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Nov 25, 2022

Everybody Writes: Your New and Improved Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content by Ann Handley

About the Book:

A hands-on field guide to consistently creating page-turning content that your audience loves. (And that delivers real results.)

In the newly revised and updated edition of Everybody Writes, marketer and author Ann Handley improves on her Wall Street Journal bestselling book that’s helped hundreds of thousands become better, more confident writers.

In this brand-new edition, she delivers all the practical, how-to advice and insight you need for the process and strategy of content creation, production, and publishing.

This new edition also includes:

  • All-new examples, tools, resources
  • Updated step-by-step writing framework
  • Added and expanded chapters that reflect the evolution of content marketing (and the evolution of Ann’s thinking about what works today)
  • The same witty and practical how-to approach
  • How to attract and retain customers with stellar online communication
  • How to choose your words well, sparingly, and with honest empathy for your customers
  • Best practices and ideas for crafting credible, trustworthy content
  • “Things Marketers Write”: The fundamentals of 19 specific kinds of content that marketers like you write
  • Inspiration. Confidence. Fun.

In this book, you’ll discover:

Content marketing has evolved. Yet writing matters more than ever.

In this new edition of Everybody Writes, you’ll find the strategies, techniques, tips, and tools you’ll need to refine, upgrade, and (most of all) inspire your own best content marketing.

About the Author:

Ann Handley is a Wall Street Journal bestselling author who speaks worldwide about how businesses can escape marketing mediocrity to ignite tangible results. IBM named her one of the 7 people shaping modern marketing.

She is the Chief Content Officer of MarketingProfs; a LinkedIn Influencer; a keynote speaker, a mom, a dog person, and a writer.

She is the co-author of Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, Ebooks, Webinars (and More) That Engage Customers and Ignite Your Business. Her books have been translated into 19 languages, including Turkish, Korean, Italian, Chinese, and Japanese.

She has contributed commentary and bylines to Entrepreneur magazine, Inc. magazine, Mashable, Huffington Post, American Express, NPR, and the Wall Street Journal.

And, interesting fact – her favorite book of all time is EB White's Charlotte's Web!

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Nov 18, 2022

The Customer-Base Audit: The First Step on the Journey to Customer Centricity by Peter Fader, Bruce Hardie and Michael Ross

About the Book:

As a leader in your organization, you will be very familiar with your organization’s key financial statements and monthly management reports. You may have spent countless hours discussing budgets and expenditures.

But how much time have you spent reflecting on the fact that these revenues are generated by actual customers―the people who pull out their wallets and pay for your products and services?

In The Customer-Base Audit: The First Step on the Journey to Customer Centricity, experts Peter Fader, Bruce Hardie, and Michael Ross start you on the path toward really getting to understand your customers’ buying behavior as well as the health of your overall customer base.

A customer-base audit is a systematic review of the buying behavior of a firm’s customers using data captured by its transaction systems. It will help you answer questions such as:

  • How healthy is your customer base? How realistic are your growth objectives?
  • How do your customers differ in terms of their behavior and value?
  • How has the quality of your customers changed over time?
  • What changes in customer behavior lie behind period-to-period changes in firm performance?
  • What is important to your high-value customers? Which products help you acquire and retain your best customers?

Fader, Hardie, and Ross present five “lenses” through which an executive can address questions like those above. The answers are often lurking in various parts of the organization, but it is rare to find all the relevant analyses in one place, let alone performed on a regular basis (as an audit should be).

Yet without such a basic, systematic understanding of the foundations of the firm’s primary source of cash flow, how can executives make informed decisions?

Fader, a Wharton professor, is the author of Customer Centricity and coauthor of The Customer Centricity Playbook, both of which have helped businesses radically rethink how they relate to customers.

In this first step of the journey, Fader, Hardie, and Ross assist leaders in gaining a fundamental understanding of their customers’ buying behavior―and thus their company as a whole.

About the Author:

Peter S. Fader is the Frances and Pei-Yuan Chia Professor of Marketing at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His expertise centers around the analysis of behavioral data to understand and forecast customer shopping/purchasing activities.

He works with firms from a wide range of industries, such as telecommunications, financial services, gaming/entertainment, retail, and pharmaceuticals.

In addition to his various roles and responsibilities at Wharton, Professor Fader is also co-founder of Zodiac, a predictive analytics firm that was sold to Nike in 2018.

He then co-founded (and continues to run) Theta to commercialize his more recent work on “customer-based corporate valuation.”

Peter is the author of Customer Centricity: Focus on the Right Customers for Strategic Advantage and co-author with Sarah Toms of the book The Customer Centricity Playbook (which was featured on episode 222 of The Marketing Book Podcast in 2019).

He has been quoted or featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Washington Post, and on NPR, among other media.

And, interesting fact – he was a math major at MIT!

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Nov 11, 2022

The Bezos Blueprint: Communication Secrets of the World's Greatest Salesman by Carmine Gallo

About the Book:

The communication and leadership secrets of Jeff Bezos and how to master them, from the bestselling author of Talk Like Ted.

Jeff Bezos is a dreamer who turned a bold idea into the world’s most influential company, a brand that likely touches your life every day.

As a student of leadership and communication, he learned to elevate the way Amazonians write, collaborate, innovate, pitch, and present.

He created a scalable model that grew from a small team in a Seattle garage to one of the world’s largest employers.

The Bezos Blueprint by Carmine Gallo reveals the communication strategies that Jeff Bezos pioneered to fuel Amazon’s astonishing growth.

As one of the most innovative and visionary entrepreneurs of our time, Bezos reimagined the way leaders write, speak, and motivate teams and customers.

The communication tools Bezos created are so effective that former Amazonians who worked directly with Bezos adopted them as blueprints to start their own companies. Now, these tools are available to you.

About the Author:

Carmine Gallo is a Harvard instructor, bestselling author, and international keynote speaker.

A “communications guru,” according to Publishers Weekly, Carmine coaches CEOs and leaders for the world’s most admired brands.

Carmine’s bestselling books, including Talk Like TED and The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs, have been translated into more than 40 languages.

His expertise in business and leadership has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Success Magazine and on MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, and ABC’s 20/20.

And, interesting fact – he also spent 15 years as a television news anchor!

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Nov 4, 2022

Prove It: Exactly How Modern Marketers Earn Trust by Melanie Deziel with Phil M. Jones

About the Book:

Your brand is on trial―here’s how to win your case.

You know your company is amazing. You say your company is amazing.

But why should your customers believe you? In a crowded consumer courtroom full of shady advertisers all claiming to be the best, the fastest, the most caring, your brand is literally on trial―and that means you better deliver the proof.

