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Dia Internacional da Liberdade de Imprensa : UN World Press Freedom Day

In São Paulo on May 15th? Come to my talk at USP on the freedom of the press. Can’t read the Portuguese, just get in touch with me..!

O Consulado Geral Britânico em São Paulo, em parceria com a Universidade de São Paulo e o Observatório da Imprensa convidam para a mesa redonda: Seguros para Falar: Como assegurar a liberdade de expressão em todas as Mídias.

Participarão da mesa o repórter especial da TV Globo, Caco Barcelos, o Diretor do Observatório de Imprensa, Carlos Eduardo Lins da Silva, o jornalista e blogueiro Mark Hillary e Eugenio Bucci, jornalista, professor da ECA-USP, colunista da revista Época e articulista do Estado de São Paulo.

DATA: 15 de maio, quarta-feira, às 9h
LOCAL: Av. Prof. Lúcio Martins Rodrigues, 443 – Cidade Universitária – CEP 05508-020
(Departamento de Jornalismo e Editoração)

Mais informações:

Barbara Reis
Barbara.reis@fco.gov.uk
(11) 3094 1868

Beatriz Corrêa
Beatriz.correa@fco.gov.uk
(11) 3094 2715

11 Angels and 1 Demon

Sunday Telegraph Outsourcing Feature

I’m working on an article this week for publication in the Sunday Telegraph feature on outsourcing to be published on Feb 12, 2012.

The focus is on new global hotspots for outsourcing. How expertise in different regions is growing and changing. Are contracts moving back onshore or to different locations and in particular how the BRICs and CEE are looking?

I’m interested in comment on any new services or recent deals and really only interested in end user comment – not suppliers – though I’m happy for suppliers to introduce me to their clients or give approved comment from their client, and obviously if a supplier is involved in the relationship then they will be mentioned.

I need to get comment this week as I will complete the write-up this coming weekend. Please get in touch with your comments or connections…

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Photo by Plashing Vole licensed under Creative Commons

Employees first, customers second

The CEO of Indian technology giant, Vineet Nayar, has just published a book called ‘Employees First, Customers Second’ with the Harvard Business School Press. It challenges the conventional wisdom of business in any industry – that the customer is always right – by suggesting that if you focus on looking after your employees then they will ensure the customers are happy.

I’m going to meet Vineet tomorrow to record an interview about the book and his philosophy on management. If you would like to send a question for me to use during the interview then do get in touch…

Getting ready for NASSCOM 2010

How to get your book published

Friends and business associates often ask me how they can get their book idea into print. The assumption is always that because I have published a few books, I can offer some magical nuggets of advice on how to get into print. And I guess I do have insights from experience, but I have tended to stay on the non-fiction side of publishing. I haven’t published a novel or tried to get in a Booker shortlist.

But if you are thinking of writing a book then here are a few things to think about.

  1. You are unlikely to make a lot of money, despite what you see JK Rowling making. Business, management, and other non-fiction titles don’t sell in huge numbers so you need to consider publishing non-fiction for the joy of contributing to the pool of knowledge in that subject, plus it may become a valuable calling card that gives you work in other areas – such as consulting or speaking.
  2. You need to think commercially. Publishers are not in this for the love of it. They want a commercial product they can turn into real returns… so they are unlikely to be interested in uncle Tom’s memoirs of fishing on the river Thames – unless there is some way you can prove that the book-buying public really needs to see this title.
  3. You need to take advice from people who have published in the area you plan to publish. As mentioned, most of my work has been in non-fiction management titles, but I am straying outside this zone gradually. If you are thinking of fiction then I would recommend reading how horror author Stephen King started out in writing and also the views of literary agent Carole Blake. This kind of advice gives you a much better idea of how to balance the idea of what you are producing as art against what will actually sell. The Blacks guide is also essential reading.
  4. You need to think about marketing. Sure, the publisher has to do a lot of this, but the author can really help with networks, media contacts, social media… The author can make all the difference.
  5. You don’t always need to get an agent first. In fact without any track record it can be almost impossible to get an agent. If you can show samples of what you can write and you can show a good synopsis for an entire book then publishers will listen to you.
  6. If you can’t make progress quickly on much of the above then you may want to consider self-publishing and then using your published book to secure a deal at a major publisher. Sometimes it can help just to have it out there and available on sites such as Amazon. Lulu.com is a great site for this because they will publish your book with no upfront fees – just shared royalties on sales. It’s proper publishing, just the distribution is harder because it’s going to only be at online book stores.

My books

Too many twats on twitter?

I was sitting on a train on Saturday browsing the latest tweets of my friends and I noticed the Stephen Fry row kicking off in real-time. It almost feels like a privilege to have been reading his depressed responses to being called boring, within a minute of him making those comments, given what happened next.

Fry shut down for a period of time while he was on a flight, blissfully unaware of what he had started by suggesting that he would quit Twitter because the debate has become too nasty and can no longer be enjoyed.

I sat there thinking, ‘here we go again, another big news story is going to come from this’… and so it happened. The press at the weekend was full of stories about how Fry got upset, apparently quit the site, and then returned all sheepish once he logged in after the flight and realised the world had discussed nothing else during his period of downtime.

The Guardian has a very good blog entry today on this story. I have to say I agree with just about all these comments.We have arrived in a very bizarre place where the newspapers are dominated by Jedward and Twitter.

Since when did discussions and arguments on Twitter, or any other social network or chat room, become mass media news stories?