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I recently decided to write a book about this new discovery I made. It didn’t fall together as if by magic as I wanted to believe it would or could. So now I’m gonna try just doing a power point presentation about it instead for starters. 

The presentation will help me organize my message and get it out at the same time. Hopefully this will bring me closer to producing the book. Doing a blog is a good move too. Social media has helped my writing the most so far but the book is a greater stretch. 

I’m working out a trade with my dad. I’m gonna help him do a presentation and then he’s gonna help me do mine. We are learning and applying the “OPEN UP” method by Tim Koegen. The acronym leaves out the word “educate” but that may be a word that goes without saying. He says this method will help you to "own the room". 

I have also started attending an open-mic night with a very open and supportive crowd who seems to appreciate my subject matter. They are a little outside of my culture zone but I like that kind of stretch as well. I'll start taking this presentation to area churches and other activists and social groups and festivals etc. 

It would be nice to have the book first but I think I'll make better headway by following my talents and interests instead of following my preconceived notions about my *viable order of tasks*. So I'm going with what I know so I can focus my efforts on making headway instead of adding a longer learning curve to my path. 

The open mic and the power-point both get me excited and they match up closer with my skill sets, experience and interest. I hope small accomplishments will help keep me motivated. Right now I'm eager to get back to both of these projects, both on Tuesday nights. After I get on a roll I'll try speaking more nights each week. 

Tim

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I think your approach is spot on. I have read a lot of marketing material of late about asking your audience what their "problem" is, so that you can better identify how to solve it. Or, better define how it is your product solves it. As you go out and speak, ask questions of the audience. Note what they ask about, and even how they ask it, because those are the words you can use when you get around to the book form. Also, note the different questions people ask -- because that might help identify different markets for your product. Group A may need it for one thing, Group B may need it for something else. The best way to come out with a great book is to know exactly what you need to say when you sit down to write it. I think your approach will give you that information!! Your next step might be to sign up people for an email/blog. Gather their email addresses as you do it. Watch the comments and reactions. That will further help you refine. Eventually, you can write your book just by pulling articles from your blog... and you have built in buyers who already have expressed an interest. Good luck!

I find that very helpful and will try to apply all those suggestions.
Thank you Jennifer!

Well, as I say, I've been reading a lot lately! Too much really, because what I should be doing is concentrating on my book! But, I've learned a lot. Good luck with it all!

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