If you want to change the world or make an impact with your writing, try learning from others who are doing so.
In this interview series, I’m talking with thought leaders, platform builders, and movement starters to get their advice on everything from writing a book to developing an area of expertise.
Check back to find new interviews added to the series.
Stephanie Chandler is the nonfiction author’s best friend. She supports us by speaking, teaching, running the Nonfiction Author’s Association, holding the Nonfiction Writing Conference, and more. She’s got a great story, too.
Sam Horn will inspire you to get working on your book today.
As a speaker, author and futurist, Ayelet Baron is a force to be reckoned with. Learn how she’s retreated from Silicon Valley to write three books at once.
Jennifer LeBlanc is making waves, or more accurately, changing tides for women in the startup ecosystem. Listen to my interview about writing a book, starting a movement, and letting the movement carry you forward.
Amy Aines is a skilled communications expert on a mission to help scientists communicate ideas that matter to people who need to hear them. We had a fascinating discussion about mismatched paradigms, communication challenges, and writing a book as a partnership.
Kelly Fitzsimmons is a serial entrepreneur who shares honestly about the trials and challenges of the startup life in her book Lost in Startuplandia. She’s also a musician and documentary maker, and we had a fascinating discussion.
Denise Brosseau is the thought leader’s thought leader. Through her book, online courses, training and coaching, she inspires people to step into genuine thought leadership: speaking on behalf of others and spreading important ideas.
Kim Scott wrote a book about honest and compassionate feedback, Radical Candor. In this interview, she shares her thoughts on having her message parodied or misunderstood, writing a book, and scaling your efforts.
April Rinne advises startups and governments trying to deal with change in the workplace or the world. Her energy and enthusiasm is consistent and inspiring, and she’ll get you thinking about how you’re dealing with change in your world.
Michele Wucker wrote a true “Big Idea” book that has had a global impact. Learn her story from our interview.
Would you rather be a leader or a movement starter? Jennifer Dulski knows the secrets of successful movement starters, and she shares them (and guidance about writing) in our interview.
Kathy Caprino is an author, senior Forbes contributor, coach, and podcaster who embodies authentic thought leadership that comes from a place of serving and supporting others. We talk about thought leadership, effective blogging, vulnerability, and more.
Kristi Dosh has led a fascinating career, which took her from corporate attorney to the first sports business reporter at ESPN, to a founder and principal at Guide My Brand, doing publicity for authors and entrepreneurs. In this interview, she shares invaluable information about finding your niche, using Twitter, and identifying your three buckets.
Michelle Tillis Lederman
Michelle is author of the books The 11 Laws of Likability and The Connector’s Advantage. In our interview, she shares her advice for finding an umbrella (rather than a niche) for your content.
Marti Konstant is author of the book Activate Your Agile Career and a career futurist. We had a wonderful conversation about building a platform book-first.
Rachael is an author, speaker, podcaster and more who is committed to helping others fully avoid burnout and craft more fulfilling lives. That’s the subject of her book Pause.
Trista is a philanthropic futurist, and author of Future Good. She shares her ideas on building a platform to do good and using a vision of the future to pull us forward.
Robbie Kellman Baxter
Author of The Forever Transaction and The Membership Economy, Robbie and I talk about what makes a good business book and how she built her unique platform of expertise.
Author of Better Allies, Karen talks about how she build a platform for change starting with a Twitter handle, and how the market has driven her actions.
A public speaking coach and former radio personality, Catherine Johns shares her thoughts about speaking with authority.