Episode #111: Read to Lead’s 5 Best Books of 2015

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Though I don’t read as much as some, it’s safe to say I read more than most. Chance are, so do you. That’s why you listen to a show like this one, after all.

I’ve presented around 50 books to you this past year and there are 5 that really stand out to me. These are the books that had the greatest impact on me, and the books I think are primed to help the most people with their message.

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5 Best Books of 2015

For the audio version, just click ‘play’ on the podcast player below. Short and sweet.

Though I originally intended to rank these, I found it was just too difficult for me to do so. I like each of them so well. You could say that these 5 books are tied for my #1 position for 2015.

In no particular order, here they are:

Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It by Dorie Clark

Who’s it for? Anyone looking to make their mark and, well, stand out. Not a book on self-promotion, but an opportunity to learn how to change your world for the better while giving yourself the ultimate job insurance.

Louder Than Words: Harness the Power of Your Authentic Voice by Todd Henry

Who’s it for? Anyone who desires to get a handle on developing a compelling vision and becoming a master of expressing your ideas in whatever your chosen medium. Todd offers strategies, exercises, and true stories that illustrate the attributes of extremely resonant work.

The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discover What Your Were Meant to Do by Jeff Goins

Who’s it for? Anyone who is tired of the status quo and looking to live a life that matters (more on that topic too in the next book on the list). Jeff wants you to embrace the understanding of a vocation as more than a job, or even a career, but a as a passion-fueled calling that makes each day an exciting adventure.

Intentional Living: Living a Life That Matters by John Maxwell

Who’s it for? Anyone who has previously felt that, in order to make a positive impact, you needed to be a certain age, have a lot of money, be famous, or have a big idea. John says none of those things are necessary for you to achieve significance or create a lasting legacy. The key to choosing a life that matters is being intentional. That’s a word we’ll revisit again and again in 2016.

Steal the Show: From Speeches, to Job Interviews, to Deal-Closing Pitches, How to Guarantee a Standing Ovation for All the Performances in Your Life by Michael Port

Who’s it for? Why, anyone who wants to ‘steal the show’ of course! Michael says every interaction is a performance, whether speaking up in a meeting, pitching a client, or walking into a job interview. Michael draws on his decades of experience as a professional actor to show you how to make the most of every presentation and interaction.

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  • Jeff, Thanks for this list. I was just looking for a new book to read. Looking forward to Michael Port and Jeff Goins book.

    • My pleasure Doug. Thank you so much for listening to the show.