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Dr. Sanjiv Chopra and Hollywood Writer Rick Najera Team Up for New Book

As people watch engaging and engrossing stories through television, the hundreds of digital platforms, and the neighborhood cinema, they may not realize their personal stories are also worth telling to an audience.

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Dr. Sanjiv Chopra and Hollywood Writer Rick Najera Team Up for New Book
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Dr. Sanjiv Chopra and Hollywood Writer Rick Najera Team Up for New Book, as people watch engaging and engrossing stories through television, the hundreds of digital platforms, and the neighborhood cinema, they may not realize their personal stories are also worth telling to an audience. They have all the basics within them— personal challenges, triumphs all supported by dramatic elements—but they need that extra encouragement to start.

Two accomplished writers and friends—Latino Hollywood actor, director, and playwright Rick Najera and sought-after international Indian speaker and author Dr. Sanjiv Chopra—cultivate that inner spark that speaks to these future storytellers in their new book: “Ignite The Fire Within: Master Your Speaking and Writing.” The authors recently did a virtual book launch presented by Jamillah Moore, Ed.D, vice president of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management at San Francisco State University.

“Ignite The Fire Within: Master Your Speaking and Writing.”

The book is for the novice or for a well-seasoned expert who desires to elevate their level in the craft of speaking and writing and hears the calling to become a successful author, speaker, influencer, or thought leader.

Sharing personal stories and experiences, the men wrote the book as a guide on how people can communicate with their audiences, whether from doing a presentation to writing different pieces of content. Readers will learn, for example, how to overcome obstacles, understand the writing and speaking process, tap into one’s inner creativity and develop a connection with a spiritual component.

“Powerful storytelling can inspire the listener or reader to scale”

 “It’s an art, but the craft can be learned and mastered as we have articulated from experience and with humility in the book. It will truly ignite the fire within.”

Not only do the authors capture the mission of creating future writers, but they also share the story of forging a friendship between them, showing respect for their work and their rich and ancient cultures.

“Dr. Chopra and I are from opposite sides of the world,” Najera explained. “He is from the world of science, and I’m from the arena of arts and entertainment. Despite our varied backgrounds, we formed a friendship while writing this book, simultaneously created a community of dreamers and storytellers, and discovered a shared love of storytelling. It was an incredible experience.”

Najera added that this book encourages storytellers everywhere to search for stories and tell them but to not forget to share their tales.

“You may find that while on your storytelling journey the greatest story might be your own,” he said.  Dr. Sanjiv Chopra and Hollywood Writer Rick Najera Team Up for New Book

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