The Nonconforming Art of Chris Guillebeau
February 11, 2013 — 21:22

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Guillebeau's latest book $100 Startup

Guillebeau’s latest book, $100 Startup. He’s kicking off a new book tour on February 21.

Guillebeaus' digital 3 X 5 card

Guillebeaus’ digital 3 X 5 card

Folksy appeal of $100 Startup wins big

 

On Chris Guillebeau’s website, the 3X5 card image links his visitor from the blog page to the author’s Suggest a Tour Stop page inviting people to fill out a form including all the key information he would need in order to actually plan and execute a stop.

 

If you click around on his site, it moves you over to a companion site where he has an embedded Google map along with a very lengthy list of book tour  stops  that are currently only loosely planned. He is depending on his followers to set up stops and to fill out his itinerary.

While Guillebeau’s website is functional, it isn’t sleek or polished. But that campy, down-home DIY look is part of what his followers want from him, so it very much fits the mood he sets for his entire presentation.

One of the things I like is that he books stops on the fly, while he’s traveling, and doesn’t have it all planned out ahead, but still ends up successful!

I think one of his best tools is the way he seems to show a personal interest in his audiences such that they get energized and  involved, and start working with him before he ever arrives.

He induces one person to find friends and widens his circle of influence through the sense of community these people develop as they help to organize his visits. He is appealing to that vast iconic group of people who value individuality and buck the tide in whatever ways they can,  and he taps into their hope of autonomy in order to energize them.

 

Guillebeau gives an impression that he does all this on his own, but when you drill down, you learn that it actually is not a one-man-show. At the very least, there is someone whose job it is to keep the twitter feeds moving, answer the emails,  pay the webmaster and do all those things an agent or “community manager” does.

Plan for the crisis

One of the problems with Chris Guilebeau’s sites is that once you leave  http://chrisguillebeau.com, and you arrive at http://100startup.com, there is no link back. Maybe he wrote his pages that way on purpose; after all, neither is there a way back in real life. That’s unlikely, and it’s unfortunate.

Any page that doesn’t take the visitor HOME is going to lose customers. And, what would happen if his tour map crashed? It is flawed; it could crash at any time.

Well, for that, he maintains and comments profusely on Facebook and Twitter and  a journal with turning pages.

These mediums, too, each have a purpose and contribute, no, not where he is and who he’s with, but serious reflections on life and purpose. Not cute little paragraphs, but blog length anecdotes that are organized into “Notes”, notes that can be, and were, posted anywhere. Like, Liberia, Ethiopia…

and, oh, he answers his emails.

 

 

 

 

 

Just another day in Tigard? Frank Mungeam speaks
January 21, 2013 — 15:06

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Just another day in Tigard? Frank Mungeam speaks

Tigard teachers have returned their crates of books for the night, young parents have met up with their spouses for the commute home, and Anne Marie Anderson is setting out the announcement boards cables, and tables for tonight’s event, “Dream It, Do It.”

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We’re at the Tigard library on a cold January evening, 2013.The speaker is Frank Mungeam, author, guide, media trainer, photographer, and adjunct professor at Washington State University Vancouver, and he’s introducing his new book,  Dream It, Do It: The Road-map to Pursuing Your Passion and Living Your Dreams.
Already on sale at online booksellers, and available as a series of pod casts, Mungeam’s book promises to get you started realizing your special goal in life. In tonight’s meeting, Frank outlines eight precepts for success learned from interviewing high achievers over the course of his 25 year news-gathering career.
Frank Mungeam (frankwords) on TwitterFrank Mungeam. @frankwords. KGW Digital Media, Adjunct prof. at WSU-V, adrenaline junkie, author: 'Dream It, Do It'. Lake Osweg…

Some points compiled from Mungeam’s January 15 presentation:

1. Dare to dream

Tim Leatherman‘s road to success, and more about what you will do “someday”.

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2. Pursue your passion. This is about screenwriter Mike Rich, Olympic gold medalist Beckie Scott,  and the test for you: is your dream  a passion or only an obligation?
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3. Face your fears

Here is where you get paralyzed. Once you share your dream, you are committed to pursue it.  Mungeam’s challenge here is, “Are you willing to take risks in order to pursue your passion?” Mungeam’s delineation between supporters and “toxic skeptics” is priceless. He supports the idea that you might succeed in realizing your dream mainly in order to say “nah, nah” to naysayers.

4. Divide and conquer Procrastination is the thief of time and progress is not a straight line. Mungeam outlines how we must apply effort over time in order to realize big goals. He uses Helen Raptis‘ example , and the regimen for those who want to reach Mt Everest’s summit.

 

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5. Schedule your dreams

As Stephan King said in “On Writing“, if you want to accomplish something, you have to give it an honored place in your schedule.

6. Expect setbacks

Mungeam insists that we must see setbacks as opportunities, and that it is what you do when the going gets tough that matters most.

7. Seek coaching and feedback

8. Be persistent

Mungeam quotes Warren Miller. “If you don’t pursue your passions today, you’ll be just be another year older when you do”.

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Well, you get it.
The gist of Mungeam’s new book is, “Achievers just refuse to quit! When the going gets tough, rekindle your passion — and remembers why you’re pursuing this dream.”

Just another day in Tigard? Frank Mungeam speaks
January 20, 2013 — 17:37

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AnneMarie Anderson

 

Tigard teachers have returned their crates of books for the night, young parents have met up with their spouses for the commute home, and Anne Marie Anderson  is setting out the announcement boards cables, and tables for tonight’s event, “Dream It, Do It.” We’re at the Tigard library on a cold January evening, 2013.The speaker is Frank Mungeam, author, guide, media trainer, photographer, and adjunct professor at Washington State University Vancouver, and he’s introducing his new book,  Dream It, Do It: The Road-map to Pursuing Your Passion and Living Your Dreams.
Already on sale at online booksellers, and available as a series of pod casts, Mungeam’s book promises to get you started realizing your special goal in life. In tonight’s meeting, Frank outlines eight precepts for success learned from interviewing high achievers over the course of his 25 year news-gathering career.

 

 

Here is a shortlist compiled from Mungeam’s January 15 presentation.

1. Dare to dream

Tim Leatherman‘s road to success, and more about what you will do “someday”.

 

Tim Leatherman

 

2. Pursue your passion

Beckie Scott

Mike Rich

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About screenwriter Mike Rich, Olympic gold medalist Beckie Scott,  and the test for you: is your dream  a passion or only an obligation?

 

 

 

 

 

3. Face your fears

Here is where you get paralyzed. Once you share your dream, you are committed to pursue it.  Mungeam’s challenge here is, “Are you willing to take risks in order to pursue your passion?” Mungeam’s delineation between supporters and “toxic skeptics” is priceless. He supports the idea that you might succeed in realizing your dream mainly in order to say “nah, nah” to naysayers.

4. Divide and conquer

 

Helen Raptis

Procrastination is the thief of time and progress is not a straight line. Mungeam outlines how we must apply effort over time in order to realize big goals. He uses Helen Raptis‘ example , and the regimen for those who want to reach Mt Everest’s summit.

5. Schedule your dreams

As Stephan King said in “On Writing“, if you want to accomplish something, you have to give it an honored place in your schedule.

6. Expect setbacks

Mungeam insists that we must see setbacks as opportunities, and that it is what you do when the going gets tough that matters most.

7. Seek coaching and feedback

8. Be persistent

 

Mungeam quotes Warren Miller. “If you don’t pursue your passions today, you’ll be just be another year older when you do”.

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