Guest Name: Rocky Romanella
Guest Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Guest Website URL: www.3sixtymanagementservices.com
Bio: The Art of Inspiration is all about chasing your dreams and my over 40-year career is one of those journey’s. Although no one has the only and exact answer, I believe I have some stories and experiences that may help to find the recipe for success. All of us will have to overcome obstacles and transform our lives. My career as been no different and now after a wonderful career I enjoy the opportunity to inspire people to go after their dreams no matter where they are in their life and career.
I am a graduate of St John’s University, class of 1980, Staten Island campus a commuter college as I worked and paid my way through college. I believe you and your audience will appreciate this. I realize this is not a political view point but a social one where I like to talk about how hard work and enthusiasm are still critical components of success whether in a big company or as an entrepreneur or in life in general. There is no substitute for hard work.
I am a witty, Blue-Collar Guy who rose through the ranks at UPS. I then became a CEO and Board member of a small telecom company after UPS. Today, I am now a small business owner. I think your audience would enjoy the story and the values, ethics and hard work which are the blueprint. This is also something I believe your audience will respect. I believe your audience will appreciate that I started unloading trailers at UPS out of High School and worked my way into a senior level. I believe that we all have a responsibility to leave things a little better then we found it. This is LEGACY
I have recently published a book that I think will relate to your audience. I believe Values Matter. I wrote the book in a very different way than past leaders and most leadership and business books have been written. I also believe my book will be an enjoyable read in some difficult times. The book was released February 15th. The title of the book is Tighten the Lug Nuts.
It is all about how we make choices and how those choices determine the kind of leader we can be.
In my book Tighten the Lug Nuts: The Principles of Balanced Leadership, I use my over forty years of experience in supply chain, logistics and transportation, retail, sales and operational management at UPS, and in my CEO and Director roles at a company I worked at after my UPS days, to explore the ways a true leader can add value as a trusted advisor, mentor, and visionary who uses a process approach to lead the organization and its people to new levels of success.
In an engaging, personal, and witty style (through my character Joe Scafone) I detail how leaders must make their three major constituents equal priority by actively listening to their needs and building strong relationships. By following the steps that are laid out, you can truly learn the importance of Balanced Leadership. I believe the true measure of a great leader is someone who leaves things a little better than they found them. In Tighten the Lug Nuts, you’ll follow Joe Scafone as he demonstrates the importance of small acts of kindness, the power that comes with understanding your role, and the freedom that accepting responsibility affords. Learn how to tighten the lug nuts in your own life to keep from becoming overwhelmed and to take the steps to becoming a truly balanced and valuable leader. I was hoping you might find value in this book and I would be honored to discuss my book with you, your team and your audience..
With great respect, Rocky
Possible interview questions: Interview Sheet
ROCKY, YOU HAVE A LONG TENURE IN BUSINESS…A DECORATED RESUME…GIVE US A QUICK SYNOPSIS OF YOUR CAREER
(I attended St John’s University which was predominantly a commuter college and since I was paying my way through school it was a natural fit. UPS was hiring part time package handlers. I took that job. 36 years later I ended up as President within UPS. I had various roles at that level, Supply Chain Solutions, Retail Services and Regional Operations Managers. I worked my way up through the organization. Moving with the company 9 times. Some of the biggest highlights of my career at UPS were the rebranded of the UPS Store and developed and integrating the many companies that has become UPS Supply Chain Solutions. I then went on to be the CEO and Board Member of a telecommunication company. With all my years of experience I wanted to leave a legacy so I’m onto my next chapter…my book)
ROCKY, YOUR BOOK IS CALLED: TIGHTEN THE LUG NUTS… THE PRINCIPALS TO BALANCED LEADERSHIP. EXPLAIN WHAT BALANCED LEADERSHIP IS
I believe companies enhance their growth and momentum when they focus on 3 key constituents. It’s a simple formula I’ve created
It’s based on 3 things:
1. Customers: Always think like a customer
2. People: Always feel like a valued contributor
3. Share owners: Act like an owner
These are 3 things I elaborate on in my book
SO MANY PEOPLE ARE LOOKING TO BE MORE SUCCESSFUL. LET”S DIVE A LITTLE DEEPER INTO YOUR LEADERSHIP BELIEFS
ROCKY, YOU SAY” IT’S WHAT YOU DO WHEN NO ONE IS LOOKING THAT COUNTS” EXPLAIN
Leadership is not a passive duty it is an active responsibility. You are expected to lead. This means providing people with the leadership they need to successfully reach their desired goals in concert with those in the organization.
