7/16/2021

Editors: Rebecca Morgan & Ken Braly

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Miscellaneous Tips

Get a “clean link” for your Amazon-listed bookDan Janal

If you are an Amazon Associate (e.g., part of their affiliate program), you can create a customized shortlink in Amazon so you can track where your orders come from, i.e., blog posts, press releases, speeches, and ads).

  • Go to your book’s page on Amazon and look at the top of the page for the Amazon Associates Site Stripe.
  • Select the “text link”
  • Enter the name of your tracking source (e.g., blog, press release, speech, etc.)
  • Amazon will create a shortlink to this page.
  • Copy the link and use it in your source material.

How do you start your presentation?Rebecca Morgan

I just watched over a dozen top professional speakers and was struck by a commonality among 90% of them. They started with a story about themselves, often including way too many irrelevant details, and with no (or very little) value to the audience. Some stories went on for 10 of their 45 minutes. Some speakers apparently thought sharing more about themselves was an ice breaker, thinking this story with no point would create some connection. It did the opposite. After sitting though so many of these, I found myself wanting to shout, “I don’t really care! Get on with your content!”

It made me rethink my opening to ensure I was starting with something of value to the audience — questions that related to their challenges, or comments that showed I was going to share some solutions to their troubles. We can sprinkle in stories of our lives that have points or lessons of value to the listener. But don’t use your valuable time on self-focused stories under the guise of creating connection.


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Technology Tips

Ring light recommendationPaul Radde

I purchased a $30 “Sunpak” ring light for Zoom calls from a local camera shop. It has a built-in stand that brings the light up to facial height while placed on the floor.


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Travel Tips

US Passport renewal taking longerSheryl Roush

The US State Dept. reports that the current passport turnaround time is 18 weeks, with a 12-week expedited service available for an additional fee. If yours needs renewing, plan ahead.


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