Island link to women’s business success book
There is a strong Bermuda connection to a new book written by women for women, and offering experiences learnt and wisdom gained in a number of business professions.
Bermudian Teri Seymour is the author of one of the book's chapters, while the publication is the second in a series produced by author Jan Fraser, a success coach who splits her time between Bermuda and Las Vegas and works with businesses on the island.
Success University for Women in Business goes on sale tomorrow. Sixteen women from six countries have each written a chapter for the book, sharing their insights and wisdoms on the world of work and career progression. Their professional backgrounds range from politics, the military, business, law, accounting, insurance and the environment, to hospitality and hotel management, and the petroleum industry.
Ms Seymour's chapter is written from her perspective as a human resources professional. She has more than 32 years of experience as a director and vice president of human rescores in the hospitality and retail industries, including the former Marriott Castle Harbour Hotel, and Gibbons Company.
She said: “My contribution is entitled ‘Increasing Potential' and the focus is to assist young women in discovering their interests or passion early in life, and creating a road map that will allow them to pursue the required education and training in order to be successful and have a good quality of life.”
Ms Seymour also shares advice on preparing for interviews, conduct, goalsetting and leadership. She also discusses the importance of recognising the life an employee has beyond the workplace, and how that can impact job performance.
“Compassion and love for our fellow human beings would go a long way in establishing a ‘new norm' in the workplace,” she said.
The book includes a foreword by Patty Aubery, coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Working Woman's Soul. The connection to the hugely popular Chicken Soup series goes deep as Ms Fraser trained with and assists Jack Canfield, the motivational speaker and coauthor of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.
It was through Ms Fraser that Ms Seymour became involved in the latest Success University for Women book. The two previously worked together on training programmes and became good friends.
Ms Fraser and author Catherine Scheers successfully published the book Success University for Womenlast year, and earlier this year they decided to add a business-focused title to the series.
Ms Seymour said: “Jan and I had trained teams together, and she was aware of my experience in the human resources field. She invited me to write a chapter for the book.”
Her chapter includes personal vignettes from her life, particularly focused on advice, values, and insights she gained from her grandmother, and what she saw and experienced during her own career. Ms Seymour concludes her chapter by encouraging readers to reach out and help others along the way at every opportunity.
Each chapter ends with advice on success strategies identified in the preceding pages “in an effort to assist business women with the necessary advice at their fingertips,” said Mr Seymour.
“I am absolutely certain that all women will greatly benefit by the stories and advice offered in Success University for Women in Business.
“It is directed towards young women entering the business world, or who are at college and thinking about entering the business world, and it is also for women who are already working in businesses and looking to become more effective.”
Writing a chapter for the book is Ms Seymour's first venture as an author. She now intends to write her own book.
“This has encouraged me to write and share my experiences and help others. My second book will be for my granddaughter, but will also be aimed at helping other young girls in their development and learning how to conduct themselves.”
Success University for Women in Business will be available in a Kindle edition at Amazon.com from tomorrow, where it can be download for free until it moves to full price on Friday. Advance orders can also be made for the hard copy edition, to be published on November 29.
The publishers will donate 10 per cent of book's revenue to charity, and Success University for Women in Business team will schedule conferences in the future.
Hard copies of the book will be made available in Bermuda, although a date for their arrival has yet to be announced. Ms Seymour and Ms Fraser will be happy to sign copies and can be contacted on Facebook.
Ms Seymour can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com