Please note that since I wrote this post, the issue has been resolved. Woo Hoo!
I’m thrilled to report that the National Speakers Association has abandoned the name Platform, which leaves the wonderful Michael Hyatt able to continue his fabulous work to build their platforms. See Shep’s video annoucement.
Although 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.
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:
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.
Today marks the official launch of my new book, Beyond Sugar Shock, and I've been seeking to provide lots of fun programs and activities for you.
To my delight, Typepad, the easy-to-use blogging platform where I've been hosting this Sugar Shock Blog since 2005, has generously offered to help me hold a contest.
Calling all would-be bloggers or current bloggers (on other platforms) — because the winner of this contest will get a year of Typepad Unlimited ($179.40 value).
Now, if you're a blogging newbie, this contest should be especially appealing. And it's also ideal if you're a person with a strong, savvy voice about a certain topic.
In particular, sugar and carb addicts and people with weight goals, this is your big chance. If you've been thinking about writing a blog about going sugar-free, leading a healthier life, or sharing tasty recipes, I urge you to apply. This is an ideal opportunity for you to write about a topic that's dear to you — and get support from your readers in the process.
By the way, in my book,Beyond Sugar Shock, I discuss the value of blogging or journaling to help you release your sugar addiction.
You even get some helpful blogging pointers from veteran journalist Dana Kennedy, who ran her popular Year Without Candy blog from Feb. 28, 2010 to Feb. 28, 2011.
Entering the contest is simple. In order to win, you have to be either new to Typepad, or have to want to migrate your blog from another provider to this more-user-friendly platform.
We invite to decide in advance the goal and theme of your blog. Tell us the blog's topic and title, even if it's tentative. Will this be a weight loss blog? Will this be your safe haven where you can write about eating sweets instead of splurging? Would you post recipes?
Your deadline to enter the Typepad giveaway is Friday, June 15 at midnight (EST), and I'll announce the show later that day.
To select a winner, I'll confer with Typepad and a panel of two other experts (like on a TV game show) to select that special person, who seems most motivated to create and maintain her or his blog to further an important goal.
By the way, I've thought quite a bit about how people should apply. This is such a nice offer from Typepad so I want the applicant to be serious. In other words, I want both you and Typepad to find this to be a worthwhile endeavor
I'll announce the winner on June 20. And please, of course, only entry per person, please.
Remember this giveaway is only open to those who aren't already blogging with Typepad.
So why would you want to be with Typepad? From my perspective, as a non-techy kind of person, I've found it easy to learn. What's more, their customer service is excellent — you can actually reach a live person via a Help ticket.
That's one of my favorite features of Typepad. If I ever have a question about how to use a particular function or program, I just fill out a support ticket, and a Typepad representative generally gets back to me within about 24 hours with a detailed answer.
I just love that Help section. It makes life so easy for me. Because they're so good at explaining things, I no longer have to scramble to find answers.
So, what are you waiting for? Enter this blogging contest now.
Please note that while Typepad agreed to sponsor this giveaway, I will choose the winner.
In addition, all opinions are my own, and I wasn't compensated by Typepad in any way to sing their praises. I've just been a happy customer for seven years, because it's so easy to use!
By the way, I'm thrilled to report that Typepad is also doing something else very nice for me.
Any moment now, my Sugar Shock Blog will be featured shortly in the Everything Typepad section.
Dr. Dyer is, of course, an internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of self-development. He’s also the author of more than 30 books, and he has created numerous audio programs and videos and appeared on thousands of television and radio shows.
Today, I’d like to share with you an amazing musical treat. (Yes, I’m deliberately using the word “treat” during this Halloween week, when kids are getting tricked into eating candies galore.)
Your treat — much better than any candies you can eat — is to watch and listen to “Koyaanisqatsi” by one of my absolute favorite composers, Philip Glass. (Thank you, MGM Digital Media, for providing the entire score on YouTube and the dazzling visual imagery from the talented Godfrey Reggio.
In case you’re in the dark, Phlip Glass is one of the most influential and prolific modern American composers, who work has often been described as minimalist.
In my opinion, neither description do this magnificent composer justice. Philip Glass compositions are often haunting, catchy, and downright addictive. And they are the best treat of all time. (In fact, if you’re a sugar addict, addictive music is one of the best techniques to help move you Beyond Sugar Shock, which, incidentally, is the name of my next book. It comes out next spring from Hay House.)
