My Top 15 Posts from 2014 (And What I Learned From Them)

Before rolling into the new year, I’m following Michael Hyatt’s cue and reviewing which of my blog posts were most popular. There are a few surprises and I learned a few things I’ll share below.

Here are my top 15 posts from 2014 based on the number of views:

  1. 7 Ways to Fly First Class for Economy Prices (October 29, 2013)
  2. 50 Powerful Coaching Questions (April 15, 2014)
  3. 3 Mistakes to Avoid When Coaching Across Cultures (April 2, 2014)
  4. The Life You Want Someday Begins Today (January 6, 2014)
  5. Why We Need Both Mentors and Coaches (June 10, 2014)
  6. Do It Now: Change the Toilet Paper Roll and 19 Other Things to Boost Your Productivity (October 7, 2014)
  7. The Big Difference Between Leadership and Being A Leader (June 3, 2014)
  8. How to Rewire Your Brain for Change (November 21, 2013)
  9. Radically Improve Your Understanding of What People Mean (December 8, 2014)
  10. How to Get 300% Greater Training Results (November 5, 2013)
  11. Want To Be A Better Speaker? Use These 10 Alternatives to Lecturing (April 28, 2014)
  12. 10 Ways to Overcome Issues of “Face” in Coaching (July 1, 2014)
  13. Coaching Presence: 4 Steps to Increase Your Mental Fitness (February 19, 2014)
  14. Why the Origin of the Word “Coach” Matters (November 13, 2013)
  15. Coaching the Positive Impact Scales (November 3, 2014)

This is my second year writing weekly blog posts. There was a huge increase in monthly unique visitors and blog email subscribers.

As I looked over the top posts I was surprised that a couple of my favorites didn’t make the list. It’s also quite different from “My Most Popular Posts” listed in the right column as measured by the number of comments.

Here are a couple more things I observe from the list:

  • Practical wins over theory. The number one comment on the blog that I hear is that posts are short and practical. All 15 top posts provide practical how-to’s for immediately use.
  • The top post was written on the fly. (Pun intended.) This isn’t a travel blog, it’s a leadership blog. The reason it’s the top post is that Google sends people to this post. I wrote 3 other posts for on-the-go leaders (here, here, and here), but am keeping the blog focused on helping leaders multiply their impact.
  • Coaching skills dominate. I do a lot of thinking about how to better equip leaders to have productive and developmental conversations with those around them. These posts let me “try out” some of these ideas. The only 2 posts on cross-cultural coaching made the top 15. I need to do some more writing on that aspect of coaching.
  • Personal change is on the agenda. Some posts are written for how to help others, but many are written so the reader can make personal changes. No. 4, 6, 8 are this type.
  • Social media gives older posts new life. A number of the top posts did okay when they were released, but through social media sharing throughout the year they reached a lot more people.

Ultimately, it’s you, the reader, who decides where your interests lie. This list assists me so that I can focus my writing on what you find most helpful. Thank you for reading!

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    Keith is President of Creative Results Management. He helps busy leaders multiply their impact. Keith is the author of several books including The COACH Model for Christian Leaders.

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