You have a responsibility to model effective leadership along with honest and ethical behavior to the employees you represent. Open and honest communications and visibility are an important element of trust. Make sure you are available to your people and visible in your operations or department.
As you move through difficult periods on your way to success, do the ‘right thing’, take care of your customers, treat others with dignity and respect, celebrate successes and your reward will be, “The Leader of Choice.” You will create a place where your people will thank you for not letting them stray or compromise their values and ethics. They will be excited about other ways they can participate in successfully reaching their goals and those of the organization.
Valued individuals understand that Healthy discourse is disagreeing without being disagreeable
ROCKY, YOU COINED THE TERM “TIGHTEN THE LUG NUTS” WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
ROCKY, WHEN IT COMES TO LEADERSHIP, YOU PUT MAJORITY OF YOUR STOCK IN THE CUSTOMER. WHY?
Most companies to and do admiral work. As a service organization and every service organization must have people who clearly and consistently reflect the brand.
The biggest differentiator between us and our competitors is the superior customer experience we provide. During every customer interaction our reputation is on the line.
Our Priority is Customer Satisfaction: Whether on the phone, in person or via electronic communication, genuinely interact and connect with customers, ensure a positive experience and exceed expectations.
Actively Listen to Customer Needs: Consistently demonstrate to customers you are in tune with their needs and are operating in their best interest. Customers know what they want but may not always explain it in a manner which is clear to you. Therefore, it is important effective listening skills are utilized. If you do not understand a request, ask clear, positively articulated questions until you understand. Do not rush customers, allow them at their own pace to discuss what they need. Once customers have expressed their needs confirm your understanding with them to ensure communication is clear.
Build Strong Relationships: Providing value and listening are key components of any relationship. The foundation of strong relationships also includes being fair to customers and following through on your word. Make sure to ask for assistance from others when necessary to ensure proper follow through and response. Treat every customer how you would like to be treated.
Learn the Products and Services We Offer: Part of providing a superior customer service experience is being knowledgeable of the services we offer. Take the time to really learn our business so you can effectively communicate to our customers the services and value we provide.
Be Responsive and Effectively Resolve Problems: If a problem occurs allow customers to fully explain the issue and convey empathy. If the fault lies with you or us as an organization, take ownership of it and apologize. Take the initiative to resolve problems in a timely and effective manner.
Remain Positive: Always show respect for our customers even if you find yourself in a challenging situation. Demonstrate professionalism and keep communication positive.
Express Gratitude: Expressing appreciation can go a long way. It can be as simple as thanking customers for their business and loyalty. Make sure they know we are grateful they chose to do business with us.
Creating a strong culture is critical to your company’s long-term success and growth. It should be desire of the Senior Leadership Team to create the Best, the Brightest, Most Informed and Best Educated management team in the industry.
In the service business, people are our most important asset. The time we spend with our people is an investment in the future, not an expense or burden on our time. This time you with your people is an investment. You cannot successfully grow the business without an investment in people.
ROCKY, WHAT’S ONE THING YOU WANT ANYONE LOOKING TO BE A BETTER LEADER TO KNOW?
Guest Name: Sherry K. Hill
Guest Contact Email: email@example.com
Guest Website URL: Website
Bio: Sherry K. Hill is a non-fiction author who is also the Founder and CEO of Sherry’s World Of Baksets and Books furnishing surprise gift baskets, treat bags, and Christmas gifts. Sherry coordinates all aspects of her love for people, education, and business into her company. A strong believer in expressing joy in everything she does, Sherry’s business mantra is “We Give Life and Celebrate Happiness”.
Before starting Sherry’s World Of Baskets and Books, Sherry always admired the secretaries in the clerical field since the age of 8 years old. She studied intently and excelled academically as an honor student in this field, as well as her other studies. Sherry has had more than 40 years of clerical experience. In addition, Sherry spent her early teenage years ministering before her local church congregation; she continued her ministry throughout her adulthood. Furthermore, Sherry would express herself creatively with dressmaking and interior design.
