Tracey Jones

I was recently introduced to Tracey Jones the daughter of Charlie “Tremendous” Jones.  Charlie recently passed away, and Tracey has taken over the publishing business which is now called Tremendous Life Books.  It was a pleasure doing this podcast with Tracey and learning what it was like to be the daughter of such an icon in the speaking and motivation business.

If you have never read a Charlie “Tremendous” Jones book, I can highly recommend one of his greats, ” Life is Tremendous”.   In my interview with Tracey we speak about the simple yet valuable lessons that Charlie was always teaching as he would speak and meet with his audiences.  His passion for life was contagious, and he always had a way of helping one see life from a positive and different perspective.  As Charlie says in the front of his book ” Life is Tremendous! It really is.  You can be happy, involved, relevant, productive, healthy and secure in the midst of this high pressure, commercialized, automated, pill-prone society.  It’s not easy nor automatic, but it’s possible through the development of certain personal qualities which make up the traits of leadership.  And you can be a leader, because leaders are made, not born.

Tracy and I speak about the Seven Laws of Leadership that Charlie so passionately spoke about for so many years. The Seven Saws of Leadership are: 1) Learning to get Excited About Your Work 2) Use or Lose 3) Production or Perfection 4) Give or Get 5) Exposure or Experience 6) Flexible Planning 7) Motivated to Motivating.

Please enjoy my interview with Tracey as we explore her father’s work, and how the passion for what he started has transferred a generation to Tracey as she carries on the Jones legacy through Tremendous Life Books.

If you would like to learn more about the book titles that Tremendous Life Books has published please click here to access the Tremendous Life Book website.  I know you will enjoy this interview with Tracey Jones.

Arjuna ArdaghArjuna Ardagh is the author of this new book entitled, “Leap Before You Look“.  He is probably best known for his personal opus work entitled, “The Translucent Revolution“.

In his new book Arjuna provides the reader with insight and practices that help you get out of your mind and into the moment.

Arjuna writes that when we are willing to exchange our life of preoccupation with  “me” and “my needs” for a life given in the service of love itself, of that presence itself, we are faced with an interesting paradox.

On the one side of the paradox, we recognize that everything is perfect just as it is. When the chatter of the mind recedes just a little bit, when the smells, colors, and textures of the world become more immediately felt, we recognize the grace of running through it all. Even in conflict, or in the midst of what we call suffering, if we are really in touch with the pulse of life itself, we can feel the beauty of it all.

On the other side of the paradox, we realize that everything is continuously evolving.  Our human condition, as it is now, is flawed with unconscious habits, addictions, and compulsions. In seeing the gap between who we are today and who we could be, seeing the trickle of gifting that’s coming through us relative to the latent torrent that we intuit, we bow to humility.

In Arjuna’s new book the author guides the reader through practices that open up your consciousness and create an awareness of how we can really be in the world.

Our interview together is enlightening, and Arjuna actually takes me through a practice that created a breakthrough in my own life.  I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to slow down, create greater awareness and become awakened to the gifts that life provides us in each and every moment.

If you would like to learn more about Arjuna Ardagh and the Awakening Coaching Training please click here for more information. His website is loaded with resources for the inquisitive mind.

Albert Bernstein Ph.DHave you ever thought that you work in an insane asylum?  I know that sometimes it can seem this way.

Albert Bernstein is the  author of the new book entitled, ” Am I The Only Sane One Working Here?”

His book has great advice for surviving the crazy work-a-day world.  His new book is one of the most comprehensive guides for solving all of the problems that you may encounter at work.

Am I The Only Sane One Working Here?”  provides you with 101 solutions for surviving office insanity.  Albert points out that people who say what they mean and mean what they say are almost as rare as a spotted owl.  Business is supposed to be rational and professional.  The unfortunate truth is, most companies are totally dysfunctional.  On top of that, crazy people are getting in the way –in your way, in their way, in the way of getting the job done.  You’ll be able to cut through the craziness, protect yourself, develop secret techniques, and maybe get yourself promoted in the process.

If  you feel that you are swimming against a strong current of crazy co-workers,  you can still manage it by changing your reactions, not their actions.

Albert Bernstein’s guidance will help you go from puzzled to powerful just by changing your attitude and your understanding of office madness. You will learn:

  • Why doing a good job and succeeding are not necessarily the same thing
  • How to figure out the critical unwritten rules that no one will ever tell you
  • How to get people who never listen to listen to you
  • How to protect yourself from the lies by learning how to think like a liar
  • How to get immature and recalcitrant coworkers off their lazy butts

You will learn this and so much more in my interview with Albert Bernstein Ph.D,  an expert in conflict resolution.

I encourage you to listen to my interview and visit Albert Bernstein’s website by clicking here for more information about his book.  Enjoy this great interview with a very knowledgeable professional.

Maribeth KuzmeskiI thoroughly enjoyed my interview with Maribeth Kuzmeski.  She is one of the most knowledgeable authors that I know working with business marketing professionals to sharpen their connection skills.

