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Exploratory Writing and the Truth About Business Books with Alison Jones - 262

Mar 30, 2023

When you have a big idea and message to share, and you want to get it out to more people you have so many more channels available today for achieving that. 

Regardless of the number of platforms at your fingertips, your choice really comes down to two options - do you communicate one to many using speaking or writing?

For business, two of the best options available are creating a talk or writing a business book. 

Over recent times, with the advent of the internet and self-publishing, both of these have become more accessible.

There is also a symbiosis between a book and a talk, with one being a vehicle to promote the other.

The reality is, to have the biggest impact and reach the most people you probably should have both. 

That’s why I’ve invited Alison Jones, founder of Practical Inspiration Publishing, advocate of business books, Judge of the Business Book Awards and host of The Extraordinary Business Book Club, podcast onto the show. 

She is a veteran of the publishing industry, having worked at big names like Chambers, Oxford University Press and Macmillan (as Publisher and then Director of Innovation Strategy at Palgrave Macmillan). 

She regularly speaks and blogs on the publishing industry, and is also an author in her own right. 

She is going to be taking us behind the scenes in the publishing industry and answering lots of questions you may have about business book writing and speaking.


What you’ll discover:

  • Why Alison is such a champion of business books.
  • Whether the proliferation of business books has cheapened the value of becoming an author.
  • How business book authors should use stories. 
  • The biggest mistakes authors make when writing a business book.
  • Whether business authors need a talk.
  • What should come first, the ‘talk’ or the ‘book’
  • What ‘exploratory’ writing is and how it can help you.
  • How to do it.
  • What made Alison decide to write a book about it.
  • What part speaking plays in getting Alison’s own message out there.

All things Alison:

10 Day Book Proposal Challenge 


Linked In: 

Alison’s Podcast: 

Books & Resources*:

Exploratory Writing: Everyday magic for life and work by Alison Jones

The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level by Gay Hendricks


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