In Prove It, StoryFuel founder Melanie Deziel and master of influence Phil M. Jones show you how to leverage every content marketing tool in the box to blast through doubt and win the case with your customers.

Using real-world examples from trusted brands across dozens of industries, they’ll walk you step-by-step through the process of identifying and categorizing your business promises―even the ones you don’t realize you’re making―gathering the right evidence, and backing up each style of claim.

You’ll learn how to apply strategies like corroboration, demonstration, and education to a marketing context to show―not tell!―the convenience of your offerings, your comparability with the competition, your connection to your community, your competence in your industry, and your commitment to your values.

And you’ll discover the right format and platform to deliver each type of evidence to make sure your “jury of consumers” connects with your case.

It’s time to stand out from all the brands that shout “trust us, we’re great!” at a skeptical audience. Your customers are waiting for you to prove it.

About the Author:

Melanie Deziel is a keynote speaker, award-winning content creator, and lifelong storyteller on a mission to share the power of compelling and credible content with others.

She is the author of the bestselling marketing and business communications book The Content Fuel Framework: How to Generate Unlimited Story Ideas (featured on episode 279 of The Marketing Book Podcast), and co-founder of The Convoy, a B2B marketplace that pools the buying power of independently owned businesses to help negotiate discounts on expenses.

From page 7 of Prove It...

I served as the first-ever editor of branded content at the New York Times, where I coached our advertisers on how to create compelling content that our audience would value. As a consultant, I've helped Fortune 100 companies implement content strategies that focus more on the audience's needs and interests than on their lifetime value as a customer. And I've been lucky enough to stand on stages around the world, delivering keynotes and workshops on this very topic to audiences filled with sales professionals, small business owners, and marketers from every industry, background, and walk of life.

And, interesting facts: she can communicate with American sign language, and she was a state-level javelin thrower!

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Oct 28, 2022

The JOLT Effect: How High Performers Overcome Customer Indecision by Matthew Dixon and Ted McKenna

About the Book:

From the bestselling co-author of The Challenger Sale, a paradigm-shattering approach to overcoming customer indecision and closing more sales

In sales, the worst thing you can hear from a customer isn’t “no.” It’s “I need to think about it.”

When this happens, deeply entrenched business advice says to double down on your efforts to sell a buyer on all the ways they might win by choosing you and your business.

But this approach backfires dramatically. Why? Because it completely gets wrong the primary driver behind purchasing decision-making: once purchase intent is established, customers no longer care about succeeding.

What they really care about is not failing.

For years, sales expert Matthew Dixon has been busting longstanding business myths. Now in The JOLT Effect, he and co-author Ted McKenna turn their trademark analysis and the latest research to the vital and growing problem of customer indecision—and offer a shocking new approach that turns conventional wisdom on its head.

Drawing on a brand-new, first-of-its-kind study of more than two and a half million sales conversations from across industries, they reveal the surprising truth that high-performing sales reps grasp and their average-performing peers don’t: only by addressing the customer’s fear of failure can you get indecisive buyers to go from verbally committing to actually pulling the trigger.

Packed with robust data, counterintuitive insights, and practical guidance, The JOLT Effect is the playbook for any salesperson or sales leader who wants to close the gap between customer intent and action—and close more sales.

About the Author:

Matt Dixon is one of the world’s leading experts on sales, customer service, and customer experience. He is a Founding Partner of DCM Insights, The Customer Understanding Lab.

Prior to co-founding DCM Insights, he served as the Chief Product & Research Officer of Tethr, an AI venture in Austin, TX, that helps companies mine customer voice data for insights.

And before that, he spent time as a Senior Partner and the Global Head of Sales Force Effectiveness Solutions at Korn Ferry Hay Group and as Group Leader of the sales, service, and customer experience practices of CEB, now Gartner.

Matt is a sought-after speaker and advisor to corporate leadership teams around the world on topics ranging from sales effectiveness to customer service and customer experience and is also a noted business writer.

His first book, The Challenger Sale: Taking Control of the Customer Conversation, was a Wall Street Journal best seller, selling more than a million copies worldwide.

He is also the co-author of the customer experience bestseller The Effortless Experience: Conquering the New Battleground for Customer Loyalty and the follow-on book to The Challenger Sale titled The Challenger Customer: Selling to the Hidden Influencer Who Can Multiply Your Results.

Matt is also a frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review with more than 20 articles to date, including many that have appeared in HBR's "Top Ten Must Reads."

And, interesting fact - he’s a huge New York Mets fan!

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Oct 21, 2022

The Secret Lives of Customers: A Detective Story About Solving the Mystery of Customer Behavior by David Scott Duncan

About the Book:

A "detective story" that delivers key insights for any businessperson asking the questions: who really are our customers, why do we lose them, how do we regain them?

Customers can be a mystery.

Despite the availability of more data than ever before, everyone, from the CEO to salespeople in the field, struggles to understand who their customers really are, what they want, why they lose them, and how to regain them.

To crack the case, start thinking like a market detective.

David Scott Duncan shows how in his entertaining story of Tazza, a fictional chain of cafes with declining sales and leaders urgently seeking to understand why.

The vivid characters of Tazza’s market detective force come to their aha moment when they finally understand why their most loyal customers walked out the door—and how they can get them back.

The core of the Tazza story is a simple, powerful idea that upends how most businesses view their customers. Customers have “jobs to be done.”

They “hire” companies to solve a problem or fulfill a need and “fire” them when unhappy.

Duncan’s fresh way of thinking about how to understand your customers’ secret lives provides an innovative path for solving whatever market mysteries you face.

About the Author:

David Scott Duncan is a managing director at the strategy and innovation consultancy Innosight, where he works with leaders to create customer-centric teams, strategies, and organizations.

He is a leading authority on the theory and application of “jobs to be done,” with extensive experience conducting market investigations around the world.

David is the co-author of two previous books, including the Wall Street Journal bestseller Competing Against Luck: The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice, written with the late Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen.

Prior to joining Innosight, he worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, earned a Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University, and an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Duke University.

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Oct 14, 2022

ADSCAM: How Online Advertising Gave Birth to One of History's Greatest Frauds and Became a Threat to Democracy by Bob Hoffman

About the Book:

In 2017, Bob Hoffman wrote BadMen: How Advertising Went from a Minor Annoyance to a Major Menace. It was selected as Best Of Marketing, 2017 by The Drum.

Five years later Bob revisits advertising’s tracking-based online advertising industry and finds it far more corrupt and dangerous than ever.

