Terry Hitchcock Biography Forthcoming

(27 August 2017, Clearwater, Florida) Terry Hitchcock is known in some circles as “the REAL Forrest Gump.” Among readers in 27 countries he is known as that man who did the impossible: run 75 marathons in 75 days… after he had a heart attack while in training… after he had found a way to raise three children while juggling a business career single-handedly after his wife died of cancer… and after he’d come to the end of his wits.

This quiet, gentle man believed his grandfather’s words, “Nothing is impossible.”  One of the results was this run and the news-media attention he garnered for the plight of single parents everywhere; it was also a documentary film, MY RUN, narrated by Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thornton, that won top honors in 11 of the 15 film festivals where it was shown, as well as the coveted Dove Award.

Because a feature film, PUSHING LIFE, about Terry is coming next year, Terry’s official, authorized biography is in progress and will be published to coordinate with the film’s release. The working title of the book is Terry Hitchcock’s Improbable Journey (a working title subject to change).

Learn more about Terry and his amazing life and accomplishments by visiting Terry’s personal web site. Prepare yourself for the forthcoming film and biography book – both could be the feel-good stories of 2018!

http://terryhitchcock.wixsite.com/personalsite

The Dove-Award-winning, best-selling book that chronicles this man’s amzing run from Twin Cities to Atlanta, Georgia in the name of single-parenting, bringing attention to how hard it can be.

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The Problem with Salespeople

The Problem with Salespeople:
Most salespeople are either under-trained, over-trained, wrongly trained, poorly trained, incorrectly trained or simply untrained! 83 percent do make some sales, some of the time. But, of the remaining stellar 17 percent, less than a handful sell or close sales predictably well.

Most sales managers count on a mere handful to sell consistently, hoping the others will make a few sales before they get fired or leave on their own. The result is LOST SALES… LOST INCOME… LOST SALES COMMISSIONS. 

This problem hurts both sides. It won’t go away until something changes. 

But it’s not the fault of salespeople.

You see, fundamental data have gone missing from other sales-training methods and approaches. Were this not so, the majority of salespeople would perform FAR better than they do; given fundamentally sound, complete training, the greatest percentage would perform better; even the best producers’ numbers would go up.

Fortunately, it IS possible to train salespeople well.

Front Cover 6 Revised LMSMOur book/course combination, LISTEN MORE SELL MORE, proves that salespeople CAN be trained to perform better and to close more sales once they learn the complete and correct data, and then DRILL IN what they’ve learned.

Our training method cannot be found anywhere else! We target and improve exact skills every seller MUST use to open, control, and close EVERY qualified opportunity.

“If you really want to know what makes certain salespeople very successful and others not, then you better read and do the practical drills in this incredible sales book, Listen More Sell More.” 

— Martin Runow, Chairman, Performia International.

Our trainees learn:

  • key sales-related definitions;
  • how to LEARN; how to STUDY and how to APPLY our training materials;
  • the eight steps every salesperson must CONTROL to close a sale;
  • when to begin closing… and when not to! 
  • how to close effortlessly;
  • how NOT to be an obnoxious, overbearing salesperson; and…
  • a Million-Dollar Closing Question definition! …

Taught within the pages of our sales manual, Listen More Sell More. 

Author Credentials:

Ronald Joseph Kule is an award-winning salesman and sales trainer with 39 years of experience in international sales and sales management. At his last multi-million-dollar sales position, he was #1 in Sales for 18 years in a row and first to win the coveted Top Gun trophy. Later, he received recognition as Top Trainer in Tampa Bay for a network-marketing organization. He also has coached hundreds of sales people.

Kule’s trainees agree: “Using the Listen More Sell More sales approach is not only better for me, but better for my prospects and customers.

International Consultants Recommend This Book!

“This is an excellent book, loaded with practical methods and techniques to help you sell more – faster and easier.”

— Brian Tracy, renowned Author, Speaker & Sales Consultant 

Very good book for people who are looking to develop their skills in salesmanship.”

— Patrick Valtin, Founder, New Era International.

“An excellent aid for training salespeople is Listen More Sell More by Ronald Joseph Kule. This is special… it is a practical guide with detailed exercises that help improve sales skills… and… allow sellers to cope with the difficulties and successfully close deals.”

— Alexander Visotsky, Business Development Consultant, Founder & CEO, Visotsky Consulting, New York City, NY.

“Ron, thank you for your dedication of your talents in assisting our company’s growth. The techniques you developed and the skill set employed in your successful sales efforts, you now teach in your sales-training book, Listen More Sell More. I could not give a higher recommendation than you or your teaching methods. Thank you for your professionalism, integrity and friendship.” 

— Rob Crisp, Real Estate Executive & former Network Marketing Blue Diamond

Behind the Book

In 1972, the author developed a fundamentally different approach to sales, which he then tested on his 22-person sales crew.  They ended up #1 in company sales for months. Throughout his 39-year sales and sales-management career, the author re-discovered that he and others sold better, and easier, when trained his way.

