Ken Carroll

Why I’m Buying Jay Baer’s New Book Even Before I Know The Title

Ken Carroll

There’s a new Jay Baer book out soon and I know nothing about it. But as soon as it comes out I plan to pony up and buy the thing, anyway. So, before I explain that logic, a question. What is it that drives content?

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Writing techniques: Episode #1

Ken Carroll

In this first podcast on remarkable writing techniques , I look at 4 things: 1. Begins at 4:00 mins.) A simple but powerful technique that gets people to read and keep reading anything you write: How to create anticipation and suspense in your writing. Begins at 18:00 mins.)

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How To Get The Content Advantage

Ken Carroll

What is the content advantage? Well, it’s about using content to power up your business. Because content is the new advertising, the new PR, the new market research, the new messaging and communications. But Better. Articles, blog posts, videos, visuals - you name it.

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Two teachers

Ken Carroll

. Content and Language Integrated Learning, CLIL, is where language is taught through subject areas - math through English, for example. This is also known as immersion.)

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Writing Techniques #2: Distinctive writing

Ken Carroll

We begin our second episode of Remarkable Writing Techniques with a lesson in distinctiveness from Dada artist, writer, and general fruit-bat, Kurt Schwitters.

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Self-direction can be learned

Ken Carroll

T his morning I addressed Dr Curt Bonk ‘s class at the School of Education at Indiana University. Last year Curt published an important book on how web technologies are changing education and learning – The World is Open - in which he included reference to my work at ChinesePod. .

Gary Hamel, New Humanism, and management 2.0

Ken Carroll

Gary Hamel is the leading thinker on management 2.0 and someone who gets the new humanism. In fact, this video introduction to his excellent The Future of Management , is probably the best 90 seconds you will see on the topic anywhere.

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Ken Carroll » Blog Archive » Linear and non-linear learning

Ken Carroll

Obligatory pic of horrific looking 19th cen school that should add impact to the post. In a previous post, I talked about what language learning 2.0 meant to me. In the coming weeks and months I'll try to elaborate through examples from

Self-direction and the New Leadership Skills

Ken Carroll

We need a new conception of leadership and I believe self-direction describes an alternative model. So, what can the capacity for self-direction do for you? . Well, a lot.

Leadership porn

Ken Carroll

There’s a difference between looking at something and doing it. B-school professors pride themselves on scientific methods and empirical research. Their expertise is in objectively observing business, rather than subjectively doing business. The approach is therefore vicarious, detached, data-driven, and so on. . So are their books. This one, what really works is actually based on a formula -“4+2”.

The most expensive lesson in writing

Ken Carroll

In writing, preparation is not production. I don’t remember when I first heard the expression “preparation is not production” but the failure to see the difference has been the most expensive writing mistake of my life. . It was a mistake that was chronic and mostly invisible.

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You and your friends and your monkey minds

Ken Carroll

You have a monkey mind and so does your sister. And your boss. And your neighbor. All of you. Monkey minds. Average monkeys. But don’t feel bad. You can’t help it. It’s human nature. Our minds naturally flit from one thing to another, often for no apparent reason.

Why we fail

Ken Carroll

"Where's it at, Holmes?" " The reason why most people never achieve their greatest ambition is because they don’t know what it is. If you lack focus you will not allocate your mental and emotional resources efficiently.

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How Leadership Is Critical In Content Marketing

Ken Carroll

Leadership is critical in content marketing. Because there simply is no content marketing without the leadership to drive it. As content marketers, you and I must think and act from a leadership perspective if we are to impact on the world. Leadership Is Critical To Marketing On Facebook.

The need to lead

Ken Carroll

Marketers these days must lead. So many of the things we do in marketing as mechanical tasks, now require a leadership mindset: Winning, competing, positioning, creating a category, influencing the marketplace.

Leadership is for rejects

Ken Carroll

Leadership evolved out of what management rejected. 50 years ago, there were no ‘leaders’ in business. There were ‘administrators’ in gray suits (as in Masters in Business Administration) who spent their time on paperwork and what we would now identify as management. But the term got old and and practices changed and so we got ‘managers’, then ‘executives’, then ‘C’ people, and now ‘leaders’.

Business meets connectivism

Ken Carroll

Gary Harpst defines a business as a fit between a purpose and its execution. The purpose explains the organization’s existence. It informs strategies and objectives and is generally defined (or refined) by a sub-group within the organization over a relatively brief time period.

Motivation is not a trap

Ken Carroll

Here’s a quote on motivation from John C Maxwell that I think could confuse as much as it illuminates: “ The whole idea of motivation is a trap. Forget motivation. Just do it. Exercise, lose weight, test your blood sugar, or whatever. Do it without motivation. And then, guess what? After you start doing the thing, that’s when the motivation comes and makes it easy for you to keep on doing it.&#. Motivation is not always a trap.

The Managerial Class Sucks At Content And This Is Your Opportunity

Ken Carroll

Something happens for you when you truly get content - a transformation, an opportunity, an advantage that is hard for others to compete with. I call this the content advantage and I want to show you how it works. L et’s say it's 1930 and people are talking about a new way to advertise.

