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Are you a storyteller? 

Do you use stories to engage, communicate, sell or teach?  

I shared my own Storytelling Journey from Entrepreneur to Author-preneur with a SPOTLIGHT Presentation at Staples/Bureau-en Gros on Nov 20th.   

You can see the details here:  

My Storytelling Journey from Entrepreneur to Author-preneur

You can review the PowerPoint of the presentation. Click here: My Storytelling Journey

My experience has been that storytelling is a very powerful communication technique to make your message appealing, to hold the listener's or reader's attention and to make the message more memorable.

I've used storytelling as an entrepreneur, business leader, executive, consultant, coach and cheerleader for entrepreneurs. I have now continued my storytelling journey as an author with two business books and three novels published over the last five years.

Let's share the stories. 

In the SPOTLIGHT Presentation I shared the lessons learned along the winding road from Entrepreneur to Author-preneur. You can review the PowerPoint for an outline of the presentation.

Click here: My Storytelling Journey

If you have any questions or comments to share, please contact me.

It would be my pleasure to follow-up and share stories. I still think it's the best way to learn.

Thank you for your interest,

Del Chatterson

For my crime fiction novels with an entrepreneur as hero visit:

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Novel NO EASY MONEY and Uncle Ralph's   Business Books

NO EASY MONEY, “You never win playing by the rules.”

The first in a series of Dale Hunter Crime Novels, this novel an explosive mix of crime, cash and computers in the 1980s.

Entrepreneurs face challenges every day. It’s hard to be a hero. This is the story of a young entrepreneur in the computer business under threats of violence from the Montreal Mafia. He wants to survive to protect his family and not play by gangster rules, but it will require courage and creativity and the support of some new friends. Somebody is going to get killed.

Uncle Ralph's Business Books


“A wise man learns from the mistakes of others, only a fool insists on making his own.” 

Learn from how to be better and to do better by sharing the stories of experienced entrepreneurs and avoid the 7 Biggest Mistakes that entrepreneurs make.




The Complete Do-It-Yourself Guide to Business Plans

“It’s about the process, not the product.”

This 2nd Edition Comprehensive Guide provides all the tools, tips and techniques you need, including Real life case studies, Sample Business Plans and Financial Templates.

Do-It-Yourself Business Plan?  Yes you can!

The books are all available NOW in hardcover, softcover, E-book, Kindle or KOBO online at Amazon or Indigo and Chapters & Paragraph Books in Montreal. Or 39,000 bookstores around the world.  If you ask for it, they’ll deliver it!

Buy a book. Tell all your friends, they’ll thank you later. 

Thank you all for your interest in my fiction adventure and my business books. Enjoy the read!


Author Website:

Delvin Chatterson, Author An entrepreneur and business advisor, consultant, coach and cheerleader for entrepreneurs, Del Chatterson has written extensively on business topics for decades.

He is now writing fiction with a short story collection in progress and this series of Dale Hunter crime novels. Originally from the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, Del has lived and worked for the past forty years in the fascinating French-Canadian city of Montreal, Quebec.


Back to school

schoolNot just for kids

It’s time for back to school, but once the kids are settled in it's also a good time for you and your team to learn more and do better for yourselves and your business. Expand your knowledge or take a refresher in the fundamentals for better personal and business performance.

You probably have already established your preferred sources for ideas and inspiration, but consider expanding your horizons, dig a little deeper, try something new.

Go beyond scanning the Tweets and posts on Facebook or LinkedIn. Read your favourite guru’s latest book, or try somebody completely different. Take a course, hire a coach, or go to a conference or seminar outside your industry or profession. Maybe learn more about sociology, economics, political history or comparative religions to better understand what is going on in the world around us.

Share what you learn or coax others through the process. Become the teacher and be surprised by how much better you will understand the subject yourself.

Feel like a kid again, go back to school.


Your Uncle Ralph, Del Chatterson

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Click Here to check out Uncle Ralph’s books, "Don't Do It the Hard Way" and "The Complete Do-It-Yourself Guide to Business Plans" Both are available online or at your favourite bookstore in hard cover, paperback or e-book.


