I was flying out of the Fort Lauderdale International airport to Washington DC for a conference when I heard the familiar voice of Broward County’s newly appointed Mayor VC Holness announcing welcome to visitors. Mayor Holness made history recently when he was unanimously voted to become the first Black Mayor to lead the county. Indeed an achievement.
Success Strategies Research
Personally I extend my own congratulations because years ago when I conducted my research on Success Strategies of Caribbean American Leaders in the United States with Nova Southeastern University, Mayor Holness quite willingly agreed to participate in the phenomenalogical study. At the time he was Commissioner. In the research he shared the strategies he used to become successful as well as the challenges encountered along the way.
Regardless of how we feel about politics, his appointment signifies a goal he went after and achieved.
Mayor Holness continues to strive. To work hard to show those who wish to achieve that it can be done through hard work and dedication.
More of his story as well as those of other industry leaders in healthcare, aviation, education, media and more can be read in the book Success Strategies of Immigrant Leaders In The United States.
Thanks again Mayor VC Holness for your willingness to go beyond the call of duty to share your experience to benefit rising millennial leaders.
After months, years or a decade of toil, you have finally finished your masterpiece! Yeaaa! Now onto getting it out to the world. But where? How? Can you do it with a difference? In a writers forum the question was asked…
Where would be some funny places to do a book signing?
Here I share authors’ thoughts as they poured in their tales:
Funny Places For Book Launch
- Flea market
- The side of the road somewhere
- Outhouse line at the county fair
- Outside an Apple store
- 3D Theater
- Bluegrass Festival
- The Bathroom
- Chucky Cheese
- Beauty Salon
- In the Bait shop at a local lake
- At a sign store
- At a winery
- Night club
- Funeral home
- County jail
- An organization for the blind
- High-end men’s clothing store
- Boxing gym
- Liquor store
- Planned Parenthood
- An internet cafe
- A vet for a dog book
- At a book burning
- The stationary aisle at the local pharmacy
- In a kids backyard tree-house
- At the end of an obstacle course
- Under a mistletoe
- Bed, Bath & Beyond
- Bowling alley
Yep, some of these are sure funny. But the thing is… it all depends on what your book is about. Your book’s theme can help your choice. For example if it’s about the story of dogs, then why not consider a veterinarian’s office. If it’s about building the perfect home, then Bed, Bath & Beyond will do.
So if you’re an author, go for it! Let your juices flow! Do the non-traditional. You and your guests will walk away with a smile. Any missing? Do share. We would love to hear.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
― Maya Angelou
A public writers forum asked the question “what is the single biggest challenge you as a writer face?” Here I share responses as writers chimed in:
- Writing everyday
- Not enough erasers
- Find an agent
- A full-time job that isn’t
- Learning all the required skills – writing, editing, cover art, publishing, marketing, salesmanship, accounting …
- Identifying my audience
- Getting books sold
- Selling myself
- Butt in chair
- Marketing costs. Dispite what some may say, it is expensive to self-publish. Editor, copy editor, cover design, copyright, ISBN numbers, authors copies, advertising, website, domain name, contests, give-aways, and on and on it goes
- Stay Motivated
- Writers block
The list goes on. Are you a new or published author? Is anything missing? Do share. We would love to hear.
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Motivation doesn’t last. Bathing doesn’t either. That’s Why I Recommend it daily. ~Zig Ziglar.
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If you were Stranded on a desert island and had the choice of only one book, what would it be. Here’s what participants in a public forum named as their favorite book if they only had to choose only one:
- How to Survive on a Desert Island
- Crooked Kingdom
- Carry On
- Six of Crows
- The Great Gatsby
- A Court of Mist and Fury
- The Bible
- Queen of Shadows
- Good Omens
- How To Build a Boat
- I’ll Give You the Sun
- The Book Thief
- They Both Die
- The Host
- Surviving 101
So what book would you be like to be stuck with if you had only one choice on a desert island? Share. We would love to hear.
To read or not to read?
Barnes & Noble asked Readers to share a book that stayed with them long after they had read it. Many instantly chimed in with Elaborate responses. Here I share excerpts:
- Harry Potter series
- The Alchemist
- The Bible
- The Book Thief
- The Outsiders
- To Kill a Mockingbird
- The Fault in Our Stars
- Looking For Alaska
- The Giving Tree
- The Great Gatsby
- Cather in the Rye
- She’s Come Undone
- Hunger Games series
- When Breath Becomes Air
- The Secret Garden
- Tuesday’s With Morrie
- Pride and Prejudice
- Who Moved My Cheese
- The Shack
- The Great Gatsby
- Fahrenheit 451
- Eleanor and Park
- The Nightingale
- All The Light We Cannot See
- The Giver
There you have it! Did any resonate with you? Don’t throw a Tantrum, Do Share!
The beach. A nook. On the plane or train.
What’s your favorite place to read? That’s the question asked by Barnes and Noble. Many tuned as in Song replying in Harmony. My own favorite place to read is at the beach while listening to the quiet waves rippling ashore. Here I share excerpts of the hundreds who chimed in:
- Barnes and Noble cafe
- Bar or Brewery …
- Anywhere, though I love the idea of sitting in a nook outside my room door
- In my backyard on a sunny breezy day next to my cat and garden
- Next to her
- In a quiet cafe with a latte
- Anywhere comfy and cozy
- In the back of the car leaning against the front of the seat in front of you
- By any body of water or fireplace
- Library, with a mini table in front of me and hit chocolate
- On a blanket in the sunshine
- Anywhere and everywhere
- My bathtub
- The park
- Outside in the evening
- Bed with the rain outside
- In a quiet place
- In a bay window
- Camping against the lake
Did any resonate? Where’s your favorite place to read? Do share.
We read to know we’re not alone
What is your favorite activity when you grab that delightful book, and get lost in its world of Imagination? Barnes and Noble asked the question. Is it a cup of tea? Your pet? A cozy chair? Foreign? What’s your perfect reading companion?
Here I share excerpts of those who enthusiastically shared their favs.
- Rain, snacks, home alone, quiet
- A cloudy or rainy day
- Tea and chunky blanket
- Dog, a blanket, and Earl Grey
- My bed
- Reading with a nice cup of ice tea
- A warm blanket and the sound of the rain
- A cosy chair with a cup of tea and a cat curled in lap
- Coffee and comfy chair
- Strawberry Milk and China Anne McClain
- My couch
- Relaxing music, PJs
- Rainy day by a fireplace
- Wine, red wine
Property Brothers!! Two of my favorite guys! 💕 This is for real! No Hyperbole. Plan to see them at the Miami International Book Fair, November 19, 2016.
Success Strategies Workbook
While you’re there visit my booth and pick up a copy of my NEW Success Strategies WORKBOOK! Now available! It’s the companion to the book Success Strategies of Caribbean American Leaders. It’s the result of a phenomenological study conducted with Nova Southeastern University that looked at why some individuals succeed while others don’t. Provides advice for individuals who are feeling overwhelmed, confused, discouraged, or stressed. It is easy to use and includes exercises on how to achieve your goals, take charge of your personal development, life, and career path!
Lots of Prizes & Surprises! Make it a date!