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In the wake of the National Speakers Association announcement at its annual convention a few days ago that it was renaming the organization “Platform,” some of us, who are passionate fans of Michael Hyatt — the New York Times bestselling author of Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World — have become quite vocal about this poorly researched, dubious decision.
For my part, as I shared earlier (and maybe ranted a little) on this Sugar Shock Blog, when I witnessed this brand roll-out, I became both appalled and saddened.
Michael HyattAlthough I greatly respect the National Speakers Association and its many remarkable members, I cannot fathom how a talented brand-name-search committee — which allegedly spent “two years” on this — could have been so in the dark about the amazing Michael Hyatt, who has branded “Platform” in a big way. Or, worse, if they knew about Michael and still proceeded with this move, it’s simply galling.
Not only has Michael penned his fabulous book Platform — which is, incidentally, a must read for all speakers — but he has created a wonderful Platform University and fabulous Platform Conference.
Although I had initially planned to dedicate much of this holiday weekend to making major inroads on my next book, I felt it important to take time out to stress via comments in the private National Speakers Association Facebook group and in two blogs posts here that Michael Hyatt is the undisputed brand holder of “Platform.”
Please join me to support bestselling author and speaker Michael Hyatt:
Urge the National Speakers Association leadership to ditch the name change by writing to CEO Stacy Tetschner, who invites your comments about it.
Recommend that the NSA apologize to Michael Hyatt.
Do better Google searches and more substantive research before picking another brand name that may already be taken.
And don’t stomp on the toes of someone, who is, after all, one of your own! Indeed, Michael Hyatt is not only a New York Times bestselling author with a huge platform, but he’s a sought-after, world-renowned speaker, who has done so much to help speakers, authors, bloggers, etc. get their messages out to a wider audience.
Also, please post comments on blogs by Daniel Decker, Stu McLaren, Kathleen Ann Thompson, Mike Kim, and Andy Traub, and thank them for coming to Michael’s support.
I also encourage you to read these thoughtful posts about this matter from Ryan Avery and Skip Prichard.
FYI, you can see the explanation here as to why the well-branded National Speakers Association was ditching its name and now calling itself “Platform.”
Now, let the fabulous Michael Hyatt teach you about building your own platform.
Again, please join me in urging the NSA leadership to reconsider this name change, because Michael Hyatt is already the preeminent holder of the brand, Platform. Please share your comments now.
Join the conversation. Should a worldwide organization use the same name as a wildly popular book and programs by a famous speaker/author? Speak up now.
At its annual conference in San Diego this week, the National Speakers Association — which has been advancing the speaking profession since 1973 — announced that it was changing its name to “Platform.”
Wait a minute!
As I sat in the audience at this year’s NSA conference — which was really fabulous, by the way — this name change completely confused me.
More accurately, I felt very sorry for Michael Hyatt, the wildly acclaimed blogger, speaker and New York Times bestselling author of the fabulous book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. which, incidentally, is a must read for any speaker or author.
I sympathized with Michael — former CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers — because for years, he has contributed his brilliance, mined his creativity and allocated his hard-earned resources to invigorate and popularize the word, “Platform.”
For those of you not in the know about platforms, having one is imperative these days if you have a book, product, or talk. Learn about it from Michael Hyatt. (I also recommend that you read Seth Godin’s brilliant book, Tribes.)
As you may have guessed by now, I am a BIG fan of Michael Hyatt, which is why I’m posting off topic today.
Not only do I follow Michael’s blog and posts on his Facebook page, but I also often consult and implement his ideas from Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. I’ve even traveled across country to attend one of Michael’s conferences, and I plan to fly to another one later this year.
Now you can understand why I”m so appalled and dismayed by the National Speakers Association’s name change to “Platform.”
How can the NSA do this to Michael Hyatt, who is, in effect, The Platform Man?
To begin with, Michael has a big platform of very engaged, loyal followers like me. Those of us in his tribe avidly read his thoughts on Facebook; follow him on Twitter;, check out his emails; and travel to attend events where he’s keynoting.
And consider this: Michael’s platform — at least on Facebook (41,770) and Twitter (224,000) — is far bigger than that of the National Speakers Association, which has only 16,824 fans in its private Facebook group and only 11,600 followers on Twitter.
Meanwhile, Michael Hyatt also runs his fabulous Platform University, of which I’m a member.
Furthermore, he hosts the acclaimed Platform Conference.
Michael also offers services to help speakers, authors and people like you and me build our platforms. By the way, stay tuned for my new, classier look, which soon will be unveiled on my website and blog, thanks to Michael’s Get Noticed theme.
PlatformNSASo why the heck is the reputable National Speakers Association — which prides itself on authenticity, originality and even ingenuity — stomping on the toes of Michael Hyatt, who, as a sought-after speaker, is essentially one of their own?
Frankly, I’m disappointed and surprised by this questionable move by the National Speakers Association.
Platform-Infographic-5701Indeed, this ill-advised name change puts me in an extremely awkward position.
I’m not yet a full-fledged member of NSA, but I’m a member of the amazing NSA Academy so I can develop skills to become a better speaker, which, in turn, will help me build my platform.
Plus, I greatly respect the many talented, remarkable NSA speakers, some of whom are bestselling authors with remarkable platforms of their own.
Furthermore, I’ve been eagerly looking forward to getting my NSA speaker certification.
Meanwhile, I certainly appreciate the NSA conventions, which, as I witnessed this week and in previous years, are classy, professional events.
But none of this changes the fact that NSA taking the name “Platform” is NOT a classy move.
More to the point, this name-change is completely lacking in integrity, a trait that many NSA members seek to possess. (See Kathleen Ann Thompson’s clever blog post about this.)
