Small business owners, 5 ways to talk that book into the world

Small Business Tips: Stop Writing and TALK Your Content into BeingAre you a small business owner who struggles with the amount of content you need to write to keep up with your business? Seems like everywhere we turn, some site or another (maybe our own?) is crying out for more images, more how tos, more something!

It’s enough to drive a sane person crazy, isn’t it?

What if you didn’t have to write, anything?

If you love to talk, what if “writing your book” that everyone says you “should” write to have credibility looked like “recording your book or thoughts?”

Would that make it easier for you?

Or what if you prefer to talk and every time you try to write, your mind goes blank, your fingers freeze, and you find something, anything, to do rather than write some more blasted content.

Or what if (like me) your brain only knows what to pull up when asked a question?

You could

  1. Use the “record” option on your feature phone (e.g., your iPhone or Droid-enabled phone)
  2. Purchase a high quality digital recorder and record your thoughts
  3. Use a free conference calling service to have a discussion with yourself (yes, it’s possible)
  4. Use a free conference calling service to interview other experts in your field or in the field you want to move into
  5. Use a free conference calling or webinar service to share what you know with others (the recording is the important thing, NOT the number of folks who show up)
  6. Use a free conferencing calling service to answer the top 10 questions you get from those at networking events or in your social media exploits
    (OOPS, did I include 6? I never said I was a math whiz. Smile)

These are only thought starters. If you do like to write, check out this post on finding the low hanging fruit (stuff you probably already created, even if ages ago!).

Please share your favorite way to get content done and out the done without typing or writing in the comments section.

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  • Bonnie Gean says:

    I received a new recording device for Xmas. Something I asked for, too. Yet, I have still to use it.

    I do like my Dragon Naturally Speaking software, but it’s a pain to tell it to add commas, periods, etc.

    I should just pull out the recorder and do my thing, eh?

    • MamaRed says:

      I’m thinking pulling out that recorder and going to town sounds like the next do-able step. I’ve heard mixed things about Dragon and telling to add punctuation might be the push I need to go right over the edge (grin).

  • Pat Moon says:

    Hmm.. does a voice recorder work better than jotting down a note? Of course it does especially when you are on the go and it is not convenient to write something down. My husband always says his brain works faster than he can write so a recorder is definitely the way to go for him. You mentioned a Free Conference Calling Service? Is that something you can share with us?

  • Katrina says:

    Well it is said that we speak faster that we can type. So I do like when I record things. Love working with video also.

    • MamaRed says:

      Absolutely Katrina and I haven’t done as much with video, tho’ have done a bit of what I call “overlay” video where I use slides or images to create them (not the in-front-of-the-camera kind). So awesome that we have so many options, isn’t it?

  • Pauline says:

    I’ve been experimenting with Dragon lately for a few reasons, one of which is that I struggle with carpal tunnel syndrome, and as a content marketer for the last year, it’s coming back! :( Great article!

    • MamaRed says:

      I know some folks who love Dragon Pauline and others it bugs because of things telling it when to punctuate and stuff “drags” them down. AND if that carpal tunnel is coming back, definitely a great option (as is having someone transcribe your recordings). Heal quickly!

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