Category: Public Speaking

 
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IPAC live workshop on marketing and publishing your book

This workshop is designed for self-published authors and shares innovative marketing ideas for promoting their books for 2017/2018. Participants will learn about a variety of marketing techniques, tools and strategies for selling more books.

The workshop will present a step-by-step system for positioning and marketing books to their intended audiences.

Each participant will receive a workbook in which they will create their own customizable blueprint. The blueprint is effective with any genre of book, including business, novel, poetry, self-help, education, or memoir.

By attending this interactive workshop:

• You will receive a workbook and develop a customized blueprint of your marketing plan of your book.

• You will learn and be able to practice your own customizable marketing techniques for your book.

• You will learn how to execute your marketing plan.

To prepare for this workshop:

• Bring a copy of your book, concept or idea for which you want to develop a customizable marketing plan.

• Bring a winning spirit and be ready to have fun.

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10 Secrets to Selling from the Stage

I’ve had success, but definitely not luck in speaking and selling from the stage. My closing ratios usually come in between 37-and-82 percent. I think the real strategy is making it look like luck, but being strategic without ever making it appear strategic.

Be absolutely 100 percent authentic, while learning the craft of speaking, and studying that craft so you ultimately become a master of your content.

Here are the top 10 things I have found to greatly attribute to my success of selling from the stage:

  1. Be 100 percent authentic – This is an ethical requirement and an important key to successful speaking. If you are transparent, they can see it. You must be 100 percent truthful. The audience can sense lies immediately.
  2. Don’t be rehearsed but be practiced – A lot of speakers might disagree with me here, but I have done fantastic things by going off the cuff. It feels spontaneous; as if they have their own show. It comes across as if you are not selling them.
  3. Have a converting offer – I pride myself on my offer. It includes huge content and the tools to show everything I have done in my business. Some refer to it as the ‘pile on close.’ I call it good business. All of the forms I use in my business get updated every six months with who to call, and what deals are available. You are ultimately creating your business in a box – a package deal.
  4. Have amazing customer service (Your back-end is your best friend) – You traveled a long way to get new and dedicated clients/customers; treat them with respect and service. My staff calls customers within 24 hours of receiving the course to welcome them to the program. The promoters love this as it reduces refunds, and allows the promoter to stand behind you and the product, so they will recommend you whole-heartedly to their promoter friends!
  5. Everything said should have a purpose – Tangents and stories are key, but they must relate to your offer. Establish credibility right away. Know your content inside and out!
  6. Create camaraderie – Look everyone in the eye at least once. Do not avoid eye contact, it is your friend!
  7. Have passion – I believe that all of life should be lived with passion. If you are passionate about your topic and your customers/clients’ success, it will electrify the room and get everyone excited about the great business you are speaking about.
  8. Make it fun – Pick on yourself a bit; it adds humor and people really relate to it. My biggest selling strategy, and something I absolutely believe 100  percent is, ‘If I can do this business, you can, too!’
  9. Always take action and move ahead – You may make some mistakes along the way, but as long as you keep moving forward, you will learn by those mistakes and be even better at what you do. You won’t get anywhere without taking action.
  10. Find a mentor – Spend time with other successful speakers and promoters. You are whom you surround yourself with. I have found that in sports, it is better to play with someone who is better than you. Ski with a better skier, play tennis against a better tennis player. They will always push you to do your best; it is the same in the speaking business.

So take a moment and consider the keys to your speaking success. What is it that is holding you back? It is amazing how the same themes come up over and over again. Take out a pen and paper and write them down. Take action and learn from someone who is better at the business than you are, and always do what you say you are going to do. So get out and really do it.

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Easy-Peasy Book Writing: 3 Ideas You Can Use to Write Your Book Today

You know that a book is a powerful tool for a coach. You know that it not only helps to establish your expertise in your market, but it can also exponentially expand your audience.

Not only that, but it’s the single best way to get the attention of main stream press outlets, influential bloggers and podcasters, and to land paid speaking engagements. There’s virtually no downside to writing a book.

Except the actual writing of it.

