Book Review – They Call Me Coach by John Wooden

Coach John Wooden epitomizes what a coach should be. Earlier this year, he passed away at the age of 99. Back in the 60’s and 70’s, his UCLA team dominated the college basketball scene. The book,”They Call Me Coach”, is his autobiography.

Coach John Wooden was a rather soft-spoken. He was precise on his practice and games. Prior to becoming a coach, he was a great point guard at Purdue University. He became a Hall of Fame inductee both as a college basketball player and coach. When he speaks, he sounds like a poet or English teacher because he uses poems and quotes to make a point.

The book vividly illustrates how Coach Wooden had solid principles that he lived by. The two key source of his life and coaching philosophies comes from a Seven Point Creed from his father and his Pyramid of Success.

The Seven Point Creed states:

* Be true to yourself.

* Make each day your masterpiece.

* Help others.

* Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible.

* Make friendship a fine art.

* Build a shelter against a rainy day.

* Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.

The Pyramid of Success is a list of foundational principles that are layered by:

* Competitive Greatness

* Poise

* Confidence

* Condition

* Skill

* Team Spirit

* Self-Control

* Alertness

* Initiative

* Intentness

* Industriousness

* Friendship

* Loyalty

* Cooperation

* Enthusiasm

His story can help anyone in any field to become better and ultimately achieve their best. Coach Wooden’s story is success through solid core principles. He was a master of the details. In the book, there is a story on how important it was to put your socks on correctly. He even taught his players how to do that. Another key aspect of Coach Wooden is that he does not directly talk about winning. Instead, he teaches his players to do their best. If they do their best, then the result does not matter as much.

Coach Wooden coached a variety of great players including Lew Alcindor (aka Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), Bill Walton, Gail Goodrich, and many others. He treated each player fairly. Fairly is not the same as equally. He had to spend a bit more time with the star players, but he recognize and acknowledge the importance of every single player. Many of his former players succeeded in basketball at the professional level- but most of them succeeded in other areas including business, medicine, teaching, ministry, etc.

This book is a must-read for anyone who coaches which includes athletic coaches, parents, business leaders, supervisors, etc.

YouTube for Business Book Review

This article is a book review of YouTube for Business by Jason R. Rich. The book is informative and easy to read. Learn how to create a YouTube account for business and monetize the account as well. Here is the book review.

The book is the ultimate in getting your brand, product or service in front of millions of viewers daily. This book teaches how to produce a low-cost, high view videos on demand.Let us learn how to master the secrets of YouTube for business.

What is YouTube? YouTube was invented in 2005 and allows members to produce, and upload videos to a global audience. Let us learn how to make YouTube work for business.

How do you make YouTube a successful part of your business strategy? The goal is to build brand awareness while creating a unique online marketing strategy and business identity.

The book goes on to outline common traits of successful videos. These traits include:

1. Short videos that are to the point are successful.

2. The videos are targeted to a specific goal.

3. The video content is unique.

4. The video offers information that is useful.

5. The video should use background music.

6. The title of the video must be appropriate to use online.

The book further explores how to start your own YouTube channel. Creating a free YouTube account and Google account is the first step in the process. The greatest success is when your subscribers have a chance to interact with your channel. Entrepreneurs may want to consider creating a channel for business success. The best part is you can add your website, social media profile and other information to your YouTube channel.

A crucial part of business success is promoting your videos. Here are some proven strategies to promote your videos.

1. Provide a detailed and accurate title.

2. Use a call to action like share and rate your videos.

3. Promote your videos to people you know.

4. Take advantage of sharing your videos on Facebook and Twitter.

5. Embed videos on your website.

6. Share links via email.

7. Mention videos in press releases.

8. Get your video listed with major search engines.

9. Promote your YouTube videos with brochures, catalogs etc.

10. Pay for keyword ads.

11. Hire a company to help with marketing.

Other important topics in the book include the importance of editing your videos.Learning techniques for business success from other YouTube rs is important too.

The book goes on to explore how to get paid for your videos. The process of signing up to be part of the YouTube partner program is simple.

The potential to earn and monetize your account is great.

In conclusion, Entrepreneur Magazine’s Ultimate Guide to YouTube for business is fascinating. The book makes people aware of the YouTube for Business concept. Furthermore, the book explores many How to topics as well as the partner program and ways to monetize your account. I rated this book 4 of 5 stars and suggest the entire Entrepreneur Magazine book series.

