Book plugging news

Max Atkinson

It's 10 days since I posted some comments about the impact of BBC 'plug-a-book' shows on sales, following a mention of Speech-making and Presentation Made Easy (see above) on the BBC website. As expected, it soon slipped back from its all-time high of 1,841st in the Amazon bestsellers chart, but it's still been averaging about 220,000 places higher than it was before the plug on the BBC website. Tags: Book plugging Amazon waterstones booksellers

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BBC plug-a-book show slot for aging new left author

Max Atkinson

Readers of my previous comments on BBC plug-a-book show s won’t be surprised to hear that I didn’t last longer than about three minutes before turning one off last night. Needless to say, Mr Ali, like so many social theorists then and now, has never let facts stand in the way of whatever theory he happened to be espousing on any particular day (or in any particular book). As for how he came to get one of these prime plug-a-book slots, it’s anyone’s guess.

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BBC plug-a-book shows: how and why is so much offered to so few?

Max Atkinson

There are quite a number of plug-a-book shows on BBC Radio 4 (e.g. which is, I suppose, what you’d expect from the country's leading talk radio channel. Several times a week, a few lucky authors are invited by the likes of Andrew Marr, Libby Purves and Laurie Taylor to spend ten minutes saying whatever they like about their latest book. It would be nice to think that they operate with the kind of studied neutrality you might expect from a public service broadcaster.

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The Medium of Television - JFK Not First Politico to "Get It"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Chandler focuses on television in his book about fast food - "Drive-Thru Dreams" - because it was that invention which helped anoint those standardized quick-serve hamburgers and friend chicken as Americana.   Political correctness is expected.

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Hillary Clinton: Can She Evolve into Idea Entrepreneur

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It's a cautious Hillary Clinton who is on a book tour. We  expect leaders to be Idea Entrepreneurs.   If Clinton continues to play it safe we could simply pull the plug in our interest in her.   Books Branding careers Current Affairs Games Generational Divide Media Politics Public Speaking Television Travel Values  This is a continuation of the diplomatic, code for cautious, Clinton who we experienced when she was Secretary of State. 

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Civilization and Its Discontents - Those Who Can't Hold on and Do a FIRE

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  In "The Stranger in the Woods" Michael Finkel chronicles that ability to transcend how society expects humans to go about their lives. Once a human plugs in, there's the realization that not much is really needed to survive. Books Games Hope Personal Musings ValuesWhen he was 20 years old, Christopher Knight got it that he didn't want to or couldn't continue with life as most people live it.    He entered the Maine woods.

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Barnes & Noble: Hero of Connecticut Small Business

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

   A newbie to wireless at B&N, I brought my adapter cord, expecting to be able to plug in.  Books careers Current Affairs Food and Drink Media Personal Musings Web/Tech WeblogsHurricane Irene has been the enemy of small business.    Much of our low-cost communications systems were knocked out.    After all, we don't have all the redundant back-ups of a large corporation.

Lessons from a lifestyle entrepreneur

Speak Schmeak

I'm enjoying Jane Pollak's book " Soul Proprietor: 101 Lessons From a Lifestyle Entrepreneur. The quality of the finished product was below the standards that both Gigi and I expected. Ultimately, after we both spent hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars on the project, Gigi decided to pull the plug. Jane is a business coach who specializes in working with creative women entrepreneurs.

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Lessons from a lifestyle entrepreneur

Speak Schmeak

I'm enjoying Jane Pollak's book " Soul Proprietor: 101 Lessons From a Lifestyle Entrepreneur. The quality of the finished product was below the standards that both Gigi and I expected. Ultimately, after we both spent hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars on the project, Gigi decided to pull the plug. Jane is a business coach who specializes in working with creative women entrepreneurs.

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Observational Humor — Case Study #119

Humor Power

The Club awards for Toastmaster of the Year and Spark Plug of the. A speaker told about visiting a sperm bank and seeing their donor books categorized by descriptions of the donors: Height, Ethnicity, Education, etc. The line got a bigger laugh than I expected.). Bigger than I was expecting. Or it might be because I’m in the donor books for TALL, for SCANDANAVIAN, and for SENSE OF HUMOR. (A Good job tying me into the donor books.

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Hocus-Pocus: When Psychologists Controlled the Market on Hope

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" A sucker for mysticism, I plugged into all that at the University of Michigan's Psychology Clinic, where they trained the Psychology Department's clinical graduate students, and the Neurospsychiatric Institute, where they housed the best and brightest psychologists, psychiatrists,  and psychiatric social workers.    If I had my expectations significantly lower.  Hope, as we have learned during The Great Recession, can be a dangerous drug. 

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Observational Humor — Case Study #117

Humor Power

The awards for Toastmaster of the Year and Spark Plug of the Year for the club were presented. A speaker told about visiting a sperm bank and seeing their donor books categorized by descriptions of the donors: Height, Ethnicity, Education, etc. The line got a bigger laugh than I expected.). Or it might be because I’m in the donor books for TALL, for SCANDANAVIAN, . Good job tying me into the donor books. We had another excellent meeting. Two guests.

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Humor Spotlight: Learning from Brad Montgomery

Speak and Deliver

The speed made his humor all the more humorous, because he wasn't sitting on any lines 'expecting' laughter, and he was able to quickly string together quip after quip. April is Humor Month here in Speak & Deliver , so when I found out I'd have the opportunity to see Brad Montgomery "Funny Motivational Speaker and Meeting Energizer" speak for free, I jumped at it!

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Public speaking from the Staines snowball to confidence-boosting in a cafe!

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

My last booking for them had been in March 2006 and they were a very good audience on both occasions. My next booking was in Woking for a group of retired Surrey County Council staff following their AGM at the town's Trinity Methodist Church. In the end it ran for longer than expected and I adjusted the duration of My Life as a Freelance Comedy Writer to allow for this. This Woking booking soon led to two further talks.

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Gordon Brown's interview technique: the tip of a tedious iceberg

Max Atkinson

Yesterday, Iain Dale posted a plug for a new book about handling media interviews and included the following observation (by Dale) about Gordon Brown (or 'Boredom Frown', as my granddaughters prefer to call him): “Gordon Brown has catchphrases he uses over and over again. His answer was rather more outspoken than I’d expected: "Brown answers his own questions, never the interviewer's, and is utterly shameless.

BLOG INDEX: Sept 2008-August 2009

Max Atkinson

BBC plug-a-book sho slot for aging new left author JULY 2009 ? Clarke has more to say about Brown than a few weeks ago • Book plugging news • Why doesn’t Amazon have a Spanish site? Book plugging • How to stay awake during a repetitive ceremony • BBC plug-a-book shows: how and why is so much offered to so few? How Caroline Flint gave the game away about expecting a post in the cabinet ?•

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BLOG INDEX: Sept 2008-July 2009

Max Atkinson

Clarke has more to say about Brown than a few weeks ago • Book plugging news • Why doesn’t Amazon have a Spanish site? Book plugging • How to stay awake during a repetitive ceremony • BBC plug-a-book shows: how and why is so much offered to so few? How Caroline Flint gave the game away about expecting a post in the cabinet ?• This is a list of everything posted since the blog started in September 2008.

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