Do It Myself Blog – Glenda Watson Hyatt

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Even Virtual Tour Plans Change

Filed under: Virtual Book Tour — by Glenda at 11:02 pm on Wednesday, February 28, 2007

One characteristic required for being a successful solopreneur (and person) is being flexible when things don’t go as planned – and to be okay with it. The interview scheduled for today has been moved to Friday. No problem. This means I simply move the Reader’s Corner scheduled for Friday to Monday. Stay tuned for details!

Liz posted part three of our interview, in which I share how I learned how to write.

Tomorrow I am taking a day off from my virtual book tour to prepare for the Social Planning and Research Council of British Columbia (SPARC BC) Board meeting on Friday evening and all-day Saturday. Since I’m the Treasurer, I figure I had better take some time to review the financial statements and to prepare my report!

A potentially interesting side note: I have been tracking particular stats during my virtual book tour. When I began this adventure on January 22nd, this blog still had “wet paint” signs up and my Technorati ranking was 1,626,267 with 2 links from 1 blog. For what it’s worth, my current ranking is 118,353 with 98 links from 33 blogs. (The lower the number, the higher the ranking.)

When embarking on this eight-week virtual book tour adventure, I had no clue what to expect, and, therefore, intentionally did not set any goals (except to sell a lot of books!). I am amazed at dramatic increase in my Technorati ranking. With two weeks still to go, I am wondering if I can break through the top 100,000. Do I dare set that as a goal?

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Glenda Shares Her Experience with Osteoporosis

Filed under: Virtual Book Tour — by Glenda at 11:57 pm on Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Today, my virtual book tour finds me heading back down to Paradise, California, to chat with Gillian Hood-Gabrielson again; this time on her Women’s Health and Fitness Podcast Directory. When we were trying to come up with a topic for our chat, I noticed osteoporosis wasn’t a category yet. What is a resource on women’s health without including osteoporosis? This is such an important health issue. According to Gillian, current statistics say that 1 out of every 2 women will develop osteoporosis in her lifetime. I offered to christen the osteoporosis category.

I was diagnosed with osteoporosis a few years ago. Until my diagnosis, I thought osteoporosis was an “old lady’s disease”. I did not know I was at high risk because of my limited physical activity due to my cerebral palsy. In the interview, I share how the several months after being diagnosed was one of the most difficult periods in my life. And I go into greater detail in my autobiography I’ll Do It Myself.

I would like to add that osteoporosis is not only a women’s health issue; my husband also has the disease. From my experience, medical professionals need to discuss this issue more with people with limited mobility, so that we are aware we are at risk and then can make informed decisions about our physical activity levels, diet and medication options. This is a message I would to get out to doctors and to the disabled community.

On a more cheerful note, Liz continued her 4-part interview with me.

And, Reverend Carla Golden kindly posted our interview on her “Soul Food: Stories of Hope and Inspiration” group on Gather.com. Enjoy our spiritual moment.

Thanks so much, ladies! You are making this virtual book tour an awesome trip.

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The Web Levels the Playing Field for an Entrepreneur with Cerebral Palsy

Filed under: Virtual Book Tour — by Glenda at 4:33 pm on Monday, February 26, 2007

(Hopefully the last blast of winter!)

Winter isn’t quite over for us on the westcoast of British Columbia as I awoke to a light dusting of snow. At times the flakes were the size of cotton balls. A good day to head to San Antonio, Texas, where the temperature is currently 25c/77f – those are summer temperatures to me!

Today’s appearance on my virtual book tour is not the interview format. Sheri McConnell, Founder of the Association of Web Entrepreneurs, offered to post a brief article on her blog. Last night, it was great to get back to writing! Without knowing this week is Entrepreneurship Week in the United States, I chose to share how the web levels the playing field for me as a solopreneur with cerebral palsy. What great timing!

Also today, Liz in Chicago began posting her 4-part interview with me:

AND, Paige Eissinger from 2 Smart Chix in St. James, Missouri, has finished editing our radio interview from Friday. The show will air on CoolCast Radio shortly. The interview is also available through a direct link. Enjoy!

What a day! Time for a nap.

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Author with Cerebral Palsy Uses PowerPoint to Give Radio Interview

Filed under: Virtual Book Tour — by Glenda at 11:40 pm on Saturday, February 24, 2007

One advantage of being a solopreneur is having flexible “business” hours and days. I have put many late nights into my virtual book tour; this virtually touring requires much more work than I imagined. Yesterday, after recording the internet radio show with Paige, I took the rest of Friday off to sleep! A few more days like that are waiting for me at the end of the tour

The interview with Paige was awesome; everything worked. She will now edit the recording before putting it “on air”. I’ll announce the details once I know them.

For now, I would like to share how I, with cerebral palsy and a significant speech impairment, was able to give my first radio show! It is actually mind-boggling that this “non-verbal” red-head was able to do this.

Here are the steps taken to accomplish this feat:

  1. Paige sent me her questions ahead of time.
  2. I typed my responses into Microsoft Word.
  3. I copied each individual response into my text-to-speech software TextAloud and tweaked the text so that my computerized voice Kate reads it as accurately as possible.
  4. I saved each response as a separate wave file.
  5. I created one PowerPoint slide with links to each wave file; that way each response is only one mouse click away.
  6. In Paige’s online room used for recording, when it was time to give response, I hit the microphone button and then the appropriate link in PowerPoint.
  7. Voila…my first radio interview!

Above is a screenshot of the PowerPoint slide. Once the text box for each response was created, action settings were created (Action Settings > Mouse Click > Play Sound > browse for appropriate wav file); this links the wav file to the text box.

Essentially, I created my own customized communicator. Any doubt why I was exhausted!

Feel free to contact me for more information on creating a customized communicator using PowerPoint. This concept is so flexible and is only limited by your imagination!

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Taking a Spiritual Moment on my Virtual Book Tour

Filed under: Virtual Book Tour — by Glenda at 2:50 pm on Thursday, February 22, 2007

Amidst all the busy-ness of life, it is important to stop and take time to reflect and to connect with one’s spiritual self, in whatever way that may be. Today, I travel virtually to Kansas City, Missouri, to speak with Reverend Carla Golden. Her own story, “NO DUMB BUNNY: One Woman’s Journey from Playboy to Pulpit,” sounds quite amazing; one that I would like to read.

Typically, I don’t speak openly about my spiritual beliefs. I consider them personal and, in this day, it is easy to offend someone, so I tend to keep them to myself. Thus, in my interview with Carla, I found myself stumbling for a way to articulate my beliefs and how they sustain me through life’s challenges. Despite being tongue tied, I do know that my spiritual beliefs are a driving force in my life. They keep me going when times are tough and they enable me to see beyond the “here and now”. They cal my fears, ease my worries and give me hope to continue to this journey called life. What a journey it is!

Feel free to share how your spiritual beliefs have supported you through your life’s challenges. Perhaps you can articulate it more profoundly than I did.

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