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I answer questions each week on my podcast. This is a terrific way to get your specific question answered and promote your blog or podcast. If I use your question, I will include a backlink to your site. If you’d like to leave a question, please follow the guidelines below.

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Guidelines:

I prefer voice mail messages, but you can also leave your question in the comments below (scroll down). If you want to leave a voice mail, please follow these guidelines:

  1. State your first and last name and where you are calling from.
  2. Mention your website or blog address if you have one. (By the way, no need to mention “www,” just give the URL after that. For example, “MichaelHyatt Dot Com.”)
  3. Keep your question brief. If it’s longer than 30 seconds, I won’t be able to use it on the show.
  4. Please only ask ONE QUESTION per voicemail (but leave as many voicemails as you like).

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If you prefer, you can call my listener feedback line at (615) 656-5001 and leave a message.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are snarky, offensive, or off-topic. If in doubt, read My Comments Policy.

  • Jason D

    I am a fairly young leader and I am also a believer. I recently played a role in pushing forward an important project for our institution, but as credit is being tweeted and praise is being emailed around, my part in the project goes unnoticed. As a believer, I question why it matters to me (where do I find my worth – in the praise of others?) But as a leader in this institution, working to revitalize the reputation of the department I lead, should I step up or bring attention to my role in this project? Apologies for the anonymity. Thanks for the blog, podcast, and all that you do!

  • Kathy

    I have a small business that is a LOT of administrative work, high overhead with liability insurance, worker’s compensation, etc. Recently I’ve been taking a life coaching course and know that Coaching is my heart’s desire. I have a vision of speaking, writing and helping people be the best they can be and empowering themselves to live with Joy and Freedom. What’s the best way to “get my feet wet” in any of these areas to gain the confidence to make Coaching, speaking and writing a viable business? I don’t have a background in any of these areas, not a lot of money to work with but know that is where God is leading me.

  • Scott

    Hi Michael, I’m a new subscriber. Thanks for offering this to all of us. I’ve read your tips about getting the most out of EverNote. Thanks you. In this poscast99, you mention SoundEver – when I clicked on the link I noticed the following two items:

    1 – SoundEver is now sold by 20Buttons Inc. after a transfer from Spinthought Inc. and will be getting an iOS7 overhaul in the coming weeks. Thank you! (Should we wait for the iOS7 Update before downloading?)

    2 – Category: Productivity, Updated: Dec 14, 2012, Version: 2.2, Size: 3.8 MB – - (Looks like it hasn’t been updated since 12/14/2012 – am I understanding this date correctly?)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      SoundEver could use a graphic overhaul, so that is good news. However, it works fine now.
      With regard to my productivity category, I have had scores of new articles since then. If you click on the Productivity button, you will see them all. Thanks.

  • Christopher C Mwase

    Hi Michael. My name is Christopher Mwase and my blog is chabwinowriter.com which I am in the process of customizing. Do you think it is a good idea to start with a free autoresponder like Listwire and then migrate to a paid service like MailChimp as soon as I monetize my blog?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      No, I would start with MailChimp. It is free for the first 2,000 names. Thanks.

    • Mark J Hudson

      I agree with Michael, start and grow with MailChimp. You will love the integration with website/blog. Also why learn two different programs. Fun, creativity and profit come when you master a skill

      • Christopher C Mwase

        Thank you Mark.

  • http://kcprocter.com/ KC Procter

    Question for 100th episode: What do you think is the biggest barrier people experience in trying to build a platform? How do they overcome it?

  • Shane Meyer

    Hello Michael. I am very new to your podcast and have not listened to many yet, but I am pleased with the content with what I have. I am very interested to learn how to apply your platform in our business of Region Bulk Commodity Transportation.
    My Question is, How to hire outstanding people in an industry that has so many sub par applicants without spending valuable time on endless applications and a small fortune on classifieds or advertisements for the position.
    Thanks for your time
    Shane

  • Jantz Selk

    Hey Michael. My name is Jantz Selk from Alberta Canada. I haven’t yet started a blog, and I would appreciate hearing your thoughts on my reasoning behind this. I am currently attending University for a graduate degree that will give me additional background knowledge and expertise that I feel I need to successfully start my blog. Because my blog will be focused on providing health-based advice I’m afraid to start blogging about this topic without appropriate credibility. On the other hand, I feel like while I am still in University may be a perfect time to start blogging because I am surrounded by, and have easy access to various experts in this field. So, my question is: do you think that reaching an acceptable level of credibility is an important enough reason for delaying starting a blog? I am addicted to your podcast, I listen every week and I hope I hear you answer my question on your 100th episode!

