Be Prepared for Success
I like to learn. A lot. In fact, it’s one of my “Top Five Strengths” as discovered from taking the test and reading Strengths Finder 2.0 a few years ago. Being a “learner” then opens up opportunity. Opportunity to share, teach, and continue to stretch for the next step.
One fun part of that learning bug is figuring out how to use what I learn in unique ways…because, guess what another of my strengths happens to be? Strategic. Strategy isn’t just for battles, games, and business. Being strategic helps me put the pieces together innovatively. Recently I decided to use Google Hangouts to reach bookstores, book clubs, and save everyone travel funds and record the videos. It worked. Gulp. Really well.
Suddenly I find myself hosting a lot of online video events—and having a really good time at it. Then other authors started contacting me to help them do these fun events. So what’s wrong with that? Nothing…except I hadn’t prepared for the success of the experience. I thought other people would prefer to do their own thing their own way. What I discovered was that those other people have different strengths. They preferred to borrow mine rather than learn the technicalities and connective steps. The beauty of the whole system is that we all have a video to share afterward with others. These videos are a peek into the lives of authors as real people talking about what inspired their books. In the process of helping others, I get to do what I love…you got it…I get to keep learning—about the other authors, their lives, their research. Can you hear my contented sighs?
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Angela Breidenbach is a bestselling author and the host of Grace Under Pressure Radio on iTunes. Angela serves nationally as the Christian Author Network’s (CAN) president. With a volume of appearances online, television, stage, and radio Angela loves to share her knowledge to help others. (And yes, she’s Writer in the Muse & Writer fe-lion comedy duo on Facebook.) Her books include: A Healing Heart, (Abingdon), Lassoed by Marriage Romance Collection (Barbour Publishing, January 2016), Taking the Plunge, Forget Me Not Romances (February 2016), Bitterroot Bride, Forget Me Not Romances (March 2016), Blue Ribbon Brides Romance Collection (Barbour Publishing, November 2016)