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Win Tickets to I Can Do It!

Win a pair of tickets to I Can Do It Scotland!

Next month, Andrea Gardner will be speaking at this event – dubbed The Greatest Mind, Body and Spirit Event in the World – alongside luminaries such as Louise Hay and Wayne Dyer.

This popular life-changing weekend takes place in cities around the world every year. This is the first year that dates have been added in Glasgow, Scotland on September 15th and 16th.  To book your spot, visit the Hay House website. Or, if you’re feeling lucky, take this opportunity to win a pair of tickets to the Glasgow event!

All you have to do is …

  1. Watch our videos: The Power of Words, Change Your Words Change Your World, and The Red Balloon
  2.  Tell us which is your favourite character and why

To enter, leave your answer in the comment section below, along with a contact email address.

For a bonus entry, share the link to this post on Facebook or Twitter like so:
“Win a ticket to I Can Do It! with @HayHouseUK and @purplecontent! http://bit.ly/SbNIAK”

This competition is open until noon on Thursday 30 August. You must be available and able to travel to Glasgow on 15 and 16 September 2012. Winners will be contacted by 1 September.

Good luck!

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Andrea Gardner on WHAS 11

Andrea Gardner is currently in Louisville, Kentucky for the Business of Writing International Summit.

While there, she gave a short interview with local news station WHAS 11 to tell the world about The Power of Words and her book “Change Your Words, Change Your World”.

Enjoy the TV interview here

You can also now find out more about Andrea and her books and courses at her author page: http://andreagardner.co.uk

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The Business of Writing International Summit

In less than a month, Purplefeather Director Andrea Gardner will be the Keynote Speaker at the Business of Writing International Summit!

The Summit is a conference for writers, and it is the first of its kind – dealing with the business, rather than the craft, of writing.

If you have not yet done so, check out the Summit website and, if you’re in the Kentucky area, join us for a very unique, first annual writers conference!

If you live elsewhere, we’d love it if you could help spread the work by sharing the link.

http://businessofwritingsummit.com

We look forward to seeing you at the conference for writers and authors who are serious about success!

Don’t forget to follow Purplefeather on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

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Change Your World with Andrea Gardner

roaming gnomeWe have been overwhelmed with kind words about Change Your Words, Change Your World, and we want to do something fun with you.

As both a thank you and a collaboration, we invite you to get involved in our new photo project!

One of our favourite films is Amélie. Remember how she sent her Dad’s garden gnome all around the world, sending pictures home in front of world famous landmarks and tourist spots?

We want to create a collage of all the wonderful places in the world that Change Your Words, Change Your World has reached. Show us your changed world!

Big thanks to Anastasia for giving us the idea! Here’s another example of a similar project.

All you have to do is take a photo of your copy of Change Your Words, Change Your World in front of a landmark in your city and post it on Andrea’s Facebook wall, link it to Andrea on Twitter, or email it to hello@purplefeather.co.uk

We look forward to seeing your photos!

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Change Your Words Story Competition Winner

Change Your Words, Change Your World by Andrea Gardner

When  Change Your Words, Change Your World was first released on Amazon we set up a competition for you to enter your stories for a chance to win a signed copy of the book.

First off, we’d like to say a massive ‘Thank You!’ to everyone who entered stories! They were fun, bittersweet, inspiring and uplifting in equal measure.

And the winner is… Dan Stewart!

Here’s Dan’s story:

I used to be depressed.  I was jealous.  I had a chip on my shoulder.  When I looked around, I saw people that were better than me, that had unfair advantages, that were getting what they wanted while I just couldn’t.  I was miserable and at the lowest point in my life.

This was 1993 and 1994.  I had worked really hard to put myself through college only to find a crappy job market that left me waiting tables.  One day, a regular customer presented a credit card.  I glanced down at the name and started laughing.

My customer was not amused, but I just couldn’t connect this guy – a guy I liked – to the scowling face on every bus, bench and billboard in town.  So I said,  “Oh COME ON, you’re Richard Mulholland?”  And then he started laughing too.

For at least 20 years, Mr. Mulholland was the most visible attorney in Tampa.  You literally could not get through the day without seeing or hearing his name at least five times.  To me though, he was just a fun customer who liked to eat steak with his wife.  I had the impression that I reminded them, perhaps, of someone they knew and cared about.   We had a comfortable routine, polite banter followed by light interrogation.

“What are you still doing here?” one of them would say as I approached the table.

“Well, they won’t let me leave until you pay” I’d reply.

“Well, I’m not paying until we’ve eaten” he’d say.  This would continue until I’d brought them free dessert.  (Be nice to your waiters, people!)  One night, he handed me his business card and told me to come visit his office.

I didn’t know what to expect, but I bought a new shirt and drove my crappy old car to the tallest building in Tampa and secretly hoped that he would offer me a job.

He didn’t.  But what I learned that day was ultimately much more valuable.

I was made to feel like a visiting dignitary.  We strolled marble lined hallways and politely chatted with many members of his staff.  Afterward, seated across from him at his desk, we gazed out the window at the truly spectacular view of Tampa Bay.  I could tell that I was about to learn why he had invited me to visit.

It was one of those rare moments, where the universe seemed willing to provide whatever I needed.

He picked up a picture frame and turned it towards me.  There was a row of skinny children clinging to the running board of an old pickup truck.  “I’m the tall one” he said.  “I grew up working the orange groves not far from here.”

We looked at the picture together in silence.  I thought about my alcoholic mother and abusive father.  I thought about the fights and the screaming, the hidden bottles of scotch and the stain of embarrassment that colored everything I was.

“If you’re going to get out of your orchard, Dan” he said, “it’s up to you”.

