The James Swanwick Show

"Most people think you need to lock yourself away for 6 months to write a book. But you can do it in a weekend!" - James Swanwick

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Think you need to go away and lock yourself up in a cabin for 6 months to write your book? Think again. I just did it in a weekend, and on this episode I’m teaching you exactly how you can do the same.

Writing a book is, for most, a drawn out, labored process. But the truth is that it doesn’t have to be this way. You can get most of the grunt-work done in a very short amount of time, provided you take time to plan, and you get your hands dirty and just jump straight in!

Most people spend far too much time agonizing over the work, without really getting started! On this episode, I’ll teach you how to outline and plan your book, why this is such an important step, and tips to speed up the actual writing process. Learn how to get that masterpiece that’s inside of you out onto paper and in book format in just a weekend, on this episode of the James Swanwick Show!

Key Takeaways:

  • Most people think they need to lock themselves away for 6 months or something. But there’s a more efficient way to do it
  • These tips apply more to nonfiction than fiction
  • Brainstorm chapters and topics - maybe on a whiteboard - move them around, take some time with it. It took me a couple hours
  • Spend considerable time planning, so that your work is all or mostly all focused correctly, and you don’t have to rework things
  • Consider speaking your book out, and getting it professionally  transcribed
  • Get your book professionally edited using a freelance site like Upwork, etc
  • Last step: Polish it all up, work on a cover, etc. This step is not part of the weekend, because you want to take time to let ideas and decisions germinate
  • Topic brainstorming for your book: What are you an expert on?

 

Show Notes: JamesSwanwick.com/148

Direct download: How_To_Write_A_Book_In_A_Weekend.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 3:34am PST

"Most people think you need to lock yourself away for 6 months to write a book. But you can do it in a weekend!" - James Swanwick

(click to tweet)

 

Think you need to go away and lock yourself up in a cabin for 6 months to write your book? Think again. I just did it in a weekend, and on this episode I’m teaching you exactly how you can do the same.

Writing a book is, for most, a drawn out, labored process. But the truth is that it doesn’t have to be this way. You can get most of the grunt-work done in a very short amount of time, provided you take time to plan, and you get your hands dirty and just jump straight in!

Most people spend far too much time agonizing over the work, without really getting started! On this episode, I’ll teach you how to outline and plan your book, why this is such an important step, and tips to speed up the actual writing process. Learn how to get that masterpiece that’s inside of you out onto paper and in book format in just a weekend, on this episode of the James Swanwick Show!

Key Takeaways:

  • Most people think they need to lock themselves away for 6 months or something. But there’s a more efficient way to do it
  • These tips apply more to nonfiction than fiction
  • Brainstorm chapters and topics - maybe on a whiteboard - move them around, take some time with it. It took me a couple hours
  • Spend considerable time planning, so that your work is all or mostly all focused correctly, and you don’t have to rework things
  • Consider speaking your book out, and getting it professionally  transcribed
  • Get your book professionally edited using a freelance site like Upwork, etc
  • Last step: Polish it all up, work on a cover, etc. This step is not part of the weekend, because you want to take time to let ideas and decisions germinate
  • Topic brainstorming for your book: What are you an expert on?

 

Show Notes: JamesSwanwick.com/148

Direct download: How_To_Write_A_Book_In_A_Weekend_FINAL_MIX.mp3
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Book Notes:

  • The difference between juices and smoothies: Smoothies have fiber, juice does not. Juicing can allow our bodies to more easily absorb the nutrition of the fruit
  • The emphasis should be heavily on vegetable juice, not fruit
  • Get social support of you’re trying to lose weight
  • Eating poorly can negatively affect your sex drive
  • Carefully look at the labels on everything that you get
  • Reduce stress because it will make you eat more
  • Poor sleep will also make you eat more, and thereby gain weight

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Show Notes: JamesSwanwick.com/147

Direct download: All_Day_Fat-Burning_Diet.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 7:41am PST

Book Notes:

  • The difference between juices and smoothies: Smoothies have fiber, juice does not. Juicing can allow our bodies to more easily absorb the nutrition of the fruit
  • The emphasis should be heavily on vegetable juice, not fruit
  • Get social support of you’re trying to lose weight
  • Eating poorly can negatively affect your sex drive
  • Carefully look at the labels on everything that you get
  • Reduce stress because it will make you eat more
  • Poor sleep will also make you eat more, and thereby gain weight

