Yes, quite a bit.
You may think I’m crazy to post this, and maybe I am ” however I’ve got to be honest and say that I’m pretty thrilled with Matthew De George’s posts at his ManageWithoutThem Blog about the misunderstanding and potentially fuzzy interpretations people can levy against my book, Managing with Aloha.
MWA has been out for about eight months, and up to now everyone has always been so terribly nice about it — which is a great thing, and believe me, I’m not at all complaining about that. It’s just that Matthew has actually been the first one to truly engage me in a discussion about it. I’m loving it.
Matthew has been great, and he is right: First impressions count for a lot; no author can blindly hope that people will wait to read your entire book before they have an opinion about it. Takes me back to one of Stephen Covey’s habits again ” Seek first to understand, and then be understood”
Once I decided to distribute my book outside of Hawaii, seeking to understand what aloha is perceived to be in the rest of the world became pretty fascinating for me. Thus one reason I wanted to write the ChangeThis manifesto: I’m asking a lot expecting people to buy MWA for $24.99 when at full retail, then expecting they’ll read every bit of it — all 266 pages worth.
Now a completely free 28-page manifesto could have a better shot. Perhaps another blind hope, but maybe one with more of a fighting chance. And I fully realize a persons’s time is more precious than what may be in their wallet: edit after edit, I tried to keep it as short as I could.
So Ho‘ohana Community, would you help me out? I would sincerely appreciate anything you could do to help me spread the word about the free download of my MWA manifesto on ChangeThis. Or welcome your friends to visit all of us here on Talking Story and join our conversation: It’ll be a one-stop shop for them; the link to Change This is in the right column, up top beneath the MWA book jacket.
Tell you what, one more offer: two more freebies.
Here are pdf links for the full texts of two key sections of MWA:
You can say mahalo, thank you, to Matthew!
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