Welcome Heidi Kreider

Today I am happy to welcome Heidi Kreider, a fellow member of the launch team for Michael Hyatt’s latest book. We are all very excited about the book, and several of us decided to exchange posts on the subject.

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Are you a writer?  A musician?  An artist?  A blogger?  Do you have your own business? Website? Ministry?  Are you looking for ways to promote what you have?  Are you wondering where to start? 

START HERE…

Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World, by Michael Hyatt

 

Released this week, Michael Hyatt has written the new standard of marketing and renamed it platform building.  As he says…

            “It is about having something of value to others and finding the most powerful way of getting that message to others who can benefit from it. If you are an aspiring (or already successful) author, artist, musician, public speaker, salesperson, candidate for public office— anyone who has something to say or sell— I want to help you take the stage and get noticed beyond your wildest imagination.” 

If you provide the nuts and bolts, and the man-power, Michael Hyatt will provide the planks you need to build your platform.  In an honest and engaging manner, Michael teaches these profound truths in an easy to implement manner….

            Plank 1: Start With Wow

                        “Push… yourself to deliver great products that you are delighted— yes, delighted!— to offer. If you don’t, then your attempt to build a platform is doomed to failure.”

            Plank 2: Prepare to Launch

                        “Take responsibility for your own success and invite others to join you in the endeavor.”

            Plank 3: Build Your Home Base

                        “Your home base is the heart of your platform, and getting it right the first time will set you up for success.”

            Plank 4: Expand Your Reach

                        “Marketing is no longer about shouting in a crowded marketplace; it is about participating in a dialogue with fellow travelers. Marketing is no longer about generating transactions; it is about building relationships. Marketing is no longer about exploiting a market for your own benefit; it is about serving those who s hare your                       passion—    for your mutual benefit.”

            Plank 5: Engage Your Tribe

                        “The time to build an audience is before you need it. You need people for whom you add value, a small army of followers, if you will, who can help you when you need it. This is why every CEO, brand manager, and department leader should create a blog,                             maintain a Facebook page, and get active on Twitter. There’s no less-expensive way to create brand equity than by using these simple tools.” 

Platform:  Get Noticed in a Noisy World is now available in hardback and eBook through all major retailers.  Buy it this week (May 21-25) and get 7 FREE bonuses worth $375.98!  Just click here. 

 

Is it worth purchasing a hard copy?  ABSOLUTELY!  I purchased mine.  After highlighting my Kindle copy all over the place, I realized this is one of those books I will carry around, dog-ear, highlight, and refer back to time and time again.  I will not attempt to build my own platform without it.So… the question now becomes… what will you do?  Will you pick up a hammer and start building your own platform or are you too overwhelmed at that prospect?  Don’t give up before you even get started.  Listen to Michael’s final words…

            “what would having a platform like I have discussed in this book make possible for your business, your cause, or your campaign? What would it make possible for you? All you have to do is take the first step. You’ll figure out the rest.” 

Make your first step buying Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World, by Michael Hyatt this week.  It’s the best first step toward building a platform beyond your wildest imagination that you could take. 

I received this book free from the author along with a request to post a review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Thank you, Heidi for sharing your impressions of a book that will soon be recognized as an essential guide to twenty-first century leaders and entrepreneurs. My readers can find my comments on the book today at www.heidikreider.com, where you will also enjoy her blog “Living on Purpose.”

Exciting News Today!

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PLATFORM: Get Noticed in a Noisy World  

 

To be successful in the market today, you must possess two strategic assets: a compelling product and a meaningful platform. It has never been easier, less expensive, or more possible than right now to build your platform. Michael Hyatt, one of the top bloggers in the world, will show you how, step-by-step, in his new book Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World.

To celebrate the launch of the book this week, Michael is giving away $375.98 worth of free bonus content for those who purchase the book between May 21 and May 25. Complete details are available at http://michaelhyatt.com/platform

Standing on a Strong Platform

Michael Hyatt’s book Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World is a powerful guide for people who create things. Creatives have historically relied on other people to sell their work. In today’s world that concept is morphing. The internet and social tools that use technology for human purposes have changed the way people around the world get acquainted and build relationships. Platform is an efficient and thorough guide for anyone with a message to connect with those who are eager to hear it. The message may be about a book, or about world hunger, or about a better lure for catching bass. Yet this book is not about being more flamboyant or noisier than the next person. This book is about being true to yourself as a creative and communicating your message with integrity.

I am very happy that I was among about one hundred people who were selected to help launch Platform. The team includes people of all ages, people from many different countries, and people who are creative in assorted arts. I am not sure what it says about me that I so frequently choose analogies with food, but this group reminds me of a Mexican mole. Those sauces have a list of ingredients that is almost a book in itself. The preparation has many steps and sub-processes. It takes all day to make a mole. In fact, I have read about moles that took more than 24 hours, because it takes that much time to develop all the flavor. Our team is like a complex and flavorful mole, including a great variety of components, and constantly surprising the senses with delightful discoveries of both aroma and taste.

This is the right kind of team to launch a book that is dense in content but spare in design. Sixty chapters – that sounds like a lot of reading. These chapters are lean like a bodybuilder’s bicep – all muscle and no fat. There is not one unnecessary word. As members of the team began posting their reactions to the book on our Facebook group, there was a common thread. Every reader was making notes for a future project in rebranding, blog management, and so forth while trying to absorb the whole message of the book. People were severely challenged to stick to the task of reading when every page invited them to stop and work on branding, product, blog, customer expectations, and so forth. Ideas and questions bubbled in the crucible of the group, and it is fun to imagine what will happen when the book is unleashed in the worldwide community of creatives.

