World Book Day Was Made for Business! Wearing fancy dress and posting photos of cute kids on Facebook have become synonymous with World Book Day (1st March), but there is so much more to this annual event than Cat in the Hat and Where’s Wally. We have put together our top ten business book suggestions that we think hit the ‘World Book Day’ mark. Do let us know if you’ve come across any of the books below – we’d love to hear your thoughts!
Face for Business’ Top Ten Business Books
1. One of the ‘go to’ books in the Face for Business office is Watertight Marketing by Bryony Thomas. This inspirational marketing speaker, and author, has created a book that shows you how marketing, sales and service fit together so you can reassess your plans and get the most out of them.
2. If you find you are constantly overwhelmed and always running late, Time Mastery: Banish Time Management Forever, by John McLachlan & Karen Meager, could be a game changer for you. Learn how to become more efficient and effective and start to make the most of your time so you can do the things that are most important to you.
3. Playing Big: A Practical Guide for Brilliant Women Like You, by Tara Mohr, is a brilliant read for women who feel like they are being held back in their careers for one reason or another. The pages of this well researched book will give you the practical skills, and inspiration, you need to find your voice and reach your full potential for once and all.
4. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, is a breath of fresh air in a world of 24/7 demands. Greg McKeown, who has run courses at Apple, Google and Facebook, challenges the modern assumption that we can ‘have it all’ and replaces it with the idea of ‘the right thing, in the right way, at the right time’. Not rocket science but after reading this book we think you will start to consider putting your time, and energy, into what really counts.
5. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert might not seem like a business book but this world-famous author shares her wisdom and unique understanding of creativity, so that readers can start to embrace their curiosity and tackle what they most love, and fear. Big Magic will take you on a personal journey of exploration and whether you’re a writer, photographer, designer or gardener, you will be able to look at life in a whole new way.
6. We work with an increasing number of people who have taken a leap of faith and started their own business. This can be a massive learning curve and a reliable point of reference is Starting a Business for Dummies. Don’t let the name put you off because Colin Barrow gives practical ideas and advice that really can help you navigate the murky waters from employee to boss. From writing a business plan and finding funding to avoiding cyber–crime, this book really gets to the point so you aren’t left in the dark.
7. Whether you want to spend less time on your phone, finally finish your website or be around for your family more, Better Than Before gets you working on breaking the habits that hold you back. Gretchen Rubin’s best seller is packed with practical advice and strategies on how to build healthier and happier ways of living, and working, that last.
8. ONE Thing is a New York Times bestseller for the main reason that people get results in every area of their lives – work, personal, family, and spiritual – after they have read it. Gary Keller uses simple ideas so you can declutter your life, cut down stress and by focusing on the one thing that actually matters to you, you can stay on track and get the balance that has so far alluded you.
9. We think that the Little Black Book: A Toolkit for Working Women is a career ‘must have’ that every creative woman should have on her book shelf. Otegha Uwagba offers indispensable advice about negotiating fees, building a strong personal brand, networking like a pro, and getting to grips with public speaking.
10. If you want to be a more successful communicator, and be seen as a leader in your field, a Ted Talk is a sure-fire way to make your mark. In Talk Like TED: The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds, Carmine Gallo reveals how you can create and deliver a TED-style talk that will be as engaging and memorable as the real deal.
So, leave the masks and fancy dress to the children, switch on your telephone answering service and spend some time reading up on business matters this Word Book Day!