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The “How-To” Book Five-Day Challenge (Inner Circle Members Only)

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You ARE Writing This Book

Welcome to the How-To Book five-day challenge! I’m so excited that you’re here, and I can’t wait to get started.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Day 1 – Revealing the Secrets of Learning
    • Discover how people want to feel when they’re learning.
    • Meet the Learning Avatars and why they matter.
  • Day 2 – Harnessing the Secrets of Teaching
    • Utilize the “Five Ways to Inspire and Motivate.”
    • Meet the Teaching Avatars and why they matter.
  • Day 3 – Creating the Perfect Educational Experience
    • Explore the teaching mediums and modalities you’ll use to create your first draft.
    • Discover how to leverage your strengths as an effective teacher.
  • Day 4 – Writing the First Chapter Without Writing
    • Learn how to perfectly match Learning Avatars and Teaching Avatars.
    • Design your first chapter from a lesson plan template.
  • Day 5 – Brainstorming Your Table of Contents
    • Brainstorm your Table of Contents.
    • Explore a successful case study.

Before we begin, scroll down and download the worksheet at the bottom of the page.

If you haven’t done so (and it’s completely optional), join your fellow authors in our exclusive and private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3114337218782532/

You “win” the challenge by submitting a completed worksheet to me within 48 hours of the end of the challenge.

Every writer who completes the challenge (submitting the worksheet) will be automatically entered into the prize pool drawings, which include:

  • A FREE signed copy of Three Story Method: Writing How To Books
  • A $50 Amazon gift card
  • A FREE 30-minute, 1-on-1 consultation with J.

Don’t write your first draft, teach it.

Homework = On the “Prep Work” section of the worksheet: Ask five people what they think you’re really good at that most people aren’t.

Download the worksheets below!

Worksheet (print-friendly PDF)  – https://theauthorlife.com/downloads/how-to-challenge-worksheet.pdf

Worksheet (customizable Word doc) – https://theauthorlife.com/downloads/how-to-challenge-worksheet.docx

BONUS Facebook Live video from 04-16-2022

Day 1

Day 1: Revealing the Secrets of Learning

Day 1! How exciting! The goal today is understanding how people feel when they’re learning and why that matters.

  • How People Want to Feel When Learning: NEST (from TEACHING WITH STYLE)
    • Nurtured
    • Empowered
    • Structure
    • Teamwork
  • Introducing The LAvs (Learning Avatars)
    • Competitor
    • Cooperator
    • Wallflower
    • Cheerleader
    • Minimalist
    • Lone Wolf

Review: In this lesson you learned…

  • How people want to feel when they’re learning.
  • About the Learning Avatars and why they matter.

Homework = On the “Day 1” section of the worksheet: What is your Learning Avatar? Describe the qualities of your “perfect” teacher.

Day 2

Day 2: Harnessing the Secrets of Teaching

Welcome to Day 2! Now that you understand how learners want to feel, we’re going to explore ways to motivate them, and help you identify your Teaching Avatar.

  • Five Ways to Inspire and Motivate:
    • Reveal their potential (encourage dreams)
    • Meet them where they are (justify failures)
    • Make the complex simple (allay fears)
    • Tap into their innate talent (confirm suspicions)
    • Curate and focus their time (throw rocks at enemies)
  • Introducing The TAvs (Teaching Avatars)
    • Intellectual
    • Guru
    • Innovator
    • Big Thinker
    • Storyteller
    • Commander
    • Favorite
    • Connector
    • Coach
    • Manager
    • Friend

Review: In this lesson you learned…

  • The five ways to inspire and motivate people.
  • About the Teaching Avatars and why they matter.

Homework = On the “Day 2” section of the worksheet: What is your Teaching Avatar? Craft the hook for your book using the “Five Ways” template.

Day 3

Day 3: Creating the Perfect Educational Experience

Here we are at Day 3! Today we’re going to explore teaching mediums and modalities and how you can leverage your strengths as an effective teacher.

  • Mediums
    • Online
    • In-person
  • Modalities
    • 1: one
    • 1: few
    • 1: many
  • Profit/Investment Matrix
  • The Author Life Community – Let’s take a quick tour!
    • Reminders:
      • All of the videos, lessons, and resources are coming down at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time on April 27, 2022.
      • $1 trial for an entire month is only available until 12:01 a.m. Eastern time on April 30, 2022.

