Many years ago I was given some life changing advice from a very successful Canadian Entrepreneur, Kevin D. Crone. He told me to take a rich person to lunch. Buy their lunch and ask them for one piece of wisdom from their life experiences. This was the genesis of what became my unusual hobby. I began taking successful business leaders to lunch and later I added into the mix sports figures, and politicians. Initially, I didn’t take any notes or write down their thoughts, but I learned so much from these conversations that I later developed a desire to share what I had learned with others. This morphed into my sharing their advice through the writing of my first two books. These books became an important part of my growth as a leader at Dale Carnegie Training.
Do you consider yourself a writer? Probably not. But in the business world, greater leadership roles are often given to those individuals that are willing and able to express their thoughts and beliefs in a coherent manner. As you know, writing is essential in this process, and like most skills, it only gets better with practice and experience.
I believe that there is a book in everyone. However, you should start with a smaller objective in mind. Take a little time out of your day to journal some of your thoughts or experiences. Make a consistent habit of writing something every day. Not only will you begin to notice more details and listen more attentively as a result, you’ll also improve your speed, cohesion and organization as a writer. You might even find it makes you a better speaker when you take your rich friends out to lunch!
In this day and age, you don’t need to write a book to influence others. You can gain influence and followers by writing down your thoughts in a blog or by tweeting your personal insights on Twitter. Take time today to write down your thoughts, and begin a new habit that will change your life.
I believe that there is a book in everyone. However, you should start with a smaller objective in mind. Practice by keeping notes on your key thoughts for each day or on your experiences. In this day and age, you don’t need to write a book to influence others. You can also gain influence and followers by writing down your thoughts in a blog or by tweeting on Twitter. Take time today to write down your thoughts and begin a new habit that will change your life.
Michael Crom is the Chief Learning Officer for Dale Carnegie & Associates, and is the co-author of The Leader In You and The Sales Advantage.
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