Hi everyone and welcome to this week’s Thursday Throng. Our author today is Dan Blaze who has written Conversation Skills: for the ultimate professional; a ‘must have’ book if you are in business.
The Dan Blaze Interview
What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?
Hmmm… When I was a child, I was an extreme introvert, with very low self-esteem and no self-confidence. Although I’ve gone through many phases in my life, as most of us do, I literally changed my entire life in one single morning by changing my mindset… A mindset that was brought about through anger toward dreadful existence. I repeated to myself that morning… Everybody loves me!
Are there any occupational hazards to being an author?
Absolutely… I work so hard on being an indie author, that I come home from work and spend my night writing… When I’m done writing, I spend my nights marketing and promoting. It’s draining! Very exhausting. Sometimes I’ll wake up in the middle of the night with ideas. It affects me mentally and physically.
Have you ever wished that you could be or do anything else instead of writing, and if so what?
Like many people in the world, I couldn’t afford a formal education. I read over 10,000 books on various business subjects, hundreds of audio-tapes, and ma y videos… But people in the world don’t trust so easily… Most don’t believe that you know what you know until it’s written in black and white. My authorship is my proof of education… My credibility if you will. The next step is to grow my business as a sales consultant.
Do you think there is any elitism attached to the different genres of books, both in the fiction and non-fiction worlds?
No… Not at all. However, I think if you are perceived as a credible source on a subject, you may be more likely to have your books taken seriously… If the queen of England wrote a novel about being a queen, it may be looked at more seriously.
Have you ever written naked?
I do most of writing at coffee shops… Mostly in the morning… I’m not sure if the public would approve of my sitting at a coffee shop with my laptop, naked.
Do you have any hints or tips for aspiring writers?
Don’t do anything without an outline. Start with an outline… Then make it more specific. Then make it more specific again. Then finish it off.
How do you remain sane while working?
Coffee…. Lots and lots of coffee. And then I supplement that at night with one to two beers (as a relaxant). The coffee makes me alert while writing, the beer relaxes me so I can sleep. Never more than two of either though… They say it’s not good for your health.
What is the best excuse you have ever come up with for missing a deadline?
It’s done… I swear it is… But it’s just not as good as I thought it should be… So, now that it’s done I’ll need a new deadline for the perfectionist in me.
What has been the best experience you have ever had in your life?
I use to watch the sun set with some old lady that I didn’t know… never even asked her name… We just sat there together and talked about life and watched the sun set… But it was a peaceful feeling.
Are you jealous of other writers?
No… I’ve never been one to let emotions control my sense of being. While I’m not jealous… I am curious. How do some first-time authors do so well, and others try like heck, fighting for every straw.
Where do you find your inspiration?
My books are non-fiction. So far anyway (p.s. there may a fictional story soon to come). I started by writing a huge book called the Master Sales Manual. I was advised to write a smaller book summary first and release that… I just kept going with that idea… The Master Sales Manual is still on hold waiting to be officially released.
What was the most important thing you learned at school?
In kindergarten I learned how to play well with other people. I strongly believe that relationship skills and communication skills are the two most important skills a person could every learn.
Have you had to learn new skills and tricks or attempted impossible feats in order to get a book finished?
My first book, the Master Sales Manual, as well as the content from my latest book, Conversation Skills, was 80% newly learned information, which were then tried and tested in real life situations to prove their validity.
Do you have any favourite resources you would like to share with our readers?
I’m a bit of an odd person. University text books were my best friends… When I was in grade nine and we were told to a book report on a new book… I did a book report on the grade 11 physics textbook. I don’t have much time to waste on stories… I like pure hard facts. This is an oddity since I am a very creative person, musically, visually, and verbally / textually speaking.
What is your favourite TV moment of all time?
When Superman learns to fly. That is when he truly becomes Superman.
Tea, Coffee, Water, Juice, Wine or Beer … which do you prefer when writing?
Coffee. It’s a stimulant.
Are there any habits you wish you didn’t have?
I live a lot on quick meals… I know that eating right is important to my everyday health, but I live a fast paced life. I’d love to be a healthier eater. I’m working on it.
If you could commit the perfect murder where would you hide the body?
In my neighbour’s dog food. I’d cook it up first. Throw it there as extra meat when the neighbour’s aren’t’ looking.
WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT Dan AND HIS BOOK?
You can find Conversation Skills: for the ultimate professional in Kindle or Paperback format here:
- Amazon UK – Conversation Skills: for the ultimate professional
- Amazon US – Conversation Skills: for the ultimate professional
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