Purchase the Book

 

Show Notes: JamesSwanwick.com/147

Direct download: All_Day_Fat-Burning_Diet_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:39am PST

"In diet, you're either screwing up quality, quantity or timing. Find out which it is, and fix it." - Gunnar Peterson

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Do you know what it takes to have the body of Hugh Jackman? What about Sly Stallone? Or Tom Brady? Maybe Bruce Willis? Gunnar Peterson is my guest on the James Swanwick Show today, and he’s bringing you the information you need to know to build a body like a celebrity or sports star.

Gunnar has a ton of value to bring on this show. We’re going over his top 10 tips to get an a-list celebrity body. Not only that, but we’re digging into the ways that you can make these kinds of workouts part of the rest of your life. Which means that you don’t need to spend hours and hours every day in the gym, or build your life around your nutrition plan. You can make it work with your schedule, regardless of how hectic and busy it is!

J-Lo called Gunnar the best trainer she ever had, and I think you’re going to see exactly why! So get excited and pumped to build the best body of your life! Learn how, on this episode of The James Swanwick Show!

10 Tips to Getting an A-List Hollywood Body

  1. Lift weights. Don’t just stick to cardio, even if you think you just want to drop some weight
  2. Do ab and core workout throughout the rest of the workout, don’t save it for the end
  3. Employ multi joint movements in your workout
  4. Mix up what you do first in the gym
  5. Mix up your workouts to keep your mind engaged throughout the workout
  6. Sequence movements from upper to lower, lower to upper, etc
  7. Look for what you’re the worst at in nutrition (quality, quantity, or timing), and focus on fixing that first
  8. Aim for appropriate meal sizes to your energy expenditure. Breakfast should be biggest, then lunch, and dinner should be the smallest. If you’re going to cheat, make it your post workout meal
  9. If you’re looking to lean-out for something specific, try to limit complex carbs (rize, breads, potatoes, pastas, wheat) for 3-7 days, after lunch. This will tighten up your body a lot
  10. Know how to eat defensively. Don’t get caught off guard traveling, at events with finger foods, etc. It’s hard to resist, especially if you’re feeling hungry. Eat defensively!

 

Resources:

GunnarPeterson.com

 

Show Notes: JamesSwanwick.com/146

 

Direct download: Gunnar_Peterson_mixdown.mp3
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"There's power in doing... nothing." - James Swanwick

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Key Takeaways:

  • Be purposeful about taking time to be alone, to refresh and recharge
  • It is possible to fit in the things that are a priority to you. This is so important that it should be a serious priority for anyone
  • Studies have shown that running can give you “break-throughs” in your life
  • Our lives are full of chaos, and sometimes we don’t even realize it, so we don’t realize how badly we need time to refresh
  • You don’t have to try to turn it into a vacation time, get out of your city or anything like that. Just find calm somehow in your own environment. Create it

Resources:

Tai Lopez 67 Steps

Get My Book Notes on 3 Life Changing Books

 

Show Notes: JamesSwanwick.com/145

Direct download: How_To_Destress_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am PST

 The Notes:

  • Learn how to read labels, and read them for every food that you buy
  • Juices that are promoted as “no added sugar” does not mean that it is not packed with sugar. Read the label!
  • When you find out how much sugar is in something, imagine literally eating that much sugar, spoonful by spoonful. You may find yourself less hungry for the food…
  • Eat good fats, avoid unhealthy fats
  • Avoid roasted nuts

Show Notes: JamesSwanwick.com/144

Direct download: I_Quit_Sugar.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 8:36am PST

 The Notes:

  • Learn how to read labels, and read them for every food that you buy
  • Juices that are promoted as “no added sugar” does not mean that it is not packed with sugar. Read the label!
  • When you find out how much sugar is in something, imagine literally eating that much sugar, spoonful by spoonful. You may find yourself less hungry for the food…
  • Eat good fats, avoid unhealthy fats
  • Avoid roasted nuts. Instead, eat raw, unroasted nuts. They are a good source of healthy fats

 

Show Notes: JamesSwanwick.com/144

Direct download: I_Quit_Sugar_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:34am PST

“Society has told us being a predator is a bad thing. But a predator is noble, trustworthy, can be lethal, and is impossible to ignore.” - Bo Eason

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Have you ever been to a stand-up comedy show? Watched one on TV? If you have, you’ll know that one of the trademarks of the genre is the performer sharing embarrassing real-life stories with the audience. It’s what makes us laugh! We might not all have the same embarrassing experience as the comedian, but everyone can relate to the feeling of being embarrassed. It’s universal.

