Book Review & Giveaway: Back Pocket Coach by Diane Brennan and Alexandra Ross

Back Pocket Coach provides 33 power-packed communication strategies to support you in creating satisfying conversations that result in good outcomes for you and others.

Book Title: Back Pocket Coach: 33 Effective Communication Strategies for Work & Life
Authors: Diane Brennan and Alexandra Ross
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 104 pages
Genre: Communication, Self-help
Publisher: New View Press
Release date: January 2017
Tour dates: June 5 to 16, 2017
Content Rating: G



Have you ever been in a situation that was emotionally charged and the stakes were high? And it was difficult to find the right words? Back Pocket Coach provides 33 power-packed communication strategies to support you in creating satisfying conversations that result in good outcomes for you and others. These just-in-time strategies will help you move through conversations masterfully –whether you’re engaging with one person or a team of people.

You’ll learn how to:
— Provide difficult feedback to everyone from your boss to mother-in-law — improving your relationships in the process.
— Effectively renegotiate any agreement.
— Say no to a request that would leave you stretched too thing — and do so from a place of strength.
— Get unproductive meetings back on track — even if you’re not the meeting organizer.
— Safely speak your truth.
— Increase your self-awareness and emotional intelligence.
— Use appreciation authentically — the secret sauce for thriving relationships.


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My Review

 I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
Back Pocket Coach is a communication resource that would be mostly useful for coaches or business leaders. It lists 33 strategies on how to effectively communicate with others. After listing the 33 strategies, the next section gives examples of situations when to use different strategies. For example, when you need to buy time, there are three strategies that apply: 
8.  Can we continue this conversation later?
9.  Let me take some time to consider this
19. Hold that thought!
This would be the most helpful section when trying to use new effective strategies.
The last section is the Game Changing Conversations process that prepares you for a difficult or high stakes conversation. It has a worksheet for you to complete to help you prepare for the challenges that may occur and to help you have a successful outcome.
I don’t see that the Back Pocket Coach would be real helpful in personal communication often but it would be a frequent, helpful resource for anyone who is a leader or coach in a business setting.


Meet the Authors

Alexandra Ross is an executive coach, team builder and author. With a Masters degree in Organizational Communication, she helps leaders and teams sharpen their leadership skills and exceed prior levels of performance. Alexandra is internationally certified as a Master Certified Coach. She coaches executives and leaders in the fields of aerospace, engineering, high technology, medical, financial and more. She is also passionate about coaching women in leadership. Contact Alexandra at

Diane Brennan is a consultant, coach, author and speaker. She is passionate about leadership in all types of organizations. She enjoys working with leaders and teams in the fields of healthcare, aerospace, engineering, science, academics and business. Diane’s expertise in organizations includes strategic thinking, navigating change and creating a learning culture. Diane holds a Doctorate in Behavioral Health, an MBA and is a Master Certified Coach. She brings calm to the chaos in organizations and life. Contact Diane at

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Book Review & Giveaway: The Five Truths About Work-Life Balance by Jae Ellard



Work-life balance has nothing to do with work. Really. It also doesn’t matter what words you use to describe it. The fact is, most people share a similar desire to create easy joy and meaningful engagement across the roles, relationships and responsibilities that make up life.

Our current habits and perceptions often get us stuck and prevent us from creating the life we desire. Get unstuck, learn the truths about work-life balance.

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My Review

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

Most self help books tend to bore me because they repeat the same information over and over, changing a few words here or there. I’ve never known if this was to get the point across or to make the information appear to be enough to put in a book. Either way…boring! This book is not like that at all. I was pleasantly surprised. It’s not just short but it it gets right to the point.

Each of the five truths has its own chapter. The truth is presented, explained briefly but eloquently, and the end of the chapter reiterates the truth with along with a supportive phrase or sentence. It’s the best self help book I’ve read and, even better, if you want to read the key points again you can just sit down and read the whole book again in 5 or 10 minutes.

Author’s Bio

2016-05-09_1303After years in senior communication roles crafting content for executives, Jae collapsed from stress-related adrenal fatigue. This life-altering experience propelled her to research human behavior, neuroscience, mindfulness, and organizational relationship systems.

In 2008, Jae founded Simple Intentions and developed the Mindful Life™ Program, which includes four group coaching workshops to generate reflection, awareness and action at the organizational and individual levels. Jae has taught the skill of awareness to thousands of employees at multinational corporations in more than 50 countries including China, Russia, India, Japan, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, Germany, United Kingdom, Norway, and the United States.

Jae contributes to the Awareness at Work column for Mindful Magazine, the Healthy Living section on Huffington Post as well as the Simple Intentions blog. Jae has a master’s degree in Communication Management from Colorado State University and a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Communication from Metropolitan State College of Denver. She holds certificates in co-active coaching and organizational relationship systems coaching and is the author of seven books.


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