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.
Ahead of her time with Judy Piatkus
Judy Piatkus is one of my heroes. Working from home long before it was fashionable, navigating caring for a child with special needs alongside the casual sexism of the 1980s, she quietly built up a pioneering company specialising in self-development. And along the way she transformed her own consciousness through the books she brought into the world.
Her story reflects many common themes of entrepreneurship: women at work, the digital revolution and the power of books and of bringing people together.
Struggling with Grace Marshall
As a Productivity Ninja, Grace Marshall helps people who are struggling with any number of everyday productivity pits. But she saw that in many cases there was a different kind of struggle going on, one that wasn't talked about so much, that couldn't be solved with a new system, that could even hide beneath a frenzy of productivity.
Gradually she realised that this kind of struggle isn't a sign that something's getting in the way of the work, it IS the work.
Toxic with Clive Lewis
Clive Lewis has written 17 books, so he's learned a bit about organizing and communicating his ideas. He writes about the things that mean most to him - this time it's the toxicity of the workplace (which is itself of course a microcosm of society) and how to create more positive, healthy environments.
We talk about the 'new normal' and the old issues at work, about empathy, diversity and inclusion, setting goals, getting started (and the difficulty of finishing), and the intoxicating power of words.
Lead Beyond the Edge with Frederique Murphy
'I was able to write it in 12 weeks [because] I mapped out my entire book, sticky note by sticky note... And then I was relentless. I just went one word per sticky note and built the whole thing.'
For someone who comes alive on the stage and accesses their flow speaking in front of an audience, the last year has been tough. But Frederique Murphy discovered that she could re-access that state of flow through writing her book, by delivering it as if to an audience, and the results were astonishing.
No Filter with Sarah Frier
Instagram has had a massive impacting in shaping our culture over the last decade - it's redefined our measures of success and celebrity. In No Filter, winner of the FT/McKinsey Business Book of the Year 2020, Sarah Frier uncovers the backstory of the app - the philosophy of its founders and the complex relationship with new owner Facebook.
Along the way she also takes us behind the scenes of her own writing practice.
Let's Play with John Williams
John Williams is an ideas guy, and he helps other people make their ideas happen too. He's also a very experienced marketer and business book writer, and in this conversation he shares exactly how he knocked out a full first draft of his new book F*ck Work, Let's Play in just nine days...
Packed with practical inspiration for entrepreneurs and writers, this is a fascinating under-the-hood glimpse into the mindset and methods of someone who's succeeded at both.
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