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20/04/17 - Kirkus review

A debut book unravels a tangle of insights and techniques for self-improvement.

Presenting an intertwined web of principles, this manual is divided into three parts: self-awareness, emotional awareness, and personal development. In the first section, Bird shares the steps individuals must take to become conscious of their values, feelings, weaknesses, and assumptions. In addition, she reveals the wide range of benefits for doing so, including more control over one’s life, less stress, enhanced communication, and greater success in achieving goals. Next, she encourages readers to become more emotionally aware and maximize some of the most meaningful emotions, such as love, optimism, humor, compassion, and forgiveness. Finally, she provides practical tools and strategies “to become more mature” and organized, such as striving for a work-life balance, managing time wisely, improving concentration, and developing better verbal and nonverbal communication skills.

 

Bird’s teaching style is multifaceted, with an engaging mix of relaying information, drawing on other sources, and disclosing personal experiences. She’s also quick to call her audience to action, stating often that change comes not in reading but in doing. The quality of this work is not in the novelty of the principles as much as the arrangement of them. Readers may not have many grand “aha!” moments; instead they will find simple reminders of valuable principles and ways to implement them. The content is well-structured and easy to follow.

 

Profound quotes throughout the volume enhance the reading experience. Bird is quick to admit personal weakness, which makes her relatable, but unfortunately this also may deter some readers from embracing advice that the author is suggesting but not following herself. On the whole, however, Bird’s tips are sound and her thoughts are well-articulated. There is much wisdom to be gained in these pages.

While it lacks innovative concepts, this guide presents a high-quality overview of many well-known self-help principles. 

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17/04/17 - Clarions review

Web to Success presents a broad overview of basic self-improvement concepts in a single volume.

Jo Bird’s Web to Success offers a serviceable summary of the most common success factors.

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In her introduction, Bird says she realized that “the mountain of information on positive thinking and personal development I’ve collected over the years is all interlinked.” This volume is the author’s attempt to create a “web,” or meld together key ideas from various sources, and organize them into three major self-improvement areas: self- awareness, emotional awareness, and personal development.

The book is composed of a trio of lengthy chapters, one devoted to each area, which start with a quote and end with a summary. The chapters are further divided into topics. “Personal Development,” for example, covers work- life balance, time management, self-confidence, focus and concentration, communication, success, and emotional intelligence.

Each of the smaller sections also starts with a quote, followed by a general discussion of the topic. The organizational structure is a major strength of the book: The three main subject areas immediately indicate what the book is about, and the sub-sections make it very easy to identify and isolate portions of the content that may be of particular interest. The summaries of each major area reprise the content and act as useful bridges to subsequent sections.

Most of the text has a ring of familiarity to it, probably because many other self-improvement books tread similar ground. Sentences like “Understanding our own emotions, and those of others requires an understanding of our strengths, weaknesses, and, perhaps most importantly, our limits” and “Before we can love another person we have to love ourselves” may be adequate, but they are overused.

In addition, the static, somewhat juvenile illustrations of spiders acting out phrases (such as a spider drinking from a straw in a glass, accompanied by the phrase “glass half full”) might relate to the “web” in the book’s title, but they do little to enhance the appearance of the pages.

Yet, there are helpful bits of advice peppered throughout each section; “Self-awareness,” for example, lists three useful steps to self-awareness and ten “advanced self-awareness techniques.” In addition, the author’s writing style is personal and approachable, and she shares her own experiences and perspectives candidly and with good humor. The quotes that begin each topic area are also well chosen.

Web to Success presents a broad overview of basic self-improvement concepts in a single volume.

 

BARRY SILVERSTEIN

Disclosure: This article is not an endorsement, but a review. The author of this book provided free copies of the book and paid a small fee to have their book reviewed by a professional reviewer. Foreword Reviews and Clarion Reviews make no guarantee that the author will receive a positive review. Foreword Magazine, Inc. is disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. 

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30/1/17 - BlueInk review

The information is delivered in a lighthearted manner than reflects the author's sense of humor, lending spirit to an otherwise straightforward how-to approach.' ' The author is particularly adept at making points that ring true, points that will hit close to home for many.' 'Reading Web to Success is a lot like listening to a wise, friendly teacher who want's nothing more than to steer us in the right direction and help us get back on track when we lose sight of our own sense of self-worth and joy.' 

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17/01/17 - Included in top 10 self published books 2016 by Book Bag

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16/01/17 - Publishers weekly digital ad runs

'Jo Bird offers you the three major building blocks to becoming a better person. By challenging how you see yourself and others, you can take charge of your emotions, cope with change, and navigate your way to a better life. Take a step toward understanding the links between your emotions, thoughts, and actions with the insights and strategies in Web to Success.'

12/01/17 - BookBag Review

Summary from review, 'This is the sort of self-help book we wish for but rarely get: not preachy or intellectualising but encouraging, inspiring and… well… helpful! In fact it's a veritable rainbow of great ideas for doing and feeling better.'

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21/12/16 - Digital book published

Almost every expert agrees that there are three things successful people do: They focus on getting to know themselves, they spend time improving themselves, and they share their life experiences with others. 

These building blocks to success—self-awareness, personal development, and emotional intelligence—are the focus of this book. Join the author as she leads you down a path to a better you. 

During this journey, you’ll learn how to: 
•    identify your values, beliefs, and what gives your life meaning; 
•    change the way you react to what other people say and do; 
•    balance work, family, friends, and personal needs; and 
•    improve existing relationships and nurture new ones. 

By challenging how you see yourself and others, you can take charge of your emotions, cope with change, and navigate your way to a better life. 

Take a step toward understanding the links between your emotions, thoughts, and actions with the insights and strategies in Web to Success.

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21/11/16 - Paperback and hardback published

Almost every expert agrees that there are three things successful people do: They focus on getting to know themselves, they spend time improving themselves, and they share their life experiences with others. 

These building blocks to success—self-awareness, personal development, and emotional intelligence—are the focus of this book. Join the author as she leads you down a path to a better you. 

During this journey, you’ll learn how to: 
•    identify your values, beliefs, and what gives your life meaning; 
•    change the way you react to what other people say and do; 
•    balance work, family, friends, and personal needs; and 
•    improve existing relationships and nurture new ones. 

By challenging how you see yourself and others, you can take charge of your emotions, cope with change, and navigate your way to a better life. 

Take a step toward understanding the links between your emotions, thoughts, and actions with the insights and strategies in Web to Success.

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