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Stories from Viet Nam Veterans

Let me state clearly up front, I am no Tom Brokaw. His book The Greatest Generation is a powerfully written book. The stories and reflections captured me completely when I read the book. Brokaw’s concept has motivated me to want to capture stories from veterans of the Viet Nam War. I’ve begun the process by asking my friends who are Viet Nam veterans to share their stories with me. I’ll be in my hometown of Greenville, PA in the coming week and have put out the word that I’d like to collect stories from my classmates who served in Viet Nam and any other veterans from that war. I’ve asked them to meet for a couple hours one afternoon to talk and share. I want to hear their stories: the ones of battle, life in base camp, what went on during R&R (that is shareable), memories of friends. Are you a Viet Nam veteran? Do you know some Viet Nam veterans? Please email me; have your friends contact me. I’d like to hear your stories as well.

May 3 Show – Guests: Renee Walkup, President and CEO at SalesPeak, a company specializing in providing innovative consultative sales tactics that boost clients’ sales and profits; Ahmad Meradji, President and CEO of BookLogix Publishing Services, Inc.

Renee has authored two books: Selling to Anyone Over the Phone and The Naked Sales Person. In this session of Write Here, Write Now, Renee shares with listeners what motivated her to write her first book and then why a second book became a must. BookLogix in conjunction with Apex Book Manufacturing helps writers publish their books. Ahmad tells of how his dream of a company to help writers publish became a reality.

April 26th Show – Guests: Richard Kirby, Founder of Executive Impact, Inc., a leading career coaching firm in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Robin Kirby, certified clinical psychologist and certified clinical hypnotherapist; guest host is Vanessa Lowry

Writing a book combines fun with challenges. There is the excitement of writing with the struggles of writer’s block. Spouses Richard and Robin Kirby know the writing journey up close and personal. Each has written a book. Each has experienced life as the spouse of someone engaged in writing a book. Each uses their book to enhance their businesses. Hear their unique perspectives on the world of writing as authors and as the spouse of an author.

April 19th Show – Guests: Greta Jaeger, Life Coach with Coaching Your Dreams; Laura Biering, Coach/Consultant with True Voices; Stan Gay, sports agent and owner of the Atlanta Chiefs semi-pro football team.

For each of these guests, “someday” has arrived or lingers close at hand. Laura has written one book and is immersed in a second one. Greta has created a rough overview of the book she has always wanted to write and has the initial draft of the introduction. Stan has worked on identifying his topic and his audience and the message he wants to share when he begins to write. Three entrepreneurs share their hopes, dreams, plans and maybe even some of their anxieties as they stand at the initial stages of writing a book.

Write Here, Write Now – Initial Show featuring guests: Vanessa Lowry, Joe Colavito and Kevin Quiles

Listen in as Vanessa Lowry, Joe Colavito and Kevin Quiles share their stories of how they came to be authors. Vanessa, of Connect4Leverage, has written two books and works with authors in creating cover designs and layout for their books. Joe Colavito is Vice President of External Development for Wells University. He wrote his first book 4 years ago and has written 2 more since then with several others still churning in his mind, awaiting their turn to be written. Kevin Quiles’ book came out in 2010. He shares stories and experiences from his work as a spiritual care coordinator for hospice. Kevin is a great example of an individual who planned to write a book “someday” and did. Listen as they share the challenges they faced and the joys they’ve celebrated.

Welcome to Write Here, Write Now.

If you have looked around this mini-website, you have already learned that our focus is talking with business leaders, entrepreneurs and professional about their work and the book they have written, are in the process of writing or that they intend to write someday. The overall purpose of the show is to encourage everyone who has ever dreamed of writing a book “someday” to do just that. With business leaders, entrepreneurs and professionals, Stone and I will get them to share their writing stories: the struggles, the fun, the celebrations, the breaking out in cold sweat moments and ultimately the magic of holding in their hands their very own book.

I intend to “mix it up” a bit with the guests: experienced authors, emerging authors, planning to become an author, publishers, layout and cover design people. Most of the time the guests will be in the studio; occasionally I’ll reach out across the country to “bring in” by phone a special guest to share insights and experiences.

I welcome your suggestions for guests, issues you would like to have addressed that pertain to writing and questions you might have.

Join Stone and me and our guests, live each Tuesday morning at 10:00 or by audio file at your convenience when business leaders, entrepreneurs and professional come together to discuss the power of the pen and its impact on their business: Write Here, Write Now.