About Kerry O'Hallaron:
Kerry O'Hallaron was born in St. Louis, MO. He attended college at the University of Missouri, and later "emigrated" to Florida. His passion in life is to help others maximize their own potential.
His latest book, "People Skills 101 – tm: How to Have More Friends, Fewer Conflicts, and Better Relationships," is a compelling and life-changing new spin on one of the oldest "self-development" books in print. In it, he adds new color the art and science of people skills, which wealthy industrialist John D. Rockefeller called the most valuable asset under the sun. O'Hallaron teaches us in a humorous way how to use time-tested principles in our quest for friendships and positive business and personal relationships. The teachings aren't new – but O'Hallaron's unique twist on them certainly is. Whether you're a shy, reserved introvert or a bubbly, outgoing extrovert, "People Skills 101" could be the only book you need to understand the simple tools that will help you both create and manage the perceptions people have of you.
You will be amazed how a few, subtle changes you can learn from this book will craft a new, more influential, more charismatic, more likable, YOU!
What inspires you to write?
My passion is helping people, which is why I focus on non-fiction. Some say my writing is enjoyable and a bit humorous, and I appreciate that feedback. However, my mission is sharing information that has helped make my life better, in such a way that others can use it. If they laugh a little while they are reading it, that's a bonus!
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process is a bit of a challenge. Everyone has a different learning style, and most of us don't like to simply have the facts spit out at us. So I employ a style that incorporates real life anecdotes, actionable exercises, and my own conclusions, while allowing the reader to form his/her own conclusion if it's different from mine.
I'll do a basic outline of the layout of the book. Since I don't write fiction, I can get away with writing chapters out of sequence as long as I tie them together in the end. So if I feel strongly about one subject, or have some important information about it, I'll write that chapter and then move on to another, totally without regard to the sequence. It just requires a final edit to make sure they flow. Don't tell anyone my secret, though 🙂
What advice would you give other writers?
This is a very easy question to answer, but a very difficult answer for some people to implement.
There are TWO jobs, writing your book and finding its audience. Way too many people write a good book, sell it to their Facebook friends, and then it stops there.
I don't think everyone understands that either indie or traditional publishing requires a conscious and ongoing marketing effort.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I took my own advice. My book has a very specific audience – those who want to better their interpersonal skills, their charm, their charisma, etc.
My audience is not necessarily seeking my book, but they like it when they find it. So I need to find them. I saw no point in spending a year going the traditional publishing route so that I could then do the marketing I am doing right now as an indie.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Hmm. I wish I had a crystal ball. It does seem that print publishing is decreasing in popularity, quickly. This creates opportunity for the publishing houses who change. Having a book with a known publisher gives the author some credibility. If publishing houses were to focus more on signing quality indie writers, and help them maximize their marketing efforts, I think that would be a win-win. It would require publishing houses to change their entire approach to the industry, but they may have to do that to survive.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Non-fiction; self-help; public speaking
What formats are your books in?: Audiobook
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