Review: In this lesson you learned…

  • About the teaching mediums and modalities.
  • How you can leverage your strengths as an effective teacher.

Homework = On the “Day 3” section of the worksheet: Using OR OR+, place a symbol in every box of the teaching and learning modality matrix. Then pick the one that suits you best.

BONUS Facebook Live video from 04-19-2022

Day 4

*Note: The video hangs in the beginning, but eventually gets right. The audio is unaffected. Apologies for the technical glitch.

Day 4: Writing the First Chapter Without Writing

Day 4! We’re almost to the end of the challenge. Today we’re going to connect the Avatars and use a lesson plan template to design your first chapter.

Let’s review your homework: Find the overlap and decide on the modality with the best fit.

  • 1: one
  • 1: few
  • 1: many

Let’s design your first lesson.

  • Identify your TAv
  • Identify your LAv
  • Design your Chapter 1 lesson

Review: In this lesson you learned…

  • How to align Learning Avatars and Teaching Avatars.
  • How to design your first chapter using a lesson plan template.

Homework = On the “Day 4” section of the worksheet: Place a ✔+ in the box that matches your IDEAL teaching style with your IDEAL learning avatar (Your “perfect” student, not your personal learning style.). Then, Complete the lesson plan using the template.

Day 5

Day 5: Brainstorming Your Table of Contents

Day 5! Last day! Today we’re going to brainstorm your Table of Contents.

  • Brainstorm a list of 30+ chapters, steps, or stages
  • Narrow down to 10 (like I did with Alan Donegan)

You “win” the challenge by submitting a completed worksheet to me within 48 hours of the end of the challenge.

Every writer who completes the challenge (submitting the worksheet) will be automatically entered into the prize pool drawings, which include:

  • A FREE signed copy of Three Story Method: Writing How To Books
  • A $50 Amazon gift card
  • A FREE 30-minute, 1-on-1 consultation with J.

The Author Life Community

  • Reminders:
    • All of the videos, lessons, and resources are coming down at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time on April 27, 2022.
    • $1 trial for an entire month is only available until 12:01 a.m. Eastern time on April 30, 2022.

Review: In this lesson you learned…

  • A process for creating your Table of Contents.
  • How Alan Donegan used this approach for his book.

Homework = On the “Day 5” section of the worksheet: Brainstorm as many possible lessons/chapters as possible.

BONUS Facebook Live video from 04-22-2022

BONUS

BONUS: Teaching, Transcribing, Testing

Congratulations! You made it through all five days! But you’re not entirely done yet. Bonus lesson!

  • Here’s what you learned:
    • Day 1 – Revealing the Secrets of Learning
      • Discover how people want to feel when they’re learning.
      • Meet the Learning Avatars and why they matter.
    • Day 2 – Harnessing the Secrets of Teaching
      • Utilize the “Five Ways to Inspire and Motivate.”
      • Meet the Teaching Avatars and why the matter.
    • Day 3 – Creating the Perfect Educational Experience
      • Explore the teaching mediums and modalities you’ll use to create your first draft.
      • Discover how to leverage your strengths as an effective teacher.
    • Day 4 – Writing the First Chapter Without Writing
      • Learn how to perfectly match Learning Avatars and Teaching Avatars.
      • Design your first chapter with from a lesson plan template.
    • Day 5 – Brainstorming Your Table of Contents
      • Brainstorm your Table of Contents.
      • Explore a successful case study.
    • The formula for writing the rest of the book:
      • Teaching
      • Transcribing
      • Testing
    • Every writer who completes the challenge (submitting the worksheet) will be automatically entered into the prize pool drawings, which include:
      • A FREE signed copy of Three Story Method: Writing How To Books
      • A $50 Amazon gift card
      • A FREE 30-minute, one-on-one consultation with J.

Special Offer (details on your worksheet): If you complete your first chapter draft by July 1, 2022, you’re eligible to have it analyzed for just $24.99. This exclusive service is only for challenge participants, and the offer expires on July 1. If you’d like to take advantage of this special offer, email J. (jthorn.writer@gmail.com) and he’ll connect you with a certified Three Story Method Editor.

Homework: Submit your completed worksheet using the form below and you’ll be entered into the random prize giveaways! The form will accept Word documents or PDF documents.