Do You Have a Personal Platform Plan for 2013?

A young man once asked a wise old woman, “When is the best time to plant an oak tree?” She answered: “Twenty years ago.” He then asked, “When is the second best time?” She answered, ”Today.”

Personal Platform Plan

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So it is with a platform.

It would have been great if you had started five or ten years ago. But if you haven’t, 2013 is the best time ever to launch yours or take it to the next level.

How to Make Your Intangible Products Easier to Sell

When you are in the business of selling intellectual property—books, courses, speeches—you have to work hard to make the product tangible to your prospect. You have to help them see what they are buying.

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This is why, for example, publishers produce the book jacket or cover months before the book is manufactured and oftentimes before it is even written. Increasingly, publishers render these in 3-D images to make them look even more real.

How to Launch a Bestselling Book

Ever since my book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World, hit the bestseller lists, I have been asked how I did it. Aspiring authors want to know what they can do to enhance their chances of success.

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I spoke on this topic yesterday in New York City under the title, “My Bestseller Launch Formula: How I Mobilized My Tribe to Drive My Book onto the Bestsellers List.” It was well-received, so I thought I would share the highlights here.

4 Reasons You Should Consider Launching Your Own Podcast

When I talk about building a home base for your platform, people naturally assume I’m referencing a blog. But this is only one possibility. Your home base could just as easily be a podcast or vlog (i.e., a video blog).

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As I explain in my book, Platform, the key attribute of a home base is that it is a place in cyberspace that you own and control. This is different than an “embassy” (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, or Pinterest), which is place you don’t own but where you have a presence. On a home base you have 100 percent control of your messaging and brand.

Join Me for a FREE Platform Teleseminar

I’d like to invite you to join me for a free, LIVE Platform Teleseminar on Tuesday, June 19th 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 several HELPFUL TIPS to help you jumpstart your own platform or expand your existing one. I’ll share specific visibility-generating advice for authors, entrepreneurs, pastors, professional speakers, small business owners, corporate brand managers, and more.

5 Steps to Building Your Platform [Infographic]

I thought it would be cool to create an infographic for my new book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. Thanks to Dave Whitlock of Principle Design for creating this for me. Click here to download the full-size PDF.

Feel free to share this graphic with others. There is code just below the image where you can easily embed it within your website or blog.

Five Steps to Building Your Platform Infographic

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7 Reasons to Buy My New Book Now

UPDATE: Sorry, this bonus offer has now expired!

Today, I am launching my new book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World (Nashville: Thomas Nelson). To celebrate, I am giving away seven bonuses worth $375.98 to everyone who buys a copy this week and e-mails me the receipt. I’ll share the details in a moment.

I won’t spend time in this post telling you about the book. I have created an entire page for that purpose, complete with endorsements from 27 people who were kind enough to read it before publication, including Seth Godin, Chris Brogan, Dave Ramsey, John Maxwell, and many, many others.

Join the Platform Launch Team and Receive 5 Exclusive Benefits

I need your help. Part of building your PLATFORM is recognizing you need others to help you along the way. That’s true for you. It’s true for me.

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As we’re approaching the launch of my new book, I’ve decided to try something different. I am inviting 100 of my readers to join me in creating a special “Platform Launch Team.” It’s a peer group of people who are willing to roll up their sleeves and help get the word out about the book.

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.