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Today’s podcast is about, well, podcasting. As you’ll hear, I wasn’t always such a raving fan of podcasting. I’m a bit resistant when it comes to new technology but once I finally realized the huge benefit of podcasting, I jumped in with both feet.

Enjoy!

Show Notes:

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New Horizons

Posted March 1, 2013 By Reba J. Hoffman, Ph.D.
Yeah, I was a big chicken

Yeah, I was a big chicken

Thank you all for such a great year of blogging. You have been so wonderful and supportive as I found my voice, shared words of encouragement, wisdom and enlightenment.

Wow, that just sounded like I’m breaking up with you. Not a chance. In fact, I’m taking things to a whole new level starting this month. You all know my passion to help people (especially single women) believe in themselves and live their dream. That’s going to continue. Here’s how:

Audio Podcasts. Starting in March, I’ll be adding a podcast to my block schedule. Why? Well, think about it. You can download it to your i-pod or cell phone, or burn it to a CD. While you’re driving to work you can get encouragement. Does it get better than that?

I've really been working hard

I’ve really been working hard

Guest Experts. Hey, when pursuing your dream, you’ll need expert advice. Some of it I’ll be

able to provide. Some I won’t. From time to time, I’ll bring in experts to share their wisdom with you.

My Biggest Blunder. Hey, I’ve made just about every mistake in the book when it comes to entrepreneurship. In fact, if they paid award money for that, I’d be a billionaire. But why should you make those same mistakes when I can so easily help you avoid them?

I’ll be charging. Ok, not really but I just wanted to make sure you were paying attention. J

It’s been a great year and I look forward to the new one as we take this journey together.

 

I'm ready for the new adventure!

I’m ready for the new adventure!

May you always have a dream in your heart and the courage to pursue it.

What do you think of the changes? Greatest thing you’ve heard all day? Think it stinks? I really want to know! Share it here.

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The Feel of a Great Book!

Posted August 14, 2012 By Reba J. Hoffman, Ph.D.

Saturday I woke up early, finished my chores and perused the stacks of unread books in my home library. I have 283 electronic books on my Kindle. I’m sure they are all really good but I’m a moody reader.

Before the days of E-readers, I had to carry at least ten books with me on a weekend getaway because I never knew what reading mood I’d be in. Inevitably, I wound up finding a Barnes and Noble on my trip.

When e-readers allowed me to take hundreds of books in a gizmo the size of a small notebook, I just knew my problem was solved. No so. Don’t get me wrong. My Kindle keyboard edition and I are really good friends. I can read in the dark with the light from my cover. I have endless genres and selections and if I can’t find what I’m looking for, I can just buy one and start reading without leaving my recliner chair. Still…

Yesterday afternoon, I was itching for a really good story. The one I’d started the night before left me yawning, and not from the lateness of the hour. I flipped through my Kindle. Nothing. I looked through my shelves of leadership books, my business books. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Finally, I pulled out a hardcover novel from one of my favorite authors. I knew I could count on a fast moving really good mystery.

I gazed out the doors to the lake and the cloudy sky offered hope that I might have a rare reprieve from the August heat. I grabbed my Diet Pepsi and my novel and headed for the deck.

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I jumped right into this novel that began with a woman being burned in a house fire. Truly not a scene to ease me into the book but since I like action, it was perfect. I turned page after glorious page. Two hundred pages later, I suddenly realized I’m been immersed in Southern Arizona for the past two hours.

I also realized I’d become entranced by the feel of the hardbound book as it rested on my legs and the smell of the pages as I turned each one. The texture of the pages had smoothed out the ridges in my fingertips. It was heaven.

Though I dearly love my Kindle, it will never take the place of paper and stitching, glue and ink that I have grown to love. When it finally grew too dark to see the pages of my book, I reluctantly retreated to my home once more, the setting sun having etched “The End” at the conclusion of a glorious afternoon on the lake… with my book.

Which do you prefer? Are you a bookie or a techie?

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The Treasure of Stillness

Posted July 31, 2012 By Reba J. Hoffman, Ph.D.

