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Soundview Executive Book Summaries® publishes summaries of the best business books of each year on career and self-development subjects including business communication, time management, public speaking, motivation, goals, negotiation, work-life balance, emotional intelligence, presentation skills, decision-making and more. Browse our list of summary titles to find those that will move your career and life forward.

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  • Image of The Power of Presence
    Image of The Power of Presence

    Unlock Your Potential to Influence and Engage Others

    by Kristi Hedges

    Author Kristi Hedges has witnessed even the highest-level people struggle to connect and communicate. Her experiences have helped her develop the unique I-Presence™ model, which is equal parts communication aptitude, mental attitude and authentic style.

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    The Art of Storytelling for Business Success

    by Esther K. Choy

    Let the Story Do the Work shows you how to mine your experience for simple narratives that convey who you are, what you want to achieve, and why others should care.

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  • Image of The Icarus Deception
    Image of The Icarus Deception

    How High Will You Fly?

    by Seth Godin

    In his bravest and most challenging book yet, Seth Godin shows how we can thrive in an economy that rewards art, not compliance.

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  • Image of Work Without Stress
    Image of Work Without Stress

    Building a Resilient Mindset for Lasting Success

    by Derek Roger, Nick Petrie

    Stress is not a natural response to the pressures at work. It’s a choice that you make. Derek Roger and Nick Petrie offer a new approach to stress. It has to do with being resilient, flexible, mentally awake and in the moment.

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  • Image of The Laws of Charisma
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    How to Captivate, Inspire and Influence for Maximum Success

    by Kurt Mortensen

    The Laws of Charisma shows readers how to: radiate confidence, passion, power, and optimism; combine purpose, creativity, competence, and focus to inspire commitment; influence others by improving communication skills; and persuade and empower anyone by creating instant rapport.

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  • Image of The Achievement Habit
    Image of The Achievement Habit

    Stop Wishing, Start Doing and Take Command of Your Life

    by Bernard Roth

    Bernie Roth, co-founder of the Stanford d.school, offers a guide for harnessing the power of design thinking to help meet life’s challenges and fulfill goals. Behaviors and relationships can be transformed as you become more effective at solving problems, more focused on things that matter, and more satisfied with life. Achievement is like a muscle; learn how to flex it.

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  • Image of The Upside of Irrationality
    Image of The Upside of Irrationality

    The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home

    by Dan Ariely

    In his groundbreaking book, Predictably Irrational, social scientist Dan Ariely revealed the multiple biases that lead us into making unwise decisions. Now in The Upside of Irrationality, Ariely exposes the surprisingly negative and positive effects irrationality can have on our lives. Focusing on our behaviors at work and in relationships, he offers new insights about what really motivates us on the job, how unwise actions can become long-term habit, and more.

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  • Image of Outliers
    Image of Outliers

    The Story of Success

    by Malcolm Gladwell

    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers examines the commonality of successful people and organizations and investigates as to why some of the world's greatest achievers are beneficiaries of hidden advantages.

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    Image of The Power of Full Engagement

    Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal

    by Tony Schwartz, Jim Loehr

    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    As its subtitle suggests, the key to getting the most out of your performance is how you manage energy, not time. The authors discuss the four key sources of energy and provide a scientific approach to create energy management rituals that are specific to the results you need. The book is based on methods that were used by a number of professional athletes.

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