FOUR THINGS TO ASK A STRANGER (almost a parody)

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One way to get to know a person you've just met is to ask them to tell you about their favorite friends. It's said that a person essentially becomes an aggregate of the five people with whom they spend the most time.

There's another telling question to ask a stranger. It's all about a book.

1) Is there one book that you have re-read and will read again (and again)?
2) What is the most recent book that you've read and what stands out to you most?
3) What is the title of a book you recommend most often to friends?
4) What was the last book you read that made you so sad when it came to the end? (Because you wanted to keep on reading, not because the ending was sad!).

If the person you are just getting to know has never re-read a book, can't remember what stood out from the last book they read, doesn't recommend books to friends and has never felt sad to stop reading an excellent book...

I suggest that you stop conversing with them. And, perhaps, run. Kidding (not kidding). Perhaps you might consider striking up a conversation with someone else that you might want to get to know. AND start THAT conversation off by recommending a book you've recently read...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

register for the next RADMACHER FOCUS PHRASE™

TO DISCOVER. “WRITE TO DISCOVER WHAT YOU KNOW” Register now – Process Begins March 29

What would it be like for you if you created your OWN phrases in the day? Phrases written BY you to inspire yourself. In the RADMACHER FOCUS PHRASE™ process, you can begin to do just that. You don’t have to feel competency around writing. This is about so much more than writing. If my words have a positive impact on your days…imagine what we could do together. Are you facing fresh or challenging issues? Do you feel you need extra “oomph” or support to pull together what these days require of you? Have you let go of your previously helpful daily writing practice?

This is a guided writing process on line. It’s with me. It’s personal and immediate: the feedback you receive is created for you. In the moment. This is not a “canned class.” It’s conducted in real time. The benefit from FOCUS PHRASE is immediately apparent and continues to provide practical benefit long after we have finished. The answers to the quandaries of your days and the clarity you seek are within reach – within you! Join me and “WRITE TO DISCOVER WHAT YOU KNOW.”

Focus phrase is a small investment with a HUGE return. While it is an excellent way to kick start a writing practice it is more about discovering and teaching yourself a fresh perspective on your days. I say, “teaching yourself” because what people learn in Focus Phrase is quite unique to their own experience.

TO DISCOVER begins March 29 & concludes April 23. $189 covers four consecutive weeks of writing five days in a row, with Saturday and Sunday off.) Reply with your interest and we’ll get you paid and registered.

If four weeks of discovery doesn’t fit your schedule or the price isn’t part of your budget…give yourself a five-day writing/clarity “vitamin shot.” The first week is $49. You will be introduced to the focus phrase process, benefit from the daily application of the system…and then you can decide to carry on with the remaining three weeks with me…or benefit from the short experience and see how you carry it forward on your own. Are you in? Are you ready to reach a little deeper and a bit higher and discover just how many answers you already hold to the questions and the puzzles of your life? Let me know. I’m ready TO DISCOVER right along with you.

mary anne radmacher

p.s. here’s what some of my participants have to share –

Mary Anne helped me develop a system that appeals to my sense of adventure and creativity … Karen R. This process works so beautifully for me because I am a writer and this is one of the ways I learn…Catherine T. And a participant expresses a transformative experience - I am unfamiliar to myself, even looking in the mirror at a strange but somehow remembered face. The well-told story of my life has been yanked off the presses for an extensive rewrite. I can't wait to see how it turns out. This is an exciting journey... David K.

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