Although not originally from Long Beach, author Temeko Richardson “will take sun, beach, and ocean views over snow and below-freezing weather anytime.” Her latest book, Get a Clue: 10 Steps to an Executive IQ, gives readers real examples of ways to navigate the workplace. It is about understanding all the factors that can make or break a successful career or business.
“Over the years developing a career I thought I wanted and pursuing the freedom of entrepreneurship I really needed,” said Richardson, “it was important for me to not only set the goals but understand everything that factored into making those dreams a reality. I was inspired to write Get A Clue because of the consistent mistakes that executives and entrepreneurs make when trying to get others to buy into their vision and the poor judgment of employees who are not aware of the big picture of their roles. My book gives them all the quick awareness they need to gain the Executive IQ for informed decision-making that establishes trusting and dependable working relationships, thriving businesses and promising careers.”
Carma Spence: What types of genres do you like to write?
Temeko Richardson: Self-improvement in the areas of business and motivation. Once you have found the formulas that have worked, it is always good to share so others won’t make the same mistakes.
CS: Where do you get your ideas?
TR: My ideas mainly come from running marathons or consulting for some difficult clients. Also I travel frequently for work and use that time in the security lines or in the airport lounges to focus on all the things that went well and not so well and chart the course on how a better outcome can develop.
CS: Did you always like writing?
TR: Not really. I was forced to like it because all of my mother’s side of the family were either preachers or teachers or principals and writing out lessons was a must. I am more a technology, math, and science person who was groomed to write because it was running rampant in my household.
CS: Do you have a set schedule to do your writing?
TR: Not anymore with my schedule becoming more hectic with the addition of the book promotion. I used to try once a week on a Saturday at the beach twice a month but now it’s anywhere I can fit it in – a restaurant, a park bench, nail salon, you name it.
CS: How do you feel about the current state of writing? Is this a good time for writers?
TR: It is the perfect time for writing because it needs to return to its formal nature. Social media has truncated stories into less than 120 words and the feeling has been removed. True writers have more to give because they offer meaning to their statements.
CS: What is the best advice you’ve ever received as a writer?
TR: Get a professional editor. My mother was an English professor most of her career before moving upwards professionally. As an adult she would still mark what I had written in red ink, as if she was my English Advanced Placement teacher in high school. It made me better as a writer and also in conveying my messages succinctly. It also created the need for me to always have someone better around me and for an author, that means a great editor.
CS: What is the best advice you can give as a writer?
TR: Take your time and formulate your thoughts. Be prepared for an editor to question you and your message. Don’t lose your message in trying to be politically correct. People appreciate honesty and not being bamboozled.
CS: What’s next for you and your writing?
TR: I am finishing up the next book which will come out early next year as well as book blog tours and, of course, my frequent updates to my blog.
CS: What do you like about being a writer in Long Beach?
TR: The atmosphere lends to great thinking. Since my topics can be pretty intense, it is easier to wind down with people watching on the beach, near an event at the Convention Center, or taking in the calm of the aquarium. It takes away the stress of writing perfectly and enables the free-flowing writing spirit you need.
To learn more about Richardson and her work, visit her website at www.therlcgroup.com.
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