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Q & A With Michael Stelzner on the “Launch” of Social Media Examiner

Debbie Weil

I’ve known Michael Stelzner , the man behind the popular online magazine Social Media Examiner , for years. So I was delighted to get a review copy of his new book Launch: How to Quickly Propel Your Business Beyond the Competition which lays out the secrets of Social Media Examiner’ s success. Full disclosure: he mentions me in the book. At the time, I had over 17,500 subscribers.

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Q & A With Michael Stelzner on the “Launch” of Social Media Examiner

Debbie Weil

I’ve known Michael Stelzner , the man behind the popular online magazine Social Media Examiner , for years. So I was delighted to get a review copy of his new book Launch: How to Quickly Propel Your Business Beyond the Competition which lays out the secrets of Social Media Examiner’ s success. Full disclosure: he mentions me in the book. At the time, I had over loyal 17,500 subscribers.

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Not a Full-Length Book? Write a Kindle Single Instead

Debbie Weil

I’ve been wrestling with whether the topic of Friending Over 50 (aka baby boomers and social media) is a book idea - or just a fascinating phenomenon (links to Pew Internet report on Older Adults and Social Media ) as well as a great subject for a five-minute Ignite talk. I’ve pretty much decided that it’s not the right idea for a full-length book. At least for me. Old and gray.

What Does It Mean to “Know” Someone?

Debbie Weil

I posted a "gentle heads-up" on my Facebook page to announce that I’m slowly weeding out "friends" I don’t "know" or at least have some connection with. As I put it: "I joined fb four years ago and initially said yes to every request. But now I want to limit my friends to those with whom I have some meaningful connection, either online or off.". Not clear enough. draw a blank.

A World Gone Social

Learn how companies must adapt to survive.

How to prepare an Ignite or TED talk: Q & A with Jill Foster

Debbie Weil

Preparing for the Ignite DC talk I gave recently was surprisingly challenging. Presentation junkies think of Ignite as a mini- TED , which ratchets the pressure up considerably. Like TED and TEDx talks (15 minutes), five-minute Ignite presentations are regularly given in dozens of cities around the world. And the same approach to subject matter: "Enlighten us, but make it quick."

Why I Love National Grammar Day

Debbie Weil

It’s hopelessly old-fashioned to care about it’s versus its. Who versus whom. Affect versus effect. But I do. really do. As I wasted time on Twitter today, I ran across a tweet about National Grammar Day. March 4th. Every year. "Oh happy day," I tweeted. There are so many things I love about National Grammar Day. The SPOGG? Need I say more?? loved it. Peter Gomes.

Free for 36 hours: The (Updated) Corporate Blogging Book is $0.00 on Amazon

Debbie Weil

Amazon is capturing headlines again as the company bullies its way into book publishing - as distinct from book selling. But there are some bright spots for self-published authors. You can run occasional ( very occasional ) $0.00 promos for your book. That's what's happening right now on my Amazon page - but only for the next 36 hours. think you'll like the new preface. Sign up here.

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Debbie Weil on Corporate Blogging and Social Media

Debbie Weil

Drive Toward Social Intelligence Maturity

Propelling your organization to new levels of social intelligence skill and application is essential for maximizing the value of your listening and monitoring efforts.

Q & A with Seth Godin about writing the best-selling Poke the Box

Debbie Weil

Poke the Box , the first title to come out of Seth Godin’s new publishing venture powered by Amazon, The Domino Project , is selling like hotcakes. The book has been out less than 30 days and you can already read close to 60 five-star reviews on Amazon. As of this writing, the book is #70 in the Top 100 Books on Amazon. I’m not surprised. Poke the Box is a seamless read. Provocative.

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Attention Business Authors: Self-Publishing Is No Longer for Losers

Debbie Weil

A mere five years ago, the idea of self-publishing a serious business book would have been laughable. Self-publishing was for losers, right? Self-publishing was a last resort after not being able to get a book contract from one of the Big Six publishers (Penguin, HarperCollins, Random House, Simon & Schuster, Hachette or Macmillan), or a business book publisher like Harvard Business Press.

5 Reasons to Play Hooky in the Summer

Debbie Weil

This is not the first summer that I’ve taken a break from all digital, all the time. And I hope it won’t be the last. As I wrote last July, there’s something about a stretch away from DC that makes me feel like a kid in camp who wants to try new activities. This summer it was plein air painting. Above is the result of a class I took with painter Jill Hoy. But I do love color.

