Welcome to Week 5 of our Influence Online Book Discussion!

I can’t believe we’re in the second-to-last week of our six-week series on the book, Influence: Building a Platform that Elevates Jesus (Not Me).

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This Monday my friend Susie Finkbeiner is here to talk about how building a platform as a Christian writer can actually serve others.

Excited to learn more? Enjoy the interview!

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Here are some of the questions I ask Susie in the interview:

  • In Chapter 9 of Influence, we share a quote from you that starts with these words: “I felt seriously gross about platform building until I changed how I looked at it.” Could you start off by telling us how you used to view platform building, and what felt gross about that?
  • What caused your perspective about platform building to shift?
  • How do you view platform building now?
  • What encouragement or advice could you offer to someone who still feels gross about platform building?
  • What “unexpected benefits” have you experienced from serving people online?
  • What are some practical ways that you seek to serve other people through social media?

What about you? How do you currently view platform building? How has this conversation shaped or affirmed your view of online interaction?

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Susie Finkbeiner is a novelist from West Michigan. She is the award winning, bestselling author of The Pearl Spence Series (Kregel).

Her newest novel All Manner of Things will release in June, 2019 with Revell.

She is also the author of My Mother’s Chamomile (WhiteFire, 2014) and Paint Chips (WhiteFire, 2013).

Susie is a wife, mother of three, and avid reader. She enjoys time with her family, coffee dates with her good friends, and quiet moments to read and write.

Susie Finkbeiner is represented by Tim Beals from Credo Communications.

Connect with Susie on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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