Building Social Proof in Social Media Circles – Personal Branding Tips

Since the taming of fire, people have aligned themselves with various clubs, clans, groups, movements, organizations and sports franchises. The obvious illustration of this is rooting for your home team. Where were you last Super Bowl Sunday? The odds are high that you remember where you were, and that you weren’t watching the big game alone. This fact about association …

Social Media, Book Promotion and the Sweet Smell of Success

Ah, the sweet smell of success: your book is finally a household name, the topic of conversation in coffee houses and the subject of toasts in fine dining establishments. Just yesterday, you turned down a media interview due to your busy schedule. Tomorrow you’re off to Barbados for a quick dip in the salty surf, then a date with a …

Get Swept Up In the Adventure – It Was a Dark and Stormy Night In November…

In the spirit of National Novel Writing Month, take an escape into the unknown as you explore the art of writing… He passed a well-manicured hand across his balding pate. It was an absent minded gesture, an insecure idiosyncrasy that had evolved over the course of many years, despite his elevated rank. Renard gladly would have traded some of his …

No Way….Write a Book in a Month?

November is National Novel Writing Month, affectionately known as NaNoWriMo. Around the world, more than 300,000 authors will attempt the impossible: to write an entire book in a single month. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, here’s a little background. NaNoWriMo is not really a writing contest, but an event. You might say it’s a contest… with yourself. …

What Is A Leader? Defining Leadership Qualities for Success

by Liv Montgomery What does it take to be a Transformational Leader? You know what I’m talking about – that one in a million, riveting presence. I’m talking about the kind of person who enters the room and the very air around them scintillates with excitement. Heads turn. People are drawn in as if by some gravitational force, and this …

Effective Leadership: Igniting the Vision for Others

I recently read an antique book on Time Management called How To Live on 24 Hours A Day. It was written by a man named Arnold Bennett at the dawn of what we now know as the Personal Development movement, way back in 1910. You’d think a book written at that time would be full of outdated ideas and dull …

Big Dreams – Big Rewards

by Chris Widener   I talk a lot about dreams, if you haven’t noticed! That’s because I believe every single person has a dream inside of them just waiting to be turned loose! Each man and woman has a desire to do something great, to achieve excellence or to go somewhere wonderful. Most of the time these dreams have been …

Re-Developing Your Vision

by Chris Widener One of the most important things we can do for our businesses, schools, and organizations is to have vision. Vision being a clear picture of a desired end result that you are aiming for. However, sometimes, no matter how big our vision was originally, we find ourselves focusing in on the daily events that require our attention …

Be Realistic: There Is No Limit to What You Can Do

by Jim Cathcart, CSP, CPAE   Have you ever thought about what you could do, if you really decided to?   I’m not merely talking about what your skills, education and talents are capable of. I’m talking about what is really possible for you.   There is a very real possibility that you can do virtually anything. Not alone, not …

Stop Just Writing About Your Past and Start Writing Your Future!

by Chris Widener   “The history of free men is never written by chance, but by choice – their choice.” Dwight D. Eisenhower.   Many people spend a lot of time on their history. Some do it purposefully with such hobbies as journaling, while others simply write and rewrite their history over and over in their minds. Depending upon the …