You can’t acquire confidence by reading about it. You become confident by doing. Before you succeed you may have to fail for a while. You need a safe place in which to practice and get constructive feedback. It’s all very well to “say” step out of your comfort zone, but each one of us is… Continue reading Speaking with confidence
Have a purpose Purpose, relevancy, and ideas in business writing In the 1987 comedy, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, stressed marketing executive, Neal Page (Steve Martin), is reluctantly trapped in a shared hotel room with an optimistic and talkative curtain-ring salesman, Del Griffith (John Candy). Del can’t stop talking about the boring details of his life. Eventually… Continue reading Purpose, relevancy, and ideas
Have you noticed how thoughts have a habit of evaporating? Journaling, writing down thoughts and observations, can deliver valuable insights.
Lost in the mists of time our ancestors came up with an astonishing idea. Better to trade with neighboring tribes than to club them over the head and take their stuff.
Do you hate to wait? Most of us do. Yet we wait for trains, in doctors’ offices, at airports. We flee from unstructured time. We try to fill every fatiguing moment with a host of distractions. And that leaves us time poor.
Perfectionism will kill your writing. Perfectionists are quick to judge, and that can be a good thing under certain conditions. But not when writing the first draft. First drafts aren’t meant to be publishable. Writers must learn to tolerate half-baked ideas and ill-constructed sentences in the beginning. Writing is rewriting. Perfectionists tend to have unrealistic expectations… Continue reading Perfectionism stops you from starting
Publishers want a book proposal, not a finished manuscript. A publisher’s business model seeks revenue from book sales. But business people see the value of their book in terms of what it will do for them and their companies. Self-publishing has many advantages for the business author. However, in this article, I’m going to tell you… Continue reading Should I write a business book proposal?
Some time ago, I rejoined a local Toastmasters club after a hiatus of some twelve years. Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational speakers’ organization offering a rich arena for its members to develop connection, confidence, and clarity, and also have some fun. These are life skills worth cultivating. Membership fees are low, which makes the organization open to almost everyone.
How should you begin writing your business book?
“NOW HEAR THIS.” The U.S. Navy uses this phrase to command attention over a ship’s speaker system. Attention is the first order of business whether you’re giving a speech, writing a headline, or attempting to flag down that snooty waiter.