Through Sherry’s varied background in office support, church ministry, and creative arts, she has been provided with the perfect foundation for Sherry’s World Of Baskets and Books. Her first book, entitled This Is My Fiance, And We Are Going To Get Married…….NOT! is A Reference Guide On How To Get Married. Since Sherry was married for 29 years (and has been platonically divorced for 15 years) with two adult daughters, she can help other women through her experiences. Sherry’s next book is entitled, The Secrets Of Living A Free and Happy Life, in which she will thoroughly document her experience of being bullied in elementary school, as well as the difference between external and internal happiness.
Possible interview questions:
Where did the title of your book come from?
Who is your book directed to?
Will men receive a lesson from your book?
What do you mean false vs. real?
What is the difference between “dating” and “seeing each other”
Guest Name: James A. Cosby
Guest Contact Email: JimCosby01@Yahoo.com
Guest Website URL: facebook.com/devilsmusicholyrollersandhillbillies/
Bio: Mr. Cosby is an attorney and music writer in Philadelphia. He is a published legal scholar and pop culture commentator. Mr. Cosby’s first book, Devil’s Music, Holy Rollers and Hillbillies: How America Gave Birth to Rock and Roll is out this year. Kirkus Reviews called it “illuminating and intriguing,” while examiner.com called it “fascinating” and a “quintessential” book on the origins of rock music. Mr. Cosby has been featured on the largest radio stations in Philadelphia and numerous online radio shows, talking about rock and roll.
Possible interview questions:
What is the amazing connection between the Pentecostal church and the origins of rock and roll?
What was the first rock record–and why isn’t it more well known?
Did blues icon Robert Johnson really make a “deal with the Devil”?
Guest Name:Nicole D’Settēmi
Guest Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Guest Website URL: addictarium.wix.com/home
Bio: Nicole D’Settēmi is a 34 year old creative writer, poet, and artist from Niagara Falls, New York. Born in a tiny town bordering Canada only five minutes from the legendary falls, Nicole says she had an eye for beauty at a young age, and that included poetry. She can remember from an age as young as six, being selected as part of the city’s “young authors club.” She was interested in lyric poetry from the time she was a pre-teen into her early-to-mid twenties, and moved into creative writing and fiction in her late twenties and early thirties.
Addictarium was penned while Nicole spent time in an intensive rehabilitation center due to a devastating heroin addiction, and while this is a fictional memoir, many of the themes and tales are based around her own experiences during her two year stay in the notorious Queens, New York “therapeutic community.”
In April of 2010, Nicole lost 95% of her eyesight due to a poisoned bag of heroin she had injected, and was shipped to Manhattan’s Bellevue hospital 1,600 miles away from her city at the time, which was in South Florida, where she had been attending an art institute for photojournalism. She was forced to drop the courses, as she began a new, sober life in New York City.
Nicole was also separated from her fiancé and co-conspirator in 2010, while recuperating in Daytop Village. At that time, she was introduced to her current fiancé, who is also mentioned throughout the novel as the substance abuse counselor she fell in love with.
Today, both artists run a modest business creatively assisting others, and continue to hone their fine arts abilities, in their art studio and living quarters, residing in Pleasant Valley, New York. With their creative assistance-based company; LCDS Creative Services, they’ve dedicated a division to publishing novels, named; The Book House of Seviles They look forward to venturing further into the writing and publishing world, in 2017.
Possible interview questions:
When did you decide to become a writer, and why?
What is the inspiration for penning Addictarium?
Is there going to be a prequel or sequel to Addictarium?
Tell us about the protagonist of the story, Danielle Martino. Is she a good representation of who you are in real life?
Addictarium is a fictional memoir based on true events; can you tell us how much of it is authentic, based on personal experience?
What is your favorite thing about being an artist/writer?
Who is your biggest inspiration, when it comes to creativity/art/writing?
If you could choose somebody to play the character of Danielle–who is more or less YOU–who would you choose and why?
What makes your drug recovery memoir different from other similar memoirs?
What book has left a lasting impression on you?
