Survival Guide for Dreamers

Survival Guide calendar, day 1If you’ve got a dream (or wish you had one) it’s time to stop being stuck. Let me send you 365 days of help with procrastination and Resistance. This new program is designed to give you exactly what you need to finally get moving. Here’s how it works: One day at a time for a full year I’ll be with you via a brief email, helping you get past the procrastination and resistance that have kept you from achieving your dreams. That’s it. No exercises to do. No discussions to keep up with. Just an email a day to encourage you and teach you how to deal with whatever prevents you from going after your dreams. Begin your Survival Guide year at any time.

Barbara Sher Book Clubs

Our next book club begins in October 2018, reading Refuse to Choose. Members of ongoing book clubs should contact for assistance. Even after our official reading period has ended, members are still welcome to add comments for the full year. You won’t be alone in finishing the exercises.

Registration for Hanging Out Opens January 5, 2019

If you have not yet experienced the jewel in the crown of Barbara’s Club, please check out Hanging Out with Barbara Sher. Enjoy a full year of treats every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. (There’s even a second year available if you too become addicted to them.) To make sure everyone gets to know plenty of other people in addition to me, we now open registration only twice a year. Registration is expected to open again on or about January 5 and close about two weeks later.

WriteSpeak Online: Write Your Own Success Story

WriteSpeak Online registration opens again on February 9, 2019, during our Dare to Soar Telesummit.

This is my entire WriteSpeak program, the one I’ve been teaching since 2007 — the 6-hour, highly interactive teleworkshop with me plus a new 48-week online version of the material that was in my WriteSpeak retreat and telecourse, all for a fraction of the earlier price. And now I also offer optional monthly group coaching with one of my WriteSpeak coaches.

For more information, read or listen to my February 2018 talk, How to Become a Writer and Speaker by Next February.

More courses are coming soon!

Be sure you are on the mailing list or a member of Hanging Out to hear about them the moment they are available. The mailing list sign-up is under my photo at the bottom of this page.

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    • I will definitely investigate this, Amy. In the meantime, I’ve added your email, and you should receive your free Idea Party instructions ebook shortly.

      • Hello Patty
        Sorry but I didn’t know how to contact you so I write here.
        I would like to cancel from the Club “Live the Life you Love”.
        What procedure should I follow? Is this message enough?
        Thank you,

  1. Comment, huh? I am listening to “Refuse to Choose”. If I had discovered this book sooner I may have considered another option, but I quit my job cutting grass over a year ago, put my most prized possessions in a storage unit and drove. I wound up in an unlikely job (dog boarding) that allows me a lot of free time. My family and friends think I am nuts, and I have become indifferent to much of life, including their opinions. That said, I am proud of my completely irrational, goofy sense of humor. I am a “scanner” as Sher describes in this book. I am not going to choose anything–work wise, mate wise–that is too permanent…I can’t even put a bumper sticker on my truck because it is too permanent. I have tried other “comment” posts on other sites but never get responses. I know this one will though!!!

    • You’re listening to Refuse to Choose, Glen? How? On audio? Can you tell me? (I’m happy to respond to the rest of your email, too.)

      (I hope you haven’t left comment posts here that got no response!)

    • Super! The next one will be a book club in German, followed in June by a book club in English. If you don’t already receive Barbara’s newsletter, look for the signup form just below her photo near the bottom of every page.

  2. Hi Patty,

    At some point I thought I had heard that Refuse to Choose will be offered again this November. Do you know of any upcoming book clubs as of now?

    Thanks a lot,


    • I hope you’re on the mailing list, Nadine, because we’re sending out the newsletter with registration information in about 10 minutes. 🙂

      If you’re not, scroll down to right below my photo and get on it soon.

      • Oh how exciting!! Thank you!! Glad I didn’t just dream there was going to be another RTC book club starting soon. Hahah! 🙂

        Thank you so much, Barbara! I’ve been on the mailing list for about a year but added my email address once more just in case. Can’t wait to get started!

        We are finally moving back from Germany to Florida in just six days and RTC will be a such a blessing to me and help remind me of life-changing tools to set up my structure in the sunshine state.

