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    How to Turn a Bad Presentation Into a Good One
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    Best Happiness Books #InternationalDayOfHappiness
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    Will You Offer This for Free?

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    How to Turn a Bad Presentation Into a Good One
    25/03/2015

    How to Turn a Bad Presentation Into a Good One

    For three weeks, I had been working on a new presentation: New stories, new message, new visuals, new format, new jokes… everything was new. Even my hair was new. The idea was to reinvent myself as a public speaker. Raising the bar!

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    Best Happiness Books #InternationalDayOfHappiness
    20/03/2015

    Best Happiness Books #InternationalDayOfHappiness

    Today is International Day of Happiness. What a great day to search and find all the best book on the topic of happiness!

    This list is created from the books on GoodReads tagged with “happiness”, sorted using an algorithm that favors number of reviews, average rating, and recent availability.

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    Will You Offer This for Free?
    13/03/2015

    Will You Offer This for Free?

    I have done many things for free.

    All chapters of my new #Workout book have been available for free since I started writing them, because this helped me get early and fast feedback. I have done countless of free talks for local communities, because it allowed me to learn about their needs and stories. And I have offered plenty of participants free seats in my workshops when they offered me some other value in return.

    What I don’t do is give away stuff for free just because people ask.

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    Best Mindfulness Books
    09/03/2015

    Best Mindfulness Books

    I have developed an interest in mindfulness and meditation, from a scientific perspective. For this reason, I did a bit of research on GoodReads to discover which are the best mindfulness books. Unsurprisingly, I found a lot religious works among these books. Those were not what I was looking for. In my not-so-humble opinion, religion is spiritualy for the ignorant mind, while enlightenment is spirituality for the curious mind.

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    Off-Time: It’s OK to Do Nothing
    03/03/2015

    Off-Time: It’s OK to Do Nothing

    On my final trip last year, I had been looking forward to run in Rio de Janeiro, along Ipanema Beach and Copacabana. But British Airways lost my luggage. I had no running gear and no time to purchase alternative shoes and clothes. I felt a bit sad and disappointed.

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    The Blame Game
    25/02/2015

    The Blame Game

    “You did not receive your order? Well, I did all I could. But they aren’t doing their job properly.”

    “They still haven’t paid your invoice? Strange. They told me last time it would be done.”

    “The feature is still not working? I don’t understand. I did submit the service request for you.”

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    How to Write a Book… with Feedback and Options
    18/02/2015

    How to Write a Book… with Feedback and Options

    As the author of a book, you make decisions all the time. Do you write about principles or about practices? Do you use the words he and she or the more neutral they? Do you use chapter numbers or not? Do you make your own illustrations, or do you hire someone else? Do you insert jokes, or is your bookkeeper funnier than you are?

    If you want a good book, you need to make good decisions. The problem is, you often have too little information to know what the good decisions are. There are two ways of dealing with that.

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    How to Create a Book’s Front and Back Matter
    12/02/2015

    How to Create a Book’s Front and Back Matter

    So, your book has a great title, a nice cover, good content, and proper design? What about the front and back matter? The what? The front matter and the back matter! That’s all the extra stuff at the beginning and at the end of your book that sits between the cover and the chapters. Oh that, I’ll do all that stuff the day before I publish the book. *EEEEE* Wrong!!

    A book is only good when it’s good from start to finish. It starts with the cover and it ends with the backside (or the final page in case of an eBook).

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    How to Design a Book… Make It an Experience
    10/02/2015

    How to Design a Book… Make It an Experience

    I’m reading the book Steve Jobs, the exclusive biography by Walter Isaacson. Granted, I’m not a big fan of Steve Jobs, nor have I purchased any of the products he has offered to the world, but there are reasons to admire him. One thing that I can admire is his well-known passion for design and detail. It is, I believe, a talent (or behavior or competence) that is lacking, sadly, among most self-publishing authors.

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    How to Design a Book Cover… 5 Rules
    05/02/2015

    How to Design a Book Cover… 5 Rules

    One of the hardest parts of the book writing process is the design of the cover. Some experts claim the book cover is the most important aspect of the book. If the cover doesn’t appeal to your audience, neither a great description nor fantastic content are going to help you sell the book, because most of your audience won’t be taking notice. This leads to my first rule for book cover design: don’t do the design yourself.

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    How to Write a Book: Structured or Emergent
    03/02/2015

    How to Write a Book: Structured or Emergent

    I believe most authors apply the hybrid approach to writing. They start anywhere they want, either with a logical outline or with some random writing, but then they bounce up and down continuously to ensure that their writing has both structure and surprise.

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    How to Define Your Target Audience… with Questions
    02/02/2015

    How to Define Your Target Audience… with Questions

    “Can our organization be a little bit more like Pixar, Spotify, Netflix, Zappos, Virgin, Valve or IDEO? Is there something I can do to get a better company culture? Better collaboration? Better management?”

    There is a reason why I started the book description of my #Workout book on Amazon with this question. For me, it defines the target audience of the book.

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