Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Enhance Your Most Vital Relationship Building Skills

The number one way to build and maintain relationships is still face-to-face networking. A real handshake trumps a virtual one; a real smile outperforms a smiley face. Networking authority Lillian Bjorseth shows you how through classes and her book.

Lisle, IL, September 06, 2011 - To help people improve their number one way to build and maintain relationships, networking authority Lillian Bjorseth, president of Duoforce Enterprises, Inc., is offering face-to-face networking skills classes in two Chicago, IL suburban locations this fall.

The first class will be from 9 am–12 noon Sept. 27, 2011 at Directions Training, Oak Brook, IL. Cost is $115 and includes Bjorseth’s book, Breakthrough Networking: Building Relationships That Last, now in the third edition.

On Oct. 17, 2011, she will teach relationship-building skills from 9 am–12 noon at North Central College, Naperville IL. Cost is $125, plus $21.95 for the book.

“People like to do business with and hire people they know and trust. One of the surest ways to get people to know and trust you is to meet them in person. A virtual handshake can’t replace a real one, and a smiley face will never be the same as a real smile,” Bjorseth said.

“I’ll help participants determine their target market and where to meet them, develop trust, start and end meaningful conversations with ease, develop a written relationship-building plan, construct an effective Verbal Business Card, follow up and much more,” Bjorseth said.

Bjorseth is an award-winning professional speaker, trainer and coach who has helped tens of thousands of people nationwide boost their business and enhance their careers. She received the 2011 Wordsmith Award and was named 2010 Member of the Year by the National Speakers Association-IL Chapter. She was named 2009 Outstanding Chicago Speaker by Red Carpet Concierge. She is co-founder of the Greater Chicago Networking Extravaganza, the 11th of which will be in May 2012.

Bjorseth can be reached at lillianspeaks@duoforce.com, www.duoforce.com and 630-983-5308.

Lillian Bjorseth
Duoforce Enterprises, Inc.
2221 Ridgewood Rd.
Lisle, IL 60532

JA Carlton’s "Heroes of the Line" Book A Month Giveaway Announces First Winner

Last week JA Carlton’s “Heroes of the Line” Book-A-Month Giveaway announced its first winner. The giveaway will continue on a monthly basis through December with the final winner receiving a copy of all four Carlton books.

Austin, TX, September 06, 2011 - Last Thursday, on Facebook’s “Nick, of Time” page, author JA Carlton announced B. Nolan as the first winner of her “Heroes of the Line” Book-A-Month Giveaway.

The giveaway is part of Carlton’s “Heroes of the Line” child abuse prevention campaign. Carlton has pledged 30% of her personal proceeds toward the prevention of child abuse in America and is giving away a hard copy of the book of the winner’s choice as an award for joining the campaign via a purchase of any of her titles.

The selection of books include her psychological thriller “Broken”, a story inspired by actual events that follows a serial killer as he spirals out of control on his quest to confront the person who tortured him as a child.

“More than 98% of serial killers are created, frequently by the people closest to them. Most are made, not born. We can’t stop creating killers until we understand how most of them are made.” - JA Carlton.

Her sci-fi “Freedom Fighter” series, consisting of the currently available first installment, “Wednesday’s Child” and its sequel “Into the Fire”, takes an almost prophetic look at the results of the current American sociopolitical climate.

The series takes place in 2055 where the American nation is a 3,000 mile wide graveyard. 70% of the population has been eradicated by shadowy government agencies. It’s a modern day genetic cleansing program that has forced the remaining citizens to fight for their very survival against those who are supposed to protect them.

“The only reason I have to call it fiction is because it simply hasn’t come to light yet.” She says.

And finally, the “Heroes of the Line” series after which her child abuse prevention campaign is named.

The first book, “Nick, of Time” introduces the reader to Nick, and Frank Emerson, two young brothers who learn they are destined to lead a band of heroes in a war against the Living Dark and its sinister agents, the Schades.

The common thread among Carlton’s books is that the main protagonists (even Randy Custon, “Broken”s serial killer) have all endured horrific childhood traumas. Critics argue that Carlton’s writings are exceptionally graphic for little other purpose than ‘shock value’, and others claim the works a means to feed society’s desire for more and more gratuitous violence.

Carlton says, “I like to think they’re warnings to think about how our actions echo forward. But most importantly, a message of hope to victims that abuse can be overcome, and that in spite of it, survivors can be heroes if they choose.”

Carlton’s books are published by Uneak Press, Inc. a small Austin, Tx. based press that prides itself on being a haven for storytellers, wordsmiths and artisans. Uneak chooses to highlight authors who are passionate about their craft and more concerned with getting the story out than following formula. They’re also invested in local talent like their newest addition to the family, supernatural thriller writer Will Holloway, and local artists Heather Ellis and Avery Beckett. Uneak Press, Inc. is currently open to submissions by aspiring authors.

Elaine Zuliani
Uneak Press, Inc.
P.O. Box 19446
Austin, TX 78760