Friday, October 27, 2006

Blogs as Media and Tim Connor's books

Blogs are a type of media or press. The challenge, like all media is getting and keeping readership. The most effective way to do this is to get the blog mentioned in other media.

I have recently been quoted in the KW record. One of my lawyers, David Petras, wrote an article on blogging.

Edge Magazine also printed a full page story about my eBook.

Tim Connor was good enough to send me a couple of his books.

Tim's books are fairly short and very easy to read.

Tim has been a motivational speaker for years and although I have never heard him, from what I see of his material, he looks to be one of the more prolific and certainly understands human psychology and self-development.

One of the books was called, Nit-pickers, Naggers and Tyrants Turn Them Off or Tune Them Out - How to take BACK control of your life and re-awaken the real you.
The gist of this book is if you understand who you are and understand that it your choice to react the way you do that you can take control of your life. I totally agree with the premise of the book.

I know that this is always easier said then done. The gist of the message is it is not what the world does to you; it is how you choose to interpret what happens.

He does have a number of practical suggestions that are helpful.

The second book that he sent was called, You Call That $elling - 91 Dumb Things Salespeople Say and do to Sabotage Their Success - Plus 91 Smart Things to do Instead.
What I like about this easy and fast to read book is each one of the suggestions can be read one at a time. It does not have to be read cover to cover like a book.

Of course, me being a positive guy, I would have preferred for it to be the other way around, but I suppose negative titles sell better than positive ones.

A sample of one of his dumb things is #86 - Failing to Improve Everday, in that he talks about how sales are becoming more and more competitive. In order to remain competitive, you need to keep learning. (I am big on this.)

Of course this is an easy one to solve, spend time everyday improving your skills and attitude.