399 episodes

Alison Jones, publisher and book coach, explores business books from both a writer's and a reader's perspective. Interviews with authors, publishers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, tech wizards, social media strategists, PR and marketing experts and others involved in helping businesses tell their story effectively.

The Extraordinary Business Book Club Alison Jones

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    • 4.8 • 42 Ratings

Alison Jones, publisher and book coach, explores business books from both a writer's and a reader's perspective. Interviews with authors, publishers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, tech wizards, social media strategists, PR and marketing experts and others involved in helping businesses tell their story effectively.

    Episode 408 - Higher Ground with Alison Taylor

    Episode 408 - Higher Ground with Alison Taylor

    'We basically treated legal compliance as a proxy for ethics, which has never really been a particularly good fit.'
    I think we can all agree the world is ready for some fresh perspectives on the ethical obligations of the business world: Alison Taylor is here to provide them. 
    All too often there are stark differences between company statements and their day-to-day actions, as they perform the delicate dance between ethical decisions and turning a profit. Alison questions long-standing business beliefs, including the assumption that compliance is a proxy for ethical behaviour, proposing a new approach that accounts for companies' internal systems and also their role within broader society. 
    She also reveals how she went about writing her book 'Higher Ground', including how she workshopped her thoughts in the classroom and sparked dialogues online as a sounding board.
    Insightful, challenging, practical and energising - classic Extraordinary Business Book Club stuff.

    • 35 min
    Episode 407 - Languishing less with Corey Keyes

    Episode 407 - Languishing less with Corey Keyes

    "Do what you can in the circumstances you are given right now. And don't wait for the systems in the world around you to change in order to get some life into your life."
    Most of us are only too familiar with 'languishing' - the opposite of flourishing. It was when Adam Grant wrote his famous 2021 New York Times article that we all recognised it as the defining post-pandemic emotion, and it continues to dominate discussions of wellbeing.
    Grant's article credited research by Dr. Corey Keyes, a distinguished professor emeritus and a leading voice in the study of mental health and human flourishing. In this week's conversation, Corey explains the personal and professional reasons why he's spent his career advocating for a more proactive approach to fostering mental health — and the profound implications of translating a lifetime of research into a book that can change lives.
    This extraordinary conversation will reshape how you think about mental health, not just in business, but in every facet of life.

    • 41 min
    Episode 406 - Talking business books with Meredith Norwich

    Episode 406 - Talking business books with Meredith Norwich

    'For an academic book, you are looking to demonstrate that you stand on the shoulders of giants. For a practitioner book, you ARE the giant... But you're not the first giant.'
    Meredith Norwich is a senior acquisitions editor at Routledge, part of Taylor and Francis Publishing, and she has seen a LOT of business book proposals. What makes a proposal stand out for her? You might be surprised...
    Packed with valuable insights for first-time authors and behind-the-scenes glimpses into the publishing industry, this is essential listening for anyone contemplating writing a business book. 

    • 33 min
    Episode 405 - The insider's guide to London Book Fair

    Episode 405 - The insider's guide to London Book Fair

    I’m just back from an exhausting, exhilarating few days at London Book Fair. My ears are still ringing slightly, my feet hurt, I need to spend a few days on my own in a darkened room and I can’t even tell you how many follow-up actions are on my to-do list – in other words, it was a great Fair.
    But what does that mean? As publishers, we at Practical Inspiration Publishing are all about selling books, but we don't actually sell our books at book fairs: so what DO we do? Here's an insider's guide to what actually goes on at London Book Fair for book trade professionals and for authors and illustrators, and what you can expect (and what you can't) if you decide to rock up to Olympia next year.

    • 24 min
    Episode 404 - LinkedIn mastery with Louise Brogan

    Episode 404 - LinkedIn mastery with Louise Brogan

    Louise Brogan helps entrepreneurs and professionals elevate their LinkedIn game. In this week's conversation she explains why LinkedIn is so important for businesses and why most people are so dreadful at it. From fundamental mindset to the most effective tactics right now, it's a masterclass in maximising your profile on LinkedIn without losing your soul.  
    She's also in the throes of writing her first business book, so this is a great report from the frontline if you're in that place and want some comradely advice and support. 
    And finally, Louise's no-nonsense, super-helpful LinkedIn how-to videos have also made her something of a YouTube star, so I made sure to ask her all about that too... 

    • 36 min
    Episode 403 - Disrupting HR with Lucy Adams

    Episode 403 - Disrupting HR with Lucy Adams

    "It was fantastic, just as a sheer exercise in putting something out there and being brave and saying, these are my thoughts, what does everyone else think?"
    Lucy Adams spends her days helping HR leaders reimagine their profession, and her classic work HR Disrupted and its sequel, The HR Change Toolkit, are critical to this mission.
    Her message is simple: treat employees as adults. But the implications are profound.
    In this conversation, we talk about how HR is changing (or not), the impact of COVID on the profession and on Lucy's decision to write a new edition, the delight of writing and the grind of editing, and the exhilaration and terror involved in opening your freshly minted book for the first time...

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

Ollieedits ,

Leaders are Readers

This Podcast is well worth a listen, especially for Leaders or Learning Specialists who like to keep an ear open for leading edge thinking. Alison does the legwork, highlights worthy reads and credible thought leaders. The 99p deal on new titles is a great bonus too.

Ian Truscott ,

An essential listen for the writer and reader in you

A splendid podcast, not only is Alison an accomplished writer/coach/publisher - she’s a great podcast host, guiding some wonderful conversations with some fascinating guests. She explores not just the craft of writing, but also the inspirations behind the books and the people behind them, inviting us into her journey of curiosity. A must listen, if you are writing a business book, looking for an inspirational read, or just love books and publishing.

meal out with mate ,

Inspiring and makes you take action

I was introduced to this podcast by a friend who’s book is coming out in Jan. I didn’t even know what podcasts were until covid happened . Listening to other peoples stories has inspired be to take action on my own book and I will be in touch with Alison to join her next 1 week masterclass in Jan . I highly recommend others who have a book / idea in there mind to start listening to these amazing story / shares . I am feeling excited ... and it’s not even Christmas .
Thanks for sharing all . Love Kulwinder Dhillon

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