Friday, December 28, 2007

New Photos From My Cruise

As promised, here are some pictures from my spectacular 3-week cruise from Lisbon through the Panama Canal on the Crystal Serenity. Nice to find some warmth in the sun this time of year -- enjoy!

Carol & I enjoying the bubbly splash of a formal night on board.

Ready set shop! (St. Martin)


Sunset, the Caribbean, formal night—It doesn't get much better than this.

Almost 7600 miles later nearing the end of a remarkable trip.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Holiday Greetings!

Just arrived back from my 3-week cruise on the Crystal Serenity in time to wish you all an early Happy New Year. 2007 was a good one for me, and I'm looking forward to 2008.

Busy schedule as usual. On Tuesday, December 11th , I'll be speaking at the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce. Then on Wed., Thurs., and Friday I'll be hosting THE CALL on NY1 Television. Hope you local viewers out there will have a change to tune in.

As promised, some photos from the cruise will be hitting this page soon, so be sure and check back.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007


This Friday I'm off on a three week journey from Lisbon through the Panama Canal on the Crystal Serenity. Should be a lot of fun.

Stay tuned for new posts and photos!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Mark your calendar!

Just got word that the paperback edition of GOT WHAT IT TAKES? Successful People Reveal How They Made It To the Top will be out from HarperCollins in April, 2008. Looks like we've got a winter to get through first, but it's something I'm looking forward to.

In the meantime, you can still order a hardbound copy direct from Amazon by clicking HERE.

More soon!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Photos from La Vie in Vegas

Here are some photos from my trip to vegas that illustrate my previous post...

Red Rock Resort (Robert Indiana's sculpture in background)

Chef Rene Lenger at his Country Club Steakhouse - Wynn Resort

Lake Bellagio

Thursday, August 16, 2007


I was set for a Simon Super Chef Live show at Caesar's Palace in the middle of July--so why not head out to Food City, ok maybe it's supposed to be Sin City--but I'm happy enough to let my rapacious appetite do the sinning.

First Vegas stop was not actually in Vegas, it was the Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa in Henderson. It's far enough away from the strip that you feel the slower pace of desert life. Carol and I mounted a couple of horses over at the Bonnie Springs Ranch for an excursion through scenic Red Rock Canyon and then galloped back to Red Rock Resort for two terrific meals at the "TBONES" Restaurant--where the $90.00 serving of King Crab legs brings you five large legs perfectly prepared. The resort's pool area sports the iconic LOVE Sculpture by Robert Indiana.

On the strip, we visited Bellagio and my favorite spot in all of Vegas--the little outdoor cafe operated by JeansGeorge's ''PRIME". Its vista on Lake Bellagio and the Paris Hotel across the street is uniquely intimate for flashy and sprawling Vegas--it's the most romantic place in town for a drink. Of course we needed dinner at Bellagio, too, and I can strongly urge anyone headed for a little Vie in Vegas to visit the jewel box LE CIRQUE Restaurant. It has all the glory, history, and charm of the legendary Sirio Maccioni creation that first appeared on East 65th street in New York and is now going strong at Beacon Court in New York and also Mexico City, and of course, Las Vegas. Tell the lovely manager, Morgani, that Bill Boggs sent you. The desserts at Le Cirque are the best in town.

Down the strip at the Venetian, Carol and I had wonderfully fresh heirloom tomatoes at the bar at B & B, the Mario Batali-Joe Bastianich creation, which is the closest thing you'll find to New York's "Babbo" in town. Then, a short stroll over to "DAVID BURKE at the Venetian" to have dinner with David Burke himself and present him with the coveted FIVE STAR DIAMOND AWARD. I'm an International Consultant for the award.

The next day, somehow, hunger struck us again and it was off to the new Wynn Resort for lunch at ''THE COUNTRY CLUB''--a new American Steakhouse under the direction of Executive Chef Rene Lenger. His gazpacho and fresh shrimp are top picks there for a light lunch. The lunch was a warm up for dinner that night at Wynn's ''SW STEAK," under the direction of my longtime friend, the talented chef David Walzug. His duck presentation was extraordinary and Carol feasted on a dazzling triple-tiered shell fish arrangement with shrimp, tuna tartare and mammoth King Crab legs.

One more meal to mix in and that was at the Alain Ducasse creation ''MIX IN LAS VEGAS" atop the new second tower at the Mandalay Bay Resort. We sat in a modernist cube-booth and watched the sun go down while toying with an intriguing "pomegranate foam" amuse bouche. As night falls the place turns into one of the town's hottest bar and dining scenes. Fabien Riviere, the manager, is the man to see for that special "booth."

