Nothing wrong with either of them. But a cover band can only get so far.
It’s very difficult to truly break out and make an impact with your content if you’re simply playing other people’s music.
It’s still hard playing your own music, but ultimately you have an opportunity to change the world if your songs become popular.
It’s the same with writing.
You’re either regurgitating other people’s content or you’re developing your own thought leadership.
If you want to break through the noise, make and impact, and take your writing and business to the next level, stop singing what’s already on the radio and compose your own tunes.
There are enough cover-band writers already.
Instead, codify your unique concepts and create intellectual property to differentiate yourself as a thought leader.
Create momentum for your ideas. How?
Documenting what you know into any of these:
- Set of guiding principles
For what? So others can easily understand, get on board, and help you replicate your ideas.
Thought leadership consultant, Denise Brosseau, suggests five steps to create intellectual property out of your framework:
- Create a simple, preferably visual, representation that is easy to understand.
- Clearly document how to use that framework.
- Give it a great name.
- Show proof that it works.
- Protect and control its use.
Are you ready to develop your framework? Want to learn how?
- Is there something you know (a process, a series of lessons, philosophy) that can help others?
- Is there a story worth telling (your career success, your startup growth) and lessons to be learned from that story?
- Is there a trend that will disrupt your industry and you have some insights about it?
- Write down all the steps of your process or framework as an outline.
- Review them to make sure they make sense and there are no gaps.
- Explain the process to your grandma (or your mom, or a friend who is not in your field) until they understand it. You will notice what steps need more explanations or examples. Then go back and adjust the outline.
Leading with ideas requires educating others about your framework.
What type of intellectual property are you going to create? A documentary film? A masterclass or online course? A book?
In my experience, the surest way to establish yourself as an expert and gain authority and credibility is with a book.
- Each step of the process or framework can be a chapter.
- You can include details, proof, and references (which is harder to do with video or audio).
- It can be as long or as short as you need it to be.
- It’s not constrained by the rules of third-party platforms like LinkedIn.
- You can have both physical and digital copies for larger distribution.
- Our culture respects published authors and gives them media attention.
Those are just some of the reasons I am so excited about books.
And if you’ve been following me for a while, you may know that MY MISSION is to help aspiring authors put their great ideas into writing and release their books into the world.
Have you been thinking about writing a book?
You have two options now:
- Do nothing and “keep playing other people’s songs”
- Or take action and write a book with your own thought leadership
I normally don’t discount my products, but I’m making an exception today.
Writing a book sounds like a daunting task, but it’s not.
I’ve written 15 books and have created my own system to write a book fast.
That’s what I want to teach you inside my course
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