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November 17, 2017 10:13 AM PST

Motivate Yourself: Get the Life You Want, Find Purpose and Achieve Fulfilment by Andro Donovan

Do you want to feel more productive, more present and more inspired by your own life?
Motivate Yourself offers practical strategies to improve your productivity and gives you the know how to create the life you want. Learn how to move past your self-doubt and propel yourself into living your dream.

With practical exercises featured within each chapter, this book will help break those emotional barriers that hold you back and set you on the path to becoming fully engaged and more productive.

Andro Donovan is a Leadership development specialist. In 1990 she set up the Hemingways Group a Leadership development and Corporate Transformation consultancy.

She has worked with a number of top management teams and CEOs from blue chip companies assisting them to create the culture they need to support their business growth and people performance strategies.

Andro is known for creating safe environments where deep personal transformation can happen individually and in collaboration.

A fully accredited YPO facilitator Andro has had over 20 years experience in facilitating groups such as YPO Forums, Spousal Forums, Corporate Executive teams. Andro is experienced in working with cross cultural groups creating settings where they feel they can be vulnerable and open about what they want.

At the heart of a truly fulfilling personal and business life, there will always be a set of strong core values. The question is: do you ever get the chance to stop and ask yourself what really matters to you?

She is best known for her life changing retreats which take place in exotic venues all over the world.
www.AndroDonovan.com

November 17, 2017 10:09 AM PST

"Love Your Life To Death: How To Plan and Prepare for End of Life so You Can Live Fully Now" by Yvonne Heath.

Yvonne Heath is a nurse with a mission...to help bring death out of the darkness and into our conversations and to create a culture of acceptance with less fear. With over 25 years experience working in health care, she has witnessed a great deal of excessive suffering in our death phobic society. Introducing her new campaign "I Just Showed Up".

She has also felt it in her own life. Inspired by those who have lived fully and died peacefully, she has chosen to share her knowledge and experience through authoring books and speaking to the world about the value of talking, planning and preparing for grief, death and dying - before they arrive. By doing so we will suffer less. This is her wish for the world.
www.LoveYourLifeToDeath.com
www.IJustShowedUp.com

November 16, 2017 08:14 AM PST

WWE Superstar

Mike “The Miz” Mizanin

Returns to MTV to Host its Most Iconic Franchise, The Challenge in the special series "Champs vs. Stars." Premiering Tuesday November 21st at 10pm ET/PT

This Time Around, Ten Alumni Go Head-to-Head Against Ten Celebrity Athletes and Entertainers to Determine Who Will Reign Supreme in The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars!

Before evolving into one of the biggest stars in WWE history, Mike Mizanin broke out on MTV’s The Real World: Back to New York, introducing his alter ego, “The Miz.” He was an MTV stalwart, also starring on several seasons of The Challenge. Now Mizanin is back home on MTV as host of the show in which he once competed!

The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars pits ten of the fiercest champions from past “Challenge” seasons against ten celebrities, including Shawn Johnson, Terrell Owens and Romeo Miller. The two teams will battle against each other in grueling challenges each episode of the eight-week special series. Winners will compete for a chance to take a share of the $150,000 cash prize to donate to their beloved charities.

Says The Miz: “After 12 years, I can't tell you how excited I am to be back on The Challenge, this time as the host. I can honestly say that if it wasn't for this iconic show, I never would've had the confidence to fulfill my dream of becoming a WWE Superstar."

“The Miz” has climbed through the ranks to become one of the most recognizable faces in WWE since placing second on WWE’s Million Dollar Tough Enough in 2004. He main evented WWE WrestleMania 27 opposite John Cena and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Mizanin has starred in the third, fourth and fifth installments of The Marine film franchise, where he plays the grizzled veteran Jake Carter. He has also starred in the comedySanta’s Little Helper as well as the ABC Family original movie Christmas Bounty.
For more information, visit:
http://www.mtv.com/shows/champs-vs-stars
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/mizmtv.mp3

November 15, 2017 11:23 AM PST

The Driver in the Driverless Car: How Our Technology Choices Will Create the Future by Vivek Wadhwa with Alex Salkever

  A computer beats the reigning human champion of Go, a game harder than chess. Another is composing classical music. Labs are creating life-forms from synthetic DNA. A doctor designs an artificial trachea, uses a 3D printer to produce it, and implants it and saves a child's life.

Astonishing technological advances like these are arriving in increasing numbers. Scholar and entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa uses this book to alert us to dozens of them and raise important questions about what they may mean for us.

