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The Brutally Honest Guide to Being Brutally Honest

The Brutally Honest Guide to Being Brutally Honest

It’s scary, isn’t it?

Having to tell a truth to someone who may not want to hear it.

Whether you have to tell a friend they’ve been betrayed, inform a client that their ideas suck, or write a blog post to burst your reader’s bubble, hard truths can feel almost as painful to deliver as they are to receive.

Because just the thought of hurting someone is scary. You don’t want that.

And you don’t know how they’ll react. They might think you’re a jerk and cut all ties with you. You don’t want that either.

So sometimes you obfuscate the truth to spare them the pain of hearing it. Sometimes you even keep it to yourself or tell a white lie.

Well, I have to tell you something, and you may not like to hear it. But if you struggle with the art of being frank, you need to hear this. It will make you a better person, a better communicator and a better blogger.

So here it is …

You’re a coward.

If you can’t be brutally honest with people, especially when you know it’s in their best interest, you’re a coward.
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Ignored Your Blog for Months? 13 Tips for Getting It Back on Track

Ignored Your Blog for Months? 13 Tips for Getting It Back on Track

Come on, fess up!

You’ve done the unthinkable. You’ve let your beloved blog wither in the shadows of neglect.

Once a thriving haven of ideas and wisdom for your adoring readers, your blog is now just a wasteland of stale posts.

You’re bugged by the numbing guilt that you’ve let yourself down, and even worse, that you’ve let your readers down.

Will they even give a crap when they see your name pop into their flooded inboxes again? They’ve probably moved on. They’ve probably replaced you with someone they can count on.

Before you throw in the towel of defeat, know this — it’s not too late to fight for your blogging dream and claw back the attention of your readers.

But don’t just charge back into the arena frantically waving a flag.

Remember, it’s not who leaps in with chaotic enthusiasm who wins; it’s who plays the game with grit and strategy.

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How to Run Your First Webinar (with No Skills, No Stress and No Budget)

How to Run Your First Webinar (with No Skills, No Stress and No Budget)

It’s just too scary, isn’t it?

You see all those fancy schmantzy bloggers offering webinars.

And everyone and their cat is queuing up to watch them.

They have the authority; they get the attention.

Yes, I bet it’s crossed your mind to do it too.

After all, webinars are supposed to be the hottest thing on the Net.

But to run a webinar yourself? It’s just too damn scary.

There’s the huge cost.  And how to even start creating a webinar, let alone broadcast it?

It’s beyond the reach of a blogger like you, right?

I’m here to tell you something: the world of webinars has changed.

It’s now affordable. It’s easy. You can do it.

In fact, you should do it.

Here’s why…
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How to Profile Your Ideal Reader with (Perfectly Legal) Surveillance

How to Profile Your Ideal Reader with (Perfectly Legal) Surveillance

You’ve heard it countless times.

Know your readers.

That’s the secret to creating a blog that thrives.

But if you’re just starting out, there’s a problem with that advice:

How can you get to know your readers when you don’t have an audience yet?

Maybe you’re at the beginning of your blogging journey, with no traffic and no list. (Or your list is made up of just your mom, dad and cousin.)

Or maybe you haven’t even started your blog yet.

What do you do then?

Well, if you’re like most new bloggers, you make assumptions. You guess.

“That blogger tripled his list by jumping on Instagram. Think I should try it, too.

“But wait — my blog audience is mainly women, so maybe Pinterest would be a better choice.”

That kind of guessing is like throwing darts blindfolded and hoping you hit the bull’s eye.

Sometimes it works. Usually, it doesn’t.

Fortunately, there’s another way…
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The Awesome Power of Seemingly Pointless Stories

The Awesome Power of Seemingly Pointless Stories

Some people tell you a story always needs to have a point, but I disagree.

Sometimes, you tell a story with no other purpose than bonding with your audience.

For instance, here’s a snippet from the newsletter of Gary Halbert, perhaps the greatest copywriter who ever lived:

A few days ago, after finishing my workout, I went to a small diner and ate three steak sandwiches.  After that, I was overcome with the desire to hurt somebody.  I mean bloody their nose, blacken their eyes and kick them in the balls.

You ever have that happen to you?  You ever became enraged for no reason whatsoever?  I decided it would be a good idea to pound on the young musclehead a few feet away from me in the diner.  Then, it hit me.  I suddenly realized that if I went after him, the bastard would probably fight back!

I hate that part.  When they fight back.  I’d truly kick a lot of ass if I could find a steady supply of people who wouldn’t fight back.

Oh well.  My mood instantly evaporated.  I gave the musclehead a friendly greeting, tipped the waitress and left the restaurant with no broken bones or bruises.

What was that all about?  I really don’t know.  I haven’t a clue why that sudden rage overcame me.  Plus, I don ‘t have a clue why I’m writing about it.

So, I’ll stop.  I’ll go off on another tangent.

Hilarious, right?

Now, here’s the shocker…
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