The question I get asked most often is, “what prompted you to write a book, let alone two and on different subjects?”
Giving keynotes and workshops puts me in the zone because I’m doing something I love. That wasn’t always the case because speaking in public was my second biggest fear. As you can see, that’s changed. Creating program content came naturally but writing blog posts, not so much hence the reason I started a podcast. Wait, that’s another story so let’s get back to the books. The most common thing audiences write on a feedback form when asked what would make the programs better for them was ‘more time.’ My response was always, “I’m working on it” but I never quite got around to the task until a few serendipitous moments…
Taking the Leap
Speaking at TEDx in 2013 helped solidify the deal, well that and hiring a copywriter to update the content on my website. She added a page to highlight the upcoming book launching in the spring of 2014. It wasn’t until a client called to invite me to give a keynote at their April conference and officially launch my book there that I had a deadline of 90 days to complete it.
The title of my TEDx talk was ‘There to Here Is Just Another Leap’. Yes, I realize it’s improper grammar but if you listen to the first two minutes of the talk you’ll know why I chose it. It only made sense to call the book Just Another Leap because it tied my TEDx talk and the topic of comfort zones together. Writing the book in record time pushed my comfort zones in a BIG way!
Just Another Leap is a guidebook to help you with your ‘there to here’ journey. The bonus, it’s an easy read with easy to implement ideas and actions.Learn More Here
But why the shift to completely different topic for the second book? Success starts with how you think and builds on how you connect.
Creating A Connecting Advantage
It was when I realized the same mindset concepts could be applied to making connections that ‘Your Connecting Advantage’ came to light. Even though I’d been through the writing process with the first book, I still hesitated to start on the second (a mental comfort zone thing). It was continuous feedback of “more time” and clients asking me when the book would be ready that I committed once again to a conference launch. Six months to complete the project sounded like an easy window but my business was growing quickly which left me a much smaller window – 33 days to be exact.
This isn’t a lot of time to write and go through the editing process for a 212-page business book but keep in mind that I had lived the experiences and shared the concepts in keynotes and workshops since 2005. It was these very concepts that I used to build my brand, my business and more importantly, make the shift from wallflower to connector. Thank goodness for a phenomenal copy editor, graphic designer and accountability partner to work with!
Your Connecting Advantage is a guidebook with strategies and tactical takeaways on every page.Learn More Here
p.s. It may only have 12 reviews on Amazon.com so far but they’re all 5-stars!
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