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Monthly Archives: March 2015

8 Tips for Activating the Entrepreneurial Spirit

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, March 31, 2015

As an entrepreneur, I’ve been to countless workshops and conferences on how to build a better business.  Each time I stood before a group of aspiring entrepreneurs, I couldn’t help but wonder whether people could actually learn the needed skills and qualities to become a successful entrepreneur, or if we’re born into said skills.

I did some research and, synthesizing my findings with my own experience as an entrepreneur, concluded that people are born with some of the traits and characteristics [...]

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9 Tips to Conversational Writing {Plus a BONUS}

by Nikki Woods on Friday, March 27, 2015

“Writing, when properly managed, is but a different name for conversation.” Laurence Sterne

While I don’t claim to be the world’s greatest writer, one of my strengths as a writer is the ability to write in a fairly conversational style.

I might not write like everyone talks, but I write like I talk, and I think it creates a more welcoming style of writing.  My radio background has a lot to do with it as well.

RELATED CONTENT: Writers as Entrepreneurs

Readers are drawn [...]

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Author Chat with Nikki Woods and Randryia Houston

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, March 26, 2015

As one of the nation’s leading experts on management and leadership, Nonprofit Consultant Randryia Houston is President of RLH Coaching & Consulting, a firm focusing on nonprofit strategy development for visionary women leaders.

In her transparent memoir, I Almost Gave Up: Finding Faith in the Rubble of Brokenness, Houston invites you to grow beyond the pain of your situations through a face-to-face encounter with her testimony.

Dealing with the ridicule of being a young single mother, Randryia aspires to clear the misconceptions [...]

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5 Dream Killers and Their Remedies

by Nikki Woods on Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What’s on your to do list?

What is it that if you started today and followed through would be a difference maker to your family, career or personal happiness?

Maybe it’s learning a new skill, starting a new hobby, writing a book, learning to play the guitar (or any instrument), learning a foreign language, starting a new business or getting in great shape.

RELATED CONTENT: 10 Top Secrets From Bestselling Authors On Getting Started

The hardest thing to do sometimes is to simply get [...]

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Writers as Entrepreneurs

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Is a best selling book better than a business card?  Yep! In one fell swoop, it not only introduces you, it gives you credibility too!

RELATED CONTENT: 3 Quotes and 3 Tips for Writer

But if you think that’s when your part ends you will have little or no financial success. Let’s face it, most creative people expect someone else to handle the business side of their operations. But it’s a new day.

How does this work?

Today, publishing books is less about making [...]

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3 Quotes and 3 Tips for Writer

by Nikki Woods on Monday, March 23, 2015

A meaningful quote is one of my favorite tools for making stories, articles, blogs, etc. pop.  Good quotes also help writers when we need inspiration.

RELATED CONTENT:  The World of Ghosts – The Writer behind Every Successful Personality

Here are a few I thought I would share:

“My one saving grace as a writer is that, if I’m having trouble with the novel I’m writing, I write something else, a poem or a short story. I try to avoid writer’s block by always [...]

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Look to your left and to your right.  One of those people could be a ghostwriter, a woman or man, responsible for the books “written” by politicians, famous personalities, business executives and celebrities.

The truth is most commercial, non-fiction books out there are written by undercover authors for busy people who don’t have the time, and sometimes lack the skill to pen a book on their own.

RELATED CONTENT: 10 Top Secrets From Bestselling Authors On Getting Started

The demand for ghost writing [...]

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Author Chat with Nikki Woods and Zara Green of the #GrownZone

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, March 19, 2015

There is no such thing as a perfect relationship.

This is a fact. However, it is too often stated to infer something that is not true: It is impossible—and therefore unreasonable to expect—to create, nurture and sustain a healthy, consistently loving relationship.

As a result, too many people accept that dissatisfaction, neglect, infidelity, abuse, disrespect, conflict, exploitation and betrayal are natural, normal and unavoidable characteristics of romantic relationships, and certainly of marriage. We are presented with a choice: Relationships that don’t last, [...]

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10 Top Secrets From Bestselling Authors On Getting Started

by Nikki Woods on Wednesday, March 18, 2015

They say two of the most important parts of writing are starting and finishing.

Sometimes there’s nothing worse for a writer than a blank screen, just waiting to be filled in. So how do you go from taking those first steps from blank page to finished piece.

RELATED CONTENT: Start Your Author Platform {PLUS A FREE E-BOOK}

Here, some of the most successful writers in recent (and not-so-recent) memory share their take on everything from how they get ideas (or go find them), [...]

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Start Your Author Platform {PLUS A FREE E-BOOK}

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

During the late 90s having your book selected as part of Oprah’s Book Club was a sure way to become a best seller.  As years went on Oprah was praised for not only increasing readership, she’s credited with for using various platforms.  According to Katherine Rooney, author of “Reading with Oprah: The Book Club that Changed America, Oprah pioneered the use of electronic media, specifically television and the Internet and used it to motivate millions of non-readers to pick up [...]

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