Review: It’s Not about Me 



Synopsis:

Christopher M. Milo is a Nationally Renowned Concert Pianist, Professional Motivational Speaker and creator of the “13 Messages from Milo”. He has been fully trained in Life Skills and Resiliency. He has spoken to over 100,000 students on topics of Leadership, Anti Bullying, Suicide Solutions, Teen Pregnancy, Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Cutting and many other forms of Self Harm. He embraces students who battle Developmental Disabilities, Autism, Cancer and Diabetes. Christopher continues to have ongoing relationships with local state hospitals and children’s services with partnerships at many Educational Service Centers within the State of Ohio. 

During a recent Leadership Conference with over 300 students in attendance, a teenager asked Christopher, “Why do you work with younger students?” to which he replied “one day you may be balancing my checkbook when I am unable to see clearly, or you might be carrying my groceries when I lose the strength to do it myself. One day you might be the one making decisions for my community, or the country I fight for. If I can make even a small positive impact on our youth today, I will continue dedicating my life doing just that!” 

Educators have often asked why students are so eager to listen to someone like Christopher. With his unique program, students quickly and clearly see that Christopher is someone who cares and understands what they are going through. He uses real life scenarios to drive the messages into the hearts and minds of people. He continues to bring out the truth by telling the truth. “13 Messages from Milo” creates a noninvasive environment that is welcoming to youth where walls come down and relationships are made. A small idea in a small group becomes a life changing opportunity for an entire student body, a home or place of work.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

It’s Not about Me by Christopher M. Milo is one of the best reads yet. It is a nonfiction book that provides step-by-step guides to being happy in life. Lessons that can teach us about life. Scenarios are found on the pages. These are great. It allows readers to read, understand, and relate to the situations. There are also important tips inside by the writer to help readers. Christopher M. Milo’s book gives back to readers. It has deep Thought provoking sessions as well as reflective exercises to help us, readers, think, relate, and search within ourselves. I loved how there was an open connection from the writer to myself and how he guided through every page. It was like having a mentor hold my hand through each stage. Overall, It’s Not about Me is one of the most inspiring books that I have come across and highly recommend to all. 

Review: The Legacy Family (Father, Son, and Holy Coach)




Synopsis:

You’ve seen it, heard the stories, and maybe it has happened in your family–the dissension, fighting, greed, and legal actions when an inheritance is up for grabs. You’re thinking, “That won’t happen in our family.” Think again! It has been statistically proven that 70 percent of wealth is lost each time it transitions to the next generation and is completely gone when the third generation passes. Two primary factors are loss of trust and breakdown in communications. Working with families of all sizes and levels of wealth, but especially with high net-worth families, for almost twenty-five years, we learned the only way to overcome this deterioration is through a holistic, combined, and integrated financial and personal coaching program that builds a cohesive team of all living generations.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

The Legacy Family: Father, Son, and Holy Coach by Kip Kolson is a great read. His book is a nonfiction guide that can help save many families from financial situations. Wealth is passed on to generation to generation. However, the family’s wealth can be lost within this process. Kip Kolson provides this read to help others prevent that loss from happening. He has the experience as banker, real estate developer, financial advisor and as a personal coach to back up his writing. The Legacy: Father, Son, and Holy Coach addresses wealth for families and family businesses. It’s also good for young and older couples. Learning how to manage many, life, and the estate is not easy. But reading this book helped me. It was like having a mentor, who walked me through each step with examples and tools along the way. Overall, I highly recommend this writer’s book to readers worldwide. It’s definitely a must have for all. 

Review: You Are A Queen


Synopsis:

What do you want out of life? What type of person do you want to be known as? What goals are you actively pursuing? At this moment in your life no matter where you are, I urge you to allow discipline to outweigh desire.When considering sex and relationship it is time to put each in the right perspective as both have their importance and respective placement. Perception is everything, yet for many the problem is that they tend to “put the cart before the horse.” Predominantly most people place sex ahead of marriage, relationship before intimacy, and desire tends to precede the caution of rational self-discipline. The greater truth here is that without self-discipline, no matter what you want in life, success will be impossible. 

