This Monday Blog I wanted to focus on giving.
With all the changes happening around us and all the new ways we are now required to do things because of social distancing--because of a virus that is still dictating how we can operate and stay in business, even for us authors--the only thing we know for sure is what’s happening today, right now.
Last weekend I spent four days participating in the first ever virtual UPW (Unleash the Power Within) with Tony Robbins. In order to grow in business, it’s imperative to keep learning--it doesn’t matter what you're learning, just keep learning, which is something I strive to do. Virtual events have become the new norm right now because we can’t gather in conference rooms or stadiums, and we now must become creative in how we can attend seminars. One of the key pivotal things that stuck with me after an intense--and I mean intense!--jam-packed, filled with knowledge, three very long days, is one of value. And the knowledge I received was worth every penny.
But what happened in Day Four was suddenly very different.
Day Four suddenly wasn’t the intense, all day long, jam-packed day full of information. Although there was some seriously good information, it had become one of the upsell. You know, buy the next package, the next seminar. Even though there was a good lineup of speakers, it began with too many pushing the next seminar and suddenly had a good majority of the attendees becoming angry, steaming mad, irate and they stopped listening because they felt as they were now being ripped off. Yes, communication is key. Should this have been announced? Probably. But isn’t communication one of the biggest struggles we all have? Some of the attendees at this event had attended prior UPW seminars and were quite aware of the upsell on Day Four, so they knew how the content would flow. And remember, if you want to stay in business--any business--upsell marketing is imperative.
But one of the key things here is value, so were they ripped off?
No, the course cost was incredibly reasonable, but the problem came from the expectation in their mind of having a fourth day delivery that was the same as the first three. The social media comments had suddenly become nasty, and if any of you have ever experienced a social media attack, it can become cruel and hateful especially when it comes down to expectations of what you feel are not being met.
What does this have to do with this week's blog of giving? Well, one of the things that was offered that very few seminar attendees even realized was the FREE content FROM the other speakers who really did have a lot to offer, and you bet I took every one of them up on that incredibly generous gift. Is there a cost down the road? Of course. But is it outrageous? No, and it certainly is beneficial for me.
Wonder where I am going with this? This week's blog has a very special gift that I wrote for all my loyal fans--you know who you are! Because you are the ones who have supported me, bought my books, pre-ordered and basically supported me so I can do what I love to do--write.
For EVERYONE who purchased THE HOMETOWN HERO, I’ve written a FREE novella that follows this title called JUSTICE. And to claim your FREE novella which will be delivered to your inbox, follow the instructions below.
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What will happen when the secret Marcus has been holding on to begins to unravel, and someone uses it as leverage?
One morning, Marcus O’Connell is confronted by his deputy, Harold Waters, about an accusation that he’s hidden evidence of a crime. Harold knows something is going on in the O’Connell family. Even his partner, Suzanne, is acting strangely. Harold has made it clear that he doesn’t do secrets, but Marcus isn’t too inclined to share the details of the O’Connells’ secret, even with Suzanne’s urging.
At the same time, he learns that the sentencing for those involved in the recent high school crime has been assigned to an overtly conservative judge who makes no apologies for his bias, letting privileged kids walk while tossing others away all because of who their families are. Marcus soon learns there is much more going on behind the scenes with the judge than he’s comfortable with.
Added into the mix is the fact that the adoption for Eva has suddenly taken a turn for the worse. Her grandfather wants to be a part of her life and is questioning Marcus and Charlotte’s fitness as parents. With everything weighing on Marcus, he needs to make some hard choices about coming clean with his family’s secret and taking a stand against the unfairness that has cropped up in a criminal case that should’ve been open and shut.
In finding a way to keep Eva in their family and close the adoption, Marcus may need to realize that carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders alone isn’t the answer—and that reaching out, asking for help, and trusting someone could be the only way to resolve everything.
If you purchased THE HOMETOWN HERO, be sure to grab your copy of JUSTICE for FREE! Here's how (please follow these instructions to a T, as any deviation from the below will not properly activate your redemption e-mail):
1) E-mail me at LorhainneEckhart.LE@gmail.com
2) In the Subject Line, only type the first two words of Chapter 7
from THE HOMETOWN HERO.
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4) A link to your free novella will arrive in your inbox asap. Enjoy!
The newest title in The O'Connells series is now available for pre-sale!
Raymond O’Connell was the love of Iris’s life—from the day she met him, to the day a year later when she married him, to the tragic night before she never saw him again.
Some would say they had the perfect all-American life. Now, eighteen years later, questions arise about the night her husband disappeared, leaving a bloody knife and a letter addressed to her, in which he said goodbye and told her not to look for him, with not even a second thought for her and their six children.
The scandal when Raymond left rocked the community, fueling widespread rumors, from him running away with his mistress to him being dead. But through it all, Iris kept her head down, keeping the secret of what really happened. Although her children often wondered, and her eldest thought he was protecting her from something heinous when she asked him to get rid of the knife, what they didn’t know was that their father wasn’t who they thought he was. Making sure his secret didn’t come out was the only way to keep her family together.
Now, Iris can no longer keep her life with Raymond O’Connell buried, because her adult children are asking questions. The only thing she can think to do to protect herself and them is to enlist the help of a lawyer, her daughter’s husband, fearing that once the truth starts to surface, it could change everything about their lives.
The secret of their father, which Iris has hidden for so long now, has the potential to destroy everything the O’Connells have built for themselves, and once the truth of who Raymond O’Connell really was comes out, it will put a target on all of them, and their lives in peaceful Livingston, Montana, will never be the same.
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