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Monthly Archives: June 2014

9 Ways to Lose a Job in 10 Days

by Nikki Woods on Monday, June 30, 2014

One of my favorite movies was How To Lose a Guy In 10 Days. I know it sounds like a bit of a “chic flick”, but it’s not. It is a hilarious movie about the more common things women do to turn men away in relationships. So in the spirit of fun, I chose to write this article in the same style of what NOT to do, but instead of relationships, this is about how to lose a job. So [...]

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7 Ways to Boost Your Twitter Conversations

by Nikki Woods on Monday, June 30, 2014

My best friend has officially had a Twitter account since 2009, but like many people who didn’t initially understand the power of this micro blogging service, she actively jumped on the bandwagon late in the game. Now that she’s trying to establish herself as a serious entrepreneur, she was embarrassed to have fewer than 300 followers. Despite numerous efforts, why is it still difficult for her and so many others to manage and grow a Twitter community?

Now that she is [...]

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The 7 Worst Types of Headlines and How to Fix Them

by Nikki Woods on Friday, June 27, 2014

Have you ever driven past a business and seen a rickety sign with letters missing or misspelled words?  It might be okay for a mom and pop restaurant but not for a professionally run establishment that wants to be taken seriously.

In a similar way your headlines for your articles and blogs, your videos and ads represent your brand.  Headlines that are poorly written may send negative messages to your readers.

Here are 7 worst types of headlines and how to fix [...]

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7 Great Ways To Help An Author Sell Their Book

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, June 26, 2014

Not only am I a national best selling author but my company specializes in helping other authors create and grow new platforms so they have success, as well.

And since I am part of a community of writers, I’m always cheering for my writing buddies and trying to do what I can to help them as their release dates approach. It can be a daunting process without support from friends, family colleagues and professional networks.

By using my own experience of writing [...]

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The 5 Worst Kinds of Bosses and How to Deal With Them

by Nikki Woods on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

If you’ve been in the workforce longer than 10 years chances are you’ve run into a bad boss or two.  In fact, according to, one in five employees have had their careers hurt by a boss, but bad bosses not only hurt their employers, they hurt the entire company’s bottom line.

HR guru Brian Kropp says an employee with a bad manager performs at a level that is 20 percent lower than an employee with a good manager.

If you’re on [...]

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The 12 Dos and Don’ts of Writing a Blog Post

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, June 24, 2014

If you had to guess how many blogs were on the internet what would your answer be:

1.  Between 2 million and 4 million

2.  A billion

3.  Between 100 and 160 million

4.  20,000

5.  Nobody knows

The answer is 5 but according to some of the latest “guesstimations” there are between 200 and 450 million.

So how can you make sure your blog stands out among the millions competing for readers?  Start by taking care of the basics.

The first step is simply to begin.  Commit [...]

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The 5 Most Common Reasons National Media Overlooks You

by Nikki Woods on Monday, June 23, 2014

Your dad, your auntie and BFF read everything you post but now you’re wondering how to get attention from people outside of your circle.  You are not alone.

In fact, one of the questions I’m asked most frequently is about attracting local and national publicity. After years of working in traditional and social media in a variety of capacities, I have some ideas on why the media may not be paying attention.

Here the 5 most common reasons national media overlooks you:

1.  [...]

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9 Ways To Make Your Characters Count {FREE DOWNLOAD}

by Nikki Woods on Friday, June 20, 2014

No matter which kind of writer you are, you will eventually need to develop your characters’ personalities.

Creating the more complex round characters takes time — time spent thinking about how your characters look, where they’re from, and what motivates them, for instance. The questions below provide structure to this all-important thought process.

While the reader will not need to know all the details, it’s important that you do. The better you know your characters, the more realistic your story or novel [...]

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9 Tips For Creating Content That Gets Shared

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, June 19, 2014

Those who succeed will propel the Internet forward as a marketplace of ideas, experiences, and products–a marketplace of content. –Bill Gates

Way back in 1996 when Bill Gates published the article “Content is King,” he said “content is where I expect much of the real money will be made on the internet, just as it was in broadcasting. “   He went on to note that if people are to be expected to turn on a computer to read a screen, they [...]

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7 Magnetic Ways To Attract A Mentor

by Nikki Woods on Wednesday, June 18, 2014

If you’re married or in a relationship chances are it didn’t happen by you leaving it up to your mate to make every move. I’m guessing there was mutual strategizing that brought you two together.  The more attracted you were to your potential partner, chances are the more you were willing to do to make certain your interest was made known.

You should do the same when you’re seeking out a mentor that you’d love to work with. But what exactly [...]

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