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It’s something our world today never seems to engage in. Our youngest generations don’t even know what it means, let alone how to be still. But it is the one act—or lack of acting—that can make the difference between success and burnout.

A few weeks ago I had been working very hard on developing a new course. My mind was boggled with all the ideas. Things just weren’t coming together. I had charts and ideas taped to the wall inside my home office. But it was like Jello in a pan in 90 degree heat. It just wouldn’t gel.

One morning I sat on my patio doing, well, nothing. I just stared out into the morning with no particular thoughts in my head. Suddenly, out of nowhere, the contents of the course jumped out and danced before me. I knew exactly where each of those pieces on my wall fit into the puzzle.

Later in the day I realized my mind was able to do that because it was at rest. It was free from demand during those precious few moments and it resulted in a stroke of genius.

Having moments in your day where you have absolutely nothing happening is vital to your success in whatever you do in life. In fact, Michael Hyatt wrote about it yesterday in his blog as well. He is one of the busiest men I know and he began this practice recently while on vacation. It made so much difference in his life already.

There are a few key strategies you must follow in order for this to be effective:

 You must actually do nothing. Absolutely nothing. This is not a multi-tasking activity.

 You must be alone. Yes, not even petting your dog qualifies as the practice of stillness.

 Sorry, no electronics. If you have some relaxing music (without words) like waves on the seashore or birds in the forest, you can use that.

 Set a timer for 15-20 minutes. If you have a finite period of time and set an alarm or timer, you will be able to completely disconnect without guilt knowing you will be alerted when your time is up.

 No journaling, reading, or any other activity. That includes driving. The key is to be still.

 Do it every single day. You will be amazed at the difference it will make in your life, your creativity and your outlook.

This sounds so simple—even unnecessary—but I promise you it will make a huge difference. And, just for the record, it IS necessary. Give yourself this wonderful gift. You deserve it!

Today’s Challenge: Find a place where you can spend a few minutes every day in stillness and solitude. Determine a time when you will do this each day. Tell everyone who may interrupt you what you are doing and gain their cooperation. Oh, and START TODAY!

Do you already have a stillness time in your day? Did you just start today? Share your experience here.

 

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Build a Platform, Get Noticed in a Noisy World

Posted May 23, 2012 By Reba J. Hoffman, Ph.D.

Let’s face it. We live in a very, very noisy world. Perhaps you have an entrepreneur’s spirit and have a dream of being successful in your own business. Bravo for you! That’s quite an adventure. I’m proud of you.

You may have Googled business coaches and scoured websites for information on how to build that winning self-owned masterpiece. At some point you may have heard you need to build a platform. Ok… umm… right. You’ll get right to that, right?

You really don’t know what a platform is or how to build one. Platforms don’t come in a box with easy-to-read instructions. So you’ve gone out into the screaming world and join the ranks of the others who stand on the virtual street corner shouting out your wares at bargain prices.

That’s not you. Nor is it what you want to accomplish. But you just don’t know how to build your platform, that authentic message you have to give the world. There has never been a step-by-step instruction on how to build your platform… until now.

I’m so excited today to announce the release of Michael Hyatt’s new book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World.

 

Michael Hyatt's New Release

Michael Hyatt is the former CEO and current Chairman of the Board of Thomas Nelson Publishers. No matter what your business or your goals, success depends on your platform. And Michael simplifies the process with this step-by-step guide.

Michael is a brilliant man of integrity and I trust him to bring us the best and most honest approach to establishing and building your platform. And he has made it easy for us to follow and put into practice.

He draws on his decades of wisdom gained from helping authors get noticed through building a platform. He is an entrepreneur, blogger, speaker and really incredible teacher. If you don’t read another book this year, please do yourself a favor and read this one.

Today’s Challenge: Take time for introspection and determine what your message to the world is. Write it down and commit to building your platform around that message.

Do you have something to sell? Something to say? A message to get out to the world? Why not share it here. You can start building your platform right now by leaving a comment here.

 

 

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