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.
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
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.