You might be asking just what are connector skills, well it is that wisdom that you posses within to reach out at the right time and speak with someone who you think just might be able to help you jump start a project or a business idea.  Maribeth says to forget marketing tactics or business school best practices.  Those are handy, but its’ really people–and the relationships you build with them–that form the cornerstone of long-term success, sales growth and excellence.  Whether you’re a salesperson, an entrepreneur, or an executive, your ultimate job is to bring in clients and keep them.

Maribeth’s new book, “The Connectors“,  presents a five-step methodology that helps you to build the kind of high-quality relationships that lead to lifelong clients, repeat customers and endless referrals.

Inside her book you’ll learn how to:

  • Stop networking and start truly connecting
  • Create an avalanche of referrals and an army of happy customers
  • Become a “connector”, even if you’ve never been a “people person”
  • Find your social IQ–and improve it
  • Put relationship-building principles to work daily
  • Focus on others and reap the rewards yourself
  • Ask the right questions–and sell without selling
  • Differentiate yourself through the impact you have on others

These skills and more are revealed in “The Connectors“.  My interview with Maribeth also reveals many of the benefits of learning how to become a better connector.  I recommend that you listen, and learn from this master in her field.

If you are looking to build relationships, and make more meaningful connections then this is a must read book. If you would like more information about Maribeth and her services I recommend that you visit her website by clicking here to learn more.  Enjoy this wonderful interview.

David Daniels M.D.How many of you are aware of the Enneagram?  I  had been exposed to the concept some time ago, but never really understood the aspects of the Enneagram until my interview with Dr. David Daniels.  He is the expert on the Enneagram and how to utilize it as a tool both personally and professionally.

So just what is it, and how can you use it?  Dr. David Daniels new book entitled, “The Essential Enneagram“, is a wonderful tool that assists the reader in understanding the various personality types that make up the Enneagram.  Dr. Daniels takes the reader through a simple process of identifying  your type and the characteristics associated with your personality type.

The Enneagram is a powerful and dynamic personality system that describes nine distinct and fundamentally different patterns of thinking, feeling and acting.  “Ennea” is Greek for nine and “gram” means a figure or something written.  Each of the nine patterns is based on an explicit perceptual filter and associated driving emotional energy.  These patterns determine what individuals of each personality type pay attention to and how they direct their energy and behavior.

Discovering your Ennegram personal type can help you learn how to bring positive change into your life.  It can help change the way you relate to yourself and others as well as give you a greater understanding of the circumstances and issues facing you.  Moreover, it can give you powerful assistance in integrating the personal and spiritual aspects of your life.

If you would like to learn more about your personality and identifng aspects of your personality that are serving you and others that have the option of changing for the better, then I highly recommending reading Dr. David Daniels new book “The Essential Enneagram”.  It will provide you with useful information to improve your relationships at home and work.    More information about Dr. Daniels and the services that he offers can be obtained by clicking here to access his website.

Enjoy this wonderful interview with a very interesting and knowledgeable man about something that everyone should have knowledge about.

David Simon M.D. In my interview with Dr. David Simon, we explore his new book entitled, “Free to Love Free to Heal: Heal Your Body by Healing Your Emotions”. The purpose behind writing this book was quite simply to help people identify and release the impediments in their ability to give and receive love.

Our ability to give and receive love influences every aspect of our life, including our health.  Dr. Simon shows you how to identify and release the core beliefs and painful memories that contribute to emotional distress and physical illness–freeing you to heal and move beyond the restricting conditions that have been limiting your health and happiness.

As Dr. Simon explains, emotional pain takes many forms: the grief of loss, overwhelming stress and anxiety, major or chronic depression, job burnout, feelings of stuck or trapped, heart break, lingering guilt, regret, fear of trusting again, pent-up anger, worry about the future or shame from the past. In the face of difficulty, most of us do our best to cope with the situation, hold it together and keep going, but we often end up carrying emotional pain that we just don’t know how to heal or release.

This toxic emotional residue gets stored in our bodily tissues, contribution to distress, and ultimately disease. The “Free to Love” process is a systematic process for releasing stored emotional toxicity, restoring the body’s innate capacity for healing and well-being.

Free to Love, Free to Heal is a powerful five-step emotional detoxification process that has helped thousands of people coping with a wide range of difficulties.  If you are personally suffering from the emotional challenges caused by stress, anxiety, fear and depression, then I encourage you to read Dr. Simon’s book for he takes an in-depth look at the mind-body-spirit connection.

You truly can heal your body by healing your emotions, and Free to Love, Free to Heal provides you with the practical tools including the “Seven Laws of Loving Relationships”.

I hope you enjoy my interview with Dr. Simon, and for more information please visit his website by clicking here.

Victoria MoranWhat fun it was interviewing Victoria Moran again.  She is a wonderful author, and has written many inspiring books.

Living a Charmed Life is one of those easy to read entertaining books that everyone can get something out of.  The book is a compilation of action-inspired essays.  It invites the reader to discover the magical element of every nanosecond of your time on earth!  Each essay in every one of the fifty chapters is an opportunity to learn, laugh and find a alternative attitude to help you through your day. The book covers topics such as living richly, staying close to what makes you come alive, and how to be completely, utterly yourself.