I also had a chance to be a guest on Ed Bernstein's long-running television interview show to discuss (and shamelessly plug) my HarperCollins book, GOT WHAT IT TAKES? And then off to work with Food Network colleague, Duff Goldman, "The Ace of Cakes." The show went on at the "Forum of the Caesar's"--which is probably one of the best places to shop in the U.S. And no matter what anyone ever tells you about Vegas-take it from me--it is one of the world's top culinary destinations and will continue to grow in that direction for years to come.

Ah, La Vie in Vegas, now when can I return?

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

RAVE Review from The Christian Science Monitor!

A great review by Ari Pinkus of GOT WHAT IT TAKES? was published today in The Christian Science Monitor. The last line reads: "Wherever you are careerwise – anywhere from your first day of work to your last – this easy read of a pep talk speaks volumes."

CLICK HERE to read the full review.

I'm pleased by all the great press and reviews the book has been getting lately. You can catch up on all of them at
More soon!

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Early Show Video "live" on the Web

My appearance on the CBS Early Show with Harry Smith is availabe for viewing at

You can also catch it on YouTube by clicking here.

Enjoy the fireworks!

Monday, July 02, 2007

Happy Fourth of July!

The holiday is off to a great start! Appeared on the CBS Early Show with Harry Smith this morning. CLICK HERE to read a report from the CBS News web site. Also, if you missed the broadcast...we'll be featuring a video of the show on my book's web site at so please visit.
Just received this nice note from an Early Show viewer:
"Bill - After staying up till 4am last night/this morning to meet a promised deadline, I arose at 7:59am and scrambled to pop on the CBS Early Show. I caught your segment (was taping it just in case), as did my Mom - and we both agreed you were so wonderfully upbeat, concise, totally prepared, and you certainly packed lots of pertinent info into the oh-too-short amount of time allotted to you and Harry Smith...but you looked and sounded like the handsome, articulate, compassionate pro that you always were! Congrats to you, Bill. I find the topic of your book very intriguing, and look forward to getting a copy and meeting you to sign it in person... "
Hope you all enjoy the fireworks on Wednesday.
Be back soon....

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Rise & Shine for THE EARLY SHOW on CBS!

Here's the latest news...

I'll be appearing on CBS TV'S EARLY SHOW, July 2nd, between 8 and 9 AM.

Should be fun, so set your alarm clock and don't oversleep!
More soon.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Nosh in Knoxville & Other Tidbits

I'll be hosting SIMON SUPER CHEFS LIVE at the West Town Mall in Knoxville, TN this weekend. If you're in the area please stop by -- it's a ball!


I'm excited to report that my wife, Carol Campbell Boggs was nominated for Launch Magazine Publisher of the Year for Hallmark Magazine. Results will be in very soon.

Go Carol!

Last weekend I saw Michael Fienstein in a tribute to Bobby Short--he rocked the joint!
Attended FROST/NIXON matinee with my son Trevor--it's a strong piece of theater and Frank Langella is likely to win the Tony for it this Sunday night.

Stay tuned!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Wednesday Gems!

I was interviewed by Frank Diamond for his Wednesday Gems column today in The (Philadelphia) Evening Bulletin. Just CLICK HERE to read the feature.

Here's a tidbit:

"Bill Boggs is too stinking successful. I mean it'd be easy to hate him if you were the jealous, petty type. Which I'm not. Really. Boggs was raised right here in Philadelphia, attended Lincoln High School and then the University of Pennsylvania. He came up through the same streets as you and I did, in other words. Except, he's gone much further. He's won four Emmy Awards, helped launch entire TV networks (Court TV), and has even sung in an off-Broadway hit called "Our Sinatra." In addition, he's a loyal and dedicated husband and father. He's like the guy from high school who becomes so successful that it lets the air out of every other "so what have you been up to" conversation at the reunion.Now, he's had the temerity to come out with a book called Got What It Takes? Successful People Reveal How They Made It To the Top. I jumped at the chance to interview Boggs when the opportunity presented itself. Lucky for him that I'm not the jealous, petty type."

You can also download a PDF version of the interview from my web site.

More soon!

Friday, May 18, 2007

Gala Luncheon at Le Cirque

Bill, Marco Maccioni, and Carol

It was quite a luncheon at Le Cirque in NYC, where my wife Carol and I jointly celebrated two events... the publication of my book Got What It Takes? and the success of Carol's Hallmark Magazine.
It was a great day for all!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

New Performance Dates!

If you plan to be in New York this Fall, I hope you'll catch my show at the Triad Theater. Performance dates are: Tuesday Sept. 11th @ 7pm / Tuesday Oct. 9th @ 7pm / Tuesday Nov. 6th @ 7pm.

