The Team Style Optimizer: Discover Your Team's Natural Teamwork Preferences to Harness Their Productivity (Execution Leadership Collection) (Author Interview)

The Team Style Optimizer looks like a great book.  What can you tell us about it?

Sure. The Team Style Optimizer book presents an assessment that team members and leaders can use to better understand the different work styles on their team.

The book explains WHY a clear understanding of the dynamics and interplay of different work styles is essential for improving team effectiveness.  It lays out WHAT information and insights the assessment will provide those who complete the assessment included with the book.  Finally it walks the reader step-by-step on HOW to complete the assessment and interpret the results.

Once everyone on the team has completed the assessment and compiled the results, they can see the different work styles they bring to their teamwork.  Each work style has strengths and weaknesses.  Team composition - in terms of the similar or different work styles among team members - also affects team balance.  

The book can help leaders and colleagues better plan and manage teamwork, reduce misunderstanding and miscommunications, and develop a productive rhythm for executing tasks and accomplishing objectives.  This type of knowledge lets everyone feel engaged and enthusiastic about team collaboration, and that leads to stronger team results.

This is a DIY book.  It requires no outside expertise and allows teams to create greater clarity, alignment, focus and momentum by understanding and acknowledging each colleague’s distinct work style preferences.


Any plans to turn it into a series?

Yes, we do! We are planning to create other titles as part of “The Executive Leadership Collection.” We don’t have a specific timetable for adding titles yet, but will create and add them as we find time to create high quality resources for interested readers.


Can you tell us a little about your target market for the book?

Our target market for the book is anyone interested in reducing drag and friction that often characterizes teamwork.  Teams are usually part of organizations in different sectors, e.g., business, not-for-profit, government, education, etc. 

Another way of thinking about our target market for the book is leadership.  Leaders don’t always have a title, but they are usually part of a team or organization. We developed this book for those people who want to help their team function better. They are the ones who realize that while they have a solid team, stronger teamwork could make them amazing.Tthe book can also help any member of a team who thinks they are not achieving their potential better understand what’s going on “under the hood” when it comes to teamwork.


What section did you have the most fun writing?

Writing Section 4, Team Member Styles, was a lot of fun. Each of the five team member styles has strengths and each has drawbacks. Setting that all out in an easy to understand way was challenging and satisfying. There is no one right way to be a good team member like there is no one way to be a good human. Understanding what each person brings to the table is critical for effective teamwork. Knowing how to best communicate with one another is also key. Being able to articulate these concepts and informing team members that their mates aren’t intractable, they just don’t communicate the same way is like handing these teams a gift. We are able to help these teams we will never meet.


What inspired the idea for the book?

My co-author and I have over seventy years of combined experience working with leaders and teams.  We were discussing that the biggest barrier for teams to realize their full potential is not in the qualifications and credentials of the team members, but in their (in)ability to understand the structure, mechanics, and dynamics of their unique everyday teamwork.  We wanted to place a simple but effective DIY tool in the hands of leaders and teams to enable them to raise their game and bring to life the saying “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts”.


How did you come up with the title for the book?

The title was the culmination of the writing process. After we had nearly completed the content and were happy with the results, we struggled initially to come up with a title that would explain exactly what readers could expect when they open the book. After a lot of brainstorming and some pretty mediocre ideas we came up with “The Team Style Optimizer: Discover Your Team’s Natural Teamwork Preferences to Harness Their Productivity.”


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing The Team Style Optimizer?

One of the challenging things was making sure to include complete explanations about various terms and concepts. When developing, testing and using the assessment, my co-author and I would explain things as participants asked questions. The same issue arose when creating the written instructions for taking the assessment. We needed to be cognizant of the fact that people using the assessment on their own or with their team would need complete and specific instructions included in the book.


Where can readers find out more about your work?

On our websites, and  and our LinkedIn profiles and

Self-Guide To Starting a Music Career as An Independent Music Artist (Author Interview)

Can you tell us a little about Self-Guide To Starting a Music Career as An Independent Music Artist?

