Welcome Lewena, we’re excited to have you on Reader’s Entertainment. First, tell our readers a bit about yourself.
Where you’re from, where you live? Is writing your full-time job?
I am from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada, I am a full time business owner- corporate trainer who travels and teaches about 250 days a year and whenever I have time in between I am always writing and researching and preparing to write.
How long have you been writing?
About 20 years, just published book #16.
Briefly describe your writing day. Tell us about your latest release.
Civility at Work just came out end of February, 2021, It is follow up to 3-time international bestseller The 30% Solution– these are toolkit books that introduce concept of civility for workplace and offer the business case and supports for embedding civility into workplaces.
Generally, I am up early, I read and plan my day- usually read journals and research papers and documents related to civility- then I make notes and draft what I call “blocks” or topical outlines. My intention is to only spend time writing content I can multi-purpose so I have several key topic areas, e.g., civility at work, civility for every day, civility around the world, civility in the news, civility best practices etc. and I sort the blocks of notes and research and then 2 days a week I set aside 4-8 hours to just write- I expand the blocks and make social media, blogs, articles for publications, masterclass and training content, lesson plans, keynote speeches, and chapters for books I have yet to write.
What inspired this book?
Civility is my all day every day- I feel it is my calling or purpose to foster civility and the writing comes easily to me- I really enjoy the research and learning and so it doesn’t feel like work. I would write 5 days a week if I could.
Could you share one detail from your current release with readers that they might not find in the book? Perhaps a juicy bit of back-story, or something only you know about a character?
I only write nonfiction- practical field books conveying concepts and real-life applications- a lot of research and theory presented in palatable, bite-size chunks. Almost everything I write is based on real-life field experience. Not very juicy…but true.
All writers are readers. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you?
I am inspired by writers who are also researchers who convey their ideas and facts in interesting ways in their lectures and books- social competence can seem dry as toast but authors like P.Forni, Karl Albrecht, Christine Porath, Daniel Goleman, Joe Dispenza, these people inspire me.
Do you have a secret talent readers would be surprised by?
I did play the banjo when I was younger – trying to find time to revisit that talent.
Your favorite go to drink or food when the world goes crazy!
Have you ever had Hawkins Cheezies? Canadian snack- my “go to”.
And what is your writing Kryptonite?
A sunny day. Hard to stay cooped up and focused when the sun is shining.
Thank you so much for joining us today, Lewena!!
Here’s a look at Lewena’s latest release: CIVILITY AT WORK:
In Civility at Work, Lew Bayer describes the business case for civility and explains how organizations can increase employee retention, performance, and overall revenue by creating a workplace culture of human kindness and civility.
In case you were not aware, research focusing on both Canadian and U.S. companies shows that a whopping 98% of people polled have experienced uncivil behavior on the job. And, according to the fourth annual study on Civility in America: A Nationwide Survey, conducted by global public relations firm Weber Shandwick and public affairs firm Powell Tate in partnership with KRC Research, civility in America continues to erode. This year’s study found that 70% of the Americans believe incivility has reached crisis proportions. Alarmingly, 81% of the Americans think that incivility is leading to an increase in violence at work. Notably, 80% of the people are dissatisfied with their jobs.
Increasingly, people are choosing employers who understand that civility is good business. In Civility at Work, Lew Bayer describes the business case for civility and explains how organizations can increase employee retention, performance, and overall revenue by creating a workplace culture of human kindness and civility.
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