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Art Briles
player, Briles was formerly the head coach at Baylor University from 2008 through 2015 and the University of Houston from 2002 to 2007. Briles left Baylor

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Art Briles Briles in 2014Sport(s) FootballCurrent positionTitle Head coachTeam Guelfi FirenzeConference Italian Federation of American FootballRecord 0–0Biographical detailsBorn (1955-12-03) December 3, 1955 (age 62)
Rule, TexasAlma mater Texas Tech University (B.A., 1979)
Abilene Christian University (M.Ed., 1984)Playing career1974–1977 Houston Position(s) Wide receiverCoaching career (HC unless noted)1979 Sundown (TX) HS (assistant)1980–1983 Sweetwater (TX) HS (assistant)1984–1985 Hamlin (TX) HS1986–1987 Georgetown (TX) HS1988–1999 Stephenville (TX) HS2000–2002 Texas Tech (RB)2003–2007 Houston2008–2015 Baylor2019–present Guelfi Firenze Head coaching recordOverall 99–65 (college)
166–46–4 (high school)[1]Bowls 3–6Accomplishments and honorsChampionships 2 Big 12 (2013, 2014)
1 C-USA (2006)
2 C-USA West Division (2006–2007)

Arthur Ray Briles (born December 3, 1955) has been announced as the head coach of the Estra Guelfi Firenze American Football Team located in Florence, Italy.[2][3] A former American football coach and player, Briles was formerly the head coach at Baylor University from 2008 through 2015 and the University of Houston from 2002 to 2007. Briles left Baylor after he was fired in the wake of a campus-wide sexual assault scandal involving widespread gang rapes by multiple players.[4]. He is the author of Beating Goliath: My Story of Football and Faith (2014).[5] He is the subject of a biography written by Nick Eatman entitled Looking Up: My Journey from Tragedy to Triumph (2013).

Contents
  • 1 Playing career
  • 2 Coaching career
    • 2.1 High school
    • 2.2 College
      • 2.2.1 Scandal at Baylor
    • 2.3 Canadian Football League
    • 2.4 Italian Football League
  • 3 Head coaching record
    • 3.1 College
  • 4 Coaching tree
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links
Playing career

A native of Rule, Texas, Briles attended Rule High School, where he was coached by his father. Playing quarterback and earning all-state honors, Briles as a senior in 1973 led Rule to the Texas Class B state championship game, where they lost to Big Sandy, led by David Overstreet and Lovie Smith.[6] Briles accepted a scholarship offer by Bill Yeoman at the University of Houston, where he switched to wide receiver and played three seasons, including the 1977 Cotton Bowl Classic. Briles' parents and aunt died in a car crash on U.S. Route 380 near Newcastle, Texas, while on their way to Dallas to see him play in a game on October 16, 1976.[6] His then-girlfriend and now wife, the former Jan Allison, had planned to make the trip with his family, but decided to stay behind in Rule to attend a friend's bridal shower.[6] After finishing the 1976–77 academic year, Briles left Houston and transferred to Texas Tech, which Jan was attending at the time,[6] to complete his bachelor's degree, which he earned in 1979.[7][8] He went on to earn a master's degree in education at Abilene Christian University before entering coaching.[7] Briles is a staunch churchgoer and has put forward his faith as an influence in his coaching.

Coaching career High school “ I saw how went from running a wishbone offense to a multiple offense that used the shotgun and different kinds of snaps. When he began running the spread in Stephenville, he really put defenses in a bind. ” — Larry Moorehead, who was an assistant under Briles for 11 years at Hamlin, Georgetown and Stephenville.[9]

Briles began his coaching career as an assistant at Sundown High School. From 1980 to 1983, he served as an assistant at Sweetwater High School. At age 28, he became head coach at 2A Hamlin High School, where he coached from 1984 to 1985. He guided the team to a 27–1–1 record including a 35–19 loss to Electra High School in the 1985 state semifinals. His instant success caught the attention of bigger schools, so Briles left Hamlin for 5A Georgetown High School in 1986, where he had a difficult two-year span in the school's first two seasons at the highest classification in Texas high school football at the time. Briles left the school in 1987 with a 4–15–1 overall record.