Book Review of Jo Nesbo's Phantom

There was a time when Jo Nesbo was called "the next Stieg Larsson". Not any more. The Norwegian crime writer has sold over 23 million books worldwide as well as having been translated into 40 languages. Let's deal with the name of his tormented protagonist, Harry Hole. Did Nesbo realize that if such a name were given to an American kid, the amount of torment that would be visited on that kid? I had to find out what he was thinking. He wasn't thinking of American pronunciations at all. I found a link to the BBC Worldwide Book Club that had done an interview with Nesbo. When asked to pronounce Harry Hole in Norwegian, he pronounced it: Hurree Who-la.

Nesbo's writing is complex and ambitious. You should be alert and wide awake while reading his novels because he likes to drop vague clues and red herrings. It doesn't help that the place names and characters' names are Norwegian. I sometimes give them nicknames so I can "read" my name for them. He then mixes in some Russian, Swedish which then makes it a true smorgasbord.

Harry is one of the most damaged protagonists in crime history. The scenes describing Harry's bouts with alcoholism are heartbreaking. As one reviewer describes Harry: "Harry is fascinated by evil … he's a loner, with a hard boiled sensitivity and an intuition that borders on the super-natural … he is a genuine anti-hero; an impossible character yet impossible not to like. " He has a scar that runs from his mouth to his ear and a titanium middle finger. He has a real love in his life, Rakel, but every time he gets close, a road block is always thrown in the way. Rakel has a son named Oleg, who thinks of Harry as his father.

In Nesbo's previous novel, The Snowman , after Harry was fired from his police job, he moved to Thailand. Rakel will have nothing to do with him. But now she needs him. That's where Phantom begins. Oleg is now 17 and has gotten himself into big trouble, not only with the law but with drugs. He has been accused of killing his friend, Gusto, who is a drug dealer and thief. Harry returns to Norway to find out if he can clear Oleg and keep him out of trouble. With Harry there is always trouble. The trouble involves a new drug, "violin", a synthetic form of heroin, being sold on the streets by a Russian gangster that no one ever sees. He was called the Phantom. He has a mob of kids selling the drugs, three of which are Oleg, Gusto and Gusto's sister, Irene. The story begins with Gusto lying on the floor of his drug pad after having been shot. One chapter is Gusto explaining the truth and the next chapter is Harry trying to figure out the truth. There are a couple of side stories with corrupt politicians and airline pilot smuggling schemes which do add some details about the Phantom.

Nesbo's books are full of violence. In this one there is a brick studded with nails and a very unique take on water boarding. There is always a way in which Harry somehow gets his body damaged. This time he sews up his cut throat with a needle and black thread. And being as claustrophobic as I am, I was squirming as Harry got himself into a very "close" situation.

I thought I knew who killed Gusto and I thought I knew the answers to the questions. Nope. Just as you think the story is about to wrap up, here comes another set of circumstances to again drive you crazy. I was yelling, no! no! no! it can't be!

Bottom line: If you like really complex crime novels that have relentless momentum, then read Phantom . Or go online and get a list in order of publication. It's not necessary to read them in order but The Snowman , Phantom and the latest, Police , do intertwine.

Psoriasis Free for Life by Katy Wilson – The Truth Behind This PDF Ebook Download

If you deal with psoriasis then it might be useful to know the name Katy Wilson. She’s the author of a digital download book called Psoriasis Free for Life. This book was released in 2009 because she too suffered from psoriasis, and she knows just how embarrassing it can be.

She really relates to the painful itchy plaques that we all suffer from. She remembers just how hard the summer months are for us when we have to hide our skin under hot clothing. Just like me Katy Wilson went to doctor after doctor and all of them said the same thing. “There is no cure for psoriasis.” This is what pushed her into finding a new approach and creating Psoriasis free for life.

You know what its like to get those smelly creams than never really work 100% of the time, or getting allergy medicine that does nothing but stop the itchiness for a while. All of this led Wilson to get to work, where she spent countless hours in the library reading about holistic approaches to all sorts of ailments. She admits that some of the things she experimented with were downright crazy but after a while she began to weed out what didn’t work and only kept the ones that did.

This book outlines the step by step ways to take action and finally get rid of psoriasis for good. Now this process will not happen overnight, but if you stick with it you are guaranteed to see long lasting results.

How Not to Make a Short Film-Book Review

As I read “How Not to Make a Short Film” I felt more and more cheated, not by the book but by my film school. Why hadn’t my instructors taught me this stuff? This is a book every film student, every filmmaker must read before writing, producing, or directing a short film. It’s a must-have resource that guides one through filmmaking’s precarious decisions and shows how to avoid the many errors in judgment that mark mediocre films. Written by Roberta Marie Monroe, an award-winning filmmaker, and former Sundance Film Festival short film programmer, Roberta brings to the table a wealth of knowledge about every phase, from conception to production to distribution.

