Do You Make These Storytelling Mistakes?

We all love a good story.

Tell a good story and you’ll have your audience liking you, engaged with you and wanting to know more.

ClappingCrowd2Master the art of storytelling and the sky’s the limit for you. A master storyteller will have people on the edge of their seats begging for more,
wanting to engage with you over and over again, telling others about you. They will let you into their world because you’ve let them into yours.

So what’s the difference between a good storyteller and a master storyteller? A few things:

1. A master storyteller tells the right story, to the right person, at the right time. In other words, the timing is perfect, the context is set and the story is tailored to the audience.

An amateur storyteller may tell a great story that is entertaining and interesting, but when it’s done, it’s not leading anywhere. The audience is left thinking “what was the point of that story?”. It seems out of context or self-serving on the part of the storyteller or presenter.

So, as you are writing your client-attracting presentation or webinar script, be both creative and ruthless. Think up dozens of stories to tell, pull out from your archives all the interesting stories you’d love to tell, the funny ones, the heartbreaking ones,the poignant, meaningful ones. Then be ruthless and cull out all the stories that don’t serve the overall purpose and arc of your presentation.  Continue reading

Seven Best Practices of Editing Your Own Work

Create Great HeadlinesNothing kills credibility faster than mistakes in your book.

Before you submit your work to an editor, there are a number of strategies you can use to save time and money.

1. Walk Away From Your Work

Try and give yourself at least a week between writing and editing your manuscript. Something magical happens during this break; it allows you to detach from the work, giving you more clarity and greater perspective. Build this extra time in from the beginning if possible so that you can let it sit before you edit. You’ll be amazed at the objectivity you gain when you stop focusing so intently on the content.

2. Print Out Your Manuscript

Often it’s useful to take a look at your work in a published form (or as close to it as you can get). You may notice problems that didn’t stand out before.

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5 Best Practices of Thought Leadership

mitchell-levyThought leadership is a hot buzzword, however, there are many definitions and misconceptions about what a thought leader is.

I’d like to offer a definition that may be slightly broader than what you’re used to. Once you’re comfortable with the definition, I’ll share five best practices.

Who is a Thought Leader?

A thought leader is an individual who is recognized as an expert in their own space, and is referred to for help on various matters. In other words, the key-to-go person who can give an appropriate path to attain best results in the field and geography they specialize in. For a more robust definition, check out this 2×2 showing a definition of thought leadership as audience by content .

The Top Five Best Practices for Thought Leadership are:

1.      Visibility to the Employees and the Management Team:

Due to the accessibility and abundance of numerous product reviews on the Internet, traditional salespeople have become obsolete and ineffective. The new salesperson is Google and is playing a big part in providing a perfect way to review products and services with utmost ease.

Potential customers search on your organization, they want to see “real” people sharing authentic, transparent and trustworthy information. Every employee represents the brand, and they must look good. Particularly, the management team.

On the “About us” page of many organizations today, you not only see a small photo or bio of the executive team, but also links to their individual social accounts (primarily LinkedIn and Twitter). This way, the customers and future advocates get an opportunity to see how the management team represents themselves and engage with them, if appropriate.

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Top Ways Google Alerts Help You Get Into the Media

Carol-Margolis-250x250Recently presenting to SocialBuzzU on How To Get Your Blog All Over The Media , I shared numerous no-cost ways to get publicity for your blog and business.

Here is one additional tool I use to identify publicity opportunities and it, also, is FREE!

I’m talking about Google Alerts. Setting up alerts that not only let you know (via email) when you and your business are being talked about, but all these other alerts:

Alerts on:

  • The topic of your business (business travel, in my case)
  • Conferences and trade shows in your topic area  (“conference social media” and “tradeshow social media” for example)
  • Experts in your topic area (“Mari Smith social media” for example)
  • Speaking opportunities (“call for speakers social media” for example)
  • Statistics in your topic area (“statistics social media” for example)
  • The magazines/media in your topic area (“Inc. magazine” “social media” for example)
  • Your name
  • Your business name
  • And other areas that you want to keep apprised of in your niche.

Can you see how being alerted with this information could help you apply for speaking opportunities, write an article that can be submitted to a magazine, be a guest blogger on another site and come up with topic ideas for your business? All at no monetary cost, just a bit of your time.

How do you get started? Go to, sign into your Google account and start creating alerts. You can have as many as will be valuable to you. Have too many and it may be overwhelming to keep up with!

Emails will begin to flow into your mailbox. I recommend forwarding them automatically to a subfolder so you can review several at a time and have them all in one place.

Google Alerts have been invaluable for me. So set some up today (or add to your existing Google Alert list) and your business will be expanding all over the place!

5 Ways to Express Your Message More Effectively on Social Media

You Can Do It!Toni loved using social media. Through Facebook she kept up with her kids’ adventures and her own friends from her college days. She used Pinterest to collect healthy recipes and beautifully illustrated quotations.

But she was at a loss when it came time to market her life coaching business through social media. Would her edgy personality be too much for clients she wanted to attract? How could she stand out from everyone else posting inspirational photos and viral videos?

Here are the 5 steps I gave her:

1. Identify your perfect client. When you know exactly who is the best fit for your gifts and talents, it’s easier to market your business. Using your most perfect-fitting client as a model, create a profile of her interests, lifestyle, challenges, emotions and activities. I even add a photo and a (fictional) name to mine. Then, when considering what to post, you can ask, “Is this something Josh would like and share?”

2. Listen! My client Toni created a perfect client profile based on her three favorite coaching clients combined under the name “Carolyn.” She filled it out by studying what they posted on social media. She interviewed them about their interests and also why they had chosen to work her. When doing this yourself, be sure to focus not simply on past clients but those who were a perfect match for your services.

3. Speak to ONE person. Do you ever read posts that sound as if someone is shouting out a window to anyone who’ll listen? Toni had a habit of writing to an audience of many, with phrases such as, “How is everyone doing today?” or “A lot of you have been telling me ….” When she began to write each message as if it were to Carolyn alone, she noticed her posts resonated personally with many more people. As a result her audience grew dramatically.

4. Clearly articulate your marketing message. A concise marketing message outlines who you help (perfect client), with what challenges and what outcomes you get for them. Before working with me, her not-so-magnetic message was, “I’m a life coach.” Together we revised her message to focus on helping women executives who were killing themselves with overwork to find greater personal fulfillment through artistic pursuits without compromising their careers.

5. Know what aligns with your message – and what doesn’t. What about Toni’s edgy personality? One thing I shared with her was a love of snark and ranting. It’s fun for me, but not a fit for my brand, Enlightened Marketing, which is about inspiration, optimism and action – NOT negativity. Toni soon realized that she could share some of the painful experiences that made her the person she is today, but when it came to humor, her perfect client “Carolyn” wanted not snark but to laugh about things that were light and positive.

Get even more great tips & techniques from Samantha during her free live webinar for Social Buzz Club – HOW TO CREATE JAW-DROPPING, CLIENT-GETTING MESSAGES – Thursday May 8