A traditional publisher is unlikely to read your finished nonfiction manuscript. If you want your business book published through a traditional publisher, then you must write a business book proposal. Continue reading “Should I write a business book proposal?”
Last week was the first time I’d given a Toastmasters speech in more than a decade. Continue reading “Toastmasters speech. Why didn’t they laugh?”
Here is a storytelling transcript of my Toastmasters speech from last week and a continuation from this post. Continue reading “Toastmasters storytelling transcript”
I recently rejoined a local Toastmasters club after a hiatus of some twelve years. Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational speakers’ organization offering a rich arena for its members to develop connection, confidence, and clarity, and also have some fun. These are life skills worth cultivating. Membership fees are low, which makes the organization open to almost everyone. Continue reading “Toastmasters value”
How should you begin writing your business book? Continue reading “Start writing your business book”
“NOW HEAR THIS.” The U.S. Navy uses this phrase to command attention over a ship’s speaker system. Attention is the first order of business whether you’re giving a speech, writing a headline, or attempting to flag down that snooty waiter. Continue reading “Now hear this! Attention first”
It doesn’t matter whether you’re writing a book, governing a country, running a business, becoming sick, or getting well, everything is in process. Do you know where you are in the cycle? Continue reading “Four stages of just about anything”
Why should readers read your book? Every business book has a value proposition. Writing a one-sentence reply will help clarify your thinking. Most of us form opinions quickly. And this is true when it comes to business book titles and introductions. First impressions count.
Slow zone, fast zone
What are you incubating? What’s happening in the slow zone for you?
Life cycles of organizations, people, businesses and products, have predictable stages. Each stage is in conflict with other stages. Continue reading “Incubation: The slow zone”
You’d think promoting counter-urgency in business would be as popular as a middle-of-the-night-car-alarm-wake-up-call. Do a news search on “slow and business” and you get nothing but misery, pain, and frustration. Don’t we associate slow with failure, inefficiency; and perhaps worse — laziness? Continue reading “Slow down, get smart”