Pearson FT Publishing: Futureproof and The Leader’s Guide to Presenting books awarded at The Business Book Awards 2018

Authors Tom Bird and Jeremy Cassell accepting their award for The Leader’s Guide to Presenting

Author Caleb Storkey accepting his award for Futureproof

LONDON, 23-Mar-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — Pearson FT Publishing books, The Leader’s Guide to Presenting by Tom Bird and Jeremy Cassell and Futureproof by Caleb Storkey and Minter Dial were commended by judges at The Business Book Awards 2018 on Friday evening for blazing a trail in their awarding categories of ‘Self Development’ and ‘Embracing Change’ respectively. Each book fought off tough competition with a total of 20 books entered for the Embracing Change category and 37 for the Self Development category. ​The winning books were judged on their merits for both content and production quality.

The Business Book Awards, judged by a panel of business experts, publishers and eminent authors, were established to celebrate the work of authors who have shared their industry or market knowledge, experience and expertise in published book form.

In its inaugural year, the awards have attracted 150 entries from a variety of publishers. Seventeen different publishers made the shortlist, with entries ranging from independent publishers such as The Authority Guides, through to household names such as Penguin Random House, Wiley and of course, Pearson.

The awards ceremony took place at the Grange City Hotel in London on Friday 16th March where the authors and publishers of this year’s best business books gathered to celebrate the first Business Book Awards.

Lucy McCarraher, Founder of The Business Book Awards, said:

“We felt it was time that the wide range of business authors were celebrated for the knowledge and expertise they make available through their books. Some of them make an impact in a highly niche market; others present a vision that changes the way we all work or live.”

Eloise Cook, Publisher for Pearson Business & FT Publishing, also commented:

“We were absolutely delighted to have five books shortlisted at the awards, so to celebrate two wins on the night was a triumph for the team. Our publishing is all about helping people to improve their lives through learning so we’re thrilled that the judges agree.”

Winning Books

The Leader’s Guide to Presenting: How to Use Soft Skills to Get Hard Results (FT Publishing)

Authors: Tom Bird and Jeremy Cassell
ISBN: 9781292119984 | Publication date: 7th February 2017 | RRP: £16.99

Category Winner: Self Development

Judges in this category said they would recommend this book to anyone, whether a leader or not, as it definitely adds something new to the presentation bookshelf. The Leader’s Guide to Presenting was described as ‘a great practical handbook written with a true purpose of self development’.

‘An indispensable guide for global leaders in aiding the preparation of high-stakes, persuasive presentations with structure and purpose to deliver positive outcomes. This book has been an invaluable aid in delivering to my audiences engaging and compelling messages with the necessary punch!! Brilliant!!’

Dr. Graham Woolford, Head of Operations, Unihealth, South Africa

Futureproof: How To Get Your Business Ready For The Next Disruption (FT Publishing)

Authors: Caleb Storkey and Minter Dial
ISBN: 9781292186399 | Publication date: 7th September 2017 | RRP: £14.99

Category Winner: Embracing Change

The judges found Futureproof to be a highly readable, well presented, clearly structured book that covers an impressive range of disruptive technologies. They described the book as ‘a skilful blend of the softer stuff around mindset and behaviours with the more functional aspects of 12 disruptive forces’.

‘This is a book that challenged me and made me think at every turn. It disrupted my mind!’

Mark Schaefer, consultant, speaker and author of KNOWN


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SOURCE:  Pearson



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