If you don’t consider yourself a writer, you may think that the benefits are out of your reach, but even self-avowed non-writers have options.

Repurpose. This easy and popular option makes use of the hundreds or even thousands of pages of content you’ve already created, so there is almost no writing involved. You may need to edit a bit for flow and to update ideas, but otherwise, you probably have a ready-made book sitting right on your blog.

And before you start thinking, “Why would anyone pay for a book that’s just pulled from my blog?” know this: People will pay for information that is organized in a way that makes their life easier, even if that same information is available for free elsewhere. In fact, Darren Rowse of ProBlogger.net used this technique to publish his wildly popular “31 Days to Build a Better Blog.”

Use Private Label Content. Not enough content to repurpose? No problem. There are companies such as CoachGlue.com that specialize in creating content you are allowed to license and use as your own. It’s called private label rights content, or PLR, and (depending on who you buy from) it’s high quality, well researched content that makes the perfect jumping off point for your next book.

Two things you need to know about PLR: First, because it’s sold to more than one person, it’s important that you edit the content to adapt it to your voice, your unique view of the industry, and to include your personality. Second, you cannot use PLR to publish a book on Kindle, as this is a violation of their terms of service.

Outsource. Want a book that’s all you without having to do the work? Hire a ghostwriter. These professionals will work with you to create a book that is uniquely yours, and in the end you’ll have a well-written book with your name on it, all without typing a word.

Having a published book on your coaching resume can work wonders for your business growth. It will bring you clients, expand your audience reach, and even attract some press. But it can’t do any of that if you don’t write the book in the first place. So take one of these ideas and get your book w

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Book Marketing Made Easy: If You Write it, They Will Come

Here’s a big fear we all have when it comes to writing a book: What if no one buys it?

While that is always possible, with a little planning and advanced buzz, it’s highly unlikely. The key is to get others excited about your book, and to get them talking and sharing the news with their friends.

Host a Launch Party. Weeks before your official publication date, it’s time to start revving up the launch engine. Offering bonuses for early purchases, incentives for a review, and free chapter downloads are all proven strategies for building the buzz for your upcoming book.

There’s a lot of moving parts in a successful book launch—landing pages, mailing lists, JV partners, social outreach, and more—so if you need help with the plan, The Complete Speaking Business Assessment

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Make the Interview Rounds. Two to three months prior to your book release, have your virtual assistant begin researching podcasts, blogs and other media outlets for potential interviews. Create a press package to send out, including headshots, book cover art, blurbs and testimonials, and let everyone know that you’re looking for interviews and guest posting opportunities.

Blog About It. You are your own best publicist; so don’t be afraid to toot your own horn on your blog, in your email newsletter, and on social media. Include images of the cover, blurbs from advance readers, and give your audience plenty of time to get excited about the upcoming launch, so when the buy button finally goes up they’re eager to get a copy.

Boosted Posts. Facebook is a terrific way to get new eyes on your book. Paid ads leading to your launch page are ideal, and can generate a lot of traffic for a very low cost.

Free Kindle Days. This technique alone can catapult your book to bestsellerdom in a matter of days. The key is to build up a buzz on your mailing list, share, share, share on social media, and ask your friends and colleagues to do the same.

Book marketing isn’t as easy as simply listing it on Amazon and becoming an instant bestseller. Anyone who tells you that is the exception to the rule. But that doesn’t mean selling your book is impossible either. With some strategic planning and a little effort, you can have a fantastic launch, whether it’s your first book or your fourteenth.

 

 

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Four Publishing Options Worth Exploring

For many people, writing the book is the easy part. Whether you have a body of work ready to repurpose (such as a blog you’ve maintained for several years) or a ghostwriter at the ready, or you just really like to write, getting your book on paper is simple.

Publishing and selling it is another matter all together. You basically have four options when it comes to publishing your book, and each one has its pros and cons.

PDF Ebook. Probably the simplest method to publish a book, all that’s required with an ebook is to click “Save as…” in your Word document and choose “PDF.” Then you can sell the resulting file on your own website, list it on ClickBank or E-Junkie, or upload it to a number of other ebook marketplaces online.

