Yesterday I led a workshop for a group of Vanderbilt students. We talked about story, and how they can use the elements of story in a speaking opportunity they have. It was similar to my presentation at Podcamp Nashville, but with a lot more background and research thrown in. My hope is for them to understand how to build a compelling story that connects with the audience, guides them, and shows a few actionable ways to begin.
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During the workshop, I kept referencing books that have been important to me and shaped my story. I received blank stares for each book I referenced. To be fair, I would not have read these books in college. I didn’t read many books I wasn’t assigned, and the ones I did weren’t of the self-help or motivational variety.
At the same time, not many people told me what books they believed would be important in my growth and development. Now 30, I have a list I recommend to people, especially people in their twenties. Those listening (or reading) may not pick up any of the books right away, or for several years! But it’s not the work of the guide to take action (that’s the hero’s task), the guide must present the plan for action. If you’re in your early twenties, here’s the plan.
To Sell is Human & A Whole New Mind – by Dan Pink
The War of Art – by Steven Pressfield
The Sketchnote Handbook & The Sketchnote Workbook – by Mike Rohde
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years – by Donald Miller
The Obstacle is the Way – by Ryan Holliday
The Alchemist – by Paulo Coelho
Creativity, Inc – by Ed Catmull
The Personal MBA – by Josh Kaufman
The No Complaining Rule – by Jon Gordon
The 4 Hour Chef – by Tim Ferriss
Steal like an Artist – by Austin Kleon
Presentation Zen – by Garr Reynolds
Rework – by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
Bird by Bird – by Anne Lamotte
The Power of Habit – by Charles Duhigg
Brain Rules – John Medina
The Art of Innovation – by Thomas Kelly
The In Between – by Jeff Goins
Have any books to add? Please share in the comments!
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