Hello. I'm Julie Cooper, I run Careertrain. We publish practical books written by helpful people. We understand that busy people want accessible information. They rarely have time or inclination to read complicated tomes, which is why our books are packed with instantly usable techniques and tips. I also coach other professionals to help them turn their ideas into books.
As well as looking after Careertrain I have Spring Development,which offers training and development to organisations and individuals that want to flourish and get the best out of their working lives.
When did you first start writing?
As a trainer, I have way too much experience of trying to get complex ideas onto one sheet of paper! I never intended to write books. Back in 2008 I was training advisers - they needed to get a qualification in advice and guidance and wanted to know where the textbook was! I was working with my colleague Ann Reynolds at the time. We discussed and thought 'Why not?'
What's the story behind your latest book?
My work as a trainer helps me understand the pressures people are under at work. Managers need to know how to handle all types of situations quickly and effectively, and don't always have the skills they need. I had a 'Eureka!' moment when I realised I had the knowledge and skills to produce a book that gives them instant answers. It's called Face to Face in the Workplace. It has a really simple structure, so that once you've looked at one chapter, you immediately know how every other chapter works. It takes a lot of trial and error to come up with a simple structure!
Looking to improve your people management skills? This is an accessible guide to every meeting, discussion or difficult conversation you will need to have. Written for busy managers and leaders who need quick solutions, Face to Face in the Workplace will equip you with all the tools and strategies you’ll need to get it right every time.
Do you sometimes get taken for granted , ignored or overlooked? Are you always recognised for the talents you bring? If you want someone to hear your message, then this is the book for you. It will help you identify why your message isn’t always being heard, and give you strategies to makes sure the people who matter hear what you have to say. Start being heard now.
The Groupwork Toolkit makes group work easy for anyone used to working one to one, by showing you how to recognise and transfer the skills you already have.
It tells you how people learn, how to plan, gives example session plans and a simple model to help structure your session. Includes many tools, techniques and bite size theory as well as advice on dealing with tricky individuals and groups.
Does your job involves helping people to move forward in their career, learning, or personal development? If so, you need this book! Written in a user friendly style, it explains practical models, highlighting how to address dangers and difficulties.The Toolkit provides powerful, memorable bite size theories, tips, exercises and strategies to use with clients. Highly acclaimed.
The Job Interview Toolkit is practical, easy to follow guide to preparing for interviews,designed to help build confidence in those new or returning to job search. It contains a selection of activities, designed to get you fit to perform like a star on the day. Its easy to read format make it accessible and fun. Take away the fear and be cool, calm and ready instead!