An Interview with Jeffrey Hayzlett, Primetime TV Show Host, Bestselling Author & Sometime Cowboy

As our Featured Author series continues, I decided to ask my friend and mentor, Jeffrey Hayzlett, to share some of his insights and experience with us.

Jeffrey Hayzlett - Primetime TV Show Host, Bestselling Author & Sometime Cowboy

Jeffrey Hayzlett, Primetime TV Show Host, Bestselling Author & Sometime Cowboy

Jeffrey is a primetime TV show host with his own show on Bloomberg TV called “C-Suite with Jeffrey Hayzlett.” He is also a bestselling author and a sometime cowboy, with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Sioux Falls (because he can!).

I first met Jeffrey in an elevator at the Speakers and Authors Networking Group (SANG) led by Larry Benet in October of 2012, soon after my second book was released.

As Jeffrey and I were riding in the elevator, a young woman joined us and noted my book among the things I was carrying. She struck up a conversation with me about writing and how she hoped to become an author someday, completely ignoring Jeffrey the whole ride down to the lobby. [Read more…]

An Interview with Chris Westfall, the National Elevator Pitch Champion

Chris Westfall, author of BulletProof BrandingThis month’s Featured Author is Chris Westfall. To most folks, he’s known as a speaker who is the National Elevator Pitch Champion, the owner of Westfall Online, and the author of The NEW Elevator Speech and BulletProof Branding.

People turn to him when they have a very specific problem that needs addressing. You know the one… It’s that feeling when you are so close, but not quite there yet? Yeah… That one…

Well, Chris helps people move beyond that so that their business and brand can flourish.

And while I appreciate all of those things about Chris, to me he is also a great friend, colleague, inspiration and client. He’s just one of the sweetest guys I know. Every conversation I have with him leaves me smiling, and I’m pleased to be able to introduce you to him today.

So without further ado, here are Chris’ answers to my Featured Author interview questions… [Read more…]

An Interview with Susan Steinbrecher, a Heart-Centered Leader

April’s Featured Author is a fellow member of the Lead Change Group, and someone I’ve interacted with on Twitter for years.

Susan Steinbrecher head shot media, author of Heart-Centered LeadershipSusan Steinbrecher is an executive coach, licensed mediator, speaker and author, and is CEO of Steinbrecher And Associates, Inc., a management consulting firm that provides professional-development services in the areas of executive coaching, group facilitation and customer and leadership training.

Susan’s Amazon bestselling book KENSHO: A Modern Awakening, Instigating Change in an Era of Global Renewal is a business book that delves into the realm of personal development.

She is also the co-author of Heart-Centered Leadership: Lead Well, Live Well (2nd edition, February, 2014), Roadmap to Success, and Straight Talk from America’s Top 10 Speakers.

Susan is a Huffington Post Business blogger and has also been a featured expert on MSNBC Your Business, Good Day Dallas, Texas Living and the John Tesh Radio Network, Fortune Small Business magazine, Woman’s Day, Dallas Business Journal, CBSMoneyWatch.com, CNBC.com and CNNMoney.com.

So, as you can see, she has an impressive body of work and experience behind her. With the re-release of her book Heart-Centered Leadership out earlier this year, I thought it would be a great time to reconnect and ask her our standard set of Featured Author questions. [Read more…]

An Interview with Shep Hyken, One Amazing Author

I met March’s Featured Author in a mastermind group we shared. As first, it was a little intimidating, since I’d known him from Twitter for some time, and considered him to “above” where I was in business. “Networking up,” as it’s called, can often be an unsettling experience.

Shep Hyken - One Amazing AuthorHowever, Shep Hyken quickly put me at ease with his easy-going nature, his genuine interest in people, and his teasing. At one particular mastermind meeting, I was meeting a friend afterward back at my hotel and Shep insisted on coming along to make sure “this guy was alright,” even though I assured him there was nothing going on between us.

But Shep’s a good guy and I appreciated him looking out for me, however misplaced the concern was.

I’m really pleased that he accepted my invitation to be a Featured Author this month, and think you’re in for a treat as he shares his experiences as a successful author and businessman.

