Dan Miller Said "Take Action," so I Did...

Ever since I came home from the Coaching with Excellence workshop with Dan Miller, I've been on a mission to "Take Action."  In June, I published my first book and today, my second book comes out. I had started this book three years ago and only written a few pages.  Thanks to a daily glance at a "Take Action" note on my desk, I stayed focused and finished the book! Thank you, Dan!

I think one of the reasons I kept procrastinating was because I felt it wasn't "good enough or I wouldn't do it right or I was afraid of what others would think about my work."  In his workshop, Dan said something about things not having to be perfect, but it was important to take action and get it out there.

My third book is coming out next month (I started this one two years ago with someone else) and another one at the end of the year. I started yet another one. And to think I had always wanted to write a book since I was a kid. It just took me a couple of years to... take action!

So if you have something burning deep inside of you but you keep holding back or putting it off, I'm going to echo what Dan always says-- TAKE ACTION.

Released today:

The Parenting Journey, Raising Deaf and Hard of Hearing Kids

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Comment by jlbw on October 15, 2012 at 8:32am

Hi Karen - I'm about halfway through your book and now felt "qualified" to leave a review on Amazon (I would be further, but I have this bad habit of getting several books going at once sometimes and spread my reading time around too much!).  I'm sincerely enjoying this, and here is my 5 star review:

I do not have deaf children, but I have a friend who is on this journey (and who herself is hard-of-hearing). I don't feel comfortable probing my friend with questions. She, like the author of this book, is an accomplished woman who is enjoying life to the fullest. She has two well adjusted teens who just happen to be deaf/nearly so. I know it's been a struggle, and this book helps me to be a better friend to her.

This book is written as if you are talking to a friend, and opened my eyes to so many things. A wonderful read for anyone who wishes to have more insight into the lives of people around them (there are more hearing impaired people than I realized, mainly because their adaptation skills are so amazing that it's often not obvious).


Thank you, Karen, for making this book available to me!

Comment by Karen Putz on October 4, 2012 at 8:02am

Seth and Patrick-- thank you!

Comment by Karen Putz on October 4, 2012 at 8:02am

Lynn, thank you for your purchase! I would love to hear your feedback on this!

Comment by Karen Putz on October 4, 2012 at 8:01am

Hi Peter, thanks! Dan Miller is certainly contagious with his "take action" mantra!

Kudos to your son for learning a new language! There are so many ASL videos on YouTube to practice the receptive part of signing. Have him check out the local deaf gatherings and connect with some folks there.  I would be happy to do a Skype session with him-- he can email me at karen at karenputz.com.

Comment by Seth Haigh on October 4, 2012 at 7:57am
Excellent topic to read. Congrats!
Comment by jlbw on September 29, 2012 at 10:45am
I just bought your book (Kindle version, for iPad). Really anxious to start reading it (and i know how important good reviews are....). Though I'm not a parent of a deaf child, my daughter is studying Speech Pathology/Audiology so I know I'll gain some insights into her passion.

Congratulations on your accomplishment!
Comment by Patrick Tape Fleming on September 28, 2012 at 8:01am

Congrats on the book!

Comment by Peter A Ferguson on September 28, 2012 at 7:01am

Congratulations Karen! And to think I was sitting in the audience when "take action" was still a thought!

I've been wanting to reach out to you on another subject. My son is taking ASL and I was wondering if you knew of any video conferencing tutors for him to practice with? I didn't know if college students have to have so many hours of teaching or something like that. I'm sure he can't afford a professional tutor at this stage. 

Excellent work, I'm very excited for you!

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