In ADSCAM: How Online Advertising Gave Birth to One of History’s Greatest Frauds and Became a Threat to Democracy, Bob concludes that the tracking-based online advertising industry is

“a criminal racket of epic proportions. It is a giant worldwide scam – organized crime at a global scale that has been normalized by involving virtually every major corporation, every pretty-sounding trade organization, and the entire advertising, marketing, and digital media industry."

About the Author:

Bob Hoffman is the author of five Amazon #1-selling books about advertising. He is also one of the most sought-after international speakers on advertising and marketing.

His books include BadMen: How Advertising Went From A Minor Annoyance To A Major Menace, Marketers Are From Mars, Consumers Are From New Jersey, Advertising for Skeptics, and Laughing at Advertising, all of which have been featured on The Marketing Book Podcast.

He is the creator of the popular Ad Contrarian blog, named one of the world's most influential marketing and advertising blogs by Business Insider.

Bob was the CEO of two independent agencies and the U.S. operation of an international agency.

Bob's commentary has appeared in the BBC World Service, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, MSNBC, The Financial Times, The Australian, New Zealand Public Broadcasting, Fox News, Sky News, Forbes, Canadian Public Broadcasting, and many other news outlets throughout the world.

And, interesting fact – In his youth, he responded to an employment ad and was hired to be a writer of adult fiction. He lasted one day at that job.

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Oct 7, 2022

Friction: Adding Value By Making People Work for It by Soon Yu and Dave Birss

About the Book:

Friction isn't something to be avoided.

Successful businesses not only understand the difference between good and bad friction but also know how to EMBRACE A DOSE of good friction to create greater value.

You'll learn how to leverage good friction to generate adrenaline, dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins to drive increased engagement, meaning, belonging, rapport, assurance, competence, and exclusivity.

About the Author:

Soon Yu is an international speaker and bestselling author on innovation and design and branding who has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Entrepreneur.

His previous book, Iconic Advantage (featured on episode 161 of The Marketing Book Podcast) won a gold medal award from Axiom Business.

Soon most recently served as Global VP of Innovation at VF Corporation, parent organization to over 30 global apparel companies, including The North Face, Vans, Timberland, Nautica, and Wrangler.

Prior to that, he worked for Bain and Company, The Clorox Company, and Chiquita Brands, and he was also the founder and CEO of numerous venture-backed startups.

He frequently guest lectures at Stanford University, where he received his MBA, and was a former adjunct professor at Parsons School of Design.

And, interesting fact – he was once the lead singer in an Asian funk band!

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Sep 30, 2022

The Sales MBA: How to Influence Corporate Buyers by Douglas Cole

About the Book:

Contrary to many predictions, there is a growing demand for highly skilled sales jobs in the modern economy.

Whether you're a salesperson or a knowledge worker, knowing how to influence corporate buyers has become a critical skill.

But most sales books tend to be narrow and prescriptive.

They focus only on tactics and tools rather than principles and mindset that can redefine your approach.

This is a different kind of sales book. In plain and direct language, the author shows what it means to become a Strategist, a Change Agent, and a Decision Architect.

Referencing the most important research and a wide assortment of field experiences, The Sales MBA explains how companies compete, how organizations evolve, and how people decide.

Whether you sell to companies or lead others who do, this book will strengthen your credibility as a trusted advisor.

About the Author:

Douglas Cole is a sales leader at LinkedIn and adviser with startup accelerators in Canada and the United States, and a part-time university lecturer at the Rotman School of Management and the Schulich Executive Education Center in Toronto.

Over more than 20 years in consulting and sales, he has sold tens of millions of dollars and software-as-a-service and advisory work.

He holds an MBA from the Wharton School, a Master's degree in International Studies from the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, a Master's degree in English Literature, and a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and English Literature, all from the University of Toronto.

And, interesting fact – He is a big fan of the Hello Kitty brand!

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Sep 23, 2022

Using Behavioral Science in Marketing: Drive Customer Action and Loyalty by Prompting Instinctive Responses by Nancy Harhut

About the Book:

Increase engagement, response rates, and the ROI of marketing initiatives with this step-by-step guide to harnessing hardwired consumer behavior and instinctive responses.

Using Behavioral Science in Marketing shows how to apply behavioral science principles in key areas of marketing, including marketing communications, email, direct mail and ad campaigns, social media marketing, and sales funnel conversion strategies.

Highly practical and accessible, it includes case studies and examples from AT&T, Apple, Spotify, and The Wall Street Journal showing how these approaches have been used in practice.

Using Behavioral Science in Marketing also reveals how to increase consumer involvement and engagement, convey exclusivity and desirability, and prompt customer action and loyalty with scientifically proven principles such as autonomy bias, storytelling, and the Von Restorff effect.

Featuring common mistakes to avoid and key takeaways at the end of each chapter, it's also accompanied by downloadable checklists and an interactive template to use in practice.

In a highly competitive space, where even an incremental advantage can result in significant uplifts, this is a crucial resource to create stand-out and successful marketing-especially for marketers in highly regulated or highly competitive environments.

About the Author:

Getting people to take action is what Nancy Harhut is all about. Her specialty is blending creativity with decision science to prompt response.

A frequent speaker at industry conferences, Nancy has shared her passion with audiences worldwide including in London, Sydney, Moscow, Madrid, Stockholm, Sao Paulo, Berlin, and all over the US.

Along the way, she's been named a Top 40 Digital Strategist, a Top 100 Creative Influencer, a Social Top 50 Email Marketing Leader, and one of The 10 Most Fascinating People in B2B Marketing.

Prior to co-founding HBT Marketing in Boston, Nancy held senior creative management positions with Hill Holliday, Mullen, and Digitas. She and her teams have won over 200 awards for digital and direct marketing effectiveness.

And, interesting fact – she plays the accordion!

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Sep 16, 2022

The Brand Positioning Workbook: A Simple How-To Guide To More Compelling Brand Positionings, Faster by Ulli Applebaum

About the Book:

The Brand Positioning Workbook outlines an easy-to-follow roadmap on how to successfully position or re-position a brand for success in the marketplace.

The methodology described in this book is inspired by the analysis of over 1,200 case studies of effective brand building which led to the identification of the 26 universal and proven successful triggers of successful brand positionings.

After reading the book you will be able to:

  • Understand the secrets behind successful brand positionings
  • Identify and use the 26 proven success triggers for brand perception
  • Apply a simple and proven brand positioning methodology that actually works
  • Create brands that are attractive, sustaining, and compelling

The book invites you, through a series of inspiring questions, examples, and ideation exercises, to explore how the 26 success triggers, or a combination thereof, could be applied to her specific brand and help her create a truly differentiating and distinctive yet highly relevant brand positioning.