For filmmakers, film festivals are the major outlets and they have become the judge, jury, and sometimes the executioner when it comes to evaluating the worth of a short film. By knowing what not to do you can greatly increase one’s chances of having your work being seen and appreciated. In this respect, the book walks you through the minefield of mistakes that aspiring filmmakers and seasoned pros make, so that you don’t have to make them yourself. In addition, the book features interviews with many of today’s most talented writers, producers, and directors, as well as provocative stories from Roberta’s own short film experiences.

The book is laid out in a most pragmatic fashion and follows the steps one would normally take in producing a short film. The first chapter on the script story talks about keeping it fresh and lists a multitude of storylines to avoid, storylines that have become mundane through overuse. When programmers say, “Been there, seen it,” you lose them as well as your audience. This chapter I found most fascinating as it allows us inside the programmer’s mind and the primary selection criteria, namely what’s the story and why should I watch it? This chapter also covers the script evaluation such as hiring a consultant and the pros and cons of getting feedback from friends.

Another chapter discusses film length and how it should match the story. DP Geary McLeod comments, “Every single frame has to work, it has to move the story forward. ‘Economical’ is what short filmmakers need to remind themselves.” The book goes on to point out that it’s also easier to find a slot for an 8-12-minute film versus a 28-minute opus. Meredith Kadlec adds, “Don’t fall into the trap of trying to prove how MUCH you can do, rather [show] how WELL you can do it.”

“How Not to… ” covers a wide array of filmmaking considerations, from picking a producer, knowing their duties, to budgeting, plus ways to save money and raise funds. The chapter on Crewing Up is most relevant to first-time filmmakers. It talks about the synergy of a film crew and how to guide their efforts and deal with the ever-changing dynamics. This chapter describes the key positions, people you need to consult before you shoot along with topics that need to be addressed. The chapter reiterates the need for harmonious collaboration and the fact that you cannot do it all by yourself.

All these considerations may seem daunting at first but if they are not addressed, your film suffers as a result. After reading this book, I was overwhelmed by the multitude of responsibilities. But then I remembered Roberta’s mantra that you need to have good people around you and this book provides direction on how to select your support team.

Casting is another area where the author suggests seeking assistance. She goes through the process of finding and hiring a casting director along with the reasons for doing so. One would assume that casting directors would avoid short films but many look on it as a way to provide work and exposure for their clients, especially those that have breakout potential. Advice on auditions, rehearsals and creating a safe space for your actors in also offered in this chapter. Actor Chase Gilbertson talks about how neophyte directors sometimes drift off track. “Obviously if I’m doing your film, the story was good enough in the first place but now instead of simply telling a good story, you’re trying to make a Hollywood blockbuster. Yeah, you’ve got a lot of cool toys but ultimately what is the end result? What happened to the story?”

The chapter on production discusses numerous precautions relating to the on-set experience along with creative solutions to some of these problems. One of the best was using New York Calls to outfox an innocuous business owner. Other problem areas covered include on-set etiquette and attitude, insurance and permits along with meals and craft services. What was especially important is Roberta’s advice to have a good time, be prepared, and enjoy the magical moment of being a filmmaker.

Post-production is the love/hate relationship of filmmaking. All mixed together is the footage you love followed by the worst shots, lighting, performance, and blocking of your life. Roberta repeats several times, “This is normal.” She also suggests reading Walter Murch’s book “In the Blink of an Eye” to gain some extraordinary insights into the editing process. Knowledge of how editing works is paramount to your success on set, she says, for then you’ll know which shots are most important to tell your story. The chapter also hits on how technology has made filmmaking less disciplined, i.e., shooting more footage, cutting faster, and ending up with more versions while wasting labor.

Roberta sights a MPAA report saying that only 2% of all feature-length films actually secure a theatrical or DVD release. From that one might surmise that in the short film world distribution could be even more difficult. Orly Ravid of New American Vision points out that distribution process starts before you make your film. You need a sense of who is the audience, conceive the film’s appeal in advance and have compelling marketing illustrations or photography that sells the film. Orly also advises budgeting funds for marketing and outreach. This chapter discusses numerous channels for distribution but states that your short may also have value as a TV pilot or when expanded into a feature. Orly’s priceless questionnaire “Is Your Film Distribution Ready?” covers the most problematic and overlooked areas. Academy qualification information is also covered in this chapter. Roberta makes finding short distributors easy by posting an up-to-date list of U.S. and international companies on her website.