5 Reasons to Play Hooky in the Summer

Debbie Weil

This is not the first summer that I’ve taken a break from all digital, all the time. And I hope it won’t be the last. As I wrote last July, there’s something about a stretch away from DC that makes me feel like a kid in camp who wants to try new activities. This summer it was plein air painting. Above is the result of a class I took with painter Jill Hoy. But I do love color.

Social Media Marketing GPS

SMGPS will tell you the why & how to use social media for marketing, 1 tweet at a time. You'll learn essentials in digestible little spoonfuls.

10 Years Ago Today! My 1st Article About Blogging

Debbie Weil

It was exactly 10 years ago today, Aug. 22, 2001 , that I published my first article about business blogging. Whew. A lot of water under the bridge since then, including 9/11, which happened only a few weeks later. The Corporate Bloggging Book was released exactly five years ago, in August 2006. Surprisingly perhaps, change has been slow. Big announcement soon. Lots more TK. 22, 2001.

10 Years Ago Today! My 1st Article About Blogging

Debbie Weil

It was exactly 10 years ago today, Aug. 22, 2001 , that I published my first article about business blogging. Whew. A lot of water under the bridge since then, including 9/11, which happened only a few weeks later. The Corporate Bloggging Book was released exactly five years ago, in August 2006. Surprisingly perhaps, change has been slow. Big announcement soon. Lots more TK. 22, 2001.

Repetition is In and Blogging Is Back

Debbie Weil

Photo by Sydney Stokoe. One of the (feeble) reasons I give for not blogging frequently enough is that I don’t like to repeat myself. As I’ve been blogging for eight years I’ve said a. stuff about business blogging. But it turns out that repeating yourself is a good thing when you have a longterm blog. Instructions: unpack your topic slowly. Basically, it works like this.

Hey, Stop Procrastinating and “Do the Work”

Debbie Weil

I know I’m in trouble when I haven’t posted to my blog in several weeks. I can feel the wall of resistance rising higher and higher. My inner voice chatters away: "For godssakes , write a new blog post. Something. Anything. Panic. What should I write about? What is important enough? Paralysis." " And I’m a "blogging expert." Nor does it need to be long.

The Smart Marketer's Guide to Social Media Management

Engaging in social media isn't an option anymore. So if you're going to do it, you want to do it well.

Attention Business Authors: Self-Publishing Is No Longer for Losers

Debbie Weil

A mere five years ago, the idea of self-publishing a serious business book would have been laughable. Self-publishing was for losers, right? Self-publishing was a last resort after not being able to get a book contract from one of the Big Six publishers (Penguin, HarperCollins, Random House, Simon & Schuster, Hachette or Macmillan), or a business book publisher like Harvard Business Press. Well, guess what. The book publishing - and reading - revolution is well under way. The idea that self-publishing is a last resort is dead. It’s out of date. It misses the boat. Hogwash.

Debbie Weil on Corporate Blogging and Social Media

Debbie Weil

Revisiting the speaking styles of Seth Godin, Guy Kawasaki and Tom Peters

Debbie Weil

From the blast from the past department, here is a re-post of something I wrote exactly 5 years ago about the presentation styles of three great speakers. Still as true as ever. Great post over on Presentation Zen that includes links to comparison video clips of biz author/gurus Seth Godin , Guy Kawasaki * and Tom Peters. Good writing is important. But good platform skills are equally important.

Revisiting the speaking styles of Seth Godin, Guy Kawasaki and Tom Peters

Debbie Weil

From the blast from the past department, here is a re-post of something I wrote exactly 5 years ago about the presentation styles of three great speakers. Still as true as ever. Great post over on Presentation Zen that includes links to comparison video clips of biz author/gurus Seth Godin , Guy Kawasaki * and Tom Peters. Good writing is important. But good platform skills are equally important.

Master The Next Wave Of Social

As social media adoption becomes more and more mainstream, marketing leaders race to keep up - creating blogs, communities, and Facebook pages, all too often without a clear road map in mind.

