Robin Williams, Michael J. Fox, Parkinson’s Disease, and Me

Recently, Robin Williams apparently chose to take his own life. The news hit me so hard that I couldn’t bring myself to write or comment about it for a while. Even had the subject not been so tender for me, I didn’t feel I had anything relevant to say.

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Michael J. Fox (L) and Robin Williams (R) Photo from the Mirror, Copyright Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic

Now, I think I might.

Writing Lessons from Naked Men in the Trunk of My Car

Today’s post is a guest post by Rebecca Livermore, a freelance writer, professional web content creator, and friend. She works with some of the top names in social media, and is a gifted writer. Enjoy!

After dropping my husband off at work, I made my way toward the gate of the Army base to head home. There was a lineup of slowly moving cars waiting to exit through the partially closed gate.

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There must be some kind of threat, I thought, as I drove slowly toward the gate.

#126: 5 Fatal Flaws Of Free Content [Podcast]

If you give away free content as part of a “Content Marketing” strategy, it’s important to know wthat you should not give away everything. If you give away the wrong stuff, you’ll never make any money.

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In today’s episode I you get the “5 Fatal Flaws Of Free Content” – and how to avoid them.

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#125: How To Get What You Want [Podcast]

Have you ever known anyone who just never seems to get what they want in life? They make lots of plans but things never seen to pan out well? I believe there are 5 requirements for getting successful outcomes in any area.

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In today’s episode I will share the 5 Requirements, and explain how you can put them to work starting today.

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#123: How To Write Emails That Get Response [Podcast]

I hear this complaint a lot: “People don’t respond to emails anymore. It’s like they don’t read them, or don’t have enough courtesy to write back.” Usually the person doing the complaining will then expand on how Western society is crumbling around our ears.

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Rather than spend our time complaining about how inconsiderate people have become, I suggest learning how to write emails that demand a response.

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Podcast Delayed This Week

This week’s podcast will be delayed until Friday, because of some unavoidable disruptions in my schedule… but there will be an episode this week. I don’t want this to be the week I break the streak!

#122: Titans Of Direct Response Marketing [Podcast]

Last week we focused on writing powerful, persuasive copy. This week I’m bringing you an interview with a leader in the direct response marketing world – and the guy who has hired almost all the great living direct response copywriters.

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This is a rare interview with Brian Kurtz of Boardroom, Inc.

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It’s Not Always About The Money

Brian Kurtz is the Executive Vice President of Boardroom, Inc., and the host of the upcoming Titans of Direct Response event in September (which I strongly recommend to you, if you do any sort of direct marketing or copywriting. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime event, and you can get more details when you click here.)

I was blessed to know Gene Schwartz…and not just casually, either. Gene was my friend, mentor and business partner…and I learned so many lessons from him. Those of you who don’t know who I am talking about, Eugene “Gene” Schwartz was one of the most successful and prolific direct response copywriters who ever lived.

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His classic book, Breakthrough Advertising, may be the most important book ever written on copy and creative.

It was important enough for Marty (Edelston) and I to re-publish it as a “Boardroom Book” when we saw a live bid on eBay for an out-of-print copy at $950.