  3. Hi Patty and Barbara!
    I just wanted you to know that I am still benefitting from all of the book clubs even though they have technically ended! I often dip back into the books and my notes from the exercises i did as i work on creating. A life of doing more of what i love. I did get stuck on one very hard lesson in its only too late if you don’t start now but finally, finally, after months of both silent and out loud screaming and terrified tears about wanting to keep believing that I had more power than I did…I can finally, finally admit I am a human being, not a god. It amazes me how much I was trying to hang on to believing that I had the potential to be all-powerful…”if only”!

    So now somehow what I understood intellectually as I was reading it, I have now accepted emotionally (to a tipping point degree, at least!) and i am diving back into Book Two of its only too late if you don’t start now. I absolutely must reclaim my original self and second life…..and I so appreciate the support of both of you and everyone in Barbara’s club and the book clubs and everywhere else!

    summary of this post: thank-you times a ba-jillion!

  4. Hi Patty
    I just wondered if you could say some more about the write speak course. I’d like some time to think about it and know the cost. Thanks. See you on bookclub also. Thanks for your great comments by the way. Cheers, Ruth

    • Hi, Ruth. You are most welcome. I love doing the book clubs with all you great members!

      I don’t yet know the price for WriteSpeak, but it will be steeper than Hanging Out. It begins with a 6-hour teleworkshop with Barbara, to make sure you get clear on a message and an audience you can write for and speak to the way she does for us. You’ll also master a couple of helpful tech tools for writers and speakers, and you’ll get to know very well some of your fellow WriteSpeakers.

      Barbara will repeat this teleworkshop a number of times over the course of a month, so that everyone gets to work with her in a small group. I’ve been through it, and it’s really inspiring. I love to write, but once I understood what she was showing us, I knew I had to speak, too, and she made that so easy. And it watched it work the other way around for folks who enjoyed speaking.

      If you opt to continue, you’ll spend 48 weeks exploring your message, getting to know and be known by your audience, building your mailing list, and writing your first book the easy way. In the last few weeks, Barbara and the rest of the gang will help launch your book.

      Along the way, you’ll make a plan, using Barbara’s wonderful formula of choices, for reaching lots of people and making money from your message. This plan is different for every member, and it’s what the online course will help you plan, learn to do, and carry out. Most members will aim for a self-published non-fiction or fiction book and a healthy mailing list by the end of the 48 weeks.

      The online course is basically self-study, but you’ll be doing it with a group, and the assignments will invite you to interact to encourage each other, share the load, experiment together, practice new skills, and get caught up after you get distracted. Barbara has done this work with many WriteSpeakers before, and we have lots of recordings, so you’ll pay a lot less than they did for this wisdom.

      You’ll learn how to organize your book and how to get it written with a lot less work than most authors put in (you are even encouraged to hire an editor), and you’ll learn to create great workshops and videos and keynotes. But you won’t learn grammar or line editing or what to do with your hands or feet while you talk, because you won’t need them. You’ll also learn all about today’s social media and audience-building tools, because you *will* need them, no matter how good your books and workshops are.

      Those who finish the teleworkshop but don’t do the online course this year will have access to some other WriteSpeak resources throughout the year.

      I’m sure it goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway. This is not a get-rich-quick on the internet or a write-a-book-in-a-weekend program. It’s detailed instruction on how to live a life you love if Barbara’s career calls to you, too — plus a community to make sure you get there, “even if you have no goals, no character, and you’re often in a lousy mood” like me.

      Barbara calls it “Write Your Own Success Story.”

      More details soon, Ruth!

      • Sorry for the duplicate or triplicate post! One of them was supposed to say to Patty…thanks for answering Ruth’s question with all of those details!

        I had to stop my posts for a bit but want to get back to posting more soon in several places.

        Bye for now!

  5. Hello,
    I would like to begin the connection with Barbara Sher and Barbara’s Club.
    Please send the suggestions steps/programs classes. I want to begin immediately. It’s only too late if you don’t start now.
    Thank you!
    Pam Davis

    • Hi, Pam! I hear your enthusiasm. We’ll be announcing a new book club and a new year-long course next month, so be sure your address is on Barbara’s mailing list. (That’s the signup box below her photo on every page.) This month, just a few days ago in fact, Barbara turned 80, and we’ve given her some time off for writing and relaxing. However, you can listen to the recording of one of her Resistance teleclasses. Sign up on (this page, right above our comments). And in November, we’ll be allowing a new group into Hanging Out with Barbara Sher, a year-long delight of a program.

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