Not only that, but the NSA name change violates the organization’s own code of ethics, as Stu McLaren observes.
In short, my loyalty lies with Michael Hyatt, who expressed his astonishment in a Facebook post.
By the way, I even urge you to see the helpful infographic (to your left) that Michael created to help people like us build our platforms.
Frankly, I’m barffled. Didn’t the NSA name- rebranding committee — whose members were praised in the video below — do their homework or due diligence, as platform builder and blogger Daniel Decker asks?
Didn’t at least one member of this illustrious name-change committee do a Google search on the word “Platform” before stomping on Michael Hyatt’s brand and look?
Dian’t at least one committee member hear of Michael Hyatt?
It’s super easy to discover, as Mike Kim so eloquently blogs,.that Michael Hyatt “owns” the word, “Platform.”
Go ahead. Do a Google search now for the words, “Platform and Michael Hyatt.”
As of today, you’ll get a whopping 157,000 hits!
Isn’t t the NSA name change, in fact, brand theft, as Andy Traub suggests?
As you can tell, a number of us in Michael’s tribe are up in arms.
Sure, the concept of a platform has been dicussed for years in publishing and speaking circles and books that predate Michael’s have addressed this subject — but of all people today, Michael Hyatt is the go-to guru about the value of building your platform.
In fact, Hay House, publisher of my most recent book, Beyond Sugar Shock, even recommends that ALL of its authors or wanna-be authors read Michael Hyatt’s book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World.Likewise, my next publisher, Balboa Press, which has a partnership with Hay House, greatly respects Michael.
Of course, despite my background as an objective journalist, I make no claims to this being a measured post such as those by Ryan Avery or Stu McLaren.
What it comes down to is this: How can a speakers’ organization, which touts the value of crediblity and not stealing others’ material, in effect, create a name and logo that are uncannily similiar to one used for years by Michael Hyatt — whether they did so knowingly or not?
Now, I urge you: Put yourself in Michael Hyatt’s place. How would you feel if one day some organization took the name you’ve been spending years to brand?
I’d certainly be concerned if an organization with similiar goals to mine changed its name to Sugar Shock or Beyond Sugar Shock.
Therefore, as a Michael Hyatt fan, I urge the leadership of the National Speakers Association to:
Issue a formal apology to Michael Hyatt.
Totally abandon the name “Platform” as its new name.
Do due diligence and extensive research to ensure that it won’t again pick a brand that is already taken by another person or organization.
Make this entire name-change process more public and enlist feedback from ALL members of NSA and the Academy.
Please weigh in with your ideas. I’d love to hear what you think, but first, watch the video below where the name change (theft?) to Platform is announced at the recent National Speakers Association conference.
Join the conversation. So do you think the NSA name change is right or not? Speak up now. Also please share your comments with NSA leadership.
Connie celery_clean copySugar and carb addicts, get help to free yourself from your potentially deadly habits on Sat., April 13 at 7 pm at Book Passage in Corte Madera.
Indeed, it’s now my honor and privilege to personally guide, coach, educate and empower sugar and carb addicts in the San Francisco Bay Area on Saturday, April 13, which is, coincidentally, two days before a momentous time for me.
Yes, on April 15, I will have gone 15 years sugar-free (mostly)! Bear in mind that I wasn’t perfect, and not beating up on myself too much or slipping is one of the keys to my success. (You’ll find out how you, too, can be imperfect but still triumph over your sugar addiction.)
The program at Book Passage is being presented, thanks to the remarkable organization, Left Coast Writers, a fabulous group that supports new and established writers.
Please note that this appearance at Book Passage is my first talk and book signing since the publication of my book, Beyond Sugar Shock: The 6-Week Plan to Break Free of Your Sugar Addiction & Get Slimmer, Sexier & Sweeter.
The reason that I didn’t do any book signings or give any solo talks in 2012 (other than one appearance as part of a group of authors) is because I wanted to spend as much time as possible with my terminally ill Mom before she passed away. Recently, I lost her. (In fact, I moved from the East Coast to the West Coast to be near her and be of service to Mom before she passed away. (One of our most fabulous moments during our last year together was when two boxes of books arrived from my publisher, Hay House, and my mother raved, “Absolutely terrific” and “Beautiful.” I have a video of the special occasion.)
Anyhow, during my first Beyond Sugar Shock appearance on April 13, I’ll give you insights and simple starter secrets so you can:
Activate the positive power of one of procrastination. (Huh? Trust me — it’s a simple, calming tool.)
Quickly decode and then welcome (really!) your annoying sugar cravings.
Remember the sour scoop about sugar (that it can lead to cancer, type 2 diabetes and even kill you early) when you’re overcome by must-have-sugar-now! feelings.
Pick yourself up after you’ve “slipped” and fallen off your less or no-sugar plan, especially after emotionally trying times.
Dissolve your desire for dangerous sweets but still enjoy tasty chocolate treats. You’ll even find out how to get recipes for healthy choco-goodie and get to savor tasty sugar-free desserts.
Stop being duped by innocent-looking, seductive foods that are actually sugar traps.
Laugh at my — and your — silly-on-sugar behavior. (You’ll chuckle at my former Sugar Shrew ways!)
In short, in our time together, you’ll get to Turbocharge your Sugar-Free Power.
The event on April 13 takes place at:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
For those of you who don’t know my background, here’s a short bio:
Bestseller Beyond Sugar Shock BSThe Sugar Liberator Connie Bennett is transformational speaker and author of the international bestseller Beyond Sugar Shock: The 6-Week Plan to Break Free of Your Sugar Addiction & Get Slimmer, Sexier & Sweeter. The Hay House book has been praised by a Who’s Who of health and empowerment experts, including Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Christiane Northrup, and Dr. Daniel Amen.
