August Readapalooza

It's that time of year again when I dive deep into the stacks of books that have accumulated the preceding six months.  I'll be highlighting takeaways every other Monday.

This coming Monday's post will include three books rich with insights about sales and service:

To Sell Is Human by Dan Pink

Give and Take by Adam Grant

Youtility by Jay Baer

Subsequent week's reading will focus on strategy and innovation, habits and decision-making, teamwork and organizational development, and finally, education and learning.

I hope you enjoy this series of posts on what I'm learning from what I'm reading.  It's actually been one of the most popular sessions I've presented at conferences in recent years either by myself or often in partnership with several others.  I think people appreciate the live "annotated bibliography" format that previews some books they may have missed in their own reading.  At the conclusion of my Readapalooza, I'll be giving away a grab bag or two of some of the books I have read, as well as some others I finished earlier in the year.

A few other quick updates

On November 5  I again lead the popular Art of Facilitation workshop sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives. This one-day course held in DC almost always sells out and is a great grounding in the core principles and practices of effective facilitation.  The following morning, we offer an advanced facilitation course focusing on how to manage challenging conversations.  Both are open to the public.

This is the last time I am presenting these courses under the auspices of ASAE, but I am available to do them for your organization either as staff/volunteer training or as part of your conference session offerings.

Finally, I'm limited myself to 15 speaking or facilitation engagements in 2014 and as of today, five of those opportunities have been claimed.  So if I can be of support for your programming next year, I'd encourage you to contact me sooner rather than later using this simple interest form.  I am particularly interested in opportunities to do a custom-created keynote or one of my signature general session presentations: (1) Life's A Great Teacher. Are You A Great Student, (2) Creating the Future While Managing the Present, or (3) You Can't Mean Yes If You Never Say No.