I used to hate the whole “Professional Development” genre. The books were dry… that’s putting it mildly… The SAHARA isn’t as dry as some of those books!
So when I found some Prof. Dev. books that were actually written for readers, I did a double-take. Here are three fun books to help make your snow-bound days (or nights) more productive — click on the links to order them from Amazon:
- 7L: The Seven Levels of Communication: Go From Relationships to Referrals
by Michael Maher — This first-time author wrote this book after a very serious health scare. He realized that if he was ever going to write a book, it was time! We are all fortunate that Mr. Maher wrote this book. Though it is a novel, it contains excellent “how-to” information about building or RE-building your business based on referrals. It is wonderfully relentless in several key concepts. It is a great read!
- The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea
by Bob Burg and John David Mann — This is a pretty short book. It is also written like a novel. It comes from Bob Burg, author of Endless Referrals. The concepts in Go-Giver are easy to grasp. I found it inspiring. It also has an element of recognizable truth to it. When you come from a place of contribution or abundance, good things happen.
- The Greatest Salesman in the World
by Og Mandino — This is a very short book and is written about a time long, long ago (and far, far away). I would consider it a parable. It is sentimental, and inspiring. I know of at least one great agent who was truly inspired by it. There is a religious tone to some of this book. But, I think the content is valuable whether or not you are observant.
As you have probably noticed, non of these are true “non fiction.” I think there is often value in delivering information in the format of “fiction.” It disarms the reader to more freely see the concepts in action and to identify with the characters. Kudos to these three authors!