We are planning an amazing promotion to make Vantagepoints on Learning and Life an online bestseller (yes, you will much more about that here in the near future).
As we weere working on it the other day, Holly Powers, suggested what we are looking for are "Learning Evangelists" to help us promote the book. I immediately loved the phrase, and we quickly tried to document a description of a learning evangelist.
Here is what we came up with:
I am in search for learning evangelists. What is that you ask? Learning evangelists are:
- people who are enthusiastic about learning.
- people who study and work to improve their own learning process.
- people who are passionate about helping others learn more effectively.
- people who understand that every moment, every story, every connection, every breath presents the opportunity to learn.
Reading and writing that makes me smile. If you are a learning evngelist, I hope you will keep reading this blog, and join us when I invite you to help us in our promotion.
Next Monday is Halloween. To celebrate, I have posted a chapter from Vantagepoints on Learning and Life, entitled, appropriately, Happy Halloween.
Here is the beginning . . .
Halloween never has been my favorite holiday. As a kid, growing up on the farm, trick-or-treating meant getting in and out of the car (often on very cold nights) and wearing coats over our costumes. I certainly liked the candy, but it never made much sense to me.
As a father, I must admit I have warmed to the holiday, but I still have a problem with all the focus on witches and ghouls and such. A holiday that focuses on scary things still bothers me just a little bit. I've been pleased that my children have typically chosen more wholesome images to emulate through their costumes.
This year was different though. I've actually been looking forward to Halloween since the middle of June. I planned. I prepared. I thought and strategized about it. But, it didn't go quite the way I expected. . .
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Some Kind Words
Vantagepoints, well rather one chapter, was reviewed today by David Rothacker in his blog, his blog Rothacker Reviews.
The post is titled, Kevin Eikenberry: The Gift of Experience, and discusses the chapter entitled, Go Tell it on The Mountain.
As it turns out, the picture on the front cover of the book was taken on the mountain I speak of in this chapter.
Some Advance Endorsements
I've been blessed to have some great people share their thoughts about this book before it is even printed. Here are a few of these advance endorsements.
"Lifelong learning is for everyone. Kevin's lessons have two purposes. One -- for you to learn from his journey. Two -- to inspire you to reflect on, and learn from your own. Read this book for yourself, and create your own success."
Jeffrey Gitomer, author of The Little Red Book of Selling and The Sales Bible
"Wow - reading this is like 'sitting at the foot of a master' and learning about the meaning of life. Thank you, Kevin, for an absolutely terrific book."
- Bob Burg, author of Endless Referrals: Network Your Everyday Contacts into Sales
"Kevin Eikenberry's gift for leadership manifests itself not only in his business career but also in his voluntary efforts on behalf of his alma mater, Purdue University. His essays reveal him as a keen observer and an intense participant in life. Like all strong leaders, he understands how to communicate his ideas passionately and vividly."
- Martin C. Jischke, President, Purdue University
"I was taught that practice does not make perfect . . . practice actually makes permanent. Practice something wrong and you will get to be good at doing it the wrong way. This book teaches us that Life is certainly a set of practices. Kevin's honest and touching peek into his own life lessons gives a good sense of how to take the 'everyday' of life, put it into practice in the right way with a sense of discipline, add some heart and soul, and the result is a better human being. That makes this book much more than a book. It is a gift of life from Kevin to us."
- Rusty Rueff, Executive Vice President, Electronic Arts
"There's nothing mundane here! Kevin awakens the reader to the wondrous world around us. It's a great antidote for the dull, lethargic, day-to-day routine. Allow Kevin to guide you to see what he has seen. You might find that life can be downright interesting, vibrant and productive once more."
- Max Armstrong, Broadcaster, Chicago, IL
"Reading Vantagepoints on Learning and Life is like sitting next to somebody who is genuinely, thoroughly kind. Someone patient enough to listen deeply to you and to himself. Someone honest. Someone fun. Someone you can be quiet with. Someone very much like a friend."
- Bernie DeKoven, USC School of Cinema Television and Principal, Deep Fun
"I love what Kevin has written! He challenges us to view the simplest aspects of our lives in new and fresh ways. He stretches us as he shares his own everyday insights. I am reminded of a quote I love by William Winter: 'As much of Heaven is visible as we have eyes to see.' Kevin has given us a profound and touching glimpse of our Heaven on Earth, seeing the ordinary as extraordinary and finding a new depth in our existence. Thank you, Kevin, for touching our heads and our hearts!'
- Barbara Glanz, CSP, Speaker, Consultant and Author of CARE Packages for the Workplace and The Simple Truths of Service
There are more and I will share them soon.
Not Just for Bloggers
While I started this blog in part for those who blog, I wrote it for readers of the book as well! Expect that I will be posting ideas comments, news and other things that those who have read the book will enjoy.
I hope you will join me on this ongoing, lifelong, learning adventure!
Welcome to the Vantagepoints Book Blog
I've been blogging for over a year and know how valuable blog buzz can be. I also know there are very cool people out in the blogging world.
This blog is my way of reaching out and communicating with all of those bloggers. I want you to be able to do your thing, which is deliver your message to your readers. I know how challenging that can be sometimes, so perhaps this blog can be of help.
How can I help? Here are a few of the ways I have thought of so far. Let me know in email or comments if you think of others!
- Email me and I can get you a review copy of the book. (Reviews make great blog posts, of course!)
- View the sample chapters - and post them on your blog if you'd like.
- Invite me to be interviewed on your blog.
- Invite me to be a guest blogger.
- Use some of the quotes from the book (coming soon to this blog) as spurs for your own thoughts in your posts.
- Get referral traffic when I post your comments about the book back here on this blog.
I hope this blog becomes a win for everyone - bloggers and readers, as well as for me.