Live, and almost live: Advice on writing and personal finance.

k7316319You’ve got two chances to hear me talk, if you so desire. The first is archived and aimed at writers, and the second is personal finance advice done in real time on Google this Friday. (Edited to add: This, too, has been archived; see below.)

Those of you who missed the 2012 Financial Blogger Conference can catch some of it as archived presentations on the FinCon video page. My own speech, “Got voice? How to make your posts more compelling,” just went up.

I came up with the idea at the initial Financial Blogger Conference in 2011, after my “Write like a pro” presentation. Several people asked some version of the question, “How can I learn to write like you?” My response was, “You shouldn’t try – you should learn to write like you.”

I don’t think the problem is that bloggers aren’t creative. I think it’s that they don’t trust their own voices.

The 2012 program, which lasts about half an hour including the Q&A, offers writing tactics and advice. It’s also unique in that I was probably the only presenter on cold meds. I’m afraid I do ramble a bit as a result, but I believe I made some good points.

If you’re interested in writing advice, click on the link above. Stick around for the Q&A: Some good questions were asked and, I hope, answered.

Listen in real time

On Friday morning I was one of five PF folks in a “Hangout on the Air,” a live video chat jointly sponsored by Google+ and SELF magazine. It’s the sixth of 13 HOAs focusing on resolutions for 2013.

Mine is, of course, related to money. The topic is “Spend Less, Save More in 2013.” It’s to be hosted by Morgan Quinn of Mint.com. The other panelists are:

The program starts at 11 a.m. Eastern. You can RSVP at http://on.self.com/UL2Zdn.

Hope you can make it. I promise not to be on cold meds. (Edited to add: The Hangout is now available on Morgan Quinn’s YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=kom6fCY5Lvs.)

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  1. I’ll be at work for the live video chat. Will it be recorded for later listening?

    I watched your presentation Donna and was very impressed. LOVED it. Thank you for letting me know about the Fincon video page!

  2. I enjoyed hearing your FinCon presentation!

    • Donna Freedman

      @Marcia: Why, thank you. Hope you can listen to some of the others as well. Liz Weston’s was excellent.

  3. I think that happens a lot — the whole ‘people not trusting their own voices’ thing. And it’s sad because we’ve all something to offer, man. And we’ve all got our own voice too!

  4. CRAP I missed it 🙁

    • Donna Freedman

      @Mutant Supermodel: The Hangout was archived and it’s on YouTube. Seek it at your convenience at:

  5. Watched your FinCon talk — all good info!

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