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Is There a Book Shepherd in Your Future?

I was recently named Book Shepherd of the year by one of my clients. What Does a Book Shepherd do? A Book Shepherd is a special kind of coach who works with you as you develop your book from start to finish. Just as every book has a beginning, middle and end, every book development project has a beginning, middle and end.

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And, of course, every book has a uniqueness about it. Every author comes with a different range of experiences and skill sets. Some authors require more support than others to complete their preparations for going to press. Book Shepherd Services involve working with you as you create your book and give it birth. Some Book Shepherds include everything you would ever want or need when it comes to publishing your book:

Manuscript development

Front and back matter elements

Writing according to your strengths

Editing for a variety of purposes

cover and interior design

formatting

printing

publishing

ePub

launching

book signings

marketing tips, ideas and support

distribution possibilities

When you work with me, you choose the individual items. The idea is to guide you to the best of my ability in the most time-and cost-effective manner possible with respect to getting your book done. I particularly enjoy the pieces that are part of the book development process. And because I am not an expert at all the things that go into making a book, I’ll gladly tell you where my skill boundaries are, and I will be happy to connect you to resources that will guide you through the next phases of the self-publishing process.

Are you a writer? How much are you able to commit to paper each and every day? Perhaps you have encountered one of those promises for you to write your book in 90 days. I have come across some that say they can guide you through getting your book done in the space of a weekend. Maybe you are one of those writers who can complete the manuscript for your book in 90 hours. My first book took me a year and a half to self-publish.

I don’t make any promises about the amount of time it will take for you to manifest a book never mind completing just the manuscript. It could take six months. It could take two years and six months. It could take five years depending on the type of book you are writing and the amount of time you are able to commit to the project. It could take several months alone for your editor to get back to you. It’s a journey. It’s a journey with a series of moving parts and it’s not a book in print—paper or ePub or both—until all the parts are done and you are ready to go forward.

Whether you are nearly finished your first draft or you are seriously thinking about writing a book but don’t know where to start, a Book Shepherd may be a good fit for you. If hiring a Book Shepherd is in your future, I invite you to explore your options with me. What I can promise you is personalized one-on-one attention. Whether you choose just one item from the list above or you prefer a start-to-finish approach, I would be honoured if you chose me to be a member of your team. I can be reached here.

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Are you ready?

0Are you ready? Are you ready to step forward?

Before the world was discovered to be round, the world was thought to be flat. The prevailing belief at that time was that If you sailed far enough, you would fall off the face of the earth. Evidence to the contrary delivered by those had returned after having sailed out of sight, changed and expanded the perceptions of what the world was. Someone had to have the vision and the courage it would take to test the truth or the fiction of the teachings of the day. That person brought courage and commitment to a new belief. That person not only changed the course that ships took when they set sail but also changed the course of history. One of those persons had to have been Christopher Columbus.

Moving forward over a few centuries Albert Einstein might be considered the giant change agent on the subject of Physics. Before Einstein arrived on the scene, Physics was largely treated as a science that was grounded in lab-based research. Experiments and their results ruled the subject and its teachings. Newtonian physics was at the heart of studies. Einstein arrived on the scene with questions, questions and more questions. He then sought ways to answer his questions…the answers to which did not always come from experimentation in laboratories. It was Einstein’s novel curiosities that changed the study of Physics forever. He eventually received a Nobel Prize.

Do you have to be brave and courageous to take on change? Is change necessary? Do you encounter spaces and places where change could and would make a difference? Do you consider yourself to be ready for change? Do you welcome change? Do you accept change with enthusiasm? Do you consider yourself to be an agent of change?

Are you ready? Are you ready to make changes? Are you ready to influence change?

Have you been holding back? Have you been waiting? For how long? For what?

Whenever I meet people at a networking event, I like to ask them if they are holding on to a dream that has been sitting on a shelf. Holding on to a dream is important but so is taking action to manifest that dream.

Are you ready to tackle your dream? Are you ready to take action?

The first 30 minutes are free but only for a limited time.  Send me an email.

Request an appointment. Let’s chat.

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A Book like the “Energizer Bunny” of Books

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Who would have ever thought that a book like “Lessons I Learned from the Tortoise” would be like the energizer bunny of books?

In the book, I introduce you to Tenacity the Tortoise. If you recall, Tenacity was the one who won the race. Tenacity is still going strong. Even after five years, Tortoise Lessons continues to rank highly among similar books. Like the energy bunny, according to a continuous stream of reviews, this book is still giving and giving and giving.

Thank you to all the readers who took the time to share their comments. Reviews always welcome.

Here are the Amazon stats for this timeless book for Tuesday, July 24, 2018. Check this out.

Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars   19 customer reviews

Amazon Bestsellers Rank:

#660 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Religion & Spirituality > Spirituality > Personal Transformation

#779 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Self-Help > Motivational

#1310 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Self-Help > Personal Transformation

These numbers are inspiring. They reflect a significant accomplishment considering that the book was released more than five years ago. The majority of reviewers continue to say that reading the book once is not enough. A review I received just today used words like, “The book makes you think…” Even I find myself going back to read this book several times a year to keep what I wrote fresh in my mind.