So, can you tell I’m a huge, huge Philip Glass fan?
Over the past decade or so, I’ve had the pleasure of attending a number of concerts with the Philip Glass Ensemble — such amazing works as “Einstein on the Beach,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Satyagraha” (which the Metropolitan Opera is playing this month). And I’ve rushed to see movies such as “Kundun” and “The Hours” because they featured his music, too.
What’s more, as a journalist, I’ve also had the honor of interviewing Philip Glass two times. By the way, I’m still waiting to find out if Philip Glass can appear on my Gab with the Gurus Radio Show — stay tuned, because I’m hopeful.
But last night was one of the most profound, magnificent art experiences of my life. I had the profound pleasure of attending Koyaanisqatsi, performed by the New York Philharmonic and conducted by long-time collaborator Michael Riesman, who is also a composer, conductor, keyboardist, record producer, and music director of the Philip Glass Ensemble.
Wow! Truly magnificent!
If you enjoy Koyaanisqatsi on YouTube, just imagine the entire New York Philharmonic playing it! Luscious, rich and amazing!
By the way, when you’re done listening to Philip Glass, check out music from Andrew Shapiro, a composer I had the pleasure of meeting at Koyaanisqatsi.
So what did you think of Koyaanisqatsi? Share your thoughts here and on my Facebook fan page.
Do you find yourself getting blue, discouraged or frustrated at times?
What you need is a regular inspirational boost. And you can get that, thanks to my friends at the Spiritual Cinema Circle.
Being a member of this movie club is one of the most loving things you can do for yourself or your loved ones.
You get the most amazing movies. For instance, this month, I received the wonderful films, “The Bling of Being” and “Do You Wanna Dance?” Plus, I got the shorts, “Gaiam Portraits with Marcia Wieder” and “Nativity.”
You’ll be intrigued by “The Bling of Being,” which is about a modern day Holy Man, who has advised celebrities, presidents, rock stars and elderly people.
Disclosure: Please note that I’m a hearty affiliate of the Spiritual Cinema Circle so if you order, I’ll get a small commission so I can kept bringing you quality information, programs and services that sweeten your life.
Are you a sugar addict? Would you like to easily shed excess weight? Do you often get headaches, “brain fog” and fatigue? And are you suffering from a low libido, severe PMS or infertility?
Either way, this is for you.
I’m really excited and thrilled to announce that – after repeated requests from many of you – the follow-up book to my book Sugar Shock is on the way.
Sugar Shock’s successor is coming to you, thanks to my new publisher, Hay House, which is the international leader in self-help and transformational publishing.
How will my next book help you sugar addicts? Well, let’s face it, cutting out – or even cutting back – on sugar and refined carbs is really tough for most people.
In fact, sugar addiction is a challenging situation to solve EVEN if you know that overcoming it can help you to lose weight, get more energy, boost your libido, prevent or reverse diabetes and live longer.
So, in my follow-up book to Sugar Shock, you’ll get valuable tools and tips that will make letting go of your sugar addiction simple – and even fun.
Keep reading, because I'm inviting you to share some ideas for my next book's title. (You can even invite your friends and loved ones to weigh in with titles — just send them here ==== >>>>
Naturally, you may be wondering how this new book will be different from my first book, Sugar Shock.
Sugar Shock is primarily an exposé that spotlights sugar’s many dangers. One of my goals is for it to shock you into wanting to kick your bad habit. For instance, this book includes scary information about the link between excess sweets and obesity, memory loss, mood swings, troubled relationships, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, female problems and early aging.
On the other hand, my next book will give you a simple, compassionate, step-by-step plan to help you stop sugar shock and break free of your sugar habit for good.
In other words, my first bookSugar Shockdishes the sour DIRT about sweets. Now, my intention with Sugar Shock’s baby (so to speak) is to tell you HOW to ditch desserts and get a healthier, happier, longer and much sweeter life.
After reading my new book, you will — I hope and believe — escape sugar shock, easily release weight, say goodbye to mid-afternoon crashes, experience joyous freedom, look and feel better than you have in years, and build a better life in the bedroom, if you catch my drift. (You'll also get many other benefits.)
You’ll get many tried-and-true tactics — ones I created, starting in 1998, when I kicked sugar on doctor's orders and ones recommended by dozens of other health experts. You'll also benefit from my 12 years of coaching or connecting with sugar addicts around the world. (Yes, this year marks a dozen years of helping people to achieve sugar liberation.)
