Caught Between a Dream and a Job (revisited)

Default CoverHAVE YOU EVER FELT like you are at a point in your life where you just want more out of it? You may or may not be content with your current career choice, but there’s something inside that just keeps nagging deep within your spirit.  CAUGHT BETWEEN A DREAM AND A JOB: How to Leave the 9-5 Behind and Step into the Life You’ve Always Wanted by Delatorro McNeal II may just be the inspiration you need to motivate you to get serious right now.

ARE YOU THINKING or have you thought about owning your own business, but haven’t done it yet? Are you afraid of failing? Don’t know where to start and dread having to read one more self-help book? Well, before you throw in the towel,  read this book. It might just be what you need to motivate you.  Some of the examples are:

  • Identifying your destiny and purpose, and the need for a transition.
  • Hiring yourself and landing your real dream job.
  • Tips for stepping powerfully into your dreams.

THE GOAL OF THIS BOOK is no different from any other, but it is the infectious energy  leaping from each page that sets it apart from others, making it a worthy reading option.  Do the work, look within, and have the courage to ask yourself the hard question – “How badly do I want this?” Then put all of those good ideas into action?

CHANGE IS NEVER EASY but the rewards of your leap of faith can be as vast as you want it to be. What’s your game plan? What’s your plan of action? What’s your exit strategy? All these questions and more are addressed and/or answered. Mr. McNeal invites and reminds you to be an active participant in your future.

THOUGHTS for your SOUL:

  • “Nothing in life is guaranteed, but one thing is; if you don’t try you will fail, it’s about taking risks.”
  • “When the social archeologists of tomorrow look back on the days of yesteryear and find your footprint, what story will it tell? What social imprint will you make? What will your legacy be?” – Jason Drenner
  • “The self-employed are the wealthy folks of America. The average net worth of a family where the head of a household works for someone else is $65,000. When it comes to the self-employed, the average net worth is $352,3000.” – Dr. Steve Sjuggerud
  • There will be 10 million new millionaires in the United States alone created between 2006-2016. Prime candidates are those people who are in direct selling, technology, in home-based business, product distribution, or wellness field.” – Paul Zane Pilzer, Economist, Trend Forecaster and best-selling author of The Next Millionaires.

Delatorro McNeal shares his personal testimony, of how he systematically worked to make that transition. The advice is practical, timely and pertinent, as well as structured to walk you through the process. Each of the best practices are explained in detail, with an inspirational quote to keep you focused. He invites and encourages you to be an active participant in your future. To do that you have to be open, take notes, highlight poignant passages, WRITE your answers down and reflect. CAUGHT BETWEEN A DREAM AND A JOB is jam-packed with suggestions. . . You just have to have the courage to step out on faith. By the end of the book, you are convinced that your dreams are possible . . . If you have the courage to pursue them and it starts with the step you take today!

This review may differ slightly from the original January 8, 2014 post.

Let’s BOND over BOOKS rates CAUGHT BETWEEN A DREAM AND A JOB as MELODICALLY MEANINGFUL (151-300 pgs) . . . Just the right mixture of content and pages

 

Little Black Book of Connections (revisited)

Little Black Book low resWHO CAN YOU COUNT ON? And who’s counting on you? Who would call you at two in the morning? Is anybody home?” If the number to the first question is bigger than the last, then you’ve got some work to do. LITTLE BLACK BOOK of CONNECTIONS : 6.5 Assets for Networking Your Way to RICH Relationships by Jeffrey Gitomer is waiting to “connect” with you!

IT’S NOT WHAT YOU KNOW, who you know or as the author states “Who knows you?” Who do you know? What do you want? What do you do? How do you connect?  Why should these questions be important to you? And why is it important for you to connect and be known by someone? There are many reasons, but one thing is clear.  To be successful, somebody has to know who you are, what you do and how you can help them get what they want.

