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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    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 Classic Book on Time Management

    by Alec Mackenzie, Pat Nickerson

    One of the all-time bestselling books on time management, "The Time Trap" has shown countless readers how to squeeze the optimal efficiency — and satisfaction — out of their work day. Filled with smart tactics, revealing interviews, and handy time management tools, this is the proven guide professionals need to get everything under control.

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  • Image of Maximum Influence
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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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  • Image of The Achievement Habit
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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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    The Path to Extraordinary Productivity

    by Adam Merrill, Leena Rinne, Kory Kogon

    The authors combine research and insights from FranklinCovey to redefine time management in ways that will increase the productivity of individuals, teams and organizations. The 5 Choices will empower individuals to make more selective, high-impact choices about where to invest their valuable time, attention and energy.

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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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    Make a Bigger Impact by Saying Less

    by Joseph McCormack

    Senior marketing executive Joseph McCormack offers a step-by-step approach to getting to the point quickly and delivering every message with maximum impact. Brief describes how to use BRIEF maps, narratives and visual media to make your message more compelling. A master of brevity says less and gets more done –– learn how.

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    Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours

    by Robert C. Pozen

    In Extreme Productivity, author Robert Pozen reveals the secrets to workplace productivity and high performance. This book is for anyone feeling overwhelmed by an existing workload — facing myriad competing demands and multiple time-sensitive projects. Offering antidotes to a calendar full of boring meetings and a backlog of e-mails, Extreme Productivity explains how to determine your highest priorities and match them with how you actually spend your time.

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