Education & Training
THE BOOK: 14.03.19
well, since I last wrote about the book ‘Being Amazonian’ an awful lot has happened.
First and foremost, a name change, it’s now called Don’t Sell and is a proper work in progress. It is being created as we speak and here’s a sneak preview of some of the graphics.
The team at Cool Blue Brand Communications are working very hard at bringing it all together. Text has been reviewed, edited, refined and finished. Graphics (and don’t they look awesome) are being created to suit key words in each chapter. Powerpoint presentations will be built for the relevant chapters that can be used as individual training sessions in salons and ….. all in all, it’s coming on leaps and bounds.
Keep checking in for more details, and follow Don’t Sell on its own dedicated Facebook page here: THE BOOK
Regular readers will know that over the last 3 years there have been numerous blogposts written about ‘Being Amazonian’ a training programme that I have delivered to salons and product companies with some great results.
The concept has morphed, progressed, been amended, and had reached a stage where people were asking me if it would ever become a book.
How I laughed when it was first asked of me, a book, there is no way I was capable of writing something such as a book. When Being Amazonian was first developed it was created as a one day training seminar that allowed me to use bullet points on a power-point presentation that gave me the opportunity to talk about retail and online shopping, putting it down onto paper was a completely different proposition.
Over a period of time the session developed into a 3 day training programme that, when I look back at it, became slightly pompous and pretentious, I, as a trainer pushed the information to a realm of irrelevance which had to be addressed.
So, long before the book was an idea, I revisited the information, shaved off the stuff and nonsense and turned it into a useful and user friendly training programme. It now has a life of its own and has been created to be adaptable to different business models.
The book version was (and still is) the biggest challenge. Trying to keep the chapters concise and informative, relative and interesting was difficult. Over the course of 18 months it was written, re-written, re-written again and then, after all 10 chapters had been revised it was shipped off to trustworthy friends who could critique it for me.
Grammatical errors, typo’s, the construction of the words, all have been dissected and commented on. That in itself was tough, having people say ‘this needs to change’ ‘that’s not right’ etc made me doubt the books potential as a viable proposition. But, criticism is necessary otherwise the flaws that are a natural process of writing something had to be addressed and dealt with, and honestly, I cannot afford to be a delicate soul about something so important.
Last week I went along to a meeting with a creative design, marketing agency for a discussion about how to bring the book to life.
Cool Blue Brand Communications is an awesome group of creatives who have helped me lots of times before. they are responsible for this website, the design, the avatars, so much that makes my company look how it looks.
And so we brainstormed ideas and came to following conclusions:
1. the book is too word heavy, it’s being shaved down chapter by chapter as we speak.
2. Visuals are critical. Words are very important but bold images set the scene much better.
3. It definitely has to be a book …. but ….
4. It also has to be user friendly training materials.
5. The book will be created as power-point training decks for each chapter, available to purchase individually for salons and businesses to use at their own discretion.
6. The name doesn’t explain fully what the book is about.
7. New name! the book will now be called ‘Don’t Sell’. More about that later.
Lot’s to do, but some really important steps have been taken that have energised inspired and motivated me to push forward at full speed. I am looking forward to seeing the visual mood-boards that Cool Blue are creating as a starting point.
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The big news )for mrH at least) is the development of Being Amazonian …. it is now well on the way to becoming a book. That’s the dream, hopefully it will become a reality. Almost 3 years in the making, Being Amazonian: Don’t Sell is completed in draft form and is currently being reviewed, amended, corrected, critiqued by a select few people before it goes to the next stage. If it becomes a book, an actual book, I will be thrilled. There’s a long way to go yet though, so watch this space.
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