Join Me for the Platform Conference, February 11-13, 2013

I’m pleased to announce registration is now open for the first-ever Platform Conference, which will be held in Nashville, Tennessee, February 11–13, 2013. This is a conference you don’t want to miss!

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This event has been a dream of mine since before I wrote my book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. In fact, I had the idea for the conference before I even thought about writing the book.

Why Courage Requires Fear

This is a guest post by Jared Latigo. He is a designer, father, husband, writer, and aspiring speaker. You can read his blog or follow him on Twitter.

I’ve recently come in contact with a lot of information regarding courage. It’s a particularly interesting subject to me in many aspects of life.

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Being a father, husband, entrepreneur—and generally living in a crazy world—the opportunity to exercise courage seems to present itself on a daily basis. If we’re to be leaders on top of all that, we better understand how this thing works.

Michael Hyatt has said,

#034: Make Your E-mail Messages More Effective and Professional [Podcast]

In this episode, I’ll be talking about e-mail, particularly e-mail etiquette. If you’re at all like me, most of your communication—most of your work!—involves composing and reading e-mail.

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And, if you’re also like me, there are probably things other people do in their e-mail messages that drive you crazy. Well—news flash—there might be things you are doing that drive others crazy too!

I usually get about two hundred emails a day. You might get even more than that. Dealing with email can take a lot of time that would be better spent pursuing the creative aspect of our work.

In this episode, I share eighteen guidelines that I believe will help you make e-mail a more civilized and effective form of communication.

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Cyber Monday Special for Get Published

If you want to write a book—or if you’ve already written a book and want to become a bestselling author—this post is for you!

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It’s Cyber Monday in the United States and many online retailers are making available special discounts on their products. I also want to extend a very special offer to you for my new Get Published course.

I am looking forward to speaking at F&M Bank Mortgage Group. I will be speaking to their Loan Originators and Realtors on the topic of Platform.

Date: December 4, 2012
Time: 09:00-11:00 a.m.
Event: The F&M Bank & Trust Company
Topic: Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World
Sponsor: The F&M Bank Mortgage Group
Venue: Lexus of Tulsa Community Room
Location: 4210 S Memorial Drive
Tulsa, OK 74145
United States
Public: Private
Registration: Click here to register.

Comment Counts

If you are a frequent visitor to my site, you may notice that comment counts are lower than you remembered them. That’s because they are!

Previously, my comment widget (in the sharebar) was counting Disqus “reactions,” which was any social interaction—comments, tweets, Facebook posts, etc. However, the widget is now just counting true comments.

The comment count still may be off slightly from time to time, as we are still pulling the number from Disqus. It can sometimes take several minutes for the counts to synchronize and catch up.

3 Great Blog Post Structures You Can Use Today

This is a guest post by Ali Luke. She is a writer and blogger from the UK, and author of Publishing E-Books for Dummies. In partnership with Joe Williams of SEO Training, she runs day-long training courses on blogging and social media in London. You can read their blog and follow them on Twitter.

When I started out in blogging, I didn’t know how to put a blog post together. I started by simply typing out my thoughts. But it quickly became clear that, if I wanted readers, I needed a better plan.

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However great a writer you are, your posts will only get read if they’re well structured. That doesn’t just mean having a gripping introduction (though that’s an important part of it). It also means getting the main body of your post right.

Now that I’ve made a Pixar film, a lot of people have asked, “What is the secret formula, as if there’s some magical calculation. May I say, it’s really pretty simple. Everyone here loves films, and they just want to make something that they themselves want to see.

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The Pixar Story (A Documentary)

#033: My Answers to Listener Questions [Podcast]

I get lots of voice mail questions every week. Many of them don’t neatly fit into a single topic, so I thought I’d deal with them in this episode. I have grouped them around my standard categories: platform, personal development, publishing, and leadership.

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I start this episode with a very exciting announcement: Beginning today, we are taking registrations for the Platform Conference which will be held in Nashville February 11–13, 2013. We only have 135 seats available. They will go quickly.

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4 Ways to Keep Inspiration Alive

We’ve all experienced it: the large bureaucracy where the employees seem to be just punching the clock.

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A while back I had to get my drivers license renewed. This meant a trip to the Department of Safety’s Driver Service Center. While the process was quicker and more efficient than I expected, the people working the counter seemed lifeless.

Join Me for a FREE Get Published Teleseminar

I’d like to invite you to join me for a free, LIVE Get Published Teleseminar on Thursday, November 29th at 8:00 pm Eastern Time (7:00 pm Central, 6:00 pm Mountain, 5:00 pm Pacific).

Michael Hyatt Broadcasting from His Home Studio

During the call, I’ll share why you should consider writing a book, why now is the best time ever to do it, and how to get started. (Even if you are a published author, you will find this content useful and motivating.)