In conversation with Stephen Goldberg, a discussion of the value of Business Planning. "It's about the process, not the product."

Read the full article and watch the video here.

Your Uncle Ralph, Del Chatterson
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Join our mailing list for more ideas, information and inspiration for entrepreneurs. 
 Click Here to check out Uncle Ralph's books, "Don't Do It the Hard Way" and "The Complete Do-It-Yourself Guide to Business Plans" Both are available online or at your favourite bookstore in hard cover, paperback or e-book.



"Don't Do It the Hard Way" has been released to the printers!

You should see it soon at your favourite bookstore. Here's what to look for .... Learn to be a better entrepreneur and do better for yourself, your family, customers and suppliers, your community and the planet.

Ambitious I know, but that is my mission.

Don’t Do It the Hard Way” is based on the principle that entrepreneurs learn best by sharing stories with other entrepreneurs. In the book, Uncle Ralph shares his stories and the lessons learned to help other entrepreneurs be better and do better. His advice is presented through discussions in breakfast meetings where you will meet other entrepreneurs and learn from sharing their stories and the lessons learned.

Seth Godin has to be the best at capturing concepts and then communicating them creatively.

You may know him best from his books, if you've heard of "The Purple Cow", "Survival is not Enough", "Meatball Sundae", "The Big Red Fez" or his original claim to fame -"Permission Marketing".

His Blog is also recommended reading for thoughtful inspiration on marketing and communications in general. (Click on the Blog link in the right margin.)

But even Seth Godin doesn't get it right all the time. And he admits it as he has re-issued his book "All Marketers are Liars" under the new title, (same contents) "All Marketers Tell Stories".

As he discovered, it may be a catchy title, but it is insulting and unappealing to the intended audience. Another lesson learned.

Two long summer weekends and two short weeks every year at the end of June. (Unique to Québec?) Followed by the so-called "construction holiday" where almost everyone leaves for the last two weeks of July. Hard to be productive with clients or any other business partners during this period.

Should be a good time for blogging, but other summer attractions have more appeal. All of which is to admit I don't have much new to say.

Some more progress on summer reading and my reviews for your consideration:

  • Crime and Punishment, by Dostoevsky. A classic on my "must read" list. Written in the Russia of the 186o's and considered the original psychological murder mystery. Intriguing and very different from the modern murder mystery as it is told primarily from the point of view of the murderer.
  • How to Win Friends & Influence People, by Dale Carnegie. One of the originals (consider also Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill.) written in the 1930's and still worth a read. Not so serious or so slick as the current crop of self-help books that are so effectively mass marketed. Adds some perspective to the basic skills required to be effective in working with other people.

I've also agreed to teach two summer courses in Financial Management at Concordia so I'm reviewing the current textbook, "Principles of Corporate Finance" by Gitman and Hennessey. The principles haven't changed in the thirty years since my MBA and the first time I taught the course, but the text is well done and covers the elementary to the advanced topics.

Happy summer reading on your own list.

Now that I've said I'm committed to blogging for the greater good, more than just the personal satisfaction, I'm going to have to keep it up.

Flurry of topics to consider - more business advice from Uncle Ralph, comments on the Virginia Tech massacre, business issues discussed at lunch, or the best seller I finally bought "Good to Great" by Jim Collins?

Let's settle on the latter - best business books that must be read if you're serious about being a better manager or running a more successful business.

On my list:

  1. Built to Last, also by Jim Collins
  2. In Search of Excellence by Tom Peters and Tom Waterman(?) the original business best seller that is claimed to have started an industry.
  3. Ben Franklin's 12 Rules of Management by Blaine McCormick and the Autobiography of Ben Franklin by Ben himself (obviously).
  4. Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive by Harvey Mackay
  5. The Bootstrapper's Bible by Seth Godin
  6. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  7. First, Break All the Rules by Marcus Buckingham & Curt Coffman

And on your recommended reading list?