Connie’s second book is the eagerly awaited follow-up to her acclaimed bestseller, Sugar Shock! How Sweets and Simple Carbs Can Derail Your Life—And How You Can Get Back on Track, which has been praised by America’s Favorite Doctor, Dr. Mehmet Oz.
Connie’s sour-to-sweet journey began in 1998, when she was pummeled by 44 ailments, including crushing fatigue, brain fog, horrible headaches, rollercoaster mood swings, and severe PMS. When Connie’s new doctor blamed every single symptom on her excessive sugar habit and ordered her to quit consuming her cherished sweets, she reluctantly complied. Much to her surprise, all her ailments vanished, and Connie became energetic, focused, and free.
She succeeded, because while shedding her dangerous habit, Connie created cool tools to ease her dreaded and difficult transition and turn it into a positive, fun-filled, life-changing adventure. Since 2001, Connie has been coaching, guiding, and inspiring thousands of people worldwide on how to easily triumph over their carb addiction so they can discover that Life is Sweeter When Sugar Doesn’t Seduce You.™
Now, Connie runs her popular Sugar Freedom Now Retreat (virtual, recorded, and live), which is the companion program to Beyond Sugar Shock. She is also host of the Gab with the Gurus Radio Show, for which she interviews top names in a variety of fields from health to the Law of Attraction. Connie studied at the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Get free gifts to help you reach Sugar Freedom at www.Connie-Bennett.com
Bring me Into Your Living Room, Community Center, Place of Worship or Business to Discover “Secrets to Fast Forward Beyond Sugar Shock to Get Slimmer, Sexier & Sweeter”
All Stops are by Request Only
Sugar_freedom_finalSugar addicts, let’s connect and let me help you in the flesh—not just virtually through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+ or YouTube.
Bring me into your living room, community center, place of business or worship so you’ll discover “Secrets to Fast Forward Beyond Sugar Shock to Get Slimmer, Sexier & Sweeter.”
I’m thrilled to announce that, in honor of my 15 years sugar-free (mostly) — or “my 15-year-sugar-free-iversary” — in mid-April, I’m going on the road to personally help, encourage, and inspire thousands of sugar and carb addicts as part of The 2013 Sugar Freedom & Forgiveness World Tour.
You now have this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to book me to speak to intimate groups (10 people and up) in your private home, community center, place of worship or business all across the United States and parts of Europe, including San Francisco, Atlanta, New York, Paris, and Sydney.
Please note that all stops are by request only.
Apply here to be included as part of the 2013 Sugar Freedom & Forgiveness World Tour.
During my talks on the tour, you’ll get:
New (never-shared) secrets to easily let go of your sugar habit.
1 super-simple tactic to get started on your way to being sugar-free, slimmer, sexier and sweeter.
Super-cool tools to help you easily get back on track after you’ve “slipped,” “fallen off the wagon” or “blown your diet.”
A way to avoid the single biggest mistake — and easy-to-avoid error — that most people make when trying to quit or limit sweets.
A fun, interactive Adventurcise (adventurous exercise) so you can identify your biggest block to sugar-free success.
Larger groups (50, 200, etc.) of interested women, parents, or teachers also can book my talk, “Secrets to Fast Forward Beyond Sugar Shock to Get Slimmer, Sexier & Sweeter.”
I’m also available to work privately with health or life coaches, as well as other health professionals, to help them help their clients.
This talk is for you if:
You want to shed excess weight to get slimmer, sexier, and sweeter, as well as happier, positive, and more focused
You feel addicted to sugary foods or processed carbs. (You can relate to alcoholics or drug addicts.)
You want to boost your energy.
(Females) You have horrible female challenges during either your time of month (your period) or life (menopause).
(Males) Your libido isn’t what it used to be.
You have hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), prediabetes, or type 2 diabetes.
You suffer from one or more of the following symptoms: mood swings, severe fatigue, headaches, crying spells, difficulty concentrating, depression, forgetfulness, and lightheadedness.
You’ve read one or both of my books, Sugar Shock or Beyond Sugar Shock, but would like personal guidance to Easily Achieve Sugar Freedom.
You want to look and feel younger, turn heads whereever you go, and out-perform people 15 years younger
The 2013 Sugar Freedom & Forgiveness World Tour kicks off mid-April in the Western part of the United States. Apply here, on this Sugar Shock Blog, to be included in this once-in-a-lifetime event.
Limited opportunities are available.
You can choose between: A 45-minute talk, a 3-hour Sugar Freedom Play Camp, a 1-hour Smart-Sugar-Sleuth Supermarket Tour, and half-hour private coaching.
Beyond Sugar Shock notebooks and pens will be provided as my gift. (Until they run out.)
Your advance orders of 10 or more copies of Beyond Sugar Shock will be shipped in advance.
The 2013 Sugar Freedom and Forgiveness World Tour is dedicated to my beloved mother, who recently passed away.
To bring me into your home, community or place of worship to discover “Secrets to Fast Forward Beyond Sugar Shock to Get Slimmer, Sexier & Sweeter,” submit your application now.
If you have any questions, submit them here. (They will not be published unless you agree.)
Connie Bennett is a bestselling author (Beyond Sugar Shock and Sugar Shock), an internationally acclaimed transformational speaker, and a sugar-addict-turned Sugar Freedom Coach, who runs the popular Sugar Freedom Now Course.
Connie’s sour-to-sweet story began in 1998 when she was ambushed by a whopping 44 mysterious ailments, including crippling fatigue, unpredictable mood swings, and scary heart palpitations. On doctor’s orders, Connie reluctantly gave up her cherished candies, cookies and other “culprit carbs,” and much to her delight, ALL of her symptoms disappeared. Quickly, people wanted to know Connie’s secrets, and she’s now known as The Sugar Freedom Coach.
