Career & Self Development

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, 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 Let the Story Do the Work

    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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    The 12 Universal Laws of Power Persuasion

    by Kurt Mortensen

    Maximum Influence combines scientific research with real-world studies, presenting the most authoritative and effective arsenal of persuasion techniques ever.

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    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 Persuasion Equation
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    The Subtle Science of Getting Your Way

    by Mark Rodgers

    This insightful guide by Mark Rodgers reveals what drives decisions and introduces the persuasion equation –– a powerful combination of factors proven to speed agreement. Learn how to set your persuasion priorities and perfect the five-step persuasion process in order to gain buy-in from those around you.

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  • Image of Pitch Perfect
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    How to Say It Right the First Time, Every Time

    by Bill McGowan, Alisa Bowman

    Renowned media coach Bill McGowan shows how to communicate with confidence during the pivotal moments of life. He offers Seven Principles of Persuasion to use to establish the right tone for the right message to the right person at the right time. Learn how to overcome common mistakes and implement a better way of communicating using effective verbal and nonverbal language.

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  • Image of The Art of Explanation
    Image of The Art of Explanation

    Making Your Ideas, Products, and Services Easier to Understand

    by Lee LeFever

    You've done the hard work. Your product or service works beautifully — but something is missing. People just don't see the big idea — and it's keeping you from being successful. Your idea has an explanation problem. The Art of Explanation is for business people, educators and influencers who want to improve their explanation skills and start solving explanation problems. In this summary, author Lee LeFever provides a guide to helping audiences fall in love with your ideas...

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    Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences

    by Nancy Duarte

    In this executive book summary of Nancy Duarte's bestselling book Resonate, you will learn how to transform any presentation into an engaging journey by leveraging techniques normally reserved for cinema and literature. You will discover how to understand your audience, create persuasive content and elicit a groundswell response.

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  • Image of The Power Presenter
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    Technique, Style, and Strategy from America’s Top Speaking Coach

    by Jerry Weissman

    Jerry Weissman is the presentations coach to Microsoft, Cisco Systems, and many of America's top executives, including founding Yahoo CEO Tim Koogle, Intuit founder Scott Cook, Netflix founder and CEO Reed Hastings, and many others. Now America's top coach reveals the same powerful strategies he teaches to CEOs in expensive private sessions. Learn why your body language and voice are more important than your words, how to present with poise and confidence naturally, and how to connect with...

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  • Image of The Art of Woo
    Image of The Art of Woo

    Using Strategic Persuasion to Sell Your Ideas

    by G Richard Shell, Mario Moussa

    According to Shell and Moussa, “Woo” is the ability to win people over to your ideas without coercion, using relationship-based emotionally intelligent persuasion. It’s the secret of success with colleagues, clients and customers. The Art of Woo shows readers how this ability can strengthen their persuasion skills in every aspect of their lives by using the four-step Woo process — a repeatable strategy that translates ideas into reality.

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