Are you familiar with the story of the Tortoise and the Hare? I wrote this as part of the description of the book that appears there: “This delightful, motivational book uses a beloved, well-known story to help you cast reflections on your inner qualities – qualities that may not be readily apparent in the mirror. It illustrates valuable insights into examining your reflection of yourself as you are playing in the game of life. We are all players in this game. Some of us play more like the tortoise; some of us play more like the hare.”

If you are looking for a book that serves up opportunity for self-reflection with uncommon dignity, this might be the best book you ever read.

It’s available here

http://amzn.to/1kvqgki

eBooks aren’t your thing? If you prefer to physically turn paper pages, you’ll have to send me an email to order your copy. Would you like your copy signed?

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Thinking About Hiring a Coach? A Q&A with Donna Dahl

Woman of Inspiration Award Winner, Donna Dahl,

Woman of Inspiration Award Winner, Donna Dahl,

Are you thinking about hiring a coach?  

Here is a sampling of answers to questions that were part of a conversation on a social media platform. Portions of that interview are being shared here.

Why Coach?

Being the person at the helm of any business, organization, board of directors or team can be a lonely place. These positions often leave that person with no one to share the worries, concerns or events going on behind the scenes. Some people find themselves starving for recognition of accomplishment because family and friends turn out to be naysayers or dream busters. Innovations get stalled. Courage gets stuck.

Coaching is what energizes everything. Thanks for asking. Coaching engages people to connect with their dreams. Coaching is what can connect people to completing the things on their bucket lists. Coaching serves to help break down limiting barriers and to construct unlimited ladders literally and virtually to the moon and back. I am truly blessed to be working with clients who not only have huge helpings of expertise but who also have big plans to create significant impact in their circle of influence. It’s enormously rewarding to see their successes evolve and mushroom.

Can I ever picture myself not coaching?

Being a coach is who I am. Am I addicted to coaching? I think it’s safe to say  I’m addicted to the success of others. I love my repeat clients who call me letting me know they are ready for their next “Donna Fix” coaching appointment. Coaching is the most fun I could have with my thinking cap on…well, besides writing when there is a party going on in my brain.

Guess how passionate I am about coaching!

What are some of the areas people work on when they work with a coach?

Here’s a list in no particular order: leadership strategy, time management, social media identity, workshop curriculum development, solo-preneur business management, business branding, personal branding, speaking, infomercials, book development, resumes,  business-development, long-term plans and short-term outcomes, interview skills, interviewing skills, employee reviews, how to like myself when I can’t get any traction on my goal, fear of success, fear of failure, personal identification (setting yourself apart from the competition) …to name a few. Who decides what we work on? It’s my client that comes with the question and together we uncover the pieces that will make the difference. You have within you all the wisdom you require. Sometimes it may just need a little encouragement to allow it to be revealed.

Sometimes the hardest part is asking the question.

Sounds Diverse.

My training is diverse from educational psychology to mediation to neurolinguistics to some Advanced MBA training. My experience is diverse from business ownership to organizational leadership at the executive level. In recognition of my work, I was awarded Woman of Inspiration for Lifetime Achievement in 2016. The world of work of my clients stretches from people who are employed in the labour force to those who own the company. They include people with diverse levels of education and people with sufficient vision and imagination to design and develop inventions.

What kinds of clients do you normally with work?

I normally work with CEOs, solo-entrepreneurs, would-be authors, persons undergoing life-changes/transitions and innovators. I have also made room for the unemployed, students, battered men, and single-parent moms. Be you the person who is strong in the world of science, engineering, business acumen, communication, therapy, website building, sales, speaking or cooking up a storm, we all come into this world with a unique set of talents and we all seem to want something more. We also tend to want to get better at what we do best.

And what are you writing?

What am I writing? I write fiction and non-fiction. I write guest blogs and books. When I am writing my own stuff, I write self-empowerment. The best example I can give you is here: “Challengers invite us to take giant steps long before we might ever become giants.” ~Donna Dahl, in Lessons I Learned from the Tortoise http://amzn.to/1kvqgki Check out the link and the reviews that people have left on Amazon as to what the book has done for them. I invite you to read the book and add your review.

What are your goals?

Goals? Sure! Lots. Briefly: Write more. Read more. Continue to serve my fellow man and my community.

How do you find your clients?

Great Question.  My clients arrive by carrier pigeon and drone. Just kidding. Referrals, LinkedIn, reputation and repeat business are my primary sources. I seem to attract those individuals that have been keeping their dream of a lifetime on hold and fearing they will never have the opportunity to chase the dream never mind manifest it. I still do a little networking but I prefer to focus my networking efforts through my volunteer work with not-for-profits and with boards of directors.

Thank you for the compliment on my writing. My friends call me a wordsmith. They also call me the coach’s coach. I am humbly honoured. BTW, my book takes but a few hours to read through to the end the first time but as you can see by the reviews, this is not a book one reads only once.