Getting The Content Advantage 1: Show Up

Ken Carroll

With the right kind of content you start to getting the content advantage. It begins with visibility, with getting your work out into the public, so that you start to show up. From there, the benefits grow. No amount of planning, posturing, or preparation is as useful as actually publishing content.

Smoking

Ken Carroll

The post Smoking appeared first on I show you how to create human-friendly content, content marketing. Graphics

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Ken Carroll

Did you know that your people-orientation is the source of your greatest potential - of most of what you will achieve in your life? You see, people with a natural orientation towards other people (rather than towards tasks or things) have this amazing potential.

How To Get Your Reader On Your Side In Seconds

Ken Carroll

Everything that happens between you and your reader stems from a decision that you may not even be aware of: The way you frame the relationship. Above all, this frame will determine, in a matter of just seconds, whether or not you get your reader on your side.

To Be Successful, Write About Success

Ken Carroll

I’m going to help you become more successful. That’s my mission. So, here’s how you’re going to do it: You''re going to succeed by helping others succeed. You can rest assured that people the world over want to be successful. There''s a market for that, a need for that.

Get Regular Inspiration For Your Content Creation

Ken Carroll

I’ve been creating content in 1988 – training material, initially, and then lots of marketing and other types of content. Since then I''ve worked in radio, TV, podcasting, and done an endless amount of writing.

Human Friendly Content Is The Most Influential Content You Can Create

Ken Carroll

Human-friendly content is the most influential content you can create. You know the mind-blowing thing about human-friendly content? It has influence. In fact, human-friendly content is the most influential content you can create: It gets people to, actually, you know, do stuff.

Why Human Friendly Content Has Influence

Ken Carroll

Human-Friendly Content. You know the mind-blowing thing about human-friendly content? It has influence. It’s media-friendly. People respond to it. So, it gets shared, talked about, liked. Which means that human-friendly content has influence. It changes how people think, feel, act.

Start a Content Business

Ken Carroll

How To Start a Content Business. W hat do you need to start a content business? Well, three things: . A problem. An audience. An income. . You see, building a business around content is kind of like a three act play: A ct One : You show people how to solve a problem.

How Content Creates Massive Potential For Your Business

Ken Carroll

Here's my latest deck from Slideshare - "How content creates massive potential for your business". It goes into the homepage message in a bit more detail. Time and again as I talk to companies I see that very, very few of them get content in any real sense. Only the rare ones see the potential for content or how it even works. If you're unclear on how content can benefit your business, this deck will show you what you're missing. ,

Writing techniques

Ken Carroll

Writing techniques are memes. They evolved over time as the best solutions from the best writers to the common problems of writing.

Why Stephen Fry gets it wrong on grammar

Ken Carroll

If you’re interested in writing, this Stephen Fry video is worth 6 minutes of your time. . First of all, there’s the amazing musicality of the audio. Injecting music into your writing is a powerful writing technique – as I have argued - and I think Fry proves the point.

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Neill Strauss’s key to writing: Assume that no one cares

Ken Carroll

In an excellent video interview (below) with Tim Ferriss , NYT best selling author, Neill Strauss offers his key to good writing. Let me paraphrase a superb writing technique: As you begin to write, assume that no-one cares. . .

It’s Time to Talk About Content

Ken Carroll

It’s been a year and a half. But now I’m back and. you know what? It’s time to talk about. content” – the kind of content that will. help you achieve something. I want to talk to you. About how you can build a business around your content. If you write a blog, review a book on Amazon, pin pins, or even post updates on Facebook, then you’re now a “content creator”. It seems that we’re all content creators now. The problem, of course, is that we’re neophytes. And there’s a lot to learn.

Vary your sentence length to make your writing more interesting

Ken Carroll

I want to show you a remarkable writing technique that connects Jack Black with Alexander the Great. It comes with an example from one of America’s finest writers - Saul Bellow. But let’s look first at a way to guarantee that your writing is dull, monotonous, and guaranteed to go unread.

A different way to learn writing

Ken Carroll

I’m here to help you make quick progress in your writing skills through an approach that I call remarkable writing. Remarkable writing is the product of 25 years of language teaching and of entrepreneurship.

From self-belief to self-direction

Ken Carroll

In a sense, leaders are in the empowerment business. If you lead a team, you should spend a great deal of your time doing things that empower them. Because people consistently underestimate their capacity to make things happen. They defer instead, to people, events, feelings, or some other excuses.

Knowing people

Ken Carroll

Leaders and managers have to become better students of people and of human nature. We spend our time understanding processes and things rather than on understanding people.

Effective leadership requires mental training

Ken Carroll

It's a fair cop and time for my mental training. Lots of professionals use mental training – athletes, surgeons, military personnel, and so on. The idea is to put you in control of your thoughts and feelings. From there, you manage your behaviors – and eventually your destiny.

Self-direction versus fate

Ken Carroll

Most people believe in fate. But with time, the belief submerges and works on them from below the surface. And so, they suffer the destructive consequences without ever realizing it. You can spot a fatalistic worldview. People give up quickly, or never start in the first place.

Shakespeare in war

Ken Carroll

He knew all about it. W herever your mind goes, the rest of you follows. Shakespeare knew this: Henry 5 th crushes the French at Agincourt, despite being absurdly outnumbered and ill-prepared.