How Can You Optimize Your Computer for Top Productivity?

10 Utilities I Install First on Any New Device to Shave Time and Drive Results

A while back I swapped my MacBook Pro for an iMac as my main computer. The iMac is a killer machine, but I was honestly a little frustrated at first.

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We all have ways we like to work. And some are more efficient than others. Over the years, I’ve tinkered and fine-tuned my approach for maximum productivity.

10 Reasons Every Leader Needs a Blog [Podcast S07E13]

(And How to Get Started)

Welcome to Season 7, Episode 13 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss why we think blogging is an absolute must for leaders today.

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If you’re a leader and you don’t have a blog, then you are missing out on one of the greatest leadership tools ever invented. With a blog, you can literally influence hundreds and thousands of people at a time. Today, I’m going to give you my 10 reasons why every leader needs a blog and what you need to do to get started.

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My Advice to New Bloggers [Podcast S07E12]

8 Steps to Success

Welcome to Season 7, Episode 12 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss 8 steps to success for new bloggers.

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Some people have suggested that blogging is dead. I couldn’t disagree more. After 12 years of blogging, I still think it’s the single best way to get the word out about your message, cause, or brand. Today, I’m going to give you my best advice on starting a successful blog.

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Want More Twitter Followers? [Podcast S06E05]

My Top 12 Hacks to Double Your Reach

Welcome to Season 6, Episode 5 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to expand your reach on Twitter.

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Twitter has been one of the most important tools for building my platform. It drives traffic, increases engagement, and allows me to share valuable resources with my readers. With more than a quarter million followers, I’ve learned what works and what doesn’t, and I want to share my top twelve hacks with you.

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What I Love About Periscope

9 Reasons Leaders Should Adopt Twitter’s Amazing New Video App ASAP

If I tweeted something about periscope four months ago, virtually everyone would think I was talking about submarines. But today over 10 million people know I’m talking about Twitter’s hottest new app, the social media video platform Periscope.

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Periscope got off the ground in March for iPhone and May for Android. There are always new developments in social media, and as a blogger, online entrepreneur, and the founder of Platform University, I keep tabs on what’s working and why.

It’s Not all Bad News: The Upside of Social Media

4 Reasons Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram Are Making the World a Better Place

It’s popular to complain about social media and talk about how it is destroying our culture, but what if the exact opposite is true?

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I joined Twitter on April 6, 2008. A friend urged me to check it out. He was already using it and loved it. So after some initial eye-rolling, I tried it and fell in love with the medium too.

It wasn’t long at all before I discovered that Twitter is one of the most powerful communication tools ever invented. It also wasn’t long before I got an earful from critics who said social media was bad news.

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.

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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 news is that if you narrow your focus, you can get serious traction and build your following.

Find out What the World’s Most Successful Bloggers Do to Drive Big Traffic

How to Leverage Social Media—Plus 8 More Top Growth Secrets

If there’s one question about platform building I hear more than any other, it’s this: “How can I drive more traffic?” We’re all asking it, right?

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We want to influence as many people as we can with our message, and that means connecting with as many readers as possible. But how?

I’m a firm believer in getting outside counsel when I want to grow beyond my current reality. So I asked twenty-six of the top bloggers and communicators what they do to drive traffic, people like Tim Ferriss, Glennon Doyle Melton, Jon Acuff, and John Maxwell.