I’m really looking forward to speaking at Catalyst again. This will be my twelfth time.

Date: October 3, 2012
Time: 02:15–03:00 p.m.
Event: Catalyst Atlanta 2012
Topic: Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World
Sponsor: Catalyst
Venue: Gwinnett Arena (Convention Center)
Location: 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway
Duluth, Georgia 30097
United States
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
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Your Life Is the Sum of Your Choices

I signed up to run the Country Music Half Marathon in January. The big race was on Saturday, April 28th. But I didn’t run.

A Man with Two Choices - Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/eyetoeyePIX, Image #17906987

Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/eyetoeyePIX

With the launch of my new book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World, and several other projects in the works, I just didn’t have the time to do the distance training I needed to do in order to participate. (I have kept up with my normal running routine; I just haven’t done the extended distance work.)

The Voice Bible Translation

Thomas Nelson just released the full version of The Voice Bible translation. It represents the combined work of more than 100 Bible scholars, pastors, writers, musicians, poets, and artists.

The goal of this new translation was to allow the one divine Voice speak through the unique and diverse human voices who wrote the books of the Bible without attempting to homogenize the final product. The Voice does a masterful job of capturing the passion, grit, humor, and beauty that is often lost in other translations.

I will be leading a ”SuperSession” at BlogWorld on the topic of my new book, “Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World.” I will focus on what I am learning about building a platform in a completely new media channel: podcasting.

Date: June 7, 2012
Time: 09:00–10:00 a.m.
Event: BlogWorld & New Media Expo NY
Topic: Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World
Sponsor: BlogWorld
Venue: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
Location: 655 West 34th Street
New York City, NY 10001
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
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How Your Life Is Like a Tapestry

A few years ago, I had breakfast with an old college roommate. We hadn’t seen each other in twenty-two years. To my surprise—and delight—he looked almost exactly as he did the last time I saw him. The only difference was that his blond hair was mostly gray.

A Beautiful Tapestry - Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/InCommunicado, Image #4413064

Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/InCommunicado

We spent an hour or so eating and reminiscing. We talked. We laughed. And we listened.

#009: Is Work-Life Balance Really Possible? [Podcast]

In this podcast episode, I talk about work-life balance and whether or not it is really possible. In fact, I question the balance metaphor itself and pose an alternative that better describes what our focus should be.

I also share several examples from my own life, most notably a story from early in my marriage with Gail when I was working seventy hours a week.

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How to Get Your Great Work Project Off the Ground

This is a guest post by Michael Bungay Stanier. He is the Senior Partner of Box of Crayons, a company that helps people and organizations do less Good Work and more Great Work. He’s written several books and especially proud of his own Great Work Project, End Malaria, which has raised more than $300,000 for Malaria No More. You can learn more about Michael here and follow him on Twitter.

As a keen reader of Michael’s blog, you’ll likely remember this interview he did with marketing blogger and provocateur Seth Godin about a year ago. About 3:40 in Seth hints at a project connected with his Domino Project publishing company, and then says he can’t say any more because “… he’ll get in trouble.”

But I can tell you about it. And as tomorrow is World Malaria Day, a time to remember and refocus on the battle against malaria, it’s the perfect time. Let me explain why.

4 Insights I Gleaned from Building My Own Platform

Last week, I spoke at the Catalyst Conference in Irvine, California on the topic of my new book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World (Thomas Nelson, May 22). As part of my introduction, I shared how my audience has grown since I started blogging in April of 2004.

Eight years of blog traffic

Note that these numbers reflect my average monthly unique visitors. I simply took the total number of unique visitors for the year and divided by twelve months (or in the case of 2004, eight months). With the exception of the first few years, this data came from my Google Analytics account.

Advertise on My Blog Before the Rates Go Up on May 1st

My monthly blog traffic is up 164 percent over the same month last year. Mindy, my advertising director, is pressuring me to raise my rates, to bring them more in line with the market.

Advertising Pricing Table

Click on above image to purchase an ad

I told her that I wanted to wait until May 1st. I want to give you, my faithful reader, an opportunity to get more than double the impressions at the same old price.

3 Leadership Lessons I Learned Through Tragedy

This is a guest post by John Tiller, inspirational speaker and writer. He travels with his family to churches, conferences, and other events sharing their remarkable survival story. Connect with John via his blog, Facebook, or Twitter. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.

On January 9th, 2003, my life was going according to the plan that I had envisioned. I was thankful for many things. At the top of the list was my healthy three-year-old, Eli. I had no idea that everything could change so quickly.

On that day, our precious toddler pulled a little red Playskool chair across his playroom under an open window. He then climbed upon the chair, hoisted himself over the window sill, and pushed out the protective screen.