 HAVE YOU EVER HEARD, “They really know how to work a room?” People talk about the power of networking as if networking is the easiest thing to do . . . Like any skill you have to practice, consistently.  Jeffrey Gitomer, does an excellent job explaining the deliberate and strategic art of networking or connecting, as well as the difference between going to a social event to network and going to a social networking event. There is a reason, a place and a purpose for every aspect of networking or connecting and he explains how to do it with confidence and ease. “The purpose of networking is to achieve engagement that leads to an appointment . . . it is the lifeblood of connecting, and the nurturing of relationships.”

LITTLE BLACK BOOK OF CONNECTIONS discusses the importance of effective networking and building relationships by sharing a critical factor – connection. “If you make yourself valuable, and memorable, others will want to make you part of their network.” It is the “connection” that makes it work. “Once you have connected, you then have the challenge to provide a reason or value for the other person to stay connected with you.”

THOUGHTS for your SOUL:

  • “You do business between 9 and 5. You build business before and after “regular” business hours. Ten hours a month of intelligent, selective networking can have a doubling effect on your business growth in just a few months.”
  • Your name is the last thing people want to hear, and the last thing they’ll remember. If you want someone to remember your name, don’t say it, just give them your business card.”

NOW IS THE TIME to work smarter not harder and not knowing is no longer an option or a valid excuse.  Because you can’t see the value of building an effective connection today, doesn’t mean that tomorrow won’t give you another opportunity. “Many people try to do everything on their own. Either they feel uncomfortable using their connections, or they don’t know them well enough to ask for the favor. BIG MISTAKE!” Take the chance, take the risk, make the connection!!!

THIS IS NOT A BOOK JUST FOR SALESPEOPLE. This book is for everyone, a great conversation starter and addition to your professional development library. This small, yet powerful book is packed with clear, easy to implement tips and suggestions.

EDITORS CHOICE-PAID FORcanstockphoto6036875Let’s BOND over BOOKS  rates LITTLE BLACK BOOK OF CONNECTIONS as MELODICALLY MEANINGFUL (151-300 pgs.) . . . just the right mixture of content and pages.

Source: Permission was granted by the author, Jeffrey Gitomer.

 

Little Black Book of Connections

Little Black Book low resWho can you count on? And who’s counting on you? Who would call you at two in the morning? Is anybody home?” If the number to the first question is bigger than the last, then you’ve got some work to do. LITTLE BLACK BOOK of CONNECTIONS – 6.5 Assets for Networking Your Way to RICH Relationships by Jeffrey Gitomer is waiting to be read by you!

Who do you know? What do you want? What do you do? How do you connect? And who knows you? It’s not what you know, but who you know or as the author states “Who knows you?” Why are these questions important to you and why is it important to you to connect and be known by someone? There are many reasons, but one thing is clear. In order to be successful somebody has to know who you are, what you do and how you can help them get what you want.

People talk about the power of networking as if networking is the easiest thing to do…remember hearing “they really know how to work a room?” Author, Jeffrey Gitomer, does an excellent job of explaining the deliberate and strategic art of networking/connecting, as well as understanding the difference between going to a social event to network and going to a social networking event. There is a reason, a place and a purpose for every aspect of networking or connecting and he tells you how. “The purpose of networking is to achieve engagement that leads to an appointment…it is the lifeblood of connecting, and the nurturing of relationships.”

LITTLE BLACK BOOK OF CONNECTIONS discusses the importance of effective networking and building relationships by sharing a critical factor – connection. However, it would not last unless there was value in the connection, “if you make yourself valuable, and memorable, others will want to make you part of their network.” That’s the glue. “Once you have connected, you then have the challenge to provide a reason or value for the other person to stay connected with you.”

THOUGHTS for your SOUL:

  • Your name is the last thing people want to hear, and the last thing they’ll remember. If you want someone to remember your name, don’t say it, just give them your business card.”
  • “You do business between 9 and 5. You build business before and after “regular” business hours. Ten hours a month of intelligent, selective networking can have a doubling effect on your business growth in just a few months.”
  • “The easiest way to measure your success is to measure your involvement.”

