Tuesday, August 28, 2007

August 22, 2007 - With Toast-masters Club 638 in Santa Monica at the IHOP! The gentleman in the brown leather jacket is Robert, the club president. He and Sherry, the VP of Education (not in the photo, unfortunately) enliven the meetings with style and drive. This is only a small fraction of everyone who was there for the meeting, which included my workshop, "Pour in the Juice!" I've presented this workshop to several TMs in the area and it has always created a lot of energy, participation and fun...and gotten the speakers warmed up for their presentations during the second half of the meeting.



August 17, 2007 - A night out with 2 stars from "Speak with Passion, Speak with Power!", Anne Reeves (l)and Antoinette Byron (r). Anne's true story is woven throughout my book... You first meet her in chapter one, "Dismantle Your Fear", as a VP of Marketing responsible for giving sales presentations and bringing in new clients... and whose intense fear of public speaking drove her to my "Public Speaking for Professionals" course at UCLA Extension. By the end of the book, you learn that Anne progressed way beyond conquering her fear. In fact, her success story represents the power of intention over fear and it's one you can relate to if you've ever experienced this number one fear.

Antoinette is a stage and film actress, as well as a voice coach for actors and a presentations coach for speakers. I interviewed her for my book because of the wonderful, quirky stories she tells, to demonstrate a point, in her voice trainings. In the chapter called, "Pour in the Juice!", she shares about a "Devil-Tongued Angel" her grandmother encountered on a train in Australia. Go to http://www.abpresentations.com/ to learn more about Antoinette.

It's been years since Anne first took my course and she's come a very long way. She has won many Toastmasters' competitions and has created a workshop with Antoinette and 2 other speakers which teaches others how to use presentation skills to come across more effectively - in the classroom, the conference room and the boardroom. Anne's power of intention overtook her fear and she became unstoppable!

To the reader - If fear has been stopping you from taking action on a dream, admit it to yourself and make up your mind to take one action a day to move you towards your heart's desire. See, hear and feel yourself being successful and happy. The actions will add up over time and your life will transform.

"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now."



June 1, 2007 - I'm surrounded by books at the New York Book Expo America, with Founder and President of the Book Publicists of Southern California (BPSC), Irwin Zucker. Irwin is a dynamo of energy, inspiration and ideas... Notice we're holding "Speak with Passion, Speak with Power!" upside down...Irwin says that's because it's turning the world upside down! He's always looking for ways to support and promote members, many of whom are self-published authors like me and he suggested my byline,"More Power to You!"

The BPSC meets every other month, presenting guest speakers who educate us about various aspects of writing, publishing and marketing. A newsletter ("Know Thy Shelf!") gets mailed out to members after each meeting. To learn more, visit http://www.bookpublicists.org/.

Irwin will soon be celebrating his 80th birthday... His vitality and deep participation in life obliterate the stereotypes I have in my mind about what it means to be 80. Irwin's got it all and does it all! Plus he has so many people whose lives he has touched and who feel honored to know him.

Irwin embodies the words of George Bernard Shaw -

"I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, because the harder I work the more I live...Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations."

Here's to you, Irwin. Thank you and L'Chaiim!

July 28, 2007 - Fashion model and author, Shantelle!, drops by my booth at the Hollywood Book Festival with her "Confessions of an Internet Model." As you can see, Shantelle! radiates charisma and demonstrates the power of body language and the Law of Attraction... in a big way! Shantelle! is more fun than an amusement park,with giggles like windchimes. I'm delighted that she and I are going to be sharing a booth at the West Hollywood Book Fair on Sept 30 and we've been enjoying creating press releases ("Internet Model and Master Teacher Go Hollywood... West Hollywood That Is!") and flyers. We're also planning to make DVDs for viewing and to have drawings for our books, signed photos of Shantelle, tank tops she has designed and free coaching to "Speak with Passion, Speak with Power!" Check out Shantelle's website at http://www.shantelle.net/.
"She walks in beauty, like the night..." (Byron)