Summer Reading 2019

Who doesn’t love a little summer reading?! Whether it’s at the beach while you’re on vacation or on the porch one sunny Saturday afternoon, a new book paired with some sunshine and fresh air is just hard to beat. 

If you’re in need of some new reads (that can also help you out once you get back to the office), check out these four!

1. Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World by Timothy Ferriss 

 Wouldn’t it be nice if you could pick the brains of some of the most successful people out there? Well that’s exactly what Timothy Ferriss did when writing his book, Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World. He asked some of the world’s top performers – from athletes to artists to investors – what advice they’d lend others and compiled those responses into one big reference book. 

In it, you’ll find advice for…

  • Successful morning routines (for both early risers and snoozers)
  • How to overcome failure and bounce back towards success
  • The best purchases you can make for $100 or less  

And much, much more!  

2. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek 

This is a bit of an older book (published in 2009), but it remains a best-seller for a reason. Many companies and organizations can quickly state what they do, and they can also quickly state how they do it. But very few can quickly – and accurately – state why they do what they do. 

Learn the importance of knowing your why and how to identify it in Sinek’s book, Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action. 

3. The Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People by Gary Chapman

You’ve likely heard of love languages. Well this book explores how love languages can be applied to the workplace. How do you show appreciation towards those around you? (What one person values, another person may not.)

In this book, learn what the five languages of appreciation in the workplace are and how to identify those in your colleagues. 

4. The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters by Priya Parker

Does your organization host meetings, conferences, and/or other types of events? If so, this book is a must-read! Author Priya Parker, expert facilitator of high-powered gatherings around the world, explains how simple, specific changes can invigorate any group experience, whether it’s a conference, meeting, party, or something else entirely. 

Learn how to approach event planning in a new light in Parker’s book, The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters. 

Have you read any good professional development books lately? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below! 

And for even more professional development reading – particularly as it relates to membership management – check out our Ultimate Guide to Membership Management below! In it, you’ll find tips and best practices for membership recruitment, engagement, non-dues revenue, retention, and more. (Could be a good plane read!)