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

You Are A Queen by Derrick J. Little is an inspiring read for all women. It’s a deep Thought provoking book. It asks questions that make the reader really question about what they’re doing with their life. It motivates women to be better. To be strong no matter what. Derrick J. Little’ nonfiction guide also teaches women to love themselves. I found positive change in this title. Life isn’t easy, but we can learn from it. Inside I was pulled in…to look thoroughly at myself. Where I am at now, where I wanted to be, and how were my appearances, actions and words taking me. Explored my conscience, feelings, and actions as a woman. Derrick J. Little also has some exercises that readers can go through after reading certain parts. I thought this book was great. Getting to know oneself better. A coaching to review my behavior and myself and see where I was heading and whether that was the direction I wanted to go. Overall, I recommend You Are A Queen to readers everywhere.

Review: Doing More with Less



Synopsis:

A sustainable learning organization always has a competitive advantage, and organizational-learning tools can provide businesses of any size with the ability to achieve more with less. This innovation in management is based in science and backed by numerous successful applications.

Author Anthi Theiopoulou, MSc, conducted breakthrough research in organizational learning (OL) best practices and the operationalization of OL principles. As a leading international expert, she offers this guide for applying OL to any business and measuring the outcome.

This overview is for leaders and researchers from a range of backgrounds. It begins by reviewing management strategies and the most current research on OL. Part two covers each component of OL in greater depth to allow leaders to design and implement their own systems. Part three is a sample OL management system, which is highly customizable, uniquely scalable, and it includes the organizational learning self-evaluation tool—or OLSET—developed by the author at the University of Liverpool. This unique element of the methodology allows leaders to conduct an OL capacity audit.

The result of years of experience and research, Doing More with Less turns science into practice. These empirically based guidelines and techniques have the power to make organizations successful in any future.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Doing More with Less by Anthi Theiopoulou is an excellent tool for all to have. Inside, is the writer’s in depth research and background experience created to help improve any organization and or business. Organization is key to success. Using this book as a guide and tool, readers can improve their organization and or business with ease. Wanting a successful outcome, a detailed explanation, and a useable model, then, this is the book to read. I was surprised when reading reading it. There was so much about organizational learning that I didn’t know. Anthi Theiopoulou is a brilliant genius. She has not only the skills but experiences to set readers on course for a better and more productive future. Theories and customizable system inside for all to use. As a blogger, I found the depth and answers to be everything I needed. Management is another form of success. If we can get our management and organization down, then there’s nothing stopping anyone of us from being successful. Overall, I recommend Doing More with Less to all. 

Review: Challenge Your Assumptions, Change Your World



Synopsis:

Andy Cohen, New York Times notable author of Follow the Other Hand, introduces the Assumpt!, a breakthrough way to make better business decisions, faster and smarter.

Orville Wright, co-founder of modern aviation, dismissed the idea of creating a landing strip. He assumed that if man had to smooth out the airstrip, he didn’t deserve to fly. Houdini, master of escapes, didn’t know how to exit a new model car. He assumed that all door handles operated in the same way.Even the smartest, most successful and talented people make assumptions. 

Yet good decisions are often stymied by assumptions that go unchecked.So why does this book encourage you to make assumptions? It turns out your assumptions are a key component in your daily decision-making process. But how do you identify your assumptions? How do you separate out those that help or hurt? Build or destroy? Solve problems or create new ones? 

This book shows you how to utilize your assumptions productively and in ways you haven’t imagined. Challenge Your Assumptions, Change Your World is full of big ideas–it’s a unique book that will change how you make decisions and in turn increase your success in business and life. 

Reviews

“Decisions are only as good as the assumptions they are built on. Cohen shows you which ones to use and which to watch out for. ” –John Danner, UC Berkeley and Princeton faculty member, global advisor and keynote speaker.

“Andy challenged the thinking and attitudes of my team with some real eye-opening consequences. In my experience, it is rare that such an impactful person can translate these skills into written form. Reading this is like he is in the room with you.” –Irene Dorner, former President and Chief Executive Officer of HSBC USA

“The vast majority of security issues we face today stem from misplaced trust assumptions. This is a must-read for the security professional.” –Colonel (Ret.) Greg Conti, Ph.D.

About the Author

Andy Cohen is a popular and recognized TEDx speaker, author, and international thought-leader. He has a degree in experimental psychology and a room full of prestigious advertising awards. Andy has taught at the world’s most respected universities including New York, Cornell, Duke, UC, Berkeley; ISB (India); and CKGSB (China).

