Entries in Small Business Trends (5)
What Business Books Have Inspired You?
As small business owners, we often turn to experts to teach us how to start our businesses, market them, and grow them. Likely you’ve read a few business books to expand your knowledge.
I invite you to nominate the best business books you read last year in the 2014 Small Business Book Awards. It’s a great way to show your appreciation to the authors that have helped you shape your successful business.
As one of the Judges for this year’s Book Awards, I love seeing such amazing books nominated. It’s a true testament to the authors who do such a wonderful job of sharpening our business skills.
This is the sixth year for the Book Awards, put on by Small Business Trends. Right now, you can nominate as many books as you like (as long as they were published in 2013). Nominations close April 30, and then you can vote for your favorites in May.
So what are you waiting for? Go nominate those business books that make you a smarter business owner.
Related reading material:
- Take A Bite From Sharkonomics to Compete and Survive, 01/19/2013.
- Love Is The Killer App – Or How to Get Ahead by Helping Others, 12/20/2009.
- Duct Tape Marketing: The World’s Most Practical Small Business Marketing Guide – A Book Review, 01/04/2009.
- The Illusions of Entrepreneurship – A Book Review, 04/09/2008.
It is time for spring cleaning! ;)
After I have gone through all the stuff (trash, tickler file and reference material), I will review my new projects, e.g.:
- Developing a new infusion tea blend.
- Setting up a foundation / organization called Americanized.
- Studying the field of numismatics.
In order to get into the groove again, I will test out the following:
- Elevatr - "A mobile-first experience designed to organize and amplify your business ideas."
- LinkedIn Contacts.
- 7 Ways for Effective Time Management by Timo Kiander a.k.a Productive Supderdad.
During my late spring break / early summer mini-vacation, I will continue to read The Republic of Tea.
See you later! In the meantime, please check out:
- Interview with Small Business Guru, and Avid Blogger: Anita Campbell - Infowland.
- Small Business Top 100 Podcast List: The 2013 Edition - Small Business Trends.
This post is an experiment in order to see how far this entry could travel from my blog "mouth" ("mun till mun" - "mouth to mouth" in Swedish) to other blog "ears" ("hörsägen" - story / tale in Swedish). It will be interesting to see if it will result in new "eyes" (readers) to my journal here on EGO Sole Trader and to Stefan Engeseth's blog post on Detective Marketing that referred me to The Word of Mouth Manual: Volume II by Dave Balter, in the first place.
I got inspired to write this post after a phone conversation with Stefan about his forthcoming book, Sharkonomics, and how to use word of mouth and referral marketing for spreading the good word. Going through the comment thread on Anita Campbell's post, Up Your Sales in a Down Market Is a Crash Course in Selling, sparked my interest to finally press the publish button on my blog!
What is your take on the concept of "word of mouth"? Will you download the "manual" after reading this post and checking out the different links?