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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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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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  • Dennis Neville

    Hi Michael. My name is Dennis Neville and I blog at http://www.home-base.org and am based in Johannesburg, South Africa. You have in previous blogs mentioned that you have encountered significant resistance in your career. How do you build up yourself-confidence again after battling through something like this? I have just come through a very difficult season and am struggling to regain my previous levels of confidence.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      The most important thing is to be mindful of the narrative that is playing in your own head. You might listen to this podcast: #38: Change Your Story, Change Your Life.
      There is a distinction between what happens to us and what we tell ourselves about what has happened to us. Taking control of the narrative is key to success.
      I hope that helps.

      • Dennis Neville

        Thanks Michael. I so appreciate the response and will explore that podcast with interest.

    • chrisreal3

      Hey Dennis…hope you don’t mind me jumping in to share something I recently heard from author Donald Miller at the Building Champions Experience conference. In speaking of the struggles we all face in our lives and how they impact us, he made 2 very good points: WE ARE NOT OUR FAILURES and WE ARE NOT OUR SUCCESSES.
      As someone who can totally relate to your comment/question, Donald’s point of keeping things in perspective has really helped me to see both my successes and failures in the bigger picture of my life.
      Best,
      Chris

      • Dennis Neville

        Thanks so much Chris for your insight. I do appreciate it. I will explore Donald Miller’s stuff. I think that the points you raise are incredibly helpful. Thank you for taking the time to respond.

  • Caryn Elizabeth

    Hi Michael. I perused your side bar and I was encouraged at every click of my mouse. Your experiences are what I aspire to do. I am only 3 years online, blogging, learning all marketing methods and have written a book “Branding You The Brand New You”, which I self published. Our keywords are similar, especially leadership. I have no question right now because I found you via an email from Speakpipe, sharing you , as being their best customer! Kudos! I also use speakpipe. Ok, so this is my question. It just came to me. Techy one! How did you set up your podcasts? I have plugins on my site but I’m not as techy as I’d like to be. I use Mixcloud for my audio trainings. But I’d like to set it up so people can download from itunes, etc.. Thanks Michael.

  • Jonathan Saucier

    Hi Michael. My name is Jonathan Saucier from North Carolina. I wanted to ask what your advice would be for someone who has a desire to become a public speaker. I’ve already started listening to great podcast like yours and reading books on personal development. I am inspired, but here is my question. At my age of 25, with not a lot of extra money, what would you recommend for me to focus that energy and inspiration to start this passion? Thanks for your time Michael. I hope that one day I will be able to attend your conferences!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I would recommend that you save and come to the SCORRE Conference. I wish I had attended 30 years ago when wI started.

      • Jonathan Saucier

        Thanks Michael. I’ll make an effort to try to make the next conference. Thank you for your time in responding.

  • Melinda Todd

    Do you ever have days where you feel defeated? If so, how do you deal with those? melindatodd.com

  • Barbi Rich

    Hi Michael, My name is Barbi Richtarcikova and I have a question about family business. My husband and I are going to work with family next year and I was wondering what your tips are as I am hearing a lot of warnings about mixing family with business. Thank you!

  • Anastasia Howell

    Hi Michael,
    My name is Anastasia and I am a 12 year old blogger. Over the summer I made a blog at booklandadventures.wordpress.com. I’m only a beginner so I’ve been following your posts on blogging to help me out. I haven’t been getting much traffic lately and I know that it takes time, but I was just wondering if you had any advice. Also, I’ve made a small about page but I want to make it better. I know about pages are important and I want to make sure its amazing. Thanks for being an inspiration and guide for me. Have a great day!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Have you read my book, Anastasia? Thanks.

      • Anastasia Howell

        No but I will deffinitley check it out. Thanks! :)

  • http://darrellwolfe.blogspot.com/ @DarrellWolfe

    In answering previous questions you mentioned that you can start to write your your book as blog posts, and that you shouldn’t hold anything back because as you give out you only get a deeper understanding. By the time you go to put it all back together into a book you’ll understand it better and the book will be deeper than the posts naturally. So:

    1. Does this apply to fiction authors too?

    2. Can one develop a platform that involves an author who writes both fiction and non fiction, or do those platforms by necessity need to be separate?

    3. You mentioned having written a post related to this but I couldn’t find it, can you reply the link?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for your questions, Darrell. Yes, fiction can be blogged, too. You will hear a lot of editors and publishers say it’s not, but we have a very old precedent in Victorian fiction. It was disseminated as a series of newspaper articles (e.g., Charles Dickens and the Pickwick Papers.
      You can definitely develop a platform for both fiction and non-fiction. Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn’t. Steven Pressfield, author of The Legend of Bagger Vance (fiction) and The War of Art 9 (non-fiction), among many others, has a single platform. But this usually only works when the audience is the same of you have chosen one or the other to address on your blog. Start with the audience and work backwards.
      I am not sure which post I was referring to. Sorry.

      • http://darrellwolfe.blogspot.com/ @DarrellWolfe

        That is very intriguing, to know that there are concepts like this dating that far back.

        I’ve always been a “Reinvent The Wheel” type personality. From very young I’ve been asking “can it be done in a new way, or done better”. Especially when it comes to creative arts, music, writing, or other artistic or ministry works. A far off someday dream of mine would be to rock Hollywood and Nashville by empowering other people to bring their art to a new level, leading and not following the World.

