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I knew Jennie Willett before TSL came into being. Jennie and I worked for the same Further Education (FE) teacher training consortium. Already then I’d read her self-published Easy Ways to Build Assertiveness and bought a copy for my sister-in-law. The book was to the point, practical and not overwhelming in size and word density. Colleagues were also very favourable about the book and Jennie’s enthusiasm.
Following a few years of going our own ways, Jennie and I met up again. By this time, TSL had come into being and Jennie had another book waiting in the wings – Easy Ways to Lift Your Mood. This she’d co-authored with Dr Peter Connell breaking the mould of self-help books by including the medical aspects backing up the practical. As with Easy Ways to Build Assertiveness, Easy Ways to Lift Your Mood was succinct, to the point and practical. The medical aspects easily understandable and accessible.
So, it’s not been surprising to get feedback from GPs about the usefulness of the book – the bonus being that they can prescribe the book rather than medication in the first instance.
Constantly listening to people she’s worked with, Jennie has now updated Easy Ways to Build Assertivesness, Confidence and Self-Esteem – which will be released on 4 February 2017. Additions include Dealing with neighbours, bullying and dating.
Reflecting on what makes Easy Ways work is that the practical advice is grounded in practice. Jennie has developed and used the techniques in group sessions and in one-to-one counselling. The exercises and suggestions are rooted in reality and what is possible. They’re books for everyone – those who need a boost and those who are supporting others.
I feel really privileged to be working with Jennie again and to be able to publish her books which have, over the years, made a huge difference to so many people.
Jennie has a blog offering some tips.
Thanks Pablo for the image