In 1988, he took over head coaching duties at 4A Stephenville High School in Stephenville, Texas, a school that was playing in the same area as state powerhouse Brownwood High School and had not reached the playoffs in football since 1952. After a 4–5–1 season in 1989, Briles' Stephenville squads made the playoffs in 1990 and ever since. During Briles' tenure they won four state championships, including back-to-back titles in 1993 and 1994, and then again in 1998 and 1999. In the 1993 and '94 state finals, Briles' Stephenville squads faced La Marque, then coached by Briles' defensive coordinator at Houston, Alan Weddell. Briles' record at Stephenville was 135–29–2.[1]

Although Stephenville's offense was devastating[clarification needed] throughout the 1990s, Briles shifted his offensive scheme from a running game in the early 1990s to a passing game in the late 90s. Stephenville's first two state championship teams scored 89 touchdowns rushing in 1993, and 96 touchdowns rushing in 1994, which was second and third all-time in the nation, respectively, only behind Big Sandy's national record 114 touchdowns rushing from the 1975 season. In the late 1990s, Briles adapted the spread offense and today is one of the coaches credited for introducing it to Texas high school football.[10] His 1998 team posted 8,664 yards of total offense, breaking the 73-year-old national record 8,588 yards originally established by Pine Bluff High School in 1925.

Briles was also known for developing quarterbacks, sending six of his former players to Division I colleges, including Kelan Luker, Branndon Stewart, Kevin Kolb, and his son Kendal Briles.

Briles ended his high school coaching career with a record of 165–46–3.[1]

College

Briles left Stephenville after the 1999 season to join Mike Leach's staff at Texas Tech. While serving as running backs coach, Briles improved Texas Tech's rushing average every year from 66.4 yards a game in his first year to 99.6 yards a game in 2002. He also coached all-conference backs and later NFL players Ricky A. Williams, Shaud Williams, and Taurean Henderson. In addition, the first player he recruited to Texas Tech, undersized wide receiver Wes Welker, went on to catch more than 250 passes and return an NCAA-record eight punts for touchdowns while at Tech, and then had even greater success in the NFL with five Pro Bowl appearances.[6]

In 2003, Briles was hired as head coach at the University of Houston, where he took over a program that had an 8–26 record under the previous coach, Dana Dimel. The Cougars went 0–11 two years before Briles' arrival. In his first season, Briles led the Cougars to a 7–5 record, including a 54–48 triple-overtime loss to Hawaiʻi, in the Sheraton Hawaiʻi Bowl.

After a 3–8 season in 2004, Briles guided the Cougars to a 6–6 season and another bowl game in 2005. In 2006, he led the Cougars to a 10–4 record and the Conference USA Championship that was played on December 1, 2006. The Cougars won the game, 34–20, and it was the school's second C-USA Championship (the first came in 1996, in the school's inaugural season in the C-USA).

In 2007, the Cougars finished second in the Conference USA West Division to Todd Graham's Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Houston was invited to the Texas Bowl, which was played December 28, 2007, at Reliant Stadium.[11] It was Houston's fourth bowl appearance in five years. Briles left the Cougars before their bowl game to take the head coaching job at Baylor.

Briles interviewed for the Baylor head coach position on November 27, 2007, and was hired the next day for a seven-year term.[12][13][14]

As had been the case at Houston, Briles inherited a Baylor program that had fallen on hard times. The Bears had not had a winning season since 1995, and had won a total of 11 games in 12 years of Big 12 play.

In his first season at Baylor, Briles led the Bears to a 4–8 record, 2–6 in Big 12 play. The season featured the emergence of freshman quarterback Robert Griffin III, and the team's second win in 23 years over rival Texas A&M. In his second season at Baylor, the Bears again finished with a 4–8 record. However, they only went 1–7 in Big 12 conference play. Griffin was injured and missed every conference game. Baylor bounced back in 2010 with a 7–5 (4–4 conference) record with Griffin, who passed for over 3,000 yards, at the helm. This led to a bid in the Texas Bowl, where they lost to Illinois. It was still their first winning season and bowl appearance in 15 years.