Breakthroughs such as personalized genomics, self-driving vehicles, drones, and artificial intelligence could make our lives healthier, safer, and easier. But the same technologies raise the specter of a frightening, alienating future: eugenics, a jobless economy, complete loss of privacy, and ever-worsening economic inequality. As Wadhwa puts it, our choices will determine if our future is Star Trek or Mad Max.

Wadhwa offers us three questions to ask about every emerging technology: Does it have the potential to benefit everyone equally? What are its risks and rewards? And does it promote autonomy or dependence? Looking at a broad array of advances in this light, he emphasizes that the future is up to us to create—that even if our hands are not on the wheel, we will decide the driverless car's destination.

Alex Salkever is vice president of marketing communications at Mozilla.  He was a technology editor of "BusinessWeek", a regular science contributor  to the "Christian Science Monitor" and a contributor to "The Immigrant Exodus" which was named by the Economist as a 2012 Book of the Year.

November 14, 2017 09:42 AM PST

Classic. Collectible. Clever.

The 2017 Hess Toy Truck –
An Annual Holiday Favorite – is Available Now!
Everything Old is New and Cool Again – Including This Year’s
Top Holiday Toys. 

Hess Toy Truck GM Justin Mayer chats with Ric about
this year’s model and also how the classic toy
is also now an asset in assisting STEM education in classrooms. 

The Hess Toy Truck has been a beloved and popular toy among generations of families. What started out back in 1964 as a thank you to loyal gas station customers up and down the East Coast is now a 53-year-strong top-selling holiday toy across the entire country boasting sold-out status each holiday season.

Each year the latest toy truck is “back and better than ever” and, with the newest model, that’s as true as ever. With over 350 parts, this “first of its kind” is heavier and more elaborate than any prior truck in the fleet.

Retro brands and classic styled toys are in vogue. And so are science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) toys. This year, Hess is making available for free download a STEM curriculum with 8 lessons featuring the 2017 Hess Toy Truck to help kids better grasp basic concepts of math and science. The curriculum, which was developed in partnership with Baylor College of Medicine, can be used by teachers and parents as a learning tool to help teach core STEM concepts, such as gravity, friction, leverage, velocity – all while taking a break from digital screen time. The curriculum released this past spring featuring the 2016 toy truck is already being used by hundreds of teachers and principals across the country.

The Toy Industry Association named classic toys, STEM toys, and collectible toys as three of the top 2017 holiday season toy trends. No toy fits all three of these trends better than the iconic Hess Toy Truck. This year’s holiday truck will retail for $33.99 with free standard shipping and five Energizer® batteries included.

Justin Mayer is general manager of the Hess Toy Truck. He successfully balances the rather strong product and marketing suggestions from his 8-year old son and 7-year old daughter who are two of Hess Toy Truck’s biggest fans.
2017 Hess Toy Trucks are Available Now
For More Information visit: https://hesstoytruck.com/
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/hesstoytruck2017.mp3   

November 10, 2017 07:38 AM PST

"THE ANSWER" by Dr. Edward Carlton

   The book for anyone with ADD, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Autism, Bipolar Disorder, Epilepsy, PTSD or Traumatic Brain Injury.
  
   Dr. Ed Carlton (www.carltonneurofeedbackcenter.com) is using his experience as a mechanical engineer and a health care professional to help patients who suffer from brain-based disorders find relief through a drug-free solution. Through a brain-training method known as neurofeedback, he has helped patients who suffer from the likes of ADD, ADHD, bi-polar disorder, PTSD, autism, epilepsy, insomnia and traumatic brain injuries. Carlton – author of the book The Answer – views neurofeedback training as a cross between engineering and medicine, using the best of both to provide long term, drug-free relief for patients. Carlton believes that through neurofeedback training, many symptoms caused by brain-based disorders can be eliminated without the use of pharmaceuticals. 
www.CarltonNeuroFeedbackCenter.com

November 10, 2017 07:35 AM PST

Comfort Food Gets a Vegan Makeover by Jill Skeem 

This hardcover cookbook has over 62 delicious and easy-to-follow recipes for your favorite comfort foods including: baked oatmeal, vegetable egg rolls, beer-battered green beans, Where's the beef? chili, "mock" chicken noodle soup, tomato basil soup, tempeh "reuben"sandwich, tofu marinara sub, spinach, mushroom & onion lasagna, lentil bolognese, shepherd's pie, mustard dill potato salad, coleslaw, kale chips, mediterranean couscous salad, baklava bites, caramel corn and nut crunch. All made over with a simple vegan twist. Almost every recipe has a four-color photo of the finished dish and more importantly, this cookbook lays flat!

