When he isn't writing Bakari Akil serves as a Professor of Communication at Florida State College. He also writes for Psychology Today when he is not teaching, researching or coming up with 'off the wall' academic projects.
Imagine walking into a business, looking calmly in the eyes of the person you want to address and knowing exactly what to say. What’s more, you can anticipate the response, so you can answer with even more confidence. That is why English: Conversations for Business was created.
- 50+ business themed conversations
- 11 categories
- Short conversations to aid memorization
- Unique material
Easy English provides conversations, in many different settings to help you increase your fluency. By using the conversations in this book you can prepare to talk to people in many different arenas.
In Easy English you’ll find:
- 50 different conversations
- 10 categories of conversations
- 10 reviews
- Short conversations; and
- Unique and interesting material with basic conversations
Doug’s Life: A Spanish Short Story is for those who are learning Spanish, but do not want to keep reading children’s books or boring stories that sound as if they come from a school text. It is also for learners who want challenging material, but not so challenging that they want to stop learning.
This book is a bi-lingual text so the reader can refer to English as needed.
"Psychology of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu" will whet your appetite to see how psychology can be applied to grappling and not just in a generic sports psychology sense. -
Through the use of essay, "Psychology of BJJ" talks about what it’s like to be the new guy, problems with warm-ups, success by default, immersive environments, why you can’t always be nice in practice and even asks, "Are you happy?"
Muscle and Bell, owners of The MUSCLE Firm, are at it again. This time they accept a case at the last minute and everything goes wrong, really fast!
This story can be read alone or you can check out THE MUSCLE Firm Series in order: MUSCLE - The Cheating Security Guard or MUSCLE - The Beginning. Either way, you are going to have a good time!
3600+ words - Short Story
As a grappler (Judo, No Gi and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu), I have spent over a decade learning, observing and participating in submission wrestling. "Grappling Games" contain the games that I’ve been a part of where learning was fun and felt like play.
I hope you have as much fun with these grappling games as I do.
This is the "Bully Proof" for beginning grapplers. It’ll help you develop a force field to help shield you from making newbie mistakes.
The advice in Grappling 101 is information that people will not share with you during instruction or drill, but will tell you at the most inopportune moments. They are pointers that everyone should give you on day one, but end up as sporadic pieces of advice.
Shonda has been invited to a pool party. She is excited, but she has a problem. Shonda can't swim. Her father tells her not to worry, because he has a plan. However, Shonda is not happy about it. -
Will Shonda learn how to swim? Or will she be the laughing stock of the pool party?
"Tapmonster" was written for that grappler who is looking for an extra edge and alternative approaches to grappling.
In my decade of grappling, I have used many ideas to increase my skills. And since my inspiration has come from many sources, I did not hesitate to include ideas from academic research, other sports and from the ordinary man on the street in this book.
What would you do if you found half a million dollars and no one knew anything about it?
Would you keep it? Or, would you try to find out whom it belonged to?
Meet Chris Copeland, he faces this dilemma and he doesn’t have to think about what he will do. You’ll have to read “Money Trunk” to find out if he was a good guy or whether he kept the money. But whatever he did, he's in trouble!
Accumulating wealth isn't a 1-2-3 procedure, it's a process. Unless you win the lottery or are a trust fund baby (and oh, I wish I were one of the two), acquiring money takes a multi-faceted approach. Furthermore, it requires a mindset and that is what this book is about. This book is a collection of tried and true rules about becoming rich that can help you in your journey to acquire wealth.
Enter Muscle and Bell's world; the security duo who risk it all to protect those troubled by affairs of the heart. Their latest case has them protecting a client with a troubled past and the do-gooder team find themselves in the middle of chaos as they go all out to help their client. Are the pair involved in a situation they can't handle or will they rise to the occasion?
"20 Ways to Improve your Grappling Skills off the Mat" will share with you how you can increase your grappling abilities when you can’t make it to class.
It discusses mindsets and approaches and it is designed to help you become a better grappler when no one is looking.
“Tennis for Newbies” is not an instructional. It will not tell you how to hit a groundstroke, how to hold a racquet or how to smash a lob into your opponent’s Adam’s apple. What it will tell you is how to approach the game like you know what you’re doing and how to quickly gain the skills, ability and confidence so you will know what you’re doing.
Ask any cop, bodyguard or security consultant and they will tell you that the most dreaded assignment is one involving a domestic dispute.
