6 Strategies to Become a Better Conversationalist [Podcast S07E07]

(And Why It Matters)

Welcome to Season 7, Episode 7 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss our best tips for becoming a more engaging conversationalist.

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Like riding a bike or driving a car, conversation is a skill that requires practice to improve. Today we’re going to give you some of our most impactful strategies.

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"The greatest danger for most of us is not that we aim too high and we miss it, but we aim too low and reach it." -Michelangelo

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The Big 5 Financial Reports Every Leader Needs

All You Need to See Through the Fog and Reach Your Destination

As leaders, we’re often forced to pilot despite low visibility. But when it comes to finances, nothing is more dangerous than flying blind.

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I can’t tell you how many accountants and bookkeepers I’ve interviewed who thought quarterly statements were enough to run a business. That’s nuts!

Some of us know this from experience, but if leaders don’t have current and correct information on revenue and expense targets, performance, and cash flows, it won’t be long before they crash and burn.

12 Proven Productivity Hacks to Help You Win Every Day

Set Yourself up to Perform at Your Peak

Tell me you’ve had this experience: You start out with the best of intentions. Today is the day you’re going to slay your to-do list and bring home a major win. But…

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Life happens. And it doesn’t just happen—it happens like a tornado. Suddenly you’re behind, and it feels like there’s no hope of catching up.

But what if you could stay ahead of the storm? I want to share twelve proven productivity hacks that will empower you to get a jump on the day and perform at your peak.

Achieve More By Sleeping More [Podcast S07E06]

8 Tips to Reclaim the Rest You Need

Welcome to Season 7, Episode 6 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss eight tips for reclaiming the rest that we so desperately need.

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We sometimes allow ourselves to get derailed by what we assume is discouragement but is actually just a lack of sleep. When we’re tired, we don’t have access to the same kinds of emotional and intellectual resources as we do when we’re well rested. In this episode, we discuss how you can actually achieve more by sleeping more.

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Extreme Ownership (New York: St. Martin's Press, 2015)

Extreme Ownership, written by two Navy Seals and Seal Trainers, is both compelling and practical. Each chapter begins with a combat example, taken from the authors own experience in Iraq. The authors distill the leadership principle they learned and then apply it to business. They then share how their business clients implemented in this in a civilian context. This is must reading for any leader who wants to create greater accountability in his or her team and drive greater results.

"More often than not, being brave means doing it scared." -Michael Hyatt

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One Major Missing Ingredient in Leadership Today

Perry Noble’s New Book Can Change the Way We Lead for Good

Books sometime come at a pitch-perfect moment. I think that’s true for Perry Noble’s newest, The Most Excellent Way to Lead: Discover the Heart of Great Leadership.

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Whether we’re talking about business or politics, we’re surrounded by terrible examples of leadership right now. The Most Excellent Way to Lead introduces us to a whole new paradigm for evaluating leadership.

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4 Reasons It’s Easier Than Ever to Be an Author

The Only Question Is What Are You Waiting For?

Early in my career, everyone else seemed to be in control. I interviewed for a job, then waited for the hiring manager to offer me the position. I worked hard, then waited for my boss to give me a raise. I achieved bottom-line results, then waited for the vice president to approve my promotion.

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When I started writing, it also seemed like everyone else was in control. I prepared a book proposal, then waited for a publisher to offer me a contract. I wrote the manuscript, then waited for booksellers to order the book. I published the book, the waited for the media to interview me.

Since the March 1 launch of Living Forward, I have done a bunch of appearances and interviews. One I’m excited to share with you is this interview I did with my friend Dave Ramsey. Check it out.

Killer Takeaways from a Bestselling Book Launch

6 Lessons to Fuel Your Next Release

This is a guest post from Chad Cannon, my Chief Marketing Officer and the founder/CEO of the Chadwick Cannon Agency. Formerly, he was VP of Marketing at Thomas Nelson. You can read about marketing, publishing, and leadership on his blog.

The launch of Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy’s new book Living Forward has been massive. Thanks to you, we hit several bestseller lists out of the gate and made a major impact in the marketplace.

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Our marketing team built out a launch plan over a year ago and spent countless hours refining and executing it in anticipation of release day. Lots of strategy and hours of rich, dynamic discussion. And I’m proud—and humbled—to say that we dove into release day with more than 18,500 preorders.

It was one of those rare, memorable launches that rock-and-rolled its way into release week. As the marketing quarterback, I had the privilege to work with some of the most innovative pros in the industry, and I learned a ton.