Briles led the 2011 Baylor team in its most successful season since the formation of the Big 12 Conference in 1996. With Baylor's win in the 2011 Valero Alamo Bowl game, Briles led the Bears to a 10–3 record. The only other time Baylor has won as many as 10 games was in 1980. The 2011 season opened at home against 14th-ranked TCU. In a nationally televised game, Baylor won a dramatic 50–48 decision. It was Baylor's first win over a ranked opponent since 2004. In Big 12 Conference play the Bears would accumulate a 6–3 record, eclipsing their previous high of 4 conference wins in 2010. The Bears finished a perfect 7–0 at Floyd Casey Stadium, including a 45–38 upset victory over the #5 Oklahoma Sooners and a 48–24 victory over #22 Texas. The victory over Oklahoma was the first for the Bears, having lost the previous 20 meetings between the two schools. In 2011, Baylor also defeated Texas Tech for the first time since 1995 (snapping a 15-game losing streak to the Red Raiders). Following the conclusion of the 2011 regular season, Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, whom Briles was instrumental in recruiting and developing, was awarded the 77th annual Heisman Trophy.[15]

Briles won 17 Big 12 conference games in his first five years as head coach. Baylor had won only 11 Big 12 conference games in the 12 seasons preceding his arrival.

Under Briles, the Bears completed the 2012 regular season by winning four of their last five games. Perhaps the apex of Briles' 2012 season was his involvement in the most-stunning upset of 2012 when his unranked Bears defeated the Kansas State Wildcats, BCS No. 1 ranked team at the time, by a score of 52–24, which propelled Baylor in winning its final 3 games, earning the Bears an invitation to play UCLA in the Holiday Bowl in San Diego.[16]

In 2013, Briles led Baylor to one of the best seasons in school history. The Bears started the season 9–0, propelling them as high as third in the nation at one point. They ultimately finished with a school-record 11 wins and only the second top-ten finish in school history. A 30–10 win over Texas in the final game of the season garnered them the outright Big 12 title—their first outright conference title since winning their last outright Southwest Conference title in 1980. This earned them a trip to the 2014 Fiesta Bowl—their first-ever BCS appearance, and their first major-bowl appearance since 1980. They lost this game to the University of Central Florida 52–42. News reports on the day after the Fiesta Bowl named Briles as the leading candidate to replace Mack Brown as head coach at the University of Texas, however, Briles announced on January 3 that he would remain at Baylor.

In 2014, Briles's Bears finished with another 11 win season and repeated as Big 12 Co-Champions; this time earning a berth in the 2015 Cotton Bowl, one of the New Years Six bowl games. They entered the game against the Michigan State Spartans with high hopes after narrowly missing the College Football Playoff. The Bears jumped out to a 41–21 lead in the third quarter before giving up 21 unanswered points to lose 42–41. After the game Briles described the loss as, "one of the tougher non-wins that I've ever experienced."[17] Even with the loss, Baylor finished the year ranked #7 in the AP poll, their second top ten finish in school history.[18] It was also Baylor's fifth consecutive bowl appearance, a school record, and their second consecutive bowl loss.

Scandal at Baylor Main article: Baylor University sexual assault scandal

On May 26, 2016, Baylor released a findings of fact document prepared by the board of regents, a board made up of self-appointed individuals[19]. According to the regents, the document was based on an independent investigation by the law firm Pepper Hamilton into how the school handled sexual assault. The report stated that the findings "reflect significant concerns about the tone and culture within Baylor’s football program as it relates to accountability for all forms of athlete misconduct." It also faulted the football team for not adequately vetting transfers. The regents held Briles responsible, and suspended him with the intent to fire him as soon as they were legally allowed to do so.[20] Briles was provided a letter of recommendation and a severance fee but claimed he was never shown the evidence for why Baylor chose to fire him[21][22].  Briles sued the school for wrongful termination, among other claims, which was later withdrawn. Baylor president Ken Starr lost his job and Athletic Director Ian McCaw resigned in wake of the scandal.

Reports in 2018 cast doubt on whether Briles was aware of alleged assaults as information came forward showing administrators and local police seemed to bury reports on football players without telling football coaches[23].