The outcome is a more rigorous and more creative exploration of all relevant positioning solutions at your disposal while requiring less time than more traditional positioning development methodologies.

This book is the right choice for you, if:

  • You are working in a marketing department or a marketing agency
  • You are studying or teaching marketing
  • You are looking for a proven framework for creating compelling brand positioning
  • You are about to position or re-position a brand for success in the marketplace

The Brand Positioning Workbook is packed with easy-to-follow exercises and useful examples that will inspire your own thinking and allow you to overcome the mental biases that typically prevent truly original thinking. It can be used by marketers alone or in groups at marketing agencies or client workshops.

The book can also be used to develop product concepts, messaging strategies, new product ideas, and even creative ideas!

About the Author:

Ulli Appelbaum is an award-winning marketing and brand strategy consultant. He has held senior strategy roles in Europe and the US at some of the leading advertising agencies in the world including BBDO, Leo Burnett, Fallon Worldwide, and SapientNitro before starting his own brand research and strategy firm First The Trousers Then The Shoes Inc.

He has contributed to 7 Effies awards for marketing effectiveness and an Advertising Research Federation Ogilvy award for Excellence in Research and his insights and strategies have helped build brands including Wrigley, Mars, Harley Davidson, Hallmark, Nestle, Procter & Gamble, Chrysler, Unilever, Hallmark, Symantec, Siemens, and Land O Lakes.

He is also the creator of the “Positioning Development Method Cards” and “Aha!, The Ultimate Insight Generation Toolkit”, which help marketers think smarter.

He has blogged extensively for the Huffington Post, is a contributor to various trade publications in the US and Europe, and was a member of the Practitioner Council of the American Marketing Association.

And, interesting fact – He lives in Minneapolis, was born in Germany, lived in Africa his first 10 years, and then lived in Brussells and moved back to Germany when he was 25!

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Sep 9, 2022

Put Your Ass Where Your Heart Wants to Be by Steven Pressfield

About the Book:

Are you losing your "war of art"? Are you being defeated by a tendency to procrastination, self-doubt, fear, distraction, and perfectionism? Are you self-sabotaging your loftiest artistic entrepreneurial dreams?

The antidote is nine words: Put your ass where your heart wants to be. Can you shift your artistic identity—your "ass"—from the shallow, fearful, superficial ego to the wise, loving, fearless self?

Can you commit to your dream for the long haul and for keeps? In this book, best-selling author Steven Pressfield delivers the tough-love inspiration to help you make this life-altering transformation.

About the Author:

Steven Pressfield is the author of The War of Art which has sold over a million copies globally and been translated into multiple languages.

He is a master of historical fiction with Gates of Fire being on the required reading list at West Point and the recommended reading list of the Joint Chiefs.

His other books include A Man at Arms, Turning Pro, Do the Work, The Artist's Journey, Tides of War, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Last of the Amazons, Virtues of War, The Afghan Campaign, Killing Rommel, The Profession, The Lion's Gate, The Warrior Ethos, The Authentic Swing, An American Jew, Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t, and The Knowledge.

He is a graduate of Duke University and is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

And, interesting facts – he wrote for 27 years before he got his first novel published (The Legend of Bagger Vance). During that time he worked 21 different jobs in eleven states. The jobs included advertising copywriter, schoolteacher, tractor-trailer driver, bartender, oilfield roustabout, an attendant in a mental hospital, fruit–picking migrant worker, and Hollywood screenwriter.

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Sep 2, 2022

Brand Vision: The Clear Line of Sight Aligning Business Strategy and Marketing Tactics by Jim Everhart

About the Book:

This book is based on a critical premise: that, rather than merely a series of aesthetic decisions on typography and graphics, marketing can be a powerful force that helps a company communicate its strategy.

In a global survey of more than four thousand senior executives, consulting firm PwC found that 80 percent of the respondents admitted that few of their associates understood their company's corporate strategy. And even that figure is wildly optimistic.

According to research reported in the Harvard Business Review, 95 percent of a company’s employees, on average, are unaware of or do not understand its strategy.

Brand Vision: The Clear Line of Sight Aligning Marketing Tactics and Business Strategy hopes to change that by offering simple, easily implemented tools connecting a company’s marketing program to its business strategy.

It’s based on a critical premise: that, rather than merely a series of aesthetic decisions on typography and graphics, marketing can be a powerful force that helps a company communicate its strategy. Not just externally, but internally as well.

About the Author:

Jim Everhart is a strategist and writer, who works with corporations and agencies to develop marketing communications tactics and campaigns.

He spent more than four decades in the marketing industry, most of it at Godfrey Advertising, one of the largest business-to-business marketing agencies in the United States.

He played a leadership role at Godfrey in marketing strategy, technology development, and creative implementation, rising to the position of vice president and creative director.

And, interesting fact - he was once a reporter with the Associated Press, ran track in college, and to this day remains a distance runner!

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Aug 26, 2022

The Things We Love: How Our Passions Connect Us and Make Us Who We Are by Aaron Ahuvia

About the Book:

A revealing investigation of the secret, tangled emotional relationships people have with things—drawing on cutting-edge findings from the fields of psychology, neuroscience, and marketing.

Books, baseball cards, ceramic figurines, art, iPhones, clothing, cars, music, dolls, furniture, and even nature itself. If you're like most people, at some point in your life you've found yourself indulging in a love affair with something that brings you immense joy, comfort, or fulfillment.

Why is it that we so often feel an intense passion for objects? What does this tendency tell us about ourselves and our society?

In The Things We Love, Dr. Aaron Ahuvia presents astonishing discoveries that prove we are far less “rational” than we think when it comes to our possessions and hobbies.

In fact, we have passionate relationships with the things we love, and these relationships are driven by influences deep within our culture and our biology.

Some of our passions are sudden, obsessive, and fleeting; others are devoted and lifelong affairs. Some turn dark: we become hoarders or would prefer to destroy certain objects rather than let anyone else own them.

And as technology improves, becoming increasingly addictive, one wonders: might our lives become so dominated by our emotional ties to things that we lose interest in other people?

Packed with fascinating case studies, scientific analysis, and takeaways for living in a modern and ever-so-material world, The Things We Love offers a truly original and insightful look into our love for inanimate objects — and how better understanding these relationships can enrich and improve our lives.

About the Author:

Dr. Aaron Ahuvia is a professor of marketing at the University of Michigan–Dearborn College of Business and the most widely published and cited academic expert on noninterpersonal love including brand love.

