I am starting a new coaching group this week and I was asked for my suggested reading for 2009. Here is my list. Many of these books have been on my list in previous years.
January: Prepare to Win by Cordell Parvin
February: Getting Things Done by David Allen
March: Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi; The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz
April: The Dip by Seth Godin
May: A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink
June: The Speed of Trust by Stephen R. Covey with Rebecca Merrill
July: The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
August: Made to Stick by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
September: Trust Based Selling by Charles H. Green
October: 10 Secrets of the World’s Greatest Business Communicators by Carmine Gallo
November: Making Rain by Andrew Sobel
December: Trusted Advisor by David H. Maister, Charles H. Green and Robert M. Galfard
Bonus Books:
Raving Fans by Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles
How to Be That Guy by Scott Ginsberg
Give Your Speech, Change the World by Nick Morgan
Book Yourself Solid by Michael Port
Suggestions for Reading:
1. Skim the book first time through. There may be as much as whole chapters that do not apply to lawyers.
2. Read with a highlighter and highlight important parts
3. At the end of each chapter or each part of the book, write down how you can apply the points made my the author. It does no good to spend the time reading a book, if you are not going to use the materials.
4. Look for the same or similar points explained in different ways by the authors.
5. Consider downloading books to your iPod. I listen to books when I am working out, when I am on an airplane, and when I am driving a long distance.I use Audible. Also if you want to hear them read faster, there is a setting on your iPod to listen to audible books at a faster speed.
6. Do a search on YouTube for the author and see if you can find a short video he or she has done.
You may visit my website to view All Recommended Books, including those listed above.