On June 19, 2018, former Baylor Athletic Director Ian McCaw testified during a deposition that the sexual assault scandal that engulfed the school’s football program was manufactured by investigators and regents to cover up a larger university-wide issue.  McCaw alleged Baylor hatched "an elaborate plan that essentially scapegoated black football players and the football program for being responsible for what was a decades-long, university-wide sexual assault scandal," according to court documents[24]. In late July 2018, Briles turned over documents pursuant to a subpoena, which had not been previously produced by Baylor.  The documents showed multiple senior Baylor administrators knew about a serial sexual assault assailant" in the fall of 2011, but failed to act[25].  

Canadian Football League

On August 28, 2017, Briles was hired by the Canadian Football League's Hamilton Tiger-Cats as assistant head coach for offense.[26] Briles used a letter from the Baylor legal department in his efforts to secure a job with the Tiger-Cats.[27] However, in the face of a firestorm of criticism and pressure from league officials, the TiCats reversed course hours later and announced Briles would not join the team.[28][29]

TiCats owner Bob Young conceded that night that hiring Briles had been "a major blunder," and credited CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie with persuading the team to rescind the hire.[30] The following day, Young issued a statement apologizing for "a large and serious mistake." CEO and general manager Scott Mitchell said that team officials got so focused on "the inner sanctum of football discussions" that they forgot about the larger questions of "our standing in the community."[31]

Italian Football League

On August 2, 2018 Briles was announced as the head coach of the Estra Guelfi Firenze American Football Team located in Florence, Italy[2][3] a member of the Italian Federation of American Football or FIDAF. General manager of the team Edoardo Cammi released this statement[32]: "We are thrilled that Coach Briles has accepted our offer and will be our Head Coach for the 2019 season. We are all excited by the possibility of having a professional of his caliber as our Coach and we look forward to welcoming him in our Guelfi Family starting from the Offseason ".

Head coaching record College Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP° Houston Cougars (Conference USA) (2003–2007) 2003 Houston 7–6 4–4 T–6th L Hawaiʻi 2004 Houston 3–8 3–5 T–5th 2005 Houston 6–6 4–4 T–3rd (West) L Fort Worth 2006 Houston 10–4 7–1 1st (West) L Liberty 2007 Houston 8–4 6–2 T–1st (West) Texas* Houston: 34–28 24–16 *Left Houston before bowl game Baylor Bears (Big 12 Conference) (2008–2015) 2008 Baylor 4–8 2–6 T–5th (South) 2009 Baylor 4–8 1–7 6th (South) 2010 Baylor 7–6 4–4 4th (South) L Texas 2011 Baylor 10–3 6–3 T–3rd W Alamo 12 13 2012 Baylor 8–5 4–5 T–5th W Holiday 2013 Baylor 11–2 8–1 1st L Fiesta† 13 13 2014 Baylor 11–2 8–1 T–1st L Cotton† 8 7 2015 Baylor 10–3 6–3 4th W Russell Athletic 13 13 Baylor: 65–37 39–30 Total: 99–65       National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth
  • †Indicates BCS or CFP / New Years' Six bowl.
  • #Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
  • °Rankings from final AP Poll.
Coaching tree

Assistant coaches under Art Briles who became NCAA head coaches:

  • Dino Babers: Eastern Illinois (2012–2013), Bowling Green (2014–2015), Syracuse (2016–present)
  • Philip Montgomery: Tulsa (2015–present)

Assistant coaches under Art Briles who are NCAA coordinators:

  • Kendal Briles: Houston (2018–present)
  • Sterlin Gilbert: South Florida (2016–present)
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Beating Goliath: My Story of Football and Faith
Beating Goliath: My Story of Football and Faith
Growing up in Rule, Texas, Art Briles learned at a young age the importance of hard work and faith from his parents. Soon that faith would be tested. On their way to see him play in a college football game, Briles' parents and aunt died in a car crash. This event shaped Briles into the man he is today. His father, Dennis, left him with a series of lessons. He taught his son that the world doesn't just hand you things, you have to earn them. And he taught him the influence that faith could have in his life.Briles put these lessons to work as a football coach, where he established his reputation for turning struggling teams into winners, from high school to the staff at Texas Tech to head coach at the University of Houston. Hired to coach Baylor in 2007, he was faced with a familiar task. Within three years, Briles led the Bears to their first bowl game in 15 years.Today, he instills those same lessons into his young players, helping them find a reason to excel. There are plenty of excuses for failure but Briles surrounds himself with people who are fearless when it comes to chasing success. That is one of the many lessons he imparts to his readers, with chapters that include:* God and the Teaching of Dennis Briles* Finding Your Passion* You Can Change Attitude, Not Talent* Passing in the Land of Earl Campbell* Everybody is a CaptainFilled with dramatic football stories and lessons learned, this book will inspire and entertain.

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Art Briles: Looking Up: My Journey from Tragedy to Triumph
Art Briles: Looking Up: My Journey from Tragedy to Triumph
Baylor head coach Art Briles is one of the most highly regarded coaches in college football, and this biography delves far beyond his football success and acumen. It explains how, at the age of 20, Briles lost his parents in a tragic car accident as they were en route to one of his college games. The book relates how Briles, devastated by the loss of his role models, used the catastrophe as motivation to propel him toward the destination of his dreams. As the book elucidates in detail, Coach Briles has made a career of turning failing football programs around in both the high school and collegiate ranks. His latest accomplishments at Baylor University are also chronicled in this account of overcoming tragedy and turning personal loss into overwhelming success.

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Stephenville Yellow Jacket Football (Images of America)
Stephenville Yellow Jacket Football (Images of America)
In Texas, high school football is king. If pigskin passion is no less intense among college and professional fans, enthusiasm for the schoolboy sport is more democratically spread throughout towns and communities, small and large. Almost any young man can play if he’s willing to pay the price, work hard, and bring a bit of local, regional, or statewide glory to his hometown. Stephenville High School is one among an elite group of Texas football schools that has achieved at the highest level. The traditional rivalry games against Dublin and Breckenridge in the 1920s through the 1940s have evolved into heavily attended matchups with seven-time state champion Brownwood and, most recently, three-time state champion Aledo. From Joe Brown and Jim Mobley’s powerhouse teams of the 1930s to Mike Murphy’s 1952 regional qualifying squad, the Yellow Jackets have contended with the best in Texas. With four state championships, Art Briles made the 1990s a “Decade of Dominance” for Stephenville High School. Yellow Jacket football fever remains alive and well, promising to remain so long into the indefinite future.

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Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers
Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers
Authoring and Writing Can Be a Lonely Number Could you use a pick-me-up? A bit of inspiration or silliness? How about something to chew on or get you unstuck? In Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers, you will find all that and more.Do you love original quotations that get both to the nitty gritty and at the same time, can touch your heart and soul? Author Judith Briles favorite advice over the years to her many author clients is included ... think and write snappy, sassy and salty and surround yourself with cheerleaders for your vision, not distractors. For the first time, she reveals publicly how a well-known author, columnist, humorist and screenwriter had dinner with her; listen intently ... then used her ideas in one of his columns. A column that he got paid for; she didn't. The cosmic goose had landed ... Judith told herself that if she didn't start taking some of her own ideas and publish them, others would.Her first book, The Woman's Guide to Financial Savvy was published by St. Martin's Press a year later. That was to be her first book ... ha! She's on #32 as you read this.Writing with a bit of snap, always some sass and yes, there's salt in there.

