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.
At this one-of-a-kind event, you'll have a chance to meet several of us authors in the business and non-fiction fields, including bestselling author Marci Shimoff and yours truly.
Of course, I'm inviting you to come out and support my new book, Beyond Sugar Shock, which will be officially released two days later.
Here's how the Betseller Book Launch Party works. You can attend for free, but what you'll do is purchase two books on Amazon that day (see details below).
Then, you'll be able to share our (the authors') excitement and join in the celebration as our books blast to the top of the Amazon.com bestseller charts right there at the party. Isn't this an innovative idea for a party?
Special thanks to Alicia Dunams, a self-publishing expert and creator of the Bestseller in A Weekend business program. This Bestseller Book Launch Party is her brainchild.
Please note that this Bestseller Book Launch Party is not a book signing — but I'll be glad to sign books — as many as you buy.
Remember, you'll be an integral part of our success by purchasing two of the featured authors' books on Amazon.com on May 30, 2012, anytime between 12:01 am – 11:59 pm.
Again, I'm inviting you to get my book, Beyond Sugar Shock, during that time. (If you're not in San Francisco, I urge you to wait until June 5 to buy my book, because that's when we're holding the official book launch.)
To receive complimentary admission to the Bestseller Book Party:
1) You must show proof that you purchased 2 of the featured authors' books on May 30, 2012 when you arrive at the registration table. A print-out of an Amazon.com receipt will suffice. Or…
2) Purchase 2 of the featured authors' books (think: my book, please!) at the event between 6 and 9pm. I'll be there with my new laptop, so you can buy them with me watching, if you like. (I'll be happy to post for a photo, if you like too.) You must show proof of purchase before you leave the party.
To join the other authors and me at the Bestseller Book Launch Party fun on Wed., May 30 in San Francisco, sign up here.
Special thanks to USA Today for the Best-Selling Books image. Hope it was okay to use! If not, let me know and I'll promptly take it down!
Check out this cool interview all about the new wave of Speed Shrinking, a trend that’s been created, thanks to my friend Susan Shapiro, author of the entertaining, new novel Speed Shrinking, which offers a humorous account about how a self-help guru (a sugar-addiction specialist, no less) going on a shrink shopping spree, seeing 8 in 8 days to help stop her cupcake binging right before a major TV appearance.
See the fun news story that ran about it. As you’ll see, I was one of the “Speed Shrinkers.”
In our chat, Alan talks about how the idea for this innovative virtual platform grew in spring 2006, while he was coping with his father’s tragic illness. To keep family and friends up to date, he first launched a wonderful blog in his father’s honor — a site his dad thought was pretty cool!
Then, before his dad passed away, the father and son held discussions about Alan’s idea to develop an online venue for bloggers to chat with their fans. Hence, in September 2006, BlogTalkRadio.com was born, thanks to Alan and his partner Bob Charish.
In our interview, Alan tells you some amazing facts about this exciting, rapidly growing social networking online platform, of which I’m proud to be a part.
For instance, to date, there are 4,000 of us radio hosts (including yours truly), and we’ve given a whopping 42,000 shows.
And people are tuning in quite a bit. For instance, BlogTalkRadio had a whopping 1.7 million listeners in November! What’s more, we’ve brought in some stellar guests — folks like Dr. Mehmet Oz (I hosted him), Oliver Stone
As Liz and the Sunday Times pointed out, the European researchers learned that the:
Organic fruits and vegetables contained up to 40% more antioxidants.
Organic produce had higher levels of iron and zinc.
Milk from organic herds contained up to 90% more antioxidants.
Interestingly, as Access to Health Experts and Sunday Times inform us, Professor Carlo Leifert, or Newcastle University — who coordinated this landmark project — said that the differences were so marked that organic produce would help to increase the nutrient intake of people not eating the recommended five portions a day of fruit and vegetables.
“If you have just 20% more antioxidants and you can’t get your kids to do five a day, then you might just be okay with four a day,” he said.
If you need help to kick sugar or confront your sugar habit, just call (646) 716-7312 between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. EST.
I will try my best to live up to my nickname as the "Sugar Sleuth" while answering your questions about how to lick your sugar addiction, how to successfully face holiday temptations, how to deal with your sugar-loving family members, what to do first and more.
