I have been tagged by Alex Bellinger at SmallBizPod in the chain-letter blogging meme.
Here is the way it works. I have to answer five questions. Actually, I understand I can change the first four if I wish, but I must answer the fifth question exactly as is. Then I get to tag five other people to answer the questions. They in turn can tag five others. (That’s where it resembles a chain letter.) And so on.
So what’s in it for you? Reading the answers is a good way to get to know other people online.
Here are the five questions and my answers:
1. What have you learned so far from visitors to your blog?
- Readers — that’s you I’m talking to — hunger for a personal connection on the Web. The blog style of writing provides that personal connection, with the glimpses of personality that peek through. Blog writing appeals in ways that more formal styles of writing do not.
I spend hours and days writing polished, professional articles each month for magazines and various publications and I am proud of the care I put into them. But I usually get the biggest reaction from my blog posts, with their informal and personal style of communication. Call it social media at its finest.
2. If someone would offer to pay for a course (or more) for you, what would that course be?
- I would take a course from a speech coach — a really intensive course from a world-class coach — for public speaking. When I moved my radio program over to WSRadio.com, Lee Mirabal who is the host of Entrepreneur Radio, gave me a one-hour coaching session over the phone on how to be a radio host. It was the most beneficial hour I’d ever spent. In a similar fashion, I’d like to get coaching from a good public speaking coach. Professionals like that are attuned to nuances that most of us do not even realize exist unless pointed out.
3. Are you satisfied with what you’ve achieved in 2006, in general?
- In some ways I am satisfied, but I always keep striving. I have several new goals for 2007: get McGraw-Hill to offer me a book deal; start a paid subscription newsletter; find additional sponsors for my radio show.
4. Has blogging changed your life or your personality in any way?
- Blogging and podcasting have changed the shape of my business and given it higher visibility. I don’t think that blogging has changed me as a person, however. Hey, I am as big a fan of blogging as the next person, but let’s not go overboard.
5. If you had the opportunity to meet one person that you admire the most in the world, who would that person be?
- There are dozens of people I would love to meet. Near the top of the list would be Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, whose products have changed modern existence in so many ways, and his wife Melinda. She obviously has played a huge role in turning billions of dollars toward good works.
Now it’s time for me to tag five people to answer these same questions on their blogs. So I tag: Steve Rucinski; Anthony Cerminaro; Shawn Hessinger; Kirsten Osolind; and Noel Bautista. And just for good measure, I will add in Becky McCray.