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Powerful Habits, Potent Engagement, and a Double Dose of Pink

How’s your January going? I’ve been having a great time looking at our publishing themes and brainstorming cool new topic ideas with our editorial team. And I’m so glad you’re here starting the year with us.

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Dan Pink on the State of Free Agent Nation in 2015 (And Beyond)


In 1997, a young man quit his job to become a writer. In January 1998, an article he wrote entitled “Free Agent Nation” appeared in a young magazine called Fast Company, and a career was launched.

That article proved viable demand and led to a book deal. The interesting intersection here is that another young man who had quit his job to become a writer was featured in the book version of Free Agent Nation, and that young man was Brian Clark.

Oh yeah … the first guy’s name is Daniel Pink. He’s written five provocative books, including three long-running New York Times bestsellers: A Whole New Mind, Drive, and To Sell is Human.

So, there was no other choice for Brian’s first guest on Unemployable. Fortunately, Dan said yes.

In this episode of Unemployable with Brian Clark, Dan Pink and Brian discuss:

  • The current state of free agent nation
  • Why free agency is a privilege for the talented
  • How the predictions Dan made in A Whole New Mind benefit you
  • Why the threat of job extinction may be overblown
  • Why “selling yourself” is not sleazy if done correctly

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On Pink Hair, Marketing, and Business on Your Own Terms

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It’s always interesting being in an airport as a person with pink hair — especially when I’m traveling for business.

Pink hair is a little more mainstream these days (curse you, Nicki Minaj), but it still gets attention.

Small children think I’m some kind of live-action muppet, which I enjoy very much.

TSA security officials look at the combination of the pink hair and the business jacket, and give me a puzzled smile. My fellow business travelers give me confused looks … mixed, sometimes, maybe with a tiny bit of jealousy as well.

Anything you do that’s visibly different will get people telling stories in their own heads. Pink hair seems to inspire stories about freedom from arbitrary rules, about navigating the economic changes of the 21st century, about 4-hour workweeks.

The 4-hour workweek part is bogus, but the rest of it has some merit.

I first dyed my hair pink in a kind of post-corporate stress disorder statement — I’m not going back there.

I had attitude about corporate when I was in that environment. Career-limiting kinds of attitude. And I’ve never particularly gotten over it.

I’m sure that I should have behaved myself better and been a little more politically astute. But I’ve never been all that good at that. Ah well.

When I first declared independence with my hair, I was a fledgling freelance copywriter with definite ideas about writing, content, business, and ethics.

Funnily enough, now I’m a reasonably seasoned business owner with definite ideas about writing, content, business, and ethics.

I’m still very much the same person (you can see what I used to be like in this post), but a more seasoned version. (That post is where the quote in the blog image above comes from …)

These days I’m a professional pink-haired marketer.

What the heck does that even mean?

It’s not about the hair, of course. It’s about the symbolism.

It’s about making sure you’re living by rules that make sense for you.

To be honest, it’s also about getting successful enough to follow your own rules.

You might have noticed that we launched a giant podcast network last week. It’s been a kickass experience — both friendly rivalry (we’re all trying to figure out how to beat Demian Farnworth’s numbers on Rough Draft) and the cheers of Go Team! to see everyone hogging up so many spots in the iTunes Top 20 business and marketing podcasts.

Our production team have been superheroes, working very, very hard to make this look easy.

My own little corner of our network is about living by your own lights — as a professional, but also without pretending that our careers aren’t a vital, core part of our lives. You aren’t one person at work and one in your “real life.” Work is real life, and we should treat it that way.

So far on the show I’ve gotten cranky about the lies that our culture tells about business, and geeked out on talent and creativity with my friend Sean D’Souza.

In the months coming up, I’ll be riffing on:

  • Productivity for flakes, head cases, and other natural disasters
  • Some harsh truths (and some awesome ones) about how social media works
  • Figuring out what makes customers buy from one business versus another
  • How to handle risk without losing your mind (or your house)
  • How to manage your team with more heart, empathy, and effectiveness
  • The mistakes that businesses and marketers make over and over … and how to do better

I’m also doing Q&A sessions where I dig deep into audience questions, to try and uncover the general business lessons that can benefit the greatest number of people.

