It’s that time of year: it’s getting dark earlier, temperatures are cooler, and we fall back into the habit of ending our day watching TV. Might there be a more productive use of our time in the evening?  Yes! I’ve put together some reading and podcast recommendations to help improve your communication skills, get inspired and develop a growth mindset. Here are some of my favorites:

Communicating with Influence

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini

This is the science behind how to motivate your audience to action.  It’s a classic.

How to Wow by Frances Cole Jones

This book gives you techniques to present your ideas and persuade your audiences.

Life-Long Learner

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Dr. Angela Duckworth

I originally read this to help my children, but it quickly became my personal guide to being better at anything I am focusing on.

Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool

This is the science of how experts become experts.

Inspiration and Entrepreneurship

How I Built This Podcast with Guy Raz

Everything about this podcast is inspirational.

This is a story about a young boy who started with a single table at a flea market and how he went on to build one of the largest industrial distribution companies in the country.  The best part about the book are the in-your-face, do-the work-lessons that are instantly transferable.