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SPECIAL: Author Interview - Darin Watkins


Today we have a special Author interview. I worked with Darin back in 2015 and reconnected with him today to begin a new series of shows where I will be interviewing a few of the authors I’ve worked with over the years…what their book is about, how the book has helped them…what it has done for them, and where they are now.

So let me introduce you to Darin Watkins…

Nicole Gabriel:

Today we have a special author interview. I worked with Darren back in 2015, and reconnected with him today to begin a new series of shows where I will be interviewing a few of the authors I've worked with over the years, what their book is about, how the book has helped them, what it has done for them, and where they are now. Let me introduce you to Darren Watkins. Darren Watkins is a 1984 WSU graduate and lifelong Coug fan. Darren worked as a television news reporter for 25 years in Washington, with his last nine years at Seattle television station KING-TV, and can still...

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033 - How Much Does It Cost To Self Publish A Book?

corona virus costs Apr 12, 2020

Hey Guys! Nicole Gabriel here!

First, let me say that I hope you are holding up during this time. I pray daily in hopes we all return to a wonderful new norm on the other side of this global shut down.

It’s really not the norm to be talking about pricing for publishing a book…or really any business services for that matter! But, I want to talk with you about what often stops people from taking the dive into any business venture…”Yeah, that all sounds great, but what is it going to cost me?”

Writing a book is an investment. You need to know that up front. It’s an investment of time and money to produce it and it’s a lifetime worth of self promotion if you want to sell it or the products and services it represents.

You don’t just write a book and people find you…you have to find them. And you have to know your why behind writing it. When I start talking costs your going to learn very quickly why I stress over and over the...

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032 - Writing A Book to Pivot Your Business

corona virus strategy Apr 04, 2020

Hey Guys! Nicole Gabriel here!

So… we have a lot of time on our hands and if we can get right with ourselves in this strange time it’s a perfect time to write a book...because we have time! And if fear or emotions are high...well this can be great too! Writing can be very therapeutic!

Not all of us have the gift of alone time right now as kids and spouses may be home and your normal routine and quiet time is hindered. But, if you’ve found a new normal and have now found yourself with some extra time you may have begun perusing the internet for the right method or coach or program to get you started on writing your book.

I can tell you that I’m very well aware of the other coaching systems out there and I’m also very well aware of what they are selling and the carrots they are dangling in front of you to get your business. I’m also aware that my appeal as a coach isn’t flashy sales or false promises. I’m a seeker of truth and...

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031 - Using This Down Time to Birth Your Book

corona virus inspiration Mar 27, 2020

Hey guys! Nicole Gabriel here!

Well… we’ve figured out we are inside a bit longer than a few days. How much journaling have you been doing? How much deep thinking or meditating have you been doing? What have you accomplished in all things self-growth or new business initiatives? If you are any kind of entrepreneur you know this time is a tremendous gift…an opportunity to get ahead!

For me, I’ve made tremendous steps forward in my business in this time. And, I’m truly excited about it! 

But, when it comes to producing a podcast as a regular part of your communication during a worldwide pandemic its almost impossible to know where to start gabbing! You wonder as a content generator if there could possibly be anything meaningful that one could say other than…it’s going to be ok…and having proof that it really will. 

So, if you generate content without heart and compassion you might be viewed as cold and not focused...

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030 - There Is No Greater Time Than Now To Write A Book!

corona virus inspiration Mar 21, 2020

We are all going through a major shift in our human consciousness. We are raw and scared and exhausted and questioning life as we once knew it. We are busy thinking about yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Our minds are full and we suddenly have found some extra time on our hands. 

If you are like me you have run through every set of emotions and run in circles trying to figure out which direction to go with all that is going on in our world. Personally, I am very empathic and have had a very hard time re-finding my balance listening to the news and after our 5.7 earthquake here in Utah. I wasn’t even sure how to find my thoughts again for my next podcast and was lacking focus on my business. We all have our own story for how we are coping and how we are finding our strength. Our time is being spent differently. Things are all shaken up. How are you using this time?

Maybe you are using this time to re-align with a better future, taking classes, or updating your...

