Books I’ve Learned a Lot From

I believe that reading feeds the mind and soul.

I’m sure you’d agree that you can learn a tremendous amount from books, both digital and paper.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr Seuss

Here is a small sample of some of the books I have learned a lot from, particularly when it comes to going out on your own and being successful working for yourself.

Screen Shot 2016-04-23 at 4.18.50 PMGetting Started in Consulting by Alan Weiss

This was one of the books that got me started when I went out on my own back in 2007. Thank you Alan!

Alan’s writing is both simple yet profound, making the whole idea of getting started as a consultant seem quite doable.

Topics range from finding money, marketing, getting clients and staying focused.

Act like you’ll have a business, and you’ll have one,” says Alan. This book will show you how to get started.

Screen Shot 2016-04-23 at 4.19.30 PMQuiet – The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

If, like me, you’re an introvert, you might be forgiven for thinking that you won’t make a very good independent professional, working for yourself. And that you’d be no good at meeting new people.

Read this book, by Susan Cain, and you’ll be thinking again.

Susan shows what the real essence of being an introvert is and why introverts can be just as social and chatty as anyone else.

I found it almost gave me permission to be introverted knowing I’d also be very successful.

Screen Shot 2016-04-23 at 4.13.07 PMGetting Things Done – The Art of Stress-free Productivity by David Allen

This is probably the best book on productivity I’ve read. Not only is it filled with great tips and approaches, but the whole mindset of productivity is dealt with too. A real key, in my opinion.

The ability to be successful, relaxed, and in control during these fertile but turbulent times demands new ways of thinking and working.

David shows you how.

Screen Shot 2016-04-23 at 4.10.10 PMGetting Naked – A Fable About Shedding the Three Fears That Sabotage Client Loyalty by Patrick Lencioni

Consulting can be tough – You have to be bullet-proof and full of the latest knowledge and expertise, right? Well Lencioni challenges that.

Rather than putting on a show of strength and bravado, Lencioni claims vulnerability and transparency win they day and builds better trust.

You don’t have to be perfect, you have to be valuable to your clients. Getting Naked will show you what that looks like by using a business story. Great read.

talk-less-say-more1Talk Less, Say More by Connie Dieken

Does this sound familiar? You’re sharing an idea in a meeting when a sinking feeling washes over you that no one is paying attention.

I love the clarity and simplicity of this book by ex-ABC anchor, Connie Dieken.

She explores three habits that help you influence others and make things happen.

The ideas aren’t trite, but practical and powerful, in my view. I have taught some of the same skills to high-end corporate professionals with great success.