(If you want to ask a question for the podcast, you can leave it in the comment section on any of the existing or new show posts — I’ll be picking the ones I think have the greatest general applicability. You can also tweet me @soniasimone.)

I don’t have all the answers

I don’t know it all, by any means. I’m not a mogul or a guru or a wise old lady on the mountain top.

I’m a working professional who cares about being a good human being, about doing meaningful work, about having solid relationships with my family and friends, about helping other people with my business.

I’m walking the path, with as much awareness as I can, and talking about what I see as I walk it. If you are too (no matter what your hair color), I welcome you to join me there.

You can check out the existing shows here: Confessions of a Pink-Haired Marketer

And if iTunes is your thing, you can find me here: Confessions of a Pink-Haired Marketer on iTunes

And of course, if you feel moved to subscribe, rate, or review the show in iTunes — well, that would be amazing. My great, great thanks to those who already have.

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Sonia Simone

Sonia Simone is co-founder and Chief Content Officer of Copyblogger Media. Get more from Sonia on Twitter and .

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Here’s How Daniel Pink Writes

Authority Rainmaker 2015 speaker Daniel Pink

[Editor’s note: this post was originally published on February 20, 2013. We’re running it again because Dan Pink is one of our keynote speakers for Authority Rainmaker in May, 2015.]

It seems only fitting that bestselling author and journalist Daniel Pink returns to Copyblogger to reveal his secrets for getting words onto the page.

Brian Clark picked the brain of this influential thinker six years ago in a conversation that became Copyblogger’s first author interview. Brian also appeared in Dan’s first book, Free Agent Nation.

Mr. Pink is an exceptional teacher who delivers keen insight for passionate, innovative, and hungry writers and entrepreneurs alike.

Naturally, we’re thrilled he’s a keynote speaker — along with Sally Hogshead and Henry Rollins — at Authority Rainmaker in Denver, Colorado May 13–15, 2015.

From his last “real job” as Chief Speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore, to his prolific freelance work challenging outdated beliefs about finding success on the “new frontier” of work, his message always resonates loud and clear.

By working smarter, not harder (i.e., drowning in corporate anonymity), it is far more likely to find authenticity and meaning in your work life.

In his latest book, To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others, he examines effective means by which to truly move your audience with passion and purpose.

Mr. Pink found time to drop by The Writer Files to share a spot-on definition of creativity, admit his own struggles as a writer, and share a helpful writing technique for when things get ugly.

Take it from a guy with multiple New York Times bestsellers translated into dozens of languages, and a renowned TED talk with more than 12 million views.

Let’s flip through the file of Daniel Pink, writer …

About the writer …

Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Daniel Pink. I write books — five of them so far (and probably more once I forget how painful writing books is).

What’s your area of expertise as a writer?

In one word, work. That’s at the center — why people work, what they do at work, what work means to them, how they can work better and smarter. In more than one word, I write about work, business, technology, psychology, organizations, sociology, economics, design, creativity, and the intersections of those topics.

Where can we find your writing?

Your local bookstore or public library — and on www.danpink.com.

The writer’s productivity …

How much time, per day, do you spend reading or doing research?

It depends. At certain stages of book projects, that’s all I do all day. At other times, it’s usually a couple of hours.

Before you begin to write, do you have any pre-game rituals or practices?

I look at my email to see if anything urgent needs my attention — which is always a mistake.

What’s your best advice for overcoming procrastination?

Don’t use my pre-game ritual.

What time of day is most productive for your writing?

I do my best work, by far, in the morning.   

Do you generally adhere to a rigid or flexible writing system?

When I have a book to write, I’m pretty rigid. I try to clear out the morning (see above), close my email, turn off the phone, seat-belt myself into a chair — and not do anything else until I’ve hit my daily word count.  

However, when I’m not working on a book or big article, my “system” is somewhere between half-assed and nonexistent.


How many hours a day do you spend actually writing (excluding email, social media etc.)?

That depends, too. When I’m working on a book or a big article, it’s probably five or six hours. But other days, it’s way, way less — always to my dismay.