Contrary to what you may think, this is not book specifically for salespeople. It is a book for you, wherever you may be on your professional journey. This small, yet powerful book is packed with clear, easy to follow and implement advise and advice. Now is the time to work smarter not harder and not knowing is no longer an option or a valid excuse.  Just because you may not see the value of building a solid and effective connection today, tomorrow gives you another opportunity to start and/or stay connected. “Many people try to do everything on their own. Either they feel uncomfortable using their connections, or they don’t know them well enough to ask for the favor. BIG MISTAKE!”

EDITORS CHOICE-PAID FORcanstockphoto6036875Let’s BOND over BOOKS  rates Little Black Book of Connections as MELODICALLY MEANINGFUL (151-300 pgs.)…just the right mixture of content and pages.

Source: Permission was granted for use by the author, Jeffrey Gitomer.

 

Career Mapping

careermapping_thumbDid you know that “46% of people feel “stuck” in a job they have been employed in for at least one year?”* Do you fall in that category? Have you thought about or want to become “unstuck”?  Would you like learn additional tips that could help you land your coveted position or change your career? Career MappingCharting Your Course in the New World of Work  by Ginny Clarke and Echo Garrett can help you to navigate through this process.

In order to effectively compete in this competitive world you have to be armed with more than just the basics. You have to also know and understand the nuances of the talent management arena, as well as areas in your professional experiences that could be showcased to help you get that coveted position. The benefits of networking are well documented, “at least 80% of all jobs are filled through networking.” However, while networking can get you to the door and beyond, your knowledge, skills and activities (KSAs) will ultimately keep you there.

One of the keys that make a vertical or lateral career move successful is to honesty assess where you want to go and what it will take to get you there. Career Mapping helps you to capitalize on your strengths, as well provide key insights that can help you crack the code and how to be successful on your own terms. At the end of each section there is a grid of “five different categories of job seekers and career changers to address all of the levels of career mapping.” Ms. Clarke uses the sports analogy of a free agent to open your mind to the power of choice. For example, “know what your transportable skills are, what are you worth, which teams you would consider playing for and which factors will trigger a trade.”

THOUGHTS for your SOUL:

  • “40% of the U.S. workforce is predicted to be independent contractors by 2019.”
  • “People often assume that the person interviewing them is experienced and/or skilled at interviewing. Remember that those who are experienced aren’t always skilled, and vice versa.”
  • “Make no excuses for your age. Position it as an advantage and a chance for the employer to inject maturity, stability and leadership into an important role.”

Ms Clarke, draws upon over 12 years as an executive recruiter to share her wisdom, experience and expertise to write a comprehensive book that not only offers solutions, but gives you a workable strategic plan of action to follow. Career Mapping allows you to become more confident “on your way to a new level of job satisfaction and career accomplishments.”

Let’s BOND over BOOKS rates Career Mapping as MELODICALLY MEANINGFUL (151-300 pgs)…just the right mixture of content and pages.

Permission granted by the author. *Taken from “Pent-Up Departure Demand” by Bruce Tulgan.

Caught Between a Dream and a Job

Default CoverHave you ever felt  like you are at a point in your life and you just want more out of it? You may or may not be content with your current career choice, but there’s something inside that just keeps nagging at your spirit.  Caught Between a Dream and a Job  – How to Leave the 9-5 Behind and Step into the Life You’ve Always Wanted by Delatorro McNeal II  may be the inspiration needed to motivate you to get serious right now.

Are you thinking  or have you thought about owning your own business, but haven’t done it yet? Are you afraid of failing? Don’t know where to start and dread having to read one more self-help book? Well, before you throw in the towel,  read this book. It might just be what you need to motivate you.  Some of the examples are:

  • Identifying your destiny and purpose, and the need for a transition.
  • Hiring yourself and landing your real dream job.
  • Tips for stepping powerfully into your dreams.

The premise of this book  is no different from any other, but it is the infectious energy  leaping from each page that sets it apart from others, making it a worthy reading option.  Do the work, look within and have the courage to ask yourself the hard question – “How badly do I want this?” Then put all of those good ideas into action?