I’m a music artist myself and I have observed how the industry is changed.  Also, one of the gaps there were a lot of music artist who didn’t treat music like a business. Some were talented but only wanted to make music expecting overnight success, with a large payday.  Some were talented and afraid to start because they didn’t have the money. Among other thing, where record labels were not investing like they use to. Therefore, I decided that when I started my music career, it would be more than just music. I wanted to focus on the entertainment industry. I would not just start a label. I would create educational, and self help guides to help people focus on establishing a music career, while treating it like a business. You will learn the essentials you need to get started, with mapping your career as an independent music artist. Tracking your success. This first book is just beginning to give every music artist and entrepreneur to the tools they need to get started and to learn how they are needed. Thinking outside of the box is one way to close the gap of the starving artist, and setting goals to track your success. Instead of allowing others to track your success by counting your pockets and basing it on what they see on social media. This is what this self-help guide is about. When you are starting, you don’t need an entire team behind you. I want to inspire independent music artist to explore all areas of entertainment to generate multiple streams of income.


What motivated you to write the book?

My love music and desire to become a music artist. I saw the industry was changing. I realized a lot of artists were not treating it like a business. They were just jumping in based on interpretation of what they saw the industry was like without guidance. I also saw the music industry had a lot of sharks. People would take advantage of you if they could see your desire and willingness to become a music artist. They looked at artist who invested in themselves. You could easily get taken advantage of. Artist who didn’t have enough money to spend, it could kill the motivation of an artist to even get started. I even got a burned bad a few times because you trust when a person tells you how things you use to be. The reality is things are not how they use to be. Labels are not signing talent. There is more to the industry now. So, this motivated me to write a book to share what you can do if you want to get started.  I utilize and think about a lot of corporate strategies and that is what build my strategies based on.  After being duped and tricked, and hearing negativity and also hearing stories of the negativity. I decided to build my empire, where I want to teach and inspire others that you can do this. There are so many moving pieces that artist , artist managers, producers, graphic artists, content creators, influencers, voice actors don’t think about. 


Today, it’s about partnerships, fair deals. You have to learn when partner up with what use to be competition. There is enough room for everyone. But first you have to learn the business.  You don’t have to always put off a time to start your career. You can take small steps.  It was hearing these road blocks and experiencing these road blocks is what made me want to write not just one book. But, to write a collection of books to help music artist and entrepreneurs.  Independent music artist is often not taken seriously, because the expectations and what people look for are based on the traditional record label models. That has changed. So, I’m motivated to teach music artist you can generate a career for yourself and still have a job with realistic results.


What type of reader did you write the book for?

 I’m writing for the freelancers, entrepreneurs, people who have gift of the arts.  People who want to launch a career in the music industry, or in the field of entertainment. There is room for you.


Can you tell us a little about your background?

 I have full time career in Information technology. I have worked at corporation for 25yrs. I also have experience in logistics, fashion, beauty, art, script writing, songwriting, story boarding, singing, and being a lyrical writer, designer, 3danimation, gamer, tester, researcher, voice actress, and actress.  They call me the Jill of multiple trades. My passion was music and my desire was to be in the entertainment industry. However, I never saw the entertainment industry   as a stable career. Therefore, I never ever wanted to choose it as a primary career. I chose secondary.  Everyone should have a career they enjoy doing.

Music is a stress reliever for me. In order to create a balance of doing what I do most. I have decided to start a music career much like my work life. I’m more valuable because you can’t place me inside a box. I’m a person who can perform multiple roles. Therefore, I decided to have music in my life. But the world music world today taps into everything that I’m doing.

 So, I researched and analyzed those niches in the entertainment field which bring in the high streams of income in the entertainment and digital world. I decided to start two record labels , publishing company , and online store where I would release and launch my own products globally.

This way I can transition into retiring into my own business, where I have built an entertainment encompassing all of the fields of entertainment.  While at the same time teaching new artist, freelancers, and entrepreneurs how to build start a new career and generate multiple streams of income. You should not just work for others to get paid. You should work for yourself to get paid, and do what you loved.


How long did it take you to write Self-Guide to Starting a Music Career as An Independent Music Artist 

2 weeks.


How did you come up with the title for the book?

I’m an independent music artist myself.

After receiving, questions, emails and dm’s I decided first to put in my content on Instagram. I use to post it at first. Then I had a radio programmer reach out to me , and a truck driver that follows me who stated.

 You have helped so many people start their own business. Learn their skillset. You should write a book. Therefore, most of the people who reached out to me were independent music artist.

They stopped and walked away from being an artist and decided to do something else because they had been burned. So, I decided to write a book because all I kept hearing was that some music artist felt stuck, or didn’t know where to start. So, starting with the first book from the self-guide series I decided to focused on the title being for the Independent Music Artist Starting their Career. But there are tips which any entrepreneurs can use.


