Are You an Authority Without a Book? Use These Tips to Plan Your Manuscript

Pick one ideal person, maybe a client or someone you know, or a hypothetical ideal reader, and think about what you want to tell her. When you know how old she is, how much she already knows on the topic, and what you want her to take away from your book and do in response to your writing, you will be in a much better position to collect your thoughts.

Tips to Create Your Book From a Series of Blog Posts

Tips to Create Your Book From a Series of Blog Posts

What's stopping you from compiling your blog posts into a book and promoting yourself as the thought leader that you are? Check out these simple strategies for organizing your ideas and keeping the most important thing in mind: who is your book's audience, and what do you want them to take away from your book?

National Puppy Day is Thursday! Fun Lessons Our Pets Teach Us

I am fostering a miniature daschund with heart worms, and watching him integrate with my two tabby cats and blind cocker spaniel made my creative wheels turn. Find out what cute, but practical lessons for running a business I found by closely observing my pets.

Overcome Personal Obstacles to Your Success with Emotional Intelligence

Overcome Personal Obstacles to Your Success with Emotional Intelligence

Find out Thomas McNeely's three simple steps to find your truth and take action. By refusing to stay mired in personal tragedies, nor to hold himself responsible for events outside his control, he used emotional intelligence to take stock of his options and choose one that gave his book access to an audience. 

5 Tips to Find Your Best Editor for Your Book Manuscript

5 Tips to Find Your Best Editor for Your Book Manuscript

A writer who worked with another editor came to me in tears after her book reviewers returned their reviews and asked “This isn’t the edited copy, is it?” I created these 5 tips for the client to use in finding an editor for her next book, and I want to share them with you, too, so you can find a great editor who will understand your expectations and support your goals.

Check Yourself: 4 Steps to Write and Edit with Emotional Intelligence, Not "Ego"

Check Yourself: 4 Steps to Write and Edit with Emotional Intelligence, Not "Ego"

My clients want someone to help them make their writing better, but they don’t want to be made to feel like all their ideas are bad or that they must become fully dependent on an “expert.” I keep my customer service at the forefront is to approach my writing and editing services with emotional intelligence.

Uncomfortable Networking Follow-Up Calls: How to Avoid Making Another One

Uncomfortable Networking Follow-Up Calls: How to Avoid Making Another One

Your networking contacts are infinitely more likely to hear you out if you make your pitch about them. Did I mention that I have a particular problem that you can solve when we met? Ask me questions about that! If not, then guide a naturally-flowing conversation to learn what I might want from your services, then ask more follow up questions to understand what I mean, and demonstrate that you have insight into my problems.

How to Turn Professional Jealousy into Personal Growth

How to Turn Professional Jealousy into Personal Growth

I recently had that reaction of discomfort toward a woman at a networking event. We are similar in age, and she is succeeding in a sister field to myself. I was confused by my strong dislike for her and asked myself if there was a legitimate reason that feeling, but I hadn’t seen her mistreat anyone or do anything untoward. The more I looked for a reason to explain my dislike for her, the more I came up empty. She was friendly and kind to me personally and helped me find the vegetarian food on the buffet. My reaction was not just bad for me, but it was possibly bad for my business and reputation if I couldn’t figure it out and get over it.

Emotional Intelligence: Optimize Your Business's Relationship

Emotional Intelligence: Optimize Your Business's Relationship

I attended the Renaissance Women Summit in Houston on Sunday, and the inspiring speakers and ambitious, accomplished guests set the stage for real transformation. I was most interested by Jen Groover’s talk, “How to Optimize your Potential and Get Anything You Want Using Emotional Intelligence.”