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  1. Carol Ebert

    Go Write Your Book!

    And so I needed to pry mine out by starting a writing journey. I never thought I could write a book, and it never was on my radar, but once I started blogging for allnurses.com I realized I had compiled a lot of content that was just going to sit in a file somewhere, never to be seen again. And then the wise words of my late father popped into my brain: “If you are going to do something, make sure you have 3 good reasons for doing it”. OK Dad! Here are my reasons for blogging 1. Write monthly blogs to help nurses embrace wellness 2. Use blog content to create powerpoint presentations and deliver to audiences 3. Re-purpose the blogs into a book And here I am today publishing my very first book called Too Busy for YOU? How to Prioritize Yourself for a Balanced, Mindful and Happy Life. What I didn’t realize by completing this process, I would achieve some cool benefits! Here are my TOP 10 REASONS why this was important for me to do: 1. It’s a Challenge I love a challenge, especially with something out of my league. Once you have a lot of years and experiences under your belt, you know you can do more than you ever thought you could. For me, I’ve met many challenges in my career that I thought I couldn’t overcome and succeeded at most. So why not give writing a book a try. 2. Improved My Self Esteem Once I reached retirement age I could feel my “usefulness” slipping and didn’t feel valued as much. I could continue that downward slump or get busy on my book. There is a saying in some circles: “When I got busy, I got better”. And my self-esteem improved greatly, especially when I finished the book and sent it off to Amazon to be published. 3. Helped Me Reinvent Myself As an Author, I feel re-programmed with a new direction and new energy. I have a new identity and have noticed that people respond more positively to me as if I have more status. Suddenly I don’t feel as old as I felt before I had a book to promote. 4. Generates Income I now have another avenue to make money from book sales. To that end, I have new energy to approach book stores for book signings, other wellness coaches, wellness clients, nursing instructors, health education professors, wellness coordinators, businesses, and even women’s book clubs. 5. Gets Speaking Engagements One of my favorite things to do is speak on wellness to audiences and I have heard that the best way to get these bookings is to author a book. I am now a more marketable public speaker because of this. 6. Serves Audiences in a New Way Sometimes you just can’t reach all the people you want to reach personally, so this book gives me another vehicle for me to reach out globally with my wellness message. 7. Shares my Wisdom After 40+ years in the wellness industry, I have a lot to share about how to get healthy and stay healthy and I know what works and doesn’t work. Having a book that synthesizes it all down to a “self-coaching” guide that can help others improve their lives on their own terms gives me great satisfaction. And it feels like I am leaving a legacy that will keep on giving. 8. Keeps Me Relevant If I am going to continue with my quest to spread wellness, then a self-care book is a relevant method for doing that and keeps me in the game. Wellness is the big buzz word today and my book is all wellness all the time. 9. Addresses Major Health Concerns Because we are drowning in epidemics of chronic disease, many proven wellness tools that are outlined in my book are what we need more than ever when the medical model is limited in how it deals with these challenges. 10. Reaches a Wider Audience Amazon is a global shopping site and my book, which was self-published through Amazon will be available for the world to see. (Yes you can publish your book thru their system for free) You never know who might read it and how that could influence an audience I never would have been able to reach. I have always been a global thinker but I never thought that I could actually get my message out there in a big way. Look out world, here I come! So is there a book inside of you wanting to come out? I think all nurses have so much to share it would be a shame to keep it all inside. What steps are you willing to take to begin the process of authoring a book? Please share.
  2. Communication is key! In order to be successful, people have to know about your cause or organization and the work you do. A blog is an excellent place to share information with people who may potentially benefit and with readers who may support you. It is all about exposure! Here are some helpful tips: Showcase the mission, background and history of your organization or cause on your blog. Answer frequently asked questions (FAQs) in one blog post. Then, you can refer people to the post when a question is asked. Keep your blog posts simple (Give it a Kiss). Remember that most readers have short attention spans. Get your message across as succinctly as possible. As they say, "a picture is worth a thousand words". Use your blog to share pictures and videos. Do you provide blood pressure screenings, collect donations for medical missions or school supplies for children, walk or run for a cause or provide a food pantry to low income people? Take pictures of your activities or donations and share them with your readers. Do you provide assistance to nurses in need? Knit hats for premies? Tell people about it. If you receive food or in-kind donations from individuals or other organizations, give them credit. Are you raising money for a Walk or Run for a cause such autism, developmental disabilities, cancer, MS, epilepsy, cerebral palsy or mental illness? Are you participating in the "Great Give"? Blogging allows nonprofits and charitable groups to share information and fundraise for minimal to no cost. You can tell potential donors about your cause and where to send checks or how to donate via credit card or PayPal. Show the impact of a donation. When people donate to a cause, they like to see examples of the work the organization is doing and how their money is being used. Do you award scholarships? Tell readers about the awards and the recipients. If you provide meals to the homeless, share how much it costs to provide 5 meals. Are you walking or running to raise money for a cause? Share specific information about why funds are needed. Showcase the work done by your volunteers. People like to be recognized for the work they do. Share stories and pictures of your volunteers "in action". Provide links to other resources related to your cause. This helps your followers as well as demonstrates your support for organizations with similar missions. (Hint: they may support you as well). Ask supporters to write a guest blog post. This helps to makes your work credible in the eyes of your readers/followers/donors. Encourage action and engagement with your posts. Ask readers a question or ask for suggestions. Include a survey or poll. Make people feel like they are part of the cause. If someone leaves a comment, make sure to respond. Promote social sharing. Get the word out about your work on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, LinkedIn and other social media sites. Be sure to include social sharing buttons on your blog. Post comments to other blogs. One hand washes the other. Other bloggers may return the favor! Give people an easy way to sign up for your blog posts. This will help to keep your readers connected. Share your content with others. Often, other bloggers are looking for content to support or promote. Showcase awards or recognition your organization or group has received (e.g. newspaper articles, TV coverage). This adds to your credibility and exposure. Tell people how to help you. Give readers a job or mission. Ask readers to share your blog with others, answer questions or leave comments. Encourage them to organize a fundraising team, collect supplies, or volunteer at an event. Thank your donors!!!! Write a blog post about your donors and include their website and blog. Always remember the Golden Rule! "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". Good Luck and have fun! Have a question, comment or suggestion?
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