To find out more about the show, please visit the web site:

Thursday, May 03, 2007


Quick Update: you can catch my appearance on the NBC WEEKEND TODAY SHOW'S "At Work" segment, this Sunday, May 6th.

FLASH from today's New York Post

STARR REPORT: "* Sunday: Bill Boggs guests on "Weekend Today" to discuss his new book, "Got What It Takes?," which includes interviews with A-listers - including Renee Zellweger, Brooke Shields, Mark Burnett and Norman Lear - discussing the secrets of their success. "

Saturday, April 28, 2007


Good news! I'll be appearing on NBC's TODAY show, Weekend Edition, next weekend. Stay tuned for more details in my next post!

Friday, April 27, 2007


Tara Weiss just reviewed my book on FORBES.COM: "It's not a dense business book you have to force yourself to open. Boggs conducted 44 interviews with leaders across all industries and the result is an energizing, quick read that's full of interesting anecdotes about how the best of the best made it...the interviewees' stories are a fun read and a look into how average people became extraordinary... Required reading."
CLICK HERE to visit the book site where you can download a PDF of the complete feature.
CLICK HERE to see the review & Special Slide Show on FORBES.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007


More Great Reader Reviews!

"Well written and organized. Particularly impressed by the way you present the subject matter with comments from those interviewed...very effective. I think the book has the potential of helping many people and being a big success...Impressed also by the larger quotes listed and not lifted from a passage to follow. References of you own life and accomplishments were well done and contributed to the overall positive messages of the book."

Backstage with Barry Noland

If you're on the East Coast, I'll be on CN. 8's Backstage with Barry Noland tommorrow night (Thursday, April 19) at 8:PM.

Also, there's a podcast interview with me on the HarperCollins web site: click here.

Stay tuned for more!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007


Crazy days. I've got a whirlwind schedule promoting my new book, GOT WHAT IT TAKES?, just out from HarperCollins. One stop is the Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly, so mark your calendar. The show airs Friday, April 27th at around 3:PM (check your local listings).

Bill, of course, is one of the contributors to my book and the conversation should be lively.

Spin-free, too, of course.

More soon!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

New Arrival!

The book is selling fast at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Charlottesville. Word of mouth at UVA sure spreads quickly. Here's the latest comment: Hi Bill,I just wanted to let you know that the copy I ordered from Barnes & Noble arrived. Your book is a wonderful mix of light and serious, and I am absolutely impressed with the format. While it has the positive attributes of a "self-help" book (which EVERYONE loves to read and learn from), it also gives us realistic and candid glimpses into the celebrities who are REAL PEOPLE with real parents, talents, amazing insight and intelligence, and insecurities. -DEBBIE

Diane Warren To Appear On OPRAH

Diane Warren, one of the contributors to my book Got What It Takes? will be appearing on OPRAH later this month. (We'll let you know the exact date as soon as we receive it.) As you probably know, Diane is one of the world's most successful songwriters, with songwriting credits that include Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Elton John, Tina Turner, LeAnn Rimes, Toni Braxton, ‘N Sync, Britney Spears, Cher, Christina Aguilera, Faith Hill, Mariah Carey, Reba McEntire, Aerosmith, Ginuwine, Mary J. Blige, Aaliyah, Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Roberta Flack, and many others. It was a great pleasure interviewing her and I think you'll enjoy what she has to say on the subject of success.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

5 Stars at Amazon for GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

I'm pleased to see readers are enjoying the book. Here's one review from

Thomas Duff "Duffbert" (Portland, OR United States) "I enjoy reading about how others have successfully navigated life and their careers. I was pleased to get the opportunity to read an advanced copy of Got What It Takes?: Successful People Reveal How They Made It to the Top by Bill Boggs. While you still have to filter their words and experiences through your own reality, it's a great read for those who are into personal improvement. Contents: Introduction - The Reasons for Success One - The Path to Success: Find Your Path; Get Hired; Capitalize on Luck and Timing; Make Good Decisions Two - The Mind-sets of Success: Seize Opportunity; Identify Your Drive, Mission, and Purpose; Cultivate Self-Confidence; Strengthen Your Will to Prevail; Defy Category Three - The Practices of Success: Work Hard; Collect Wisdom; Don't Take Anything for Granted; Take the Risk; Develop Excellent Everyday Practices Four - The Challenges of Success: Confront Fears, Insecurity, and Other Inner Demons; Learn to Cope with Stress; Allow for Regrets, Failures, and Mistakes; Overcome Adversity; Resist Ruinous Temptations; Keep Your Life in Balance Five - Advice for Success: Know When to Reassess; Use What You've Got; Industry Advice from the Pros Acknowledgements Boggs got the opportunity to interview a large number of well-known and successful people in various industries. There were some names I didn't recognize, but a large number were household names... Maria Bartiromo, Sir Richard Branson, Jim Cramer, Mario Cuomo, Christie Hefner, Matt Lauer, and Norman Lear, to name just a few. The interviews appeared to be very conversational, and the personalities of the different people shine through very well. Boggs took a somewhat different approach than most books of this sort, however. Instead of taking the "person per chapter" route, he divides the book into success components, like working hard, confronting insecurity, and keeping your life in balance. Then for that particular subject matter, he'll pull in the pieces of the interviews that corresponded to that. Seeing how people like Cramer, Anna Quindlen, and Bill Bratton all deal with stress in one consolidated chapter helps you put it all together. Boggs also adds a few "calls to action" on many of the paragraphs, so you don't get to read it all and walk away with no clue as to what to do to put it into your own life. There is the danger in a book like this to view the people as "perfect", individuals who are hyper-focused and who never make missteps. That's definitely not the case, and there are a few foibles in the different chapters. I think this book works best when you see the underlying principles of importance, paying a bit less attention to the person behind them. There's a wealth of wisdom and examples here, and it's an entertaining read. It's definitely worth reading to see where you need to notch up your performance..."

