The Platform Debate: Author/Speaker Michael Hyatt versus the NSA – Resolved!

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.

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:

  1. Urge the National Speakers Association leadership to ditch the name change by writing to CEO Stacy Tetschner, who invites your comments about it.
  2. Recommend that the NSA apologize to Michael Hyatt.
  3. Do better Google searches and more substantive research before picking another brand name that may already be taken.
  4. 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 Stu McLaren, 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.

Please see Shep Hyken’s video announcerment about the abandonment of the NSA name change.

 

Win a Year of Typepad: Blog Contest in Honor of Beyond Sugar Shock’s Book Launch

TypepadToday 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).

I love BloggingNow, 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.

Here's how to join the contest:

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.

Typepad-featured-weblog-125Please 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.

Stay tuned for details. 

Now just post a comment here to enter the contest and get one year free at Typepad.

Special thanks to Hollywood Housewife for giving me some ideas regarding this contest.

Going Through a Crisis? Dr. Wayne Dyer Can Inspire You Daily

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Are you going through a personal or family crisis?

Are you plagued by constant physical pain?

Are you feeling emotionally distraught or downright discouraged due to a breakup or divorce?

Are you watching a loved one suffer agonizing emotional or physical pain due to heart disease, cancer or Alzheimer’s disease?

Or are you surrounded by family members, who, because of their own emotional or physical pain, are saying angry, venomous things to you?

If you’re going through a challenging situation such as one of those cited above (or something else), I strongly recommend that you

Wishes-fulfilled

buy the latest book, Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the Art of Manifesting, from the inspirational Dr. Wayne Dyer.

 

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.

His new book, Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the Art of Manifesting, is truly life changing.

I also recommend that you get the new, I AM Wishes Fulfilled Meditation, that Dr. Dyer and James F. Twyman have created. I can’t wait to receive it. I’m sure it will be miraculous.

If you can, I also recommend that you catch the remarkable Dr. Dyer in a city near you. I’ve heard him several times — so powerful!

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Enjoy this Musical Treat: Koyaanisqatsi by Philip Glass

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.)

Philip Glass homepage_closeYour 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.

However, as his official bio points out, Philip Glass prefers to say that he composes "music with repetitive structures."

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!

So enjoy! 

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.

Get Motivated by the Spiritual Cinema Circle

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.

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.

I strongly recommend that you check out the exciting Spiritual Cinema Circle.

What’s cool is that you can even join for a free trial.

Join Spiritual Cinema Circle now and please let me know what you think. 

Make sure to tell your friends or gift a gift membership. Just send them to http://tinyurl.com/SpiritualCinemaCircle-Connie

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.

News for Sugar Addicts: Sugar Shock’s Successor is on the Way — Please Help Me Name the New Book

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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.

Hay House images 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 ==== >>>>

http://tinyurl.com/NameMyBook-SugarShockFollow-Up

How is Sugar Shock Different from my Next Book?

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 book Sugar Shock dishes 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.)

In this follow-up book to Sugar
Shock
:

  • 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
    cravings.
  • 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.

  1. You’ll get one hour of complimentary coaching from me very soon.
  2. You’ll get complimentary admission to an audio replay of my Break Free of Your Sugar Addiction in 6 Weeks program, which includes access to a private, members-only website. (Learn more at http://www.BreakFreeWithConnie.com)
  3. And you’ll be one of the very first people to get a copy of my new book, the follow-up to Sugar Shock.
  4. That's not all. You'll also get my profound gratitude.
  5. Then, I'll thank you in the book.
  6. 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 to Sugar Shock be called? And, in your opinion, what is the best subtitle? 

Gratitude Moment

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.

Louise_hay_pic By the way, I highly recommend that you look into life-changing, empowering Movers & Shakers events from Hay House, a company that was founded in 1984 by inspiring author Louise L. Hay, author of You Can
Heal Your Life
and Heal Your Body as a way to self-publish her first two books.

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.

Hay House Events Are Great

Events sponsored by Hay House are amazing, as I discovered upon attending the Movers & Shakers conference in New
York City in December. (That wonderful event was, in fact, where I met Louise, which was a big thrill for me, because I've been a fan of hers for years. At the Movers
& Shakers conference
in New York, I also had the pleasure of meeting Hay House's motivating president and CEO Reid Tracy, the dazzling author Cheryl
Richardson
, author of the life-changing book, The
Art of Extreme Self-Care
,
and my fabulous, charming Hay House editor, who gave me the OK to announce this now.

I encourage you to learn more about Hay House’s conferences. In fact, if you're a speaker, author or coach, I recommend that you find out how to be Mover and Shaker. Just go to ====  >>>> http://tinyurl.com/HayHouseMoversAndShakersConnie

And if you'd like to hear inspiring speakers, check out the I
Can Do It conference in Tampa in November.

Please note that I’m an enthusiastic, compensated affiliate for Hay House. But I
only share information about programs or services that I recommend.

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More Gratitude is Due to Dana Kennedy and Cheryl Richardson.

There are two other people I want to thank now from the bottom of my heart.

First, my profound gratitude goes to veteran journalist Dana Kennedy, founder of the original, entertaining A Year Without Candy Blog.

Dana Kennedy - 52 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.

By the way, Dana is one inspiring lady. Read my previous post about her here.

Cheryl_Richardson I also want to extend heartfelt thanks to the inspiring Cheryl Richardson, author of the fabulous book, The Art of Extreme Self-Care. If it weren't for Cheryl, I would never have known about the amazing Hay House Movers & Shakers conference at which I met all those fabulous Hay House people.

You see, last December, I was finishing writing six required book reports so I could get certified from my life coaching school school (the fabulous Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching or IPEC). One of our assigned books was Take Time for Your Life from Cheryl.

I fell so in love with Take
Time for Your Life
that I visited Cheryl's awesome website and learned that the following weekend she would be co-hosting a Hay House Movers & Shakers conference. I was intrigued.

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:

==== >>>>

http://tinyurl.com/NameMyBook-SugarShockFollow-Up

I look forward to your contributions.