I love writing and blogging here, but it would not be possible for me to do it without the wonderful tools I use to make happen. Below is a list of the software I leverage to bring my writing to life in a compelling and excellent way. I also share how I use each tool.
You've published your blog.
Great, now what? What's at stake if I don't read it? How quickly do I discover this while reading your post? I suspect you don't want me to get bored or distracted, and I know you want to have a meaningful and positive impact on my life (as the reader).
Writing great blog posts is not only about enlightening or inspiring the reader. It's also about positioning it in such a way that they're driven to think, discuss or act on what we've shared.
To sustain a meaningful and excellent blog over time requires a solid system for capturing, organizing and creating great posts of value. Also, a good system allows for a higher level of performance and quality, especially when moving to a daily blogging cadence.
I like to think of my collection of writing as a garden. I'm planting seeds, watering them, nurturing them, and enjoying their beauty and fruit when they've matured. For my writing garden system, I tap into the IDEMA framework and the handy writing tool, Evernote. In my Evernote, I've got a folder (notebook) for each IDEMA stage, listed below.
This post is part 4 of My Leaders Lyceum Experience blog series. I'm writing in exchange for the opportunity to go through the multi-corporate program.
When we understand how our personality affects us and others, we better lead ourselves and those who follow. We can also learn to more effectively lead our families and community. So, according to personality testing, who am I?
At the offset of my second session, the facilitator, and founder of the Leaders Lyceum, Dr. Keith Eigel demonstrated to the group how our personality type can predict general behavioral approaches to problem-solving. His demonstration included a writing activity. In the front of the room, Keith simply stated the word LEAF.
Discovering the best road to take when it comes to publishing can seem overwhelming, but it's an important decision that needs to align with our personal and professional objectives.
In regards to traditional publishing, typically an author finds an agent, writes a proposal, and together they submit it to publishers. After an abundance of rejection, the persistence pays off and they get a deal (assuming the book is a solid idea).
This post is part 3 of My Leaders Lyceum Experience blog series. I'm writing in exchange for the opportunity to go through the multi-corporate program.
I had a challenging time writing this post primarily because of how much activity I've had on my plate since I wrote the last one. It's been over two months since I last published about this project! In many ways, this type of delay is how our personal development goes. Life happens, and we move forward with the important (and sometimes unimportant) actions that tend to be short-term oriented and less long-term beneficial. It's not until we get out of this hamster wheel of short-term thinking that we ever move beyond this feeling of wandering aimlessly.
Most people don't realize how powerful words are and how small tweaks can transform how we affect others and empower engagement.
I've taught numerous classes and workshops on a variety of topics. A common question to ask when finishing a talk is, "does anyone have any questions?"
Last Friday, I shared a prayer I wrote in 2014. Below, I share the prayer I've been using for the last few years for myself and others, and what it means to me.
Here is my short, but powerful prayer.
When I first started freelancing a nonprofit founder and friend hired me to help his organization get focused, organized and to setup an accountability structure. He believed he should have hired my former marketing company but never got around to doing it. So, he wanted to work with me before I went onto my next venture, and this is how my freelancing journey began. As I journey towards what I really want to do, I get to make a living empowering small business owners.
If you've received emails from me within the past few years, you might wonder why I start most emails with "Peace & Grace to you :-)" - I've got a cousin who actually figured out where this came from and why I use it.
Before I started using this phrase, I was using "I hope you're doing well". As I thought about this phrase, I realized I didn't care for its meaning. If I want to know how they're doing, I should ask. Also, why would I want to just hope they are doing well, why not offer something better? It bothered me so I decided to seek out a new way to start my written correspondences.
We've got four wonderful children under the age of seven. As you can expect, it can get quite hectic and their times of defiance can be problematic. As I was learning to manage this new parenting paradigm, I was interested in finding a highly effective method for disciplining my kids.
To help me out, I reflected on my childhood and thought about the most effective form of discipline my parents did with me. I recalled a time where my dad was punishing me for a behavior I was manifesting. The longer I persisted in my behavior the longer my punishment was.
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