Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
John Daly, a highly-successful international event producer, advised his top Fortune 100 corporate clients on proper protocol both in the U.S. and around the globe for 44 years. He was dubbed “the guru of event design”! He created and then taught The Key Class, a program teaching soft skills, through the Santa Barbara Teen Court for the past five years and works with the Workforce Investment Board and a variety of organizations. Since 2013, Daly has provided the program to multiple high schools in Santa Barbara and currently has expanded it to all high schools in the Santa Barbara Unified School District School System, as well as Ventura County, California. In 2013-14, John Daly won the “Outstanding Fun In the Sun Individual Partner of the Year” Award from United Way. The same year, Daly won “mentor of the year” from Santa Barbara High School’s Dons Net Café and the 2014 Penny Jenkins Mentor Champion Award from the Fighting Back Mentor Program. John Daly is the 2015-2016 President of Partners in Education. He currently has written two books related to behavior, etiquette and protocol.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
74 Key Life Skills for a Happy, Successful Life was inspired by the everyday experiences that I have with others. It is important to me to give people the “keys” to success, and behavior is critical to that process.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I like to get things down quickly, even in just phrases, and then go back and organize and flesh them out.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
There are too many to name. Anything about behavior, manners, or protocol. I have been fascinated with not just the American culture but that of other countries. It’s been a life-long study to understand why people do what they do.
What are you working on now?
I am outlining a book about people’s behavior around those who have suffered loss – death in particular.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I use all the social media. I haven’t found anything that outweighs another. I think it imperative to use as much as is reasonable to remind people that you have something to offer them.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t be afraid to speak the truth. Respect the opinions of others. Take the suggestions of editors and Beta readers to heart. Have a good editor. Realize that unless you promote your book that it probably won’t sell.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Do to others what you would have them do to you. Respect, tolerance and civility will lead to success. It did for me.
What are you reading now?
Works Well with Others by Ross McCammon.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I am working on a book about how to behave around people who have suffered a loss or death in the family.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Hmnn… that’s a tough one. Too many to decide.