Archive for June, 2010

MY FIRE’S GONE OUT! How to Cope with Change in Your Work and Your Life –Liam O’Connell – Reviewed by Valerie Dwyer – Serial Entrepreneur, Coach, Mentor, Inspirational Speaker, founder of My Wonderful Life Coach™, Everything is Possible™,

June 29, 2010

My Fire's Gone Out! How to Cope with Change in Your Work and Your Life.MY FIRE’S GONE OUT! is an excellent parable for our times! Best little book! Half hour read, common sense, inspiration, motivation!! Reminds us ‘change’=opportunity. Focus on what matters! 

Billed as the NEW ‘Who Moved My Cheese’ Liam O’Connell uses ‘fire’ as a metaphor for setting a new focus on what is really important to you, in your life and your work so that you can handle change in whatever guise it presents to you. Through the device of four aptly named little devils, (read the book..) stoking the fires of hell, the story tells how differently each reacts when sudden and dramatic change interrupts the normal flow of their lives.

Coaches and others will recognise what is happening here but there’s great value to be had from sharing this book as a tool to get some key messages across to other people.

Condenses the spirit of self-belief and reinforces in 81 enjoyable pages the timeless truth that with change comes opportunity, provided you take a little time to think, spot it and confidently work it through!  Inspirational and Motivational. Peppered with common sense and realism. A refreshingly light treatment of a sometimes all too heavy topic! (More please!!) Read my review at

WORKING 5 TO 9 by founder Emma Jones reviewed by Valerie Dwyer – book delivers!

June 17, 2010

We’re talking SERIOUS BUSINESS here! A great book to recommend to anyone who is interested in starting or making more of their spare time – in business.  Don’t ever let anyone tell you that spare time (or home based for that matter) business isn’t serious! (for serious read IMPORTANT, VITAL for you, your family, community and UK plc)! DECLARE an interest? You bet! As a reviewer of Spare Room Start Up, the ‘thriller’ first enterprise book from Enterprise Nation founder Emma Jones, I anticipated ‘Working 5 to 9’ being an inspiring, invaluable and practical guide to starting and growing a successful spare time business with the potential to take over your life! It lives up to expectations.  

Working 5 to 9 How to start a successful business in your spare time

Working 5 to 9 How to start a successful business in your spare time

  Yes, learn from the wealth of experience and resources packed into 250 pages, go into ACTION, you’ll jump start your new venture. Those of us who’ve been there can still learn a thing or three!

    In a job but not sure for how much longer? Want to pursue a passion, hobby or skill for light relief and extra income? Dream of becoming your own boss but not quite sure where to start. Or already out there operating your business for a while? Want spare time to be full time? Then read on! As a serial entrepreneur whose first spare time businesses successfully fledged, I can confirm that with enough determination and the know-how and know-who then “Everything is Possible™”

    Packed with 50 or so real-life case studies of 5 to 9ers, of all ages, with start up funding in many cases of less than £500 which was quickly recouped from sales income, Working 5 to 9 blows the myth out of the water that every new business needs £thousands to get off the ground. We are still talking SERIOUS BUSINESSES here! Big Oak Trees from Little Acorns Grow with a little help from their friends! Read my full review at

POWERFUL STUFF! VITAL CONVERSATIONS Making the Impossible Conversation Possible by Alec Grimsley book review Valerie Dwyer

June 15, 2010

Making the Impossible Conversation Possible


VITAL (for VITAL also read ‘DIFFICULT’) CONVERSATIONS takes you on an important self-development journey to hone your skills for business and life! Your destination is THIRD GENERATION THINKING. The Ultimate Key to Success? You decide.  His introduction, ‘How to get the most out of this book’, tells you that Alec Grimsley means business! His explanation of why we all avoid Vital Conversations and a look at the cost of so doing are thought generators! An old and key business message in a new environment is the value of ‘preparation, preparation, preparation’! How often do people have all the necessary knowledge, understanding and preparation under their belt before taking on their most difficult conversations? If they don’t how on earth do they gain it? Well, read the book, find out! 

   Billed as “A new and practical approach for identifying, preparing and engaging in those difficult but “must have” conversations including sensitive issues; major decisions, inappropriate behaviour and giving bad news (even as a practising Coach I found much more) VITAL CONVERSATIONS lives up to the promise.

   Powerful content this – the ‘mental software upgrade’ to help you gain a significant and substantial improvement in the effectiveness of those ‘Vital Conversations’ everyone finds it difficult to deal with.  Peppered with common sense, the over-riding purpose succeeds …read my full review here:

BEAT THE BANKS! by Jasmine Birtles Valeri Dwyer Book Review

June 14, 2010

Jasmine Birtles, author of Beat the Banks!

Jasmine Birtles, founder, author Beat the Banks!

POWERFUL STUFF THIS – YOUR BEST INVESTMENT OF THE YEAR! Beat the Banks is the handbook to help you ‘beat the system’ – legally! One of the few books I’ve read within just a couple of days, couldn’t stop. It’s like the thriller where you can’t wait to see the end.

   The anticipation of doing the best, certainly much better with, your hard-earned cash and there’s no disappointment but a huge reward for seeing it through as quickly as you can – whether it is confirmation that all you’re doing with your money is right, optimum return, or opening up new and unexplored vistas for you that you can trust and dip your toe gently in!  With current campaigns going the rounds on the needs to improve financial education, Beat the Banks no-nonsense walkthrough the basics and rules is highly recommended reading. Read my full review at

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