5 Ideas For The Interested This Week

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Now, on to this week’s ideas…

1. How To Provide Value To People

“There are infinite paths and ways you can succeed — the key is to not get paralyzed by that.”

This is one of my favorite interviews I’ve done and it’s packed with information to help you grow your audience and create more valuable stuff.

In a 53-minute episode of The One Percent Better Podcast, Joe Ferraro interviews me about how to provide value to people and I share my thoughts on how to make your art, work, and life better.

Related: Six lessons I’ve learned from helping thousands of creators.

2. How To Create A Profitable eBook And Course In A Month

“Just because you know how to do something doesn’t mean you’re necessarily good at teaching it to others.”

If you’ve got some expertise to share with the world, this will help you figure out a profitable way to do so.

Felicia C. Sullivan shares a step-by-step guide to how to create a profitable eBook and course in a month including how to choose a topic, build an outline, and pre-sell the book.

Related: The secrets of successful creators.

3. You Don’t Have To Start At The Beginning

“Here’s why this has been somewhat revelatory for me: stories don’t come to me fully formed, and they certainly don’t come to me in a convenient order.”

This is a simple concept, but it may unlock a whole new creative process for you.

Adam Westbrook points out you don’t have to start at the beginning, a powerful lesson he learned from watching a documentary about the creative process of legendary animation filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki.

Btw, I found this link in the Storythings newsletter.

Related: What to do when your creative process isn’t working.

4. Seven Lessons From Three Years Of Writing A Newsletter

“An email newsletter is not a distribution strategy, it’s a relationship-builder.”

If you want to have a successful newsletter, it’s worth learning from people who publish great ones — people like Ann Handley.

Ann shares seven lessons from three years of writing a newsletter including that word-of-mouth is the most important driver of growth, you need to publish at least twice a month, and looking up from your phone is the best way to find things to write about.

Related: The newsletter tips collection.

5. Seven Ways To Increase Your Product’s Virality

“People respond to incentives — what’s in it for them to spread the good word about your product?”

Virality is the result of specific strategies creators employ.

Lenny Rachitsky breaks down seven ways to increase your product’s virality including to nurture word-of-mouth, make the product better when more friends use it, and generate content users want to share.

Related: The four actions I took to attract 72,000 followers.

This Is How I Tweet Five Times A Day

I put together a six-page PDF that reveals the system I use to post at least five tweets a day and how it’s helped me attract 13,000 followers on Twitter.

You’ll learn how I decide what to tweet, repurpose content, come up with recurring tweet formats, and the system and tools I use to manage it all.

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My Final Words Of The Week

I know you’re busy.

You may want to listen to the podcast interview I shared above, but may not have time to listen to my ramblings for an hour.

Don’t worry — I’ve got you covered.

I also did a 731-word “micro-interview” this week in the Very Good Copy newsletter that only takes a minute to read.

Check it out to learn about my work routine, what my biggest professional failure taught me, and the #1 thing that helps me shorten the learning curve in my work.

Have a great week!


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