Communication is the #1 problem in marriages. They say lasting relationships are work. Why not try some advice for work relationships and apply them to your partner for better communication and a lasting marriage? Check out The Key Class series for all the you need for a happy, successful life!
"Soft skills" include behavior and manners. They are the ability to get along with others. Understanding how to behave in different situations is fundamental in social situations. How to communicate and having positive relationships with others and consideration of others will not only help you with work, but in life as well.
Even though people can have job skills, it's the Soft Skills and the way you behave that moves you toward real success. If you don't know how to interact with others with consideration, you won't be able to succeed.
John Daly's latest book explains it. Take a look at the excerpt:
John Daly is a multiple award-winning, internationally-renowned event designer and producer dubbed the “Guru of Event Design” by Special Events magazine some 28 years ago. He didn’t get the title just because of his creative talent, but because of the thousands of peers that he taught and with whom he shared all his secrets. His name alone at events conventions packs a ballroom.
According to Carol McKibben, founding publisher of Special Events magazine, "When he teaches, other professionals just want to sit at his feet and hang on his every word. He embodies innovation and creativity."
But today, John Daly is changing the lives of others. This second journey in his life began when he was a young adult and was fascinated with the protocol and etiquette of countries around the world and how they affected the events he was producing.
His hobby of learning about the proper rules of etiquette led to him advising his clients on both a domestic and international basis. It didn’t involve just which fork to use at an important dinner but how to dress, greet foreign dignitaries and carry on polite business conversations. And, the more he traveled, the more he honed his skills, evolving his hobby into an expertise. At the same time, he became a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and began mentoring teens. Realizing that these young people had never been taught manners or how to even go about getting a job, John decided to use his outstanding teaching abilities and began to put together a curriculum to instruct students on how to not just do the things that are expected in everyday life, but to teach them the necessary interviewing tools to successfully secure a job or college entrance.
John Daly’s Key Class program was launched by partnering with the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse’s Teen Court in Santa Barbara. This amazing program allows youth who have committed a first-time misdemeanor offense to avoid a criminal record and a chance to re-evaluate where their life is headed while still being held accountable for their actions.
From there, it was just a matter of time before John expanded to high school students as well as working with at-risk teens. Collaborating with Santa Barbara Partners in Education, John has taken The Key Class into the Santa Barbara County School System.
"I can't tell you how much I appreciate your skills at maintaining the interest and attention of these young people. Many people claim to have a way with teenagers but I seldom see someone as skilled as you are in your field." -Robert Foster, Juvenile Institutions Officer Senior
"I would like to start by saying that I hope your etiquette teaching rubs off onto my soul... In return for your passionate willingness for us to succeed in the job world, I will be successful." - Richard Palafox, Student
Yep, John Daly has done his research on the job market place and is offering help on etiquette, business manners and how to have a happy, successful life in general. Check out these two books for more pointers your parents never taught you, and are the key for success in everything you do.
If someone could give you the keys to success in life and work, would you accept them?
Look at life as a game. Every game has skills and rules. When you play the game, you have to possess the skills and know the rules. If you don’t, you’ll lose.
So it is with life and work. It affects your relationships, your happiness, your self-awareness, and your ability to perform well.
74 Key Life Skills for a Happy, Successful Life will point the way to living the good life.
It provides skills for behavior in life, work, image building and interaction with others. These critical 74 “soft skills” will enhance your life and guide you through both difficult and often uncertain situations that block even the most aware from being successful.
Who says this is important stuff that you should pay attention to?
John Daly does. How does he know? He practiced these skills throughout his 44-year career as one of the most successful event designers/producers in the world, gaining the title of “guru of special events.” Then he turned his attention to working with our youth who often lack the social skills to succeed in life. He is teaching these soft skills to them, and guess what? It’s working. It’s working so well that John’s curriculum, called The Key Class, has been adopted by the Unified Santa Barbara School District as well as other schools.
“We have found John Daly’s Key Class provides a break-through opportunity for students to learn many life skills that we simply have not had the expertise or curriculum to deliver … and we have had such phenomenal responses.” –Dr. David Cash, Superintendent, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Not just for kids, John has taken his experiences and knowledge and poured them into this book that will help adults and youth alike fill in the missing pieces for a happier, better life. With keys like that, there isn’t any door that won’t be open to you!
John Daly is back with another guide to the good life! John Daly, a highly-successful international event producer, advised his top Fortune 100 corporate clients on proper protocol both in the U.S. and around the globe for 44 years. He has taught The Key Class through the Santa Barbara Teen Court for the past five years and works with the Workforce Investment Board and a variety of organizations.