About the Author

Jill Skeem is a certified macrobiotic health counselor, educator and chef. She graduated from the Strengthening Health Institute, a premier macrobiotic educational facility in Philadelphia, PA and is also a graduate from The Ohio State University.    

Jill teaches adult and children's cooking classes. She lectures to companies and organizations on health and wellness, was a contributing writer to the local paper and various publications. She appears regularly on local morning television and radio shows discussing healthy eating and demonstrating recipes.
www.JillSkeem.com

November 10, 2017 07:30 AM PST

Comfort Food Gets a Vegan Makeover by Jill Skeem 

This hardcover cookbook has over 62 delicious and easy-to-follow recipes for your favorite comfort foods including: baked oatmeal, vegetable egg rolls, beer-battered green beans, Where's the beef? chili, "mock" chicken noodle soup, tomato basil soup, tempeh "reuben"sandwich, tofu marinara sub, spinach, mushroom & onion lasagna, lentil bolognese, shepherd's pie, mustard dill potato salad, coleslaw, kale chips, mediterranean couscous salad, baklava bites, caramel corn and nut crunch. All made over with a simple vegan twist. Almost every recipe has a four-color photo of the finished dish and more importantly, this cookbook lays flat!

About the Author

Jill Skeem is a certified macrobiotic health counselor, educator and chef. She graduated from the Strengthening Health Institute, a premier macrobiotic educational facility in Philadelphia, PA and is also a graduate from The Ohio State University.    

Jill teaches adult and children's cooking classes. She lectures to companies and organizations on health and wellness, was a contributing writer to the local paper and various publications. She appears regularly on local morning television and radio shows discussing healthy eating and demonstrating recipes.
www.JillSkeem.com

November 10, 2017 07:24 AM PST

Comfort Food Gets a Vegan Makeover by Jill Skeem  Easy Tips to Make Your Holiday Dishes Healthier

This hardcover cookbook has over 62 delicious and easy-to-follow recipes for your favorite comfort foods including: baked oatmeal, vegetable egg rolls, beer-battered green beans, Where's the beef? chili, "mock" chicken noodle soup, tomato basil soup, tempeh "reuben"sandwich, tofu marinara sub, spinach, mushroom & onion lasagna, lentil bolognese, shepherd's pie, mustard dill potato salad, coleslaw, kale chips, mediterranean couscous salad, baklava bites, caramel corn and nut crunch. All made over with a simple vegan twist. Almost every recipe has a four-color photo of the finished dish and more importantly, this cookbook lays flat!

About the Author

Jill Skeem is a certified macrobiotic health counselor, educator and chef. She graduated from the Strengthening Health Institute, a premier macrobiotic educational facility in Philadelphia, PA and is also a graduate from The Ohio State University.    

Jill teaches adult and children's cooking classes. She lectures to companies and organizations on health and wellness, was a contributing writer to the local paper and various publications. She appears regularly on local morning television and radio shows discussing healthy eating and demonstrating recipes.
www.JillSkeem.com

November 08, 2017 12:06 PM PST

Dealing with Meetings You Can't Stand: Meet Less and Do More  by Dr Rick Brinkman                  

The proven process for making the most of every business meeting―from the coauthor of the international bestseller Dealing with People You Can’t Stand
From Dr. Rick Brinkman, one of the bestselling masterminds who made Dealing with People You Can’t Stand a little less painful―and a lot more productive―comes the much-needed cure for that time-wasting, headache-inducing, soul-sucking plague known as meetings. This proven step-by-step method addresses the most common problems that derail a meeting: preparation, people, process, and time.

Dr. Brinkman provides key insights into the human behaviors that lead to unsuccessful meetings, along with psychologically-based tactics for addressing them. You will learn how to:
• get rid of unnecessary meetings
• start and end on time
• develop and execute an effective agenda
• address disruptive and problem behaviors
• balance participation so assertive people don’t dominate and passive people say what they really think
• eliminate tangents and maintain focus
• ensure effective follow-up
This practical and easily implementable process applies to in-person as well as virtual meetings of any size. Filled with helpful checklists and change-making strategies, Dealing with Meetings You Can’t Stand will turn the most boring conference room into a fast-moving model of efficiency, energy, and enthusiasm. You need not suffer in a meeting ever again.  

Dr. Rick Brinkman is the coauthor of the international bestseller Dealing with People You Can’t Stand, which has been translated into 25 languages. He is a top keynote speaker and trainer on leadership, teamwork, customer service, effective meetings, difficult people, and managing multiple priorities.
www.DealingWithMeetings.com
www.DrRickBrinkman.com

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