Chris Fenning got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Cover design for a clear concise communication book
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The First Minute
Chris Fenning is a communications coach on a mission to improve alignment between business and IT teams. He has helped individuals and teams around the world in organizations from start-ups to Fortune 50 and FTSE 100 companies. You can find out more about Chris at www.chrisfenning.com
Communication should be clear, concise, and should get to the point quickly. The problem is we don’t always know how to do this. What does it mean to be concise? How can a complex topic be summarized in just a few lines? This book is a step-by-step guide for clear, concise communication in everyday work conversations. Being concise is not about trying to condense all the information into sixty seconds. It is about having clear intent, talking about one topic at a time, and focusing on solutions instead of dwelling on problems. Throughout this book you’ll discover how to: · Have shorter, better work conversations and meetings · Get to the point faster without rambling or going off on tangents · Lead your audience toward the solution you need · Apply one technique to almost every discussion, email, presentation and interview with great results This book is a result of more than 20,000 conversations in both business and technical jobs. Chris Fenning has trained individuals and teams around the world in these techniques. He has worked with organizations from start-ups to Fortune 50 and FTSE 100 companies. These methods work for them all. “Having clearer communication is easier than you might expect, and it all starts with the first minute.”
My editor said this is a book that everyone needs but no one will buy. The reason is no one thinks their own communication needs improving, it is always someone else that needs help. My primary audience for this book is technical professionals wanting to improve their day to day communication. The secondary audience is more generic, any business professional who wants to be a better communicator at work. The content is gender-neutral, location-neutral and age-neutral. However, my networking sales and marketing will be primarily aimed at technical professionals in their 30's who are looking to move up in their careers and need to address their communication skills. I am focusing on the UK, USA and India as target markets.
Book cover type
Book size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches I prefer clean, simple, professional designs. I am drawn to white covers but am open to ideas that are eye-catching but not garish. Malcolm Gladwell books have a lot of examples that I like. The principles in the book are all focused on how to communicate clearly and concisely in the first minute. This leads me to think of clock face, stopwatch, hourglass images. The topic is communication and so illustrating people communicating comes to mind too. Things like speech bubbles are ok, but the topic is not just about verbal communication, it is also relevant to written comms. I don't want this to be labelled as just a public speaking book.
What to avoid
Please don't make this look like a fad/internet marketing book. This is not just a platform for me to get speaking gigs, it is a presentation of new concepts in the field of communication. I want this to be a book that professionals and executives would be happy to have on their desks or bookshelves. Thanks :)
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Book cover starts at £239.
It all began with a design brief.
A quick, interactive guide helped them understand their design style and captured exactly what they needed in their book cover.
Designers across the globe delivered design magic.
Chris Fenning collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
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And then… they selected a winner!
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
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