Since 2013, Daly has provided the program to multiple high schools in Santa Barbara and currently has expanded it to all high schools in the Santa Barbara Unified School District School System, as well as Ventura County, California. In 2013-14, John Daly won the “Outstanding Fun In the Sun Individual Partner of the Year” Award from United Way. The same year, Daly won “mentor of the year” from Santa Barbara High School’s Dons Net Café and the 2014 Penny Jenkins Mentor Champion Award from the Fighting Back Mentor Program. John Daly is the 2015-2016 President of Partners in Education.
See what I've done? I'm promoting my author and giving you an example of the Pay-with-a-Tweet promotion! Yeah, I think I'm slick :)
If you'd like a free ebook download...click the pay with a tweet button at the top of this post and see the receiving end of Pay-with-a-Tweet promotion. Or just click the picture and it'll take you there too.
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Imagine after one of your readers finished your book and there's a little URL with a message saying... receive my novella just by pay-with-a-tweet and receive "book name here" !!
And then they tweet a message you pre-made to go out with a hashtag and a message and a link that promotes your paid book and viola free press!
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Okay, NOT that I'm pitting my authors against each other because all my authors appreciate each other--but I've been concentrating on work count lately.
Naturally I wondered what my authors PUBLISHED word count was for 2013.
So below I've got the low down. Remember, this is for 2013 published works. It's also an estimate because I quickly ran through the word count of the whole book--legal wording & all.
ACTION ITEM: Tell me your word count for 2013!
Author Patricia A. Knight
Affectionately called: PAK
Hers To Command
Hers To Choose
Hers to Cherish
Total Word Count: 215,378
Author Carol McKibben
Affectionately called: Mom
Word Count: 60,827
Author John Daly
Affectionately called: My etiquette guru
The Key Class
Word Count: 47,024
Affectionately called: SNM
Lady Alene and the Widower
But For You, Yes
Cougar Bait in the Coffee Shop
The Demon Inside Me
Escape To Vampire Dam
Word Count: 46,791
Affectionately called: Ushci
Inspire Your Day
The Seeds Will Sprout Somewhere
Word Count: 13,824
Wednesday's Book Signing of John Daly's ~ The Key Class: The Keys to Job Search Success at Granada Books in Santa Barbara went rather well! He's such the fabulous speaker!! See for yourself...
My author, John Daly, is bringing his etiquette talks from the classroom and into bookstores. NoozHawk has more details but here's what you really need to know:
A romantic garden, fine delicacies, tea and good friends. This was how I spent my Tuesday. But, if you really want to see how it went I found this article: Afternoon Tea in the Garden Toasts The Key Class.
You might be asking me how this has anything with today's topic--publishing process--and I'd tell you that books are concepts and this is how they start. John Daly is the concept and founder of The Key Class which is supported by Macy's at Paseo Nuevo, Daniel Bryant Youth Center, Partners in education and others. The Key Class helps youths who need better social skills especially if they're going to get a job.
I think his video does the best job of explaining:
I was honored to be at the Afternoon Tea in the Garden compliments of John Daly because I published his book~ The Key Class: The Keys to Job Search Success.
John has been working in the Special Events industry for more than 30 years and a small gathering of about 100 people was nothing for him to coordinate.
In fact when I arrived a little early (at John's request) we saw his vivacious arms waving instructions to his staff setting up what I'd call "the goods" (chocolates, fruits, edibles in which I had ALL of them).
I cannot believe this man has "retired" from the events industry because you just don't have his passion without loving it and when you love something you never leave. He throws that kind of passion into the young men and women who desperately need guidance on how to interact with others.
As John Daly says in the video--he's seen a kid ready to be jumped into a gang and then make the turn after taking The Key Class seminars. The kids that take this class will always "belong" to him, just as the Special Event industry will always "own" him.
For whatever reason, these two careers work in a combination that just works and helps these kids. Shane Meares (above in the top picture) was one of those kids that took The Key Class.
All of John Daly's knowledge in helping others prepare for the working force, including but not limited to: young teens, adults, those with work, and those trying to find a job now have the benefit of learning John's secrets in the first volume of his book, The Key Class: The Keys to Job Search Success.
Even if you can't take the class you can still gain John Daly's insight from his book. You'll also directly help John fund his passion for these kids. When you purchase the print book it also comes with the kindle version for free which is my way of saying thank you all, for your support.
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