Archive for June, 2016

5 Tips For Overcoming Procrastination & Fear of Live Streaming

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

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Are you afraid to do live streaming? Do you keep putting off doing it? Do you hate the way you look? Or, are you afraid you will make a mistake?

If you said, “Yes” to any of these question, you’re not alone. I’ve struggled to get myself to make videos at times, and in the process, I’ve come up with 5 tips for overcoming procrastination and the fear of live streaming (or any video for that matter).

1. Be yourself, be as natural as possible- your imperfect perfect self- but you have to get over fear of not being perfect. I definitely have some flaws that bother me when I see them on video.  But, understand that most people are never going to as critical of you as you and I are of ourselves. And if they are, they aren’t people you want to work with anyway! Look at them as sort of a test to see what your biases are.

For instance, I’ve seen some live streaming where the person looks absolutely awful and I do judge those-but they are doing it to be authentic and it’s just my bias. And, I can’t say that it makes me want to hire them, but it depends on the context! Also, it probably attracts those who are perfect for those thought leaders. Maybe, I am not the target market.

2. Don’t worry about looking good. One of the good thing about live streaming is that people expect it to be raw and uncensored. If you’re going to let people in, you’re not always going to look your best. So, don’t give up spontaneity in exchange for the right look or right setting.

3.  Surrender control.  Stuff happens when you are live. Learn to go with the flow. If you make a mistake, just keep going, don’t dwell on it. If, all of the sudden, there is a lot of noise, you can mention why that is, and then keep going. For instance, if the gardner shows up or your child who you thought was asleep starts to cry.

4. Record when you have energy, not when you are so tired that you can’t see straight, or when you are so upset that you can’t show enthusiasm for your topic- unless your topic is why you are so upset at that moment.

5. Enjoy yourself!  Don’t let doing video be a chore that you feel you have to do. Instead, think of it as this incredible tool that will get your message out to hundreds, thousands, or even millions of people!

Extra Tip: If you are critical, get the opinion of someone you trust as to whether you want to keep it online or not. If not, you can always delete it and try again!  And, like anything, the more you do it, the easier it will become, so don’t give up.

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I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Ellen Violette is a book-creation, book-marketing, & business coach. She is a 6-time #1 Bestselling author and creator of the Bestseller Business Blueprint. Ellen is also a 2-time eLit Award winner, recipient of the “Be the Change” Award, and a Grammy-nominated songwriter. She creates book and business strategies using publishing and content marketing for thought leaders, coaches, independent professionals, speakers, and authors. You can learn more at www.BestsellerBusinessBlueprint.com

 

 

 

 

The Compound Effect of Writing Multiple Books

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Books library on laptop screen. E-books concept.The Compound Effect, by Darren Hardy, states that the “only path to success is through a continuum of mundane, unsexy, unexciting, and sometimes difficult daily disciplines compounded over time” and that small actions can have big consequences.

This is true for overall business success as well as for authoring success, because let’s face it, while writing books is a joy for some people and not so much for others, there is a lot that goes into it besides the writing part that can be tedious and boring-adding a table of contents, limits of liability, figuring out what bonuses to put in the book, adding website pages and autoresponder series, formatting etc. The truth is it just isn’t sexy or exciting!

But, here’s what is…..getting those checks every single month from Amazon and/or other sites where you list your books. Plus, the bigger the check the sexier it is! But, there’s so much to do all the time, it’s easy to put off writing more books on the back burner and think to yourself, “Someday, I’ll write another one and another one.” But, it never happens. Why? Because the path to success is “mundane, unsexy, unexciting,” and, sometimes, difficult to implement. It’s also long, which means you won’t see financial success right away.

But, let’s imagine for a minute, you wake up in the morning and you stretch and think about what you’d like to do today. You can do whatever you want because you know that you have enough money without doing much because of those checks you’re getting every month from your book sales. WOW! How good does that feel?

And there’s more good news… each time you write a book and start promoting it on Amazon, Amazon sees that you’re promoting it, and then Amazon starts promoting it for you, but that’s just the beginning. When you have more than one book and people go to your page, there is a section that shows potential buyers other books they might be interested in as well, and your other books will show up there and will garner more sales for you! And, that is “The Compound Effect”!

Now, I KNOW how hard it can be because I have gone through it myself and I have found that when you are doing something that gets results that you enjoy and is easy for you, you will generally do better than if it is something where you don’t see the results, you don’t enjoy it, and/or it isn’t easy for you. So here’s what I suggest, if you can do what you enjoy and what is easy for you, keep doing it. If you want to experience “The Compound Effect” from your books and there are some things that you don’t enjoy doing, think about outsourcing them, or learn a system to make it as easy as possible. (For more information on easy ways to create more books, go to www.realeasyebooks.com)

And remember, “The Compound Effect” takes time to achieve, but it’s easier to hang in if you enjoy it and are passionate about it.

It’s also easy to give up when you don’t see immediate results, so you have the have a little trust and faith that it will work over time.

Motivation is another big factor.

Why do you want passive income? Are you tired of working hard instead of smart? Do you have a goal you feel you can’t reach until you make more money? Do you want more free time? More vacation time? More time with family and friends? Whatever your motivation is, remind yourself daily of why you want to multiple books.

And, they don’t have to be long. Many of the books on Amazon are now in the 30-50 page range and many authors are writing one big book a year and several little ones. How? There are several ways to get books written so you can do them quickly: with blog posts, article posts, transcribed videos, and webinars, for example.

So, if you want to make passive income from your books, remember “The Compound Effect” and start cranking out those books NOW or have them done for you, but get them done!

Ellen Violette is a book & business coach & writer. She’s a 6-time, #1 bestselling author and creator of the Bestseller Business Blueprint. Ellen is also a 2-time ELit Award winner, recipient of the “Be the Change” Award, and a Grammy-nominated songwriter. She creates books and business strategies using publishing and content marketing for thought leaders, coaches, independent professionals, speakers, and authors. You can learn more at: BestsellerBusinessBlueprint.com