Listening to my Readers: Launch of Blogworld ebook and the Newsletter

Blogworld Expo 2010 eBook

In every space, every aspect and every part of our life, it is listening – truly and intently listening — which is our greatest offering to anyone sharing our life or crossing our path. It is only through real listening that true understanding can occur.

Do you think you really know how to listen?

I know — and my family will gladly vouch for it – that I have been a ridiculously poor listener all my life — and have struggled greatly to change my habits and to learn to slow down and really listen.

Listening is the most difficult, yet simplest and most overlooked and most rewarding skill you could develop. Much as we love to hear ourselves talk, and believe me, I do, it is in the listening that we learn our greatest lessons, that we get to know our greatest friends, and that we are exposed to our greatest experience in life and among others.

Listening is not the same as hearing. We hear a million things but we tune in to a few and we really listen to even a lesser degree. If we listen carefully, we remember far more accurately. If we listen with all our focus and attention, we offer the best gift to those who need to be heard. If we afford to listen for once without thinking of what we are going to say next, or what we need to do next, amazing things start to unfold. We may find ourselves still greatly moved from a speech we heard a decade ago because we absorbed every ounce of inspiration, every word in its exact enunciation, and every performance from the speaker. We may very well move someone else indefinitely by offering them the gift of true listening.

I am not advocating listening to everything all the time. It is fine — and sometimes necessary – not to listen. Few things are worth our time and being seriously selective is an expression of our freedom to live life on our own terms. But it is important to be genuine and honest with yourself  — if you are not going to listen, do not pretend otherwise — and always know the price of not listening when it may apply to things which interest you a great deal.

“Seek first to understand, then to be understood.”
~ Stephen Covey

You do not get to complain if you do not listen to your customer. You do not get to assume the nature of a problem if you do not listen to your partner. You do not get to win an argument if you do not listen to the other side.

And you do not get very far as a blogger if you do not listen to your readers. Listen to your readers! Listen carefully and listen every time they tell you something. Then listen some more. The blog is not about you; it is about you making it relevant to them and you do that first by listening.

So it is in listening to you that I came upon the idea for my first eBook; it is in response to your requests that I put myself through the two-week exercise of learning how to provide value beyond the regular posts. Thank you.

The Blogworld Series hit a chord with many of you. In the comments and emails and Tweets, I heard over and over the request for a comprehensive printable and readable version of the series and I turned it into a massive exhausting and a huge learning project, which I am thrilled to say is complete!

Today, I am offering a gift to my darling readers. The Blogworld 2010 Experience eBook is a free gift for you in both the PDF printable readable and easy to save format as well as in epub format which is the preferred (and great) format for e-readers such as iPhone, iPad, Google Android, Amazon Kindle (with a plugin), Barnes & Noble Nook and many others.

Check out the landing page, read the testimonials, download the eBook and share it with your network if you find it valuable!

Writing this first ebook and learning the process has ignited another fire and I intend to write and offer many more in the future. Some may be an extension of topics covered briefly on the blog; others may be exploring new aspects of Prolific Living and Smart Habits for Rich Living but I am not doing any of that without first hearing more from you so please speak your mind:

~ What interests you as a reader here in this space?
~ What topics – from traveling, health, yoga, communication, writing, reading, languages, the classics, smart habits, personal development, public speaking, photography, blogging, and Persian culture – would you like to see covered in more depth?
~ What type of medium do you prefer — ebook, podcast, video?

In other news, I am starting a Newsletter for us in November. This is an excellent way to keep up on the Prolific Living news such new as ebooks and guides which I create for us, contests and surveys which I run, interviews and guest posts which do not appear here on the blog as well as anything else that I need to tell you about the new and exciting things happening here!

~ If you are an email subscriber, you will receive the newsletter automatically. The first one will go out this week with some exciting news!
~ If you are not an email subscriber, just use the form on top right to sign up!
~ If you are not sure, sign up anyway and I’ll tell you which one you are!

Thank you for your readership

Photography above by Pascal Monmoine

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  • Kristi

    Great job compiling your experiences in the ebook. I’m looking forward to the first newsletter, and I’d love to do lunch next time around! :)

    • Farnoosh

      Kristi, your encouragement means the world – and you are of course featured in the ebook as well. Lunch is on me at Blogworld 2011 and thanks for the excitement in the newsletter – now I have to make sure it’s up to par…I am going for simplicity but high quality content, short and sweet….that’s the starting strategy anyway!

  • Katie

    Farnoosh, congratulations. I’ve just downloaded my copy and can’t wait to dig in for some Farnoosh-like wisdom and inspiration. This is a lovely gift to your readers and I’m really impressed with the look of the e-book. You are truly talented.

