Friday, April 29, 2011

Reflections on Being a Published Author

Don’t we all search for “good reviews” whether in our personal relationships or in business? Well, here is the thrill of MY lifetime and I want to share it with all of you. You all know about my book…well here is an unsolicited review that makes me swell with pride. I hope you enjoy it.

Reflections of a Successful Wallflower by Andrea Michaels - Book review

Reflections of a Successful Wallflower

Lessons in Business; Lessons in Life

By: Andrea Michaels

Published: February 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover, 340 pages
ISBN-10: 1432749099
ISBN-13: 978-1432749095
Publisher: Outskirts Press

"We all have different paths on our personal journeys...and this book will you about mine, filled with search for approval, for recognition, for admiration and self esteem", writes internationally renowned events planner and founder of Extraordinary Events, Andrea Michaels in her inspirational and deeply personal book Reflections of a Successful Wallflower: Lessons in Business; Lessons in Life. The author shares her personal voyage to personal fulfillment, as one intertwined and often indistinguishable, from her very successful business career.

Andrea Michaels describes, not only her Hall of Fame leadership in the events planning industry, but also shines a light on her own personal self doubts and insecurities. In a book that reads like peeking into a very introspective personal diary, the author presents an unvarnished perspective into both her triumphs and failures. As Andrea Michaels makes clear, she learned more from her mistakes than from her successes, and offers insights into the lessons gleaned from her often disappointing moments. As an event planner, the nature of her business required innovation and creativity for success. As a result, Andrea Michaels offers her experiences in utilizing leading edge technology and initiating the use of branding in her industry. At the same time, the author presents an even more important aspect of her company. She lays open her own fears, inner barriers, and self doubts, that she overcomes with aplomb and flair.

Andrea Michaels (photo left) is rightly regarded as a pioneer and leader in her chosen industry of event planning. Her record of creating some of the most memorable and interactive theme driven experiences is a legend in event production. More intriguing than even this tremendous business record, is the the fascinating woman behind the scenes. Andrea Michaels admits openly that she has always been the shy self-confessed wallflower of the book title. Reflecting on her past errors and achievements, the author offers a true gift to her readers. She shares the gift of education in business, and in the life lessons often learned in hard and painful ways. As a woman entrepreneur, Andrea Michaels discovered techniques for circumventing the ubiquitous glass ceilings, and for balancing work and family life. Every chapter is a story in the author's personal quest, and each chapter contains both a lesson on business, and on life itself.

For me, the power of the book is how Andrea Michaels combines both the story of her event planning business, and the tale of her personal journey to empowerment as a woman and as an individual. This is a book that can be read in several ways, witheach one yielding valuable insights for the reader. One method for considering the book is as a guide to achieving success as an entrepreneur. Another approach is to examine the book for ideas in overcoming business obstacles. A third way to peruse the book is the deeper understanding of the personal challenges faced and met head on successfully by the author. A fourth, and most beneficial way to read this fine book is to discover the interplay between Andrea Michaels as a person with her outstanding achievements in her business life.

I highly recommend the idea packed and fascinating book Reflections of a Successful Wallflower: Lessons in Business; Lessons in Life by Andrea Michaels, to anyone seeking a deeply insightful examination of the world of event planning and the amazing woman who made it all possible. Andrea Michaels is a captivating storyteller who will keep your attention from the first page to the very end.

Read the lesson filled and engaging book Reflections of a Successful Wallflower: Lessons in Business; Lessons in Life by Andrea Michaels, and travel along side the author as she lives her business dream, while maintaining a balanced family life. The book packs an emotional punch that helps the lessons stay with you long after the book is over. Andrea Michaels may have been a wallflower, but she was also in the heart of the action. Her story is one well worth reading for anyone.

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