What separates you from other independent authors? What is it that you believe makes you unique?
You say you are an artist first, and a writer second. What does that mean? What other creative outlets do you utilize?
You paint such vivid portraits of your characters, who was the most fun to write, and why?
The least, and why?
Tell us what’s in store for Nicole, the author!
What would be your advice to a drug addict who wants to quit abusing drugs, but has no idea how to tackle the issue?
What is your favorite part of the book you penned, and why?
If you could name five books melded together that would best “explain” what your book is about, which would they be?
What would you tell an aspiring writer?
Guest Name: Susan Bremer O’Neill
Guest Contact Email: email@example.com
Guest Website URL: www.selfappeal.com
Bio: Susan Bremer O’Neill, author, speaker and coach, has been a pioneer and trail blazer her entire life. She went from being a scientist to an exotic dancer at thirty-four. In 2000, she founded Self Appeal. In 2004, she produced the woman-empowering DVD, Striptease for Real Women. For fifteen years she’s empowered women worldwide to stop people-pleasing and comparing themselves to others, eliminate perfectionism and stop obsessing about appearance, and transform their current relationship or find smart romance in a new one. Susan’s been interviewed in San Francisco Bay Area and San Jose media, been featured on FOX news and published in Men’s Health Magazine. She’s spoken at Universities, and a chapter of the National Organization of Women. She recently published the story of her own journey away from addiction to self-love and respect, From Sex Appeal to Self Appeal: One Woman’s Journey to Recover Her Body, Her Sexuality Her Self.
Possible interview questions:
You published a very personal memoir. Why did you write From Sex Appeal to Self Appeal: One woman’s journey to recover her body, her sexuality, her self?
What prompted you to go from being a scientist to being a stripper? How did you do it?
What did you learn and how did your experiences influence your life?
What is Self Appeal and why is it important?
You call yourself a self-relationship and self-care coach. What is a self-relationship coach?
What do you help people do today?
What message do you really want people to hear?
If someone is interested, how can they get started building Self Appeal?
Guest Name: Karlyle Tomms
Guest contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Guest website: http://www.karlyletomms.com
Bio : Karlyle Tomms is a writer who grew up in rural Ozarks poverty. He completed his master’s degree in clinical social work in 1981, and worked most of his career in mental health services and addictions treatment. He has written for different regional magazines and newspapers over the years, and has often been selected to speak at both professional and non-professional events, as well as radio talk shows. However, he had never published fiction until completing his first novel in 2014. His general method for fiction has been to define a character and allow that character to tell his or her own story from first person perspective as though the character is writing an autobiography. Through his characters he explores the psychology of the human condition as well as the various elements and entanglements of personalities. His novels incorporate the social and historical influences surrounding the lifetimes of his characters, and are stories of overcoming social, emotional and spiritual challenges.
Possible interview questions.: FIFTEEN QUESTIONS:
1. First of all, you say you have written non-fiction for several years before writing a novel. How did you get into writing?
2. After writing non-fiction for so many years, what made you decide to write a novel?
3. What makes you different from the many other novelists out there?
4. “Confessions from the Pumpkin Patch”, your first novel is also the first in your “Soul Encounters” series. What makes this a series?
5. So, in your series, one of the characters who interacts with the protagonist at some point during the story will then show up to tell his or her story in the next novel. How did you come upon that as a way of tying the stories together?
6. Are you going to give the readers a hint as to who will tell the next story?
7. What genre would you classify this book or other books in this series?
8. If you could describe this first book in three words, what would those words be?
9. You used the word raunchy as one of your descriptions of the book. What would you say makes this book different from, or similar to something like “Shades of Grey?”
