What It Takes to Become a Person of Influence

4 Simple Behaviors Any Leader Can Adopt

I was recently talking to a neighbor about an ordinance being considered by our city council. She didn’t like it and felt strongly that it shouldn’t pass. She went on to make the case to me, raising several valid points I had not considered before. I reminded her that the city was holding a public […]

Want to Earn a Living Creating? Here’s Your Mountain

4 Truths You Need to Know to Get to the Top

At this point in my career, I’ve sold a lot of books. But I was hardly an overnight success. First came work in publishing and agenting. I learned how book sales worked—and didn’t work—well before I published a word of my own. I want to use my experience here to puncture a thought bubble I […]

The No-Fail Product Plan [Free New Webinar]

7 Keys for Creating and Launching a Successful Product

What’s an entrepreneur’s worst nightmare? Spending tons of time developing a product, testing it, and finally launching it—only to be met with mediocre sales. Or worse, none at all. It’s a legitimate concern. It happens in the marketplace all the time. In fact, the fear of a product flop is the reason so many product […]

Michelangelo Didn’t Starve for His Art—Why Should You?

4 Strategies Entrepreneurs and Creatives Can Use to Learn From the Masters

We’ve all heard of the curse of the starving artist, right? If you’re interested in technique or design, you’re stuck suffering for your craft. But what if I told you that’s just a limiting belief holding you back? Jeff Goins has good news for creatives in the business world: You don’t have to relegate yourself […]

How to Read Your Customers’ Minds

The System I Use to Ensure My Products Succeed

Over the years, I’ve coached thousands of online entrepreneurs and aspiring business-builders. Whether they’ve already started or they’re hoping to make the leap, there’s one concern they all have in common: How do I know people will actually buy what I produce? You see two distinct scenarios in your mind’s eye. The first involves your […]

Why Great Customer Service Is So Important

5 Ways We’re Focused on Making Ours Great

Customer service is a double-edged sword. Get it right and you can make loyal, lifelong customers who sell your products for you. Get it wrong and you can find your business in real trouble. The Wrong Way to Do It My friend Frank gave me an example of the exact wrong way to do customer […]

Why You Don’t Need to Be Involved in Every Social Media Channel

3 Simple Steps to Get Traction and Build Your Following

I get asked a lot, “How do you find time to do it all? If I participate in every social media channel, I don’t have time to do anything else!” Exactly. The reality is that I don’t do it all. You can’t be everywhere in social media—and you won’t be effective trying. But the good […]

Reach Is Not the Same as Influence

How to Build Trust and Make an Impact Online

One way you can reach a larger audience quickly is to piggyback on established email lists from bloggers and businesses with similar interests. “Third party email marketing, whether for Business to Business (B2B) or Business to Consumer (B2C) is a great way of finding new customers and can be an awesome resource for new, fresh […]

7 Steps to Faster Audience Growth [Free New Webinar]

Learn How to Build an Engaged Online Following in 30 Minutes a Day

When I talk with people about the frustrations they feel in building an engaged online following, slow growth and insufficient time come up more frequently than anything else. I get it. When I first started blogging, I would spend hours on an important post, expecting it would take off. But no matter how much time […]