He is also a leading expert on how our happiness is influenced by money and materialism.

He has been ranked 22 in the world for research impact on consumer behavior and ranked in the top 2% of all scientists in the world across all disciplines by an independent study from Stanford University.

Professor Ahuvia studied philosophy at the University of Michigan before getting a Ph.D. in marketing from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

From there he became a professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and then a Full Professor at the College of Business on UM’s Dearborn Campus

Dr. Ahuvia also holds an appointment as a Professor at the University of Michigan Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design.

Dr. Ahuvia has over 100 publications and presentations. He does research, teaches, and consults for governments, nonprofits, and corporations around the world.

He has presented research or consulted for Google, L'Oréal S.A., Samsung, Maybelline New York, Procter & Gamble, Audi, General Motors, Microsoft, Ford, Chrysler, and Herman Miller, among others.

And, interesting fact – he was once a guest on the Oprah Winfrey TV Show!

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Aug 19, 2022

Evolutionary Ideas: Unlocking Ancient Innovation To Solve Tomorrow’s Challenges by Sam Tatam

About the Book:

When faced with new challenges, it’s easy to feel our solutions need to be equally unprecedented. We think we need a revolution. But what if this is a big mistake?

In Evolutionary Ideas, Sam Tatam shows how behavioral science and evolutionary psychology can help us solve tomorrow’s challenges, not by divining something the world has never seen, but by borrowing from yesterday’s solutions – often in the most unexpected ways.

Just as millions of years of evolution have helped craft the wing and dorsal fin, thousands of engineers, designers, marketers, and advertisers have toiled to solve many of the problems you face today.

Over time, through intent, design, social learning, and sheer luck, we have found what works.

Armed with an enhanced ability to see these patterns in human innovation, we can now systematically approach the creative process to develop more effective ideas more readily and rapidly.

In the same way, Japanese engineers reduced bullet train noise by studying the evolved biology of the owl and kingfisher, today we can see how Disney improved the queueing experience in the same way Houston airport made arrivals feel faster (while making people walk further).

You’ll learn how the chocolate at the bottom of a Cornetto ice cream can improve an Error 404 message, and what a bowl of M&Ms has in common with a canary in a coal mine.

These are Evolutionary Ideas.

Exploring five of the most critical challenges we face today, we learn how to ‘breed’ more effective solutions from those that have survived.

The result is a dynamic and exciting way of solving problems and supercharging creativity – for anyone in any endeavor.

About the Author:

Sam Tatam is the Global Head of Behavioural Science at Ogilvy. His passion is understanding human behavior, and his experience comes from organizational /industrial psychology and advertising strategy.

From New York to Nairobi, Sam has led behavior change projects across virtually every category and continent. Today, he leads a global team of talented psychologists and behavioral economists to develop interventions and shape the communications of some of the world's most influential brands and organizations.

And, interesting fact – the first draft of this book to his publisher contained a typo - in the headline!

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Aug 12, 2022

Undisruptable: A Mindset of Permanent Reinvention for Individuals, Organisations and Life by Aidan McCullen

About the Book:

Understand the barriers to change and cultivate a reinvention mindset that will make you impervious to disruption

In our world of incessant change, we are all threatened by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity—at the individual and organizational levels. Undisruptable will give you a new lens through which to consider change as an opportunity rather than an obstacle.

You’ll be inspired to consider the big questions of today:

  • What does the future hold?
  • What does the exponential growth of technology mean for the world of work?
  • What does a changing job market mean for future generations?
  • What do waves of disruption mean for business leaders?

Society is evolving at breakneck speed. What does this mean for all of us?

Undisruptable will help you to bridge the chaos and build the resilience you need to move forward.

While we cannot see into the future, there are repeatable patterns that we can understand. Undisruptable demystifies the principles of change through a blend of analogies, innovation frameworks, and exemplars of change such as Fujifilm and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The first step to becoming undisputable is to realize that evolution is a natural part of life, and nature provides many examples.

Undisruptable will help you to:

  • Understand the principles of change
  • Overcome the barriers to change
  • See change as an opportunity and not an obstacle
  • Utilize simple frameworks and examples to guide you on your transformation

By the end of this book, you will have the essential tools and techniques to foster a reinvention mindset that will help you and your organization to become Undisruptable.

This book is part of a 3-part series. Part 2 looks at the biases and mental obstacles that prevent change. Part 3 examines the best ways to communicate change within an organization.

About the Author:

Aidan McCullen reinvented himself after a 10-year rugby career with over 100 caps for Leinster, Toulouse, and London Irish and is a full Ireland Rugby International.

He worked in digital and innovation transformation and now works on culture and leadership initiatives after he discovered that you cannot change business models until you first change mental models

He is the host and founder of the Global Innovation Show, which is broadcast on national radio in Ireland and is the only English-speaking show on Finland's Business FM. The show is also available everywhere you find podcasts.

Aiden developed and delivers a module on Emerging Technology Trends at Trinity College Business School, ranked first in Ireland and in the top 100 globally.

Aiden speaks globally on disruption and change for organizations such as MasterCard, Google, Epic Games, and many more. He runs workshops on permanent reinvention, bias, and communication.

He is also a board director for National Broadband Ireland.

And, interesting fact – in addition to English, Aiden also speaks French and German!

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Aug 5, 2022

Indispensable Brand: Move from Invisible to Invaluable by Mitch Duckler

About the Book:

What makes your brand indispensable?

Increasing market share, commanding premium price points, enhancing profit margins--the overall growth and enduring success of your business are inextricably linked to the strength of your brands.

Whether it is a corporate, business unit, or product brand in question, your challenge is to identify a meaningfully differentiated positioning and to bring that positioning to life in the market in ways that are consistent with its compelling point of difference.

However, today we are faced with a condition that can only be described as brand monotony–consumers' inability to distinguish between brands within practically any industry or category.

If you were to remove your brand name from packaging, advertising, or any other piece of marketing collateral–while leaving every other communication element in place–would consumers be able to identify it as coming from your brand? In most cases, the answer is a resounding "no!"

The Indispensable Brand is your guide to crafting a brand strategy and rising above the noise and monotony in your industry... to move your brands and business from indistinguishable to indispensable.

In this book you'll learn:

  • The five key components that comprise any comprehensive brand strategy
  • The four ways for identifying a brand positioning that is meaningfully differentiated
  • How to ensure every aspect of the customer experience is consistent with brand positioning
  • The five sources of inspiration that can drive transformative brand extension and growth
  • The seven types of brand stories, and their role in fostering enduring customer relationships
  • How to ensure digital activation not only drives transactions but builds long-term brand equity
  • How to measure and track your brand's effectiveness and grow its influence over time

Your brands are more than a logo, identity, or tagline. They are among the most valuable assets of your company. They also represent the promise you make to and fulfill with, your customers.

