How to Use Periscope: A TV Station in Your Pocket

Today is easier than ever before to reach out, build and touch your community, your platform with live streaming video from your smartphone with apps like Periscope, Blab, Meerkat and Facebook Live. Follow me on Periscope. This video shows you how…

I look forward to connecting you on TV!

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How To Save Time: Turn Off Your Email And Cell Phone

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Turn Off Distractions And Save More Time

If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, or small business owner, then you have to learn how to save time.  You don’t want time to be your arch nemesis. You need to figure out how to get more done in less time. One of the main ways you can do this is by turning off distractions.

Distractions

Two of the biggest distractions for entrepreneurs are email and cell phone. Yes, I know those are the tools that you use to get leads and clients, but when you are trying to work on products, or for a specific client, they can be major distractions. The phone rings and you think you need to answer it. The email refreshes and you think you need to look at the new ones. This completely takes your focus away from what you are doing. And, if you’re like me, it’s hard to get your focus back.

Turn Off Your Email

Pick a specific time during your day, maybe a 3 hour block, and turn off your email. You can still let people know that their connection is important to you. You can set up an auto-responder on your email that lets them know you will get back to them. In the auto-responder refer them to your support desk or your assistant during the time you have blocked off. This way you can focus on the task at hand.

Turn Off Your Cell Phone

Do the same thing with your cell phone. Take that same block of time and turn your cell phone off as well. It’s OK for clients or customers to go to your voice mail. I suggest leaving a polite message that directs people to your support desk or to your assistant during that block of time.

Setting Parameters

By turning off your cell phone and email during the day, for a specific block of time, you are setting parameters for how people should connect with you during that time. You will be amazed at how much focus time you have to get things done.

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The Power of Collaboration and My Bonuses

Me and my good friend Tony Laidig spill the beans on the power of our profitable collaborations, how you can get resale rights to Tony’s next product for only $7 which includes a hot new bonus I’ve created for you called… 7 Ways To Build Your List For FREE With PowerPoint!

 

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Writing Tips – Record and Transcribe

Vertical_3D_coverLet’s face it, if you’re in business for yourself–a speaker or trainer, coach or consultant or if you realize the great need for large quantities of fantastic content fast–then you need to know how to speed write. Periodically I’m going to share with you my “Real Fast Writing Tips.”

Today’s Real Fast Writing Tip – Record and Transcribe

The record and transcribe strategy is one of my favorites… probably the reason it’s number one!  This strategy is great for people who are good speakers.

The idea is to record a conversation about your topic, then have the conversation transcribed.  Once it’s transcribed you then edit and polish the content into something usable.

Follow the Steps

  1. It’s easier to get great content from this strategy if you start with writing 10 questions about your topic as a guide. These questions can come from frequently asked customer or client questions.  Or they can come from your experiences. But, as you think of questions, remember that it is easier to go from general to specific in your topic.  Also, think about what questions would- the answers to– develop the most robust content.
  2. If possible, have a colleague or friend interview you using the 10 questions as a guide. Encourage your interviewer to ask probing follow up questions and tell them to follow up on anything they don’t understand.
  3. For your part, strive to give the most detailed and thorough answers you can. Be mindful to explain your answers as you would to someone who has no knowledge of your content.
  4. Record this interaction as an MP3. I like the free recording software called Audacity if you don’t already have a recorder on your machine.
  5. Have the MP3 transcribed using one of the transcription services. Transcription services are generally reasonably priced. I’ve listed a few of my favorites in the resources, or you could simply Google “Transcription Services”.
  6. Finally, edit and polish the transcription. I find, that for me, an hour of conversation yields about 20 typed pages of content.  Your yield will depend on how fast (or slow) you speak.

(Excerpted from Real Fast Writing: Online Video Tutorial Addition)

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[Personal Invitation] Will You Be A Podcast Launch Team Member?

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I’ve made an important decision.

After much consideration, I have decided to launch a podcast.  I believe it and an accompanying blog will serve you better.

But I need your help.

Podcast LaunchI am inviting you to join my special Podcast launch team!

What is membership in the special launch team?

Well I’m going to do everything in my power to launch with a bang!

Which means I need a team of people who will support the podcast on and immediately after launch day.

Primarily, I will need people on the team to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes (it’s free), rate and then review the podcast on launch day and also share the show with your community and/ or social media followers.   So the time commitment is minimal.

I’m looking for 55 people for the team.  Will you be one?

What’s in it for you?

First, you’ll get my undying gratitude.  I mean that.

Second, you’ll have greater input in the direction of the show.  How we can make the show better for you; to serve you better.

Third, I will be offering some goodies that only team members will get.

I plan on launching sometime between May 15 and June 1.  The specific day isn’t nailed down yet.

I’m planning splitting the show into seasons. And I’m focusing this first season of the podcast on one of my favorite topics: digital publishing.

In future seasons, I intend on covering other topics related to growing your business and helping you to have a more abundant life and as I say as a team member you will have a say in that direction.

So are you interested in helping make this podcast world-class?  Are you interested in being a part of something great?