More than a book, Listen More Sell More includes a complete, step-by-step, sales-training course laid out on a checksheet. (A checksheet is a format followed in exact sequence. Trainees attest, upon completion of each checksheet item, that he/she understands and can apply the data studied.)

LISTEN MORE SELL MORE grabs the reader by the lapels and insists on being put into action…”

— Best-selling author, Karen Nelson Bell, Nothing Down for Women.

LISTEN MORE SELL MORE will get rid of your butterfly stomach and mind-wrenching selling fears as it fattens your sales commissions! Don’t hesitate. Learn to listen more and sell more today.  Buy LISTEN MORE SELL MORE

Author Ronald Joseph Kule

March 2017“Internationally published author, biographer and ghostwriter of non-fiction and novels” sounds fancy, but I’m simply a professional author with a mission to write entertaining, uplifting stories for reader enjoyment.

People tell me that I write well: “[Kule] creates emotional stories… he paints pictures with his words.” Well, I write what I see in front of me, adding imagination where it will improve the story.

Growing up in a cramped house, competing for personal space among seven brothers and sisters, two parents, at least one good hunting dog (most times), and a score of kids living on our block, I learned how to hold my ground, at times from a perch 30 feet up my favorite tree in the woods behind our house.

Born in Bogota, Colombia, descended from Polish-immigrant coal miner and blue-blooded, Colombian-Chilean parentage, I came to appreciate ethnic values and cultural differences by observing directly the disparate social classes and living conditions of Colombia, Peru, Chile, and 48 contiguous American states and Hawaii.

My heritage paint-brushed a wanderlust onto my life-canvas: I’ve spent time in 35 countries and performed keynote-speaker engagements in 17. I laugh often and can experience a panorama of emotions just for fun, although I prefer to make other people smile, laugh and generally feel happier for having met me, or my written works.

If you curl up with one of my books and find yourself breathless, provoked, inspired, changed and feeling like you just undertook an important journey, which left you more than satisfied, my job as the author will have been a success.

Currently, home is Clearwater, Florida, but my passport yearns for more nation-stamps, and my bags can be packed on a moment’s notice!

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“As good as his work is, behind Ron Kule’s prodigious work-ethic lies a heart that beats for others to whom he can give service, expecting in return only the time-honored values of honesty, tolerance, and demonstrated competence. His keen insights into what motivates and inspires people to want to do better has made a difference in my life. Not one to rest on his laurels, he would rather effect positive changes in those close to him, and the world, no matter the personal consequences. These qualities tell us that here is a man of intense personal integrity.”

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  • Ronald Joseph Kule is an internationally published author of non-fiction and fiction books, also a ghostwriter for numerous clients. For details contact: KuleBooksLLC@gmail.com
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FaceBreaks Disrupt Lives

An acquaintance of mine has written a book that is in pre-release mode now until March 29th, when it comes out.  Trust me, you will want to read this book.

The author asked me to read and review a draft copy. The following is my review:

“Dave Worthen’s FACEBREAK The Hidden Side of How Texting, Liking and Stalking Impact our Relationships reads like an eye-wateringly funny novel, at times, but is, in fact, a delicious non-fiction work about digital-world relationships coming face-to-face with the truth… and what to do about that. Chapters Four and Five are E-ticket rides that alone are worth the price of admission to its pages.”

And you may also want to consider my novel, Ruined by Murder Addicted to Love, which is the fictional story of two Millenials searching for everlasting love while trying to discover what happened when a mutual lover of theirs is murdered. http://amzn.to/1FB9xPI

How To Write A Biography

How To Get Started:

First, the Idea

I had come to the conclusion that no one else was going to write about the life of Friedemann Paul Erhardt (a.k.a culinary icon CHEF TELL) and that I better do something about  that. After all, he had been my brother-in-law.

I was not sure that writing his life-story was a worthy endeavor — family and friends were in opposite camps about the man: some loved him, others hated him. I just wanted to research the facts and decide for myself.

In December of 2011, one of my sisters, Bunny Erhardt, widowed since Chef had passed away in 2007, granted my request for access to her friends and acquaintances. She gave me permission to write the first Chef Tell biography.

Embarked on my quest to discover whether this man was worthy of my time or not, I developed a three-part outline loosely fitted to the early, middle and later years of his lifetime.  As the work progressed, data gathered on my desk and on sheets of papers surrounding my desk, fitted into corresponding sections of that outline. Eventually, a timeline list of major events in Tell’s life took shape and became the backbone to my body of work.

As people’s names popped up, I jotted these down, notching a mark each time the same name appeared more than once. The resultant list directed me to individuals who would become subjects of interviews that, I hoped, would provide personal anecdotes, as well as qualify the data, which, by now, were adding up to conflicting accounts.

Fact and fiction overlapped more than a few times. These were not proverbial “truth is stranger than fiction” mishaps; either the subject of my book had lied to the press, or journalists had researched poorly their magazine and newsprint articles, or not at all. Sifting actual facts from a widespread panoply of published falsehoods circulated among articles, media interviews, and the chef himself, became the hardest part of the task!

