If you clicked here, you must love reading too or you're interested in growing both professionally and personally - congratulations! All books listed are books that I have personally read unless otherwise denoted. Most of these books are business related but I've listed a few on personal growth as well. I don't have much time to read these days but I'm always thirsting for more knowledge so if you have a book that has changed your business or life, let me know and I'll post it for others. Remember, reading the book is only the beginning. You have to put into action those plans/ideas that got you excited or the reading was merely entertainment.
Million Dollar Consulting: The Professional's Guide to Growing a Practice by Alan Weiss. Although written for consultants this book offers practical advice and action plans to improve your bottom line. A must read for consultants! Words from the Publisher The acclaimed Million Dollar Consulting gives consultants the tools and advice they need to grow a firm that rakes in at least $1 million per year. Alan Weiss, "the consultant's consultant," shows step-by-step how to raise capital, reel in new clients, set fees, accelerate growth, and more. This updated and expanded edition will appeal to both Weiss's many current fans and a whole new generation of readers looking for the best advice available for anyone who wants to build a million-dollar consulting/speaking career.
The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber. A very valuable tool to help you grow your business and emphasizes thinking big! A very easy read book packed with examples and lessons that stick with you. Words from the Publisher In this first new and totally revised edition of the 150,000-copy underground bestseller, The E-Myth, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. Next, he walks you through the steps in the life of a business—from entrepreneurial infancy, through adolescent growing pains, to the mature entrepreneurial perspective, the guiding light of all businesses that succeed—and shows how to apply the lessons of franchising to any business, whether or not it is a franchise. Finally, Gerber draws the vital, often overlooked distinction between working on your business and working in your business. After you have read The E-Myth Revisited, you will truly be able to grow your business in a predictable and productive way.
The Heart and Art of NetWeaving by Robert S. Littell. I heard Bob Littell speak at one of the monthly Sandy Springs Business Association meetings on a concept called Netweaving. As one who hates "networking" the "netweaving" approach was right up my alley. I purchased a book after his speech and have been a practicing "netweaver" ever since although I still have lots to learn. You can purchase a copy of the book from Bob's website: www.netweaving.com. Words from the Publisher "The Heart and Art of NetWeaving" - explains the "win-win-win-win" nature of NetWeaving and how spreading the word elevates the image and prestige of the person doing so and how it energizes the NetWeaver as well as the organization to which he or she introduces the concept.
The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Committment to Your Mate by Gary Chapman. I love this book! Those of you who know me probably already know about this book as I recommend it to everyone in a relationship. The concepts here relate not only to your significant other but to all your personal relationships: parents, children and friends. When I read this book the light bulb went off - it makes so much sense. Do yourself a favor and pick this book up and start applying it to your relationships today! It's the best $14 you will ever spend. Words from the Publisher In The Five Love Languages, you will find a couple's guide to help you work as a team. Before you know it, you'll learn to speak and understand the unique languages of love and effectively express your love as well as feel truly loved in return.