Connie’s new book, Beyond Sugar Shock, has been endorsed by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer and many others. Her first book, Sugar Shock, was praised by Dr. Mehmet Oz.
In mid-April, Connie will embark on The Sugar Freedom & Forgiveness World Tour. It is designed to help sugar addicts around the globe easily release their dangerous habit so they can get slimmer, sexier and sweeter — and have fun at the same time.
The tour — which also is intended to help people discover that Life is Sweeter without Sweets™ — will raise awareness about the harmful dangers of over-eating sweets and refined carbs. (The average person over-indulges in these fast-acting non-foods, whether she or he knows it or not.)
The Sugar Freedom & Forgiveness World Tour is commemorating Connie’s 15-year-sugar-free-iversary (fifteen years of mostly shunning those dangerous sweets). It is dedicated to Connie’s recently deceased mother.
Connie has been featured by hundreds of media outlets, including “CBS News Sunday Morning,” “Oprah & Friends Radio,” “The Howard Stern Show,” TIME magazine, Woman’s World, Women’s Health, Delicious Living, Shape magazine, The Chicago Tribune, and Detroit News.
Connie is a certified life coach (Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching or iPEC), certified health coach (Institute for Integrative Nutrition), and accomplished reporter (with a master’s of science degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s respected Medill School of Journalism). She hosts the popular Gab with the Gurus Show, for which she interviews bestselling authors and experts in a variety of fields, from wellness to relationships to social networking.
Get free gifts at Connie’s website, BeyondSugarShock.com, and connect with Connie on Facebook.
Woo Hoo!! Today’s a REALLY, REALLY BIG day for me!
In 1998, I very reluctantly quit sugar on doctor’s orders. (He blamed sugar for my 44 symptoms, including my fatigue, brain fog, migraines, and severe PMS.)
FINALLY, today, 14 years after I desperately kicked sugar on doctor’s orders, my new book, Beyond Sugar Shock, is officially released.
It is hitting bookstores nationwide (in the U.S. and Canada). On Monday, it will be published in the U.K.
If you buy a copy of Beyond Sugar Shock, please send a photo of you and the book, which can help YOU easily, joyously release your sugar addiction, too.
When you send your photo, I’ll even post it here, too.
Please note that right now, we’re building momentum for TUESDAY, JUNE 5.
On TUESDAY, JUNE 5, you’re invited to tell your loved ones, fans, friends, relatives, and sugar-addicted co-workers — even people you don’t like too much! ( they’re probably high on sugar!) — to buy Beyond Sugar Shock.
Find out why this book has been praised by Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Dr. Daniel Amen, Brian Tracy, Bernie Siegel, Dr. Jonny Bowden, Dr. Joe Vitale, Marci Shimoff, Kathy Smith, Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. and many others.
Keep checking back here to the Sugar Shock Blog for more news about our Beyond Sugar Shock Book Launch on TUESDAY, JUNE 5, when we seek to HELP sugar addicts worldwide.
And make sure to SAVE THE DATE, TUESDAY, JUNE 5 to spread the word about Beyond Sugar Shock.
Do you have a large mailing list? If so, sign up here to join my book launch on Tuesday.
Mommy and health bloggers, wellness experts, authors, health coaches (who, like me, are graduates of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition), low-carb advocates, Paleo gurus, and former sugar addicts, as well as stay-at-home moms, business executives, struggling sugar addicts and others interested in health and wellness,
Please help me to help millions of sugar adddicts or carb addicts around the world.
On Tuesday, June 5, you’re cordially invited to join the launch of my second book, Beyond Sugar Shock, which was released Friday, June 1 in the United States and Canada and will be published in the United Kingdom on Monday, June 4.
If you’ve never participated in a book launch before, let me explain how it works. Trust me, it’s really easy, personally rewarding, and even potentially lucrative (later on) to join us!
So, on Tuesday, June 5, you’re invited to send out a beautiful email prepared by my wonderful publisher, Hay House, to your entire mailing list.
Now, if you don’t have a mailing list, don’t worry. You can still join us. Just think about it: Everyone is either a sugar or carb addict herself or himself or knows one, right? (Just look at the people around you mindlessly polishing off those quickie carbs .)
For those of you with no mailing list, simply dash off this snazzy email to 50 to 100 or more of your colleagues, friends, neighbors, relatives — whether they’re hooked on sugar or not. Then, send to people who help you such as your chiropractor, fitness trainer, hairdresser, or physician — even if they don’t “get it” yet. Just ask them for their email adress.)
In other words, join this massive grass-roots effort to reach people who need help to gain control over their sugar or carb addiction and Get a Life that Rocks™, as I like to put it.
Why Millions Need Our Help: Sugar Is Toxic & It Can Kill You Before Your Time
Why do millions need our help? And why can Beyond Sugar Shock come to the rescue? Because the average person in the U.S. — perhaps you? — consumes at least 170 pounds of sugar and other sweeteners such as high fructose corn syrup, crystalline fructose, etc. per year. Insider figures cite far higher figures — 228 pounds per person per year! (I’ll have stats soon for Canada and the U.K.)
In addition, the typical U.S. resident — you again? — unthinkingly takes in nearly 200 pounds per year of sugar’s culpable cousins — refined white-flour products such as white bread, white-flour pasta, white bread, mashed potatoes, and white rice. All these processed foods — what I call quickie carbs or much-like sugar carbs — also are speedily metabolized in our bodies.
All those sweets and refined carbs put you into Sugar Shock often. That means these quickie trigger elevated blood sugar levels, repeatedly over-stimulate insulin release, cause excessive inflammation, and pave the way for nearly 150 devastating, mostly preventable diseases or conditions, including obesity (of course), but also heart disease, blood sugar disorders (from hypoglycemia to type 2 diabetes), cancer, and even Alzheimer’s disease.