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Challenge Your Assumptions, Change Your World by Andy Cohen is exactly that. This is one nonfiction guide that challenges, provokes, and teaches readers. The principles and content inside are based on the writer’s experience. His background in the business world is shown throughout the pages. Easy to follow along. I’m a full-time student and an entrepreneur. This book helped me understand a lot. I always make assumptions more so than my peers. Weeding through the good versus bad assumptions was made easier after reading, Challenge Your Assumptions, Change Your World. Andy Cohen’s book is indeed the best tool for all. Whether you’re a student, work in business, or an entrepreneur, you can easily learn what it takes to keep from making the wrong assumptions. Mistakes happen all the time. But if one could help prevent a good handful from being repeated, then it’s worth it. I really enjoyed following along. The chapters and writing style were well-done. Overall, I highly recommend this book to readers everywhere. 

Review: WTF am I Supposed to Eat (A Dieter’s Manifesto)



Synopsis:

Amazon Kindle Best Selling Weight Loss Book. WTF am I supposed to eat? is the runaway best seller that will challenge everything you think you know about losing weight and eating healthy. Part obsessive dieter’s manifesto, part smart-ass common sense, WTF am I supposed to eat? is insightful, refreshing, and motivating—the kick in the ass that you need to stop listening to everyone else, and start doing what is right for you.

“I’ve spent a lifetime sifting through a sea of weight loss information and misinformation, all tangled up in knots; it is my mission to unravel the mess and search for WTF is the truth, and WTF is total bullshit.” -C.J. English 

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

I can’t think of a better guide or nonfiction book in this genre that tells it like it is. WTF am I Supposed to Eat by C.J. English is one brilliant book. Her writing is clear, precise, and informative. She clearly provides the content readers need to know as well as the perspective on both sides of the issue. With so many telling us what is good to eat and what isn’t, it’s better to hear it from someone who has tried it all and experimented in finding what works. Researched and personally lived, C.J. English shows readers what to eat and what not to eat. I found this book of hers to be refreshing. It is written in a way that engages the audience. I want to know more. C.J. English starts off by what her book is and isn’t. She then dips into the bad and good. Next, she had me exploring every page. A guided tour and recipes inside…I couldn’t believe how much was written and provided to me. This is definitely a great book that everyone needs to read. The content had factual information backing it up…and this inspired me even further. I want to eat healthy and loose weight. It’s difficult and over whelming to search through all the stuff that’s out there on the market. However, with WTF am I Supposed to Eat, I can easily weave through everything. Educational and well-told. Overall, I highly recommend it to all. 

Review: The Skeleton Code

Synopsis:

Early in life, we learn to exaggerate our positive personal qualities and hide or deny our failures and weaknesses. The Skeleton Code is a satirical and humorous look at the many ways we protect our public personas by closeting our personal secrets, an ultimately self-deluding way of life. As a parody of the self-help “success” genre, the book presents facetious strategies about how to cover up our silly and scandalous secrets before turning to The Skeleton Cure.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

The Skeleton Code by both Alla Campanella and Ken Massey is a great read. The book is a super neat way of getting the past to stay in the past. We are all human. Meaning we’re bound to make mistakes that keep us on edge if ever leaked. Both writers go through every step of addressing skeletons and how to move forward. Their advice and self-guide helps going through the process. Plus, there’s situation of skeletons inside that help us relate to our own skeletons. From there it makes us feel that we can take on the future and not be dragged downward by the mistakes. The help also leads readers into a more productive, positive, and engaging lifestyle. Limit future skeletons. Funny, well-written, and absolutely the best self-help book I have come across in a while. Overall, I recommend The Skeleton Code to readers worldwide. 

Review: The Making of a CEO


Synopsis

There’s a lot on your shoulders when you’re at the top of a business.
Your employees rely on you—and so do your customers. But to navigate your company to the best of your abilities, you can’t always go it alone. Management expert Oswald R. Viva wants to be your coach.
The Making of a CEO: Helping You Deal with the Issues of Running Your Company gives you practical tips for effectively running your business. Targeting his advice to leaders of small and midsize businesses, Viva shows how to evaluate yourself and your decision-making process to see if you’re doing what’s best for your organization.
In easy-to-read, simple language, Viva demonstrates how to set goals, communicate effectively, and empower your employees. Also included are sections on family businesses and planning for your successor, as well as a business owner’s personal roadmap and exit planning questionnaire.
Viva, the founder and president of V&A Management LLC, a consulting business dedicated to helping small and midsize businesses, has more than twenty years of top corporate management experience in large and small companies. Put his expertise to work for you.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

The Making of a CEO by Oswald R Vivia is indeed the perfect tool for readers. Those.ooking for jobs in the field of business or thinking of climbing the ladder than this is a must read. The book is broken down into parts. Each part goes over necessary information. The knowledge and research put into this book was phenomenal. Advice, experience,  and hands-on-skills demonstrated on every page. It was easy to read, follow, and understand. The writer, Oswald R Vivia, coaches readers with an ease that will make others jealous. Step-by-step guide and education into becoming a CEO.  Overall, I highly recommend this nonfiction title to readers worldwide. 