If so, please reply in the thread below and I will reach out and connect with you personally.

I’m excited!

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Tips On Writing Email Subject Lines That Will Get Your Emails Opened

Writing Email Subject LinesOne of the trickiest issues entrepreneurs have to deal with is writing engaging emails that prospective clients will open. The most important part of an email is the first part the reader sees–the subject line. Email subject lines need to attract attention just like newspaper headlines do.

Here are a few tips on writing email subject lines that will attract attention and increase your open rate:

  • Be Specific – If you are promising something good, then put that as your subject line. If you’re giving them a free report on how to boost their Facebook Ads (for example) then let them know what they are getting.
  • Use Power Words – Don’t be afraid to add emotion buy using words that will bring out a specific emotion in your reader.
  • Shake It Up – Don’t be afraid to use bizarre phrases that will pique curiosity.
  • Mentors – Subscribe to lists of people you really respect and see how they use subject lines to their advantage.

For more ideas on writing email subject lines, check out this great article: 37 Tips for Writing Emails that Get Opened, Read, and Clicked

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Amazon Kindle Format Tips for Authors

Kindle FormattingIf you want people to buy your Kindle book, and hopefully give it a good review, it must be formatted correctly! As an author, formatting your Kindle book can really weigh you down and distract you from actually doing what is important–which is writing.  Poorly formatted kindle books can lead to refunds and bad reviews.

I’ve been thinking of the importance of this lately, and came across a great blog post entitled, “5 Quick Tips I Learned for Business Authors to Easily Format Kindle eBooks for Amazon.”

This reminded me of a few tips I would like to remind you of when formatting Kindle books.

  1. Proof Read – This may seem like a no brain-er, but customers do not like books with lots of grammatical or spelling errors. ALWAYS have someone else proof your book. When you know what it is supposed to say, you don’t always catch the mistakes. This goes for spell checking as well. Make sure you spell check your entire document several times. Just to be safe.
  2. Test Your Book – Test your book with Amazon’s online viewer to make sure it looks right. When you upload it to KDP don’t just trust that everything will look right. Use the Amazon Viewer to make sure it looks the way you want it to. If not, tweak it. Don’t just think that it’s good enough. People like their Kindle books to look like books. They don’t want a lot of awkward spaces.
  3. Font and Point Size – Make sure you are using a common point and font size. The most commonly used is Times New Roman 12 Point.
  4. Cover – Don’t underestimate the cover of your Kindle book. It needs to be eye catching. There are several free programs where you can make great looking covers on your won without breaking the bank. If you don’t feel you have time to do that, then consider hiring someone. But, make sure the cover represents what your book is about.

These are just a few tips, but they are good ones to start with. Do you have some tips for Kindle formatting?

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New Free Images & Great New Public Domain Trend

Two important developments… First,apparently Microsoft has ripped out the gallery of images it used to provide to license holders for PowerPoint and other programs. That means you can’t automatically just use some image that comes up when you search for an image in PowerPoint or office.com. Here’s a really good post about it from my friend Ellen Finklestein – here.

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That is one of the reasons I’m so happy to post this new list of public domain images from friend and business partner Tony Laidig. He’s also doing a webinar on product creation with images that will be very worthwhile – New Public Domain Images Sources

This is so cool because it taps into the new and growing trend of photographers who release their photos – most of them stunning – into the public domain for all to use in anyway they wish all without asking for permission or paying royalties.

So download this report now and start taking advantage of all these cool new images.

Strongly recommend: Register and attend the special training Tony will be doing on how to use these images to create info-products – super cool! The registration link for that webinar is at the end of the special report. Download here.

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Thrive Don’t Just Survive

Get 3 Hours of Free Coaching With Me – Watch The Video Interview With Ali Bierman To Find Out How

Here’s What You Do

Step 1. Go to Ali’s crowdfund here – http://authr.me/fvC
Step 2. Choose your level of support.

Remember that everyone who contributes at the $10 or $30 level will also get in addition to Ali’s listed incentives my Effective Time Savers training that reveals 17 of my productivity and time management hacks.

Everyone who contributes at the $100 level will also get in addition to the Effective Time Savers videos my How To Make Your Kindle Book a Bestseller program which has a value of $97.

And for those people who contribute $250 you’ll get everything mentioned above PLUS 1-HOUR OF COACHING with me. This is a super rare offering so if you need help in your business let me apply brain to it and let’s turbo-charge your profits. BTW if you need a sales letter written I can usually dictate that in a 1 hour session which you can record and have transcribed. But you can use the one hour for anything you wish.

For those folks who can wisely contribute at the $500 level you get not only all of Ali’s great incentives and Effective Time Savers videos and Kindle Bestseller program but also GET 3-HOURS OF COACHING WITH ME! I’ve never made an offer like that before (and likely will never do it again). So if you want me to do a deep-dive to help tune up your business – or dictate some heavy-duty copy for you. Then I strongly encourage you to contribute at the $500 level.

By the way, the 1 hour and 3 hour coaching opportunities can be split into half-hour segments.

