Five Fantastic Business and Self-Development Audiobooks

Friends and followers. We’re in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, yes. We also have ample opportunity to consume content, namely books. Because my work often requires me to travel, I have come to love audiobooks. I use Audible (#notsponsored) and I love getting Audible recommendations from others. So naturally, I want to share a few of my favorites with you. I hope you will consider consuming some of these great reads while you’re sheltering in place.

Grant Cardone – The 10X Rule 

This is my latest listen and it’s really kicked my butt into high gear. My favorite part of this book is the section in which Cardone says it’s okay to be obsessed with your work or passions. He highlights the revelation that if more people were encouraged to be obsessed with their work or passions then we’d have better inventions and greater prosperity in our country. He also cuts through the notion that success is evil. If you work in sales, or you’re starting a business, this is the book for you.

Mel Robbins – Work It Out 

Every woman needs to listen to Work It Out. I’m serious. Any woman that has ever been employed, or is heading back into the workforce, needs to listen to this content. This is actually an Audible original and can only be heard through Audible. This is worth an Audible sign-up. Again, this post is not sponsored. I just love sharing amazing content with my followers and readers. Robbins is a phenomenal speaker bus she also cuts through the nonsense that’s in the female brain when it comes to our careers. In this audio content, she interviews women from different career backgrounds. She listens to their struggles and helps them overcome internal and external obstacles.

Jen Sincero – You Are a Badass

This one of my favorite audiobooks because Sincero is a fantastic narrator of her own story. Jen walks us through her experiences living paycheck-to-paycheck and dreaming of a better life in which she feels prosperity and peace. Sincero finds both when she starts taking her life seriously and empowering her journey with the right mental energy. This is a great read if you’re down in the dumps and need a positive pick-me-up and gentle motivation. Sincero’s second book, You Are a Badass at Making Money is another great read.

Pam Grout – E-Squared

I’ll admit, I didn’t love the sound of Pam’s narration at first; however, I’ve listened to this book several times over. If I’m feeling concerned about my week, I listen to this book. If I need to manifest something, I listen to this book. The little experiments in this book are incredibly motivating if you try them out. Especially the experiment involving the color of nearby vehicles. Pam’s second book in this series, E-Cubed, is also fantastic but is narrated by a different female voice. Now, I wish Pam had narrated both books. Each of these reads can be life-changing if you have an open mind.

Jia Jiang – Rejection Proof

Find yourself always afraid of rejection? This book clearly outlines why we’re afraid of rejection and how to overcome any rejection that comes your way. In this book, Jiang shares his experience with his own fear of rejection and how he was able to get almost anyone to say yes to almost any request. This is a great book for anyone seeking to overcome fear or kill it in a sales role.

I hope you take some time to enjoy one of these titles. If you want to sign-up for Audible you can use my code which I’m told does something nice for me. Remember, every new Audible member gets a free book with their membership. Choose wisely!

Be free. Be focused. Be determined. Be yourself.

Au Revoir,

Christal 
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Networking: Three Steps to Becoming a Meet & Greet Rockstar

It’s January, and pretty soon we are going to be going into the spring events season. You are probably already rolling your eyes in contempt at the amount of networking that you may be required to do in a few months.

Have no fear, there are a few things you can do to not only enjoy networking, but become a networking rockstar.

1. Prepare

Whatever you do, don’t go into the meet and greet blind. You should have some expectation of who is going to be at the event, and a few things you can talk about to strike up conversation.

Consider looking up a few key people on LinkedIn ahead of time. Check out their company’s recent news events, and brush up on where they went to school and some of their recent projects.

As a word of caution, don’t look up everyone that’s going to be at the event and don’t connect with everyone either. It will be pretty obvious that you are trolling the registration list if you do this. No one likes a LinkedIn stalker.

Another way to prepare is to have three key talking points. This could be conversation starters that are related to the type of event you are attending, as well as things that you really want to mention about your organization. But be sure not to force these items of conversation. These topics are simply to drive the conversation forward if there is a lull.

2. Go in confidence

This may sound a little New Age but you need to be sure that you are mentally preparing yourself for the event before you go. Remind yourself that you are very talented at what you do, that you get along with people really well, and that you are great in conversation. Walk into the event with your head held high feeling that you can move about the room and enjoy yourself. If you have done the preparation this becomes much easier to accomplish. Another way to feel confident as you enter the room is to be sure that you’re wearing comfortable clothes that are aligned with the dress recommendations for the event. Ladies, getting your nails done before an event is another quick win in the confidence arena.

3. Don’t force connection

You are not going to hit it off with everyone at the event. Frankly, you shouldn’t. Your time can be much better invested in meeting a few people and building a few great long-term relationships versus meeting many people for a brief amount of time. Again, this goes back to your preparation. If you know who you want to meet then you can focus on meeting those people, but if you click with someone allow yourself to let the conversation flow. Make sure that you are enjoying the event and that the event is a catalyst for you to build long-term business or personal relationships. Today’s business minded individuals can see through bullshit and they love to speak to people who are genuine and passionate.

Six Ways to Become A Happier Leader

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New entrants to the workforce may consider their new office leader(s) to be scary, or intimidating. These types of leaders, while sometimes successful, often lack a key facet of leadership — personal happiness.

If you’re on the edge of losing your temper after one more interruption or request, utilize the following steps to become a happier and more content leader.

1. Be Grateful Everyday 
It’s easy tell yourself to “be grateful”. It’s more difficult to remember what you’re grateful for on a daily basis. Stick a post-it reminder to be grateful every day. Each morning, or maybe at lunch, think of five things you’re grateful for. Try not to repeat the same things you mentioned the day before. See how many days you can remember to be grateful.

2. Say Thank You
Part of gratitude is outwardly showing how thankful you are to those around you. Additionally, when you thank those you lead they become more cheerful. You begin to boost the mood and culture of your organization thereby making you and your staff happier.

3. Gather Up the Pieces 
No one can operate in a state of chaos. Begin your day by organizing your desk, then list your to do’s. You may even find the previous post on the prioritization helpful.

4. Take a Walk 
Your body produces happy hormones when you workout. It doesn’t have to be 3 hours of hardcore body building. Go for a walk, swim, jog, kayak or hike. Bonus Tip: Vitamin D is a plus! Grab some rays while you’re out and soak up the extra sunny nutrients your body needs to be happier.

5. Snooze Before You Lose 
It’s okay to take naps. Just like your body needs activity it also needs rest. Cranky leaders are often fatigued. Pay attention to your natural signals for rest. Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to lead your team because you’re too tired to listen. 

6. Grab a Drink
Loneliness can plague a leader lifestyle. Frequent traveling, long work hours and extra projects can shut you out from the ones in your life that matter most. It is vital that you embrace some social experiences to build personal memories, and enhance your interpersonal skills at the office. Take your vacation, get a group together for a game, dinner or party. Spend time with your family, or grab a cup of coffee with a friend. Make time for others and you’ll become a happier you!

What helps you feel like a happier leader? Post your reply below!