Because everyone knows to stay out of lovers' quarrels. Everyone, except Muscle and Bell. Owner and member of The Muscle Firm, the pair specialize in security situations involving affairs of the heart and jilted lovers. This case is no different.
Need to create a speech 'yesterday?'
Don't have time to read a textbook, attend a workshop or sign up for a course on speech writing?
Rest assured that "Write a Speech in One Hour" is the exact book you will need. There is no guesswork that you have to do with this book. Everything is laid out clearly and you will be finishing soon after you start. Take the worry out of speech writing.
As a Ph.D. student you will have to deal with many issues. You need an overall mindset to confront these issues head on so you can come out on top.
Dr. Akil has lived through and flourished in this environment and has ample advice to help you in your quest for the Ph.D. His tips, advice and strategies will save you a lot of time and headaches and will help put you ahead of the pack.
If you benefited from Dr. Akil's book,"Speech Exercises for the Classroom," then you will absolutely cherish, "More Speech Exercises for the Classroom!"
This is an entirely new book and contains none of the exercises in volume one. These are speech exercises that you can use in your public speaking courses, clubs or organizations. There are more than enough exercises to last an entire semester.
This is a Psychological Double Header. Get both "Pop Psychology: The Psychology of Pop Culture and Every Day Life" and "Psychology from all Angles" for one price.
From the mind of Bakari Akil, who blogs for Psychology Today and is an Assistant Professor in Communication when he's not writing, researching or conducting off the wall studies.
When I began teaching public speaking courses I considered myself lucky. My fellow TAs and later professorial colleagues would often state they were at a loss in coming up with exercises for their students. I would always have an answer.
If you need classroom exercises for your speech students then you need this book!
Super You! provides mental strategies and thought provoking ideas to spur you to excellence. It goes further by providing steps that you can take immediately to move you from okay to good; good to great; and great to amazing!
It is designed to be used by anyone who wants to move toward excellence and wants to manifest that excellence in their personal, career or business lives.
The "New Professor's Handbook" is for aspiring and new professors. I wrote this book because I didn’t have anyone share with me what it was like to be a new professor. I didn’t know what to take advantage of, what to look out for and what to avoid at all costs. If I would have had someone be ‘frank’ with me I could have enjoyed the experience a lot more and avoided a lot of pitfalls.
A lot of graduate teaching assistants, adjuncts and college instructors are 'thrown to the wolves' every semester and have to rely on their former experience as a student government leader, soldier in the military or Dungeons and Dragons team leader experience in order to prepare for their new role as an instructor.
You do not have to do this as I volunteer to serve as your mentor with this book.
As a professor, I've had the pleasure of working with thousands of adults and have helped them to substantially increase their public speaking abilities. One of the reasons I have been able to do that is because I have applied the best lesson I learned in the military in training people to become more effective speakers. I run my speech classes like a boot camp and we practice, practice, practice.
E-Book Magic uses humor, anecdotes and 'blunt talk' to spill the trade secrets that successful authors have been using to sell e-books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and Apple's ibookstore. It also looks at success in a way never discussed before in a book of this type. This e-book will tell you things that authors will never, ever share with you and hold back for fear of competition.
The Lazy Man's Guide to Grappling is a hilarious look at what some grapplers do to cope in the hard charging grappling environment.
It exposes the truth about grappling that is never discussed but everyone thinks about. We are all guilty of some of the Lazy Man's practices to varying degrees.
This book exposes:
-The Lazy Man's Takedowns
-The Truth about Warmups
-Magic Funk Taps
and much more
A tale of Kevin Sable, a ‘man’ who has lost all control while pretending to lead a normal life. His tastes lead him to commit atrocities against others. But not just anyone, his code of honor won’t allow him to prey on the weak. Therefore, he preys on the strongest people he knows.
"Grappling for Newbies" tells you what you absolutely need to know before you search and sign up at a grappling school and what you need to know afterwards.--
"Grappling for Newbies" also includes the innovative BJJ comic strip "Mouthguard!
Pop Psychology explores 20+ psychology and mass media theories and includes a heavy dose of pop culture, storytelling and humor to keep you entertained throughout.
From the mind of Bakari Akil II, Ph.D. who blogs for Psychology Today and is an Assistant Professor in Communication when he's not writing, researching or conducting off the wall studies.