10. Who would you say is your ideal reader?
11. What was most difficult for you about writing this book?
12. What would you say to someone who might be on the fence about buying this book? What will it do for them?
13. When do you expect the next book to be released?
14. Do you interact with your readers and connect through social media?
15. How would readers go about contacting you or perhaps subscribe to get notices of blog posts or other releases?
Guest Name: Michael Tamez
Guest contact email: email@example.com
Guest website: http://michaeltamez.com/
Bio : Michael Tamez is a certified Holistic Health Coach who has experienced a 15 year health transformation. On his adventure, he lost 105 pounds, lowered his blood pressure, and reversed sleep apnea and advanced gum disease. This was all accomplished naturally, without drugs or surgery. Michael’s journey was intensified when he lost 5 family members in the course of 18 months. All of these experiences combined led Michael to discover his true passion in life. Today he is dedicated to guiding, empowering, and sharing the knowledge and wisdom he has acquired over the course of his lifetime. Michael published his debut book, Transformative Nutrition: The Ultimate Guide to Healthy and Balanced Living. To find out more, please visit his website www.michaeltamez.com
Possible interview questions.: Questions:
Q. I understand you experienced a major 13 year health transformation in your life – can you share about that?
Q. Being at a point where you almost lost your teeth at the young age of 23, can you explain why oral health is so important?
Q. You experienced the death of 5 family members in an 18 month time period, how did those tremendous losses impact your health?
Q. In your book, you mention that you got rid of your TV over 10 years ago – What would compel you to do such a thing, and how does that relate to healthy living?
Q. In your book, you encourage readers to listen to their body so they can uncover the root cause of their health struggles – explain this interesting concept and how listeners can incorporate it into their lives
Q. Many people are concerned with counting calories – you believe people should count chemicals instead. What exactly do you mean by that?
Q. You firmly believe dieting does not provide a sustainable solution for permanent weight loss – elaborate on why diets don’t work and what does.
Q. Many people struggle financially, some even living paycheck to paycheck – how do bad spending habits cause unhealthy eating habits?
Q. In your book, Transformative Nutrition: The Ultimate Guide to Healthy and Balanced Living, you mention the importance of getting a daily intake of “Vitamin L”. What is “Vitamin L”?
Guest Name: Nell Minow
Guest contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Guest website: http://www.moviemom.com
Bio : Nell Minow appears every week on radio stations across the country talking about new releases in theaters and on DVD and has over 3000 movie reviews at moviemom.com.
Her articles have appeared in USA Today, Family Fun, Daughters, Parents, and the Chicago Tribune. She writes for Beliefnet, Rogerebert.com, the Motion Picture Association website Where to Watch, and Huffington Post, and she was Yahoo’s movie critic for six years.
The third edition of her book, The Movie Mom’s Guide to Family Movies, will be published in 2016. She has been profiled in the New York Times, the Economist, Forbes, the Chicago Tribune, Working Woman, CFO Magazine, the Ladies Home Journal, Washingtonian Magazine, and the Chicago Sun Times, and has appeared as The Movie Mom on CBS This Morning, Fox Morning News, NPR, CNN, and dozens of radio stations.
Possible interview questions.:
What’s coming to theaters this week?
What if my kid tells me that everyone else in the 4th grade sees PG-13 movies?
How do I know if a movie is too scary for my child?
What if he or she has seen it and is terrified?
Why do Disney movies always kill off a parent?
What’s the worst movie you ever saw?
What makes a great movie?
How did you get to be a critic?
Do you ever get into arguments with people who disagree with your reviews?
Guest Name: Kevin A. Hall
Guest contact email: email@example.com
Guest website: http://www.kevinahall.com
Bio : Kevin A. Hall is an Ivy League graduate of Brown University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and French literature. Despite being diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1989, he went on to become a world-champion Olympic sailor, as well as racing navigator for Emirates Team New Zealand in the 2007 America’s Cup match. A two-time testicular cancer survivor, Hall has spent a successful 25 years as a racing navigator, speed testing manager, and sailing performance and racing instruments expert. A brief version of his story was featured in Joel and Ian Gold’s book “Suspicious Minds: How Culture Shapes Madness,” as the only non-anonymous case study of a patient with Truman Show delusion. The memoir “Black Sails White Rabbits; Cancer Was the Easy Part” is Kevin’s first book, and chronicles his ongoing challenges with bipolar disorder and cancer. Hall currently lives in Auckland, New Zealand with his wife and their three children.
Possible interview questions.: Please contact Darlene Chan for talking points, review copies, press assets and interviews. Kevin’s area of expertise includes bipolar disorder, testicular cancer, parenting and family challenges as a bipolar parent.
