Author Roy “Griff” Griffis on Your Book Your Brand Your Business

Please tune in at 5 PM Eastern on May 14 when I welcome the accomplished author Roy “Griff” Griffis to the show. In his own words:

I was born in Texas City, TX, the son of a career Air Force meteorologist. Attended a variety of schools at all of the hot spots of the nation, such as Abilene, Texas and Bellevue, Nebraska.

When I was ten, I was sent to my grandparent’s house in Tucson, Arizona because things were tough at home. I was pretty damn lost, as my grandparents were largely strangers to me. My older brother, a more taciturn type, refused to discuss what was going on. Fortunately, like so many kids before me, I was rescued by literature. Or, at least, by fiction. In a tiny used bookstore that was just one block up from a dirt road, I discovered that some good soul had unloaded his entire collection of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “John Carter of Mars” series in Ballantine Paperback. Because my father had already taught me the guy who created “Tarzan” was the self-same ERB, I spent my RC Cola money on the first book of the series, “A Princess of Mars.”

I think what struck me was how these books were possessed of magic: they were able to transport me far from this dusty land of relatives who I didn’t know and other relatives pretended not to know me to another dusty land of adventure, heroism, nobility, and even love. It was the first magic I’d encountered that wasn’t a patent fraud, and when I closed the stiff paperback with the lurid colors on the cover, I decided it was the kind of magic I wanted to dedicate the rest of my life to mastering. And, thus, I was saved.

Since then, I’ve never looked back. I’ve written poems, short stories (twice runner-up in the Playboy college fiction contest), plays (winning some regional awards back East and a collegiate Historical Playwriting Award), screenplays, and novels. I’m a member of the WGAw, with one unproduced screenplay sold to Fox Television. I also had a moment or two of internet notoriety as co-creator of the web-comic “Truesbury.” Right before Trump’s election, I somehow was selected as a “Conservative Novelist” to be interviewed by a Swiss newspaper, which was pretty funny by itself since they found me by doing an internet search for Conservative Novelists and for some reason, I was about number three on the list. “We had a hard time finding conservative novelists.” No shit, I thought.

Along the way, I’ve done the usual starving artist jobs. Been a janitor, a waiter, a clerk in a bookstore. I was also the 61st Aviation Rescue Swimmer in the Coast Guard (all that Tarzan reading wasn’t wasted). I’m also not a bad cook, come to think of it.

Currently, I’m a husband, father, and cat-owner. I’m an avid bicyclist and former EMT. I live in a small town in Texas with my lovely wife (a college professor) where we are renovating a 130 year-old historic home for us, three rescue dogs, and two rescue cats. My friends call me “Griff,” my parents call me “Roy,”and my college-age son calls me “Dadman.” It’s a good life.

During the live interview, Griff and I  welcome your questions from the chat room.

Feedback or Coaching – What Drives Lasting Behavior Change?

Join us this Thursday at 5pm ET for the Future-Proof Workplace show!

Do you want to make a lasting and positive impression and perception with people? Get a coach! Coaching is and has always been a method to develop teams and leaders. That’s why sports teams have traditionally had coaches and pay them mega bucks to make their team great. But, many organizations mistake giving performance feedback with coaching. Ask anyone if they like getting or giving feedback, and the answer is typically “no.” Coaching, on the other hand, is highly interactive, and in business, usually driven by the coachee, who asks for insights and support. Join us this week with Alisa Cohn, world-renowned coach who was named one of the world’s top 100 coaches by Inc. Magazine. Coaching is one of the key tools to help shape you into the best you can be – listen and learn how.

Alisa Cohn, named one of the Top 100 Speakers for 2018 by Inc. Magazine

Alisa Cohn is an executive coach who works with senior executives and high potential leaders to help them create permanent positive shifts in their leadership impact and the results they achieve. She also works with founder/CEO’s of startups and other high growth companies to help them lead for scale. Alisa also speaks to groups on various topics and designs and facilitates offsites for senior teams. Her areas of specialty include: Executive presence; Power, influence and charisma; Decision-making; Corporate politics; Personal mastery.

Alisa was named one of the Top 100 Speakers for 2018 by Inc. Magazine. She was selected as one of the Top 10 Coaches by Women’s Business, which called her “absolutely brilliant,” and “a super hero.” Alisa was selected by Marshall Goldsmith in his 100 Coaches project.

 

 

 

 

Bestselling Author and Graphic Designer Matt Margolis on Your Book Your Brand Your Business

Please tune in on Monday, May 7 at 5 PM Eastern when I welcome bestselling author and graphic designer Matt Margolis to Your Book Your Brand Your Business:

Matt Margolis is a bestselling author, graphic designer, former architect, and a consumer of books and coffee. He is the co-author of the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama and the author of the forthcoming book The Scandalous Presidency of Barack Obama, released in April 2018.

He lives with his family on a vineyard near Buffalo, New York.

Matt’s exceptional graphic design work is on display at his site, www.logotecture.com, where you can read glowing testimonials from clients like me:

“If you’re seeking innovative interior formatting and original cover design to attract readers and provide a compelling visual representation of your work, I cannot recommend Matt highly enough. He’s also incredibly efficient, which means our project are completed on time, every time. ”

In addition to book covers, he creates original logos and promotional graphics. During the live show, we’ll discuss Matt’s bestselling books, the importance of cover design and formatting, writing for success, and how to market your book to your audience in the digital age. We look forward to answering your questions from the chat room!

UPDATE: My apologies, but due to illness, I had to cancel this week’s show with Matt Margolis. I’m rescheduling his interview and will post the update information soon.