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So, Tell Me About Your Platform
2/11/2013 8:44:17 AM by: Cheri Cowell

If you meet with editors, quickly you'll hear the familiar and often dreaded question, "So tell me about your platform." For some, that is a welcomed question and they launch into a long explanation of their speaking engagements, article placements, and social media connections.

Most authors, however, shudder at this question and secretly mumble, "I'm a writer, not a speaker." Through the years I've met many fabulous writers who were not natural-born speakers. The thought of standing in front of a room full of people eagerly hanging on their every word terrifies them.

If I am describing you, I want to give you encouragement and some tools to help you answer the platform question. Let me assure you that you don't have to be an inspirational speaker to have a platform. The good news is if you have a book, you have the building blocks for a platform.

In my workshop I will help you develop those building blocks into the needed platform, to help you think outside the box, and to begin to think through your message in a new way—a platform way. Then the next time an editor asks you the platform question, you'll confidently respond, "I have a platform...let me tell you about it."



Cheri Cowell offers marketing coaching through her annual Marketing in the Mountain Retreats.

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Amanda Stephan From Columbia, TN At 2/22/2013 7:34:41 AM

Thank you for the workshop, Cheri! Although I do know how to speak in front of people, sometimes a little too much, I love the fact that I can learn how to be better prepared for 'The Question'! Thank you for taking the time to teach this workshop. I look forward to learning from you!

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