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Alan Hester

Alan Hester is a trainer and international author. His first book, Management Starts With You: Gain Confidence and Success as a Leader and Manager, has been translated into Chinese, Arabic and Greek and sold in the US, India, Australia and across Europe. Alan works with individuals and with leaders to increase their confidence, resilience, success and well-being. He formed Alan Hester Associates in 2002, delivering practical, inspirational and interactive workshops to a wide range of people. This book draws on his experiences of working with people recovering from depression and other mental health issues, long-term unemployed adults, people with addiction problems and those who need help to get out of their own way and find a new direction in life.Alan lives with his wife Eunice, the couple's Golden Retriever and their four cats in Reading, Berkshire. They have a son, Michael, and a daughter, Charlotte. He spends his spare time listening to Bob Dylan albums, supporting Reading FC, watching cricket, gardening, reading and, of course, writing. Get Out Of Your Own Way is his second book.To find out more about the author's work or to contact him direct for speaking, training or coaching, please visit www.alanhester.co.uk or email him at alan@alanhester.co.uk.

Cal Newport

Cal Newport, Ph.D., lives in Washington, DC, where he is a writer and an assistant professor of computer science at Georgetown University. He is the author of SO GOOD THEY CAN'T IGNORE YOU and three books of unconventional advice for students. He runs the popular website Study Hacks: Decoding Patterns of Success.

Christopher Barnatt

Christopher Barnatt is Associate Professor of Computing & Future Studies in Nottingham University Business School, and the author of ExplainingComputers.com, ExplainingTheFuture.com and their popular YouTube channels. He has written five previous books on computing and future studies, and lectures and consults widely on cloud computing and Web 2.0. Christopher also appears regularly on TV and the radio. You can follow him in the cloud at twitter.com/ChrisBarnatt.

Geoff Tibballs

Geoff Tibballs is the author of numerous bestselling humour titles.

Jock Busuttil

Jock Busuttil is a product consultant, speaker and writer. He has spent more than a decade working as a product manager for technology companies ranging in size from startups to multinationals, including Zeus Technology, Iron Mountain and Experian. In 2012, He founded Product People (productpeo.pl), a product management consultancy. Jock routinely instructs classes at General Assembly on product management, and mentors startups, entrepreneurs and product professionals. He holds a MA in classics from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, is the author of the blog I Manage Products (imanageproducts.co.uk) and regularly contributes articles to mindtheproduct.com.

John Bowden

John Bowden is the author of a number of books on written communication in the professional and public spheres, including public speaking, wedding speeches and writing reports.

Judith Spelman

Judith Spelman is a journalist and author who was involved in setting up the Stamford Book Festival and Oundle Festival of Literature. She started the Sherborne Literary Festival and ran it for four years before stepping down to spend time on her writing. She has learnt from experience how to make a festival work and has spoken to numerous festival organisers about the way they run their festivals. In this book she includes a huge selection of their advice on all aspects of festivals.

Julia Pimsleur

Julia Pimsleur is CEO and Founder of Little Pim, the leading program for introducing young children to a second language at home. It sells internationally in nineteen countries, and has won more than twenty-five awards for its proprietary Entertainment Immersion Method®. Pimsleur is dedicated to helping other female entrepreneurs access growth capital - one of the greatest keys to business success. To this end, she has created the "Double Digit Academy" fundraising boot-camp and the online course "Further. Faster. Funded." Pimsleur has blogged about entrepreneurship for Forbes.com since 2012, and she has been a speaker at Stanford University, Yale University, NYU Stern Business School, and the Yale School of Management. A popular TV guest, she has been featured on TODAY, NBC Weekend Todayand Fox News, and her company has been highlighted in Business Week, Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. She won the 2013 Smart CEO Brava! Award for women entrepreneurs.

Liisa Puolakka

Liisa Puolakka is a director of research and strategy at ChauhanStudio, a boutique industrial design practise. She is former head of Nokia's global brand identity. When Michiel Maandag, a colleague during her time at Nokia, got in touch to suggest writing a book together, she jumped at the opportunity. She is allergic to marketing jargon and complex models, always driven to find a different, unique angle to things - like this no-nonsense brand book for businesses. A fashion designer by degree, she illustrates for fun. Liisa is Finnish and lives in London with her husband and two daughters.

