Earlier this fall, I published my selection of the 25 best business books.
In case you missed the titles, I wanted to share with you five of the business books that had the biggest impact on my career.
If you have additional books you’d like to add to that list, leave a comment or send me an email at [email protected].
5. Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time (Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 2nd edition; January, 2007) By Brian Tracy
Background: I’ve read many of Tracy’s books, but Eat That Frog! is the one that resonated with me. As a lifelong procrastinator, I needed a plan and Tracy provided me with exactly what I was looking for—the “21 most effective methods for conquering procrastination and accomplishing more.”
Takeaway: If you want to get an item marked off your to do list, do it first thing.
Quote: ”The first rule of frog eating is this: If you have to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first.”
4. Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds (St. Martin’s Press; March, 2014) By Carmine Gallo
Background: As advisors, more than likely you are speaking to groups of people weekly if not daily. But is your message hitting its mark? TED and associated Tedx conferences are being viewed at a rate of 1.5 million times a day through live events and a variety of video and podcast outlets. There’s a reason for that—the TED formula.
Takeaway: Effective speakers keep their messages short, entertaining, emotional and to the point.
Quote: “Great communicators reach your head and touch your heart. Most people who deliver a presentation forget the “heart” part.”