Review: Blueprint to Your Success

Synopsis:

Most people feel success comes from luck or a God-given talent but successful people accomplish their life goals in a very simplistic way; they have a formula for success. Dan Pederson knows from practical experience. He started working early on as a laborer and realized very quickly that he had limited skills with only a high school education. But with perseverance and a formula for success he changed his life, achieving success in sales, investing, management consulting and leadership.

Blueprint to your Success shows you how you can achieve success in money goals, business, health and overall happiness. Each of the 12 chapters includes personal questions to help you apply this easy to use blueprint approach to your own life. Dan’s simple passage to your life’s goals allows you to be more successful in everything you do. Not only that, you will be able to teach these easy concepts to your children and grandchildren! So don’t wait, read this book!

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Dan Pederson is a great writer. His book, Blueprint to Your Success is everything readers need to make good formal and informal decisions. Each chapter demonstrates another part of our work and personal lives. He shows readers how to get from one point to another. The writing is easy to read and understand. Colorful, organized, and brilliantly designed to help others. This book contains forms to help each reader see where they are at now and where they might be in the future. Plus, it allows readers to assess everything including finances, health, and happiness. Dan Pederson had one goal in mind and he accomplished just that with this book. There are topics like retirement and financial planning that I haven’t begun to think about or had to handle yet…and this book made it easy for me. Overall, I highly recommend Blueprint to Your Success to readers worldwide.

Review: Live Free or DIY

 

Synopsis:

Live Free or DIY is the time-starved small business owner’s survival guide!

From startup to growth to pivoting in a changing marketplace, Live Free or DIY reveals that small-business owners in every industry hit the same roadblocks — and that the solutions are within reach. Whether wrestling with customer acquisition, budgeting, time management skills, work-life balance, the headaches of red tape, or how to build a team,

Live Free or DIY is the ultra-practical guide you’ve been searching for.

The vast majority of small business owners encounter the same problems, on their road, to success: you feel like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything you need to do in order to make your business as great as you know it can be; you know you need to focus on how to get more customers; you know you need to delegate and build a team to make operations hum; you know that better productivity habits and a few key management tools could go a long way; and you know you’ve got to improve your time-management skills — or you’ll never sleep again. In fact, after months and years of trying to build your business, you’re downright desperate for the work-life balance that will finally make your job sustainable.

It’s all here. In an easy-to-use format that systematically tackles the small business owner’s greatest challenges, Live Free or DIY answers all the questions you’ve been asking: How do I build a team — on a shoestring budget? How do I get more customers? How can I do the kind of marketing that will nail customer acquisition once and for all? How do I improve at time management? Is it possible to be a small business owner and achieve work-life balance?

In Live Free or DIY, you’ll find a simple strategy for properly valuing and allocating your time. You’ll also find the difference between “cheap” and “efficient,” how passion equals efficiency and boredom equaled bankruptcy, how breaking up “the value chain” is key to running a smart business, how the Business nModel Canvas can help you focus and build, and how you can develop a marketing plan that finally cracks customer acquisition.

Live Free or DIY is helping thousands of small business owners unleash the kind of explosive growth they had only dreamed about.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Live Free or DIY by Justin E. Crawford is the must have book for all business people and entrepreneurs. It’s the essential guide on how to do it all. Gain more customers,increase profits, achieve that great life and work balance and how to DIY as a small-business owner.

Live Free or DIY gives readers the step-by-step ladder with all the tools necessary to be successful. Our markets are constantly changing…starting a business is a scary mess and then keeping the business going is even harder. But with this book, it basically walks readers through it all. Start here…then go here…then here’s what you do. The chapters are well-written and easy to follow along.  It also is a great help for our digital  age and the toughest competitions that we have within our markets. When readers go into the business world, it’s a dog against a dog kind of war. Brand names can easily take smaller businesses out in a matter of time. Time, management and marketing strategies are discussed inside this stunning book. I loved it.

Live Free or DIY is a book that I will be keeping forever in my possession. It gave me tips, ideas, and a deeper understanding, in how to be more successful, within the business realm. This not just for those in business but for anyone including bloggers and others who have something to share or sell with the world. Justin E. Crawford’s book is one that I highly recommend to everyone worldwide. This was and is definitely a must read for all.