Before I had finished the first chapter of this book, I recognized that one reading would only be a start. To get the value of the content, I needed to go back and spend time actually doing the recommended work in order to build my own platform. I had a lot of “aha!” moments as I made my first pass through the book. I also identified some work that won’t be completed in the second pass, or even the third. I am building a project workbook that will probably always be “in progress.” This book is not about attention-getting gimmicks; it is about being my best self for the long haul. It is about knowing how to share the message God asks me to share in truth and integrity. I have fought the whole process of marketing for a long time, biting my tongue over and over just to keep going. I am finally finding some peace in the process.

The launch team for Platform likely mirrors the conversations that will flow as the book reaches the audience of artists in all realms who are waiting for it. There are many books available for people who want to share a message with the world in the form of books, objects or causes. Platform will likely become one of the standards because of its elegant organization and rich content. I am proud to be part of a team that shares this guide to platform-building with so many people who need it. 

If you think you need a platform to stand on, then go to Michael Hyatt’s blog where you can sign up to be notified when the book is officially launched. If you sign up before the clock runs out, (see the countdown clock in the upper right hand corner of the page) you can receive some fabulous bonuses with your purchase of  Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World.

A Call to Integrity in the Marketplace

Michael Hyatt, author of Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World

The word that circulated in my mind as I read Michal Hyatt’s Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World was integrity. Ever since I concluded that I was created by God to be a writer, I have shuddered at the whole idea of marketing. It always seemed like a process that demeaned everything I stood for. Platform lifts marketing out of the used car lot and sets it on higher ground. In Chapter 1, at Kindle location 397, the author talks about the product you are trying to sell, saying, “It’s a cause you are championing, a message you are passionate about.” In other words, his topic is not how to sell more newspapers on a street corner. This book is about the way you call attention to a message that hearers will care about as much as you do. Your message is unique and uniquely you. Platform is about raising your unique, passionate message above the fray in order that the people who need your message, your product, your service, your cause, can actually receive it. Platform is a call to be your best self, not to be the loudest and most flamboyant entrepreneur in the marketplace. Writers who shrink from spending time on Facebook or Twitter, because they think such activity trivializes their work will discover a whole new perspective on these activities. Writers who have been advised to block entry to their sites with “squeeze boxes” or artists who think they need Flash images bouncing all over their blogs will breathe a sigh of relief. At last, a book on “marketing” that is not really about marketing. Rather, it is about how to achieve success in your work without compromising your principles. Yet it is simultaneously a guide to all the best available technology available to be used in service of your mission. 

Platform is organized perfectly for use as a personal project plan to build your own platform. Chapters are brief and tightly focused. You will treasure the tidy lists that make it easy to tackle each recommended step. You will be grateful for the logical progression that does not require flipping back and forth through the chapters to get the message. You can and you should read Platform straight through before you begin trying to use it, because you need the big picture. You will want to start working immediately, but don’t stop. You need the whole picture first. After that first pass, you should go back and start at chapter 1, reading thoughtfully and working through each step in the process that will build your own platform. On my first pass, I wrote down a few notes that I know will be part of my project, because I did not want to lose those first, fresh reactions to the material. Still, I feel certain that those notes will be chewed up, discarded, refreshed and reshaped a few times before my work is done.  

Every artist, whether a writer, a photographer, a consultant or a missionary to lepers, or any other person who lives a life shaped by the call to excellence in any endeavor, wants to connect with people who need this product. That call to excellence in your work is mirrored in Platform by calls to integrity in the process of sharing your message. In the final chapter, almost the final words, Hyatt says, at Kindle location 4050,”The key to monetizing your art without selling your soul is to offer ads, products, and services that are congruent with your brand and will add value to your readers.” In other words, build your platform with the same integrity you express in the work you offer to the world. After reading this book, I realized that if my work means what I say it means, then a platform whose strength is integrity is the only platform on which I can safely offer my work to people. I think every artist will benefit from reading and using the guidance offered in Michael Hyatt’s Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World.

I am sure you are eager now to buy this book, but don’t buy it yet. Wait! Michael will offer some exciting gifts to purchasers during the week May 21-25. Be watching for the announcement of the special gifts.

I received this book free from the author along with a request to post a review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

Truth Matters

If you read the first chapter of Shoot the Wounded by Lynn Dove, you won’t be able to stop till you read the last page.

Teens and parents of teens who read this book will feel right at home. Teen and adult gossip built on hasty conclusions from insufficient evidence keep the reader’s eyes glued to the page. The kaleidoscope of high school relationships is skillfully portrayed. As Ronnie’s story builds to a heart-rending moment of truth, Leigh and Jake tap-dance through a relationship complicated by half-truths. The meaning of the book’s title becomes very clear.

Christians who read the Bible faithfully will recognize in this book the same kind of characters that populate its pages. The teens and their parents all want to be faithful servants of Christ, yet everybody has dark moments and failures counterbalanced by moments when their faith shines brightly. Good and evil battle it out within the hearts of very real contemporary human beings.

The finale is worth waiting for. I won’t give it away, although it is tempting, because it is so satisfying. Lynn Dove has demonstrated skill as a storyteller in the context of a compelling testimony to the power of faith to redeem lives.