Get ready because your list of books is about to get much longer. This week we had a great discussion in 547 Tweets with 82 people about books and how they’ve helped our careers as community managers. There are some great, topical titles that have crossed our desks over the past few years, and we all struggle with the time to find to read them, and how to implement their lessons in our daily lives.
We’ve created a Google Doc of the books discussed here. Please feel free to add to it at any time. Thanks to Adam Britten!
Q1. Before we get to specific books..how do you fit in time to read books? And do you prefer e-readers or paper books?
JamesVKautz: I read on the bus, which gives me 1.5 hrs each day. Still using paper, but starting to consider a Kindle.
mhandy1: e-reader all the way… most people watch TV.. cut that out read or ship instead
SocialMedBtrfly: If I can get through my Google reader stuff, I’m stoked, BUT I like the occasional brain-candy book on my iPad
JennaLanger: I’m a big fan of audio books, and still reading those old paper ones in bed 🙂 Might have more dig options if i had a table
jackieadkins: I’m still 100% paper books. I look at a computer most of the day, so it’s kind of nice to have an actual book instead.
pushingvision: I take books to places I’ll have to wait. (I read 1/2 of Unmarketing at hairdresser). I still prefer paper books
THO_R: I read books to keep my skills current during my job hunt, usually before bed, sometimes as a break from screens
JPedde: Would be great if publishers/sellers bundled. I want a PDF for on the go, book for around the house/shelf
jackieadkins: I do think digital books have a lot of room for advancement that could convince me to read that way more often…
Q2. What books have you read in the last 6 mos. that you would HIGHLY recommend?
JamesVKautz: Enjoyed Unmarketing, but moreso Trust Agents. Both vital reads for a cmgr.
AskTim: Non-fiction: The Big Short by Michael Lewis. 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferris.
mhandy1: “Linchpin” was also awesome, so was “switch”, I always swear by :made to stick”
evanhamilton: I re-read this so damn often: Made to Stick. GET THIS BOOK. Your ability to write convincingly will increase tenfold.
scottcowley: Just finished “Influence” by Cialdini. Studying human behavior is the best foundation for social media. Awesome book.
evanhamilton: Also, the Zappos book is great and if you do/want to do public speaking, Confessions of a Public Speaker is very useful.
JennaLanger: I’ve been working through Keith Ferrazzi’s books…while it seems like a lot of common sense, it’s good biz dev advice
RachelYeomans: The Chaos Scenario is one worth reading – state of the media & new media – a bit ego-centric but the point comes across
JPedde: I really liked “Success Secrets of the Social Media Marketing Superstars” Lots of short stories by “the greats”
AskTim: I have Freakonomics on my to-read list. I also want to read one titled Poplorica, which I think deals with fads and fashions.
Q3: How do you balance reading books for fun vs. books for work? What’s the next book you’re going to read?
KellyLux: 1st I have to find the time to read ANY book. But I want to read ‘Life’ by Keith Richards.
jackieadkins: I typically have one “fun” and one “biz” book going at the same time. I read fun ones much quicker.
greghollings: I tend to refer to sections of “work” books at any given time. Brian Solis’ Engage is next on my list
pushingvision: Even when I read things “for work” they’re also for me. I’m always reading something.
Q4: What are some of the lessons from books you’ve adapted to real life situations?
RachelYeomans: From the book ‘Power of Small’ – the importance of the phrase “Thank you!”
pushingvision: Analyzing coworkers based on their desks, ala Snoop. 😉
mhandy1: The entire foundation for Social Media research I use daily is built from Groundswell and Click.
JamesVKautz: From “Switch” I’ve applied a lot of methods to motivate elephants.
jackieadkins: From ‘The Art of War’: I learned how to literally crush your competition 🙂
jackieadkins: From ‘The Big Short’ I learned inefficiencies in an industry present opportunity for those smart enough to recognize them
Q5: Post a pic of your ‘book pile’ if you have one nearby