Whether your business is B2B or B2C; large or small, product- or service-based--and regardless of industry or sector--the principles put forward in The Indispensable Brand will help you build and maintain a portfolio of strong, profitable, and enduring brands.

About the Author:

Mitch Duckler is the founder and managing partner of FullSurge, a brand, and marketing strategy consultancy based in Chicago, Illinois. He has more than twenty-five years of brand management and management consulting experience.

Prior to FullSurge, Mitch was a senior partner at Vivaldi Partners Group and a partner in the Chicago office of Prophet, where he co-led the brand strategy practice area.

His client base includes Fortune 500 companies and numerous world-class brands, such as Exxon Mobil, Deloitte, Kellogg’s, Best Buy, Payless ShoeSource, American Family Insurance, NBCUniversal, Cox Communications, Alcon, The Home Depot, and General Electric.

Mitch began his career in brand management at Unilever, where he worked on category-leading personal care brands, including Suave and Degree.

He also worked for The Coca-Cola Company, where he helped launch an in-house consulting group that provides consumer and brand marketing consulting services to many of the company's largest retail customers.

Mitch is a faculty member of the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) School of Marketing. He earned a BS in business from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

And, interesting fact – he attended the most recent perfect game in baseball (in 2012)!

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Jul 29, 2022

Selling the Price Increase: The Ultimate B2B Field Guide for Raising Prices Without Losing Customers by Jeb Blount

About the Book:

A practical guide for successfully navigating the single greatest growth and profit improvement opportunity for B2B enterprises: price increases

The payoff for implementing price increases without losing customers is massive! Effective price increase campaigns are far more effective at boosting topline revenue and generating profits than acquiring new customers.

The problem is that price increase initiatives, whether broad-based or targeted to specific accounts, strike fear and anxiety into the hearts of sales professionals and account managers who are tasked with selling them to their customers.

Approaching customers with price increases sits at the tip top of the pantheon of things salespeople hate to do because they fear that raising prices will reduce sales volume or open the door to competitors.

Yet when sold effectively, customers accept price increases, remain loyal, and often buy even more.

In Selling the Price Increase: The Ultimate B2B Field Guide for Raising Prices Without Losing Customers, celebrated sales trainer Jeb Blount reveals the strategies, tactics, techniques, and frameworks that allow you to successfully master price increase initiatives.

From crafting effective price increase messages to protecting hard-won relationships, handling common objections, and making the case for the value you deliver, this comprehensive guide walks you through each step of the price increase sales process.

In each chapter, you’ll find practical exercises designed to help you master the Selling the Price Increase system. As you dive into these powerful insights, and with each new chapter, you'll gain greater and greater confidence in your ability to successfully engage customers in price increase conversations.

You’ll learn:

  • How to navigate multiple price increase scenarios: broad-based, targeted, non-negotiable, negotiable, defending, presenting and asking
  • The eight price increase narratives and three drivers of customer price increase acceptance
  • How to neutralize and get past the five big price increase fears and anxieties
  • How to avoid the big mistakes that trigger resentment and drive customers into the arms of your competitors
  • The 9-Box Risk-Profile Framework for targeting accounts for price increases
  • A repeatable process for confidently approaching price increase conversations
  • The Five-Step Price Increase Messaging Framework
  • Proven frameworks for reducing resistance and handling price increase objections
  • How to negotiate profitable outcomes with high-risk profile accounts
  • Winning strategies for coaching and leading successful price increase initiatives

Following in the footsteps of his blockbuster bestsellers Fanatical Prospecting, Sales EQ, Objections, Inked, and Virtual Selling, Jeb Blount's Selling the Price Increase puts the same strategies employed by his clients—a who's who of the world's most prestigious organizations—right into your hands.

Selling the Price Increase is an essential handbook for sales professionals, account managers, customer success teams, and other revenue generation leaders looking for a page-turning and insightful roadmap to navigating the essential—and nerve-wracking—world of price increases.

About the Author:

Jeb Blount is the author of 14 of the most definitive books ever written on sales and sales leadership and is among the world's most respected thought leaders on sales, leadership, and customer experience.

Through his global training organization, Sales Gravy, Jeb and his team train and advise a who's who of the world's most prestigious organizations. His flagship website, is the most visited sales-specific website on the planet.

And, interesting fact -Jeb Blount is now a member of a very exclusive club: The Marketing Book Podcast 6-Timers Club!

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Jul 22, 2022

Selling Your Expertise: The Mindset, Strategies, and Tactics of Successful Rainmakers by Robert Chen

About the Book:

How do rainmakers consistently and continuously sell their ideas and grow their client base? What is the secret to their ongoing success?

Whether they are in accounting, consulting, investment banking, law, or any other type of professional service, it’s not just their knowledge, experience, and unique services that set them apart.

They succeed by adopting the mindset, mastering the strategies, and employing the tactics at the heart of rainmaking.

In Selling Your Expertise: The Mindset, Strategies, and Tactics of Successful Rainmakers, veteran communications, sales, and leadership consultant Robert Chen provides a practical guide to selling knowledge-based services in a market that demands credibility and subject-matter authority.

Chen and his colleagues at Exec|Comm have helped hundreds of thousands of professionals learn to sell, influence, and negotiate more effectively. This book condenses Chen’s first-hand experience and over 40 years of Exec|Comm’s best sales advice, along with interviews featuring other successful rainmakers from a variety of professions and industries.

Whether you’re a national practice partner at a Big Four consulting firm or an independent attorney just starting out, this book equips you with the real-life knowledge you need to:

  • Develop a client-focused mindset to help build a thriving book of business
  • Use effective strategies to find your ideal prospects and turn them into long-term clients, using concrete metrics to assess whether you’re on the right track
  • Apply practical tactics to build a trusted reputation, sharpen communication skills, manage the challenges of not having enough time to sell, and push beyond obstacles

The perfect book for consultants, investment bankers, lawyers, research analysts, and accountants, Selling Your Expertise is an invaluable resource for any professional who makes a living by selling solutions to their clients’ most pressing needs.

About the Author:

Robert Chen is a Partner at Exec|Comm LLC, a global skills-based training consultancy where he leads the firm’s business development and sales efforts.

In addition to his corporate client work, Robert teaches Advanced Persuasion and Storytelling at the Wharton School for their MBA and Executive MBA programs.