Luke Miller

Luke Miller is a user experience designer and researcher. He began his career in UX with the Wall Street Journal, and in the beginning of 2013 moved on to help form the new Yahoo mobile product office in NYC. In the same year he co-founded Tumbleweed, a production studio that makes mobile story telling experiences. In addition to teaching UX design classes at General Assembly he also teaches a mobile specific course at Parsons The New School for Design, is a guest lecturer at Columbia Business School, and mentors startups, entrepreneurs, and design professionals. He holds an MS in information science from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Michael Bhaskar

Michael Bhaskar is a writer, researcher and digital publisher. He is Co-Founder of Canelo, a new publishing company.Michael has written and talked extensively about the future of media, the creative industries and the economics of technology for newspapers, magazines and blogs. He has been featured in and written for The Guardian, the Financial Times, Wired and the Daily Telegraph, and on BBC 2, BBC Radio 4, NPR and Bloomberg TV amongst others. Michael has a degree in English Literature from the University of Oxford where he won the University Gibbs Prize. He has been a British Council Young Creative Entrepreneur and a Frankfurt Book Fair Fellow. He is also author of The Content Machine and co-editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Publishing. He can be found on Twitter @michaelbhaskar.

Michael Fertik

Michael Fertik is the Founder and CEO of Reputation.com. Recently named Entrepreneur of the Year by TechAmerica, and a member of the World Economic Forum Agenda Council on the Future of the Internet, he writes for Harvard Business Review, Reuters, Inc.com and frequently appears on the BBC, Good Morning America, Today Show, CBS Early Show, CNN, Fox, Bloomberg, and MSNBC. Fertik is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School and will be teaching a course on privacy at Tel Aviv University and Harvard University.

Michiel Maandag

Michiel Maandag is an international brand advisor and coach. He is the founder of monday brand advisory. While coaching & training businesses, he realized that creating brands that people love is not talked about enough. His ambition is to change that. Based on his experience working with global brands and international marketing, Michiel has invented unique and highly effective methods to help create & maintain winning brands. This, and his passion to make the complex simple, has directly led to the ideas in The Only Book You Will Ever Need On Branding. Michiel is Dutch and lives in the Netherlands with his Finnish wife and daughter.

Nigel Barlow

Nigel Barlow has made a successful living for several decades giving thousands of speeches to many of the world's most famous companies: Apple, Danone, GSK, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and Vodafone are typical clients. He was a founding director of the Tom Peters company in Europe, and currently runs his own company. Until recently he was also an Associate Fellow at Oxford University's Saïd Business School.

Richard Koch

Richard Koch is a millionaire entrepreneur who has started or turned round a number of successful companies, including Belgo Restaurants, Filofax, Zoffany Hotels and Betfair. He is also the author of 13 highly acclaimed non-fiction books.

Richard Robinson

Richard Robinson is the author of 10 books of popular science including the Science Magic series (Oxford University Press) which was shortlisted for the Aventis Science Prize. He works full-time as a science presenter, and is regularly invited to perform demonstrations around the world at science festivals, universities and schools. He has performed at festivals ranging from the Edinburgh Science Festival to the Korean Science Festival, and lectured at universities ranging from the UK to the Ukraine. He holds a BSc in psychology.Illustrator Kate Charlesworth has drawn regularly for New Scientist and has illustrated a wide variety of publications including The Cartoon History of Time.

Robert L. Bloch

Robert L. Bloch is the program officer of the H&R Block Foundation, and treasurer and director of the Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation. His father, Henry Bloch, co-founded H&R Block in 1955. Bloch lives in Kansas, United States.

Sarra Manning

Sarra Manning is an author and journalist. She is currently literary editor for Red magazine and has written for the Guardian, ELLE, Grazia and You magazine. She is the author of bestselling young adult novels, including Guitar Girl, the Diary of a Crush trilogy and Adorkable, and several adult novels. Sarra lives in North London with her Staffordshire bull terrier, Miss Betsy, and prides herself on her unique ability to accessorise. For all the latest news on Sarra, follow her on Twitter @sarramanning.

Simon Hartley

Simon Hartley is a top international sport psychology consultant and performance coach. He helps athletes and business people to get their mental game right. For almost twenty years, Simon has worked with gold medallists, world-record holders, top five world-ranked professional athletes and championship-winning teams. He has worked at the highest level of sport, including spells in Premiership football, Premiership rugby union, First Class County Cricket, Super League, professional golf and tennis, as well as with international teams and Team GB Olympians.

Steven S. Hoffman

Steven Hoffman is the Captain and CEO of Founders Space, where he has educated and trained hundreds of startup founders and corporate executives in the art of innovation. Founders Space works with entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and investors in 22 countries to create innovations that rock the world! It was ranked a Top 10 Incubator in Inc. and the #1 Accelerator for startups coming to Silicon Valley from overseas in Forbes. Always innovating, Hoffman has tried more professions than cats have lives, including serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, angel investor, mobile studio head, computer engineer, filmmaker, Hollywood TV exec, published author, coder, game designer, manga rewriter, animator and voice actor.