 

Today on the James Swanwick Show I’m talking with Bo Eason, former NFL player and current performer, speaker, and storyteller. He’s sharing his experiences and expertise in telling his unique story to engage with an audience. As Bo knows, when you tell your story, the more personal and specific it becomes, the more universal its appeal. It seems counterintuitive, but the details of your story will remind the audience of their own life and then they’ll connect more with yours. So don’t be shy!

 

In performing and telling stories, it’s important to get your audience’s attention right away. You want them to be captivated from the first sentence on. Bo’s advice to draw them in immediately is to put the audience in the middle of the story. Let them know where your story is going, and they’ll be more interested in learning how you got there.

 

You might be thinking, I don’t know what my story is. Bo has tips for that too! Every story starts at the bottom of a mountain, with someone with a dream trying to achieve it. So think about what your mountain is, what moment or decision in your life has defined its course, and then listen to what Bo has to say about sculpting your story.

 

Bo’s got great advice for finding your story, connecting with your audience, and learning how to perform in a way that’s impossible to ignore! You won’t give the same speech after listening to this podcast.

 

Notes on the Show:

  • From the first sentence, put your audience in the middle of a story to draw them in from the beginning
  • The more personal your story is, the more universal it becomes. This is because when you tell your story and get personal, your audience thinks about their own life, and co-creates their own story with you
  • When you find yourself tuning out what people are saying, it’s usually because there’s no personal story being told in what is being said
  • There is NO separating personal from anything else. Telling stories need to be a part of every part of your life and your presentation if you want to connect with people
  • People, and especially men, tend to be very reluctant to share personal information. So when it is shared, it’s powerful. The very reluctance to open up and tell stories makes what you say incredibly attractive to the listener
  • Every great story starts at the bottom of a mountain, about someone with a dream, and the process of achieving that dream
  • Make an effort to express yourself physically. Too often, people are taught to bottle up that type of movement. Use it to express yourself!
  • When someone is at the top of their game, people can’t look away
  • Society has awarded the title “predator” to the worst of society. But that’s not what a predator is! A predator is noble, fierce, aggressive, and impossible to ignore
  • Embrace who you already are as a fierce predator, male or female, and channel that into the stories that you tell
  • When people can’t look away from you, only better things happen in your life and your potential to do incredible things with your life
  • When telling stories, look for your defining moment, and how it shapes who you are now, and consider circling your story around that moment
  • Embarrassing moments are one of the best ways to connect with your audience. Everyone has felt it, but not everyone wants to share it, so people connect strongly with you when you share embarrassing moments with them
  • Most importantly, be true to who you are in your stories!




“The people who are closest to their own nature, and have a relationship with it, warts and all, are going to be the people who will lead.” - Bo Eason

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Resource:

BoEason.com

 

Show Notes: JamesSwanwick.com/143

Direct download: Bo_Eason_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am PST

“Don’t put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” - Benjamin Franklin

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Key Takeaways:

 

  • Control your focus on one single activity at a time
  • Give yourself impossible deadlines. Deadlines you think are impossible will give you energy, focus, and motivation to accomplish more than you thought was possible
  • Don’t think about what you have to do, just do it, quickly!
  • When you have to get something done, you find a way
  • Tasks will expand to fill the time you give them, so don’t give them much time!
  • Put a penalty or reward around whether you accomplish the tasks
  • Give yourself a strict, exact deadline for whatever you need to get done


Tai Lopez 67 Steps

Get My Book Notes on 3 Life Changing Books

 

Show Notes: JamesSwanwick.com/142

Direct download: Most_Productive_Day.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am PST