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Recently I dove into my copy of Kristie Tamsevicius’ Motherload Guide, which is a pretty impressive collection of PR and branding strategies laid out in an easy-to-understand format - Kristie is a well known work at home mom precisely because she is a genius at getting herself great PR opportunities. Since I will freely admit that PR is probably one of my weakest talents, I was more than happy (thrilled, even!) to get my hands on this collection of wisdom, tutorials and worksheets to help raise my visibility outside of the blogosphere.

One of the points that Kristie makes is that the press l-o-v-e-s controversy. So she suggests that if you have taken a stand on a particular issue, make it strong and make it loud.

Interestingly, this is something I have shied away from in the past, and it gave me a ton of food for thought. I do have some pretty strong opinions on the self-help industry, traditional models of therapy, and psychiatry - but I haven’t really voiced them for a fear of alienating readers. I think a part of me wanted to ensure I reached as many people as possible.

But then I realized, that by not taking a stand, I could actually be holding myself back from getting the word out about how new approaches and technologies are truly challenging old ways of thinking in the mental health field. There are individuals who spend years in therapy working on phobias that literally can be overcome in hours. It’s not hype, it’s truly possible, in fact, probable with NLP.

Don’t get me wrong, I have a lot of respect for therapists - but if you had the option to take care of a problem in a day vs. 5 years, what would YOU choose?!
So, thanks Kristie! I’m officially going to start to push the envelope just a bit around here. :)

And I’m now insanely curious, because this is rather new to me - how have you pushed the envelope in your businesses and your blogs? Any tips for the “Controversy Newbie”?

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On January 24th, 2007 at 9:35 pm, KWiz said:

Hi Wendy,

I will soon be pushing the envelope somewhat, I think. I am a professing Christian who will be reflecting on the wisdom of a Jungian psychoanalyst in weekly “discussions” of Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. Christians tend to look at anything that does not label itself as Christian to be against Christian doctrine. I happen to think healing for the soul comes from many sources. I’m hoping the discussion I facilitate will help lots of women out there, Christian or not, who are seeking to be healed from a lifetime of pain, or for those who just want to discuss some really cool stories.

On January 24th, 2007 at 11:00 pm, eMom said:

KWiz, I admire your position as well as your willingness to put yourself out there - there is a divide between beliefs and religions in this world, which is both sad and unnecessary, imho. It’s my personal belief that there is only one mountain - but many paths to the top. :)

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