It’s not enough to know your subject inside and out. Also knowing how to write well makes it easier to share what you know, and makes it more likely that people will understand you and take the action you want.
The details matter.
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The key to acquiring a big, new skill is setting tiny goals for every morning – doable, daily goals.
Commit to five minutes a day. Just five minutes! Do more if you want, but give yourself permission to stop after five, every time.
Then see what happens.
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I've been rejected so many times I’ve lost count.
Here’s a photo of some of the rejection letters I’ve received in the past few years.
This doesn’t include the many emails and messages that said “no.”
This stack is how I know I'm making progress.
If you want to get published, you’re going to get rejected.
If you want to get hired to speak, you’re going to get rejected.
If you want to find success, you’re going to get rejected.
Here’s the thing: being good enough is only “table stakes.” That means that being talented enough to do the job only gets you through the door. After that, it’s luck – and the only way to be lucky is to beat the odds, and that means persistence.
If one in 200 submissions gets picked, I figure I need to submit at least that many to have any chance at all. So that’s what I do.
And not to brag, but that’s why I get published. And why is that not bragging? Cos you can...
Here's a writing tip that you probably won't be able to do. Check this out:
STEP 1: Think about the last time someone tried to change your mind. Your first reaction was to say “no,” right?
That’s how we are as humans, instinctually defensive.
It’s self-preservation from biology, a good thing in the main.
STEP 2: Now think about when *you* try to change someone’s mind
STEP 3: Think about how you felt when they immediately said no. It was frustrating, right?
STEP 4: Make this choice: the next time someone tries to change your mind, you will assume their intentions are good. Even if everything they do suggests otherwise.
STEP 5: Consider their argument separate from where it came from or how they made you feel.
STEP 6: In light of this experience, think of things you might do the next time you try to persuade someone. What can you do to make your presentation more acceptable? Can you make them less likely to fall on instinct and say no?
If you’re traveling or are otherwise in a situation in which working conditions are not ideal for you, don’t pressure yourself to work. In the end, you’ll be frustrated, and will likely end up having spent hours producing only a few minutes worth of good work.
Instead, sometimes it’s better to use such circumstances for something constructive: relaxing, resting, or otherwise just enjoying yourself. Don’t force yourself to work in a place where you don’t think you can work. While you might feel like you’ve wasted your time, the real waste of time is working too hard for too little!
Straightforward guidance from Harvard Business Review. Basically: when your opponent arrives at "take it or leave it," anticipate it, and come to the discussion with other choices ready. Persist!
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(Image via Harvard Business Review)