Change is never easy but the rewards of your leap of faith can be as vast as you want it to be. What’s your game plan? Your plan of action? Your exit strategy (from your current job)? All these question and more are addressed and/or answered. Mr. McNeal invites you to be an active participant in your future.

THOUGHTS for your SOUL:

  • “Nothing in life is guaranteed, but one thing is; if you don’t try you will fail, it’s about taking risks.”
  • “When the social archeologists of tomorrow look back on the days of yesteryear and find your footprint, what story will it tell? What social imprint will you make? What will your legacy be?” – Jason Drenner
  • “The self-employed are the wealthy folks of America. The average net worth of a family where the head of a household works for someone else is $65,000. When it comes to the self-employed, the average net worth is $352,3000.” – Dr. Steve Sjuggerud
  • There will be 10 million new millionaires in the United States alone created between 2006-2016. Prime candidates are those people who are in direct selling, technology, in home-based business, product distribution, or wellness field.” – Paul Zane Pilzer, Economist, Trend Forecaster and best-selling author of The Next Millionaires.

Caught Between a Dream and a Job  is jam-packed with suggestions. You just have to have the courage to step out on faith. Delatorro McNeal shares his personal testimony, of how he systematically worked to make that transition. The advice is practical, timely and pertinent, as well as structured to walk you through the process. Each of the best practices are explained in detail, with an inspirational quote to keep you focused. He invites and encourages you to be an active participant in your future. To do that you have to be open, take notes, highlight poignant passages, WRITE your answers down and reflect. By the end of the book, he convinces you that your dreams are possible…if you choose to pursue them.

Let’s BOND over Books  rates Caught Between a Dream and a Job as  MELODICALLY MEANINGFUL (150-300 pages).

The Social Media Why?

Default CoverThe Social Media Why?  – A Busy Professional’s Practical Guide to Using Social Media Including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouYube, Pinterest, Google+ and Blogs for Business  by Crystal Washington is written for the person who has some basic knowledge about this social media movement, but still isn’t quite sure what to do or where to start.

As the subtitle infers, the book caters to this busy and/or inquisitive person.  The Social Media Why?  is a small book packed with a lot of information, yet the format is clear, easy to read, simple to follow, understand and implement. It could easily remind you of the Cliff Notes books (literature study guides students use as a supplement to the readings) that are popular in high school and college.

Ms. Washington draws from her professional background  (she is a social media strategist) and shares many best practices along with tested “pearls” that are very helpful to both the beginner, and the intermediate social media aficionado. The Social Media Why?  demystifies and addresses many of the “fears” you may have about being online.

Each chapter focuses on a specific social media tool, while providing a good mixture of text and images. The author shares how the various social networks can be used as tools to help you with your job search, to promote your business and/or expand your “brand.” It then concludes with the  “Top Five Action Items.” These are five non-threatening actions that introduce or move you into or along to the next level.

THOUGHTS for your SOUL:

  • Facebook: The #1 social network, conduct job searches, referrals and connections, advertise your business.
  • LinkedIn: Make business introductions, recommendations, referrals and connections, advertise your business. Targeted for the career professional, not a site for “casual socializing.”
  • Twitter: Make business connections, conduct job searches, advertise your business, positions yourself as an expert in your field.
  • Blogs: Position yourself as a subject matter expert, make personal and/or professional connections.

Much of the words of advice she shares  are common sense, but for some people who get or are seduced by the internet or those who are overwhelmed by the options, they serve as worthy reminders. They remind us to always be careful and not put your personal information out there for the entire world to see. For those who feel that they are not as tech-savvy as the next person but want to get in the game, you have to understand the landscape. It’s no longer an option if you want to get ahead because the world is not waiting for you to catch up…afterall, it’s all about “branding.”

Let’s BOND over BOOKS  rates THE SOCIAL MEDIA WHY? as EASY & ENGAGING  (150 pages or less)…straight-forward, light and to the point.