How do you enjoy reading? Do you read on a kindle or computer? Do you prefer a proper book that you can flag pages and pass to others to enjoy? I know that I prefer the latter. However you choose read, reading is imperative for your own learning and development. I always focus on reading at least one business book when I go on holiday as I find I have the headspace to digest the information when I am away from day to day distractions.
Here are a few of my favourite business and style books as well as highly recommended ones that I am waiting to read. They will all give you fantastic nuggets of information that will help with your business structure, planning or time management.
Suggested books to read
Grow Your Service Firm, by Robert Craven – If you only read one business book please make it this one! Robert talks loads of sense and gives you some great practical ideas for developing your successful business.
The E-Myth Revisited, by Michael Gerber – A great book that helps pinpoint why most of us fall into the same trap when we start up a business for the first time – you will want to read it again and again!
Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill – A timeless classic – not that easy to read but the information could be vital in helping you sort out your thoughts around money.
How To Stand Out In Your Business, by Karen Williams – a self-coaching book for all new (and established business owners) to work through.
Oversubscribed, by Daniel Priestly – Simple ideas to help you find clients and to get people lining up to do business with you.
Botty Rules, by Nigel Botterill – An interesting and insightful story of how Nigel set up his myriad of businesses and how he helps other entrepreneurs.
The Four Hour Work Week, by Timothy Ferriss – Plenty of food for thought in here!
21 Ways to Manage the Stuff that Sucks up Your Time, by Grace Marshall – A brilliant little book with lots of fabulous time management tips and techniques.
I’ll drink to that, by Betty Halbreich – Betty Halbreich is one of a kind. Now in her eighties, she spent nearly forty years at the luxury store Bergdorf Goodman, working with celebrities, stars and ordinary women. It is the true life story of an incredible woman who has guided countless women to appreciate themselves through clothes.
How to dress for Success, by Edith Head with Joe Hyams – Although a dated book with some slightly non pc advice, this book still has value today. Edith Head, Hollywood old school and designer to the stars, offers no-nonsense, and often hilarious, fashion advice straight from the 1960s.
You are what you wear (What your clothes reveal about you), by Dr Jennifer Baumgartner
In this book readers are helped to identify the psychology behind their clothing choices, so they can not only develop a personal style that suits their identity but also make positive changes in all areas of life as well as their wardrobe.