Body of Work:
Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together
“We are hardwired for story and no one gets that more than Pamela Slim. BODY OF WORK is a powerful and transformative book. Before this book, my journey from waiting tables to vulnerability researcher and teacher never made sense. Now, after reading BODY OF WORK and completing the exercises, I get it. Not only does it help me understand where I’ve been – it’s renewed my passion for where I’m going and why. ”
—Brené Brown, author of Daring Greatly
The world of work is no longer predictable. As it becomes increasingly rare to have a stable career in any field, we’re left with patchwork resumes and piecemeal lists of achievements. How do we make sense of our diverse experiences—and how do we explain it?
In BODY OF WORK: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together, (Portfolio/Penguin, January 2014) Pamela Slim, business coach and acclaimed author of Escape from Cubicle Nation, teaches you how to put the pieces together. Offering concrete steps alongside personal stories, she reexamines how we define our careers and ultimately how we define our lives.
Slim unlocks the tools you need to discover and harness your body of work, challenging you to:
- Define Your Roots: Make sure your work aligns with your values.
- Name Your Ingredients: Find hidden talent and leverage from all your life experiences that will make you uniquely positioned in the market.
- Choose Your Work Mode: Mitigate the risk of losing your job or business by ensuring your work is valued across multiple channels and environments.
- Surf the Fear: Learn how to navigate the fear and uncertainty that is inherent in the new world of work.
With this powerful guide, you will learn how to find the connections among your diverse accomplishments, sell your story, and continually reinvent and relaunch your body of work.
Praise for Body of Work
“In the pages of this life-changing book you’ll meet people who are creating beautiful lives from the most surprising materials – bravery and dedication, yes, but also fear, shame, and illness. Their courage and Pamela Slim’s words are inspiring. This book is a gift to every reader in these tough times.”
– Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind
“If you’re looking for a career coach, Pam Slim is the gold standard. Warm and wise, savvy and practical, “Body of Work” will guide you through today’s complex career landscape — while keeping your sense of self and personal passions alive.”
– Susan Cain, author of QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
“Whether you are starting out at your first job, a longtime corporate employee, or a successful entrepreneur, you can survive the new world of work by telling a story about your journey. Pam Slim shows you how.”
– Nancy Duarte, CEO of Duarte, Inc.
“Pam Slim shows you how to thrive by building a body of work out of your experiences, knowledge, and accomplishments. A must-read for anyone who wants to achieve fulfillment, joy, and inner peace.”
– Guy Kawasaki, former chief evangelist of Apple and author of Enchantment
“Heartfelt, practical and actionable, this is the rare book that will change your life if you let it.”
– Seth Godin, author of The Icarus Deception
“Pam Slim has written THE modern career handbook. Her advice, spunk, and spirit make it a joy to read.”
– Robert Sutton, Stanford Professor, author of The No Asshole Rule and Scaling Up Excellence
Escape from Cubicle Nation:
From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur
Step-by-step advice to escape your job and pursue your passion.
Inspired by her successful blog of the same name, life coach Slim shows readers how to navigate the terrifying yet gratifying transition from corporate drone to entrepreneur. She strikes a perfect balance between emotional encouragement and practical advice: Hating your job intensely, she writes, is not a business plan.
What’s here is: the nitty-gritty of getting a business off the ground, legal considerations, making the best use of social networking sites, the components of a business model, organized creative brainstorming, financial advice, shopping for self-paid insurance and benefits, and helpful anecdotes of real-life entrepreneurship.
With her humorous insights into corporate life and an appealing no-nonsense yet empathic tone, Slim deals swiftly and incisively with anxiety, fear and hesitation. Readers will cheer as she teaches the tricks behind finding what makes you purr—what people will pay you to do, what you have a great passion for and what you are genetically encoded to do. This is a standout in the start-your-own business genre.
Pam was chosen by editor Michael Bungay Stanier to contribute an essay to this unique fundraising book, along with fellow authors like Tom Peters, Daniel Pink, Seth Godin and Sir Ken Robinson. Over $300,000 was raised by the book to fight malaria, a figure that keeps climbing with each sale.