The whole world is talking about the season of peace and joy; what better time to consider the idea of writing for revenge? (Well, probably any other time.)? Politicians love to write for revenge. Former momentary prime minister Mark Latham’s The Latham Diaries springs to mind, as does double-dipper, Kevin Rudd’s The PM Years.
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About kath walters
With 16 years experience as an editor and senior journalist in the mainstream press, I have an established track record for creating great content—stories, links, tweets, blogs—quickly and efficiently across a wide range of industry sectors. I am an editor, journalist and content marketer.
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You slaved over your book, spending your most precious commodity: your time. Then you paid for coaching, editing, design and printing. You have put so much into writing your book, and getting it into the world, that giving it away might seem foolish. And, indeed, it is foolish if you give away this precious gift without thinking carefully about the reason for doing so. So how do you choose the moment to give your book away?
It’s easy to write a social media post or blog from your book pretty well. It’s much harder to do brilliantly.
Since I started coaching experts to write books (in 90 days), quite a few other providers have joined the market. Cool. There is room for everyone. However, for would-be authors, the choice is more complex. And, to be honest, a few charlatans are in the market. There is even a book-writing scam. I followed them up. When I challenged them, they disappeared.
If you have ever wondered about the decisions you make, this blog post is for you. I spent the last 20 minutes deciding the topic of this blog. I started several times. So why the time-wasting? I was practising the least useful form of questioning – second-guessing. Second-guessing is defined as guessing how others may act or think. In my case, I predict in the negative. “They won’t read that/like that/find that useful, will they?” It’s a form of self-doubt that is pernicious. It wears down my creativity. It exhausts my curiosity.
What’s the difference between curious people and the rest of the world? We are all experts at being curious as kids, but we finish schooling with our curiosity damn near dead. What can we learn from those of us who retain or regain their curiosity to use as authors, leaders, entrepreneurs and coaches. The research provides some fascinating insights.
If you, like me, love to ask questions, this is a cautionary tale. Sometimes, you will ask a question you regret. Or wish you asked a question, but didn’t. So, how do we decide when to focus on asking questions?
I have asked a lot of stupid questions in my life as a business journalist. Fortunately, most were in one-on-one interviews, so my embarrassment was quarantined. Still, I remember piping up with a stupid question in a meeting once, and my cheeks burned for hours afterwards. Somewhere between the age of four and becoming a teenager, the number of questions we ask each day plummets from 300 to three. And, although most leaders understand the benefits of asking questions, they struggle to ask them. Why?
I have a new coaching and training program for company leaders about the “life-changing magic" of asking skilful questions. Exciting, right? Except that when I came to pick up the phone to prospective clients, my hand faltered. I had a crisis of confidence. Could I explain the value of questions? Before I had tested the possibility, I had decided the answer was no.
Sales can be a heartbreaking process. Or not. If you’d prefer it was not, here’s a plan. A few years ago, I sat in a cafe, coffee cooling, heart sinking, a prospective client in front of me. But I knew where this sales conversation would end—in a ‘no’. I had a service I knew would help this person. Somehow, I could never get it across. I left every meeting despondent.