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Webcast Next Week: The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions, and Spark Change with Frank Sesno

Photo of Frank Sesno, author of Ask MoreNext week, the American Management Association New Media team will host a webcast with Frank Sesno, author of Ask More: The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions, and Spark Change. Peterson will discuss how vital trust is in the creation of successful businesses, and how leaders can build trust in their own organizations.

 

 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Eastern
Fee: Complimentary
Meeting Number: 17930-00001
Register Here for The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions, and Spark Change with Frank Sesno

What to ask and when — to reach the outcome you seek. This webcast reveals a new way to think about how you can use questions to be more productive, creative and effective at most everything you do. Author Frank Sesno draws on his decades of experience as an interviewer on CNN, NPR and in front of live audiences to explain how different types of questions work, lead to distinct outcomes and employ different listening skills.

Drawing on stories from his career and from the extraordinary people he interviewed for his new book, he offers questioning tactics you can put to use to more effectively solve problems, set strategy, inspire creativity, spark innovation, prompt curiosity and connect with people at the office or in your living room.

This webcast will change the way you think about the questions you ask, and offer practical ideas for better listening. It will help you realize there’s a world of discovery and success – if you know how to ask for it.

While attending this program is FREE, reservations are required.

Register for Frank Sesno’s AMA Webcast.

Jacket cover of Ask More by Frank Sesno

Frank Sesno is a former CNN anchor, White House correspondent and Washington bureau chief. He is currently the Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. He has interviewed dozens of world leaders, including five U.S. presidents, and is the creator of Planet Forward, an innovative forum seeking solutions to some of the world’s toughest challenges. He is author of the forthcoming book Ask More.

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ASK MORE Now Available on NetGalley

Cover art for Ask More by Frank SesnoIf you’ve ever listened to Fresh Air with Terry Gross and marveled at how she helps her guests to open up about the most personal of topics, or if you’ve ever watched CNN and wondered how their anchors know exactly how to pin down an interviewee trying to blur the facts, you recognize what an impressive skill it is to ask the right questions. Fortunately, it’s a skill anyone can learn–and will enjoy learning through Frank Sesno’s absorbing ASK MORE: The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions, and Spark Change (AMACOM January 2017). Journalists, booksellers, book reviewers, librarians, and media professionals interested in personal improvement and business self-help are invited to request Ask More for review.

What hidden skill links successful people in all walks of life? What helps them make smart decisions? The answer is surprisingly simple: They know how to ask the right questions at the right time.

Questions help us break down barriers, discover secrets, solve puzzles, and imagine new ways of doing things. But few of us know how to question in a methodical way. Emmy-award-winning journalist and media expert Frank Sesno aims to change that with Ask More.

From questions that cement relationships, to those that help us plan for the future, each chapter in Ask More explores a different type of inquiry. By the end of the book, you’ll know what to ask and when, what you should listen for, and what you can expect as the outcome. Packed with illuminating interviews, the book explains:

• How the Gates Foundation used strategic questions to plan its battle against malaria

• How turnaround expert Steve Miller uses diagnostic questions to get to the heart of a company’s problems

• How NPR’s Terry Gross uses empathy questions to dig deeper

• How journalist Anderson Cooper uses confrontational questions to hold people accountable

• How creative questions animated a couple of techie dreamers to brainstorm Uber

Both intriguing and inspiring, Ask More shows how questions convey interest, feed curiosity, and reveal answers that can change the course of both your professional and personal life.

FRANK SESNO is a former CNN anchor, White House correspondent, and Washington bureau chief, and is now director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University. He has interviewed dozens of world leaders, including five U.S. presidents, and is the creator of Planet Forward, an innovative forum seeking solutions to some of the world’s toughest challenges.

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Now Available on NetGalley: WHEN THE PRESSURE’S ON

Cover art for When the Pressure's On by Louis CsokaAn athlete won’t reach peak performance without stress management tools. A soldier can’t rise to the occasion without mental preparation. The same applies in the working world: star performers aren’t simply talented, or hardworking, or experienced—they also have what it takes to apply all of their skills under pressure. Louis S. Csoka has long specialized in teaching performance under pressure in all of these cases, and with WHEN THE PRESSURE’S ON: The Secret to Winning When You Can’t Afford to Lose, he brings these skills straight to you. Journalists, booksellers, book reviewers, librarians, and media professionals interested in stress, performance improvement, and/or how to succeed under any circumstances are invited to request When the Pressure’s On for review.

At the highest level of any pursuit, the difference between the two top performers in a contest is always mental. One holds it together—while the other falls apart. The same is true in business. Whether you are confronting a crisis, making a pitch, negotiating a deal, or facing a deadline, your mindset can give you the edge.

When the Pressure’s On brings peak performance principles to the boardroom, revealing five core mental skills that enable professionals to excel while under duress:

 

Goal Setting—become mission-driven
Adaptive Thinking—replace negative thoughts with positive ones
Stress/Energy Management—keep your cool no matter what
Attention Control—maintain focus despite distractions
Imagery—see success before it happens

 

Together, the skills form the core of this complete brain-training program, which is packed with guidelines, examples, exercises, assessments, and the latest advances in biofeedback and neuroscience. By learning to harness the power of your mind, you’ll achieve extraordinary results when it matters most.

LOUIS S. CSOKA, PH.D., has specialized in teaching performance under pressure for more than 30 years. He is President of Apex Performance, which trains clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to professional athletes. As a Professor of Psychology & Leadership at West Point, he adapted sports psychology to the demands of the military and founded the school’s pioneering Center for Enhanced Performance.

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CAREER COURAGE Now Available on NetGalley

Cover art for Career Courage by Katie C. Kelley What do you want to be when you grow up? Wait. You’re already grown up?

