A well-written, useful guide that should enhance a CEO’s ability to communicate with the investment community and attract...



Sage advice on engaging with investment professionals from a corporate communications pro.

In business, there are certain practicable formulas designed to maximize success in a variety of areas, such as financial analysis, business process management and marketing, to name a few. With the publication of Griesel’s book, add to the list a formula for getting investors interested in a company. Griesel’s well-delivered counsel is universally applicable to CEOs of larger public and private companies and owners of smaller companies. The author discusses certain basics—how to create an elevator pitch, how to make a presentation, how to create a business plan—that the reader could find in numerous other business books. But it’s her concentration on the more advanced fundamentals that make this resource valuable. Griesel’s informative discussion of professional fund investors, for example, is insightful: “PIs do you a favor by listening to your company’s pitch,” writes Griesel. “It’s part of your job to satisfy the needs, wants and expectations of PIs, and whenever possible, to unearth their fears or resolve any complaints or reservations that might prevent them from investing in your company.” This kind of blunt talk is likely to keep in check a business owner who may get too caught up in his or her own ego. Her chapter on “The Importance of a Cohesive Management Team” is equally straightforward. It includes two exercises for executives (one is used with the permission of an investment firm) that demonstrate why senior managers must share common goals and purposes and be able to work together. Writes Griesel, “Lack of a unified vision in the corporate suite is a surefire way to obliterate investor interest.” Griesel includes the obligatory chapter about social media but does a nice job slanting it to investor relations. Respecting the senior manager’s time, Griesel writes economically and replaces the fluff with specific suggestions.

A well-written, useful guide that should enhance a CEO’s ability to communicate with the investment community and attract new investors.

Pub Date: Dec. 7, 2012

ISBN: 9781936705016

Page Count: 278

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: Feb. 26, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2013

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Analyzing his craft, a careful craftsman urges with Thoreauvian conviction that writers should simplify, simplify, simplify.


New York Times columnist and editorial board member delivers a slim book for aspiring writers, offering saws and sense, wisdom and waggery, biases and biting sarcasm.

Klinkenborg (Timothy; or, Notes of an Abject Reptile, 2006), who’s taught for decades, endeavors to keep things simple in his prose, and he urges other writers to do the same. (Note: He despises abuses of the word as, as he continually reminds readers.) In the early sections, the author ignores traditional paragraphing so that the text resembles a long free-verse poem. He urges readers to use short, clear sentences and to make sure each one is healthy before moving on; notes that it’s acceptable to start sentences with and and but; sees benefits in diagramming sentences; stresses that all writing is revision; periodically blasts the formulaic writing that many (most?) students learn in school; argues that knowing where you’re headed before you begin might be good for a vacation, but not for a piece of writing; and believes that writers must trust readers more, and trust themselves. Most of Klinkenborg’s advice is neither radical nor especially profound (“Turn to the poets. / Learn from them”), and the text suffers from a corrosive fallacy: that if his strategies work for him they will work for all. The final fifth of the text includes some passages from writers he admires (McPhee, Oates, Cheever) and some of his students’ awkward sentences, which he treats analytically but sometimes with a surprising sarcasm that veers near meanness. He includes examples of students’ dangling modifiers, malapropisms, errors of pronoun agreement, wordiness and other mistakes.

Analyzing his craft, a careful craftsman urges with Thoreauvian conviction that writers should simplify, simplify, simplify.

Pub Date: Aug. 7, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-307-26634-7

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: May 14, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2012

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With this detailed, versatile cookbook, readers can finally make Momofuku Milk Bar’s inventive, decadent desserts at home, or see what they’ve been missing.

In this successor to the Momofuku cookbook, Momofuku Milk Bar’s pastry chef hands over the keys to the restaurant group’s snack-food–based treats, which have had people lining up outside the door of the Manhattan bakery since it opened. The James Beard Award–nominated Tosi spares no detail, providing origin stories for her popular cookies, pies and ice-cream flavors. The recipes are meticulously outlined, with added tips on how to experiment with their format. After “understanding how we laid out this cookbook…you will be one of us,” writes the author. Still, it’s a bit more sophisticated than the typical Betty Crocker fare. In addition to a healthy stock of pretzels, cornflakes and, of course, milk powder, some recipes require readers to have feuilletine and citric acid handy, to perfect the art of quenelling. Acolytes should invest in a scale, thanks to Tosi’s preference of grams (“freedom measurements,” as the friendlier cups and spoons are called, are provided, but heavily frowned upon)—though it’s hard to be too pretentious when one of your main ingredients is Fruity Pebbles. A refreshing, youthful cookbook that will have readers happily indulging in a rising pastry-chef star’s widely appealing treats.    


Pub Date: Oct. 25, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-307-72049-8

Page Count: 256

Publisher: Clarkson Potter

Review Posted Online: Jan. 13, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2011

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