One simple tool and practice to improve your writing

About two weeks ago, I discovered a new tool that has me pumped about writing again. Not that I don’t enjoy writing – it’s what I do as a marketer and blogger much of the time. But I’m talking about the kind of writing where I get out of bed so early it’s still pitch black outside, sit down with a cuppa and bash out 750 words of unedited, uncensored blurb.

One simple tool and practice to improve your writing

750words.com is the name of this tool, and I’m getting addicted! It’s based on a concept in Julia Cameron’s best-selling book, The Artists’s Way, one of my all-time favourite books about writing. In the book, she discusses the importance of morning pages – that is, cultivating the habit of writing three pages every morning, of unedited, uncensored thoughts.

Well done is better than well said

Well done is better than well said

Happy Monday Highflyers! I love this quote by Benjamin Franklin – “Well done is better than well said.” It’s all about getting stuff done, rather than just talking about it.

As marketers, we can have all the ideas in the world, but if we don’t get the important things done and deliver the results expected of us, we’re not adding value.

In the same vein, there’s the “gonna’s” and “wanna’s” in the world. The people who are “gonna” do this and “wanna” do that. Don’t be that person! Be the person making important things happen.

What are you going to get done this week?

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How you can awaken the giant within with Anthony Robbins

One of the first personal development books I ever read, was Unlimited Power by Anthony Robbins. Pumped after reading such an inspiring book, I followed in quick succession with Awaken the Giant Within, another book by Robbins.

Anthony Robbins - Awaken the Giant Within

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While it’s been more than 20 years since I first read Awaken the Giant Within, it was a pivotal book because it sent me on path of personal development that led to all sorts of discoveries about myself and human behaviour in general.

As marketers, the better we understand human behaviour, and what motivates people to do what they do, the better we can engage with them, and influence them to do what we would like them to do.

Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail

Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail

Happy Monday Highflyers! “Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail” said Charles Kettering.

This is a great mindset to have, both professionally and personally – it’s far better than convincing ourselves that we’re going fail. Beginning with the attitude that we are going to succeed gives us confidence and motivation, and helps to generate momentum, which in turn generates smalls wins, then bigger wins.

The other positive aspect of having this mindset is that it’s contagious. If you’re upbeat, positive and acting as if it were impossible to fail, it will rub off on your family and colleagues. What are you going to focus on believing and acting as if it were impossible to fail this week?

Have a great week!

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The unexpected benefits of live tweeting a conference

Several weeks ago, I attended WordCamp Brisbane 2015, a 2-day conference about the WordPress platform. I decided at the outset that I would live tweet the entire event, and in all, smashed out over 200 tweets each day – or at least one tweet every two minutes during the sessions.

The unexpected benefits of live tweeting a conference

Live tweeting was exhausting as it was fun. Trying to capture and distill each speaker’s thoughts into 140 character sound bites (at speed), is tough! But I also discovered some unexpected benefits that make me want to live tweet at every conference I attend in future.