You'll undertake simple, interactive adventurcises™ (my word for adventurous exercises), which will drive you to major self-discoveries..
You’ll find out several dozen ways to stomp out your sugar
You’ll learn what sugar color code you are. (Yes, we're all different in our relationship with sweets, and this knowledge will empower you to make the right choices for you.)
You’ll detox gradually so that your body, mind and even soul won’t go into shock as you move away from your sugar obsessions.
You’ll get healthy meal plans and tasty recipes from a recognized nutritionist and exercise physiologist.
You’ll learn to Enjoy a Sweeter Life Without Refined Sweets™.
And much more.
Calling all Creative People: Please Help Us to Name My New Book
Dear readers, please help me to name my upcoming book.
You see, although I know what I’m including in the follow-up to Sugar Shock — thanks to questions and feedback I've received from many of you — my wonderful Hay House editor and I still haven’t settled on the book's title.
We have a number of thoughts, but right now, we’re going to let ideas percolate for the next week or two. So would you be kind enough to give us your input?
Since you’re my target audience, what is a title — and subtitle — that would entice you to buy this follow-up book to Sugar Shock?
If my Hay House editor and I pick your title, you'll get several gifts.
You’ll get one hour of complimentary coaching from me very soon.
And you’ll be one of the very first people to get a copy of my new book, the follow-up to Sugar Shock.
That's not all. You'll also get my profound gratitude.
Then, I'll thank you in the book.
And I'll also spotlight you here, on my Sugar Shock Blog.
Even if we don't pick your title, you'll still get a gift from me. I plan to host a teleseminar just for people who've contributed title ideas. In the program, you can ask me questions, get tips to break free and more.
Please share your great ideas for book titles now. What should my follow-up book toSugar Shockbe called? And, in your opinion, what is the best subtitle?
Now, before I part, let me take a Gratitude Moment. I just want to extend my heartfelt thanks to my new friends at Hay House for deciding to help me help you by agreeing to bring my follow-up book to Sugar Shock into the world.
Both of Louise's books went on to become international bestsellers. In fact, You Can
Heal Your Life— which helped me as I was struggling with sugar addiction — has sold a whopping 35 million copies worldwide . It established Louise
as a leader in the transformational movement. And now the company is committed to presenting programs and releasing products that have a positive self-help slant and are conducive to healing our planet.
The articulate anti-candy crusader — who is now on Day 118 without sweets (go Dana!) — is the main person, who pushed me to "Get going" with my next book.
During one of our conversations (we coached each other), Dana insisted that that I should lay out my kick-sugar plan (that I'd been developing on for years) in a new book. So after her great advice, I did the book proposal for the follow-up to my book Sugar
Shock. And that paved the way for my next book.
But it was sold out. However, despite being told I couldn't get in, my intuition told me I absolutely HAD to attend that event. Ever had one of those feelings? I just KNEW in my gut that I had to be there.
To make the long story short, I visualized Hay House personnel welcoming me with open arms even though it was sold out, and that's exactly what happened. So without realizing it, Cheryl paved the way for my next book. Thank you so much , Cheryl!
So What Do You Think? What Should Be the Title for My Next Book?
So have you come up with some ideas for the title of my upcoming book that helps you break out of sugar shock and break free into a happier, healthier, sweeter life?
I hope you'll give this some thought as you go off and play, eat healthy foods or try to steer clear of health-harming, sugary desserts.
Remember, if your title for my follow-up book to Sugar Shock is selected, you'll get some nice gifts. And if your title is not selected, you'll still get a gift.
Please post your great ideas now for the title to my follow-up book to Sugar Shock.
Feel free to invite your colleagues and loved ones to share their title suggestions, too. Just send them to:
Do you have a powerful message that you're yearning to share with millions in a book, through talks or even on your own radio show?
Are you convinced that you have transformational information that could really help people?
But are you completely stumped as to how to reach all those people so you can change their lives?
If you have burning desires such as those I just cited, I strongly encourage you to attend one of the upcoming Movers & Shakers events sponsored by Hay House and emceed by bestselling author Cheryl Richardson and Hay House President & CEO Reid Tracy.
Back in December, I attended a Movers & Shakers event in New York City, and I cannot rave about it enough! Over the years, I've attended some 20 to 30 wonderful conferences for authors, speakers, bloggers, social media experts and more, but this Movers & Shakers conference was a powerful event that really pulled it all together for me.
