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The Power of the Zip: Trigger a Tsunami of Transformation One Conversation at a Time Paperback – December 13, 2012
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About the Author
I have a passion to help others discover their potential and to fulfill it. I have pursued this in teaching communications, conflict resolution, voice improvement, stress management in DC for almost every government agency, teaching acting on the graduate and undergraduate levels part time for 21 years, in my own theatre company in VA for 9 years, internationally, as a life coach for 15 years, in print as a columnist, on radio with a call in show, on TV, and as a wife, mother of 4, and grandmother of 5. As President of Strategies for Living Unlimited, I am an executive leadership coach, strategic planner, organizational development specialist and career coach.
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If you talk to people, either one on one, or to the multitudes, you need this book.
In the book THE POWER OF THE ZIP author and Communications Consultant Jill Kamp Melton reminds us that we have power that we really don't tap into and use fully. Sharing not only areas that we can make a difference but ways to be it into practice, Jill allows us to see how we can change things in our personal and professional lives, and help others along the way.
One of the big takeaways for me from the book is that you have to reach people where they are as individuals. That means we can't take the "one size fits all" attitude and think it is going to give us the results we want. In the book Jill shares this: "Others call this customizing your work, making it your own. I call it reinvention. When you redefine what you do and how you do it, through the blood, sweat, and tears of your own unique experience, you are using your unique ability." She goes on to share that when we start to practice this in our lives we "will inspire others to do the same."
Is it easy? No. But it is necessary, especially if we want to see progress happen in the way we deal with others and our daily lives. Practical tools that with work can yield some amazing results, THE POWER OF THE ZIP encourages us to get off the sidelines and fully participate in life.
The minuses are that this self-published book is all too evidently a self-published book. I say this as someone who has self-published and who reviews self-published novels. The things that bothered me were: double-spacing between paragraphs; tables that looked like they had been faxed into the book (i.e., a little blurry); less than effective organization of her topics; anodyne recommendations (smile? what a novel idea!). There were a few typos, but they weren't too bad.
When I began writing and considering self-publishing, another writer made it clear that if indie writers want to be taken seriously, they need to produce a product that is as professional looking as anything put out by the mainstream press. This book did not meet that level of professionalism. It could have.
There truly is something for everyone in this gem of a read.