Book Reviews

Book Review: The Guide

The Weekend Herald - Having the last laugh in business
Workplace humour can be a powerful and persuasive tool, says David Maida

Using humour in the work-place not only lessens the seriousness of problems that occur but also relieves stress, says business coach and standup comedian, Terry Williams. "People are going to use humour in he workplace anyway. As a manager, setting up a culture and a system which allows them to do that in an appropriate way lets managers generate the humour." Williams has been a senior manager in business and says cultivating humour in the workplace can involve small things like allowing staff members to use the office copier to photocopy cartoons from the paper and put the, on the wall... Click here to read the entire article

Review 'Her Magazine' - The Guide

The guide provides the young reader with the confidence to take a big stride both onto adulthood and towards achieving their dreams. They will be armed with enough knowledge to avoid the top 100 future-wrecking errors that can be made, big and small. Packed full of information on such wide-ranging topics as getting a drivers license, job seeking, avoiding cons, OE travel, alcohol and drugs, flatting, pets, and relationships, the book is an immediately useful, fun toolbox to aid a young person in finding self and demystifying adulthood. And the best thing about the Guide to Being an Adult is IT'S FUNNY. Not preachy, not boring, it doesn't sound like your mum; it's laugh-out-loud funny.

The North Shore Times
Funny guys' guide a lip-smacker - by Michelle Lotter

There is now a guide to the perfect kiss. Comedians Terry Williams and Mike Loder have written a book on how to kiss, throw a party, remember a name, get a job and all the other things classrooms don't teach. Ranging from serious issues such as suicide, relationships and setting up a house, to lighthearted dilemmas such as how to select fruit at the supermarket, The guide aims to give 18 to 26-year-olds advice in a "funny, not preachy way"... Click here to read the entire article

Library & Information Association of New Zealand – Children’s Book Awards 2009 – Elsie Locke Award: Non-Fiction Category:

“The non-fiction category this year produced some very high quality titles. This is pleasing to see in an environment where children tend to turn to the computer for their information. All titles were readable with quality information and illustrations and are the sorts of books children will love to delve into... We would like to make special mention of “The Guide” by Mike Loder and Terry Williams. This self help guide for young adults is comprehensive and honest with loads of useful information. It is pleasing to see a book of this sort which is applicable to New Zealand.”

Colleen Shipley, Librarian Marlborough Girls' College

We have the book here in our library and it is hugely popular (in fact it hasn’t sat on the shelves yet). I first came across it as a judge for LIANZA children’s book awards. It’s a great book and you might be interested in a little game we played with it. We are an all girls school but the librarians from the boys college came over for a visit, we passed the book around the room and opened it and said what section it opened up at with the inference being that was the issues we were dealing with subconsciously. Great fun and good for knowing what stuff is in the book.

Susan Doughty, Executive Manager, RemNet

“Terry is a delight. His energy and enthusiasm is contagious and his presentation hit the perfect note for our conference. He had the audience in the palm of his hand whilst sharing some great insights and nuggets of truth for everyone to take away. I would absolutely recommend Terry as a Key Note speaker”

Diane Robinson, RemNet

"Great feedback from delegates regarding your presentation, rating 4.8 for facilitation out of a maximum of 5.0 (which I might add I’ve never seen delegates rate up to!)"


Tearaway Review by David Osten Gifford

Finally! A practical and useful guide to everything you need to know about life after high school, that isn't completely boring! This NZ book might just help you survive life (after you finally survive your battle with 13 years of school teaching).

Stuffed full of my favourite kind of humour, crushing sarcasm and cutting wit, this book tells you exactly what you need to know and expect when getting a flat, cooking, exercising, dating, kissing, getting a job, buying a car - almost everything you would need!

Aimed at teaching you how to avoid the 100 life-ruining decisions you might make, this is for more of you that just that clueless sheltered kid.

You may think you're an expert on kissing, and your brother may give you the know how on getting a decent flat, but the more serious topics of crime and alcohol are also sprinkled throughout in a way that doesn't make you cringe.

Now, are you going to buy the book, or have your parents give you 'the talk'?

The Nile Review by Kate Lyon

Can I say WOW? Where was this book when I needed it 30 years ago? I have now passed it on to my son (22) he's not really a reader, however he's being reading it for a week now and even shown it to a friend. I laughed and I cried, and I also learnt some very interesting things. Love it.

Waikato Times Review

This is a laugh-out-loud yet practical handbook designed to give young readers the confidence to take the big step into adulthood and towards their dreams. It tackles some of the big issues how to get a job, how to find a flat, how to have a party, and some of the smaller but still important ones - how to change a tyre, how to breathe. Help a young person find themselves and in the process demystify adulthood. It points young people in the right direction while avoiding the preachy.

Tomorrow's Schools Today - Online Magazine for Teaching Professionals by Stephen Clark, Editor

Simply put this is a guide to all sorts of things that teenagers need to or want to know about, from getting a job to how to kiss. The book is presented as a humorous read, but under the jokes lie some very important issues, helpful advice and good information. For example there is a very helpful section on smoking that makes you think right from the start why someone would start smoking. It covers things that people don't usually think about like the costs of the habit and how being addicted to cigarettes will change you, as well as the usual health effects. More importantly, it has a comprehensive section on quitting and covers all the things you will go through when you try to quit.

Being a New Zealand publication, the help numbers in the book and other information is correct for New Zealanders. It is not a case of fine a service that might be helpful when you read the book, only to find it is only available to residents of the US.

The most important thing about the guide is that it helps readers to make informed choices in their lives. It is after all a guide and like all guides, readers can make the ultimate choice of whether or not to follow it. The information in it, however helps readers to make choices on things by giving some information that is not readily available or might not be mentioned if they talk to friends, peers or parents. In all this really is a helpful must read book for young and not so young adults to help guide them to make good decisions in life.

Singapore May 2011