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Authors Raising Their Dreams By Selling More Books

Authors Raising Their Dreams By Selling More Books

Authors Raising Their Dreams By Selling More Books

Writing a book is a dream for so many people; however, the majority of people do not raise that dream.

If you have, congratulations!

How many books do you think the average author sells?

It always saddens me when I hear the statistics on book sales for authors. Publishers Weekly recently stated that the average author will sell 3,000 books in a lifetime, and in their first year, that is only about 250-300 books!  YIKES!

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9 Book Marketing Plans To Help You Raise Your Dream Faster

9 Book Marketing Plans To Help You Raise Your Dream Faster

9 Book Marketing Plans To Help You Raise Your Dream Faster

The “If you build it, they will come” concept does not apply to book sales. Selling more books requires a plan and follow-through action.

Every week, I meet authors who thought once they wrote the book, it would just keep selling and they could move on to write another book.

That is not the case. 

Book sales, whether you are traditionally published or self-published, require ongoing marketing, promotion, and sales activities.

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9 Ways to Nourish the Impact of Your Speaking Events and Get Noticed

9 Ways to Nourish the Impact of Your Speaking Events and Get Noticed

9 Ways to Nourish the Impact of Your Speaking Events and Get Noticed

As a speaker having presented to hundreds of thousands of people over the past 20+ years, there have been lots of learnings.

Some of the best lessons have been around how to build influence and leverage speaking events to make a bigger difference in the world.

These speaker lessons have quickly become part of the systems and processes that we use at Raise a Dream.

I recently did a Facebook LIVE on this very topic. You can watch it here!

Below, you'll find nine helpful ways that Raise a Dream systematizes the events we speak at...

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How to Use Facebook to Find Speaking Opportunities

How to Use Facebook to Find Speaking Opportunities

There are many ways to find speaking opportunities. The strategy below involves using Facebook for researching speaking opportunities and is one that not many speakers are using.

You or your team are likely on Facebook every day as part of your social engagement, promotion, and brand marketing plan. While you are on there, are you using this platform to help you get business?

Here’s how we use Facebook as a source of intel for finding speaking opportunities (keeping in mind that Facebook is ever changing, so it’s possible the exact layout, options, and images below may change over time).

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Emcees Gone Wild: It’s Not About YOU!

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~ By Charmaine Hammond, CSP, MA, BA

As a speaker, I often get the opportunity to meet many amazing emcees who masterfully create powerful connections between the audience and the speaker they are about to hear. 

I’ve seen exceptional emcees create meaningful energy for the room, who model how to show up (they set the expectations for the audience by showing how to “be” at the event), and who honour the event host.

Unfortunately, I meet just as many emcees who make the event about them.

The role of an emcee is an important one. The host is counting on you to do a number of things that will  keep the event on track and ensure long lasting and successful event results. Their desire is to create a positive experience for the audience that will forge a bond of trust, inspire them to attend again, and generate good gossip or chatter about that event for a long time to come.  

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Collaboration for Social Good: How Collaboration Can Build a Business and Influence Global Change

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​Life as an entrepreneur can be lonely at times. It doesn’t have to be that way!

When you collaborate, build powerful business relationships, and expand your community influence, opportunities to make a difference (and get paid) doing what you love will show up.

At Raise a Dream, we always say, "It takes a team to raise a dream." Collaboration and partnering in business and community projects is one important key to success and are great ways for entrepreneurs to expand and grow their influence and increase their profile and their profits.

Charmaine has had the pleasure of speaking for many Rotary Clubs across North America, including Burnaby and New Westminster, BC. Speaking at Rotary Clubs is part of the Raise a Dream’s community and collaboration building strategy.  

Rotary International and their global chapters are great examples of what collaboration and partnering towards social good looks like in action. In fact, Rotary unites more than one million people around the world. The Rotary International website states, "Rotary is where neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change."  What a wonderful mission.

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5 MUSTS When Planning a Speaking and Book Tour

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​You have a great idea… to take your speaking and books/products on the road!

A tour.

The questions that quickly arise are:

  • Where do I start?
  • What will the route be?
  • How do I fund this tour?
  • What about sponsors… can I get sponsorship?
  • How will I market this tour?
  • How long will I need to plan this?

And the questions go on… and on… and on.

One that you ​MUST answer is...

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