Robert founded Embrace Possibility, a digital media site focused on helping people reach their full potential. In 2013, Robert published his book on goal setting and success, The Dreams to Reality Fieldbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Get What You Want.

He has shared his perspective on business development, strategic career management, and professional development in numerous articles for Fast Company, Business Insider, and Training Magazine.

Robert holds an MBA from Wharton and double majored in Chemistry and Economics at Cornell University.

And, interesting facts – he has lived in China and Japan, visited the seven continents, got his start in the business world as a student selling Cutco knives and his LinkedIn bio mentions that he is a semi-cool dad at home.

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Jul 15, 2022

Marketing Artificial Intelligence: AI, Marketing, and the Future of Business by Paul Roetzer and Mike Kaput

About the Book:

Artificial intelligence is forecasted to have trillions of dollars of impact on businesses and the economy, yet many marketers struggle to understand what it is and how to apply it in their marketing efforts.

The truth is, AI possesses the power to change everything.

While AI-powered marketing technologies may never achieve the sci-fi vision of self-running, self-improving autonomous systems, a little bit of AI can go a long way toward dramatically increasing productivity, efficiency, and performance.

Marketing AI Institute’s Founder & CEO, Paul Roetzer, and Chief Content Officer, Mike Kaput, join forces to show marketers how to embrace AI and make it their competitive advantage.

Marketing Artificial Intelligence draws on years of research and dozens of interviews with AI marketers, executives, engineers, and entrepreneurs.

Roetzer and Kaput present the current potential of AI, as well as a glimpse into a near future in which marketers and machines work seamlessly to run personalized campaigns of unprecedented complexity with unimaginable simplicity.

As the amount of data exponentially increases, marketers’ abilities to filter through the noise and turn information into actionable intelligence remain limited. Roetzer and Kaput show you how to make breaking through that noise your superpower.

So, come along on a journey of exploration and enlightenment. Marketing Artificial Intelligence is the blueprint for understanding and applying AI, giving you just the edge in your career you’ve been waiting for.

About the Author:

Paul Roetzer is founder and CEO of Marketing AI Institute and PR 20/20; author of The Marketing Performance Blueprint (Wiley, 2014), and The Marketing Agency Blueprint (Wiley, 2012); and creator of the Marketing Artificial Intelligence Conference (MAICON).

As a speaker, Paul is focused on making AI approachable and actionable for marketers and business leaders. A graduate of Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Paul has consulted for hundreds of organizations, from startups to Fortune 500 companies.

And, interesting fact – Paul’s agency was HubSpot's very first partner agency (2007) and Paul’s office in Cleveland looks out on the Cleveland Guardians baseball stadium!

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Jul 8, 2022

Selling Through Tough Times: Grow Your Profits and Mental Resilience Through any Downturn by Paul Reilly

About the Book:

As a sales professional, you know that it’s harder to sell in tough times―whether it’s a recession, industry-wide challenge, or global pandemic.

You may also have noticed that some salespeople and managers not only survive but thrive through tough times. How do they do it? What do they do to thrive through adversity?

Paul Reilly explains it all in Selling Through Tough Times:

Customers buy differently in tough times, so salespeople need to sell differently in tough times. In this eye-opening and indispensable guide, he shows how to develop the right mindset and adapt your skills to prevail in even the most challenging selling climate.

His plan includes both immediate, hands-on action plans (including six Daily Mental Flex activities) as well as longer-range strategies to ensure you (and your team) never get caught on the back foot again.

While the principles of selling are constant, Reilly demonstrates how changing your tactics in tough times will not only help you through current difficulties but help you emerge stronger.

You’ll discover how to redefine value in customer terms, reposition products and services, and how to employ different persuasion tactics.

You’ll also learn how to select and pursue the right opportunities, win more deals, and―crucially―protect profit by embracing the “tough timers” mental attitude.

Tough times are inevitable and often unpredictable. But in Selling Through Tough Times, you’ll find the tools and mindset you need to power through them―and come out on top.

About the Author:

Paul Riley is a speaker, sales trainer, and author. He is the co-author of Value-Added Selling and hosts The Q&A Sales Podcast.

In his extensive sales career, Paul has sold through tough times and against tough competition. He cut his teeth in the commoditized propane industry – a notoriously price-sensitive and competitive market. He sold tools and fasteners in the construction industry during the Great Recession and sold medical equipment during one of the most uncertain times in the healthcare industry.

And, interesting fact – he has a degree in marketing and is a fanatic golfer who has hit a hole in one!

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Jul 1, 2022

From Impressed to Obsessed: 12 Principles for Turning Customers and Employees into Lifelong Fans by Jon Picoult

About the Book:

If you’re aspiring to satisfy your customers, then you’re aspiring to mediocrity.

That’s the fascinating premise of From Impressed to Obsessed, a book that will fundamentally change how you think about creating a successful, beloved business.

Acclaimed customer experience expert Jon Picoult explains why building customer loyalty requires leaving indelible positive impressions on everyone you work with―not just shaping their experiences, but also shaping their memories.

Picoult explores the cognitive science behind great customer experiences, pinpointing the breakthrough, psychology-based strategies that both industry leaders (like Apple, Disney, and Southwest Airlines), as well as fast-growing startups (like BILT and Framebridge), use to shape people’s perceptions and sculpt unforgettable impressions―thereby turning more sales prospects into customers, and more customers into obsessed brand ambassadors.

Packed with intriguing case studies, engaging stories, and eye-opening research, the book details these proven principles and illustrates how they can be applied to almost any type of business or customer. Examples include cases that show how to:

  • Create Peaks & Avoid Valleys―leverage the science of memory to etch positive impressions in people’s minds, by creating greater experiential peaks and fewer experiential valleys.
  • Give the Perception of Control―the almost magical power of giving customers a sense of agency, via choice and expectation-setting, causing them to feel better about the experience a business is already delivering.
  • Make It Effortless―make interactions easy for customers, not just from a physical perspective, but also from a cognitive one, to satisfy today’s demand for simplicity and convenience.
  • Stir Emotion―harness the power of emotion as a memory cue, by infusing customer experiences with emotional resonance, highlighting positive feelings while stemming negative ones.

No matter what kind of constituency you serve―customers or colleagues, individuals or institutions, employees or employment candidates―this book will help you do it with distinction.

Picoult’s message is particularly relevant for managers, as he shows the parallels between how great companies cultivate engagement with customers, and how great leaders accomplish the same with their workforce.

From Impressed to Obsessed reveals the what, the why, and― most importantly―the how behind great customer experiences. Filled with actionable insights, the book provides an invaluable roadmap for becoming the company that everyone wants to do business with, the employer everyone wants to work for, and the leader everyone wants to follow.

