Mary McGuire launches her first book Coming Home To You

Book in focus-COLLAGE

Mary’s launch was held  at Kerala Kitchen in Dublin, Ireland and gave her guests a flavour for what, Coming Home to You offers with personal transformation tips and tricks.  As well as hearing the Mary McGuire’s motivation for the book,  Joy Dent gave a heartfelt endorsement for the woman behind the story and Vikki Roberts read a selection of her wistful and beautiful poetry.

Invited guests experienced – first hand, facilitated by the author – a selection of the practical exercises straight from her book, Coming Home to You, including a taster in mindfulness.

‘Inspiring’, ‘Thought-provoking’, ‘Relevant were used to describe the event and Alison Bird of ACB Creations captured the unique and friendly atmosphere of the evening with the photographs above.

Coming Home to You – A Handbook for Personal Transformation is available as paperback and e-book.  You can buy at all main online sellers.  Click the buttons below to order your copy:

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The Inspired Diabetic book launch

One of my amazing authors, Lyndon Wissart released his first book, The Inspired Diabetic, at the end of January 2017, at the Institute of Directors in London. The Inspired Diabetic, published by Filament Publishers Ltd, shares Lyndon unique story and his specific recipe, which as a professional British chef, cured his type 2 diabetes in 105 days, naturally without medication!

When Lyndon was diagnosed he was determined that this would not be a life sentence. The thought of spending the rest of his life on medication with a long list of foods he couldn’t eat, made him think that there must be an alternative. If it was food that caused the problem in the first place, then surely changing his diet could undo the damage. With his 30 years’ professional knowledge of food, he set about researching what could make a difference. By putting into practice what he learnt, he successfully managed to completely cure himself in 105 days.  In his popular book, he shares his journey and shows how anyone can do the same – if they have the knowledge and determination.

Lyndon Wissart's 'The Inspired Diabetic' book launch January 2017

Lyndon Wissart’s ‘The Inspired Diabetic’ book launch January 2017

‘Working in kitchens all day,’ says Lyndon, ‘I was surrounded with all sorts of tempting foods. My weakness was desserts and, of course, I had to try them to make sure they were alright! When I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, my blood glucose reading was nearly off the scale at 15.9 and I was experiencing all sorts of unpleasant complications. I didn’t want this to turn into a life sentence and I certainly didn’t want to spend my life on medication. So I put to use all the knowledge I had gained about food to see what I could do to make a difference. What I achieved amazed me – and my dietitian and doctors!’

Lyndon has shared his journey from diagnosis to cure in 105 days in his book. ‘I know how devastating a diagnosis can be but if you think of it as an opportunity, then you are in the right mindset to do something about it. I have proved that with a sensible fitness regime and an intelligent diet based on good information, you too can achieve what I have done.’

The Inspired Diabetic is 174 pages, costs £14.99 and is printed in full colour. It is available to buy from Amazon, all good book shops and through the Filament bookshop at www.filamentpublishing.com

Lyndon’s website is www.lyndonwissart.com You can follow him and join his inspirational journey to help many other people with similar diabetic conditions via his social media as below. You can also help raise funds for diabetes from his Lynspiration site at www.lyninspiration.com

 

 

The Power of Three

by Author, Editor and Book Coach, Wendy Yorke

What is your reader's call to action after reading your book?

What is your reader’s call to action after reading your book?

Becoming a published author is a transformational journey of massive learning and tremendous growth and having a Book Coach and Editor to help you along the path is invaluable. A professional and experienced book buddy supports, guides and helps you to develop your manuscript…to make it into the best book it can be and…makes sure you never give up, or duck out!

At the November Authorcraft event, at the Institute of Directors in London, Wendy provided an entertaining and interactive book coaching session, to demonstrate the power of three, critically important book coaching questions.

Wendy started her session with a quick quiz using three questions, about three famous authors, whose personal stories each had a relevant message for new writers.

  1. Write for your chosen niche; Michael Morpurgo, won the J.M. Barrie Award 2016 for his contribution to children’s literature. Since the 1970s, he has focused on his niche with140 published titles to his name, the most famous being, War Horse.
  1. Make your manuscript stand out; J K Rowling, who was rejected 12 times before being published by the Bloomsbury Group. However, it is claimed that she was discovered because she used a colourful manuscript binder, which attracted the attention of eight year old Alice, who demanded more than the sample chapter from her father, the commissioning editor.
  1. Never give up; Paul Beatty, who was rejected 18 times before being published by an independent husband and wife team and won the 2016 Man Booker Prize with his American satire, The Sellout.

Wendy’s three critical, book coaching questions for all WRITERS who want to become published AUTHORS are:

What is your purpose? Your purpose for you and your purpose for other people, what will you benefit from writing your book and what will other people benefit from reading your book?

Who are you doing it for? Who are your ideal readers? Research and know them really well so you can write for them. Be specific about their age and gender, their habits, where they live and where they go on holiday? Wendy suggested giving names to your ideal readers and making a Vision Board of images to represent them, to help you write specifically for your target audience.

Why you rather than someone else? What is it that will make a person buy your book rather than the books on either side of it on the bookshelf? What is your USP and your special offering that no one else has provided yet?

