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.)

5 Elements of Powerful Stories

This is a guest post by Matt Ragland. He is a writer who explores the motivations behind our choices and how people prioritize what is really important to them. You can read more from him on his blog and then follow him on Twitter.

When I was in college, I cared about what people thought of me. Too much. It affected how I dressed, spoke, ate, exercised, and what classes I took. I rearranged my life to make others happy, and went with the ebbs and flows of their opinions. I didn’t serve my true self, or the calling that was inside me.

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Then I heard a story that changed me.

Once, there was a community of wise monks who lived in the desert. One day, a man arrived at the monastery, asking if he could stay and learn wisdom from the monks. The old abbot came out and greeted the traveler, then asked why he had come.

#032: How to Create a Life Plan [Podcast]

As you may know, I wrote an e-book called, Creating Your Personal Life Plan. It has been downloaded more than 170,000 times. In this episode, I share what a life plan is, why you need one, and how to begin creating one.

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Over the course of my life, I have worked with a lot of planners. As a corporate executive, I’ve worked with strategic planners. As an individual, I’ve worked with financial planners. Now, as a speaker, I work with event planners. But I have met few life planners—people who have a written plan for their lives.

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Behind the Scenes with My Virtual Assistant

I started working with Tricia Welte, my virtual executive assistant (VEA), about fifteen months ago. She works for eaHELP. She has become an integral part of my team. So much so, that I don’t even think of her as “virtual.”

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I thought it might be interesting to give you a “behind-the-scenes” look and interview her here on my blog. I started with the basics and then moved onto the deeper questions. If you are considering hiring a VEA, this might help you see how it works for me and how it might work for you.

Wanted: Podcast Producer

I am looking for a smart, reliable, can-do person to manage the production of my weekly podcast, This Is Your Life. After producing thirty-one episodes myself, I want to outsource the post-production aspects of my workflow, so I can focus on creating the content.

If you are interested—or know someone who might be—click here for more information, including the

Take Ownership of Your Life in 4 Steps

This is a guest post by Anne-Sophie Reinhardt. She is an anorexia survivor, body image expert, and the owner of aMINDmedia. She empowers you to achieve a healthier and smarter life by returning to your true purpose and values. You can read her blog or follow her on Twitter.

“Remember, ultimately you are in control of your workout! I can motivate you to push harder. I can try to keep you from giving up, but in the end, it’s all up to you.”

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This statement of our cycling instructor stuck with me because I see people give up control over crucial areas of their lives all the time.

New E-mail Button on ShareBar

We just added an e-mail icon to the ShareBar which is displayed above and below main posts and below most mini-posts. It looks like this:

New ShareBar with E-mail Icon

Note: You’ll need to scroll down to another post to test it. (Make sure you are on the home page.) The above is just an image.

This may not work on all browsers or e-mail clients. Please let us know in the comments section if it doesn’t work on yours. Our goal was to create a simple way for users to share my posts with their friends and business associates.

This new feature will be part of my new GetNoticed! theme. I am just a few days away from announcing the beta program. When I do, I will tell you how to apply for the beta.

In this backstage interview at the Chick-fil-A Leadercast 2012, I asked Marcus Buckingham about authenticity and its role in leadership. We discussed how this builds trust and why our choices are so important. I also asked him about his newest book, Stand Out: Find Your Edge, Win at Work, and how our strengths help us make better, more authentic choices.

This would be another great interview to watch with your team, take notes, and then discuss.

#031: My Advice to Beginning Bloggers [Podcast]

As a result of my book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World, and my speaking, I get a lot of e-mail about blogging. People want to know what I advise about getting started. In this episode of the podcast, I answer this question.

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In my book, I share a social media framework. It consists of three parts:

  1. Home base. This is a place in cyberspace that you own and control. For most people, this will be a blog. It could also be a podcast or a video podcast. It is a place where you have 100 percent control of the design and the content—in other words, the branding and the message.
  2. Embassies. These are places in cyberspace you don’t own and control, but where you have a presence. Examples would include Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, etc. Don’t confuse these with a home base. You don’t want to use these as the primary means of delivering your content to the marketplace.
  3. Outposts. These are places in cyberspace you monitor using a tool like Google Alerts.

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8 Leadership Lessons from a Symphony Conductor

A while back, Gail and I went to the Nashville Symphony with our daughter, Mary, and her husband, Chris. Mary had bought tickets for Gail’s birthday. It was a magnificent evening.

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The orchestra was conducted by the renowned Hugh Wolff. He and the orchestra performed Beethoven’s Concerto No. 4 in G major for Piano and Orchestra. Horacio Guitiérrez played the piano. After the intermission, the orchestra performed Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, Op. 45.

After speaking at the 2011 SC Telco Federal Credit Union Annual Meeting, I’m excited to be back with them this year.  In addition to speaking with their executive team, I will be going deeper on the topic of life planning.

Date: November 17, 2012
Time: 09:30-11:00 a.m.
Event: SC Telco Federal Credit Union Annual Meeting
Topic: Life Plan: Designing the Life You’ve Always Wanted
Sponsor: SC Telco Federal Credit Union
Venue: Embassy Suites
Location: 670 Verdae Boulevard
Greenville, SC 29607
United States
Public: Private