        I’m also becoming aware, as I get older, that some things are timeless principles and they work and doing them any other way won’t. So recognizing the difference between a principle (Unchanging) and a method (Changing) is my task in life right now.

        I’d like to take the unchanging principles of art, business, marketing and the changing principles of methods, delivery, flavor, and style and start to play with this regarding fiction.

        Thanks for your input! DW

  • Sherrie Anderson

    Hello Michael~ I am a speaker and writer. I do not have anything published at this time and feel like this has kept me from being asked to speak at larger venues or being represented by an agent for my speaking. It can be discouraging to say the least. Any advice or encouragement would be appreciated. Thank you.
    Sherrie Anderson
    http://www.byGraceMinistries.org

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Can you ask this via voice mail? Thanks.

      • Sherrie

        Thank you for your quick rresponse. I just left a voice mail.

  • Amanda Harrison

    Hi Michael. I recently attended your Platform Conference in Dallas – it was excellent! I am a communications specialist / content developer for a not-for-profit economic development organization in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I work in the “pit crew” for our ceo, Ron Kitchens, who blogs about leadership, talent, engagement and economic development at http://www.ronkitchens.com. Creating new, original content is definitely hard work and requires lots of creativity. I know you are very open about the technical tools you use, but I was hoping you might share what your creative process looks like? Is there something to be said for developing some consistency to harness creativity? Thank you!

  • Jon Dickenson

    Hi Michael. I have heard you say several times that Ray Edwards’ podcast is one of two or three that you listen too. Would you mind to share what the other podcasts are?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Sure. My regulars (in addition to Ray) are Pat Flynn’s “Smart Passive Income,” Joel Osteen, Andy Stanley, and the Podcast Answer Man.

  • Henry Cooper

    Mike, What other podcast series addition to Ray, Joel, Andy and Podcast Answer man you recommend for starters? I know of Karel of Life Habits, John Milligan of Simple Life Habits, David Allen of the David Allen Company, etc..

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      That’s a great list. You might add Dan Miller and Erik Fisher’s Beyond the To Do List.

      • http://www.twitter.com/erikjfisher/ Erik Fisher

        Dan and Pat’s shows are both on my list.

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      I was going to say Dam Miller at 48 Days Dan—but the big fella beat me too it! I really like Pat Flynn, too! He’s really good a motivating you do waht you love!

      • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

        Yea, Dan Miller is his brother. ;-)

        I should have mentioned Pat. Love his show.

  • Luis G

    Hi Michael,

    This is Luis and I am based in Switzerland.

    First of all I just want to say how much I appreciate your podcast. It is my number one podcast. I really value your insights and I feel like I am learning a lot from your experience.

    I have been doing some freelance work for the last 12 months while trying to find a new full time job.

    I have done over 170 spontaneous candidatures and job offer candidatures and I’ve managed to get interviewed 7 times. The last time it was particularly painful as I got informed I was not chosen because I did not master a particular software. This was a small office in an open space environment and I feel I couldn’t say that I had a good skill level in that software and arrive and have to ask for help, eventually in very basic aspects related to it. I feel that would hurt trust right away.

    But at the end of the day and believing that their feedback was truthful, I lost a job and I really need one. I feel discouraged after all these months and this time around I even had to deal with criticism from some friends…

    Maybe we all lie here and there on the course of a job interview but where should one cross the line, if lying is at all an option? I wonder what your thoughts about that are.

    Thank you.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Great question. I would not lie to get the job. Eventually, you will be found out. Worse, you won’t respect yourself. I know it’s tough, but I would encourage you to hang in there. Think of the story you are creating that will inspire others.

      • Luis G

        Thank you for your prompt response. I wish you a great year and I look forward for all the great insights I am sure you will keep on bringing to your audience.

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

    Michael, have you considered a podcast episode on tax issues for bloggers? You could address the differences between full-time and hobby bloggers, what’s ethical in reporting affiliate income, etc. Of course, you would give the disclaimer that you’re not an accountant, etc. But still, the episode would certainly relate to most of us.

    Also, if I don’t connect with you before your cruise, I hope and pray you and Gail have a tremendous time. Thanks.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Wayne. This is definitely something that needs to be addressed. I have been hesitant because I am not an accountant (as you point out), and I am not sure I am the right guy. BUT, maybe an answer on my podcast is the right venue.
      We are pumped about the cruise. We leave one week from tomorrow!

  • Michelle Caskey

    Hi,Michael. My husband and I have been listening to your podcasts like crazy and we appreciate all of your amazing advice. We’re currently in the process of converting my website (www.homeschool-your-boys.com) into a blog and I have a few questions:

    1. Should we allow trackbacks and pingbacks? We’re a bit confused as to if they are actually beneficial or if they will just make us the target of spammers.
    2. We’ve been converting all of my current content into pages, most of which allow comments. Should we be converting them into posts instead? Is there a benefit to either?
    3. I have always written about homeschooling boys as well as parenting boys; but, I’m thinking about expanding my platform to include some other topics in which I’m an “expert” such as posts about being a stay-at-home mom, being a writer, genealogy as a hobby, etc. We bought MichelleCaskey.com as a first step to doing this. Since I already have a following with homeschooling moms for http://www.homeschool-your-boys.com, would it be beneficial for me to merge all of these topics under the same blog? Or should I keep the different subjects in separate blogs?

    Thanks so much for any advice you can give us!