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Author Expert Call with New York Times #1
Best-Selling Author of Simple Abundance, Sarah Ban Breathnach
Getting Real, The State of Author Publicity Today.

Join New York Times #1 Best Selling Author of Simple Abundance,

Sarah is a 12 time Oprah guest and was on the New York Times Best Seller list for over two years with her groundbreaking books, Simple Abundance and Something More. Sarah has been credited with being the creator of the Gratitude Movement in the United States by creating the Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude.

Sarah is going to share her secrets for understanding book publicity and marketing today and how to extend the life of your book.

Oprah Winfrey, in the Official Commemorative Edition of Behind the Scenes of 25 Incredible Years, names Sarah and the Gratitude Journal as the #4 Aha Moment of her 25 years.

"Give thanks. I've kept a journal since I was 15 and most of the early ones are filled with 'Woe is me." But after I read Sarah Ban Breathnach's Simple Abundance in 1996, I started a gratitude journal. Every day, I began writing five or more things I'm grateful for. Even now, keeping that list makes me conscious of all my blessings--and it attracts more positive things. German philosopher Meister Eckhart put it beautifully, "If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is 'thank you', it will be enough." Oprah Winfrey

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Maureen O'Crean, MBA

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How To Protect Your Dreams

Dreams are fragile and need to be protected if they are to be realized. Two ways you can protect your dreams are by (1) Choosing carefully the company you keep, and (2) Developing an “Air of Confidence.

We don’t often hear people talk about the “care and feeding” of our dreams, but this is a very important component of bringing our dreams to fruition. Do you recall ever hearing about an assignment that has been used in high schools where students are asked to carry a raw egg around for 24 hours and pretend that egg is a baby? This exercise gives people the opportunity to experience what it’s like to have a very fragile being with them. Our nascent dreams are as fragile as that raw egg— or perhaps even more fragile. To me, a dream is akin to a soap bubble. Remember when we were little children and we blew bubbles with a wand and that bubble stood precariously on the end of that wand? That soap bubble is really a better metaphor for what our dreams are like.

Imagine you are walking through the world with that bubble. You can’t protect it because if you touch it, it breaks. You can’t cover it. There is nothing you can do to protect that bubble except carry it with a steady hand. I want you to imagine that bubble is your dream. What you have to do is protect yourself via the company you keep. That’s one of the surest ways to protect your dream. You want to surround yourself with success thinkers. Make sure that you only share your dream with somebody who can hold it in their heart as carefully as you hold it in yours.

There are social agreements in the world whereby governments send delegates and decide to take action to protect the welfare of the entire planet. Sadly, there is very little social agreement for protecting individual dreams. You can see this manifested when you talk to people about your dreams. For instance, someone might say, “Oh, well, that’s nice but that’s not possible. You might not have enough money. You might not have enough education. You don’t know what you’re doing.” Those individuals, while they mean well, are really dream stealers. You want to make sure that you are not in the company of dream stealers, but in the company of dream keepers. It is also crucial to develop patterns of success. In The Magic of Thinking Big, Dr. David Schwartz outlines several success practices; for example, “Be a front seater.” It’s often said that the front seat is the million dollar seat if you’re in school or at a lecture. By making a practice of taking a front seat, it shows you’re not afraid to go to where the action is.

There are a few other actions you can take which will help you protect your dream:

    Make eye contact with people when you speak with them. I challenge you today to go out in the world and watch how people speak to each other; most of the time you will see that people’s eyes are wandering when they are having a conversation. This indicates a lack of confidence, so you want to train yourself to look right in the eye of anyone you’re speaking to.

    Pick Up Your Pace: walking 25% faster than you normally do gives you an air of confidence. And, once you have an air of confidence, anything can happen. It also changes your physiology when you walk a little bit faster than you normally do.

    Speak Up: When you are talking you want to speak forcefully and gently, but do speak up.

    Smile More. When you smile, you change the chemistry in your body. You’re happier and it’s easier for people to like you. And being likeable is 90% of getting anything accomplished. There is a 9 to 1 factor between likeability and technical skills. So if you’re in competition for anything—a job, a part in a play, anything you can think of—likeability is 90% of it. If you don’t like yourself, no one else will. So it’s vitally important to work on liking ourselves.

I encourage you to keep your dreams alive and to surround yourself with people that support you. Protect your dreams by incorporating physical success practices that project an air of confidence.

Have a great month. Have a business or pr question? Email me and I'll give you my best advice. Email and I'll answer you.

What Will Publicity Get Me?

For most of us publicity gives bragging rights and builds a case for credibility. That's important depending on the price of what you are selling. The higher your price point, the more credibility you need, as well as a track record of success. Publicity does not necessarily bring you instant sales, so don't count on it for that. Publicity tells the world, your region, your industry or your market that you exist. If people can't find you they can't use your product or services. Make it easy for them to find you.

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