Diana NeedhamName:  Diana M. Needham

Business Name: Needham Business Consulting

Website URL:   www.DianaMNeedham.com

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Book Titles:

The Authority Mindset: Proven Principles For Establishing Yourself as an Expert in Any Industry

17 Legal Ways to Double Your Income

NFAA Chapter Location: Durham/Chapel Hill, NC

NFAA Meetup Group Link:


Tell us a bit about you. What kinds of writing do you do and what do you do for work?

I am an educator and advocate for coaches, consultants, speakers and authors (both published and unpublished) who want to leverage their message to position themselves as the authority in their fields and use their book as a powerful, strategic marketing tool to get more VIP clients and increase their income.

What are your publishing-related goals?

In the next 6 months I will publish a new book specifically for those wanting to write a non-fiction book for the purposes of both positioning themselves and their business and as a key marketing strategy.

Why motivated you to want to run a local chapter for NFAA and what do you hope to accomplish with your chapter?

The non fiction author community locally has no formal centralized forum for sharing ideas and gaining support. This chapter will do just that. I want to bring in speakers that inspire and inform so we can all learn together and be at a different place this time next year with our books and goals.

What advice would you offer to fellow writers?

Be clear on the “why” you are writing a book. This is not a surface answer. It is tied to a powerful story that will connect you emotionally to your readers. A powerful why and related story is required for success as an author.

Please list any favorite books, tools, or resources you would recommend for fellow writers.

Authors are entrepreneurs and as such, need great tools to manage all the facets we juggle. Some of my favorite tools are

  • Google Drive (for not only storage of documents but collaboration)
  • Less Annoying CRM (for tracking sales and partner conversations and all follow up)
  • Active Campaign or Mail Chimp for Email marketing

Other resources

If you are speaking (or plan to speak) on the topic of your book, consider joining Toastmasters to hone that skill in a safe environment.

What do you do for fun?

I am a gym rat! (fitness classes of varying types: weights, yoga, aerobics)

Reading (almost always non fiction!)

Spending time outdoors