My life in a minute: Chocolate, foot therapy and a brand new office

Life in a Minute 6 March POST
Excited: That we have got the keys to our new premises in Melbourne. I'm so thrilled that we're now one of the arts and culture organisations at The Abbotsford Convent. This precinct is a thriving creative and artistic community and our new neighbours include Drama Victoria, Illustrators Australia, Complete Works Theatre, The Creativity Institute and more.

The Abbotsford Convent is located right in the heart of inner city Melbourne (the nearest station is Collingwood). The grounds are beautiful, there are two bars, gallery spaces, a bakery, restaurants, 3MBSFM, stunning gardens and lots of training rooms where we’ll be holding our courses.

Loving: Best. Invitation. Ever. I love this clever invitation from Dell. It's the size of a computer, my photo is included on the top right, and the whole thing is MADE OUT OF CHOCOLATE. Did I mention that it's the size of a computer … that's a lot of eating …

Welcoming: Phoebe is the newest member to join our team. It's her first week at the Australian Writers' Centre and it's as if she's already been here for ages. Welcome Phoebe!

Honoured: To be included in Shopify's list of "30 books that will help you increase sales".

I'm so honoured that my book "Power Stories: The 8 stories you MUST tell to build an epic business" is in the same company as books that I've admired for ages. These include Robert Cialdini's "Influence"; Malcolm Gladwell's "Blink"; and Anthony Robbins' "Unlimited Power". Catching up with: I love catching up with my writerly buddies Kerri Sackville and Allison Tait. There's nothing quite like a lunchtime discussion on agents, readers, and the writing process that's guaranteed to be full of everything from angst to inspiration. These talented women are a wonderful support and are full of sage advice.

My life in a minute: Breakfast with Twitter, Power Stories to launch in Brazil, Join our Summer School

Adorable Rocky patiently waits to be let in
I'm usually a hermit. I love nothing more than being cocooned at home with my furry babies.

However, my diary had other plans for me this week. So what's been on the agenda?

Power Stories to launch in Brazil Big news this week is that my book Power Stories: The 8 stories you MUST tell to build an epic business will be launched in Brazil. The publishers are busy translating it into Portuguese as you read this.

I can't wait to see the version they sell in Brazil. I won't be able to read a word of it – but I'm sure I'll be excited anyway!

Breakfast with Twitter Sean Callanan at @SportsGeek organised breakfast at the SCG with Mike Brown, Twitter's head of international growth, this week. Twitter is expanding its reach here. My friends know that getting me to an early breakfast appointment is nothing short of a miracle. Getting me to the SCG is an even bigger one.

Nevertheless, it was worthwhile to hear from the likes of Mike, Wendell Sailor (yes, he's massive), Scott Dools (yes, he's funny) and Shaynna Blaze (yes, she's gorgeous).

My life in a minute: Foamy peas, fancy limos and a great bulk order book deal.

Life in a minute 16 No 2012 POST
So many wonderful things going on - bulk orders of my book, foamy peas, limos, articles and reviews ... and a partridge in a pear tree. No, wait ... not just yet.

Podcast: My “Power Stories” chat with Timbo Reid (“Small Business, Big Marketing”)

You may remember that a few months ago I did a crazy thing. I drove from Melbourne to Sydney (that's not the crazy bit) with my three furry babies in the car (that's not the crazy bit either). Apart from my two fluffy white cats and one fluffy white dog, the only other thing accompanying me on that v-e-ee-e-r-r-ry l-o-o-o-o-o-o-g trip was 11 hours of Tim Reid's fabulous "Small Business, Big Marketing" podcast.

Yes, my iPod did not have a single song on it. But I had many hours of Tim Reid (more famously known as Timbo Reid) in my ears. He kept me sane on that long journey. Well, initially. After 11 hours … well, I was going a little bit nuts.

“Power Stories” debuts at number 2 – and what you can learn from this

"Power Stories" debuts at number 2 - and what you can learn from this
Always remember to celebrate your milestones. You earned them so shout it from the rooftops.

The person you sit next to could land you $100,000 – or a really big headache.

The person you sit next to FEATURE
What happens on a long haul flight when I'm seated next to a family with three children? The results are scary. But not what you might expect.

Robert Kiyosaki drops into my office

Robert Kiyosaki
This week I was thrilled to interview best-selling author Robert Kiyosaki. He dropped into the Sydney Writers' Centre and we chatted about his new book Midas Touch: Why Some Entrepreneurs Get Rich - And Why Most Don't, which he co-authored with Donald Trump. Robert has built an entire empire on his "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" series of books so it was great to be able to chat to him about his writing and book marketing strategies.

Why business owners need to master the art of story-telling

Why story-telling is so important in your business
In a world of instant publishing and on-the-spot blogging, everyone’s a storyteller. The trouble is, not everyone can tell a story. You might wonder why this is relevant if you’re a business owner. After all, if you’re a fitness trainer, or an accountant or dog groomer, you don’t need to tell stories, right?

Why you MUST become a publisher

I recently read Content Rules by Ann Handley and CC Chapman. I was motivated to read their book after I went to their panel session at South by South West earlier this year. In my Enterprise post this week, I discuss why every business owner has to be a publisher.

What did I learn from South By South West

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As regular readers will know, I recently went to the South by South West Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. It was fascinating to meet with and hear from a range of successful authors and to attend the sessions on The Future of Journalism. There is no doubt that the publishing landscape is changing dramatically.

Traditional publishing is going to be affected as a result of innovative publishing technologies and changes in the way that people “consume” media. There is way too much to discuss on one blog post. However, stay tuned as we will roll out our research on trends and insights gleaned from South by South West in future posts. In the meantime, here’s a quick video of me being interviewed for Suzi Dafnis, community director of the Australian Businesswomen’s Network ( who also made the trek to the event.

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