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Come Visit Me In LA

Since the first time I attended a BlogHer conference in 2012 I always wanted to be a speaker there. And now I’m getting to do it! I know many of my West Coast blog readers often feel left out as most of my events happen here on the East Coast. However I’ll be making my way over to you August 4th-6th for BlogHer16.

I’ll be there with my television producer hat on filling BlogHer attendees in on how to get and keep media attention. Something that is so important to bring eyeballs, credibility and clients to your business. I’ve booked thousands of guests and know who will make the cut and who won’t. I’m excited to share what I know.  Plus I’ve been on the other side as a guest when I promoted my book Listful Thinking.

I’m going with my friend and colleague Terri Trespicio. We’ll be speaking together on a panel called Crafting Your Pitch and Cracking the Media Code. Terri used to be a senior editor for Martha Stewart so she handles the print side of the discussion.

We’re asked to talk about this topic so often we’re even creating an online course together called Lights Camera Expert.  It’s aimed at teaching authors, experts and entrepreneurs how to get and keep media attention. I’ll tell you more about that next week.

If you’re in LA and are interested in meeting content creators, social media stars, entrepreneurs, top brands and activists, you should come by and say hello. If you sign up through my link I can get you a 30% discount on tickets! Just enter my code SPEAKERFF30 at the checkout.

See you in LA!

List For Writing A Book

pencil-918449_640Since writing Listful Thinking I’ve spoken at several public events and book signings about my writing process. It’s come up at pretty much every event.  I suppose it’s because “write a book” is on so many people’s bucket lists.  People always want to hear my checklist for writing my book.

Well, first of all, you can’t just stick “write book” on your to-do lists along with “buy milk” and “pick up laundry.” That’s a sure way to know your off to a bad start. That’s because “write book” is way too big a feat for just one task on a to-do list.

But imagine you’ve set some time aside in your day and you’re determined to finally get your idea onto paper.

Now what?

Writing a book, like raising a child, is a case by case basis thing. What works for me might not work for you so feel free to adapt these tips based on what works for you. Read more

The Art of the 7 Minute Meeting

Me and Terri Trespicio with Gary Vaynerchuk at our friend Farnoosh Torabi's launch party for her new CNBC show Follow the Leader. She interviews Gary in it.

Me and Terri Trespicio with Gary Vaynerchuk at our friend Farnoosh Torabi’s launch party for her new CNBC show Follow the Leader. She interviews Gary in it.

I talk a lot about the biggest time wasters in the workplace.

You know them well.

There’s checking Facebook or your email, trolling the internet for nearly anything, chatting with your co-worker, a “quick” game of Candy Crush… the list goes on and on.

But what’s the ultimate time waster?

Meetings!

Think about it.  How many time have you sat in a meeting that was supposed to finish an hour ago, but one person keeps asking questions that aren’t really relevant? (There’s always one!)

What’s more?  The majority of meetings end up going nowhere. Too much talk and nothing ever gets done.

That’s a huge pet peeve of mine — I’m all about the execution.  Give me the checklist to get things done! Read more

Stop Searching For Your Passion

screenshot-300x225Everyone has their “thing” — that one big goal they often dream about, tell their friends about and picture themselves achieving.  For me it was writing a book and it’s been thrilling to reach that goal.  

If you follow this blog regularly you’ve probably heard of my friend Terri Trespicio. I’m especially proud of her for reaching one of those goals that she’s spoken about often and dreamed big about.  

She did her very first TEDx talk in Kansas City a few weeks ago! She talks about finding your passion… or rather not finding it. Read more

The Most Productive Tricks Learned Over Drinks

11855811_1688011314762569_3730399941978373230_nIt’s amazing what you can learn over drinks.  Really.

What was it that Ernest Hemingway said? “Write drunk, edit sober.”  Ok so that doesn’t perfectly make my point but it’s a good saying nevertheless.  

Recently I was invited as a guest at the LadyDrinks Author Series Dinner in New York City for my book Listful Thinking. My friend and fellow newswoman Joya Dass runs the events and I’m thankful she asked me to participate.  The room was filled with entrepreneurs, doctors, teachers, journalists and coaches. It was an excellent opportunity to discuss and share thoughts on productivity with other professionals.  Even though I’m a “productivity expert” and I’m constantly seeking out new information to share. Read more