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By the way, if you’re looking for the former CEO of Humana Health, that’s someone else. I’ll stop there.

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TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking | Read | TED

Written by Chris Anderson, curator of TED, this book is aimed at anyone with a great idea to share.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.ted.com

In Build Your Author Platform: The New Rules, we suggest using TED Talks as a model for adding public speaking to your platform-building arsenal. It shouldn’t be a surprise that TED agrees.


I have not yet read Chris Anderson’s book, but I’m pretty confident it will expand on our themes, and help writers develop their ideas to share with a live audience.

See on Scoop.itBuild Your Author Platform: New Rules

New on TechWhirl: Publish Help Content on WordPress with easyDITA

EasyDITA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I recently got the chance to test out and review easyDITA‘s new WordPress publishing feature for TechWhirl. This web application lets technical communicators create web-based help using the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) and publish that content directly to a WordPress site. They’ve done a pretty nice job.

Read more at TechWhirl.

Blog Post Ideas: How to Identify what Your Audience Wants to Read

“Ways to come up with blog post ideas that your readers want.”

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.freelancewritinggigs.com

A writer’s platform is about two things: Finding the audience you want to serve, and effectively serving those folks. The folks from Freelance Writing Jobs offer some useful sites here, along with other ways to come up with blog post ideas that your readers want.

See on Scoop.itBuild Your Author Platform: New Rules