2011 Books In Review Part 4 of 5: Career

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Whether you’re a career woman, a manager, a new professional to the work force, or on the job hunt, the following career related books I’ve read in 2011 might be able to help you take your career to the next level.

15. 15 Successful Communications Lessons by Mark Magnacca
Anyone that has a job has something to sell or offer. Some do it better than others because they have the tools and the knowledge necessary to convey the message that sets people in motion. Magnacca’s 15 Successful Communications Lessons teaches just about every type of professional – whether entrepreneurs, product managers, public speakers, teachers, etc. – how to present information – whether by simply speaking or talking with power points and speaking tools – better and to, most importantly, get people motivated to learn, buy, or do in a pain-free and interesting way. Know the tools, practice with them, have more confidence which leads to accomplishing more with public speaking activities.

16. Why Men Earn More: The Startling Truth Behind the Pay Gap and What Women Can Do About It by Warren Farrel
I already did a review on this book and found it useful to understand the facts and figures in today’s working world that explain why women earn less on average and how women can take their careers and salaries to the next level. The answers are not neat, nor fun – obviously, a woman (as do men) must make a choice between quality of family life and quantity of money in the bank account – but they are effective. My female friends and clientele found my review helpful.

17. What Color Is Your Parachute? 2011: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Dick Bolles
Like Why Men Earn More, I have already done a review on What Color Is Your Parachute. I love this book and recommend it to my clients or friends who are in career search mode, wondering whether to change functions, companies, or industries. Find a new job or make a career transformation – whatever you do, Dick Bolles gets readers to get down to the core of who they are – values, ideals, qualities – in order to make the most fulfilling career choices. What Color Is Your Parachute is a great launching point for those in a career conundrum.

18. The Art of Asking: Ask Better Questions, Get Better Answers by Terry J Fadem
My business of coaching and communications consulting is ALL about the questions. The answers, to me, are irrelevant unless I can get down to the nitty gritty with solid questions. The Art of Asking gets managers, product developers, and anyone who wants to get information and decide solutions quickly and painlessly to think more prudently about the questions they ask each day. This books serves as a good starting point by listing types of questions one can ask and provides examples from the author’s professional experiences.

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