Plus one bonus question:

What is your call to action for your readers? What is the one thing you want readers to do as a result of reading your book; or are there several actions they can take; what are you giving them that will help solve their problems and pains; and what is it that you have, that they want?

When you have 100% clarity about these answers, writing your book will flow effortlessly and the results will be magical. If you’d like help to identify and resonant with your book purpose, passion and commitment, please contact Wendy; for help, support and guidance on your personal journey from being a writer to a published author. Visit her website www.wendyyorke.com or call her now on + 44 (0) 783 1930 786.

 

 

 

 

A transformational journey – writers and aspiring authors this one’s for you!

transformational journeyMany people need help to achieve their personal goals, whatever they are and writing their first book is a popular one. Writing a bestseller is a very exciting, creative journey but it can also be a lonely one. Help from an objective, independent and confidential coach can make all the difference to enable you to achieve your writing/book goal; – whether its getting started, writing, keeping on track, finishing, publishing, marketing and selling.

Helen Haynes "Make it Count!"Existing and aspiring authors look for help in other writing areas too – for websites, social media strategies, marketing resources and presentation materials, as well as in other significant areas of their lives where they want to be their best.

One of my coaching clients, Helen Haynes, published her first book after struggling to complete it for 20 years. Helen published, “Make it Count!” in September 2014 in London and in the first month she sold more than 400 copies. In her inspirational and powerful book Helen wrote “Thanks to my fab book coach, Wendy Yorke who helped get me to that finish line.”

Writing and Book Coaching can help you:

  • Release the power within – unlocking your creative potential and raising your self-awareness about what you can achieve when you allow yourself
  • Get you from where are you now to where you want to be – with clarity, purpose, focus and confidence
  • Support you to achieve your goals – moving you forward, mapping your action plan, managing your time and making positive changes in your life
  • Fire your starting gun, keep you on track and help you cross the finishing line – challenging, motivating and supporting you to achieve what is important to you – a coach is a catalyst for positive change
  • Find your special success recipe – giving you the opportunity to focus on what matters to you within a guided framework and inspiring you to access your unique success recipe, making sure you have all the ingredients on the table
  • Remove any barriers along the way – providing you with a regular accountability and reality check, enabling you to overcome and reframe any obstacles – a personal helpline whenever you need it
  • Learn about yourself and others – providing a greater depth of insight and helping you understand yourself and your behaviour styles better – discovering what motivates you and why you do the things you do!
  • Begin with the end in mind – offering a non-judgemental sounding board for new ideas, visualisation and a safe place to talk in complete confidence, building belief in your abilities to achieve your goal – coaching is the difference that makes the difference.

“We get what we focus on”

 Positive, forward-thinking, objective, confidential, and task-orientated coaching helps you find your own solutions, one step at a time. It chunks down the task to progressively achieve the whole. It is about results rather than excuses. About taking 100% responsibility for actions and about enjoying and celebrating the benefits. It embeds a personal and unique “can do attitude” – so that giving up or “ducking out” is never an option.

ducking out is never an option! If you’d like some help with your book or writing goals –  give me a call now on + 44 (0) 783 1930 786.

Great Action Planning Tool

Coaching Tool

My X and Y Action Planning 2013 to 2014

Do you have something you really want to achieve in your life and are struggling to get started or make it happen ?

Well, here is a really great Action Planning tool to help focus your mind and your attention, so you can have what you want and achieve that goal.

I learnt this coaching tool from the lovely Pam Lidford, a Performance and Confidence Coach and trainer with the Coaching Academy of London.

Now to get started, all you need is a packet of colourful Post It Notes, a good pen and a clear, blank wall.

Take the first Post It Note and write a large X on it and today’s date. Stick this on the far left side of the clear space on your wall.

Take a second Post It, write a large Y on it. Underneath that write down the particular goal you want to achieve and the date you want to achieve it by.

The goal must be stated in the present, personal and positive. For example: I am running my own business by June 2014 with 6 clients a week; I am a company Director by  October 2013 earning an annual salary of at least £120,000; or I am an author with my first book published by April 2015; or I have a loving partner who I can trust by December 2013; you get the idea. Stick this Post It on the far right side of your wall.

Now, think of all the steps you need to take to achieve your goal. Add as much detail as you can; facts; figures; dates, people and place names etc.

Write each step on a new Post It and stick these on the wall between the X and Y posts, in whatever order you like. You can always move them around later and you can add more as your thinking about your goal develops.

Then, stand back and admire your handiwork. Notice how good you feel and empowered to start taking the actions on the wall!

Of course, I take this exercise one step further! After the Y note, I add colour pictures of the rewards that I will give myself once I have achieved my goal.

And remember, as you achieve the steps along your path to success, you can take them off the wall and see your progress as you advance along the wall towards your goal and its completion date. It’s very cool! You can also collect the achieved Post It Notes as success milestones to celebrate along the way.

This motivating tool is about activating the Law of Attraction to work for you, so you get what you want. By getting your goals and actions out of your head and onto the wall, with dates and time frames, and in a logical order, you are making them a reality. You are attracting the universe to respond to you; and you are helping to build your clarity, courage and commitment around each goal and action. This can help lead you to your success. If you believe in achieving your goals you will.

This works really well for me – please let me know how it works for you.