Best Reads of 2018

Best Reads of 2018

I usually keep meticulous records of what I read in a given year. I relish the tracking process, seeing the list of books grow with each passing month.
 
But this year? This year was a real rollercoaster ride—the highest of highs, the lowest of lows—and my diligent record keeping went right out the window.
 
As such, I’ve been doing literary forensics all week in an attempt to piece together the books that were the highlight of my reading journey this year. I’m pretty sure I’ve accounted for everything, and taken only the crème de la crème to share with you. And remember, I don’t restrict myself to books that were published in 2018 … I’ll read anything if it’s good.
 
In no particular order (they were all amazing, and I can’t even rank them), I give you my favorite reads of the year:

The Curse of the Super Smart Person

The Curse of the Super Smart Person

“I’m like a bad doctor … No patience.”


(My father was the king of one-liners. And this may be one of his best.)

Pretend it’s 4:25pm and you’re sitting in the 9th meeting of the day. The pace of this meeting is decidedly more tortoise than hare, and it’s beginning to work your very last nerve.

You know you should be patient.

You know you should wait for everyone else to see what you already see so clearly.

You know you should wait for him to get to the point.

You should sit quietly as she asks a question that will hijack the conversation and guarantee that absolutely nothing gets resolved. 

Episode 7: Tell the Truth... Memorably: An Interview with Dan Benaim

Episode 7: Tell the Truth... Memorably: An Interview with Dan Benaim

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be that speech writer that flies around the world with folks like Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton? Well, you're about to get the real scoop from former White House speechwriter/foreign policy advisor Dan Benaim. I loved Dan's take on the craft of speechwriting, and he offers some incredible tips and insights for anyone hoping to take complicated ideas, and express them in memorable, repeatable ways. Listen now >>

Fear, Loathing & Public Speaking

Fear, Loathing & Public Speaking

As far as I can tell, I only have two real talents in this lifetime: teaching and singing.

And oddly, the bigger the audience, the better.

Don’t ask me to do basic math, handle any kind of detailed logistics, or point out the state of Ohio on an unmarked map of the United States.

But give me something to teach or sing, and I will get on stage and rock that mic.

There’s just this one problem: I am gut-twistingly terrified of being on stage—teaching or singing.

Episode 5: The Curse of Perfectionism

Episode 5: The Curse of Perfectionism

If left unchecked, perfectionism can undo us as communicators. Episode 5 encourages the practice of replacing our drive to be *perfect* with the drive to truly *connect* with an audience. Communicating well means telling the truth of what you know as clearly as you can, in a way that helps people... it means connecting with the needs of an audience. In this episode, you will learn how to move out of the tyranny of perfectionism, and into the flow of connection. Listen now >>

Episode 1: "Just Be Yourself!" Worst Advice Ever?

Episode 1: "Just Be Yourself!" Worst Advice Ever?

Ever been offered this not-so-helpful piece of advice just before a big speech or job interview—"Just be yourself!" Which "self" are they talking about? We play many different roles during a given day, and we communicate differently based on the situation. What is it about authenticity that is so damn difficult when the pressure is on? In this episode, we talk about which "self" is the highest possible expression of You, and how to make sure that you've created the conditions for this self to shine through. Listen now >>