Monday, April 09, 2007

GOT WHAT IT TAKES? Launch Party!!!

Publication Day has finally arrived! GOT WHAT IT TAKES? has hit the shelves and the excitement is growing. Join me in a virtual toast to the new book's success and to YOU--all my readers! A great way to start our celebration of Spring.

Please stop by my book's official web site: for all the latest reviews and news. And if you don't have time to visit your local bookseller, you can order the book online at Amazon by clicking here.

Happy Spring!

GOT WHAT IT TAKES? The Buzz is Spreading!

In addition to two items onThe New York Post's infamous Page Six, my new book GOT WHAT IT TAKES? (HarperCollins) appears in today's Gossip Girls column... click here to read it.

We also made the People page at Monster & Critics... you can check it out HERE.

Also, there's a rave review for the book at
and an interview with me in the same issue...CLICK HERE to read the interview.

There's quite a buzz going around, so be sure to get a copy of the book tomorrow when it hits the shelves. Or you can order right now directly from Amazon .... why wait when you can crash the gate?

Stay tuned for more exciting news ahead!

Friday, April 06, 2007

Bill Bratton: Quote of the Day

"I've always had that degree of confidence that the opportunities will be there. And that I have the requisite skills to take advantage of them. If I get into something I'm not enjoying, I'm not going to spend a lot of time there. Life's too short. I'm going to seek to move on."

from Got what It Takes: Successful People Reveal How They Made It To the Top (HarperCollins). CLICK HERE to buy.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Maria Bartiromo: Quote of the Day

"Luck and timing have everything to do with my success."
from Got what It Takes: Successful People Reveal How They Made It To the Top (HarperCollins). CLICK HERE to buy.

Diane von Furstenberg: Quote of the Day

"It serves you every single day of your life not to be afraid. You think about it. You think, 'why,' and whatever. But to not be afraid is a huge plus."

from Got what It Takes: Successful People Reveal How They Made It To the Top (HarperCollins). CLICK HERE to buy.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007


I'm pleased to announce that starting Wednesday, April 4th, I'll be featuring a "Quote of the Day" selected from my book, GOT WHAT IT TAKES? SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE REVEAL HOW THEY MADE IT TO THE TOP (HarperCollins). You'll enjoy nuggets of wisdom from the many celebrities who contributed to the book, so please stop by each day and check it out.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007


Here's the latest scoop: I'm on today's famed PAGE SIX in the New York Post. I won't spoil the surprise, but here's a hint: it's related to my recent interview with hot comic Lisa Lampanelli.

Click here and check it out.

More news soon, stay tuned!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Rave Review!

I'm happy to see that James Brady took notice of my book, GOT WHAT IT TAKES? and my wife Carol's Hallmark Magazine in his column today in My book will be published on April 10th, by HarperCollins.

Click here to read the advance review on

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Cover Story!

HarperCollins has just unveiled the cover of my forthcoming book, GOT WHAT IT TAKES?: Successful People Reveal How They Made It To the Top which will be published April 10th.

Remember, you don't have to wait for Publication Day... you can advance order the book (at a discount) right now.

Just choose one of the order links below:

Advance Order from Barnes & Noble
Advance Order from

And speaking of covers, don't be fooled by the cover image that currently appears on the Barnes & Noble web site. It's really just a place-holder for the real cover shown above.

Also, be sure to visit my book's official website:
While there, take my fun Celebrity Quiz and test your knowledge.

Can't wait for Spring to arrive, lots of excitement ahead. Stay tuned!