To put it bluntly, if you put yourself into Sugar Shock on a regular basis — as most people in civilized countries do — you can get fat and sick, and die well before your time.
Will You Join Us to Help Save People’s Health, Moods, Inner Peace, Relationships & More?
So will you join our worldwide effort to help millions of people worldwide to shed pounds, become more energetic, reverse or halt type 2 diabetes, prevent heart disease or cancer, and even boost their libido? Yes, quitting or cutting back on sugar and refined carbs can do all of that — and much more, as you can learn in Beyond Sugar Shock.
How Will this Book Help Sugar or Carb Addicts? And How Did it Come About?
You’re probably wondering why I think this book is special. Well, in Beyond Sugar Shock, I present a six-week Mind-Body-Spirit program, that gently, compassionately takes sugar or carb addicts on a fun, empowering adventure so they can easily, joyously release their dangerous, potentially deadly habit.
Briefly, here’s the back story. Beyond Sugar Shock has been about 14 years in the making. Back in 1998, when I quit sugar on doctor’s orders, I didn’t know how to go about doing it. So while kicking sugar, I began to create simple techniques to help me easily let go of my over-attraction to those tempting sweets. In Beyond Sugar Shock, I share these easy tools.
Then in 2002, four years after quitting sugar, I began in earnest to coach people to achieve that exhilarating state I now call Sugar Freedom. At the same time, I interviewed hundreds of experts to learn about sugar’s dangers and to discover new cool tools, which I also share in Beyond Sugar Shock. (In between, my first book, Sugar Shock, also was published, and much to my joy, it was even praised by Dr. Mehmet Oz. Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra was the medical consultant, and Dr. Nicholas Perricone wrote the foreword.)
Beyond Sugar Shock — which has been endorsed by Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Daniel Amen, Joe Vitale, Marci Shimoff, John Assaraf and many others — gives sugar and carb addicts what they need and seek. (That’s my intention, at least!
In fact, this book is what I would have loved to have in 1998, when my physician insisted that quitting sugar would make all 44 of my awful ailments disappear. (He was right!)
How to Join the Beyond Sugar Shock Book Launch
It’s simple to join us. Here are the 2 quick steps to take:
Sign up now to join the Beyond Sugar Shock Book Launch. (Many thanks to Hasmark Services for their vital support to coordinate this Book Launch.)
Email the snazzy email my publisher, Hay House, provided to either your mailing list of hundreds or thousands or, if you don’t have one, to a group of 50 to 100 friends, colleagues, and relatives. Just go through your email list. (By the way, you can send either this HTML version or an text version. (Huge gratitude goes to Hay House for creating this dazzling email for you to send.)
Attention, Bloggers: Another way to join our Beyond Sugar Shock Book Launch is to blog about this book or to post a review. We’re also offering you two books — one for you and one to give away as a prize. For details on the Blogger Book Launch, please contact me, and I’ll send you details.
Note to Colleagues of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition: When you get involved with my book launch, I’ll help you help your sugar-addicted clients. In fact, on June 28, I’m hosting a special teleseminar just for you. Please contact me to get details.
Here’s a quick reminder how to join us:
Sign up now to join the Beyond Sugar Shock Book Launch.
Share this special email from my publisher, Hay House, to either your mailing list or your group of 50 to 100 friends, colleagues, and relatives.
By the way, you may be wondering why I’m holding a grassroots effort. Suffice it to say that in these times of social media, as an author, you have an amazing opportunity to directly reach many of the people you serve, which is very exciting. Also, launching a book is a huge endeavor, and if your budget is limited, you need to use some innovative ways to get the word out. That’s why I could really use your help if you believe in what I seek to do — which is to help sugar addicts worldwide. So thank you from the bottom of my heart for joining us!
Questions? I’m here for you. Just ask away.
Join me tonight for a complimentary Webinar Tonight at 8pm EST / 5pm PST, presented by Joseph Varghese, and learn how to be Slimmer, Sexier & Sweeter.
Beyond Sugar Shock, my next book, will be officially published June 1 by Hay House. It is available for pre-order now on Amazon and from my publisher, Hay House.
In honor of the publication of Beyond Sugar Shock, you can attend a number of free events (virtually, on the Web, via teleseminar or live) as part of the Book Launch.
Of course, you’ll also be able to watch or listen to interviews I give on TV or radio shows, and read many articles either from me or about Beyond Sugar Shock on various print publications, blogs or websites (such as on the Huffington Post and Heal Your Life).
Most Beyond Sugar Shock Book Launch activities will take place Tuesday, June 5.
Other activities are scheduled for that entire first week in June, the week from Monday, June 4 through Friday, June 8. We’re presenting a number of events the next week, too.
Below, you’ll find a schedule of activities planned to date. We’re still adding events and details so please check back here often for updates.
But first, though, I’d like to extend my heartfelt thanks to Beyond Sugar Shock’s many amazing supporters, who are bestselling authors, admired thought leaders, or adored health or empowerment gurus. My deep gratitude goes to all wonderful 48 people–so far–who endorsed Beyond Sugar Shock and are now spreading the word about it.
