Topic: Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World
Sponsor: INVEST Financial Corporation
Venue: Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
Location: 41-000 Bob Hope Dr.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-4497
United States
Public: Private
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.

Mark Twain

#049: The 3 Components of Job Satisfaction [Podcast]

You and I spend more time at work than any other single activity. Yet, I meet so many people who are unhappy in their job.

Business man showing Victory sign.

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If we are going to experience true job satisfaction, we need to understand the components that make it possible. We’ll talk about this plus what to do if you hate your job.

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Something Even More Important Than Blogging Frequency for Building Traffic [Video]

Almost every time I speak on the topic of Platform, someone asks, “How often do I need to post on my blog to be build my platform?” The truth is, my opinion has changed over the years.

When I first started blogging, I was like most people—I blogged when I was inspired. As it turned out, that wasn’t too often. As a result, my blogging frequency was all over the map.

The Easy Way to Become a More Memorable, High-Impact Public Speaker

This is a repost of an article I wrote about attending my first SCORRE Conference almost three years ago. Honestly, no conference before or since has had such a dramatic impact on me professionally. I use what I learned every single day. At the end of this post, I will tell you how to get a $200 discount to our next conference on May 6–9. But you must act quickly. We have less than 20 tickets left.

I spent the summer before my sophomore year in college as a summer missionary in Galveston, Texas. Each week my team visited a different church in the area and led vacation Bible school. It was fun, rewarding work.

In addition, I was assigned to a local church where I lived with the pastor, his wife, and their two children. They were both in their fifties and made me feel right at home.