AcknowledgementsT he cool part about the acknowledgments page is that it sthe author s chance to formally thank the people who havesupported the writing of her book. It s important because thiswork is the combined effort of people who have come togetherin many different ways. No one accomplishes a goal like writinga book alone.With sincere gratitude, I would like to thank my team, family,friends, and colleagues who have helped bring this projectinto form.My editor, Kari Barlow, has been indispensable in bringingthis book to life. Thank you for helping me take my speeches,lectures, and seminar writing style and convert it into thismanuscript.Sealy Yates, my literary agent, has believed in me and in thisproject from the start. Your guidance and suggestions, even whenthey were painful, have been invaluable to me.Thanks to talented cover designer Lisa Woods, who illustratedmy vision beautifully.My national coordinators/directors of client relationsthrough the years, Mary Jo Standley, Michelle Gulledge, andLeanne Martin, have helped keep me organized and free to moveforward. Your loyalty and support are a huge part of our success.I want to thank my mentors and coaches for their guidanceand support. You were generous enough to share with me yourpearls of wisdom to help me navigate the hills and valleys of myjourney.My critical review team took the time to read the early draftsand provide wonderful feedback. Thanks to Susan Suffes, whohelped me to craft the initial proposal for this work, and to LindaO Doughda, who copyedited it. Each of you has helped me makethis book a valuable tool for the readers.I would also like to express my deep appreciation to the many
corporations, associations, and individuals who have includedmy programs in their training and development agendas. Muchof this material has been crafted from the real world: field-testedpresentation experiences in those workshops and courses.A very special thank-you goes out to my colleagues andfriends at the National Speakers Association and Gen Next.My parents, Jan and Pete Sjodin, my sister, Kim, and myextended family members were all part of the manuscript reviewteam at one time or another. You and your efforts are loved andappreciated.My dearest friends, old and new, are all such a wonderful gift.On this particular project, I want to give a shout out to ColetteCarlson, Peter Huber, Nicole Najoan, Pattie Scoma, Amy Jones,Kristin Henriksen, Joey Walker-Bialek, Renee Raithel-Gabbard,Nick Taylor, and Brad McMillen for their time and consistentwillingness to let me share the bits and pieces along the way andfor their opinions and contributions.November 15, 2010, marked Sjodin Communications twentiethanniversary! I am blown away at how quickly the years havepassed. I am honored and humbled to have been able to buildthis little company and make a living doing what I love to do.Thank you all for being part of my journey. I am so truly gratefulfor the blessings I have received.