Join me Wednesday. Remember, all you need to do is call (646) 716-7312 between 3 and 4 p.m. EST.
By the way, it’s fun to host a show at BlogTalkRadio.com. What’s more, it’s becoming quite the happening place, with the audience quickly growing all the time — the site had over 1.7 million listeners in the month of November.
Overwhelmed? Disorganized? Worried About Being Beset by Holiday Havoc?
This Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 2:30 EST, "FlyLady" Marla Cilley will come to help you out. She’ll be my guest on the Stop SUGAR SHOCK! Radio Show.
Marla — who was nice enough to come on my show recently — is coming back, because many of you seem to need holiday help.
As many of you already know, Marla. is author of the bestselling books, Sink Reflections, and her latest, Body Clutter, which she co-authored with renowned "Dinner Diva" Leanne Ely.
Marla will help you combat C.H.A.O.S. (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome). She’ll discuss her "baby-steps" approach and she’ll teach you how to handle and erase the clutter you carry on your bodies and minds when it comes to body image.
Remember, if you miss the show, you can always listen afterwards.
Now that I’m rejuvenated and excited after a fabulous vacation, I’m currently on a whirlwind media blitz.
As Halloween (which I dub “Sugar Overload Day”) fast approaches, I’m doing a whole bunch of radio and TV interviews, as well as print interviews, etc.
For instance, Monday, I began my day by giving an interview to Rick Shepard, a gracious radio host at WKYE-FM and WNTJ-AM in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
Soon afterwards, I was called for last-minute interview with the Howard Stern Show. Only I didn’t know it was the Howard Stern Show! The interviewer didn’t tell me!
All he mentioned was this it was for “Jack and Rod” on Sirius Radio. So I happily obliged and got ready for another interview with a polite, curious host. Was I in for a surprise!
Perhaps I would have easily put the clues together if I’d had more sleep.
Of course, I well know that Howard Stern had jumped ship to Sirius Satellite Radio in January 2006. In fact, it’s common knowledge that Howard felt commercial radio was no longer a safe haven for shock jocks of his ilk.
Actually, I confess, while living in L.A. six years ago, I used to be a big fan of the show. I would love listening to Howard, Robin Quivers and the rest of the gang while being trapped in my car for long stretches.
But, you see, on Monday, I was operating on a negligible amount of sleep. (I know – I set a bad example!)
(In case you’re wondering — I was functioning on about 2 hours of sleep, because I’d taken the red eye back from San Diego to New York City. Then the 2 nights before that, I’d also burned the midnight oil while hanging out with new friends on this fabulous Bob Proctor cruise to Mexico.)
So all I know is that I’m being interviewed about sugar and its dangers to kids and that I’m supposed to mention Halloween and how all that candy endangers our poor kids.
But almost right away, I sense that something wild and off kilter is happening. First off, Jack and Rod, the two supposed hosts to interview me, disappear, and the interviewer is allegedly an 8-year-old girl, “Kelly,” who is in major sugar shock.
Well, “Kelly” wasn’t a girl. No way! It was quite evident, from the tone of the voice, that “Kelly” was a man pretending to be a girl with serious sugar issues. So “she” was one of the hosts but they didn’t want to talk in their normal voices.
“Kelly” just was not this cool, in-need-of-help, sugar-shocked kid. Instead, “she” was mean, nasty, angry, cranky, belligerent, feisty, rude and obnoxious.
And she had one foul mouth. Did I tell you that “Kelly” had a really, really foul mouth? Put it this way, I would never ever ever use the words that “she” used! Not in conversation. Not in the privacy of my home. Not on the radio!
For several minutes, in my slap-happy, sleep-deprived state, I responded with lots of laughter and giggles, a huge dose of embarrassment and as many quick-witted retorts that I could conjure up on 2 hours of sleep.
When “she” became really vicious and rude, I said, “You know, folks, when your kids eat a lot of sugar, they behave much like Kelly. Kids on sugar turn angry, confused, moody, argumentative and downright nasty,” I explained.
“Children on sweets will even hurl objects across the room.” (Well, I hope I said something like this.)