Do you write every day?

Unfortunately, I don’t. I know I should. Look, now you’ve made me feel bad about myself. Happy?

The writer’s creativity …

Define creativity.

Giving the world something it didn’t know it was missing.

Who are your favorite authors, online or off?

Wow. There are so many authors I admire. I couldn’t possibly list them all. Ben Fountain. Michael Lewis. Katherine Boo. Etgar Keret. Lorrie Moore. Toni Morrison. Philip Roth. Haruki Murakami. Ryu Murakami. George Pelecanos. Colson Whitehead. Junot Diaz. Carol Dweck. The Heath Brothers. Seth Godin. Jim Collins. Tom Peters. Malcolm Gladwell. Charles Fishman. And lots of others whom I’ll kick myself for forgetting.

Can you share a best-loved quote?

I hate quotations. Tell me what you know. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do you prefer a particular type of music (or silence) when you write?

Silence. I often use earplugs when I write.

How would you personally like to grow creatively as a writer?

At some point, I’d like to try something that’s pure, driving narrative — no analysis, just a ripping good story.

Do you believe in “writer’s block?” If so, how do you avoid it?

Writer’s block is bunk. (I’d use a stronger word, but children may be reading.) It’s simply a sad excuse for not confronting the blinking cursor and your own inadequacies.

Who or what is your “Muse” at the moment (i.e., specific creative inspirations)?

To paraphrase Chuck Close, muses are for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work.

Would you consider yourself someone who likes to “take risks?”

I’m answering your questions, aren’t I?


What makes a writer great?

Hmmm. I wish I knew. When you find out, can you let me know?

The writer’s workflow …

What hardware or typewriter model are you presently using?

I’ve got an iMac and a MacBook Pro. I alternate between them.

What software are you using for writing and general workflow?

I’m not ashamed of it: I use Word. Always have. So there.


Do you have any tricks for staying focused?

I’ll admit to having resorted to the Pomodoro technique [using a timer to block writing intervals] when things have gotten really ugly.

Have you run into any serious challenges or obstacles to getting words onto the page?

Every single day. For me, getting words onto the page is never easy. Never.

How do you stay organized (methods, systems, or “mad science”)?

Dropbox is my co-pilot. I also use lots of paper files, beautifully labeled with my labeler. And I’ve given up whiteboards for “big-ass stickies” — jumbo, poster-sized Post-it notes.

How do you relax at the end of a hard day?

Between April and October, I’ll kick back and listen to the Washington Nationals baseball game on the radio. Also, wine.

A few questions just for the fun of it …

Who (or what) has been your greatest teacher?

My mistakes.  

What’s your biggest aggravation or pet peeve at the moment (writing related or otherwise)?

Answering email has become the bane of my existence. It’s endless.

Choose one author, living or dead, that you would like to have dinner with.

My dream dinner is Jesus, Buddha, and Mohammed. I’d record the whole conversation and turn it into an awesome book.

Do you have a motto, credo, or general slogan that you live by?

Not really. I try to live by a broad set of principles rather than a single credo. 

What do you see as your greatest success in life?

That I’ve resisted conformity more often than I’ve succumbed to it.

If you could take a vacation anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would you go (cost or responsibilities are no object)?

I’d visit every major league baseball stadium, accompanied by my son.

What would you like to do more of in the coming year?

Read more books and less email. 

Can you offer any advice to writers and content producers that you might offer yourself, if you could go back in time and “do it all over?”

Don’t worry about what other people think. And work harder. You might not believe it right now, but persistence almost always trumps talent.  

Please tell Copyblogger readers where they can connect with you online.



Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know?

My latest book [To Sell is Human] is a great value!

And finally, the writer’s desk …

One glance at a writer’s work space is a window into a threshold where words are wrought that can change the world.

Being extraordinary? That’s up to you.

From composing wise missives about the art of persuasion, to simply sipping wine and listening to a baseball game, thank you for giving us a glance, Mr. Pink.

It’s truly inspiring.

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Want to take your content marketing to the next level?