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Self-Guide To Starting a Music Career as An Independent Music Artist? 

Yes, I wanted to release the book in multiple versions and making a collection of books. So, my brain was filled with so many things, that I didn’t want to place in this book, which were for the second series. But, I found myself adding it and then deleting it.


What do you like to do when not writing? 

I would have to say recording, But, most of the time I’m still writing, a script for a commercial,  a skit for my music,  planning the storyboard layout,  video treatment, working on the art for my animation, also working on my gaming design. 


Where can readers find out more about your work?

They can also use this link


Your Breakthrough: Single to Married: Following the Holy Spirit's Guidance to 'I Do' (Author Interview)

Can you tell us a little about Your Breakthrough: Single and Married?

Are you a single Christian and tired of dating and looking for a Godly spouse?

Does it feel like getting married is a miracle in itself?

Look no further! This book will take you through the steps that bring about God's intended breakthrough for you!

Don't give room for satan to steal from what belongs to your life anymore.

God is with you now, ready to equip you further with His strategies, wisdom, and knowledge.

Intended to reach all generations, young professionals committed Christians, and new believers looking to find marriage God's way, Your Breakthrough: Single to Married helps those who can't find the answers.

Whether you're single, preparing for dating, actively dating or courting, in a relationship, engaged, or preparing for marriage, the words of wisdom and guidance through the Holy Spirit will help you find your path with God's blessing!

The testimonies of God's power and the miracles in this book are not to be read once and tucked away. Instead, they are real stories to revisit and repeatedly apply to your life. We have the gift to partner with Him and to allow Him to bring about the fruit of your season.


What motivated you to write the book?

As a single who had lived in a city with many options, it seemed like the road to marriage was nights filled with many dates and even several committed relationships. Still, no matter what dating advice I applied to find my spouse, it seemed to crumble until I realized that Jesus Christ was the only person that could give me that breakthrough. And I needed to work with him deeper than what was offered as Sunday church service.

As the author of this book, I share my own personal story as testimonies to provide impartation (meaning what is written, God can do it again in your life). The testimonies are combined with Scriptures, prayers, and application tools to partner with God's Word.


What type of reader did you write the book for?

Unmarried and single Christians who have been disappointed, hurt, lonely, or simply ready for the next step in their lives looking to find the breakthrough in finding their godly spouse.


How long did it take you to write Your Breakthrough: Single and Married?

I started writing immediately after my breakthrough because I knew that God did it and the strategies, He gave me needed to be documented and shared with others so that they can receive their breakthrough too and ultimately know how good God is beyond the everyday devotional or weekly church service. It’s been refined over the years through different hands, ministers, and doctoral scholars. 


How did you come up with the title for the book?

The title is focused much like the material and information found inside the book.


What do you like to do when not writing?

When I am not writing, I enjoy spending time with my children, listening to the life stories of others, and coaching or pastoral counseling men and women so that they can receive their breakthroughs and blessings in life because of our God, who is able and willing.


Where can readers find out more about your work?

Visit to sign up for a 1:1 prayer and coaching session, or ask to invite me, Alice Ludwig, (and the team) to minister at your church, school, or home group.

An Amazon bestseller in multiple categories including, inspirational person testimonies, Christian quotations, Christian Stewardship, Christian counseling and recovery, Christian Leadership and miracles and spirituality.


Release Your Higher Self (Author Interview)

Release Your Higher Self looks like a great book.  What can you tell us about it?

We did a lengthy research on the topic of Higher Self. Is Higher Self a part of you, another version of you or an entirely different self that cohabitates with you?  Most of the time whenever any topics of Higher Self are discussed,   people are talking about their ways of  awakening ,unleashing or  connecting . To release higher self is an entirely different perspective , concept, procedure, process and programming.

Any plans to turn it into a series?


That’s an amazing cover.  Can you tell us about it?

Yeah, we can see a meditator with her spine up sitting with folded legs and hand mudra from her back.There are twilights in front of her. We have no idea whether she is going through this beautiful twilight time  with her eyes open or closed.

Can you tell us a little about your target market?

Readers who are in the midst of exploring yogas or self-help.This book certainly helps.

What section did you have the most fun writing?

When writing the final chapter, the feeling of release and the feeling of higher perspective emerged.

