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Inspiration for My On-Line Course


I attended Vrinda Norman’s Irresistible Messenger Live Event in San Jose, California, this last weekend. I arrived Thursday and returned late Sunday, inspired with clarity for my on-line course. I played with Canva the last hour or two today and would like feedback from you. To learn more about Canva, click here.

Increase Audience Opt-Ins is a possible title. Vrinda said not to worry about titles right now but I wanted to explore. This course is for entrepreneurs who need help with their presentations. My goal is to guide them with bringing emotional impact to their signature talks for increased audience attention and opt-ins to their programs. Emotional impact equals connection. If their talks and videos don’t hook the potential client emotionally, the entrepreneurs won’t meet their goals.

My questions to you are:

1.) Do you like the image?  What could be improved?

2.) Do you like the temporary title? Why or why not?

Thanks for you comments.


Julaina Kleist-Corwin

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Five Author Quotes For Inspiration

Lisa See, author portrait for "Snowflower and the Secret Fan."Lisa See says, “Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.”

How many of you have read her Snow Flower and the Secret Fan or my favorite, Peony in Love? I met her at the San Francisco Writers Conference a few years ago. She’s friendly and talked about how she frequently goes to China to research her books. I remember her characters as soon as I see Lisa’s name or the titles of her books. They live in a land and time I didn’t know until I read her books.

quote characters are realCornelia Funke, a German author of children’s fiction such as Inkspell, another one of my favorites, said, “Which of us has not felt that the character we are reading in the printed page is more real than the person standing beside us?” Her characters, especially Dustfinger and Meggie, are still alive to me even if I’ve read the book years ago.

writer about dragons quotesGeorge R.R. Martin is quoted as saying, “Some writers enjoy writing, I am told. Not me. I enjoy having written.”

I haven’t read any of his books but A Dance with Dragons and The Winds of Winter look interesting. Unlike him, I do enjoy writing, but I’m sure after my book revisions are done (are they ever really finished?), I’ll be more than happy.

Thomas MannThis quote by Thomas Mann made me laugh and might be along the lines of what George R. R. Martin meant: “A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”

Vladimer Nabokov head shotVladimir Nabokov looks different in this head shot than he did holding the kitten in one of my previous posts. He is right about names. I remember his book with Lolita as the main character but I didn’t remember who wrote the book until I found his quotes for my posts. He says, “Lolita is famous, not I. I am an obscure, doubly obscure, novelist with an unpronounceable name.”

These authors admit it isn’t or wasn’t easy for them to write. I’m encouraged by their words as I revise the first eleven chapters of Norman in the Painting before I continue to see how Jill will help Norman or if she can. And, while I struggle to control Jack who wants to be in every chapter and doesn’t realize he is a minor character, I will think of Thomas Mann.

I agree with Cornelia Funke, characters are real and, like Lolita, if the books are a success, they’ll have their own fame.


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Steve Jobs Inspirational Video

A video of Steve Jobs speaking about his diagnosis.

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May 6, 2013 · 6:17 pm

Quote by Friedrich Nietzsche

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane
by those who could not hear the music. 

 ~ Friedrich Nietzsche 


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The Quote that Came My Way Today

Our fellow writer, Anne Koch, sent me a note card with the following quote by an unknown author:

“Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.”

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