Even I go back and re-read what I wrote in this book several times a year. A friend of mine lost her book and had to come by to purchase another. Another friend keeps this book on her coffee table so she can read a random page when the commercial comes on TV.  Another person in transition said that it was just the thing to help her work through her transition.  This book deserves to be a best seller and I appreciate any assistance that could help to make that happen.

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Donna Dahl is a popular self-empowerment coach. As an author, she has written four books and has been published in The Change Book Series. She volunteers hundreds of hours in the service of her community annually and she has performed significant work in the service of not-for-profit organizations with her workshops.

 

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Tweeting for Twitter Beginners


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Tweeting for Beginners empowers the Twitter beginner to unravel the mysteries of Twitter and Tweeting in plain and simple language. The reader will learn about:

  • Questions worth Answering Before you create an Account
  • Is Twitter Right for You?
  • How many Twitter accounts should you have?
  • Does Twitter require you to tweet?
  • What might be the advantage of being on Twitter and not tweeting?

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3 Secrets to Paint Your Own Umbrella with Personal Empowerment

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“Paint Your Own Umbrella” speaks to capturing your uniqueness and your individuality and demonstrating it with confidence and, perhaps, even flair. A few shots of gusto and enthusiasm thrown into the mix might help as well.

“Paint Your Own Umbrella” was originally the title for my workshop on personal branding. When you paint your own umbrella, you choose

 

  • the colours that represent you,
  • the core components of your circle of influence, and
  • the way you choose to manifest your persona “out loud.”

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Every Coach’s Coach

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Author Guest Writer

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Is there a book in you?

Is there a book in you? Have you ever thought of writing a short story or a children’s book or even a screen play? Have you dreamed of seeing your name as the author of a book?

I have a number of accomplished writers who call on me to help them with their writing. I’ve learned that as a member of the writing community, it’s important for writers to have access to friendly, frank feedback. It’s just part of growing as a writer. In this light, my participation in the Puerto Vallarta Writers Group, for example, has significantly contributed to expanding my experience.

Sometimes writers come to me for coaching.  Sometimes fellow writers are seeking ghost writing support. Sometimes writers just want me to read their “stuff,” share a few comments and request feedback. There are many ways in which writers can support other writers.

Is there a book in you? Are you prepared to commit to writing?

Are you prepared to commit to writing 500 or 1000 words a day? Are you prepared to commit to working with a team of editors? No writer is ever truly an island. Even if you spend the next six months writing on your own for eight hours a day, you are likely to emerge seeking feedback on your work.

Whether you have an agent who represents you to publishers, a deadline set by your publisher to finish your next manuscript or a target as a self-publisher to finish a section for your editor, you, undoubtedly, benefit from everyone on your publishing team. A writer without a team will remain a writer and is likely to never become an author.

Is there a book in you? How will you know if you don’t put the question to the test?

Donna Dahl enjoys working with authors. Donna is an energizing and imaginative professional coach with over ten years of experience serving both private citizens and members of the business community. She has written several delightful self-help books in support of personal growth and start-up business development.

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Coaching for Clarity

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Clearly Clarity Counts

When it comes to self-improvement, clarity counts; vagaries dilute. Google reports about a quarter million searches annually on subjects related to self-improvement and personal development. While this amount is not a mammoth number, it does have significance. Billions of dollars are spent by consumers all around the world every single year on some form of self-improvement approach be it a product, service, book or program.
Let’s assume that every purchase made in the name of improving oneself is connected to a goal. Goals can originate from all manner of areas including education, weight loss, improved fitness, job promotion and increased income. Books are purchased, gym memberships are initiated, exercise equipment is acquired and online classes are started. In short, the goal is identified and the solution arrives at the door or in the inbox.
Goals are a natural part of our daily existence. We set a goal to pay off a mortgage or purchase a new car. Naming goals is easy. What seems to be the difficult thing to do is activating the process to achieve the goal. It isn’t enough to identify the goal. It isn’t enough to say, for instance, the destination is New York City. I could dream all day about going to New York City but unless I assemble my resources, purchase my ticket and get on board some form of transportation, I will remain on my spot. I will not be travelling.
• Lack of clarity gets you stuck.
• Lack of clarity contributes to floundering.
• Lack of clarity permits doubt to deny you access to your success.
• Lack of clarity leaves you sitting on the fence wondering what you should do next.

Clarity counts.
• Gaining access to clarity is a big thing.
• Clarity helps set direction.
• Clarity builds confidence.
• Clarity speeds decision-making.
Clarity is precious.
Clarity attracts commitment. Commitment attracts completion.
Completion deserves celebration.
If you agree that clarity counts, what will it take for you to get clear on your goals? Advice does not always turn into practice. Sometimes it’s hard to take that first step. My Consult for Clarity has been the cornerstone of my Coaching Practice for over a decade. It has helped people get from Stuck to Start™ ready to take action in just 90 minutes. Is self-improvement in your future? Is this the right time for you to develop clarity on your goals? Contact Donna today and arrange for your free coaching interview.

Donna Dahl is an energizing and imaginative professional coach with over ten years of experience serving both private citizens and members of the business community. She has written several delightful self-help books in support of self-improvement, personal growth and start-up business development.

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