By Talonya Geary
How to Get Whatever The Hell You Want
What if I told you that you could learn how to get whatever the hell you wanted -- travel, freedom, a career you love -- in less time and with less effort than you're currently putting into your daily routine?
You are closer than you think.
Over the past two years, I've worked to create a collection of what I call my "#goDo success strategies" and neatly wrapped them into a book that you could use anytime, anywhere. This book is real, it's raw and I hope it's funny. Ultimately, it's designed by an entrepreneur for entrepreneurs to remind you that you're not alone and there is a way for you to #goDo freedom, purpose and success at an accelerated rate.
INFLUENCE, The Psychology of Persuasaion
By Robert B. Cialdini PH.D
I either reference this book with my clients daily or implement the principles in my own work on a never-ending basis. The teachings in this book have become the hallmark of my marketing and now influence the way I think.
Influence, the classic book on persuasion, explains the psychology of why people say "yes"—and how to apply these understandings. Dr. Robert Cialdini is the seminal expert in the rapidly expanding field of influence and persuasion. His thirty-five years of rigorous, evidence-based research along with a three-year program of study on what moves people to change behavior has resulted in this highly acclaimed book.
Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
I personally use this book to map out all negotiations, because as someone who avidly writes, the book gives me a simple system to follow to think clearly through any high stakes conversation.
The first edition of Crucial Conversations exploded onto the scene and revolutionized the way millions of people communicate when stakes are high. This new edition gives you the tools to: Prepare for high-stakes situations transform anger and hurt feelings into powerful dialogue. Make it safe to talk about almost anything. Be persuasive, not abrasive.
Entering the Shift Age: The End of the Information Age and the New Era of Transformation
By David Houle
If you follow my work, you’ll notice I reference #theshiftage on a constant basis. I love this book because of the edge it provides in being able to predict social, economic and industry trends. The data in the book is something I reference with clients and in the forecasting of my businesses. I have read the book many times and still find myself picking it up for small, refresher doses.
The Information Age? Think again.
Change is everywhere: how we communicate, what we do for a living, the values we hold, the way we raise our children, even the way we access information. Thanks to a global economy, the force of the Internet, and the explosion of mobile technology, we have—almost imperceptibly—been ushered into a new era, the Shift Age, in which change happens so quickly that it's become the norm.
The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown.
By Daniel Coyle
I finally gave in and read this book after hearing Tony Robbins talk about it for close to a decade. What I found in it was a practical tool that I now use regularly to help me overcome my own mental blocks to growing my skills and talent. Now I share the principals and research found in this book with clients and friends alike.
Talent. You've either got it or you haven't.' Not true, actually. In The Talent Code, award-winning journalist Daniel Coyle draws on cutting-edge research to reveal that, far from being some abstract mystical power fixed at birth, ability really can be created and nurtured. In the process, he considers talent at work in venues as diverse as a music school in Dallas and a tennis academy near Moscow to demonstrate how the wiring of our brains can be transformed by the way we approach particular tasks. He explains what is really going on when apparently unremarkable people suddenly make a major leap forward. He reveals why some teaching methods are so much more effective than others. Above all, he shows how all of us can achieve our full potential if we set about training our brains in the right way.
Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change
By Shawn Achor
I found this book while flying from Sydney to Los Angeles, and instantly became so interested in the ideas around success and happiness that I listened to it twice then bought the book. This book is a game changer if you're looking for real-world, relevant (and funny) tools to achieve your own success, happiness and positive change.
In Before Happiness, Achor reveals five actionable, proven strategies for changing our lens to positive:
The Most Valuable Reality: See a broader range of ideas and solutions by changing the details on which your brain chooses to focus
Success Mapping: Set goals oriented around the things in life that matter to you most, whether career advancement or family or making a difference in the world
The X-spot: Use success accelerants to propel you more quickly towards those goals, whether finishing a marathon, reaching a sales target, learning a language, or losing 10 pounds
Noise-Canceling: Boost the signal pointing you to opportunities and possibilities that others miss
Positive Inception: Transfer these skills to your team, your employees, and everyone around you
By mastering these strategies, you’ll create an renewable source of positivity, motivation, and engagement that will allow you to reach your fullest potential in everything you do.