Review: How to Get Your Boyfriend Back: From the Husband He Turned Into

 

Synopsis: 

This book is a compendium of over-the-back-fence wisdom from countless discussions with others, assorted research, and personal experimentation.

It’s intended for the wife who wants to jazz up a marriage that’s become a bit worn down from the usual demands of adult life.

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review: 

How to Get Your Boyfriend Back (From the Husband He Turned Into) by Julia Black is a must have for anyone in a romantic relationship. Julia has beautifully woven together a guide, that leads her readers into rediscovering the spark and keeping it alive. All relationships start out with a spark but keeping it strong as they years turn on, is the tricky part. Now, readers don’t need to worry or stress over what to do. This perfect guide has readers finding tips and readings that will help them keep that spark or restart it. I thought this was indeed a great read. I am in my late twenties and thought this book was extremely useful. I am a worry wort and this book has given me the confidence and help to maintain the romantic relationship alive. Overall, Julia Black’s guide is well-written and neatly organized. I would highly recommend this self-help book of hers to everyone.

What Authors Need to Do!

The reviews posted on Amazon, or on Goodreads, or on websites are precious! These reviews are from individual readers who  (hopefully) enjoy reading your works. Readers, on the whole, write very few reviews for many reasons: too busy, not really knowing the specifics of why they like the work, not having the background (read vocabulary) to discuss the work, or it is just to much trouble.

Authors need to make it easy as possible for readers to recommend their books by:

  • creating links
  • making use of editorial (read: professional) reviews that will give recreational readers the vocabulary from which to discuss and share their thoughts about their works
  • thanking the busy reader for any feedback, LIKEs, +1′s etc.
  • Post, comment, LIKE, and +1  on the reviewer’s social media posts and blog-posts.

Consumer Reviews are instrumental in creating BUZZ! You, the author, should endeavor to do anything that will make it easier for your readers to spread the word about your work.

Book Review: Dirty White Boy by Frank Peterson

Frank Peterson has written an unforgettable real life story that readers won’t want to put down. His book details his experiences in life as an addict and how he overcame it. This book is very inspiring especially for those who are struggling with the issue daily. He portrays a strong and clear voice on how to improve one’s life after going through an addiction. How everyone can become a better person. It’s not easy but, it can be done. A realistic and and informative read, Dirty White Boy is a book that all should pick up ad begin reading. His story will inspire you and change your perspectives on life and all that happens. Frank Peterson gives hope to readers. I would recommend this stunning but highly unique story to readers everywhere. Overall, I rate this nonfiction book a 5 out of 5 stars!

Book Review: 5 Star Selling from Beginning to Excellence by Lee Davis

5 Star Selling from Beginning to Excellence by Lee Davis is an excellent source of wisdom passed onto those who are entrepreneurs and into sales. Lee gives his readers his wisdom and experience in sales from start to finish. His words not only help you understand the basics and how to get there but how to keep being successful. There is abundant of information that you could find anywhere, but Lee Davis’s novel gives you everything in a format that is brief, relevant, and handy information. Plus, Lee Davis is an excellent teacher and writer. His way of sharing his experience and expertise in his book is amazing! He has over 35 years of knowledge in selling and sales management. I learned a lot from his book! There are tips and strategies that will help me boost my own sales and gave me the knowledge of how to communicate and handle everyday things with customers as well. Those who are beginners or are wanting to touch up your skills in sales, I highly suggest you pick up Lee Davis’s book and start reading! You won’t be disappointed when you do! I rate this brilliant novel a 5 out of 5 stars!

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How to Write a Synopsis

How do we write a synopsis for our book? Many such as I, have struggled with this question. Every publishing company requires a synopsis.

So, how do we write one? What is a synopsis? What is the format to follow when writing one? Well, a synopsis is like a book review. Except, that in a synopsis, you are telling the publisher everything about the book. The characters, setting, and the plot are all told. You are writing everything that happens in your novel from the beginning to the very end but in a dense format. Think of a book review. Except, in a synopsis you tell all. No holding back.

Be sure to tell the publisher everything about your character(s) and their problems as well as the setting. What is the book about? Who is it about? And why? What are the problems? How are the problems solved? Who or what is causing the problems? And why? How does the book end? Answer all these in your synopsis and will succeed.

Begin by identifying your protagonist, conflicts, and settings. Then mention the plot as the conflicts and more characters come along in your book.
Next, mention how everything is resoloved.

If you follow the format above, you should be fine 🙂