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029 - Gifts of the Coronavirus?

corona virus Mar 16, 2020

Strange perhaps to think something so devastating could prove to be positive, right?

If you are forced to stay home, unable to go out, and get pulled out of a daily routine you’re going to have to look at some things you might not have looked at in awhile…those little spider webs in your closets so to speak. 

You might have to find something new eat, care for your kids, spend time with a partner, workout at home or walk outside, stop hiding from your neighbor, clean your house, or otherwise reinvent yourself in some way in order to cope with what’s happening in the world and it’s effects on your life.

The gift of quiet reflection. So much can be gained personally, professionally, and spiritually when we have down time to re-focus!

Have you put off learning something new? Growing your business? Taking a class? Learning about a new diet or even fasting? Have you always wanted to build something or learn to knit? Or what about writing a book? ...

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028 - Remaining Steadfast & Persistent

limiting beliefs Mar 13, 2020

Hi Guys! Perhaps a more somber show today…I guess I’m supposed to be entertaining you, giving you some flashy content and fun noises and chatter to uplift and motivate you… but I’m always one to share where I’m at…in my truth. So here it goes…

In my many years as a kundalini yoga practitioner and teacher we are made aware that commitment builds character. When you begin to bring the diligence of the practice into your daily life and you crawl out of bed every morning before sunrise and sit on your mat you wonder why you’re leaving that cozy warm bed and if you’ve lost your mind. 

I’ve been getting up before sunrise for many years and I’ve worked my way through tremendous challenges just to be present for myself on that mat. There is nothing worse than having health or life challenges and still getting there and showing up. Blowing your nose with a cold, a belly ache, a broken heart, a sore...

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027 - Conquering Limiting Beliefs & Disbelievers

limiting beliefs Mar 11, 2020

I don’t know about you but, I’m currently in a season riddled with dis-believers! Everyone around seems to have an opinion about something I’m doing in my life. I’m not whatever it is everyone needs me to be in every direction. After many years of criticism I’ve come out the other side with a stronger, healthier opinion of myself. I’ve decided to take the criticism as a compliment! 

The way I see it is I’m viewed as capable of much more than I realize. To everyone else I’m the one that should step up, stand out, and do that thing everyone else is missing in their life! I’ve finally figured out that what others project on me has really nothing to do with me! Perhaps you’ve heard the quote:

“What you think of me is none of my business"

Hi I’m Nicole Gabriel and welcome to todays show about conquering limiting beliefs and the disbeliever!

I’ve learned to turn my anger and disappointments around...

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026 - Stop putting so much pressure on yourself!

limiting beliefs Mar 10, 2020

I got talking with a client the other day—she approached me to help her layout and design her book. As I talked to her she was telling me about all the psychic mediums that told her she was supposed to be writing a book and she would be a bestseller. She told me that she knew she was supposed to be on stage speaking. It was as if she was me speaking 10 years ago. I sat in yoga classes and in meditation for years hearing much the same.

I put so much pressure on myself to achieve the lofty goal of writing a book—with the idea that it was my fate and aligned with the stars for some great purpose—so much pressure that almost didn’t write!

Hi Guys! Nicole Gabriel here. Welcome to todays show.

I have since learned that there are so many ways we are shown what the right path is and when we build up so much hoopla and energy to make a book a reality it becomes far more challenging than it really needs to be. 

When it really comes right down to it a book...

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025 - How to Best Work with A Book Designer

book design book layout Mar 08, 2020

Hi Guys! A rainy dark almost spring-like day here in Utah! I saw flowers blooming out on the trail hike yesterday! How exciting it’s almost spring! Happy daylight savings day! 

On today’s episode we’re gonna talk about how to best work with a book designer.

There are multiple levels to the book design process. There are many moving parts from the time the manuscript leaves the editor to the time you hold the book in your hands. The book’s cover is the first time you see your book come to life. A professional book designer will always do far more than just a book cover!

As a book designer for the last decade myself, I am often approached with people telling me all about the artistic components of the book they envision creating. But, honestly, I wouldn’t be doing my job right if I didn’t re-focus my authors on what they are trying to achieve rather than how they want it to look. A proper designer is looking at all the pieces to the...

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