My Virgin Interview

My first in-person interview was in the Philadelphia administrative office of Chef Georges Perrier, a contemporary of Chef Tell and one of the Top Five, premier French chefs in America. Perrier had agreed to 15 minutes only — not much time to request more than a simple, “Tell me, chef, what was important about Chef Tell?” If any more time would pass, I would wing it by following my instincts.

I had never conducted a live interview with anyone before. Working in international marketing sales (to support my writing aspirations) I had met and sold products and services to many top business executives in the financial and healthcare industries for over 18 years, but this would be my first live interview as an “Author.”

The questions I asked were never a part of my notes, and Perrier was a wonderful interview. He waxed on about his friendship with Tell as I wrote highlights on my pad of paper. My small recorder captured the actual phrases and nuanced details for later playback. I prodded infrequently and only to let Perrier loose. In the end, more than an hour had passed us by. We hugged, perhaps with a hint of tears in our eyes, because Perrier had not known that Janet Louise Nicoletti, Tell’s fiancee when the two chefs first met, had overdosed and died years earlier. Perrier’s summation of the woman said it all succinctly,
“Mon dieu, I did not know this. I knew this woman; she was simply tall, bright and beautiful.”

Later, having shelled out a twenty-dollar bill to retrieve my rented car from the union-run, Philly parking garage, I made a mental note to bring enough change to feed the street meters at future interview meetings. That evening I rewarded myself with an authentic Philly cheesesteak sandwich for making it through what I thought would be the worst of my gauntlet of interviews for this book.

Now I was proud that I had struck out on this course. Perrier, a man at the top of his profession — the same as Chef Tell — had confided to me two significant morsels:
Chef Tell was a giant of a man. I miss him. I loved him,” and “You know, maybe I’ll have you write my biography, because I like you. But, of course, it would be a very naughty book!”
(Perrier’s remark, though it made us both laugh, had served to break the ice between us early on and opened a more intimate repartee; it also gave me a reason to respond with,
“Georges, perhaps you should wait until you read my book; you may not think I can write well.”)

Each subsequent interview, each fork in the road, each turn, hill and valley on the path I took to find new information about whether I would love or hate the man who had been Chef Tell,moved me inexorably toward its own conclusion.

http://bit.ly/ChefsBiographyThe detailed story, sprinkled among never-before-released photos and Chef Tell recipes, is recorded in CHEF TELL The Biography of America’s Pioneer TV Showman Chef, the 452-page book published by Skyhorse Publishing (NYC) and available online and in bookstores in hardback, eBook and AudioBook formats. Forewords are by Emmy-winning TV hosts Regis Philbin and Chef Walter Staib.
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 “WOW is a great start! This is a wonderful account of one man’s voyage and how in so many ways every reader will connect with something.  It is engaging, and takes you through all the emotions of life, leaving you to decide what is next for you, and how you will make the most of your today – it’s a testament of the human spirit.”—Tracy Repchuk, #1 Amazon.com Best Selling Author and Top Woman Speaker in the World Online Business Strategy

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Ronald Joseph Kule is an internationally published author/biographer/ghostwriter who writes non-fiction and fiction across several genres. Readers consider his work as five-star quality. Contact the author by emailing to KuleBooksLLC@gmail.com.

WORDPLAY T-Shirts & MUGS

When I was flying from Tampa to Portland a few years back, I considered that, being 35,000 feet above all the “noise” of living below, I should be able to create some new idea.

That’s when it hit me: BANG! WordPlay T-shirts!

The basic concept is simply to take English phrases and illustrate them; make them funny and uplifting, so people could have a moment or two of joy and fun.  Fun, after all, is my personal go-button.

An image came to me right away:

Others followed. I wrote the concepts down as best I could… they were coming at me rapidly.

My trouble was that I do not know how to illustrate. In other words, I would have to find someone who could draw out, literally, what was either only on paper or in my head.

A friend from Australia helped with 8-9 designs, but they were too rudimentary for mass scale, although they offered a way for me to make prototypes and do surveys among my intended publics.  People laughed and pointed at me to their friends. Solid result. The idea was going to fly!

Later, I saw the ilustrations of an up-and-coming musician, songwriter and filmmaker, Neal Fox.  We collaborated on a few more designs before his other careers started to take off, but not before we established our venture online as WordPlay T-Shirts & Designs.

Now people can see what we produced together. We offer many colors, styles, and sizes of shirts, as well as hoodies and sweats. Also, our designs are available on coffee mugs and canvasses suitable for framing.

Check us out. 

©2016 by KuleBooks LLC. Reserved.

Inside Van Gogh’s Head – a poem

 

there

fields of oats and wheat,

workers in fields at sunrise … sunset;

 

air

in daylight-filled azure,

at night stars and moon appear;

 

pair

of scythes laid on the ground,

two lovers nap dreaming together

where

harvesting takes a break for

another season;

 

Paint

what is in front of me:

I paint what I see.

 

(7/23/2011)

© 2011 by Ron Kule, Poet. Reserved.