World Book Day inspired us share a list of five notable books in our lives right now, for a variety of reasons. Without further ado:
The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker
This one seems more relevant now than when she published it in 2018. How to gather on zoom vs. live? How to re-gather? All of that and more can be covered with Priya’s fundamentals on how to bring people together and get good work done.
Several Short Sentences About Writing by Verlyn Klinkenborg
This timeless book informs our practice in helping to drive concise communication – both oral and written. And indeed, it’s full of beautiful short sentences. It’s worth re-reading yearly.
As speaking coaches, we weren’t sure this book would resonate anything new. But indeed, the author’s story, recounting how his cousin overcame anxieties by actually practicing speaking was a delightful reflection. He took us inside the intersection between our motor skill of speaking, our psychology that keeps us from doing so, and the benefits that can come from the practice.
Definitely more in the “how to” category, our copy is dog-earned and littered with post-it notes. Ivy breaks down dozens of reasons we don’t, can’t or won’t speak… and provides really logical habit-forming practices to overcome them.
And books we just got and can’t wait to read:
Bittersweet by Susan Cain
Her first book, Quiet, is still is in our top 5, we refer to it all the time. We suspect we’ll love Bittersweet as much. It just arrived a few days ago!