CAREER COURAGE: Discover Your Passion, Step Out of Your Comfort Zone, and Create the Success You Want by Katie C. Kelley provides readers the tools to answer this #1 question for real this time. Whether you’re mid-career and longing to do something else, a mom returning to the job market after years of lead parenting, or a millennial living at home and trying to propel yourself up and out, this book will guide you through the self-examination needed to carve out a career that makes you feel alive and fulfilled.

Journalists, booksellers, book reviewers, librarians, and media professionals interested in career self-help are invited to request Career Courage for review.

Get out of the rut—and into a new career.

What do you want to be when you grow up? That question nags at us long after childhood. Why is it so hard to figure out? Because finding your true calling takes courage. It means conquering fears, shedding misguided ideas, and mustering the strength to let go of a safe job and stage your next act.

Career Courage serves as a personal coach through the soul-searching and planning process ahead, whether you’re a college grad contemplating choices, a seasoned professional seeking new directions, or a stay-at-home mom preparing to reenter the workplace. Packed with exercises and stories of inspiring second acts, the book poses tough questions about motivation, confidence, character, risk tolerance, and more. The answers will power your journey forward as you learn to:

Clarify what really matters • Express your point of view • Build strong relationships and a robust network • Stay focused on finances • Think like an entrepreneur • Prioritize a truly fulfilling life • And more

A career that seemed promising can feel like a dead end today. Career Courage helps you break free and create your own brand of success.

KATIE C. KELLEY is People Development Director for Fuerst Group, parent company of KEEN footwear and Chrome Industries. Her own career pivots include stints as a psychotherapist, a medical salesperson, an ABC Television Contributor, and, most recently, as an executive coach with clients that included Google and Time Inc. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Dr. Joseph J. Luciani on the Big Three Enemies to Lifelong Weight Mastery

Why is it a whopping 80 percent of people who diet and lose weight quickly pack it right back on? Why, according to one British survey, has the average 45-year-old woman been on 61 diets since the age of 16? And why is it that in spite of spending $65 billion each year on weight-loss products and programs, 69.2 percent of Americans are either overweight or obese? Because we’re too focused on what we eat instead of why we eat it!

“In order to not be victimized by impulses, cravings, misperceptions, or mindless patterns, it’s imperative to know your enemies,” declares Joseph J. Luciani, Ph.D., a psychologist renowned for his self-coaching breakthroughs. In his new book, THIN FROM WITHIN: The Powerful Self-Coaching Program for Permanent Weight Loss (AMACOM January 2016), Dr. Luciani exposes the three enemies of healthy eating and lifelong weight mastery. In order not to be victimized by impulses, cravings, misperceptions, or mindless destructive patterns, it’s imperative to know and appreciate your enemies. They are:

  • Enemy #1: Adverse Circumstances. Pressures at work, relationship conflicts, financial strain, illness, the demands of rearing children—everyday life challenges are often out of our control and overwhelming. Yet adverse circumstances alone lack the power to drive us to binge; the driver is our interpretation of them. “While you can’t always prevent bad things from happening, you can control how you react to them,” Dr. Luciani assures. With his Self-Coaching techniques, anyone battling a weight problem can develop the self-discipline muscle necessary to resist destructive eating.
    • Enemy-awareness check: Before you start a meal or reach for a snack, ask yourself: What are the circumstances affecting my life at this moment?
  • Enemy #2: Harmful Emotions. Anxiety, irritability, stress, depression, even boredom can create the emotional chaos that compels us to seek the calming, distracting, anesthetizing qualities found in our go-to comfort foods. Like alcohol, nicotine, and cannabis, food can be used as self-medication. An avalanche of research supports the fact that certain foods—particularly those sweet, salty, and fatty pleasures—can have a potent sedative effect on tense emotions. Fortunately, our minds also possess the power to prevail over the harmful emotions that underlie our compulsions and urges. By using effective cognitive tools – such as his simple, three-step technique called “Self-Talk” – Dr. Luciani asserts you can actually retrain your brain to stop the destructive, self-sabotaging chatter associated with harmful emotions before they overwhelm you.
    • Enemy-awareness check: Before you start a meal or reach for a snack, ask yourself: What am I feeling right now?
  • Enemy #3: Destructive Habits. Human beings are creatures of habit. Although reflexive habits such as touch-typing, driving, and even buttoning a blouse or shirt are helpful, other habits such worrying, lethargy (a.k.a. being a couch potato), excessive rumination, or the habits associated with destructive eating can hold you and your life hostage. Being able to recognize the habitual nature of what you do, when you do it, and why you do it is pivotal to habit reformation and lifelong weight mastery.“It is absolutely essential that you accept the notion that habits—all habits—are learned. Furthermore,” Dr. Luciani stresses, “habits—all habits—can be broken.” Using doable challenges, exercises and drills designed to increase your awareness and self-discipline muscle, the goal, according to Dr. Luciani, is “habit re-formation,” (i.e., changing destructive patterns into positive habits).
    • Enemy-awareness check: Before you start a meal or reach for a snack, ask yourself: What patterns am I aware of at this moment? (For example: “When I’m upset, I tend to binge on anything sweet.” “Whenever I drink wine, I always overeat.”)


JOSEPH J. LUCIANI, PH.D., is a practicing clinical psychologist and author of the internationally bestselling Self-Coaching and The Power of Self-Coaching. An in-demand speaker and expert, Dr. Luciani is featured frequently in major media, including MSNBC, CNBC, Hallmark Channel, Discovery Channel, NPR, USA Today, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Fitness, Health, Shape, and O, The Oprah Magazine.