Episode #027: Best of 2013 Vol. 2

read to lead 1In this episode, we pick up where we left off last week with some of my favorite moments from episodes 13 through 24.

The Read to Lead Podcast saw another three New York Times bestselling authors stop in for a visit: Andy Andrews, Chris Brogan and Gary Vaynerchuk.

In addition to these gentlemen, we hear from our first female guests, Lisa B. Marshall and Natalie Sisson, along with author and speaker Ken Davis, and the author of my favorite book of 2013, Todd Henry.

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Much like last week’s Vol. 1 edition, it was very hard to narrow the list down to the seven authors you’ll hear from today. Having said that, it was fun going back through the conversations to cherry pick my favorite moments.

For a list of each author highlighted, along with a link to their original episode and a link to their latest book, simply scroll down to the bottom of this post. But, before you do, be sure to enter for your chance to win one of three free books!

Win an Autographed Book!

Today’s episode also brings with it a chance to win one of three different books! They include:

Difference You Make, The: Changing Your World through the Impact of Your Influence
by Pat Williams

REPLY ALL…And Other Ways to Tank Your Career: A Guide to Workplace Etiquette
by Richie Frieman

Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks: One CEO’s Quest for Meaning and Authenticity (Columbia Business School Publishing)
by August Turak

To win one of these gems, you need to take ALL of the following three actions:

    1. Leave a comment on this post stating which book you hope to win and why (scroll down to comment). Be creative!
    2. Fill out this special form with your name and address
    3. Tweet this sentence by clicking the link at right: Tweet: Win 1 of 3 books from the #ReadtoLead podcast with @THEjeffbrown! Find out more here: http://ctt.ec/BxG06+

Yes, I realize tweeting this lessens your chances of winning – as more people are likely to enter – but I hope you’ll agree that potentially providing you with a free book is a fair exchange. I will choose the winners and notify each via e-mail by Saturday morning, January 4, 2014. If you don’t hear from me by Saturday, you can assume you didn’t win.

I hope you win. Good luck!

Attend Podcaster Academy FREE When You Join Podcasters’ Paradise

Podcaster Academy

I’d like to invite you to a special webinar on January 15 that I will be co-hosting with John Lee Dumas, host of EOF.

John has recently launched Podcasters’ Paradise, an online community for podcasters complete with tutorial videos, various templates and other how-tos. In fact, right now there are over 300 hundred podcasters already participating.

If you’ve listened to my podcast recently, you might be saying to yourself, “But wait Jeff. Don’t you offer an online course for podcasters yourself called Podcaster Academy?” I do indeed and…

I think it makes a great compliment to Podcasters’ Paradise, in that the focus of my course is on, not so much launching your podcast and understanding the technology, but sharpening your communication skills by helping you sound more confident and conversational and raising your interviewing skills to a whole new level.

Here’s the best part: When you sign up for Podcasters’ Paradise either now or during the webinar, you’ll get my month-long course, complete with one-on-one personalized sessions, absolutely FREE!

I hope you’ll agree this is a great deal. And whether you’ve recently launched a podcast or are going to soon, I think this is the perfect combo for you. Podcasters’ Paradise and Podcaster Academy: two programs for the price of one.

Today’s Featured Authors and Their Latest Books

Now, for that list I promised. Here, in the order of their appearance, is each author featured in our Best of 2013 Volume 2 episode, and a link to the latest book from each.

From Episode #013 – Lisa B. Marshall, Author of Smart Talk: The Public Speaker’s Guide to Success in Every Situation (Quick & Dirty Tips)

From Episode #014 – Andy Andrews, Author of The Noticer Returns: Sometimes You Find Perspective, and Sometimes Perspective Finds You

From Episode #016 – Ken Davis, Author of Secrets of Dynamic Communications: Prepare with Focus, Deliver with Clarity, Speak with Power

From Episode #017 – Todd Henry, Author of Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day

From Episode #021 – Chris Brogan, Author of The Impact Equation: Are You Making Things Happen or Just Making Noise?

From Episode #022 – Gary Vaynerchuk, Author of Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World

From Episode #023 – Natalie Sisson, Author of The Suitcase Entrepreneur: Create freedom in business and adventure in life

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Finally, thanks for listening and remember, “Leaders read and readers lead.”

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Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • Alexander Dovgalyuk

    Hi, Jeff! This is my second try. This time I’d like to win the “Difference You Make…” book. Unfortunately, I do not feel that my job has any impact on the wellbeing of people surrounding me, and I would like to know how to change it, how to do thins that have impact.

    • Mind if I ask what it is you do Alexander?

      • Alexander Dovgalyuk

        I am a lawyer, dealing with intellectual property. I work in Moscow office of an American international law firm.

  • All three books look great, but I’d especially like to read Pat Williams book.

    • I feel your pain Jon. So hard to pick just one. 😉

  • Dan G Ingraham

    I would love to read all the books from Read to Lead podcast but I really enjoyed Pat Williams podcast..Thanks for all the great interviews and podcasts. I am working on more intentional reading this year

    Happy New Year to all!

    • Thank you very much Dan. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the episodes and that the podcast has impacted your reading goals. May 2014 be your best year yet!

  • Cheryl Crosby Boncimino

    Happy new year Jeff! I have been listening to Read to Lead Podcast since the beginning and have enjoyed every episode! As far as what book I hope to win- there is no question it absolutely must be Pat Williams’ The Difference You Make: Changing the World Through the Impact of Your Influence.
    One of my personal codes of ethics is to use the influence I have in each area of my life responsibly and with respect for others but I don’t always posses the clarity and vision for the change I can affect. You don’t have to be a sports fan to see that Pat Williams knows a thing or twenty about influence. Whether I receive Pat’s book for free or not, this one’s a must-read!

    • So you’re the one that’s listened to every episode?! I was wondering who that was. 😉

      Seriously though, I appreciate you insight. And Kudos to you for desiring to make a positive impact on others.

  • Hi Jeff,

    As I’m a bit late to the party, I really appreciate these excellent wrap-up podcasts! I totally see how your experience pays off because you obviously have heard the questions others have asked and gone out of your way to ask things they don’t.

    Since I’ve now heard August Turak on 3 different podcasts, I’m positive I’ve GOT to get that book. So, mine is the Secrets of the Trappist Monks for sure.

    I’ll go now and do my form filling and tweeting and may the best RTL podcast fan win! HA!


    • Thanks Jeff. I heard a radio interview August did earlier in the year but don’t believe I’ve heard any of his podcast interviews. Good to know though that you felt our conversation offered something new.

  • Hey Jeff,
    I tried to fill out this week’s form and was told it only allows one submission per user. I did last week’s but maybe because it was after the date it counted it for this one?
    I’ll still tweet and we can figure it out if I win.

    • Sorry about that Jeff. You’re good to go as I already have your info.

  • Beth Phillips

    How in the H_ _ _ did you choose the highlights from all those episodes? You did a great job and both wrap-up episodes are great podcasts alone! I added August Turak’s book to my Amazon wish list as soon as I heard that episode because it was such a unique approach to life, learning and business. Plus, those monks know what’s what. I’m commenting and tweeting but since I won a book last week, I don’t want to be a hog. I’ll buy August’s book.

    • Ha! Thanks for commenting Beth. So appreciate your devotion to this content.