What inspired the idea for the book?

The metaphors of CoronaVirus inspired the idea for this book.

How did you come up with the title for the book?

The title blends two contrasting concepts together. Release is a Chinese concept derived from releasing animals.While Higher Self is a more western or new age concept. This is a book playing with such fires.

Did anything stick out as particularly chllenging when writing Release Your Higher Self?

Neither cooking Chinese cuisine to fit into the westerner’s market nor making western food to serve the chinese market is easy. It is always challenge in preparing the available resources ,weighing the likes or dislikes  of the tastes or perspectives on the resources, and to what degree or what amount of heat that the food for the brain needs to be cooked.  

What do you like to do when not writing?

I gather inputs to write when I am not writing. These inputs are observations derived from my daily life. 

Where can readers find out more about your work?

I am running a Yoga Retreat centre at Mont Krai. This preserved forest land  is self-sufficient  by having an abundance of negative ions, tranquility, mountain honey and mountain herbs  to quench the thirst and satisfy the hunger of the yogis doing retreats there. Mont Krai is located at Kampung Sungai Pas, Kuala Krai, Kelantan, Malaysia.

ADA Illustrated: A Visualization of the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design

The 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design was an update to the ADA Accessibility Guidelines. The new design standards added clarity and detail to situations that were a gray area before. The Figure graphics are very much help to visualize what the standards are saying. However there is still a lot in the standards that are not visualized. For some people this is fine and they can understand the text and visualize it in their head. However not everyone is able to do this. As a result, misunderstandings about the standards can occur. Both in the design and construction along with recognition of what has been done right or wrong. Surprisingly even in new construction, ADA design standards are still not done correctly. Clear communication of the ADA design standards is why I wanted to make them easier to understand. I did this by making 3D illustrations of as much as the standards as I felt would work. With the illustrations being 3D, the reader can better visualize the standard in a more real world way. Each of the illustrations show measurements and details as described in the corresponding guideline text. This book begins with Chapter 3 of the guidelines because that is where the measurable construction details begin. *These illustrations are meant to be used as guidelines only. Always refer to the official 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design. For any questions or clarification, call the ADA hotline at 800-514-0301 (Voice) or 800-514-0383 (TTY). You can also contact your regional

Write Your Hits: The Complete Songwriting Guide: From Inspiration to Recording, Craft Your Own Chart-Topping Songs

Are you ready to take your music to the next level? Look no further than "Write Your Hits: The Complete Songwriting Guide"! This comprehensive guide takes you through the seven key steps of writing a song, from finding inspiration to crafting a memorable melody and adding rhythm and harmony.

But that's not all. This book also includes valuable guidance on lyric writing, refining your song, recording, and even marketing your music to build a fanbase. Whether you're a seasoned musician or a beginner just starting out, "Write Your Hits" provides the tools and inspiration you need to unleash your inner songwriter and craft chart-topping hits.
Written by a professional musician with years of experience in the music industry, this guide is more than just a collection of songwriting tips. It's a detailed roadmap to help you navigate the songwriting process with ease and confidence.

Don't just take our word for it - readers have raved about "Write Your Hits," calling it a "game-changer" and "an invaluable resource for any songwriter." So what are you waiting for? Get your copy today and start making music that you're truly proud of!

TEEN MOTHERS: Designing a Fabulous Life

Would you like to master the art of writing clear, compelling, professional, and actionable email messages? Then the new book Writing Professional Emails: The Step-by-Step Guide by Dr. Michelle Swann is for you. Sold on Amazon, this 324-page book makes a distinctive contribution to the genre of email writing.
Since email is still the most prevalent means of communication for businesses and consumers, excellent email writing skills are a prerequisite for accelerating one’s career. This guide teaches how to acquire these skills.
Writing Professional Emails addresses every aspect of email communication: from the subject line to the signature. It teaches how to tailor emails to meet recipients’ needs and fulfill readers’ expectations. Following this advice ensures emails will be read, appreciated, and acted upon.
Engaging, practical, and comprehensive, this guide offers straightforward methods that will help you

  • write high-quality, persuasive, focused emails
  • know whether to use a formal or an informal style
  • communicate effectively in cross-cultural contexts
  • use emotional intelligence to build excellent relations with your recipients
  • learn useful phrases applicable to all emails
  • manage your inbox effectively
  • write emails that convey social presence, an appropriate tone, and a positive human voice
  • know when it’s best to use other communication platforms besides email

Many books about email are based on one person’s perspective, but this book offers best practices resulting from careful and extensive research. The author combines considerable personal experience with the knowledge of a wide range of experts, many of whom consult for Fortune 500 companies.
Ineffective emails waste time and cost companies millions. Writing Professional Emails gives email writing and handling the attention it deserves, helping people successfully and productively communicate in our increasingly digital and globalized world.
The guide is for self-instruction or as a textbook for group learning. It comes in paperback and hardcover forms and is also part of the Kindle Unlimited Program.

