Archives for August 2013

Don’t Add. Multiply. Ten Benefits of Writing a Book

Many leaders are in addition mode. Addition means that you have to be somewhere or do some kind of work for your message to spread. Addition means repetitive action—a lot of repetitive action—in order to see significant growth.

Writing a book multiplies your efforts so that you can reach more people than you can touch in person.

Writing a book multiplies your efforts so that you can reach more people than you can touch in person.

Multiplication takes a different approach. You communicate something well one time in a medium that can be multiplied and others can review what you said as many times as needed without you needing to be present. And when others learn about what you said and want to hear it too, on their own and without your knowledge they can access your content, read it, enjoy it, process it, learn from it, review it, practice it, teach it to others…all without your knowledge or input.

The main reason I wrote Anyone Can Write: Your Step-By-Step Guide to Write and Publish a Great Book is because I’ve told many people the same thing far too many times and it’s time to multiply, not just add. Through multiplication I can reach more people than I can touch in person.

See your book as an amazing way to multiply yourself and your message. With a book you’ll be able to:

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What Does it Take to Write a Great Nonfiction Book?

To write a great book it takes the same three elements it took Remy the rat to cook a great meal: a guide, time, and effort.

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Anyone can cook. And anyone can write with good guidance and time to write.

I love the movie Ratatouille (rat a TOO ee)—a story about a rat that dreams of becoming a world-class chef. The only problem is that Remy is a rat, and rats and kitchens usually aren’t a desirable combination. But Remy is inspired by the famous French chef Auguste Gusteau whose motto is “Anyone can cook.” The movie is about Remy’s journey to show patrons of Gusteau’s French restaurant and a very critical food critic that anyone can cook—even a rat.

I believe the same can be said about writing: Anyone can write. You can write. Whatever odds you are facing (thankfully you’re not a rat), I want to encourage you that you have what it takes to write a book. A great book!

I think there are three tragedies in communication:

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What to Do When You’re Wrong – by Mark DuPré

HTALAGU Front CoverThe following excerpt is from the book How to Act Like a Grown-up by Mark DuPré. The excerpt below is a timely reminder for every leader and is definitely “practical wisdom for every age.”

Get some great writing tips from my interview with Mark about “How I Write” here.

Being Wrong

News flash: you’re going to be wrong. Often. That’s not a problem. Not admitting you’ve been wrong is. And not learning from being wrong is a big problem and can result in your becoming an official jerk.

Acting like a grown-up means being able to admit that you’ve been wrong without a lot of drama and without kicking yourself either.

If you were wrong because you didn’t know something or had some wrong information, that’s usually not a big deal. Unless you invested your entire identity and course of action into something that you were wrong about, it shouldn’t be too hard to tell yourself that you missed it.

But here is what you have to do: take the new info and reevaluate everything around it. Change the information you thought you knew into the information you now know, and then hit a big subtotal button about the whole situation. You should come up with a new perspective that is different and better. (That’s not just acting like a grown-up—that’s being a grown-up.) It’s going to be challenging to adopt the new point of view at first, but give it time to sink in.

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How I Write with Mark DuPré

HTALAGU Front CoverHow I Write – Interview with Mark DuPré
Author of How to Act Like a Grown-Up

In the fall of 2012 I had the wonderful pleasure of working with Mark DuPré to publish his book How to Act Like a Grown-Up. Below is an interview with Mark about how he writes.

Why did you write your book How to Act Like a Grown-Up?
I wrote the book out a genuine concern for the younger generation. As a parent, professor, and pastor I saw certain perspectives they were lacking. Some of the problems were humorous. Others troubling. Either I could lament or complain about it, or I could make something available as a genuine help to guide those who really want to grow up.

What do you like the most about the book? What will other readers find interesting?
Most people respond to the humor in the book. They also like the short, readable chapters that you can digest piece by piece.

How did you write the book? What was your writing process?
It began as a blog. I did that on purpose because a blog every week forced me to produce something. Sometimes I would write three or four blogs at a sitting; other times I did the blog post the night before it was due.

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