I’ve come to realize that one big challenge we have is that we have to tell the world how we help them, and we have to do it often. Only, we have to do it in a way that makes it about our buyers and not us. If you’re like me, you quite often have a song stuck in your head. In some ways, I think we should be this way with our customers. As long as we’re not an annoying song.
Sing the HELL out of Your Song
People don’t know what you offer. Or they forget what you offer. Or they’re so busy that they might need the reminder a bit more often because then one of those times might be the “right” time.
I wrote a book on how to Find Your Writing Voice. The idea came because Jacq said she wanted to know how to translate her unique self onto the page, onto her blog, into emails and more. You know, in a world where writing and communication are more important than ever, I wanted to make sure that you weren’t just putting your words out there; you were making your words represent you online.
Find Your Writing Voice
It’s a pretty simple book of writing advice. The idea is that there’s action in there for you and no fluff. You don’t have time to read 300 pages. This is just the meat.
I’m working on a new post, but I want to make you watch this video ahead of it. I won’t explain why yet. Just go with me.
I have a secret weapon when it comes to building my business, and it’s something I definitely can’t train you to have. I love to share thoughts and ideas with people. I love creating posts. Text, video, audio. It’s all great for me. I love sharing.
My Secret Weapon
The beauty of such a secret weapon is that you can learn more about me and about my business and about whatever it is I do that helps you thrive. It’s great because it’s a way to stay in contact with you, a way to share another perspective, a way for you to “mind read” and learn how I look at challenges.
You can read (ironically) a blog post every day or so telling you that blogging is dead. They tell you to write into Facebook notes or into Medium or anywhere but on your own blog. They tell you that no one visits blogs any more. And whoever “they” is have lost tons and tons of opportunities over and over again while shifting between platforms while giving you that advice.
Blogging Is Not Dead
Blogging is alive and well. People create content of varying levels of value every day. There are dozens and dozens of posts created on some sites each day while other people have switched to a weekly frequency. But millions of new pages of content are created daily, no matter where you fit in the spectrum.
You’ll see that it’s interesting how people explain what they do and how they explain whether buyers KNOW they need the person’s offering or not.
I spoke with some really smart and wonderful people about podcasting. Here’s the video:
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As the co-founder of PodCamp, it was interesting to participate at the most recent PodCamp Pittsburgh (this is their tenth running of the event). I was nearly surprised that nine years later, we’re still talking about which microphone to use and how to monetize a podcast. But that’s technically WHY we still run PodCamps. Because people still have that question. It made me think, though.
The Next Event I Might Run
I spoke with Carla Swank from Nashville a few times. She’s part of the team running Craft Content, which is their own project but that follows the BarCamp/PodCamp/other similar events legacy. It was exciting to see the new brand, the new ideas, the different spin on what is out there.
I’m a big fan of the work of Dr Nick Morgan. In my circles, when people ask me advice about how to be a better professional speaker, I tell a somewhat backhanded and loving story about how I paid for a day of Dr. Morgan’s time, hellbent on having him make me a much better speaker. I loved everything he had to say. It was brilliant, full of really important details and ideas. And I couldn’t really make good use of any of it.
Dr. Morgan mentions it in this post. For instance, “The good news for you conference organizers, then, is that if you hire Chris you’ll get something largely new each time. In spite of my best efforts.”. (emphasis mine)
A Peek Into How This All Threads Together for ME
I’m sharing MY personal setup. You can do yours any which way you want. But There’s some method to the madness, and it’s all contained in that picture above. I wanted to show you how it works for me.