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Top 10 Recommended Books for Women in Business


For women looking to start up their own ventures or those already progressing through their career, I find one of the best resources to have on hand is a good book. To help in that regard I have brought together the ten books I would most recommend.

Branding Brilliance by Fiona Humberstone

Not only an excellent read but Brand Brilliance is a delightful publication to just flick through.  As an entrepreneur I am always looking for the next best business book and one that enlightens your busy mind.  Fiona definitely won me over with this her second book, it certainly made me think about how to polish up my brand and make it a strong one! So many of us need to bring clarity to our brand because it is so easy to lose track of how we look from the outside. While we are constantly wearing many hats running our own businesses, it’s equally important to spend time working on your brands ethos.  Fiona has poured her years of expertise into this book  – it’s both beautifully presented and easy to follow, whether you are new to branding or somewhere in the middle looking for more help. Brand Brilliance will definitely be helpful to you as a business owner or marketing manager for any corporation. I’m certain that reading it will give you a lot of new ideas and insights into branding. Its a must to go on your business book 2017 wish list.

Talk Like TED by Carmin Gallo

TED talks have redefined the elements of a successful presentation and become the gold standard for public speaking around the world. And yet the techniques that top TED speakers use are the same ones that will make any presentation more dynamic, fire up any team, and give anyone the confidence to overcome their fear of public speaking. Carmine Gallo has broken down the top TED talks and interviewed the most popular TED presenters to uncover the nine secrets of all successful TED presentations. From ‘Unleashing the Master Within’ and ‘Delivering Jaw Dropping Moments’ to ‘Sticking to the 18-minute Rule’ Gallo provides a step-by-step method that makes it possible for anyone to create, design, and deliver a TED-style presentation that is engaging, persuasive, and memorable.

Do Distrupt by Mark Shayler

If you’re looking for a quick read and one to dip in and out of when you have a spare 5 minutes, then this book is for you.  The Do Books collection has been a favourite ‘go to’ resource for me since the moment they launched!  Do Distrupt is about disruption. About doing things differently. About having ideas that will change the world. That will at least change your world. It’s also about delivering those ideas.All in all an effortless read.

The Chimp Paradox by Prof Steve Peters

Leading consultant psychiatrist Steve Peters knows more than anyone how impulsive behaviour or nagging self-doubt can impact negatively on our professional and personal lives. In this, his first book, Steve shares his phenomenally successful mind-management programme that has been used to help elite athletes and senior managers alike to conquer their fears and operate with greater control, focus and confidence.  A fine and no-nonsense read for anyone suffering from the imposter syndrome…

You Are Badass by Jen Sincero

Good, solid advice from someone who’s made big changes in her life.  A very refreshing personal development book. Author Sincero has got a very readable writing style, and isn’t patronising. This book is truly empowering it gives you steps in how you can take positive steps to change your life. There is a lot of talk about “source energy” and that by having high energy you can put yourself in a position to bring lots of good into your life. You create your own reality with your thoughts and this is why you attract the things that you do in life.

Fish For Life by Stephen Lundin

This book was passed onto me by a client of mine recently and to be honest it took me three attempts to get into it.  But once I gave it the time it so deserves I couldnt put it down and I apply the principles on a daily basis both in life and work. FISH! for Life shows readers how to confront life’s issues and to reach their full potential. With advice on such life issues as weight loss, personal finance, and relationships, the book is a road map for achieving personal happiness and well-being in all areas of life. After all, life shouldn’t be work.

The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington

Very well researched. Tons of data to underpin what she says. This is a great source of info for anyone facing difficulties with sleep. The science she has collected to put this put together is one of a kind. Once you’ve read it, you have all the weapons and knowledge you need to deal with sleep if it is an issue in your life. But the main point being, we all generally need more quality sleep and its a case of how do we achieve it. I must confess I did skip a few pages as it quite a large publication.

NOW by Dr Max McKeown

I am still 3/4 of a way through this fabulous book…

This is a book about action. The big stuff – about getting on with the things you know need to be done and not letting the grind of daily life that holds so many of us back to get in the way.
This is a book about the cadence that can be found living in the present, about how life rolls forward and improves when you make positive forward action every day – Max talks about locomotion, the impact of working on what you know needs to be worked right now, today.

She Means Business by Carrie Green

Personally this is an epic book for any business woman starting out in business.  It is a stunning book! I couldn’t put it down! More than anything it is compelling reading with great content, clear action points and truly inspirational! This book has really made me feel motivated. Highly recommended!!

The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

Everyone needs a little Hygge in their life! This book has had so so many positive reviews, what is not love about the Hygge Concept

This is certainly a pick up and put down book. It is a calming approach to de – stress your life. I knew that I’d like it , as it is such a good concept. The design on the front cover looks like it is a classic Swedish typography and this would make anyone smile and calm before it has been opened.
The book goes through the origins of the word Hygge and then looks in detail at each aspect of Hygge and how Scandinavia embraces Hygge.