The author would probably have given me a complimentary copy, ‘cos I wrote him a decent endorsement of his book (he liked it enough to put it on the cover). And even though Andrew Chow had sent me the manuscript of Personal Branding 247, meaning I already have the soft copy of the book, I knew from the first read that I had to buy this book for some people I care about. It’s just that good! So I bought 10 copies during the book launch, and have personally gifted 3 copies (thus far) by hand to some of my pals. 🙂
I’ve recently fallen in love with picture collages. 😀 So the first copy went to C while we were having a calorie-intensive yet delicious meal at Patbingsoo at Plaza Singapura, the second copy to T, an ASEAN youth leader from Thailand, while we dined at the kawaii Pompompurin cafe at Orchard Central, and the third one to J at his kiddo’s 1st birthday party – the food from Neo Garden catering was really good (I love curry chicken at buffets, seriously) 😀
I hope you guys enjoy reading Personal Branding as much as I did!
I recently came across a website with folks offering coaching regarding Personal Branding for a cool $8,000. That caused me to laugh out loud. Who are those people, ah? All one really needs is to purchase Andrew Chow’s book, and maybe buy him a coffee thereafter and there’d likely be little difference in terms of value received. I was frankly very shocked at how much Andrew shared in Personal Branding 247. Some of those pieces of advice were things I thought he’d only share with FRIENDS, not people who buy a $25 book. Because Andrew does personal coaching himself, I was wondering why he’d share so much in a book instead of leaving it for a class or course.
I guess I don’t know my friend very well. 😀 And if you have attended one of his classes, you’ll be wondering if you’re getting a Masters degree after the course, because the content is so solid and possibly even overwhelming in terms of scope and depth.
I know that he’s a very giving person. Some people are Go-Getters, while others are Go-Givers. Andrew definitely is in the second camp. Instead of thinking how he can get more and more for himself, he’s always giving to others. I still have so much to learn from him.
While he’s happy to meet folks for coffee, I give people a hard time when they try to ask me out for coffee. I need to know exactly what the agenda is first. Wedding? Insurance? MLM? 😀 If I don’t get a satisfactory response, no deal.
I’m especially skeptical towards authors these days. Because there are lots of people teaching others how they can publish a book quickly and easily (even Andrew Chow does that), there are some authors I have met and didn’t quite like:
#1: Guy who published a book about marketing, and gave me MANY copies of the book. He wanted me to help give them out to the millionaires, CEOs, business people I was interviewing for my blog (back then). And what would I receive in return for carrying those books around, and handing them out for him as his unpaid marketing person? Erm… the OPPORTUNITY to give out free books (read: gifts) to my interviewees. How lovely! Thanks. 😛 I gave them out to the guy at the prawning place I went to, some of my blog coaching students, and other random folks. 😀
#2: Guy who published a book about millennials, who met me supposedly to discuss an interview. But he suddenly whipped out copies of his new book from his backpack and wanted me to take them with me. I wasn’t even carrying a backpack or large bag or anything like that. So I had to carry them in my arms for the rest of the day? Well, no thanks. Not even a decent paper or plastic bag for me to carry those books? The book seemed like a good read (I only read half of it) but I questioned how much of it was truth, because he had showed up pretty late for our appointment. And I’m not impressed by people who show up late. What sort of personal branding is that?
If you want to read books which will make a difference in your life, written by authors who walk the talk and have a wealth of experience to share, then you might want to start with books authored by Andrew Chow. I wouldn’t recommend any other “Personal Branding expert” (or team, or consultant). After all, his is the only book I’ve ever bought 10 copies of.