Read my post here to see endorsements from the empowering, inspirational Dr. Wayne W. Dyer. Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. Bernie Siegel, Brian Tracy, Dr. Joe Vitale, Marci Shimoff, Janet Bray Atwood, John Assaraf, Dr. JJ Virgin, Dr. Oz Garcia, Dr. Jonny Bowden, Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, Mark Sisson, and Debbie Phillips. You’ll also see comments from fellow sugar experts Jeff O’Connell (Sugar Nation), Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum (Beat Sugar Addiction Now!), Dr. Richard J. Johnson (The Sugar Fix), Jill Escher (Farewell, Club Perma-Chub), and Kathie Dolgin (a.k.a. “High Voltage.”) And, find praise here for Beyond Sugar Shock from such remarkable Hay House authors Dr. Christiane Northrup, Colette Baron-Reid, Dr. Ken Druck, Donna Gates, Lauren Mackler, and Caroline Sutherland.
I’d also like to take a moment to thank the Institute for Integrative Nutrition–which I attended from 2005 to 2006–and its pioneering founder/director Joshua Rosenthal, who was kind enough to write the foreword. You can can read endorsements here from Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) grads Jared Koch, Patricia Moreno, Alex Jamieson, Stacey Morganstern and Carey Peters.
Check out what other gurus have praised my next book, Beyond Sugar Shock, which offers you a fun, simple, compassionate six-week Mind-Body-Spirit adventure to easily and effortlessly release your sugar or carb addiction so you can lead a life that’s sweeterlicious–that’s my word combining sweeter, delicious, scrumptious, luscious, and sensuous. (Yes, letting go of your sugar habit can boost your libido and improve action in the bedroom!)
Now, here’s the rapidly changing Beyond Sugar Shock Book Launch schedule:
Thursday, May 24
Week 2 of my Sugar Freedom Now Course. 5 pm PDT or 8 pm EDT. Enroll in this private program here.
Friday, May 25
Interview on You Can Heal Your Life show with Kerri Richardson on Hay House Radio. Details coming. Runs for four Fridays at 11 am PDT.
Bestseller PartyaliciabwdrawingfinalLive Event: Wed., May 30 in San Francisco: If you’re in the Bay Area, I invite you to attend the Bestseller Book Launch and Author Spotlight party. At this event, bestselling author Marci Shimoff and several others of us will be featured. Other non-fiction authors featured include: Jennifer Flaa (The Happiness Handbook), Melissa Steach (The Housing Project), Dane Rauschenberg (138,336 Feet to Pure Bliss), Zoe Sexton (FLIRTonomics), Sherry Berman and Julie Gleeson (Inside Job), Carrie Chavez Hansen (The Final Nesting Place), Peggy Harper Lee (Spoiled), and Nicole DeAvilla (The 2 Minute Yoga Solution). The event is presented by Alicia Dunams, CEO of the Bestseller in a Weekend. To join us, sign up here.
Thursday, May 31at 5 pm PST (8 pm EDT)
Private Webinar at 5 pm PDT (8 pm EDT). Check back for sign-up information.
Thursday, May 31: Week 3 of my Sugar Freedom Now Course. 6 pm PDT (9 pm EDT). Special time due to other event. Sign up here.
Friday, June 1
Get Your Free Gift from Me — Your Beyond Sugar Shock Freedom Mind Movie: Starting today, you’ll be able to get your own fun, free, uplifting Beyond Sugar Shock Mind Movie, which is a three-minute slideshow/movie of your perfect sugar-free life. For those of you struggling with a sugar addiction, you’ll watch your Mind Movie every morning and night to help manifest through the Law of Attraction everything you want to be and everything you want. By making a Mind Movie, you can take your ideas from the abstract and “wish” state into a reality in a short period of time. See the interview below, when Natalie Ledwell, co-founder of Mind Movies, will interview me on The Inspiration Show. be available. along with her business partner Ryan Higgins. In case you don’t know yet, a Mind Movie is a visualization tool — it’s actually a short 3-minute video or digital vision board. It provides a picture of your perfect life, offering a combination of positive, present tense affirmations, reinforced with powerful photos and images and your most emotionally inspiring music. Mind Movies is dedicated to helping you reach your greatest goals through the power of the Law of Attraction. Stay tuned, because, as noted above, you’ll have a chance to get your very own, free Beyond Sugar Shock Mind Movie so that you can visuzlize, share and materialize your ultimate dream life being sugar-free. Mind Movies has had endorsements from Personal Development guru’s like Bob Proctor, John Assaraf, Bob Doyle and Joe Vitale, and testimonials from happy, thankful customers who have manifested their dreams into reality.
Monday, June 4
Jill Lane image-displayMonday, June 4 at 9:15 am PDT: Interview with Jill Lane in Dallas. www.oneliferadio.com. Today, it’s my pleasure to be interviewed by Jill Lane, an expert in the fields of nutrition and exercise physiology. Jill — who is pasionate about helping pro athletes and high achievers attain max strength, quick recovery, heightened energy, sharp focus and optimal body fat for peak performance — was oversaw the meal planning and recipes, which are included in Beyond Sugar Shock. Some of her current and past clients include coaches and players from the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Stars and Cleveland Browns as well as a variety of tennis and golf pros. As I’ve discovered upon interviewing Jill, her colleagues say she is gifted at turning complicated biochemistry into simple concepts and action steps that produce success.
Monday, June 4 at 10 am PDT: My Gab with the Gurus Show focuses on vegetarianism and Meatless Monday. For the first day of the Beyond Sugar Shock Book Launch Week, listeners will learn how going meatless once a week may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, as well as reduce your carbon footprint and save precious resources. My guests are a Meatless Monday representative; gourmet chef/health coach Alex Jamieson (who appeared on “Oprah” and “Super Size Me” Alex Jamiesonand is author of Living Vegan for Dummies and The Great American Detox Diet); and Judith Kinsbury, founder of the popular SavvyVegetarian.com blog. Both authors offer recipes, which appear in my book, Beyond Sugar Shock. In honor of Book Launch Week, Gab with the Gurus listeners will have a chance to a copy of my book, access to my Sugar Freedom Now Course, and even time with me. See this: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gabwiththegurus/2012/06/04/meatless-monday-alex-jamieson-savvy-vegetarian-go-beyond.
