Dan Curtis ~ Professional Personal Historian

Monday’s Link Roundup.

January 4, 2010 · Leave a Comment

This Monday’s  roundup has three book suggestions. I’m anxious to read Confessions of a Public Speaker. The reviews are great.  And as we start a new year, I’ve included some links to help you get a “leg up” on your personal history business. In particular, be sure to check out The Marketing Plan Formula.

  • Half Broke Horses, A True-Life Novel by Jeannette Walls.Half Broke Horses chronicles her maternal grandmother’s life. However, instead of basing the tale on research, her grandmother died when she was 8 years old, she uses her mother’s oral history of her grandmother’s life as the basis for the book.”
  • The Pat Metheny Interviews by Richard Niles. “Composer, arranger and performer Richard Niles took his 25-year association with guitar legend Pat Metheny as a starting point for a three-part BBC series, Pat Metheny―Bright Size Life. Airing in 2007,…In this volume, Niles reassembles those interviews along with many others, sprinkled with comments from his closest collaborators—Gary Burton, Lyle Mays and Michael Brecker… Neither as complete as a biography or as self serving as a testimonial, The Pat Metheny Interviews offers a unique approach to the effort to get inside the head and heart of an artist who truly changed his medium. Added value—scores of black and white photos of Metheny performing as a youngster through current tours and discography. “
  • The Marketing Plan Formula. “I’ve observed that when it comes to marketing, most of us don’t plan. Instead we have vague wishes and goals of what we’d like to do… Let me give you my complete formula for creating workable marketing action plans.”
  • Confessions of a Public Speaker by Scott Berkun. “In this hilarious and highly practical book, author and professional speaker Scott Berkun reveals the techniques behind what great communicators do, and shows how anyone can learn to use them well. For managers and teachers-and anyone else who talks and expects someone to listen-Confessions of a Public Speaker provides an insider’s perspective on how to effectively present ideas to anyone. It’s a unique, entertaining, and instructional romp through the embarrassments and triumphs Scott has experienced over 15 years of speaking to crowds of all sizes.”
  • Canadian Headstone Photo Project. “The mission of this project is to capture digital images and the complete transcription of  headstones of our ancestors. As decades pass — many stones are becoming harder, if not impossible, to read the inscriptions they originally contained. By archiving the images and transcriptions, we can help save these important records and also assist researchers using this valuable resource.”

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