We have just started our first BookCLUB thatyou can take part from the comfort of your own living room.  It’s called “A business book and a beer“.  We started our first session with some tips for business reading.  Whilst these tips are fresh in my mind – I thought I’d share them with you here.

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. —Dr. Seuss

We’re starting small – just 10 people .  This size group gives everyone a voice that can be heard – important in these lockdown times.  Of course the ideas you take can really help you to grow your business.

What sort of books are covered in a business book club?

Over the course of our BookCLUB we plan to cover a range of books.  We’ll start with a self development book, include books with a strong business focus.  We’ll also include books on the tools of business (like LinkedIN).

I love reading – and always have a couple of books on the go: audio and paper books (and I’m known to buy both the audio and the paper copy of the same book!)  So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I have lots of suggestions of great books to include- but if you’ve just read something that you think is a “must” let us know as we’ll happily take recommendations too!

Here are some tips for reading:

  1. Recognising that not everyone loves books as much as we do, we thought about some tips for readers:  It is great to be able to read from cover to cover!  And sometimes that just won’t be possible – that’s ok.  To give yourself the best chance of success – set yourself the luxury* of reading at the same time everyday.  Perhaps time it (i.e. read for 10 minutes) or a set number of pages (i.e. 20 pages)
  2. You won’t like EVERY book.  This is totally normal.  For BookCLUB we recommend reading “some of it” – and to come along to the meeting anyway – if you let us know in advance we’ll do our best not to “put you on the spot” – EVEN IF YOU DIDN’T READ IT – you’ll get something from listening to everyone else!  Some ideas for how to get somthing out of a book without reading cover to cover:
    1. “Fan the pages” – and just stop and start reading a paragraph or two (until it stops being interesting) and consider how it’s relevant .. repeat a couple of times.
    2. Look at the Contents section at the beginning.  Contents tend to be the sections and chapter headings – so dive to the chapter that catches your eye.
    3. If there’s an Index at the back- you could also look for a word that are super relevant to you – and go straight to those pages.
    4. Many business books contain chapter summaries at the end of each chapter (just before the start of the following chapter).  Look out for these as you can get the main points.
  3. Take notes.  Feel free to write on the book – turn down corners, get a marker pen out!  Also it’s really useful to have a notebook to write any thoughts that come to you whilst writing … not really as a summary, more as a way to capture ideas of actions you can take to integrate into your business.  Look for at least two!

Happy Reading 🙂

Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere. —Mary Schmich

Photo Credits

(Joseph Addison Reading Quote Print from IDefineMeProject)