Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips and Ahas


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Is Anyone Listening or Viewing Out There? listen

If you do webinars … do you have any idea what your listeners/viewers are doing? Below is a recap of a study sponsored by Intercall, the largest InternetConference Call Center.

So what is the average person doing during your in-depth presentation?

    • 65% are doing other work
    • 63% are sending an email
    • 55% are eating or making food
    • 47% are going to the restroom (hope with the mute button on!)
    • 44% are texting
    • 43% are checking social media
    • 25% are playing video games
    • 21% are shopping online (good reason to mention your store during the call!)
    • 9% are exercising
    • 6% are taking another call

Yikes … what’s that mean? It means you can’t be so-so. You will need to be interactive with your audience … as if they were seating just a few feet away, devouring every word you say. Create quizzes. Offer something special if they can reveal a secret phrase, technique, word that you used in the presentation. Have an open mic at the end of the webinar for Q&A. Keep it lively, informative and content rich.

Webinars are great for sharing information; another tool in your author quiver. Use them to add to your fan base.


Do You Create Slides for Talks or to share on Slideshare or Other Online Venues?  colorblind

In every audience you speak to—whether at a conference, a small group or online, there will be someone(s) where colorblindness is a factor. According to the American Academy of Optometry, at least five percent of your audience is affected.

If you are making slides for a presentation, here are a few tips to make sure that they are “fit” for all!

    • Avoid using the combination of red and green. Use magenta (purple) and green instead.
    • If showing graphs and line drawings, label elements of the graph on the graph itself rather than making a separate color-coded key, since matching colors in distant places is extremely difficult for colorblinds.
    • Do not convey information in color only. Show difference in BOTH color and shape (solid and dotted lines, different symbols, various hatching, etc.).
    • Red is not your friend. It does not appear as bright and vivid color. Avoid using red characters on dark background.


Have you checked out your website on different mobile devices? mobile website

Below is a quick test on the website. All come up on the mobile devices, but note that the visual display does vary. It’s a good idea to test how your’s looks on different phones, tablets and websites. Mobile Test is a resource to use: 

If you didn’t see any warnings… heed this: Google started a slap down this month on all websites that it didn’t consider mobile friendly. Check yours out. If it isn’t (you will get a score–anything below a B, you are in for a slap down), you will lose SEO ranking in it’s searching component. We have to pay attention to the gorilla in the cyber sky



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