The chapter on the Sundance Film Festival provides an illuminating background as well as effective submission strategies. The submission do’s and don’ts list by Sundance programming manager Adam Montgomery will help move you film further up the selection ladder. The section on publicity and marketing tells what you need, basically a robust website, a stellar collection of still photos and a simple business card directing people to your site. In addition, posting a trailer will greatly enhance your ranking on Google and give viewers a better glimpse of your work.

The rest of the book is allotted to sample budgets, top short filmmaker clich├ęs, and an extensive resource guide. This guide includes listings of short friendly film festivals, short film distributors, blogs, community outreach organizations, databases, plus broadcast and online television companies.

“How Not to Make a Short Film-Secrets from a Sundance Programmer” vividly depicts the enormous task that filmmaking entails. Yet it shows how by avoiding the many pitfalls one can save time and money and create a short film that remains memorable in the minds of programmers and audiences. Well written and timely, I strongly recommend this book as an addition to every filmmaker’s resource library.

Book Review: Cry of an Osprey by Angie Vancise

“Cry of an Osprey” by Angie Vancise is, in short, an emotional roller-coaster. Although the main topic seems to be an alternative love story, this is only the backdrop for a bigger picture to which each reader can relate to a certain degree. It is a story about family ties, solidarity and losing a loved one.

At the center of the story stands Jax Vanbeerman who only at the age of 48 suffers a stroke. This is the trigger that unites a dispersed family, a current and a former lover and many more people to share a couple of agonizing days in close quarters. At which point there is a temporal bifurcation, on one hand we are in the present next to Jax in the hospital together with the loved ones, but also in the past, reliving memories of the good old days. It is in this process of remembrance that regret creeps in as characters wonder about alternate decisions and actions, about what could have been. In fact, as Jax fades away from the living, he grows ever stronger in the hearts and memories of the people who loved him. Perhaps this is the most important lesson of the book.

One of the interesting stylistic features of the novel is the approach the author takes. She allows the readers to learn about Jax only through other characters; his sister Amelia and former lover Ben. Each chapter is presented from the perspective of one or the other as we gradually get more familiar and close to them. Jax represents the overlap between two very different people and stories; it is interesting to explore the different sides of him, but also the constants in his character from the viewpoint of the most important people in his life.

The book should appeal to a large audience especially since the story is told from the viewpoint of both genders, but most of all because of the issues it covers. It is about much more than alternative lifestyle, the LGBT community and their struggle, it reaches toward the colorful span of human relationships, hardships, and solidarity. Nevertheless, it must be said that the novel does contain some explicit content and language therefore it is not appropriate for readers of all ages. All in all, Angie Vancise’s debut novel “Cry of an Osprey” is a very personal piece with a strong gravitational pull. There are many noteworthy aspects to mention, but above all it is the sincerity and vulnerability that seduces the reader and makes him/her resonate with the characters. Also, the book cover is painted by the author herself wrapping her writing into a purple haze.

Book Review: Home Town Secrets

Synopsis:

Hometown Secrets is the set in a sleepy, droopy town in America, which is as corrupt as it is nondescript. And ruling the city behind the scenes is a person who has deep ties with the town and everyone in it. The town has almost decided to have a 'grin and bear it' when a disruptive incident sends the whole town and everyone's lives in a tizzy.

And on that fateful day comes the protagonist of the book, Linda Darby, who is immediately thrust into the thick of things because she unwittingly is the only unknown face who witnesses a brutal murder, making in the cynosure of everyone's eyes.

Review:

Hometown Secrets is a well written book. A tight thriller that takes strength from the fact that it is set in a small town, without the added baggage of external incidents and elements.

This is a good light and fluffy book for those who'd enjoy reading a book that has small beginnings and doesn't always bother with what's happening in the outside world.

There's everything in the book that one would like to read about, a dash of suspense and a bit of a mystery, add to that a good amount of redemption, revenge and human kinks that make it all believable and you have an entertainer on your hands .

This is a gripping story that keeps the reader interested from paragraph to paragraph and page to page. The good thing about the book is that there are no tangents and story arcs that don't wind up nowhere.

The script of the book is tight and concisely written. Some of the instances might seem a bit OTT, but because they are just a part of the otherwise nicely written book, they may stand up more than they should.

The characters in the book are surprisingly fresh and well written, even the most minor character is a veritable feast of emotions and a study into the human psyche.

However, one thing that needs to be pointed out is that the book is more an adventure and a thriller than a mystery and a suspense. Though there is a murder happening, the aspect of revenge and retribution is quite stronger than the aspect of suspense.

But that doesn't mean that the suspense itself is weak or outdated. In fact, taking the suspense part of this book, this is one of the more satisfying suspense novels that have unraveled for us.