Randy and Evan are both big readers, and they encourage all of us to read, as well. Evan reads every night for an hour or two to clear his head and work on his self-improvement. (I, personally, watch a few episodes of Chopped and eat a bowl of cereal, but to each their own.)
Fall is just around the corner, and with that comes cozy days of hot chocolate and apple cider in a big comfy chair while reading a thick, worn book. And we are here to give you your Autumn Reading List. These books will keep you busy in your spare time, motivated, and you'll feel very accomplished after reading any of these. Guaranteed.
Not only are we giving you an amazing reading list... but a list of books that will change the way you work, the way you interact with other people, and the way you feel about yourself!
by Dean Koontz
This is one of Josh's favorite books, "Because," he says, "The villain in Intensity is a good one. I appreciate a well thought out bad guy." The good thing about any mystery novel is that they make you think, imagine, and try to process two steps ahead of the character. If you're into murder mystery novels that end a little differently than one might imagine, this book might just be for you.
Awaken the Giant Within
by Tony Robbins
Ashley isn’t a big reader, but, thanks to the immense amount of books hanging around our office, she is reading this book in her spare time. Evan is in the middle of reading it as well. This book is about building personal development and confidence. In this book, you learn how to take immediate control of your mental, emotional, physical, and financial stability.
by Rhonda Byrne
Randy dubs this book as the most important book he has ever read. This is a self-help book that is “based on the law of attraction and claims that positive thinking can create life-changing results such as increased happiness, health, and wealth.” It is also based on a film that shares the same name. Clearly, Randy has used tools he learned in this book!
One Perfect Pitch
by Marie Perruchet
This is another “office book” that we have lying around the office. Randy states that this book has taught him skills that he needed to be able to pitch Ziyak to potential investors. So whatever you may need to pitch, this may just be the perfect book for you!
The Power Paradox
by Dacher Keltner
Evan is in the middle of reading this book and is pretty excited about what he’s learning from it so far. It talks about turning traditional wisdom upside down by looking at power in a whole new way, and the book teaches you to become selfless with the power you show.
How to Win Friends and Influence People
by Dale Carnegie
Brian (the Newb in the office) is another reader and highly suggests this book. “Yes, very corny and maybe a little dated. [I] read it on a lark when I was about 30 years old. My biggest take-aways: Remember people’s name, be nice, make people feel important – and mean it!” I will say, in the few weeks I’ve known Brian, he has remembered my name every day and has been as nice as a Canadian on Christmas. So, clearly this book has been good to him.
Hope is Not a Strategy
by Rick Page
This book helped turn Brian’s thinking in terms of the complex sale. Instead of focusing on what his company does well, he learned to look at sales from the customer’s point of view. How does his solution help the customer? This book also taught him to find out everything he could about a particular situation so he wasn’t guessing – or hoping – that he would win the deal.
The Traveler’s Gift
by Andy Andrews
This book is a combination of self-help and fiction, mixed with non-fictional characters. Typically a book like this wouldn’t be up my ally, but this book is one I recommend for everyone to read. I was forced to read this book my senior year of high school, but I was so intrigued that I couldn’t put the book down and read it all in two days. If you want a book that will impact you, motivate you, and share lessons that you will remember years down the road, but you still want a book with a story line, this book couldn’t be more perfect for you.
by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler
My grandpa sent this book to my husband to read, as he was dealing with a lot of high-stress situations at work. But, after several conversations with my husband, I decided to read this book as well. He hadn’t only learned how to handle conversations with his co-workers and boss in a better and more efficient way, but our conversations were more efficient and smooth. This book teaches how the quality of our conversations control the quality of our lives. Worth the read for anyone who carries on a conversation… oh wait, that’s you. Read it.
And there you go, folks. Nine books that you need to read this fall. Nine books that have influenced this Ziyak team greatly, and we promise will influence you as well!
Good luck, and let us know when you finish your first book off our list!
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Kendra is an Executive Assistant at Ziyak. She loves to share her humor and share her passions with anyone who will take the time to read what she writes.