Ebooks don’t quite have the authority that printed books carry, but if you’re on a budget and don’t have the skills to format your book for print, then this can be a viable option to get you off the ground. It’s also a great way to share your book with advance readers to get those all-important testimonials.

Kindle. The darling of the self-publishing world, Amazon’s Kindle marketplace makes it easy for you to publish your book. In fact, with just a few minutes of formatting, and another several minutes spent on their step-by-step uploading system, you can have your book on their virtual shelves in less than an hour.

With its incredible popularity and the ability to offer “free days” during which anyone can download your book at no cost, Kindle is a great way to build a buzz quickly.

Print on Demand. The best choice for self-published authors is a relatively new technology that allows for a single book to be printed on demand. Until just a few years ago, if you chose to self-publish your book you’d likely have to shell out for hundreds if not thousands of copies up front, leaving you with a garage full of books to sell on your own.

Print on demand is different. Buyers order your book from sellers such as Amazon (whose Create Space arm is itself a print on demand enterprise), and the book is printed and shipped the next day. This makes it easy and cost-effective for everyone to become a published author.

Traditional Publisher. The most difficult and time consuming option, getting your book published with a traditional print publisher will also get you the most audience and press. The drawbacks are many, though. To start, it’s extremely difficult to get a traditional publishing house to take on a new author. If you do manage to get the attention of a publisher, your royalties (the amount you earn from your book) will be very small—maybe as little as 8% of the net cost. Finally, the length of time it takes from manuscript submission to final publication can be years.

All that said, a book with a traditional publishing insignia on the spine does carry a bit more weight when it comes to press opportunities than does a self-published book.

Many new authors initially choose the ebook format, and then move to Kindle and print on demand. Given enough buzz and sales, traditional publication becomes easier to attain as well. The important thing is to get your book written, and then publish where you’re most comfortable. The rest will come naturally.

 

 

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Overcoming Objections: Defeating Your Top Book-Writing Hurdles

You know you need to do it. You’ve had it on your to-do list for years. Your own coach has told you time and again that this is the year you must get your book in print.

And yet…nothing.

It’s not that you don’t recognize the benefits, or that you don’t want to have a published book on your resume. You just struggle with it, and probably for the same reasons many other coaches resist publication.

You don’t have time. Here’s a biggie. Everyone is busy. We all get that. But that’s not a good excuse when it comes to growing your business.

Rather than lamenting your lack of time, you should be prioritizing your day to accommodate the important things, like writing your book. Maybe that means getting up 30 minutes earlier for a focused (if short) writing stint every morning, or turning off the television after dinner so you can write, or even setting aside several hours each Sunday morning until your book is done.

The point is, you must make this a priority. Block out the time in your calendar, and treat that time as sacred. Pretend it’s an appointment with your most important client, and do not allow anything to get in the way of keeping it.

You can’t write. Many, many people claim they cannot write; yet when you look at their blogs, there are hundreds of posts. What it really means when someone says they can’t write is that they don’t like to.

Luckily, you have plenty of options for overcoming this particular hurdle. Hire a ghostwriter. Start with PLR. Repurpose your blog posts into a book.

And if all else fails, speak. Use software such as Dragon Naturally Speaking, or simply record using your favorite MP3 app and then have it transcribed.

You can’t organize a long project like a book. Ok, so you’re great with blog posts, and you don’t mind writing them, but the thought of writing an entire book makes you stare at your blank screen like a deer caught in the headlights of an oncoming car.

First, if you can write a blog post, you can write an entire series of books. The process is all the same, after all. It’s just putting words into sentences, sentences into paragraphs, and so on.

But if you really feel you can’t manage a long project, then an outline is going to be your best friend. Start with a broad overview of your project, and then break it down by sections, then chapters. Make notes about what you’ll cover in each, and then it’s just a matter of filling in the blanks.

There are dozens of reasons to write a book. It’s important for establishing your expertise, for growing your audience, and for solidifying your message. But none of that will happen if you don’t actually write it. So it’s time to get beyond your hurdles and get your book done.

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