Step 3. Once you’ve made your contribution copy and paste the receipt into a ticket at my customer support site: http://greatproductsupport.com/  and we will send you your bonuses and you can also arrange your coaching time with me.

As I hope is obvious to you, I really believe in the work that Ali is doing to help all kinds of people who have and continue to endure great trauma and hurt in their lives… not only to help these people survive but thrive! Help them to become something better than they were before.

Time is of the essence as this campaign will be ending soon as will my bonuses so act now and let’s help make Ali’s audiobook a smash hit!

Thanks for reading (and watching)… regardless of what you decide to do just know that you are blessed and I am grateful for you.

Daniel

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Get New Special Reports FREE – You Just Have To Help Out Other Community Members

A couple of weeks ago I did my “Ask Daniel Anything” (ADA) coaching. It’s a group coaching that I do from time to time to help you with your most pressing questions (its posted on YouTube here).

During that ADA coaching I featured two members of the community: Anne Buchanan and Dr. Jasmin Christensen.

I did this for a couple of reasons.

First, I want to more consistently help, feature and hold up as examples community members who are actually taking action on what they are learning and are succeeding despite set-backs and obstacles. Second, I want you to understand that I’d like to perhaps feature you in upcoming ADA’s (more on that below). Third, I wanted to give you the opportunity to get two new recently published special reports FREE that I will soon be selling for $27 each. They are…

5 Ways To Turn a $7 Report Into A $197 Order

How To Find The Best Blogs For Guest Posts

Here’s the story…

To get 5 Ways To Turn a $7 Report Into a $197 Order all you have to do is go an get Anne Buchanan’s audiobook called “The Power of God’s Word for Healing” (click here) only $14.97 and copy and paste your receipt into a ticket at the support site (here).

Now you may be wondering why specifically I am supporting Anne’s audiobook like this. Primarily it is because Anne went through a bunch a hassle, frustration and effort to get the audiobook out; she persevered, she kept going when she wanted to give up, she reached out to me and others in the Real Fast Audiobook community to get help. In short, she did what was necessary to triumph. You can hear the whole story here…

And that is the theme I wanted to get across to you. That things don’t always go smoothly and they seldom go exactly as planned even with the best help and training. But to succeed you’ve got to keep moving. You’ve got to demonstrate that kind of perseverance. And often (very often) when you do other doors and opportunities open up to you.

Case in point, my decision to promote Anne and her audiobook. That would have never happened but for the resilience and strength of character I witnessed in her. So yes, I am proud of Anne and I want everyone reading these words to go an BUY her book now. And even if you’re not Christian or particularly religious, I’ve given you a great reason to do just that: Get Anne’s audiobook and get our new special report worth twice the price for FREE.

Now speaking of strength of character I also wanted to feature Dr. Jasmin Christensen’s crowdfunding project. I am a great believer in the crowdfunding strategy for raising money for your projects. Through crowdfunding Dr. Christensen is trying to raise money to write her book(s) but what makes her different and it is the main reason I am telling you about it is HOW she is running her campaign. Specifically, Dr. Christensen could have run her crowd fund like other people do. That is, post her project, offer rewards and collect money.

Dr. Christensen, a retired U.S. Marine Corp counselor, instead pursued another approach. She decided that in addition to raising money for her own project that she would concurrently support an orphanage in India. I encourage you to hear the whole story here…

This approach spoke to me for two reasons. First, it is my aim to make this world a better place and leave it better than I found it and supporting a crowd fund campaign like this is clearly in alignment with that philosophy. Second, Dr. Christensen is also doing something else with her campaign; she is endeavoring to innovate. She is giving would-be supporters an additional and very powerful reason to support her campaign. In effect, she is offering a “two-fer” and one of the two offers is providing contributors with an instant emotional payoff in the form of giving to children who desperately need help.

I like this innovation.

For these reasons I am giving YOU an added incentive to give to Dr. Christensen’s campaign. Now obviously I would like for you to contribute at least $25 so you can help her, help the kids in India AND get a nifty tote bag for yourself. But anyone who gives at any level — even as little as $1 — will get the newly published special report called… How To Find The Best Blogs For Guest Posts.

Writing guest blog posts are a great way to build a platform and a list when you are just starting out and this special report gives you the particulars of how to do it in step by step detail.

So to get this report FREE here’s what you do. First, contribute to Dr. Christensen’s campaign by clicking here. Second, copy and paste your receipt into a ticket here and we’ll send you back the report.

Further, I want to make it clear that I get nothing when you take action on either/ both of these offers. No affiliate link. No consideration of any kind.

Lastly, I have a question for you. Would you like me to feature you and your project in future ADA sessions?

If so, please let me know in the comments below. Also, not that it is a prerequisite (because it is not) but I will say it is danged good karma to give in the same way and at the same levels that you’d like to get.

One other favor… even if you can’t give at this time could you share this post in your social media pages. And when you do can you drop the link to it in the comments below? Or at a minimum comment below what you thought of this post. I’ll respond personally to everyone who comments.

Thanks for reading… I want you to know that I do believe in you. You can do great things.

Daniel

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