Daniel Pink is among the powerhouse lineup of speakers who will be presenting at Authority Rainmaker May 13–15, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. It’s live content marketing training and networking for real-world results.

Super Early Bird pricing is now in effect, which saves you $ 500 off the full price. The price goes up on January 16, so don’t wait and pay more.

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Kelton Reid

Kelton Reid is Director of Multimedia Production for Copyblogger Media, and an independent screenwriter and novelist. Get more from Kelton on Twitter and .

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Authority 2015: Daniel Pink, Sally Hogshead, and Punk Legend Henry Rollins

This last May, we held our first live event. Authority Intensive featured a personally-curated group of speakers in a single-track format to a sold-out house, with an emphasis on the fundamentals of design, content, traffic, and conversion.

I must say, it was a personal highlight of this crazy adventure we’ve been on since I started Copyblogger back in 2006. The privilege of having Seth Godin, Ann Handley, Darren Rowse, Joanna Wiebe, Bryan Eisenberg, and many other of my industry favorites speak at an event we hosted was both amazing and humbling.

So naturally, I have a really high bar to exceed for the next show. Let me know what you think about this keynote group (which is just for starters).

Bigger, Better … Smarter

As Vincent Vega from Pulp Fiction would say, “That’s a bold claim.”

The feedback from the first show, which sold out months in advance, was phenomenal. The cool thing for me was that I got to choose the speakers and introduce each of them, simply as a fan – and the audience got all the benefit.

You can see the highlights from last year here. In reality, however, all 2014 really did was embolden me to take my fan boy aspirations to the next level.

And that’s what I’ve done, starting with our 2015 keynote speakers:

Daniel Pink

Dan is the serial New York Times bestselling author of To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others, A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, and Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. And don’t forget Dan’s first bestseller, Free Agent Nation, which featured yours truly from my earliest days of content marketing in the late ’90s.

Back in 2000, I was thrilled to meet Dan at the Magnolia Cafe in Austin to be interviewed for his first book, and now I’m exceptionally proud to welcome him as the opening keynote of Authority 2015. I can assure you that after his presentation, you’ll never look at “selling” the same way again.

Sally Hogshead

Sally is the bestselling author of Fascinate: Your 7 Triggers to Persuasion and Captivation and her latest How the World Sees You: Discover Your Highest Value Through the Science of Fascination. Sally rose to the top of the advertising profession writing ads that fascinated millions of consumers, and she now specializes in measuring how people perceive the way you communicate in order to find your winning difference.

Sally’s presentation will focus on how to identify your unique positioning as a content creator. And the cool thing is that she believes the greatest value you can add is to become more of yourself.

Henry Rollins

Henry Rollins — lead singer of seminal punk pioneers Black Flag, then later heading the breakthrough Rollins Band. Author and founder of his own publishing house, and an enthralling spoken-word artist. And then, naturally … print, film, radio, and television personality.

So other than being the coolest thing ever, why is Henry Rollins speaking at a content marketing conference? Because content marketing is do it yourself media, and Henry has done DIY media in a way that makes us all look like slackers.

Black Flag recorded, financed, and distributed their own records, set up and promoted their own shows, and created their own merchandise. Henry published his own books (nearly 30 at last count) on his own imprint, and toured the world multiple times as a spoken-word artist under his own initiative.

And then he said “why not” to the world of traditional media. With all due respect to the late James Brown, Rollins remains the hardest working man in modern show business, and he will absolutely get you fired up about your own new media efforts.

Here Comes the Rain …

In 2015 the event is called Authority Rainmaker, for obvious reasons. And we’ve changed venue to the magnificent Ellie Caulkins Opera House in downtown Denver, Colorado, to accommodate a larger audience.

There will once again be amazing food, fantastic parties, and exceptional networking. And naturally we’ve got some amazing hotel deals for you as well.

Best of all is the Early Bird pricing you can take advantage of right now. Don’t wait to pay more, or worse, get left out when it sells out:

Reserve your spot at Authority Rainmaker 2015 today.

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Brian Clark

Brian Clark is founder and CEO of Copyblogger, and uncompromising evangelist for the Rainmaker Platform. Get more from Brian on .

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