Diane Ray 11128promoMonday, June 4 at 11 am: The dynamic host and radio show veteran Diane Ray interviews me on her popular, fun “I Can Do It Hour!” on www.HayHouseRadio.com. If you haven’t listened yet to Diane’s inspiring show, you must! On this weekely show, you have a special opportunity to get entertained and educated each week by empowering, compassionate Hay House authors. In addition, you can call in and ask her guests questions. As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m honored that Hay House is the publisher of my book, Beyond Sugar Shock .
First Week in June
HealyourlifelogoMy article, “My 14 Years Without Sugar: Reflections on a Sour Life Turned Sweet,” runs on www.HealYourLife.com. Stay tuned for the exact link. In the article, I tell how how I made the transition from sugar addict to Sugar Freedom Coach. For those of you struggling with your addiction, you’ll learn about just how bad it got for me.
MaryOKeefeHope, Healing and WellBeing Show: Catch my interview all week with Mary Treacy O’Keefe, breast cancer survivor and co-founder and President of Well Within, a nonprofit holistic wellness resource center in St. Paul, MN. Mary’s goals are to help people reduce their levels of anxiety and foster hope, healing and spiritual growth. Mary is also trained as a Cancer Guide and as a Mind, Body Skills facilitator by the Center for Mind Body Medicine in Washington, D.C. Mary’s first book, Thin Places: Where Faith is Affirmed and Hope Dwells, received Honorable Mention from the national Independent Publishers Book Awards. She is currently completing her next book, Meant to Be: Do Things Really Happen for a Reason?
Bestseller Book Launch: Bestselling authors, bloggers, health coaches, low-carb experts, former sugar addicts and those who were kind enough to endorse Beyond Sugar Shock will spread the word about this book to their friends and fans. Would you like to join our massive effort to help people shed pounds, become more energetic, and even boost their libido? To join our campaign, go here: http://tinyurl.com/BeyondSugarShockBookLaunch Special thanks to Hasmark Services for helping to coordinate this massive effort.
Facebook Photo Campaign re BarnesAndNoble Stores: That first week in June, you’ll be able to find Beyond Sugar Shock on book tables in front of BarnesAndNoble stores nationwide. Details coming soon about the photo contest, in which you’ll be invited to submit photos of you in your local bookstore. Details coming.
Beyond Sugar Shock Blog and Article Contributions. You’ll be able to read my guest posts on a variety of health blogs, low-carb sites, and news sites. In addition, you’ll be able to hear me interviewed on low-carb podcasts. You’ll also have a chance to read reviews of the book–favorable, I hope! Return here soon for details.
Natalie-Ledwell1Early June: I’ll be a guest on The Inspiration Show, hosted by the dynamic Natalie Ledwell, co-founder of Mind Movies 2.0, along with her business partner Ryan Higgins. In case you don’t know yet, a Mind Movie is a visualization tool — it’s actually a short 3-minute video or digital vision board. It provides a picture of your perfect life, offering a combination of positive, present tense affirmations, reinforced with powerful photos and images and your most emotionally inspiring music. Mind Movies is dedicated to helping you reach your greatest goals through the power of the Law of Attraction. Stay tuned, because, as noted above, you’ll have a chance to get your very own, free Beyond Sugar Shock Mind Movie so that you can visualize, share and materialize your ultimate dream life being sugar-free. Mind Movies has had endorsements from Personal Development guru’s like Bob Proctor, John Assaraf, Bob Doyle and Joe Vitale, and a slew of testimonials from happy, thankful customers who have manifested their dreams into reality.
Tuesday, June 5: Official Book Launch Day
Jane-velez-mitchell-addict-nationTuesday, June 5 at 9 am PDT: Jane Velez-Mitchell — the endearing TV personality, who takes a stand on the biggest topics of the day on her HLN TV show on CNN — is my guest on today’s Gab with the Gurus. On this show, Jane—author of Addict Nation: An Intervention for America—will share her insights not only about addiction, but sugar addiction. We’ll also be joined by some special guests, who’ve endorsed or appeared in Beyond Sugar Shock. In the second part of this special show, my co-host will be renowned low-carb blogger Jimmy Moore. We’ll chat with and interview some people, whose Sweet Success Stories are featured in my book, Beyond Sugar Shock. While the show airs, listeners will be encouraged to join our Facebook Virtual Book Launch, tweetup and the show’s chat room so they can ask questions of our guests. Those listening live will have a chance to win a copy of Beyond Sugar Shock (2 copies); get complimentary admission to my upcoming “Sugar Freedom Now Course” (1 person); or win time with me (half day or full day; 1 person each) if they buy 25 or 50 books. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gabwiththegurus/2012/06/05/jane-velez-mitchell-jimmy-moore-on-addiction-beyond
BTR University7951headbtru_banner_665x90_r4Tuesday, June 5 at 10 am PDT (1 pm EDT): Interview on the Marketing Club on BlogTalk Radio. (Connie’s Disclosure: I’m very partial to BlogTalkRadio, because that is where I host my Gab with the Gurus Radio Show.) The Marketing Club is designed to help BlogTalkRadio to better market and monetize their shows. The show is geared to Gab_With_the_Gurus (2)both new and veteran hosts and it covers topics like promoting on social media, attracting advertisers & sponsors, etc. The show is held every other Tuesday for visual presentations and Q&A. You also can listen to archived audio recordings at your leisure. You can listen to the first show here.
