Monthly Archives: July 2014

Spoiler Alert! SLO NightReaders Book Discussion – Take Charge of Your Talent

Don Maruska’s and Jay Perry’s Take Charge of Your Talent program focuses participants on each individual’s unique and natural talents. Many people are tired, discouraged, or simply don’t think about their talents and how they could be using them. Consciously or unconsciously people become captive to a particular story about what they are capable of accomplishing. Take Charge helps people step out of the stories in which they are stuck and create new ones that are filled with possibility. The Talent Catalyst Conversation and other tools give participants new perspectives that they can’t discover on their own. It’s like looking at yourself in a mirror and gaining new insights that you wouldn’t otherwise see. The proven practices to overcome obstacles, develop action plans, and boost productivity and fulfillment support participants in pursuing their intentions and making their hopes real. A key incentive that pulls them through is the transformation of what they learn into enduring career assets. This also motivates their organizations to support them because the organizations benefit from those knowledge assets as well.

1. What was your biggest “aha” moment when reading this book?
2. Have you had your Talent Catalyst Conversation yet? What have you discovered?
3. What was the most valuable advice for you?
4. Which tool was the most difficult for you to implement?

Don’t forget that Don Maruska will be a guest speaker at the 30th Central Coast Writers Conference at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, September

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August Meeting

Tuesday, August 12, 6:30 pm

Formatting your eBook – Jason Matthews
What would you do if you knew how to format and upload your own manuscript to Amazon? Jason Matthews is going to walk us through that very processes using a real manuscript. Join us Tuesday, August 12 at 6:30. Formatting MS Word documents, uploading and viewing ebooks in Preview Mode; from start to finish, Jason will guide us through the process.
Unitarian Universalist Social Hall
2201 Lawton St. (near Corner of South & Broad)
San Luis Obispo, CA

Round Table 5:15 – 6:15
Critique Table: Terry Sanville will be available to listen and give feedback. For those wishing to be critiqued, please bring 2 copies of your work – one for you and one for those critiquing.  Observers are also welcome. If you would like to observe the critiquing process, join the group, watch, and learn.
Write it Right: Susan Tuttle continues the 6-month series on writing. August topic is Point of View. Bring your notebook and ideas and get ready to write.

See you tomorrow night!

Tuesday, July 8, 6:30 pm

Unitarian Universalist Social Hall
2201 Lawton St. (near Corner of South & Broad)
San Luis Obispo, CA

Author’s Fair

Round Table 5:15 – 6:00

Critique Table: Terry Sanville will be available to listen and give feedback. For those wishing to be critiqued, please bring 2 copies of your work – one for you and one for those critiquing.  Observers are also welcome. If you would like to observe the critiquing process, join the group, watch, and learn.

Write it Right: Susan Tuttle begins a 6 month series on writing. Her first topic is Settings. Bring your notebook and ideas and get ready to write.

BBQ 6:00 – 6:30

In celebration of summer, Tom Snow will be BBQ-ing us. Eating begins at 6:00.

Author’s Fair 6:30-8:30

NightWriters Member’s publications will be on display throughout the evening. You are invited to bring copies of your published work for display. Bloggers are invited to bring an 8.5×11 screen shot of their home page to display on our Bloggers Table.

Jason Matthews begins our evening with instruction on setting up an Author’s Page on Amazon. Following his presentation, we will hear from a select group of members who will be pitching their work.



 

SLO NightReaders – July Pick

In July, we will be reading Don Maruska’s Take Charge of Your Talent: Three Keys to Thriving in Your Career, Organization, and Life.

Take Charge of Your Talent

As a founder and CEO of three Silicon Valley companies, venture investor, and recipient of the National Innovators Award, Don Maruska writes and speaks from a broad base of experience. His lifelong passions for creativity, translating innovative ideas into practical applications, and bringing out the best in others stimulate his work. His books, keynote speeches, and workshops guide audiences to fulfill their hopes in powerful, practical, and profitable ways.

Take Charge of Your Talent details three keys to develop and enjoy your abilities. You’ll discover new ways to identify your aspirations and opportunities, power past obstacles, and translate your intentions into results. Finally, you’ll create a personal brand with enduring career assets that will multiply the payoffs for yourself and your organization.

Don Maruska will be a speaker at the Central Coast Writers Conference in San Luis Obispo, September 19-20. The NightWriters was honored to have Don speak at one of the monthly general meetings.