Back Pocket Coach By Diane Brennan & Alexandra Ross Blog Tour

Back Pocket Coach provides 33 power-packed communication strategies to support you in creating satisfying conversations that result in good outcomes for you and others.

I have NOT tried all 33 strategies, mainly because I don’t need them. This is mostly for folks who have to deal with a lot of different people or those who are in charge of lots of people. Some of the strategies can be used in personal relationships too. After all what works for your boss will probably work for your spouse, and what works for your team members might work for your kids.

If you are a manager or a leader of any sort then this book could be very helpful. Especially if you haven’t had a lot of training in communicating effectively.

There are sections for one-on-one conversations, on-the-fly conversations, and meetings. There is an entire section for specific situations and issues.

They you lots of good tips and strategies for dealing with the most common situations.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to improve the way they communicate, and get along with, co-workers and even family.

Book Details:

Book Title: Back Pocket Coach: 33 Effective Communication Strategies for Work & Life
Authors: Diane Brennan and Alexandra Ross
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 104 pages
Genre: Communication, Self-help
Publisher: New View Press
Release date: January 2017
Tour dates: June 5 to 16, 2017
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

Have you ever been in a situation that was emotionally charged and the stakes were high? And it was difficult to find the right words? Back Pocket Coach provides 33 power-packed communication strategies to support you in creating satisfying conversations that result in good outcomes for you and others. These just-in-time strategies will help you move through conversations masterfully –whether you’re engaging with one person or a team of people.

You’ll learn how to:
— Provide difficult feedback to everyone from your boss to mother-in-law — improving your relationships in the process.
— Effectively renegotiate any agreement.
— Say no to a request that would leave you stretched too thing — and do so from a place of strength.
— Get unproductive meetings back on track — even if you’re not the meeting organizer.
— Safely speak your truth.
— Increase your self-awareness and emotional intelligence.
— Use appreciation authentically — the secret sauce for thriving relationships.

 

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Meet the Authors:

Alexandra Ross is an executive coach, team builder and author. With a Masters degree in Organizational Communication, she helps leaders and teams sharpen their leadership skills and exceed prior levels of performance. Alexandra is internationally certified as a Master Certified Coach. She coaches executives and leaders in the fields of aerospace, engineering, high technology, medical, financial and more. She is also passionate about coaching women in leadership. Contact Alexandra at CoachAlexandraRoss@gmail.comDiane Brennan is a consultant, coach, author and speaker. She is passionate about leadership in all types of organizations. She enjoys working with leaders and teams in the fields of healthcare, aerospace, engineering, science, academics and business. Diane’s expertise in organizations includes strategic thinking, navigating change and creating a learning culture. Diane holds a Doctorate in Behavioral Health, an MBA and is a Master Certified Coach. She brings calm to the chaos in organizations and life. Contact Diane at Diane@DianeBrennan.com

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Author Interview:

How would you describe your book?

This book is an elegantly simple resource with just-in-time communication strategies to help you move through conversations masterfully—whether engaging with one person or a team of people at work or in your personal life.

What made you write a book about communication strategies?

We’ve heard our clients challenged by many daily interactions that don’t always go as they hope or even plan. We wanted to create a resource that helps people have better conversations and outcomes with their boss, team members, customers, colleagues, family and friends.

How did you come up with the idea for Back Pocket Coach?

We were inspired by a team we were working with a while back. Alexandra was coaching the leader of the organization, who was well-intentioned but perceived as a bully boss. His direct reports were afraid of him. Diane was coaching one of the individuals who was terrified of engaging with him. She and Diane joked about how great it would be to have flashcards to communicate with him. We did create flashcards but ended up using them to get feedback on the strategies we created that make up the book as you now see it. The book turned out to be a better way to make the information useable.

How did you research for your book?

The strategies in this book were developed and fine-tuned over the more than 15 years that Diane and Alexandra have been coaching. We’ve used them with our clients over and over through the years, and they have a successful track record. We field tested the strategies while they were in a flashcard format, and we used the feedback from our testers as we completed the book.

There are many books out there about communication. What makes yours different?

The great thing about this book is that it is astonishingly simple. You can flip open to any page and immediately find a strategy to try out in your professional or personal life. We also provide an index of common situations and issues, along with suggestions for strategies to consider using. The book is really a reference book—something to be used over and over. That said, if all you wanted to do was spend an hour reading it cover to cover, you would walk away with strategies that would help you create more satisfying conversations and outcomes right now.

Do you have another profession besides writing?

We are both leadership and executive coaches with a collective total of more than 20,000 hours of coaching conversations over our 15+ years of experience. We work with individuals and teams in many different types of organizations. We actually met while working on a coaching assignment with NASA.

How do you find collaborating as writers?

We really enjoy writing together. The Back Pocket Coach strategies came from our reflections on what we learned in the thousands of coaching conversations we had over the past 15 years. Creating this book was so much fun! We kept a rigorous schedule, and we also had a lightness in our approach to the writing process that made our work together something we both look forward to and continue today.

BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE:

June 5 – Take It Personel-ly – review / guest post / giveaway
June 6 – Simple Wyrdings – review / author interview / giveaway
June 7 – Library of Clean Reads – review / giveaway
June 8 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review / giveaway
June 9 – NorthernMsw – review
June 12 – Books for Books – review
June 13 – Bound 4 Escape – review / giveaway
June 15 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review / guest post / giveaway
June 15 – Svetlana’s Reads and Views – review
June 16 – Notes from Farrah – review / giveaway
June 16 – Create With Joy – review / giveaway
June 16 – Seaside Book Nook – review / giveaway
June 16 – Reading Authors – review / giveaway

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For Better Or For Work by Meg Hirshberg Giveaway

For Better Or For Work by Meg Hirshberg Giveaway

For Better Or For Work By Meg Hirshberg I’m giving away my copy of For Better Or For Work by Meg Hirshberg.

I don’t want to just shove it on my bookshelf and have it sit there gathering dust.

This is a VERY useful book for anyone thinking about starting a business…or anyone with a family member who is thinking about starting a business.

Lots of my lovely readers are already in business for themselves and could really use the information in this book as well.

Just enter on the Rafflecopter form below. Since I will have to pay the shipping costs myself this is only for U.S. residents. Ends on the 28th of June.

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For Better Or For Work by Meg Cadoux Hirshberg Review

For Better Or For Work by Meg Cadoux Hirshberg Review

For Better Or For Work By Meg Hirshberg For Better or For Work: A Survival Guide for Entrepreneurs and Their Familiesis a really interesting book. I had never really thought about how hard it must be for the families of entrepreneurs.

I did know that the statistics say that a very high percentage of new businesses fail but for some reason it never occured to me that the people who started those business went broke too.

The author writes about her own expieriences married to the founder of Stonyfield Yogurt and also adds some stories from other entreprenuers and their families. Both the successful ones and the ones that failed.

My husband was thinking about starting a business of his own. After reading this book I’m not sure I could handle that. Maybe an already established one, but even then it wouldn’t be easy.

If you are your family are thinking of starting a business…read this first. Then you will know some of the things likely to come your way…and can be a bit prepared.

From the back cover and front cover flap :

Discover how to build a successful business and follow your passions without sacrificing healthy family relationships to the financial and emotional rollercoaster that is entrepreneurship.

Insight, hope, and strategies for building a business and a family at the same time.

How does someone who is obsessed live peacefully with others who are not? That question summarizes the quandary faced by company founders and their families. To answer it, author Meg Cadoux Hirshberg examines the impact—for better and for worse—of entrepreneurial businesses on families and relationships, and vice versa.

Practically, this is a vital guide to navigating the emotional and logistical terrain of business-building while simultaneously enjoying a fulfilling family life. From the trials of co-habiting with a home-based business to the queasy necessity of borrowing money from family and friends to the complexities of intergenerational succession, no topic is taboo.

Psychologically, this book is a reminder that no entrepreneurial family trudges the hard trail of company-building alone. If you have embarked on such an enterprise, you and your spouse will find comfort and guidance in the experiences of others like you. Meg draws on the struggles and triumphs she and husband Gary Hirshberg experienced as he built Stonyfield Yogurt, and also shares powerful stories and insights from other families, gathered through hundreds of interviews.

For Better or For Work will remind you that the long hours and late nights—spent on the business or with the family—are worth the effort and will give you tools for making both endeavors successful.

About the Author :

Meg Cadoux Hirshberg is a freelance writer, the author of the “Balancing Acts” column for Inc. magazine, a highly regarded speaker, and the wife of Gary Hirshberg, founder of Stonyfield Yogurt. Although it took nine painful years to become profitable, Stonyfield is now the largest organic yogurt company in the world. Meg has written two yogurt cookbooks and her writing has appeared in Yankee, New Hampshire magazine, and the Boston Globe magazine, among other publications.

Meg and Gary have three children.

You can learn more about Meg Hirshberg on her blog.

You Could Be A Model According To Alicia Kaback

Alycia Kaback runs Kaback Model Management, a commercial/print management company based in New York City and Philadelphia. This is a sister company of their runway division.

Their models have appeared in TV shows such as Blue Bloods and Gossip Girl as well as motion pictures such as Men in Black 3 and Transformers.

Runway modeling makes up only 2% of the industry. The other 98% is commercial/print work such as the kid in the Roy’s R Us ad or the older guy in the Advil commercial.  There are in fact many modeling jobs for people who are not runway thin and 6 feet tall.

I really had no idea that there was so much modeling work out there.  All those ads on TV and in magazines and even online need models and actors.  That adds up to lots of opportunity.

I never really wanted to be a model myself.  I feel too self conscious when people are looking at me…as if I dribbled something down my shirt without noticing.  Some of my friends did some modeling for local stores back in high school. They probably had no idea that they could make a living doing that.

Modeling isn’t easy and the hardest part is finding the work. That is where the agent/manager comes in. They find modeling jobs and casting calls and match them to the models. Having a  good well connected management company on your side can be the difference between success and failure.

Kaback Model Management is looking for some fresh faces they can turn into successful models. They have clients in the United States and abroad and placement opportunities worldwide. So if you were dreaming of modeling…check them out.

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