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Through his consideration of debris, Chris Parker develops the themes of communication, learning and relationship he first shared in The City Fox & others in our community. Through the voices of some of the original characters in The City Fox and a range of new ones, we are invited – and sometimes challenged – to consider the impact of our communications, beliefs and social structures on others and ourselves.
The word debris, we learn, refers to broken or torn pieces of something larger. So just what is our relationship with debris? To what extent do we create it and what are its effects on others and us? Is debris only a form of waste, or can it be empowering and useful? And if debris is a part of something larger, just what is that something? These are the questions we are encouraged to address in this new collection of poems that explore just what it means to be human and how we influence each other.
debris provides a provocative insight into the seemingly ordinary world; it is evocative and fascinating. —Steve Reynolds, Writer and Film Director
A stunning collection of poetry in which the author bears his soul and the reader reaps the rewards. Each poem will make you think and many will touch you and make you weep. This is truly an inspired collection. —Don Harradine PhD. Principal Lecturer, Nottingham Business School
As citizens around the world retreat inwards to their national borders in an attempt to fend off the pressures caused by growing globalisation, this poetry collection provides a welcome reminder of the value of silent self-reflection in a search for peace and human connection. —Alan Barnard Author of Campaign It! Former Director of Campaigns and Elections for Tony Blair’s Labour governmentRead More
Networking Know-How – Connecting for Success
The second book in the Urbane business essentials list, Networking Know-How gives everyone the foundation they need to become a brilliant networker!
Being excellent at networking is the essential skill for personal and career success, whether going after a dream job, branching out and starting a business or simply to meet new people. With a clear and practical goal-oriented approach, the book will show you how to become an amazing networker. Packed full of tried and tested techniques and secrets from some of the UK’s most successful networkers, the book contains useful tools, tips and real life examples of people who have used networking to secure their dream jobs, make career moves, grow their business or even find their life partner, to those who network and connect with people professionally for a living.
Get some networking know-how and see your life and career successes soar!Read More
Dark Angels: How writing releases creativity at work
Most of us spend at least part of our working lives writing. Whether you are an accountant or a zoologist, chances are you use the written word everyday to inform, to document, to promote and to persuade. Using language effectively is an essential skill at work. Learning to go a step further and use it creatively can bring huge benefits for both you and your business. Inside every mediocre writer at work, there is a better one wanting to come out. All that we need to release us from our verbal shackles is encouragement, a bit of direction and a positive working environment. This book sets us on the right track. It encourages us to be dark angels: to rebel against business jargon and corporate speak, engage our emotions as well as our intellect and put our personality into words.Read More
The Invisible Grail: How brands can tell better stories
In his influential book, We, Me, Them & It, John Simmons changed the way many people think about writing for business. In this book, he looks at how language, words and storytelling can create and build strong brands. The Invisible Grail takes its readers on a journey that looks at some of the world’s biggest brands (such as Guinness and Unilever) and examines how they have used language to engage their audiences. Moreover, Simmons looks at the smaller emerging brands (such as Innocent and Lush) and their incredible success in connecting with their customers. This search for the “grail”, to unlock the hidden creative resources within every successful brand’s story, is the basic aim of this book. It succeeds not only in practical terms (providing the reader with valuable lessons in branding) but also in inspirational terms (providing the reader with new insights and ideas for approaching marketing).Read More
The Brain Always Wins is the practical guide to improving your life through better brain management.
It is based on one simple fact:
Our brain controls and determines everything we do!
How we perceive, understand and respond to the world, how we survive, adapt and communicate, how we learn and remember, the decisions we make and the emotions we feel, are all determined by our amazing brain.
We have to take care of our brain because it takes cares of us!
And the great news is that we can!
In the Brain Always Wins John Sullivan and Chris Parker combine science and storytelling, teaching us all how to create our own personalized brain management Process.
So if you want to improve any – or all – aspects of your life, from personal to professional and anything in-between, The Brain Always Wins will show you how.
“ As the founder and C.E.O. of 2XU I base everything I do on the latest, most relevant science and its application to improving performance. That’s why I am delighted to recommend The Brain Always Wins. If you want to optimise your performance – at anything! – whilst also maintaining your well being, read this book. It is both educational and inspirational. And it will help you to improve the quality of your life.” – Aidan Clarke C.E.O.of 2XU (“Two Times You”) Advanced Human Performance Technical Clothing
“The Brain Always Wins is a unique book that integrates a little anthropology with basic neuroscience, and combines this with personal experiences, anecdotes and clinical observations. The ideas that John and Chris present challenge some of the dogma surrounding the brain. The book is written in an easy, conversational style, just as if John and Chris were sharing their knowledge with you over a coffee! John and Chris make many helpful suggestions for web-based resources for further reading and learning. I can highly recommend this book if you want to learn more about the secrets of the brain, and how to unlock these secrets to achieve a more healthful and fulfilling life.” –Dr. Jonathan Peake Exercise Physiologist and Lecturer School of Biomedical Sciences, Queensland University of Technology
“I routinely tell people that my work with elite athletes focuses on things from the neck down. Despite my physiological focus, I fully recognize the important role that the brain plays in our overall health and performance. John and Chris provide clear insights into this amazingly complex organ and enhance our understanding of how this master governor controls all of the physiological systems below the shoulders. By reading The Brain Always Wins you will appreciate the intricacies of the most sophisticated super-computer on earth; more important you will be better equipped to use your brain to feel, think and behave more effectively in all aspects of life.” –Dr. Jason Vescovi Exercise Physiologist for Tennis Canada
STOP PRESS!! You can now enjoy a short film of the launch of Influence and discover why it is such a unique thriller – and why Urbane thought it as such an important novel to publish.
We are delighted to launch groundbreaking new thriller Influence by Nottingham-based author Chris Parker.
Influence kills…Influence is the greatest force on earth. Influence equals power, the power to affect people and events. The most powerful people alive have the greatest influence. And they can use it for good or bad. Marcus Kline is the world’s leading authority on communication and influence. He can tell what you are thinking. He can see inside you. He can step inside your mind.
In global demand as a consultant, Marcus Kline shares his expertise with world leaders, corporate giants and global media stars. Confident, self- assured and controlling, Marcus revels in his unparalleled skill.
Yet when a series of murder victims bear the horrific hallmarks of an intelligent and remorseless serial killer, Detective Inspector Peter Jones turns to Marcus for help – and everything changes.
As the killer sets a deadly pace, the invisible, irresistible and terrifying power of influence threatens friendships, reputations, and lives. When events appear to implicate the great Marcus Kline himself, everyone learns that the worst pain isn’t physical…
Set in contemporary Nottingham, Influence introduces readers to Marcus Kline, confident, and arrogant, communications consultant and expert who is about to discover that not every situation can be analysed and controlled. Somewhere between Derren Brown in full control mode, and Tim Roth’s Dr Cal Lightman in Lie to Me, is Marcus Kline a potential victim – or a sadistic and clever killer? Will you like Marcus? Will you hate him? You’ll very likely do both, and you’ll be influenced every step of the way, just like those in Marcus’s life.
At a time when we are increasingly driven by the power of communication, and the implications of persuasiveness, this is a timely, topical and frightening journey through the evil that influence can truly do.
The book is supported by a unique and exciting website at marcuskline.co.ukRead More
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