Book Review: Platform
Are you wanting to start a blog? Do you want a publisher to take your book seriously?
Two years ago when I was starting youth ministry media no one was coming to the website. I couldn’t figure out why? I was discouraged. Why was no one reading my amazing content? It was a few months in, when I decided either I was going to quit this little project, or figure out what the pros are doing. One of those pro’s was Michael Hyatt. I started to read his website obsessively. I would read his posts over and over again. If he said to do something on twitter, I would do it. I developed a lot of my social media strategies from Michael Hyatt‘s posts.
Would you love to have all the most important resources, the resources I spent hours finding and reading, in one convient place? You need to check out his newest book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World.
Michael Hyatt in his book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World, does an amazing job laying out what platform you should build to get noticed. I talk to youth pastors all the time, who I think should be writing for other youth pastors, or sharing content so that we can help each other. One startling thing is that no one actually does it. No one takes my advice and makes their voice heard. From now on all I am going to do is purchase this book for them, and tell my youth pastor friends to do something(i.e build a blog, write a post for someone, publish an ebook) in the 24 hours following reading this book. There is no reason that my you shouldn’t be in the conversation today. The way to get into the conversation is to build a platform, and Michael Hyatt will help you set that up in his new book.
Michael Hyatt breaks the book into 5 sections: 1. Start with Wow 2. Prepare to Launch 3. Build Your Home Base 4. Expand Your Reach 5. Engage Your Tribe. In total he breaks the book into 60 different sections. The best thing about this book is that if you already have a website up and running, and it looks great, you can skip ahead to any chapter. The biggest asset this book offers is that you can use whatever you need.
When I picked up, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World, I glanced over sections 1-3 and starting working on chapter 4 and 5. This gave me ideas and a strategy to get people engaged on this website. I would love to have engagement on a fraction of a scale compared to Michael Hyatt who gets 100’s of comments per post.
This is one book that every youth pastor should read this year if they are serious about joining the blogging world. It is more than being a youth pastor of a mega-church. All you need to do is start with the right tools and some hard work. Before you know it, you will be right in the conversation.
What are you waiting for? Go and pick up Platform for the cheapest price here.