Moran emphasizes that happiness is possible for anyone of any age in any circumstance. Living a charmed life is your birthright, and it’s one that you can start to claim as soon as you take to heart-and put into action-the practical and spiritual tips you’ll find in this book.  The lucky charms, honed from Victoria’s own life experiences, will elevate your attitude, change the way you see  yourself and will help you to improve every aspect of your life including your health, relationships, finances, and peace of mind even in these challenging times.

Victoria emphasizes the importance of doing what brings you meaning and joy.  She says that for most people this is usually something simple like cooking, gardening, music, volunteer work or exercise. She also states to watch your words, for they are very powerful. She also suggests  keep good company for the downers will bring you down and to to avoid them if at all possible.  Her book is filled with wonderful stories and is positive, inspiring and uplifting.  I would recommend this book to anyone who would like a positive daily injection!!!

If you want to learn more about Victoria Moran and her other books, workshops and blog please click here for access to her website.

Lori Hope Lori Hope is an author that speaks from her heart.  She also is a cancer survivor, so what better person to convey the message to us who have never struggled with cancer to better understand the needs of  cancer patients.

In her new book entitled ,”Help Me Live-20 things people with cancer want you to know“.  Lori explores in a very personal way how we can help and serve those who are in the grips of dealing with a potentially life threatening disease.

After interviewing scores of cancer patients, caregivers, doctors and health care professionals, Lori has authored a book that is a must read for anyone who would like to learn more about how to communicate with cancer patients.

I can relate to what Lori says for I have a son who was diagnosed with cancer.  While is may be impossible to empathize if you have not had cancer yourself, it is possible to sympathize and have compassion.  But even that is not enough.  We all need information to ensure we communicate effectively–not to say the “right thing”, but to get the desired result: to make those who are are ill feel better rather than worse.

Lori’s book is filled with inspirational stories from cancer patients allowing the reader to understand at a very deep level what spiritually, physically and mentally the patients are experiencing.  These stories and insights conveyed by the cancer patients provide the reader with a glimpse into the thoughts and feelings they are experiencing, and how better to communicate with them.

Each one of Lori’s twenty chapters are the 20 most important messages people with cancer want to convey, such as:  “I need to forget – and laugh”;  “I want you to understand if I don’t call you back”; and “I want comfort, not advice.” You’ll learn that communicating effectively doesn’t necessarily mean there’s a “right thing” to say or do, but that you can achieve the desired result: to make those who are ill feel better. In candid and beautifully detailed prose, Help Me Live will help you find the words or gestures to show how much you care.

I encourage everyone who is involved in the support or caregiver of a cancer patient to read Lori’s book, and to learn from the countless stories and work that she put into researching this book.  I know that it will make a difference not only for the caregivers, but especially for the cancer patients themselves.

If you would like to learn more about Lori Hope please visit her website by clicking here.  Enjoy this podcast with a soul who has traveled the path of cancer and has tremendous insight to teach us about what to do and say as caregivers, friends and supporters.

Alexander GreenIn these uncertain economic times we could all use a boost of confidence.  In my interview with Alexander Green about his new book entitled “The Secret of Shelter Island” that is exactly what you will receive.  Alex has a great perspective on how to look differently at our current economic meltdown (as the media often refer to it).  He states that we have the opportunity to reassess our entire life and re-prioritize what is important in our lives.  This is our opportunity to look inside and have a spiritual awakening to what really is valuable for us. Is it our bank accounts? Or is it the people and relationships around us that truly enrich our lives and bring us fulfillment and meaning?

Alex’s book is primarily a compilation of essays from his newsletter entitled Spiritual Wealth, a newsletter that he has been writing for a number of years. He says that it is only human to want to better our material conditions, but ironically the relentless quest for more often undermines our quality of life.  The truth is successful lives are built, not bought, and the over consumptive lifestyle ultimately limits our choices.

In my interview with Alex we explore this idea of “not-enoughness,” and what it has done to our culture and how is has depleted our souls. How this ever-persistent pursuit of more has really helped to create the challenging economic times we are experiencing.  In the continual pursuit of greater material success some of us lose important relationships, our health, our perspective, our peace of mind.  Alex says that our happiness is highly dependent on principle-centered living.  The secret to balance. Pursue your financial ambitions, but take time to appreciate your health, friends, family are the world around you.

In this interview we have the opportunity to explore how to shift our perspectives and relationship with money as well truly examine what might have greater significance for us.

I love a quote the Alex uses in the book by J. Brotherton and it says “My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions, but in the fewness of my wants.”  How true this is, and how important to remember as we navigate these interesting economic times.
Alex has written a wonderful book which will help anyone who reads it identify just what truly could be causing their financial challenges, and in so doing provides the reader with the opportunity to learn how to close the gap between their wants and needs.

If you would like to lean more about Alex’s interesting newsletters, columns and other books please visit his website.