Isn’t becoming a raving fan just the best? Eh, actually it has been a while. Let’s be honest. We put up our guard in this over-saturated world of ours. But every now and then, we find something that resonates with our core. For example: Platform University.
What is a Platform?
You have a platform.
What’s that burning message you want to share with the world? You know, something that lights a fire you never want to quench? Take a look at your Facebook feed. I bet it’s there.
Often, this passion can turn into a blog, podcast, business, video series, book or speaking tour.
For example, Jon Acuff has built a platform around finding passion in your work. His platform is in books, blogging, speaking and social media.
My platform began in 2012 when Dontae and I became debt-free right before we became parents.
In 2013, I started coordinating Financial Peace University classes.
In 2014, the fire within me grew, so I drove to Franklin, TN and graduated from Dave Ramsey’s Financial Coach Master Series.
In 2015, my passion reached an all-time high. I launched my first self-hosted blog – Piggy Bank Dreams – to share my financial insights with the world. Now, I can roll my passions into a business platform – while we save for a house!
I could not be more excited. Especially for what’s ahead. More on that to come…
When I began this blog, I had a GIANT disadvantage:
Zero web training – except for posting adorable pictures of my family on Facebook.
What is Platform University?
Platform U. is an online monthly membership that sprouted from the book Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt. It gives bloggers, authors and small business owners the tools to build an online foundation around the topic that drives their passion.
Here are 6 key features of Platform U:
- Master Class – Led by experts in blogging, social media and internet entrepreneurship (i.e. Dave Ramsey, Dan Miller, Amy Porterfield and Jon Acuff).
- Backstage Pass – Michael Hyatt takes you behind the scenes. He walks you through his own platform building process.
- Live Q & A – Having direct access to the Platform U. staff – including Michael Hyatt – once a month is a “wow” experience, every time.
- Member Makeovers – Hyatt and the Dean of Platform U. review a member’s actual site and give step by step advice to take it to the next level.
- Platform U How To – Monthly practical advice to help members – typically with a blog or social media
- Member Forum – Several thousand class members all in community together.
Why I Love Platform University
I didn’t graduate from college.
It’s the last thing I want to tell people. But being real with you is more important than you being impressed with me.
I think college is awesome. I just couldn’t find a degree program that “fit”. All my life, I’ve wanted to be two things: a writer and a mom. I now have two beautiful children, but up until recently, I didn’t know what to write.
Now that my platform about frugal living is underway, I write every day. I “publish” my best work twice a week to be read by a growing list of subscribers. I’ve begun writing drafts to submit as guests posts on other blogs and am even participating in a writing competition.
If you are a budding writer, you’ll know how big of a deal that last paragraph is.
What school could offer a degree for someone who is a stay-at-home mom, passionate about families, money, faith and writing for the web?
I happen to know of one – and as of right now, it’s $30 per month to become a member. [Raving Fan Alert]
Why You Should Join Platform University
Michael Hyatt gives away more free stuff than Oprah and the food court sample platters COMBINED. If you click the link, you’ll get access to a three-video member makeover series. Also, he’ll give you two bonus resources, “Map Your Message” and “Your Platform Makeover Action Plan”. Free. Lots of free.
MY EXCITING NEWS
Because I’m “all in” as our Texas Hold ‘Em friends say, I will be doing MY OWN platform makeover in May! I’ve been saving up since I started this blog, so you’ll see some pretty radical changes like:
- a fresh website design
- incorporating videos
- interviews with frugal families
- invites for you to share your stories
Subscribe to my blog if you want to be part of my journey! Just by subscribing I’ll give you my free PDF “10 Emergency Recipes – Rescue Dinner (and Your Budget) Tonight”.
Have a blessed and happy Monday!
Join the discussion: What’s your platform? What lights a fire in you?
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