Randall Kenneth Jones Attempts to 'Find the People Again' in New Book SHOW ME
Ten years in the making, Randall Kenneth Jones' SHOW ME is a compilation of interviews and whimsical anecdotes that showcase unexpected lessons from Jones' creativity-infused life juxtaposed against the humor, pathos and wisdom gleaned from his conversations with celebrities, business leaders, journalists, entertainers, sports legends and more.
Featuring a foreword by The Emily Post Institute's Peggy Post and an introduction by Erin Brockovich, SHOW ME is described by New York Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich as "a bit David Sedaris, a touch Dale Carnegie, a dash of Janet Evanovich and a whole lot of Randall Kenneth Jones."Fifty-something Jones had always treasured making personal connections; however, in the past several years, he gradually saw the ability to be "personal" disappear. "I didn't know how to live in a world that was slowly replacing humor and humanity with technology," Jones recalls. "I just wanted to know: Where did all the people go?" To gain perspective, Jones began writing stories and anecdotes about his life: his idiosyncrasies and achievements, his unexpected influencers, his unconventional fear of bunnies, and much more. With his move to Naples, Florida, in 2009, newly minted newspaper-columnist Jones found the people - and the personal connections - again: Brian Boitano, Carl Edwards, Kathy Griffin, Heloise, Shirley Jones, Sue Monk Kidd, Hoda Kotb, Rob Marciano, Colin Mochrie, General Barry McCaffrey, Suze Orman, Vanessa Williams and over 100 more. "One by one, these extraordinary men and women revived and energized me. They showed me it was still possible to showcase the best in people. At this point in our nation's history, could anything possibly be more important? Hate cannot win." "Jones relates to my 'business'-and so many others-by exploring basic moral, ethical and human values," says NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback Sonny Jurgensen. "He focuses on what we all have in common and not on our differences." Rock music's Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo describe SHOW ME as "...a joyous romp. A peek behind the curtain."
Erin Brockovich, who whimsically refers to the book as SHOW ME THE LOVE, says: "He sees the positive in people-he focuses intently on his interviewees and their stories. He tells it like it is, but does so with respect and grace." Shark Tank's Barbara Corcoran adds: "Randy has created a literary Dancing with the Stars. Wickedly funny, yet profoundly touching! SHOW ME is Shark Tank meets NASCAR meets Broadway meets The Partridge Family."The wildly diverse group of interviewees coupled with Jones' penchant for throwing himself under the bus shows the most universal lesson of all: regardless of your age or circumstances; the people are there-and they are looking for you, too.SHOW ME is published by Smart Business Books in Cleveland, Ohio. More information can be found at ShowMeJones.com.
About the AuthorRandall Kenneth Jones has built a marketing and public relations portfolio that includes many household names from the national retail, publishing and consumer products and services industries. His Smart Business magazine and Naples Daily News column, "Business Class," the basis for SHOW ME, is an exploration of positive business principles selected from interviews with high-level executives, business leaders, and business-savvy celebrities. His focus on promoting workplace positivity has also landed him on Public Radio's Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal and CNBC.com. Whether writing, speaking or consulting on creativity, Jones's platform is unwavering. His ongoing mission supports positive communication, creative thinking & innovation, authentic self-expression and HUMOR. A Show Me State native, Jones is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia. He currently resides in Naples, FL.
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