Speaking of BlogTalkRadio, I invite listeners to check out my Gab with the Gurus Show, on which I interview experts in health, wellness, personal empowerment, sugar addiction, weight loss, fitness, entertainment, and much more. Previous guests have included Dr. Mehmet Oz, Marilu Henner, Suzanne Somers, Dr. Joe Vitale, FlyLady (who’s coming back again soon), Montel Williams, Colette Baron-Reid, and many other experts in health, personal empowerment, Law of Attraction, entertainment, and other topics designed to help you Get a Life that Rocks™.
Lynnis_1Tuesday, June 5 at 11 am: The Wellness Journey: Lynnis Woods-Mullins, founder of PraiseWorks Health and Wellness, will interviewe me on her show, “The Wellness Journey,” which airs on www.PraiseWorksHealthAndWellnessNetwork.biz. You’ll get a specific link shortly. Lynnis is a holistic health coach, and she has been in the world of nutrition and fitness for 25 years. Like me, Lynnis is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. ‘ first love and passion has always been dance. Lynnis has over 40 years’ experience in performing and teaching modern, jazz, ballet, and Praise Dance. Lynnis’s main mission is to educate women on the importance of achieving total wellness for the mind, body and spirit. PraiseWorks targets all areas of a woman’s physical, spiritual and emotional needs through coaching, holistic education and fitness.
IIN logo to useTuesday, June 5 at 12 pm PDT (3 pm PDT): Institute for Integrative Nutrition webinar. It’s my honor to be interviewed for 45 minutes by health coach/webinar manager Sharon Stevens, a 2009 grad of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN). As a 2006 graduate of the school, IIN, the world’s largest nutrition school — has played a very powerful role in my life. It’s my honor to be one of 25,000 graduates of the school. Listen to learn about what brought me to IIN, and get some tips on how to claim a powerful, sweeter life. Anyone can attend. In particular, I invite potential sutdents of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. A sign-up link will be posted shortly. (Also, stay tuned, becuase I’m presenting a special show on my Gab with the listen to IIN grads on my Gab with the Gurus Radio Show on Friday.)
HealYourLifeTuesday, June 5 at 1 pm to 1:30pm PDT: Live chat on the HealYourLife.com Facebook page. This is your chance to quiz me about whatever you like — about agave, artificial sweeteners, whether or not sugar is addictive, about my sugar history, etc. Most importantly, you can get some quick tools — I call them Sugarfree Starter Secrets — so you can immediately begin to shed that access weight, stabilize your moods, and improve your concentration. These are tips to help you start to get out from under the grip sugar has on you until your copy of Beyond Sugar Shock arrives. By the way, I urge you to stump me! I love when I don’t have the answer, but I promise to look up anything that stumps me.
DrDavidTuesday, June 5 at 6 pm PDT (9 pm EDT): I’m interviewed for a Building Strength Webinar by David Ajibade (pronounced aah-jee-bah-day), M.B, B.S., M.D., MMGT, who has trained in both general medicine and radiation oncology. He also has a Master’s degree in Business Management, is a published author, former college professor, and a speaker and educator in the fields of health and human potential. He seeks to help people understand how their minds and bodies work.
Other Events on Tuesday, June 5: Invite me to speak to your group via webinar or teleseminar or tell me about a radio or TV show for which you think I’d be ideal. I’d be happy to help you and your friends. Just invite me here.
Jeff O’ConnellWednesday, June 6: Sugar Addict? Jeff O’Connell Warns Our Sugar Nation. – On my Gab with the Gurus Show, I’ll interview Jeff O’Connell, author of Sugar Nation: The Hidden Truth Behind America’s Deadliest Habit and the Simple Way to Beat It. He’ll share how he was once the picture of health and even a health expert (writing for Men’s Health), but he was headed for Type 2 diabetes. He then went on an 18 month-long quest to improve his health through exercise and a low-carb diet. Next, Jeff — now editor-in-chief at Bodybuilding.com, the Internet’s largest fitness site — will interview me about Beyond Sugar Shock. Listeners will be able to win a free copy of my book and admission for 1 to my upcoming “Sugar Freedom Now Course.” http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gabwiththegurus/2012/06/06/sugar-addict-jeff-oconnell-warns-our-sugar-nation.
FlyladyThursday, June 7: FlyLady Marla Cilley Gives You Tools Galore. Today’s Gab with the Gurus Radio Show will help those living in CHAOS (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome). With her homespun humor, Marla–who runs the wildly popular FlyLady group—will give housecleaning and organizing tips to those, who feel overwhelmed, overextended, and overdrawn. On this Gab with the Gurus Show, the entertaining, generous FlyLady also will share her own sugar-reducing experience and weight loss success story, and she’ll offer valuable pointers that are part of her Sidetracked Home Executives (SHE) system. She also will share tools to help those going through a crisis. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gabwiththegurus/2012/06/07/flylady-marla-cilley-gives-you-tools-galore
Thursday, June 7: Week 4 of my Sugar Freedom Now Course. 6 pm PST (9 pm EDT). Sign up here.
Friday, June 8: Thank You to Gurus who Endorsed by Book: To thank the wonderful people who’ve endorsed my book Beyond Sugar Shock, I’ll be interviewing some of them on the last day of my Book Launch Week. Stay tuned for details.
Lots more info to come. Keep checking back to this www.SugarShockBlog.com to learn about other exciting things planned.
Thursday, June 14: Week 5 of my Sugar Freedom Now Course. 5 pm PST (8 pm EDT). Sign up here.
Thursday, June 21: Week 6 of my Sugar Freedom Now Course. 5 pm PST (8 pm EDT). Sign up here.
Thursday, June 21: Week 6 of my Sugar Freedom Now Course. 5 pm PST (8 pm EDT). Sign up here.
New Sugar Freedom Now Course begins. Wed., July 11. 5 pm PDT (8 pm EDT). Sign up coming.