That lesson was not instantly learned.  I was confused.  I wanted directions.  I was fragile and frustrated and a little angry that he didn’t simply tell me how.

Seventeen years have now passed and I’ve come to regard that visit as a turning point.  I still don’t know if there was another reason he invited me.  Perhaps I was being considered for a position and found wanting.  Maybe he did see something in me after all?  I do know that he spoke four words that have made a difference in my life.  They stuck to me.  They shifted my perspective and helped me stop waiting for life to happen.

“It’s up to you”.

I decided to shift my focus away from my weaknesses (past) and towards my strengths (future).  To stop waiting and to start happening.  To recognize that my extreme discontentment was a gift that would fuel a great journey from my present reality to wherever I wanted to go.

Thank you Richard.  I’ve paid it forward.

You can find more from our winner Dan at his blog.

Congratulations, Dan! You’ve won a copy of Change Your Words, Change Your World signed by author (and Purplefeather director!) Andrea Gardner.

Thanks again to everyone who told us their stories, and feel free to share yours on Andrea’s author pages on Facebook and Twitter, or with Purplefeather on Facebook and Twitter.

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Find Your Message Mentor

If there’s one thing Purplefeather has learned over the years it’s about the Power of Words. That’s how Andrea’s mantra, Change Your Words, Change Your World, came about. And now almost 14 million people have heard that message.

With the release of Andrea’s book of the same title, more people are now learning about this powerful message.

Andrea will now be chronicling her journey via social media. You can hear more from Andrea under her new name, Message Mentor, on Twitter and Facebook to follow the story and learn more.

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Change Your Words with Easy Living

Change Your Words, Change Your World received its first piece of mainstream publicity today with this lovely feature in the May edition of Easy Living magazine!

Click through to our Facebook photo album to see the article in full, or you can pick up a copy at your local newsagent.

Don’t forget you can order Change Your Words, Change Your World now through Amazon UK, and from Monday 30th April at Amazon.com.

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Book Launched Today

As the CEO of Purplefeather, the past year has been a blast! We watched in awe as ‘The Power of Words’ video circled the globe with its message, inspiring millions of hearts to connect and recognise that we can make a difference.

Exactly one year ago, I came back from a short break in Germany to find that the video had climbed from a couple of hundred views on YouTube to over a million in just one weekend. And just to prove that it wasn’t a statistical error, there were 3,500 emails in my inbox on the Monday morning from people all over the world who wanted to congratulate and/or work with Purplefeather. Wonderful, surreal and terrifying all at the same time. Particularly as there were only two of us in the business at the time!

Since then we’ve received over 10,000 emails and the video has been seen by over 13.5 million people. We affectionately call it our 24-hour salesperson. It played a part in the Arab Spring and it was even picked up by Canadian politicians who were keen to align themselves with its message. One of my most treasured emails tells of the hope and inspiration it gave to soldiers in Libya.

The Power of Words won an award from the North Atlantic Film Council of America and was shortlisted for the inaugural Lovie Awards alongside contenders such as U2 and The Huffington Post. We were recently invited to apply for a Webby Award, and are still awaiting the results.

The video has been shown in schools, churches and training organisations around the world.  The CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi in Brussels featured it as one of his favourite ads in his book about advertising and a comic book was created about the video by prisoners in New York.

We have been asked to spearhead several campaigns – a world peace movement, international students’ rights campaign and Canadian cultural festival. We have been approached by businesses large and small, from a monumental aerospace company in Florida to a man making doormats from lobster trap rope. My favourite emails came from children who’d seen it at school, and people who’d been caused to think differently about the words they use.

Wow – we’re still trying to catch our breath!

But perhaps the most heart-warming consequence of the video’s success from my own perspective has been the commissioning of my book ‘Change Your Words, Change Your World’ by Hay House which was published in the UK today – a dream come true. You can get hold of your copy and read the full incredible story on Amazon.

Change Your Words, Change Your World book

Published by Hay House 2nd April 2012

I would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who’s supported us with their encouraging messages, and would be honoured if you would share the book with your friends and write a review if you have time.

We really do have the power to change our world!

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The Power of Words 2: Change Your Words, Change Your World

After the phenomenal success of Purplefeather’s The Power of Words, we made this brand new video which to demonstrate how changing your words can change your world. It’s already been viewed by thousands and we need you to help us spread the word. If you haven’t seen it yet, give it a click, hit the favourite and subscribe buttons, and pass it along!

Andrea’s book, Change Your Words Change Your World, is also released very soon. Buy the book and learn how to radically shift your experience of life just by changing your inner conversations and the way you communicate. You can learn more about the book and preorder your copy or ebook at http://changeyourwords.co.uk.

You can also follow Purplefeather on Facebook and Twitter (@purplecontent), and watch the original Power of Words video on our YouTube Channel.

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TED Ads Worth Sharing – Vote for Power of Words

TED Ads Worth Spreading is TED’s initiative to recognise and reward innovation, ingenuity and intelligence in advertising – the ads that people want to see, and share with their friends.

The Power of Words was recently nominated for TED’s Ads Worth Sharing initiative.

Focusing on ads that people want to see and share, the initiative allows you to vote for your favourite sharable ads via YouTube. Winners are announced at the TED2012 Conference in Long Beach, California, and are honoured on the YouTube homepage. We’d be honoured if you would help The Power of Words make it there.

To vote for The Power of Words, all you have to do is visit the TED Ads Worth Spreading YouTube page and cast your vote for The Power of Words. You can vote once per day, and it’s easy to share with your social networks using the buttons below the video.

What are you waiting for? Click and cast your vote now!

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