About the Author:

Jon Picoult is the founder of Watermark Consulting and a leading expert in customer and employee experience.

Jon has been featured by dozens of media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, NBC News, and Forbes.

He has advised C-Suite leaders at some of the world’s foremost brands, helping companies capitalize on the power of loyalty – both in the marketplace and in the workplace.

Jon earned his bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Science at Princeton and holds an M.B.A. from Duke.

And, interesting fact – his introduction to the business world was working at his campus radio station!

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Jun 24, 2022

Black Goldfish: 10 Keys to Creating a Differentiated Experience by Stan Phelps

About the Book:

Your brand today is no longer what you tell people it is. It is the differentiated experience (DX) your employees deliver. It is what you stand for and how your customers feel about you. And most importantly, your brand is what your customers and employees tell others about their experience.

Black Goldfish is an amalgam of the first 10 colors in the Goldfish Series. The color black happens when you put all the other colors together. Here’s a quick overview of the colors and 10 keys to creating a differentiated experience:

  • PURPLE - little things that add value or make it easier for customers
  • GREEN - little things that drive engagement and reinforce culture for employees
  • GOLDEN - little things for your “vital few” employees and customers
  • BLUE - leveraging technology, data, and analytics to improve customer experience
  • RED - embracing purpose in business to benefit employees, customers, and shareholders
  • PINK - differentiating by defying normal and exploiting imperfection
  • YELLOW - contributing to the happiness of customers, employees, and society
  • DIAMOND - excelling under pressure in sales and client management
  • GRAY - leading across the five generations in the modern workplace
  • SILVER - rising above distractions to communicate both loud and clear

About the Author:

Stan Phelps is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, and workshop facilitator.

Stan is a TEDx speaker, and an IBM futurist and his writing has been syndicated on top sites such as Forbes, Customerthink, and Business2Community.

He has spoken at more than 500 events across Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Ecuador, France, Germany, Holland, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Peru, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, the UK, and the US.

Prior to professional speaking, Stan had a 20-year career in marketing that included leadership positions at IMG, Adidas, PGA exhibitions, and Synergy. At Synergy, he worked on award-winning experiential programs for top brands such as KFC, Wachovia, NASCAR, Starbucks, and M&Ms.

He is the author of The Goldfish series of business books which includes Purple Goldfish, Green Goldfish, Golden Goldfish, Blue Goldfish, Pink Goldfish, Yellow Goldfish, Gray Goldfish, Red Goldfish, Diamond Goldfish, Silver Goldfish, and one other book – Bar Tricks, Bad Jokes And Even Worse Stories: 101 Bar Tricks, Riddles, Jokes and Stories.

And, interesting fact – Stan also has a law degree!

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Jun 21, 2022

The Carbon Almanac: It's Not Too Late with Seth Godin and David Meerman Scott

About the Book:

When it comes to the climate, we don’t need more marketing or anxiety. We need established facts and a plan for collective action.

The climate is the fundamental issue of our time, and now we face a critical decision. Whether to be optimistic or fatalistic, whether to profess skepticism or to take action.

Yet it seems we can barely agree on what is really going on, let alone what needs to be done. We urgently need facts, not opinions. Insights, not statistics. And a shift from thinking about climate change as a “me” problem to a “we” problem.

The Carbon Almanac is a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between hundreds of writers, researchers, thinkers, and illustrators that focuses on what we know, what has come before, and what might happen next.

Drawing on over 1,000 data points, the book uses cartoons, quotes, illustrations, tables, histories, and articles to lay out carbon’s impact on our food system, ocean acidity, agriculture, energy, biodiversity, extreme weather events, the economy, human health, and best and worst-case scenarios.

Visually engaging and built to share, The Carbon Almanac is the definitive source of facts and the basis for a global movement to fight climate change.

This isn’t what the oil companies, marketers, activists, or politicians want you to believe. This is what’s really happening, right now.

Our planet is in trouble, and no one concerned group, corporation, country, or hemisphere can address this on its own.

Self-interest only increases the problem. We are in this together. And it’s not too late for concerted, collective action for change.

About the Guests:

From The Carbon Almanac website…

Seth Godin is the Founding Editor of The Carbon Almanac and is the author of twenty bestsellers, a daily blogger, and the founder of one of the first Internet companies. He paddles his canoe on the Hudson River every day.

David Meerman Scott is the author of 12 books including The New Rules of Marketing & PR and the WSJ bestseller Fanocracy, marketing & business growth strategist, entrepreneur, and advisor to emerging companies.

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Jun 17, 2022

Elite Sales Strategies: A Guide to Being One-Up, Creating Value, and Becoming Truly Consultative by Anthony Iannarino

About the Book:

Accelerate your sales career with this how-to book from an expert in sales

In Elite Sales Strategies, expert sales leader Anthony Iannarino offers his philosophy about becoming a commercial success.

This guidebook provides unique insights into how to approach every sale by serving your clients from a position of authority and expertise.

As Iannarino himself notes, this technique speaks to an ethical obligation towards your client, combining ethics and tactics to help place you in a position where your strengths can be fully utilized.

This guidebook suggests putting yourself in a “one-up” position, where you, as the salesperson, come to a client in a position of authority and strength, where you yourself are qualified to offer nuanced and helpful advice to companies that have put themselves in a “one-down” position, whether that be by bad decision-making, poor understanding of the marketplace, or bad luck.

At its heart, this book suggests you find the advantages that you can provide that will, in turn, help your client become “one-up” themselves in their own field and ensure they achieve the better results they need.

In addition, Elite Sales Strategies provides readers with:

  • A step-by-step approach for how to become “one-up” yourself and what you provide to your clients
  • A healthy analysis of what makes a person or a company “one-down” and tips on how to course correct
  • Strategies, tactics, and talk tracks that will provide you with what you need to become “one-up”
  • Terminology and vocabulary so that you can approach your client with tact and decorum while still addressing the weaknesses of their system

As a successful international speaker, author, and sales leader, Anthony Iannarino brings a unique set of skills to bear in this book.

Iannarino's tried-and-true methodology is an ideal resource for sales professionals in all fields, as well as for executives and managers looking to improve their sales success and position within the business world.

About the Author:

Anthony Iannarino is a writer, a best-selling author, a speaker, a sales leader, and an entrepreneur.

His primary focus is human effectiveness in sales, management, leadership, and personal and professional transformation.

Anthony publishes a daily post on his blog, a practice he has kept since the end of 2009.

And, interesting facts – he has a law degree and at one time was the lead singer for a hair metal band in LA!

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