    • Farnoosh

      Dear Katie, I am so happy that you were featured on the ebook and that you like the cover. In all honesty, Abubakar helped me with that cover so I cannot take credit but he didn’t want me to brag about his talents – too late now I guess. Gift to my readers is all I wanted to do. Many more gifts where this came from. Keep doing your great stuff too!

  • Sandra Lee

    Congratulations Farnoosh on this elegant offering to your community and the world. I just downloaded my copy and am reading for a wonderful read! I love how you are continuously learning and improving.

    On listening, I agree it’s so crucial to listen with your whole being!

    • Farnoosh

      Sandra, my dearest cheerleader, you are so kind. Thank you so much, this took so much work but like all other things in the blogging world, it’s so worth it to create content for my darling readers. Enjoy it and tell me how I can do better in the next ebook!

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  • Aileen

    You are on fire! I’m witnessing your passions in action as you create and release your Newsletter AND E-book in the same day! I believe you are now the “Launch Queen.”
    It’s great!

    • Farnoosh

      Dear Aileen, thank you for being so excited and sharing in all this which far too exciting to contain inside….Yes, I did mention that I was at this for a week or so, believe me it took many hours but once you do it, it’s done – I can’t wait to see what you launch for us, next!! Thanks for the encouragement!

  • Mars Dorian

    Soo cool, Farnoosh,

    like I said in my tweets – it’s so AWE-some that you share the blogworld stories with those that couldn’t be there (like me!!)

    It’s going to be a blast to read those pages, and I’m glad that I found you.

    • Farnoosh

      You can’t say it too many times, Mars. This did take a lot of time to pull together and if it is making one reader this happy, it is worth every bit of effort – so you are the one making my day! Enjoy it and let me know what you may recommend that I write for the next ebook. Many thanks for the RTs!

  • Zengirl @ Heart and Mind


    What a great idea and I am sure everyone will love it, specially many of us who were not able to be there.

    Can’t wait to read this when I get a chance. I am already a subscriber, so it will be in my email right?


    • Farnoosh

      Thanks Preeti – I am so glad you will be enjoying it as we did miss you at Blogworld. You are a subscriber, yes, and you will get an email copy of this post as well but the landing page for the ebook is where you can go to download any format that you like. Thanks for your comment and support!

      • Zengirl @ Heart and Mind

        You’ll have my support always, even without the ebook! :-)

  • Lance


    And you have touched upon something that I think is so important – the *really* listening (as opposed to just hearing) to others. It fits so, so well with the quote you shared from Stephen Covey (I love the material he has created). That “seeking to understand”…there is very much a listening component to that. And when we do, we see with new eyes.

    Farnoosh, I come here to listen. And I do, because you share material that does make me delve more deeply into me. And that’s such a great place for me to “be”.

    So, congratulations!! Your first e-book –> which is so amazingly well done!! And I look forward to your newsletter as well!!

    Shiny friend…you shine even more brightly today!!

    • Farnoosh

      Dear Lance, thank you for sharing your thoughts on listening – an area I am always working to improve. Stephen Covey has excellent material but it’s hard to read so I love listening to his lectures on tape. I am beyond thrilled that you delve more deeply into you by coming here – where I seem to delve into me but not without relating to you, my reader. And welcome to the newsletter. Happy to have you on there, Lance. Keep me straight and always give me feedback….! Thanks for your support!

  • The Vizier

    Hi Farnoosh,

    I agree with you that we learn the most when we truly listen. For me it is a matter of taking an interest in what the person is saying and putting myself in their shoes to see things from their perspective. This has always helped me to be a better listener with people.

    Thank you for and congratulations on sharing your Blogworld experience with us in the form of an ebook. I have downloaded it myself and signed up for your newsletter as well. I look forward to what you have to offer! :)

    • Farnoosh

      Dear Vizier, I had an idea you might be a great listener, I think all the Viziers had to be! :) And I hope you enjoy the ebook and share with me ways I can improve and do better – an d please give me ideas for the next ebook you might find interesting. Thank you for your grand support!

  • Tom Sorhannus

    You´re such an inspiration Farnoosh. I haven´t read your blog for very long but I notice I get in good mood every time I do. Thank you!

    • Farnoosh

      Dear Tom, I am so happy to have you as a reader and so glad that I can put you in a good mood – or a better mood when you stop by! Thank you so much for your lovely words and loyal readership!

  • Travis Webster-Booth

    Good stuff! I love the emphasis on listening and seeking to understand. As you say, it’s one of the main ways we learn.

