As many of you know, I have a couple of book projects running simultaneously. I wanted to give all you a quick update on them as we are reaching a point that you will soon be able to buy them…
Insuring Success: An insurance professionals guide to increased sales, a more rewarding career, and an enriched life.
This book is being published by Global Professional Publishing (GPP) out of the United Kingdom. The book is aimed at insurance professionals (agency owners, agents, brokers, company representatives and both real and animated mascots). I am down to one final chapter to write and it’s due to my publisher in November, so I’m a little ahead of the game. The goal is to have it available to purchase in early 2014. If you’re in the insurance business, please buy it and tell me what you think. If you’re not in the insurance business, buy it anyway and give it to your agent as a gift. They probably deserve a gift and this would be a good one!
The Best of Dan Weedin featuring Captain Jack the Pirate Dog – This is a compilation of the last 5 years of writing that I’ve been doing. Included is my work with Extra Points (my Monday morning mailing); my monthly column with the Kitsap Business Journal; my newsletters and blogs; and of course the musings and wisdom of the indefatigable Captain Jack the Pirate Dog. There will also be new material that has never been read before, called Fresh Fish. This book is completed and I’m in the final stages of editing and reviewing. My goal is to have this available for purchase in time for the holidays. Stay tuned.
Questions: Why would you want to read all my previous works? What value will you receive? Well, why don’t I let my readers tell you!
“I really enjoy reading Dan Weedin’s weekly “Extra Points” memo. He can take the simple things that happen in everyday life and write a story about it. The story always has a point and is relevant in business even when the story is not about business. I find his ability to write stories with creative analogies every week to be simply genius! Thanks Dan for entertainment and the little nuggets that come with your stories.”- Donna Himpler, Wells Fargo Bank
“Dan has a special knack of simplifying complex business strategies. His column in the Kitsap Business Journal, using everyday analogies relative to the business world, is especially beneficial for daily tactics and team building. His insightful nuggets are great reading for enhancing business success, whether you’re an entrepreneur or a corporation. I always find some practical take-away to pump up my work.” – Barry Hacker, Group Health Cooperative
“Dan Weedin is a rare guy who instinctively finds quick answers to tough issues. I trust him implicitly, and I rarely make that statement. His weekly newsletter–Extra Points–is always relevant and demonstrates Dan’s pragmatism and ability to get to the heart of impactful issues. It would be well worth your while to spend a few minutes with Dan. You’ll thank me for it.” - Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting, Silicon Valley
P.S. If you’d like to be included in a special mailing list to get early announcements and discount opportunities for BOTH books, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me you want to be added to the Book Club!
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I just finished reading the most recent edition of Million Dollar Consulting on my Kindle reader on my iPhone. Even if you’ve read it before, it’s well worth the read if you’re a consultant. Alan Weiss has added new ideas and commentary with each edition and this one has great information. I highly recommend…
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Books I finished in January…
- Twilight (Stephanie Meyer) – My daughter challenged me to read it after I mocked it. Guess what? It was pretty good. I will probably end up reading the next book.
- Thrive! (Alan Weiss) – I’ve read a lot of Alan Weiss books. This is the best. A must read regardless of your vocation.
- What Jesus Saw from the Cross (A.G. Sertillanges) – I try to read a book a month on my faith and this was the one for January. Compelling read.
- A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
- Speakers Edge (LaCroix, Tate, Valentine, Brown, and Fripp)
I just read an article in the Puget Sound Business Journal stating that Amazon said it sold more Kindle books than the “old-fashioned” hard cover books. Read story
What’s your take on this?
Mine is two-fold…
1 – I hope we aren’t seeing the demise of the hard cover book. I’ve seen the Kindle and it’s pretty cool I must admit. However, there is still something special about having a hard cover book in your hands reading. I don’t think that will ever change for me.
2 – I hope this means more people are reading and that young people will keep reading after school. We as a society need to keep reading a variety of subjects in order to maintain and advance our knowledge and being considered “well-rounded.”
I encourage you to read often. My goal is one book a month minimum. Right now, I’m on two books. One is religious in nature and the other is fiction. I have the next two picked out already – political science and self-development.
What are you reading?
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I just finished reading a very fine book by former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy. Quiet Strength is a book not focused on football, rather spirituality, faith, being a role model, and being a strong person. There is a lot of football too which works for a fan like me.
That being said, there are many lessons a business person can take from the book. A head coach in the NFL is basically running a small business. Coach Dungy’s leadership style is transferable to all walks of life and business. This book will be a good read from a personal and business sense for you. Grade – A
I just finished this new book on the life of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Regardless of your faith persuasion, this is a moving and inspirational book. The lessons learned transfer to all walks of life including business. Grade A-plus!
If you’ve spent any time reading my blog posts or hearing me speak, you’ve heard me talk about my dogs. For the most part, their manners leave much to be desired. Unfortunately, that can happen in business, too.
The book I just finished is by my friend Stephanie Horton, founder of Top Dog Etiquette. Stephanie’s book is titled, “Are Bad Manners Driving Your Clients Crazy?” This is an excellent resource for anyone in business. Stephanie points out guidelines to be used in any business situation from dinner meetings to social gatherings.
If you have questions about how to act so that you don’t take a chance on losing clients, check out this book. You can purchase it by clicking here…
I just finished reading the book “Made to Stick” by Chip and Dan Heath. If you are in business, this is a must-read. Why? Your message is vital to getting you business. If people can’t remember you or your message, that’s not a good way to increase your income and brand. Made to Stick” will teach you how to make your ideas and brand “sticky”. Grade – A
I was reading one of Alan Weiss’ blogs this weekend and he was discussing several books he has recently read. It occurred to me that one of my goals for the year was to be a more consistent reader of all types of books. So far, I’m falling behind…
SO – I’m making a mid-year goal to get back on the bandwagon. Reading is essential to education and promoting a well-rounded, holistic individual. I need to make that a bigger commitment in my life. I’ve added a category to this blog to write about books I am reading (or have read). You are invited and encouraged to join i the fun and post about what you are reading.
I’m going to start with a book I finished last month. I was at the airport waiting to catch a flight to Boise, ID for a golf weekend. I needed a light, humorous read so i picked up Marley and Meby John Grogan. It hit the spot. This isn’t a self-help or deep book by any means. It does make you laugh, though. And, it points out some life lessons that being part of a family brings. I highly recommend it for everyone. If you are a dog owner, it’s a must-read.
The next book I’m going to tackle is a business book on marketing titled Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath. Look for my “book report” later…promise!