Here’s OUR monthly top picks for you (and your field) for reading, listening to and utilizing in order to stay engaged, informed and one step ahead.
WEBSITE / First Round Review
First Round knows a thing or two about turning startups into successful corporations and founders into skillful CEOs. First Round has gleaned a wealth of knowledge and shared it via First Round Review, a website committed to letting experts speak directly to the reader about their biggest business insights. Each article highlights strategies and tactics you can use to improve your company and career on topics such as self-awareness, scaling and product-market fit.
BOOK / Unleash the Power of Storytelling: Win Hearts, Change Minds, Get Results
By Rob Biesenbach
Everyone loves a good story. And while “storytelling” is a popular marketing buzzword, it also happens to be a powerful tool that can help you persuade, teach and inspire. In Unleash the Power of Storytelling, author Rob Biesenbach lays out a five-step roadmap for crafting your stories, plus six ways to ensure their relevance. It’s a “how-to” guide that will teach you scientific reasons why stories work, story structure, the role of emotion, delivery tips and much more.
COURSE / Full Focus Goal Setting Course
By Gary Chapman & Paul White
Now is the perfect time to get a jump on your goals for 2024. The Full Focus Goal Setting Course is a science-based, self-paced program designed to be completed in less than a week. With five lessons comprised of several short videos, you can do the course as you have time or in one sitting. Using the latest research in goal achievement, this system helps you define a clear path and follow exact steps to arrive at your destination—as Full Focus states it’s “like Google Maps for your goals.”
VIDEO / TEDx Talk: “You are Contagious”
By Vanessa Van Edwards
In this entertaining and informative TEDx Talk, interpersonal intelligence expert Vanessa Van Edwards explains how we as humans are contagious. From body language and tone of voice to emotions and energy, we rub off on others—whether we realize it or not. This means we have the power to influence how we’re perceived and how others feel when they’re around us. Van Edwards uses scientific studies to illustrate why this is so and how we can make a memorable, positive impact on those around us.
PODCAST / Every Day is Saturday Podcast
By Sam Crowley
“Daddy, is tomorrow Saturday?” When Sam Crowley’s young daughter asked this question, he realized she really meant, “Daddy, will you have time for me tomorrow?” Crowley quit the corporate grind to spend more time with family and pursue his passions. As an executive turned coach, speaker and author, Crowley’s biggest project has been his prolific podcast, Every Day is Saturday, which inspires listeners to have the best day ever. Since launching in 2006, it has achieved over 20 million downloads!
INFLUENCER / Victor Antonio
Rated as one of America’s Best Sales Speakers in 2023, Victor Antonio is also an author and founder of Sales Velocity Academy. He puts his experience as an international trainer to work by pumping out an impressive stream of content—most notably via his YouTube channel, which hosts educational podcasts, trainings and live streams…over 1,600, to be exact! Topics are timely and practical, such as how to close virtual meetings and how to handle being ghosted.
From the October 2023 issue of Direct Selling News magazine.