►►►Why The Invisible Mentor Does What it Does
Recently, someone asked me what problem I was solving with a particular blog post. I was a bit irritated by the question, but when I seriously thought about it, it made sense. Your blog posts and your website should solve a meaningful problem or problems.
I want to preserve stories so others learn from them and are inspired.
I want professionals to take charge of their careers. I want to get more professionals to read a book each week that will teach them the skills they need for future jobs. I set a target of getting 1,000 professionals to read at least one book a week within the next two years. WHY is this important to me? I see people like Tai Lopez who achieved high levels of success because he read books and implemented the ideas. Countless other successful people did the same thing. They profited from the ideas they discovered in books. I want that for YOU and for MYSELF. And that’s WHY I do what I do. WHY is critical to sustained success. To help you, I created some short e-books.
►►►How We Do What We Do
I provide expert interviewing services.
My clients hire me to interview their clients, then I craft success stories, which they use as a marketing tool. It is also a way for you to learn from the experiences of others.
I interview successful people so other professionals will learn from their stories and experiences.
Use my interviewing skills to showcase your star employees’ work inside and outside the organization. Your customers want to see the good you are doing in the community. In addition to what the company is doing, your employees are an extension of the company, so what they do matter.
Reading challenge as a learning tool!
I host the Strategic Reading Challenge that is designed to help professionals to read the right books to learn key skills. There is a Facebook group where participants can get help if they need it. I am also reading books that teach the key skills, so I can provide solid book recommendations to the participants. The World Economic Forum has identified the 10 skills needed for future jobs – workplace skills you need to thrive in the future. These skills are aligned with the Strategic Reading Challenge to help you learn the skills. Join the Strategic Reading Challenge Facebook Group!
I can also design a reading challenge for organizations, so employees have access to a professional online book club. This helps your workforce to develop marketable skills.
Resources to help you succeed.
You’ll also find articles here and books on the skills you need to acquire to thrive in 2020. And there are tons of tools and resources to help you to perform your role at work better.
►►►What We Can Do For You
Get the Most From Reading (e-Books for Sale)
I offer short e-books to help you get the most out of your investment in reading books.
Book Summaries to Learn Key Skills
I am also writing book summaries for sale, so those who will never read a book a week will not be left behind. They will still be able to learn the key skills needed for future jobs. Book summaries for sale. Buy the workbook that teaches you to become a better problem solver, critical thinker, decision maker and creative. You learn four of the 10 skills by practicing them.
Learning & Development Plan
If you would like a bit more than the many free resources offered here, and want a helping hand to choose the right books to read, let me help you! We will discuss your learning needs.
►►►About Avil Beckford
I’ve been featured in Investor’s Business Daily where I talk about the importance of reading broadly.
An alumna who really gets it by Matthew Fox (Avil in the news)
How the invisible mentor idea was born.
While on my morning walk in Toronto’s High Park in the fall of 2007, “Tales of People Who Get It is your Board of Invisible Mentors” pops into my consciousness. I quickly pull my mini notebook and pen out of my back pocket and jot down my epiphany. I had thought about how to describe my book for a few months, but wasn’t sure where to start, so I let it percolate for a while. Board of Invisible Mentors made perfect sense to me because when I face a challenge, I remember parts of the interviews I conducted for the book and I would know exactly what to do, or how to proceed.
Later that day, I confide in a friend about my epiphany, and she tells me that the idea is pure genius. Then she says that the idea is ahead of its time, so I should alter it to, Tales of People Who Get It is your Board of Mentors. This doesn’t work for me because “invisible” is what makes it so special. Discouraged, I park my idea for nearly eighteen months.
Have you ever postponed your dreams because of naysayers?
The Invisible Mentor was BORN in March 2009 in the form of a blog, and has evolved over the years to be much more. My name is Avil Beckford, also known as, Expert Interviewer, Writer, Author and Chief Reading Evangelist. But I am also the girl next door, who is always working on improving her situation. I am a voracious reader, and I cannot remember a period in my life when I wasn’t reading books. I am embarking on an informal classical education, and you are the beneficiary!
Each month, I invest over 200 hours of my time reading books and culling the great ideas, as well as researching great thinkers. I present you with invisible mentors – unique leaders you can learn things from by observing them from a distance or by reading about them – in the form of interviews with highly accomplished people, mini biographies of wise people and great thinkers, and hybrid book reviews and summaries, what I call SummaReviews. The Invisible Mentor blog bridges the new ideas with old ones. Imagine the great ideas you’ll generate by being exposed to old and forgotten ideas! What that means for you and for me is that we can use old and forgotten, but not outdated ideas, to solve today’s problems.
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