  • captainafrica

    Hello Michael,my name is Ogba Uweru and I listen to your podcast every week it is a unique source of inspiration.You have been a CEO and have experience dealing with people and my question is,how much trust should a leader invest in people (employee’s, business partners,family,friends etc), Is trust a leadership quality and how does one invest this resource if it is? I am having a lot of difficulty trusting people because I have been battered by very close people and sometimes it just feels like I really don’t matter to them.Thank you Michael.

  • http://storiesmadepowerful.com/ Arlen Miller

    Mr. Michael, My name is Arlen Miller, from Sugarcreek, Ohio. storiesmadepowerful.com
    Question: Who do you imagine your audience to be while you write your blog post? Do you imagine a specific friend of yours by name, character, and specific need—depending on the blog post subject—or an anonymous demographic composite?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I definitely have a composite based on my Reader Survey, but I also have that distilled to five avatars. I envision one of them.

      • http://storiesmadepowerful.com/ Arlen Miller

        Beautiful. Thanks so much, Sir.

  • http://stevejlee.com/ Steve Lee

    Hi Michael. My name is Steve Lee and I blog at stevejlee.com I just started the blog with your advice and I am excited to get the ball rolling. Since I am rather new to your blog and love your podcasts. I do noticed that you do change the way you operate becoming more effect over time. Would it be beneficial for someone like me who started listening to you in podcast 98 to start again from Podcast 1?

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  • http://changeyouremotions.com/ Linda Lochridge Hoenigsberg

    Congratulations on Podcast episode #100 Michael! I wanted to tell you how excited I am for the new format. I have always loved your podcasts as they are but I’ve gotten to know Michelle Cushatt as an online friend and am really looking forward to meeting you both in C.S. in November! I first heard Michele’s voice when I took your “How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal” course. I thought she did such a fantastic job co-hosting that course and interviewing you for the audios that I reached out and told her how much I enjoyed that aspect of it. I cannot wait to hear you two together again.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Terrific, Linda. She is going to do a GREAT job. Thanks.

  • Sergio

    Hi Michael.
    Regarding your latest podcast, I would like to know what to do with the hands during a presentation when we stand up before an audience.

  • Katie Ross

    More of an observation/comment — on today’s podcast (Episode 2), I don’t think that I heard either you introduce Michele or her introduce herself. To me, that detracted from the concept of “cohost”. I’m also guessing that many people might be listening for the first time, any episode, so it would be nice to hear who both of the co-hosts are, each episode. Just a thought…Meanwhile, am so very sorry to read the news of Charlie Brown…that could happen to anyone with an energetic puppy at any time, including me. So sorry.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Katie. This is good input.

      Thanks also for your condolences on Charlie.

  • http://johnmarkharris.net/ John M. Harris

    What advice do you have for Preachers, specifically Pastors who have to prepare 3 messages per week, but want to make it a more modern, better, up-to-date “TED Talk” kind of message… Blessings.

  • http://www.waynestiles.com/ Wayne Stiles

    Michael, as I plan to put together my membership site(s), I have a question. Why do you have different URLs for your membership sites and not make them part of your blog? I’d love to know the pros and cons from your perspective. Thanks so much.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I really want to develop some properties that stand independent of my personality. This was an opportunity to do that. I do plan to reference it on the new home page of my blog (under development). Thanks.

  • Vikki

    Your recent podcast, “The 3 Questions Every Leader Must Answer to Avoid the Drift”, was really a blessing to me, this week. Thank you for sharing wisdom and your experiences. Here is my question: How do you get back on track after serious drift? I have been experiencing drift for nearly a year, since taking on temporary and contract positions to earn money. I have slowly drifted away from my writing and other entrepreneurial aspirations to give attention to these jobs. What do I need to do, first, to get back to my original purpose? Thank you again for your generosity in sharing your wisdom.