How do I: know what to say

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Many people struggle with finding the right words to ask for what they want or need.

They feel ill-prepared, scared to ask and sometimes ill just thinking about how to ask for something. So they don’t ask, however that is not a good idea. Use your words. Learn the phrases that will get you somewhere with your own ask.

Whether we are at home or work, with friends, family, coworkers or bosses, our words can tell a story, have an impact or influence people to do something. Or not.

While I get compensated if you buy this book below, you get to prepare yourself with the words and phrases you need to say to ask for almost anything.

Here is a great resource I found that is very quick to consume and to the point, as the title says:

There is plenty of practical advice provided in this book on exactly how to phrase your words. Start practicing.

How do you figure out what to say in any situation?

How do I: Crowdsource Apprenticeships

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How do you gain experience? Most of us gain experience by doing.

How do you learn from others? Some of us ask questions and do the work to learn.

How do you apply what you learned to the real world and gain valuable experience?

You can gain experience of how to apply what you learned to reality with an apprenticeship.

Where do you find apprenticeship regardless of where you live?

Enter virtual crowdsourced apprenticeships by GenM.

If you are seeking apprenticeships, you are 18 years or older, apply today for free as a potential apprentice to gain real-world experience working and learning from real people throughout the world. All remotely done from wherever you happen to be.

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Best books read in 2019

As a published writer, I read a lot and consume many audiobooks.

During 2019, I consumed over 52 audiobooks via Audible (paid link) and Hoopla (free thanks to my local library).

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I wanted to share the two best books that I consumed in 2019. Both of these books are original, well-researched and have plenty of actionable advice. They are my favorites from 2019. You can see my favorite books from previous years here.

If you are looking for a holiday gift for someone (or yourself), take a look at these two new books:

 

 

Questions?

How do I: plan a podcast

I plan most podcast series that I created.

How I do plan podcast episodes which are mostly interviews?

  1. Pick a niche topic that enough people care about and isn’t talked about much (hence the niche topic we will call XYZ for this article)
  2. Test the topic by asking a lot of people (that you don’t know) how much they care about topic XYZ and see if the market (people interested in the topic) is willing to talk about it who knows a bunch about topic XYZ or work in the field of XYZ. Look it up to be sure there is a network or groups of people interested in XYZ and join their network, group and/or conversation.
  3. Find 52+ people to interview on topic XYZ who are willing to answer a handful of pre-prescribed questions. This often means you need to ask several hundred people if they are willing to be interviewed because A) not everyone will say yes to the interview. Follow up and move forward. B) not everyone can schedule time to do this with you. Follow up and move forward. If they can’t, move on.
  4. Schedule all interviews over a 4–6 week period for 15–30 minutes calls. Mass interviews. Sometimes a few per hour, back to back. This can be all scheduled and managed.
  5. After the interviews are recorded, bulk edit all interviews in manageable groupings. I edit blocks of up to 10 interviews at one time. Schedule the time for everything if you want to get it done.
  6. Bulk approve edited interviews with interviewees. Email them the edited audio for their approval.
  7. Once approved, bulk schedule a year (52 weeks) from those 52 interviews. Grouping or batching tasks is much easier than the start-stop-start model. It helps maintain consistency too. It is easier to schedule too. This is auto-pilot after you grouped up and did all the work ahead of time.
  8. Release weekly with some marketing to the XYZ community, interviewees, relevant social media channels, all the podcatchers, email marketing, interviewing with other podcasters/bloggers and word of mouth.
  9. Repeat the process for the next podcast series. You can do this a few times like I did.

Questions?

Need help creating a podcast series for yourself or your business?

I can help you as much or as little as you like. Let me know.

How do I: create a podcast from an idea

Here is a video recording of a talk I did for the Savannah Podcasting Meetup about How to create a podcast from an idea. Repeatedly! in Savannah, Georgia on September 19, 2019:

Here is the slide deck from this presentation:

Tools I use for podcasting:

99Designs

Audioboom

WordPress

Zoom

Questions?