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How to Avoid 101 Book Publishing Blunders, Bloopers and Boo-Boos (Authoryou Mini-Guide)
How to Avoid 101 Book Publishing Blunders, Bloopers and Boo-Boos (Authoryou Mini-Guide)
WINNER of 8 National Book Awards for Authors and Writers 2017 WINNER in the Writing Publishing category with the International Book Awards and a FINALIST in the Writing Publishing category with 2017 Best Book Awards and the IndieExcellence Book Awards. Are you feeling overwhelmed in writing and publishing your book?Have you stumbled into a publishing pit?Would you like practical publishing advice? You are writing a book ... or you have one already published and the OMG moment hits. You have made a mistake (or maybe a lot of them) ... screwed up ... or you may feel clueless to the tsunami of items you need to deal with. You do not want to fall further into the abyss of book creation and publishing. You need help and savvy guidance. How to Avoid 101 Book Publishing Blunders, Bloopers and Boo-Boos reveals 101 strategies and tips to ensure your publishing success--all within a compact, illustrated and full color gem. ...Create design elements that keep readers coming back for more. ...Identify readability factors to ensure your reader ease and aha take aways. ...Determine who the publishing predators are and how to avoid their traps. ...Pinpoint the essentials that every successful author must include in a book. ...Get hot tips for creating and maintaining momentum in book marketing. ...Structure social media that is ideal for your book and expertise. ...Learn what to avoid in contracts and how to end them if necessary. Finally ... here is the guide authors and writers have been looking for. It is easy and understandable - one that shows you how to avoid the potholes that litter the publishing maze. With How to Avoid 101 Book Publishing Blunders, Bloopers and Boo-Boos, you have got Judith Briles at your side. As The Book Shepherd, publishing expert and author of 35 books, she knows what the roadblocks and pitfalls are that authors encounter. And now, you will know too and what to do when you encounter them.

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How to Create an Effective One Sheet for Authors, Speakers, and Entrepreneurs (Real Fast Results Book 77)
How to Create an Effective One Sheet for Authors, Speakers, and Entrepreneurs (Real Fast Results Book 77)
Judith Briles is known, the world over, as “The Book Shepherd.” She takes folks that have books inside them and Shepherds them through the entire process so that, when they reach the other end, they have a book that is well done, and one that does them proud. Judith pays close attention to detail, and she loves to help authors and other folks get their message out into the marketplace.What we’re going to talk about today is how to get an author in front of whoever they are trying to get in front of. So, my promise is to show you how to create a “one sheet” that’s slick, clicks, and ticks. This could be an author one sheet, a book one sheet, an expertise one sheet, a speaker one sheet, or any kind of one sheet that you can slap onto your website or print out and take anywhere in order to extend, expand, promote your book, your speaking, yourself, or whatever it may be that you’re trying to get out to the world.

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How to Create a $1,000,000 Speech (AuthorYOU Mini-Guide Series)
How to Create a $1,000,000 Speech (AuthorYOU Mini-Guide Series)
Learning from Judith Briles could well be your best purchase of the year. Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE, Past President, National Speakers AssociationWhy Speak?How about ... change lives ... to sell truckloads of books ... to make money ... to go places you never thought you would ... to make a difference ... to have fun?Did you know that for authors, speaking is the #1 way to sell thousands of books?You have written a book, you KNOW the content, and you have a passion about the topic/message. NOW, go share it.In How to Create a $1,000,000 Speech, you will learn: -How to pitch to the decision maker. -How to move from free to fee. -How to identify your key points and create stories to engage your audience. -How to hook an audience within the first few minutes of your presentation. -How to create a closing that delivers the buzz factor. -How to discover sponsors and secure them. -How to market your speech to meeting planners.If you want to be a professional speaker; if you want to learn how to create a speech and speaking career that is successful; if you want to know how to write a speech that meeting planners and audiences want to hear; if you want to learn how to soar like a TED talk; if you want to be sought after as a public speaker, How to Create a $1,000,000 Speech is the book for you.Finally, here is the guide that speakers and wannabe speakers need. It is the ready-set-go tool on how to create a speech, market you as a must-have speaker, and turn speaking into a business that you can love and make an excellent living at.How to Create a $1,000,000 Speech is book four in the multi-award-winning and best-selling AuthorYOU Mini Guide series. Other books include The CrowdFunding Guide for Authors & Writers, The AudioBook Guide for Authors, How to Avoid 101 Book Publishing Blunders, Bloopers & Boo-Boos.If you want to be successful as a speaker, this is the book for you. Judith Briles is your guide. Get your copy now.The best place to sell yourself, your product, service or idea is from the platform. Judith Briles reveals in this succinct treasure of a book the exact steps an aspiring or even seasoned speaker can create a speech that is both impactful AND extraordinarily profitable. Daniel Hall, Host of the RealFastResults.com podcast