Myrtle's Daily Warm-ups for Clarinet

"Myrtle's Daily Warm-ups for Clarinet" is a book I wrote for my students. I was struggling to find a single source that included the scales and scale exercises, long tone exercises, articulation exercises, and register change exercises I wanted them to use. I wanted my students to be able to use the book for many years, so I designed it to grow with the student. It has easier exercises and scales for the advanced beginner, more difficult exercises for my more advanced students (and myself), and everything in-between. If you're also looking for a one-stop shop for warm-up exercises, this book is it!

Exercises include:
-One octave major and minor scales
-Full range major and minor scales
-Major and minor scales broken down
-Major and minor scales in thirds
-Major and minor arpeggios
-Long tone exercises in chalumeau, clarion, and altissimo ranges
-Articulation exercises in chalumeau, clarion, and altissimo ranges
-Register change exercises

101 Lessons to Win Every Situation (Author Interview)


101 Lessons to Win Every Situation looks like a great book.  What can you tell us about it?

"101 Lessons to Win Every Situation" is a comprehensive guide to effective communication that is designed to help readers improve their communication skills in any environment. The book is packed with 101 practical and easy-to-understand lessons that cover a wide range of topics, including basic conversation skills, public speaking, negotiation, and conflict resolution.

In this book, readers will learn how to overcome shyness and anxiety in social situations, make a great first impression, speak with confidence and clarity, handle tough conversations and resolve conflicts, and build strong relationships with others. The lessons are expertly crafted to provide readers with the tools they need to communicate effectively in any situation, whether at work, at home, or in social settings.

The book is written in an engaging and easy-to-read style, with real-world examples and exercises that help readers put their newfound knowledge into practice. The lessons are based on proven strategies for effective communication, and are backed by research and expert advice.

Here's what you can expect from this comprehensive guide:


·        101 practical and easy-to-understand lessons on effective communication

·         A wide range of topics, including basic conversation skills, public speaking, negotiation, and conflict resolution

·         Expert advice on how to build rapport and express your ideas with confidence

·         Proven strategies for communicating with anyone about anything in any environment

·         Real-world examples and exercises to help you put your newfound knowledge into practice

Overall, "101 Lessons to Win Every Situation" is a must-read for anyone looking to improve their communication skills and become a better communicator. It is an ideal resource for people of all ages and backgrounds, from students to professionals to anyone who wants to build better relationships and communicate more effectively.


Velocity Reading (Author Interview)

Velocity Reading looks like a great book. What can you tell us about it?

Sure, it is a book about how to read other books. 

It is a practical book—ten how-to Lessons with exercises to read better (and faster).

It helps solve the problems that many of us have when we read:

  • We find it challenging to stay concentrated.
  • We often start daydreaming.
  • We have to reread because we forget what we just read.
  • We lose interest in finishing reading most books.
  • We're not taking advantage of what we read.
  • And we might have a massive backlog of exciting books we want to read.


Reading better is an essential skill that can impact our personal and professional life. 


And I must add that with the arrival of the A.I. tools like ChatGPT, it will probably become even more crucial to continually better our skills. Our professional value is exposed. We can keep learning through others, seminars and webinars, videos, and, indeed, through reading. 

When watching videos or presentations, there isn't much you can do. But when reading, you have much control over how you proceed. So, learning the best reading techniques is powerful.

The book Velocity Reading teaches you 10 of the best reading techniques through exercises, explaining how to read better, more easily stay concentrated, stop daydreaming, stay interested, how and when not to read everything, and how to take notes and use what you read.  


The book takes you to another level of readers. 


In the first lesson, you will learn the most critical technique: The Tennis Technique. As a result, you will read better and enjoy it more immediately with the first lesson. A method that doesn't require you to skip any text so that you don't miss anything.