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Author J. K. Maze Shares About Her Next Book Project on Day 5 of Her Virtural Book

Author J. K. Maze

A fellow writer from The Working Writer’s Club, J.K. Maze, shares what new projects are in the works. This prolific mystery writer has no plans to slow down. (Oh, and don’t miss Joan’s special contest details at the bottom of this post!)

J. K. says…Considering the number of books and genres I have planned, I think I’d better live to be 100 – or more.

 At any rate, I plan on having Murder by Spook finished and ready for the publisher by sometime this summer. The first draft is finished and ready for revisions. I will then begin the fourth book in the series, Murder by the Yard, which is about football, of which I know very little. Obviously, I’ll have to do a lot of research.

 Murder by Spook, by the way, doesn’t involve ghosts, but is about spies. Ironically, I got the idea from a Halloween ad, mentally changing ghost to spook, which is the slang Read more

Communicating at Work – When Management Makes a Big Change But Fails to Consult those Involved

Alas, miscommunication by management teams is alive and well.

I was reminded of this when meeting with a friend this week. He  shared with me his frustration at a significant change his company made without consulting those it affected.

How does this happen?!

This particular change will spread beyond a mere inconvenience for associates, it promises to challenge family members of these associates in perhaps devastating ways.

Management decided that this particular team was now going to alternate night and day shifts forcing associates to work two weeks on the day shift followed by two weeks on the night shift.

Brilliant.

Forget the fact that the detrimental effects of this kind of schedule have been well documented including loss of productivity and higher incidences of mistakes and accidents.

What shocks me most Read more

Communication or Business Starts with Your Why–Simon Sinek said it Best

I never tire of listening to Simon Sinek’s 18 minute Ted Talk. Why? It keeps me in touch with my own “why.” Why do I do what I do? Because I believe every painful, comical, costly misunderstanding is rooted in communication…I believe in improving our “understanding”–one person at a time–to make the world a better place.

Here’s Simon Sinek’s take on selling with your “why.”

What’s your thoughts?

What’s Next for Professional Speaker & Author L. Diane Wolfe as She Wraps Up Her Virtual Book Tour

Author & Speaker L. Diane Wolfe

My current project is one I should ha’ve begun years ago – a written version of my Publishing 101 & 102 seminars. Those seminars are my most popular and attendees have often asked if I had book covering the topic. Using my original seminar titles, the book is called How to Publish & Promote Your Book Now!

From my extensive notes, it was easy to compose an outline and begin writing. I’ve enjoyed being able to go into greater detail all of the aspects of publishing and promoting a book. I’ve broken the chapters down into short, easy to follow segments, covering every aspect of my seminars. Each chapter also includes website links to more information, examples, and items an author needs.

Since there is far more presented in the book than during my seminars, I had to do additional research. The industry is changing so fast now with eBooks that I know I will be making last minute edits up to the very end. I hope to be able to update the eBook version every few months and offer it free Read more

Author Dorit Sasson Shares About New Projects in the Works

Dorit Sasson

 It is with great pleasure that I host fellow author Dorit Sasson, on the last day of her virtual book tour.

I met Dorit in the Working Writer’s Club and was struck by her passion for helping others especially teachers. That passion is apparent in her current project, Pebbles in the Pond: Transforming the World One Person at a Time.

Today, we learn what’s next Read more

FREE Training – Learn How to Craft a Speech So You Can Market and Sell Your Services

Join me on May 9th for this FREE Teleseminar at 7:00 PM Eastern/ 4:00 PM Pacific. How to Craft Your “Personal Keynote” so you can market and sell your services seamlessly from opening to offer.

I’ll show you the exact Speak Serve Prosper Blueprint I use with my students–now I reveal it to you!

You’ll learn the techniques and strategies you’ll need create your talk…a talk you’ll love to give and your audience will love to hear.

Don’t miss it. Join me by registering now at Speak Serve Prosper now and I’ll send you all the details.

Want to Change Your Life but Don’t Know How? Try Self Coaching

If you find yourself asking the question…What now? or How do I make changes? you might want to pay attention to your inner voice.  Is your decision making hesitant? Is your path clear? Is your mission your motivator? If not, you’ll need to start there.

When your ‘big why’ is your big motivator then decision making is easier. Life is really nothing more than a series of decisions. but, decision making, especially when you have no clear goal, path or compass to lead you, can be taxing to the body, mind and soul.

Try operating as though you have blinders on. For instance, in an emergency your mind focuses on just one thing…the next thing that needs to happen! You don’t wander off wondering what to have for lunch or whether or not you should stop and tweet–NO–you just do the next thing in front of you. (True, you may not always do the best thing but you usually do the best you can.)

Creating a  sense of urgency prevents Read more

A Persuasive Speech Outline to Gain Customers and Increase Your Cash Flow

If you are a small business owner, a non-professional sales person or even an entrepreneur looking for investors, having a strong persuasive speech in your back pocket is critical to your marketing mix.

Huh? What’s that? If that’s what you’re thinking then listen closely. The fastest way to increase your cash flow and gain new clients (or investors)  is by speaking to your ideal market.

Now wait. Don’t run yet. It’s not as difficult as you think and it can be learned.

If you spend any time at all networking and you are not also the featured speaker you are missing a huge opportunity. You can spend time connecting one-to-one (recommended for building relationships) or you can speak one-to-many and really leverage your time.

You might have even learned how to construct a persuasive speech outline some time in your school years. If so the outline that follows might look vaguely familiar.

Here’s what a persuasive or as I call it your “personal keynote” outline must contain: Read more

Assertive Communication at Work – How to Manage an Aggressive Colleague in 8 Steps

Assertive communication means you have the right to stand up for yourself while still respecting the rights of others. Aggressive behavior is when you believe you have rights but no one else does. Passive behavior is the opposite. You believe you have no rights but others do.

Assertive behavior is finding the balance between the extremes. Obtaining that balance isn’t always easy especially with aggressive or abusive co-workers.  Here are a few tips to help when a colleague slips into aggressive communication.

1. Recognize that your co-worker may be suffering from stress that isn’t visible to you. Problems in personal relationships, money woes, challenges with children, health issues or even the morning’s miserable traffic are examples of stressful events that can trigger abusive behavior.

2. Do nothing. Let your colleague vent as long as you are not in physical danger. If you sense an altercation is about to  escalate  remove yourself from situation–immediately. If you feel the need to say something try, “Bill, this is getting out of hand. I’m leaving now. I’ll check back in a short time and we can continue once we cool down. Avoid saying, “calm down.” Only a 911 operator should use that phrase.

3. Remember that the first wave of anger is probably not the last.  Use the pause  to clarify what you heard and understood. Calmly state, “If I understood you correctly…”  Your co-worker’s rage is usually associated Read more

Allie Casey’s Virtual Book Tour Week of March 19

   Join fellow authors  this week as they graciously host my virtual book tour this week featuring my book, Misunderstood! The Fast Guide to Communicating at Work–What to Say, How to Say It and When to Shut Up.

   Check out all the fun and visit the site for the host of the day. Click the link next to each day as I’ll be sharing writer’s tips and the inside scoop on how I work and what prompted me to write the book. 

Here’s the schedule: Read more