Shep is a New York Times and WSJ best-selling author, and his latest book is called Amaze Every Customer Every Time. His field of expertise is in customer service, and he’s definitely been a pleasure to learn from both online and in person. [Read more…]

An Interview with Jim Stovall, An Extraordinary Man

As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of Jim Stovall’s. I read his book recently, The Millionaire Map, and it became my inspiration for this Featured Author series, among other things I’m planning for 2014.

Front Cover_Millionaire Map_Jim StovallI’ve already reviewed his book on this blog, and I strongly recommend you pick up a copy of your own to consume. (If you’re interested in possibly winning a copy, read to the end!)

Now I figured it’s time to introduce you to the man himself too so that you can see just how incredibly extraordinary he is. I think you’ll agree that the map Jim is able provide is one many of us would like to follow in one regard or another!

Despite being blind, Jim Stovall has been a National Olympic weightlifting champion, a successful investment broker, the President of the Emmy Award-winning Narrative Television Network, and a highly sought after author and platform speaker. He is the author of 25 books, including the bestseller, The Ultimate Gift, which is now a major motion picture from 20th Century Fox starring James Garner and Abigail Breslin. Four of Mr. Stovall’s other novels have also been made into major motion pictures.

Steve Forbes, president and CEO of Forbes magazine, says, “Jim Stovall is one of the most extraordinary men of our era.” [Read more…]

An interview with John Suscovich, the FoodCyclist

As I announced in December, once a month, I’ll be sharing a Featured Author post. Through author interviews, I’ll be uncovering ideas from established authors that will help you learn from those who have gone before. As Jim Stovall pointed out in his book, The Millionaire Map, ”Never accept a map from someone who hasn’t been where you want to go.”

John Suscovich - FoodCyclist and Farm Marketing SolutionsToday’s post features John Suscovich, a resourceful young farmer, husband and father, who has created the perfect blend between “the old ways” (organic and sustainable agriculture) and “the modern world” (using the internet to grow his business and support his family).

John is the Founder and Creative Director of FoodCyclist.com and FarmMarketingSolutions.com. His passion lies in the combination of cutting-edge technology and old-school techniques. This is best exemplified in his marriage of sustainable agriculture and internet marketing. When he is not out weeding, seeding or chasing chickens, he is on the web sharing the  pursuit of his passions.

When John told me about his first eBook,  Stress Free Chicken Tractor Plans, which was released in October 2013, all I could think was “now that’s a niche topic if I ever heard of one!”

Despite what you and I might consider limited appeal for his book, he’s earning enough from this one income source to cover his car payments. For any writer, that’s a great thing to achieve! So, I thought you might enjoy learning about how he’s doing it.

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An interview with Mitchell Levy, Thought Leader Architect

Starting with this post, once a month, I’ll be interviewing an established author, with the intent of posing questions that will help our readers learn from those who have gone before them. As Jim Stovall pointed out in his book, The Millionaire Map, “Never accept a map from someone who hasn’t been where you want to go.”

Today’s post features an interview with publisher and author, Mitchell Levy of THiNKaha. He is the author of the #CREATING THOUGHT LEADERS tweetbook.

Mitchell Levy, Thought Leader Architect

Mitchell Levy

I had the opportunity to ask Mitchell a few questions recently as part of our new Featured Author blog post series. However, since Mitchell is in the unique position of being both a publisher and an author, I chose to ask a few questions about his unusual publishing brand.

For those of you who are considering writing a book in 2014, you may find that generating a tweetbook creates some of the brand visibility that you’re looking for while helping to establish your expertise in a given area. This is especially useful for entrepreneurs and executives, but can be done by anyone!

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An Interview with Jeff Goins, author of “Wrecked”

Today’s post features an interview with author, Jeff Goins. Tara Alemany, owner of Aleweb Social Marketing, had the opportunity to ask Jeff a few questions recently as part of his virtual tour for his new book, Wrecked, which came out in August 2012.

Jeff Goins, author of Wrecked, interviewed on alewebsocial.comJeff is a writer who lives outside of Nashville with his wife, son, and pup. He works for Adventures in Missions and blogs at goinswriter.com.

When you started your blog in 2010, you had some burning questions about making a living as a writer that you were trying to answer for yourself. (To see Jeff’s questions, click here.) With the recent publication and success of Wrecked, it looks like you found the answers. I’d love it if you could share part of that journey with my readers because it’s a trip they’d all like to take too!

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