Why I Attend Seth Godin’s Live Events

Debbie Weil

I’ve attended a handful of Seth’s live events over the past decade (cf Why I like Seth Godin’s quirky workshops from 2005) and always come away recharged. Today’s was dubbed a practicum on the future of book publishing. As well as meet Dave Kerpen , Susan Piver , Cynthia Louden , Cindy Praeger of Gazelles and others. That’s why we’re called a tribe. So, yes.

Can You Really Write a Short Book in 8 Weeks?

Debbie Weil

Yes, if you start with a bunch of great content you can draw from: blog posts, articles, notes, lists, research. And are ruthlessly focused on shipping something in 8 weeks. But the fact is, it probably does take 10,000 hours to learn how to write well. If not 10,000, then a lot of time over a period of years

Newsjacking: David Meerman Scott’s New Book on Real-Time PR Is Released in Real-Time

Debbie Weil

David Meerman Scott often writes with great clarity about stuff that the rest of us are thinking about but haven’t gotten around to articulating. His newest book, Newsjacking , released today, is no exception. Two things are notable about Newsjacking : 1. it is being released in almost real-time in e-book format only (for Kindle, iPad and soon, Nook and Sony) and 2. More on that below.

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Newsjacking: David Meerman Scott’s New Book on Real-Time PR Is Released in Real-Time

Debbie Weil

David Meerman Scott often writes with great clarity about stuff that the rest of us are thinking about but haven’t gotten around to articulating. His newest book, Newsjacking , released today, is no exception. Two things are notable about Newsjacking : 1. it is being released in almost real-time in e-book format only (for Kindle, iPad and soon, Nook and Sony) and 2. More on that below.

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How to Be Social: A Social Media Manifesto

Learn the 10 worst social media marketing mistakes and how to avoid them.

“No Idling” is the free companion to “Do the Work”

Debbie Weil

Apologies for getting the date wrong for the last day to download free the Kindle edition of Steven Pressfield’s Do the Work. But never mind, here’s the accompanying PDF, appropriately titled No Idling [links to PDF], and it is absolutely FREE. Share as you wish. Stop procrastinating and Do the Work. Here’s my thumbs-up review of Do the Work.

Secrets of Success Behind Blogging Success Summit

Debbie Weil

One of the reasons I’ll be talking about blogs and why they’re your social media hub on Feb. 2, 2011 is that it’s a great topic and one I sincerely believe in. Another reason is that Mike Stelzner, creator of the online Blogging Success Summit , invited me to and he is persuasive. We are not paid for the time we put in preparing and giving our presentations.

What Is the Definition of a Book?

Debbie Weil

What, in fact, defines a book? Is it the linear, text-only format, whether digital or print? Is it the reading experience? Those are questions a lot of folks are asking. Two filmmakers in DC, Aziz Isham and Patrick White , have their own answer. Not a definitive answer, mind you. But an intriguing approach to the continuing redefinition of a book. Learn more and RSVP here. are, in fact, books.

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What Is the Definition of a Book?

Debbie Weil

What, in fact, defines a book? Is it the linear, text-only format, whether digital or print? Is it the reading experience? Those are questions a lot of folks are asking. Two filmmakers in DC, Aziz Isham and Patrick White , have their own answer. Not a definitive answer, mind you. But an intriguing approach to the continuing redefinition of a book. Learn more and RSVP here. are, in fact, books.

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Maximizing LinkedIn for Business

Get started on truly maximizing your LinkedIn presence with this informative eBook.

View from Down Under: Surprising and Delightful

Debbie Weil

Loving my first visit to Sydney. The magician and genius behind this week-long event is AMP’s Annalie Killian. Surprise and delight. Here are the slides from my speech yesterday. I’ve added in a few to clarify. Why "surprise and delight?" " That’s what companies need to be aiming for with their social media programs. View more presentations from Debbie Weil.

Debbie Weil on Corporate Blogging and Social Media

Debbie Weil

My Three Words for 2012: Alignment, Quiet and Compassion

Debbie Weil

Inspired by a number of other bloggers and authors, including Chris Brogan ( Temple , Untangle , Practice ), Jonathan Fields ( Serve, Inspire, Transcend ) and Chris Guillebeau ( Finishing ), I am starting 2012 with three words. I was tempted to say "launching" 2012 because that's what it feels like. More about that in a minute. First, my words: Alignment. Quiet. Compassion. Alignment. Quiet.

Debbie Weil on Corporate Blogging and Social Media

Debbie Weil