Why I Wrote a Book about Friendship

My newest book, Circles of Friendship: A Guided Journal for Learning to Think Clearly about Your Friendships, was released in late April. It’s the latest in my bookshelf of self-published works, available on Amazon. (If you are reading this during the week of June 20, several of my books are on special pricing to coincide with Amazon Prime days.)

Some may wonder why I, a virtual assistant and soft skills author/coach, would offer a book about friendship? What does that have to do with business life? Here are a few reasons:

  1. Friendships are an important way to apply soft skills to relationships. You don’t have to be business colleagues to utilize skills such as conflict management and emotional intelligence.
  2. Friendships CAN be enjoyed in the context of business. (For more on this, see the article about my book in Kevin Kruse’s Forbes column, How to Increase Happiness by Categorizing Your Friendships.)
  3. Friendships can be challenging, and learning to think well about them can help.  In my book, I outline 15 different types of friendships (not an exhaustive list) in part to help people be more content with and appreciative of the friendships they have. I’ve personally had to learn to adjust my expectations sometimes, a fact that was a catalyst for writing this book.
  4. Friendships can add so much to life—and work!  A couple of the closest friends I have originated in a professional context, and I have happy memories of working with these people.  And even if friendships didn’t deepen much beyond a professional connection, I am grateful to still have great, warm relationships with many people, some of whom are former co-workers or professional colleagues.
  5. I like to help people think well.  Friendships can have a positive, energizing effect, or a negative, draining effect.  Sometimes they are complicated. I like to provide resources that help people think well about life matters, and this book/guided journal is designed to help you do so.

The book is available in paperback and also in a print-preview version for Kindle.  If you like hands-on activities, the journal is best. If you are mainly interested in the concepts, the ebook should be just fine!  I hope you’ll pick up a copy for yourself, and maybe one for a friend, too!




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