"If you feel a calling to serve people and help them transform their lives for the better, then you MUST attend the Hay House Movers & Shakers conference! This is a powerful, transformative, life-changing experience that gives you valuable tools, tips and insights, which empower you to be true to yourself and pursue your vision at the same time. As if that's not enough, you also could make the most wonderful friends."
If you're serious about becoming a Mover & Shaker, I strongly recommend that you sign up now for one of these life-changing Hay House Movers & Shakers events. I predict that you'll be enthused, exhilarated and excited when you meet the amazing Cheryl Richardson and Reid Tracy.
And guess who will make an appearance to? The amazing Louise Hay, author of You Can Heal Your Life and founder of Hay House.
Do you have an important message to share with the world? Are you ready to take your career to a whole new level by expanding your reach, so you can help thousands of people to improve the quality of their lives? Do you have a dream to write a book, build a speaking career, appear on TV, or host your own radio show?
I'd love to hear from you if you attend one of these Hay House Movers & Shakers events. Please let me know what you thought. And I hope to connect with you in the special Movers & Shakers page on Facebook after you've attended.
Make sure to tell them that Connie Bennett referred you.
Many of us would-be, health-conscious people strive often (or at times) to cut culprit carbs and shove candies, cookies, cakes and chips out of our lives for our emotional or physical health.
But who can blame Tori Spelling, Kelly Ripa, Kim Kardashian, Eva Langoria Parker, Guy
Ritchie, Flavor Flav, Seth Green, Spencer Pratt and Kid Rock for using creative, elaborate cakes to memorialize major occasions?
My sugar-free — albeit sometimes jealous — funny bone nudges me to poke fun of this sugar-filled hoopla in this way: Well, let them eat cake!
(For the record, my comment was NOT intended to be malicious — it was my silly, sleep-deprived remark.)
Hey, sometimes you just have to laugh at — and accept — our nation's habit of celebrating events with sugar-filled cakes. Let's face it, this is a trend you just can't buck.
So I invite you to set some limits for yourself at your next beautiful cake-celebrated event. I urge you to have just one teeny, tiny piece — and to have it after a good meal with healthy foods (quality protein, healthy carbs such as veggies and a small amount of fat like olive oil). That's right, I challenge you to partake of one tiny slice!
Speaking of challenges, it can be a challenge to figure out how to observe important milestones such as birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, bar mitzvahs, christenings and graduations without cute cakes.
So, now I'm presented with a challenge. Given that I don't eat sweets, how the heck should I celebrate my 12 years off sugar on April 15?
I invite your suggestions. Because frankly I'm at a loss! Please send in your ideas!
In case you're new to this Sugar Shock Blog and your'e wondering why I would want to pass up such delectable treats as those shown here, consider this: Would you rather suffer from 44 horrible ailments or skip the sweets and feel great?
That's the choice had to reluctantly make back in 1998, when my doctor ordered me to quit my sugar habit. To learn about my sad-to-sweet story, read it in Chapter One of my book SUGAR SHOCK!
If you're annoyed with me for unnecessarily enticing you, come join me tonight when low-carb blogger Jimmy Moore — who lost 180 pounds and kept it off, partly from cutting out cakes — and I tell you "The Top 10 Reasons You Failed to Lose Weight or Kick Sugar." Just sign up here. (If you can't make it live, you can listen to an audio replay later, for a limited time.)
Our First Lady is now serving as a conscience to food companies.
Indeed, Michelle Obama is now urging the nation’s largest food companies to
“step it up” and make healthier foods by using less sugar, fat and salt.
What’s more, she is also encouraging them to make efforts to reduce the marketing of unhealthy foods to children.
What’s intriguing is that the Grocery Manufacturers Association – whose members include Kraft Foods Inc.,
Coca Cola Co. and General Mills Inc., known for its sugar-salt-and-fat-filled foods – invited her to speak at its science forum.
“We need you not to just tweak around the edges but entirely rethink the products you are offering, the information that you provide about these products, and how you market those products to our children,” she advised the food companies.
Mrs. Obama also asked for less confusing food labels and portion sizes, increased nutrients and less bad ingredients.
As the Huffington Post’s Jalonick notes, “This is the first time she has confronted the food companies that make the snacks and junk food that stuff grocery aisles and school vending machines.”
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