Curious about the Featured on Friday posts? Learn more. This week we’re igniting the buzz for Take Charge of Your Talent.

The official buzz week begins on Monday, but today we’re giving you a preview of what you have to look forward to, and letting you in on all the details of how you can take part in the events.

In Take Charge of Your Talent, the authors promote the idea that by developing your talent, you can help others find and develop their talents as well. At Weaving Influence, we are enthusiastic about seeing potential and developing talent, so that’s an idea that resonates, and it’s one of the many reasons that we’re excited to introduce you to to the authors of this amazing book.

Meet Don Maruska & Jay Perry

Don Maruska is founder and CEO of three Silicon Valley companies, venture investor, and recipient of the National Innovators Award. The first in his family’s history to attend college, Don earned a BA magna cum laude from Harvard University, and subsequently earned an MBA and JD from Stanford University. After spending twenty years in Silicon Valley, Don became a Master Certified Coach, focusing on helping leaders and teams to cultivate success in their organizations.

Jay Perry, a fellow Master Certified Coach, was one of Don’s mentor coaches while learning the coaching profession. Jay earned a BFA from Boston University and an MFA from Ohio University. Known as one of the world’s leading mentors for new coaches seeking professional certification, Jay has coached and led workshops for thousands of people around the world. Additionally, he volunteers his time at jails and prisons, bringing the benefits of coaching to traditionally underserved and at-risk populations.

Take Charge Of Your Takent

Together, Don and Jay have created the Take Charge of Your Talent community, developing talent champions. Through their Champions Training Program, you can become a Certified Take Charge of Your Talent Leader, with the opportunity to contribute to thought leadership and development of the Take- Charge movement. In January 2013, Don and Jay celebrated the publication of their book, Take Charge of Your Talent, with a foreword written by Jim Kouzes, coauthor of the bestselling The Leadership Challenge.

Hear It In THeir Own Words


Take Part In The Talent Buzz Week

Take Charge of Your Talent Resource PageUse these resources to share with your online communities, and encourage your friends to check out the book.

Send a Tweet – Go ahead and get the buzz started today by sending a tweet to your friends about the upcoming webinar.

Leave a Review on Amazon or Goodreads – Authors love to see new reviews go up, and we love to encourage people to write them during buzz weeks!

Share a GraphicWe would love to see social media sites flooded with some of these graphics next week – will you help us? (Right click to save & share)

Connect With Don & Jay

Visit the Take Charge of Your Talent Website, download a sample chapter, follow Don, Jay, and Talent Champions on Twitter, and connect on Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Upcoming Event – Free Webinar

Make plans to join Don Maruska, Jay Perry, Jim Kouzes, and Becky Robinson next Thursday, October 3 at 1:00pm ET, for a one-hour Talent Champion webinar.

It’s free to join, so sign up today and invite your friends.

Don and Jay will be sharing concrete actions that you can use to start taking charge of your talent. Rearrange your schedule and make plans to spend an hour learning from these amazing leaders.

Share Your Thoughts: Do you know what your strongest talent is? If you could ask Don and Jay one question, what would it be?