NEW: Read to Lead University Book Club

Registration is Open!

First, let me thank you for being such a loyal listener and fan of the Read to Lead Podcast. It means more to me than you know. Really!

You may recall that at about this time last year, I was in the midst of planning a spring launch of something called Read to Lead University.

Well, for reasons I won’t detail here, RTLU was indefinitely shelved in 2016. At one point I wasn’t sure if it would ever see the light of day.

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But now, I can confidently share that in two weeks, all that changes.

I’m reaching out to you today to ask if you’d like to be one of just 50 Charter Members of the all new Read to Lead University Book Club.

Before you answer, let me share just some of what you’ll get with your Read to Lead University Book Club membership:

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Episode #153: The 12 All-Time Best Business and Personal Development Books

The Audio Version

My recent blog post where I curated the 12 most-recommended books from my nearly 150 author interviews has been a big hit.

I decided then that I should turn it into a podcast episode so that more people can be exposed to it, hence this podcast-specific post.

12 best books

If you’d like to read about the complete list instead of listen to it, and see right now which books are considered top notch by some of the most successful and inspiring authors all over the world, simply go here.

Otherwise, you can check out the audio version (i.e. podcast) by clicking the play button below.

For more on how you can win a copy of each of these books, click here

The 12 All-Time Best Business and Personal Development Books

Curated from Interviews with nearly 150 Authors

In 3 1/2 years of hosting Read to Lead, I’ve been afforded the pleasure of one-on-one sit-down chats with nearly 150 popular business book authors.

If you’re a regular listener to the show, you know that one of my favorite questions to ask each guest is, “Which books over the years have had the biggest impact on you, and why?”

12 best books

With the holidays in full swing, now seems as good a time as any to scour the Read to Lead archives and compile a list of the books receiving more mentions from my guests than all the others.

If you’re struggling with trying to decide what to buy for that special someone this holiday season, maybe the answer can be found on this list.

Or, if there are any on this list you’ve yet to read, maybe now is the time to do a little shopping for yourself too (or add them to your wishlist).

Either way, with some of the world’s most popular and successful authors doing the recommending, you can’t go wrong with any of them.


Scroll down to learn how you can win a copy of all 12 of these books! 


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Episode #100: The Top 10 Leadership Lessons Learned After 100 Episodes

Featuring Seth Godin, Chris Brogan, Dan Miller, Dana Perino and More...

jeff brownFirst off, let me say that the only reason I’ve been able to make it to 100 episodes is because you choose to listen. Thank you for being here each and every week.

It has been a real honor to have reached this milestone episode, but trust me when I say that narrowing this list to 10 of my conversations was about the single hardest thing I’ve ever done.

I’ve chosen my top 10 favorite moments, or lessons, from the first 100 episodes and count them down Casey Kasem-style.

If you have been helped personally or professionally from the wisdom shared here the last two-plus years, would you mind sharing this episode with your network. This episode should serve as a great slice of what the show has to offer.

Well, let’s get started. Without further ado, here they are (complete with time stamps). You can click the play button to listen. You can also scroll down to see the lesson shared and the author who shared it.

The Top 10 Leadership Lessons Learned After 100 Episodes

10: Invest in a career savings account. – Jon Acuff (3:15)

09: You cannot live to your full potential if you’re not surrounding yourself with people who are striving to live to their full potential. – Hal Elrod (6:10)

08: Don’t succumb to the curse of peripheral vision. – Todd Henry (7:39)

07: Don’t buy into the lie that grandiose ideas are reserved for a rare breed of people. – Dorie Clark (10:58)

06: Sometimes the best response you can offer as a leader…is no response at all. – Dana Perino (13:42)

05: Regarding mentors: “How do I find a mentor” is the wrong question to ask. – Jeff Goins (17:02)

04: Not knowing what you’re doing can actually aid you in doing it well. – Liz Wiseman (18:52)

03: Passion is not enough. – Chris Brogan (22:42)

02: It’s not what you know, it’s how fast you can learn. – Dan Miller (24:59)

01B: Stop thinking you have to please everyone. – Seth Godin (27:55)

01A: Do first. Believe second. – Seth Godin (29:56)

Episode #094: My Best Presentation Tips and Tools

Gather Your Ideas, Craft Your Slides and Deliver Your Talk

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak at the Podcast Movement conference. It was easily one of the best conferences I’ve ever attended. Hard to believe it’s only in its second year.

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It was an honor to share the stage with some pretty big names! And though I’d like to believe I bring my “A” game every time, finding myself in this group would require me to pull out all the stops.

Thankfully, my speaking opportunities have increased considerably in the two years since launching this podcast, giving me the chance to hone my skills on smaller stages.

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