Guest Name: J.D. Horn
Guest contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Guest website: http://www.witchingsavannah.com
Bio : J.D. Horn was raised in rural Tennessee and has carried a bit of its red clay with him while traveling the world, from Hollywood to Paris to Tokyo. He studied comparative literature as an undergrad, focusing on French and Russian in particular. J.D. also holds an MBA in international business and worked as a financial analyst before becoming a novelist. His latest novel, “Jilo” is a standalone prequel to the bestselling Witching Savannah series. Previous titles in the collection are “The Line,” “The Void” and “The Source.” Along with his spouse, Rich, and his furry coauthors, Duke and Sugar, J.D. divides his time between Black Butte Ranch, Oregon, and San Francisco, California.
Possible interview questions.: Please contact Darlene Chan for talking points, review copies, press materials and interviews. J.D. Horn can talk about writing a bestselling series for Amazon’s 47North imprint, making the transition from business to a full-time author, and writing science fiction and fantasy, among other topics.
Guest Name: Kathryn Leigh Scott
Guest contact email: email@example.com
Guest website: http://www.kathrynleighscott.com
Bio : Author/Actress Kathryn Leigh Scott has written several books of fiction and nonfiction. She starred in the cult favorite “Dark Shadows” and has recently appeared in a recurring role on “The Goldbergs.” Scott’s latest title, Last Dance at the Savoy: Life, Love and Caring for Someone with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, is a memoir about caregiving her husband, the late Geoff Miller, founder of Los Angeles magazine, as he succumbed to the little-known disease. She grew up on a farm in Robbinsdale, Minnesota and currently resides in New York City and Los Angeles.
Possible interview questions.: Please contact publicist Darlene Chan for talking points, review copies of book, press assets and to set up interviews. Kathryn has written in different genres, as well as founded a small press through which she publishes fiction and non-fiction entertainment reference books, including fan titles for “Dark Shadows.”
Guest Name: Harriet Hodgson
Guest contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Guest website: http://www.harriethodgson.com
Bio : Harriet Hodgson has been an independent journalist for 37 years and is the author of 35 books, including eight grief resources. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists and Minnesota Coalition for Grief Education and Support. Hodgson is a contributing writer for The Caregiver Space website, Open to Hope website, and The Grief Toolbox website. She has appeared on more than 185 talk shows, including CBS Radio, and dozens of television stations, including CNN. A popular speaker, Hodgson gives presentations at public health, Alzheimer’s, bereavement, and caregiving conferences. Hodgson was her mother’s family caregiver for nine years, her twin grandchildren’s guardian/caregiver for seven years (their parents were killed in separate car crashes), and her disabled husband’s caregiver for two years, with more years to come. Hodgson has written a series for caregivers: The Family Caregiver’s Guide, Affirmations for Family Caregivers, A Journal for Family Caregivers, and The Family Caregiver’s Cookbook, slated for October 2016 release. “Caregiving is love in action,” according to Hodgson, and she lives this motto every day. Her work is cited in Who’s Who of American Woman, World Who’s Who of Women, Contemporary Authors, and other directories. Hodgson lives in Rochester, MN with her husband John.
Possible interview questions.:
* Where do you get your book ideas?
* How many books have you written?
* Do you have a writing schedule?
* Have you written articles for websites?
* What is the hardest thing about being an author?
* What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Guest Name: Jane Yates
Guest contact email: email@example.com
Guest website: http://www.janeyates.co.uk
Bio : Jane lives in the historic city of Oxford, England with her spaniel. She did not start writing untill she was 50 years old, and now at 53 has 5 books.
She worked at the Pitt Rivers museum and was amazed and inspired by its wondrous array of objects. Jane often finds herself influenced by its exhibitions. And indeed it has helped Jane write a trilogy for children – the Paradox Child series.
Jane is not only a mother, artist and storyteller, but dyslexic too, which only highlights her success even more. Jane refuses to allow the disorder to halt her dreams and continues to enjoy her favourite hobbies. Jane is a lover of steampunk, adventure and children’s stories, which often play a huge role in her own books.
Jane is a positive role model for other dyslexics, and nothing makes her day more than when she is contacted by a fellow dyslexic who has been inspired to write or just share there experiences.
Possible interview questions.: here is a list of questions and answers