Archive for the ‘Writing’ Category

What You Need to Know Before You Write a Book

What You Need to Know Before You Write a Book

Many people want to write a book. I think it’s great. Books are a fabulous way to document your philosophies, share your beliefs and experience, build credibility around your expertise, and drive leads for your business. But there is one important realization that virtually all first-time authors completely overlook. Before you write a book, you need to build an audience. […]

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bloggers

How Busy People Can Still Be Bloggers (My 4 Part Writing Process)

  Writing is certainly not for everyone. Writing takes more than skill; it takes commitment. Interestingly enough, I never grew up caring about or even liking writing. And I never once imagined I would grow up to become a writer and have it be such an important part of my life and business. But I’ve fallen in love with writing […]

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jokes

How Do You Write Jokes?

If you’re a business leader or a professional speaker you don’t necessarily need to learn how to write jokes, but it will help you if you can learn to be funny.  Someone recently asked me, “Rory how do you write jokes?” My response was “don’t try to write jokes; instead write stories.”  For most people it’s much easier to write […]

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Ray Bard: The Power of Quotes – Episode 125 of the Daily Discipline Podcast

Ray Bard’s publishing experience includes more than 30 years of writing, producing, and publishing books and multimedia material. He has written or co-authored 10 business books published by major houses, such as Doubleday, William Morrow, Jossey-Bass, and Addison-Wesley. In 1972, he founded and directed a small press before selling it to the New York Times. In 1982, he established Bard Productions […]

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How to Know What to Write About

I hear it more and more: “I want to be a writer but I don’t know what to write about.” Or “How do I get started writing a blog?” Folks, let’s not overthink this. Writing is one of those things that you can literally just start doing. Straight from the movie Finding Forrester, “the first secret of writing is to […]

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The Most Painful, Expensive and Valuable Marketing Lesson I’ve Ever Learned

Pardon the transparency but my newest book, Procrastinate on Purpose: 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time, isn’t selling very well. Don’t get me wrong; we had a very successful initial launch of the book in the first few weeks of the year when we were driving traffic and telling all of our fans and followers about it’s release. It sells […]

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Tips to writing a great blog

10 Steps to Writing a Great Blog

I’m getting asked more and more about my writing methodologies. Here is my quick preflight checklist for writing blog posts. Think of a person or persons in your life that you are writing to and put their name at the top of the page. In one sentence define what the message of your article is and write that at the […]

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Jeff Goins The Art of Work Episode 99 on The Rory Vaden Show

Jeff Goins helps people get the attention their work deserves. He is a speaker, online writing teacher, and consultant. Jeff is the author of four books including the new national best seller, The Art of Work. He has written and guest-blogged for over 100 magazines, publications, and blogs. In 2011 and 2012, Jeff’s blog was voted one of the “Top […]

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Erin Casey Master Storytelling Episode 90 on The Rory Vaden Show

Erin has a bachelor’s in journalism from Sam Houston State University with a focus in advertising and photography. The combined study of words and imagery has proven beneficial to her career as a writer, editor and book coach. She has written hundreds of articles and interviewed local folks, celebrities and successful entrepreneurs. She has written articles on topics ranging from […]

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How to Write a Book Proposal

How to write a book proposal is the wrong question to ask. The better question is “why do I need to have a book proposal?” Many authors get disappointed with the vast amount of rejection they experience in trying to get their books accepted by literary agents and publishers – trust me, I’ve been there. And the ones that do […]

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It’s not called New York Times best writing author; it’s New York Times best SELLING author

Robert Kyosaki shaped my entire career and set me on a path to be a successful author at a fairly young age when he wrote: “It’s not called New York Times best-writing author; it’s New York Times best-SELLING author.” Although this is only the second post in my mini-series on how to be a great author, it’s not too early […]

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Crafting Messages that Matter with 2014 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking Dananjaya Hettiarachchi on the Daily Discipline Podcast with Rory Vaden Episode 61

Dananjaya Hettiarachchi is the World Champion of Public Speaking – 2014 conferred by Toastmasters International. He’s also been a Tedx Speaker and is amongst a handful of HRD consultants in the Asia-Pacific region that specializes in Performance Prediction, Most of Dananjaya’s work focuses on strategic planning, Index based HRDevel infrastructure and Rapid Competency Development to enhance organizational service delivery capabilities. […]

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How do I get started writing a book?

As of late this seems to be one of the most common questions that people keep asking me. And admittedly coming off of just finishing up the manuscript of my second commercially published book (Procrastinate on Purpose: 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time, Jan 6, 2015, Penguin/RandomHouse) -and 11th nonfiction product that I’ve helped publish so far it is something fresh […]

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The Surprisingly Simple Truth of Building an Online Following

I use to think that the key to building a large online tribe was being brilliant. Nyan cat changed my mind on that. Then I thought it was that you had to be completely unique and original and hyper niche specific. For a while I thought it was impossible unless you were already famous offline. And then this summer I heard […]

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My Secret to Being a Great Writer

It is amazing to me to think that in February 2015 my first book, Take the Stairs, will have already been out for 3 years! My new book (Procrastinate on Purpose: 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time) will be coming out in January. This week I put the final finishing edits on this new book that I believe will be an absolute […]

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