Goins, Writer

On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

Writing Tip: Tell Me Something Different

Don’t tell me something that I could’ve read somewhere else. Don’t tell me something that I already know. Tell me something different. Tell me something unique, something that will cause me to read what you wrote not once, but twice or three times. Tell me something that will cause me to go back and read it again to my wife. Tell me something that I’m going to highlight, post to Twitter, and repeat to myself for the rest of the day. Tell me something I won’t easily forget. Again, I say: tell me something different.

How to Manage Up

Here are the five basic steps for managing up:

1) Train your boss to meet with you regularly.
2) Come to every meeting with a detailed agenda.
3) Keep a pulse on your boss’s changing priorities.
4) Anticipate problems and offer solutions.
5) Always be prepared to give status reports on your project at any time.

The Hardest Part of Writing

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The hardest part of writing is getting started. …And finishing. …and all the stuff in between.

The Difference Between Projects and Conversations

There’s a significant difference between conversations and projects in your work. But how do you know?

My Best Advice on Blogging

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My best advice ever on blogging is the following: Be yourself.