    It’s funny, I recently took a part-time job in sales, and have found myself using words and phrases on the sales floor that I clearly “listened” into my consciousness at a previous stage in life. It’s as though my subconscious was channeling “what-you-think-a-good-salesperson-sounds-like,” and of course the only way I gained that knowledge in the first place is through listening.

    I think listening is particularly important to writers. If you don’t listen, your writing is dull. But I’m not just talking about listening to people- oh no. We learn the most when we open our ears (as well as our hearts and minds) to the whole wide world and ALL of its inhabitants.

    Just a few thoughts. Great blog.

    • Farnoosh

      Hello Travis and welcome to prolific living – and thank you for adding so much more to the listening concept. You can do amazing stuff if you are a good listener in sales – best of luck but you won’t need it much if you do the listening part. And thank you for adding the listening for writers aspect….come back anytime and thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  • Evelyn Lim

    Great job about the tip on listening! I find that I don’t do it enough. Listening works better for me when I simply allow myself time to be in the present. Most certainly, thanks for the reminder about paying attention to what my readers say. Also, thanks for listening and putting a helpful ebook together!!

    • Farnoosh

      Hi dear Evelyn, so nice to see you here – and thank you for sharing your thoughts on listening. If only we treat everything like our approach to meditation and yoga :)! You are very welcome and I hope you enjoy the ebook and if you have thoughts on topic for future ones, please feel free to let me know!

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  • Sean M Kelly

    Hi Farnoosh,

    I just came across your blog recently and will say that what I’ve read so far I really like. Its always great to come across a Source of inspiration and positivity in our world!

    I love this piece on listening. I think its a growing challenge for people to really listen. As our lives are busier and busier our mind gets into a subconscious habit of going faster and faster – beating to the mantra of “hurry up, hurry up, what’s next!”

    Then when we’re in someones company and they would like us to listen our mind is still flying on that threadmill of busy, busy, busy! It does not slow down enough to put our full attention on whoever is speaking, or in broader terms of course bring our attention fully into the present moment. Consequently we miss the magic of the moment.

    One thing that can help us with this is any type of exercise that helps bring our mind to rest – meditation, yoga, mindfull walking and so on. And when we do enter that space we experience such bliss and realise the truth of a statement like:

    “let us be Silent that we may hear the whisper of God” – R. W. Emerson

    Thanks for sharing your wisdom, its great.


    • Farnoosh

      I could not have articulated the art of listening any better – thank you Sean for taking the time to share exactly what I feel in this fast-paced world of ours. It is never easy to slow down for me – and I am completely for meditation, as hard as it comes – it helps in amazing ways to center and focus us on the present! Thank you for dropping by and sharing your thoughts and suggestions and that gorgeous quote from Emerson. Loved it.

  • rob white

    Sounds like a real winner, Farnoosh. I am going to take a look at the new book today.

    • Farnoosh

      Rob, dear, I have no idea why you went to my Spam folder -I have already admonished Akismet on your behalf. Thank you so much for the encouragement and the RT! I am open to suggestions and I mean that!

  • J.D. Meier

    Very well done. It’s nicely packaged and chock full of wisdom.

    • Farnoosh

      Thank you J.D., I hope you enjoy it!

  • Boris

    Dear Farnoosh,
    I came to your blog from Evelyn in “Abundance Tapestry” and I have found very helpful and rich content here. I will come back soon to benefit from all the information that you share. Thanks!
    All the best,

    • Farnoosh

      Dear Boris, I love Evelyn’s space and welcome to Prolific Living – I am thrilled to have you as a new reader! Thank you for all the words of encouragement and I hope you join the conversations on the blogs again soon!

  • Zeenat{Positive Provocations}

    Hey gorgeous Gal! What an awesome awesome post! I love the new ebook , the newsletter and the beautiful YOU in the sidebar :)
    I see you went with aweber.woohoo!
    I will submit this comment and sign up for my hot and happening doses of Farnoosh Unlimited 😉
    Love you lots super girl
    p.s. love the super hot additions and changes you have made tot he blog too. You have got to get yourself a smashing Logo now…come on….

    • Farnoosh

      My darling Zeenat, you are so sweet and so encouraging – you know, the logo and re-design is in the works but it’s been a bit lower on priority – I am writing some guest posts and another ebook at the same time. I’ll have to do it soon. Keep me honest! And Farnoosh Unlimited has got to be the best nickname I have ever been called – you make my days shine brighter, I love ya to bits. Thanks for signing up for the newsletter – Aweber has been a bit of roller coaster to start with but their support team is amazing so I have trust it will all work out. Big huge hugs xoxo!!