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Beating Goliath: Why Insurgencies Win
Beating Goliath: Why Insurgencies Win
Beating Goliath examines the phenomenon of victories by the weak over the strong―more specifically, insurgencies that succeeded against great powers. Jeffrey Record reviews eleven insurgent wars from 1775 to the present and determines why the seemingly weaker side won. He concludes that external assistance correlates more consistently with insurgent success than any other explanation. He does not disparage the critical importance of will, strategy, and strong-side regime type or suggest that external assistance guarantees success. Indeed, in all cases, some combination of these factors is usually present. But Record finds few if any cases of unassisted insurgent victories except against the most decrepit regimes. Having identified the ingredients of insurgent success, Record examines the present insurgency in Iraq and whether the United States can win. In so doing, Record employs a comparative analysis of the Vietnam War and the Iraq War. He also identifies and assesses the influence of distinctive features of the American way of war on the U.S. forces’ performance against the Iraqi insurgency. Make no mistake: insurgent victories are the exception, not the rule. But when David does beat Goliath, the consequences can be earth shattering and change the course of history. Jeffrey Record’s persuasive logic and clear writing make this timely book a must read for scholars, policymakers, military strategists, and anyone interested in the Iraq War’s outcome.

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Author YOU: Creating and Building the Author and Book Platforms
Author YOU: Creating and Building the Author and Book Platforms
Are You an Author? Do You Have a Platform? Do You Know What a Platform Is? Every Author, every Book, needs a Platform. It's the stage, the very foundation of your book and authoring businesses. Platforms don't happen by themselves ... they take a Village to create and you are the Mayor. And yes, authoring and publishing are businesses. Platforms start with a statement of fact: why you wrote the book; why you are the author for it; why you are committed to its theme/topic; and what value you bring to the reader. You do it with Confidence, Clarity, Competence and Commitment. Author and Book Platforms don't happen overnight. They take time, and there are steps--some small, some large and some in-between--that will transition you from just an idea to a book that stars you as the expert or an amazing story-teller. Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms is an extraordinary and interactive guidebook. Judith Briles, The Book Shepherd and author and publishing expert, will share insider strategies on how she created multiple bestsellers and award-winning books for herself and hundreds of clients. Discover how to: Create a successful book plan 22 Activities that will captivate your author and book development Identify which publishing venue is right for you Use simple ways to get to the core of your book Carve out the time and space to craft your masterpiece ID which Internet and social media features will work for your book Steer clear of the publishing predators Learn the components of creating a successful book launch Authors Must Be Snappy, Sassy and Salty ... Wow! ... you are thinking of writing a book. So is 80 percent of the population. What will separate you from the masses ... those that sell less than 100 books ... the majority of authors? Do you have the right stuff to create a winning book and make a splash into today's market? How will you be heard above the author and book noise out there? Will you be successful? Do your words captivate and resonate with your targeted reader ... or are they so-so? Did you know that problems make the world go round? Author YOU can solve those problems--problems that need solutions from everything from business to personal issues. Problems that an engaging story or inspiring poem can be just what the reader needs. With words that connect with clarity, competence, confidence and commitment, all delivered with the right pop, your reader is transformed. A transformation that is expedited when you have your Platforms in place. Do you know the difference between the Author Platform and Book Platform? Your Platforms consists of three key ingredients: Vision, Passion and Commitment. When those are in place, the People can, and will, come. And so will your book sales. Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms will reveal how to: Platform prep Find your Muse Get rid of the noise Keep costs under control Find money to underwrite your book Judith Briles will share the secrets of her Platform which created in excess of four million dollars over a 30-year career, all created from her words that started with just one book. Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms ... don't start writing your book (or your next) without it! Judith Briles' Author YOU: Creating and Building your Author and Book Platforms should be required reading for all authors who want to succeed in the new world of publishing. Her wise counsel combined with the reader participating through Questions and Activities will guide you to real success in building your author platform. Highly recommended. Joel Friedlander, Marin Bookworks A Self-Publisher's Companion

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