  • Rashmie@GorgeousKarma

    Dear Farnoosh,
    It’s been a while that I visited your blog. It had been a super busy time – last few weeks. I already received the newsletter and it looks fabulous! And the ebook – what an awesome gift you have given to all of us. I will download right-away.

    About ‘listening”- yes – I totally, absolutely, profusely agree with you, dear. Most part of our lives, we are just busy making ourselves heard rather than tuning our ears to absorb what others have to say. And, this is so very contradictory to our quest to know and explore more. You won’t believe, I have been thinking on these lines for some time now! And, it’s very fortunate that I got to read your clear, concise thoughts on this.

    And coming to what topic I would love to read on – in depth – well, Persian Culture is one topic that I would be very much interested in. Coming from you, I know how rich and meaningful it would be. ‘Writing’ is another area, that I would like to establish expertise in. So, looking forward to elaborate reading on these subjects. I wish there will be more taken on these subjects so that it will be taken up soon enough by you. 😉

    • Farnoosh

      Dearest Rashmie, hello and I have missed you – super busy goes for all of us but I try to relax in between milestones just to catch my breath. Actually meditation has been helping this week and I plan to stick to it, twice daily which is a huge record for me, even if they are short and sweet. But I digress. I am so so happy you like the first newsletter that went out – just the welcome really – and another one to go out today or tomorrow with some news! I am blessed to have such sweet readership such as yourself. On the listening, what else can I say? We must be wired that way but it’s possible to unwire and rewire too….let’s hope we can become better listeners. And speaking of listening, I will take all your suggestions to heart. On the writing, I happened to submit a long guest post about writing for one of my favorite blogs yesterday – if it makes it in, you’ll see it announced in the newsletter! Consider it dedicated to you!!

      • Rashmie@GorgeousKarma

        I can’t wait for the newsletter to arrive with that guest post of yours! I will consider it dedicated to me. Thank you so much. :)

        And yes, meditation/chanting is something that I try to do once a day (before bedtime) but again, remaining consistent is hard. Bedtime also means story-time for Pari. So, I would better schedule a different time of the day for my chanting.

        Thanks for your elaborate reply….
        Have an awesome weekend!

        • Farnoosh

          Dear Rashmie, I am so glad that you like the newsletter – now that you found it! :) Those things tend to get lost in between the shuffle, no worry, and thanks for showing so much enthusiasm. Story time sounds so lovely – is that not a type of meditation in itself? I should read me a story once in a while ;)! All the best to you and happy meditation and chanting!

  • Armen Shirvanian

    Hi Farnoosh.

    I bet no one will ask for a refund on this Ebook. Also, if they were to, the refund would be $0, so that wouldn’t make much sense.

    Your pictures work well in Ebook form and article form, because of their liveliness, who you met with, and how you write stuff over them in a nice looking way. Also, some of the edge fade effects are just wonderful.

    The quotes package sure does represent your meticulous attention to detail during the conference, so this Ebook in total presents your effort very well. You’re a good role model.

    I will check on the newsletter.

    • Farnoosh

      Hello Armen, I see you are being witty again! And guess what, I struggled with the spelling of ebook? Ebook? eBook? a lot and finally settled on just all lower case. I am glad you like the photography work – and the epub version nearly was the end of me but it was all worth the effort and I am most happy to serve as a role model, and in fact, honored. Now go and sign up for the newsletter right away! :) Thanks for dropping by!

  • Brenda Freeman

    I am guilty….I listen, and then interpret – first the words and then the unspoken words. I didn’t even realize I was doing this until a few years ago, because I heard words that weren’t spoken – my interpretation!

    Congratulations on your e-book. From the comments above, you really are listening and responding. Wishing you every success

    • Farnoosh

      Dear Brenda, nice profile photo – and nice to see you here. Don’t worry, my listening skills are in much need of improvement all the time but at least I am bringing the need to the surface. Awareness is the first step toward healing, right? :)! Thank you for the kind words, and I hope you enjoy it. Same wishes sent your way and hope to see you here again!

  • Tito Philips, Jnr.

    Great Post and much needed advice for bloggers.
    In this age of content marketing it’s becoming increasingly hard for bloggers to listen since almost everyone has got a thing or two to say …but as this post clearly points out, listening might just turn out to be your big break. No other way is more effective than asking your readers to speak their mind about whatever it is your considering to say or do to them or for them.

    • Farnoosh

      Hi Tito, welcome back here – I am so glad you agree to the listening advice. Thank you for sharing in the importance of listening and for taking time to drop in and leave a comment. Hope to see you again!

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