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Anderson’s TED Book Has Strong Debut

The new book by Chris Anderson, TED:  Guide to Public Speaking (Houghton Mifflin, 2016), rocketed to the #3 position in its debut week on the Wall Street Journal best-selling hardcover business list, published on May 21-22 (p. C14).

We rely on the New York Times business best-seller list as our primary source for selecting books for the First Friday Book Synopsis in Dallas.  We will consider this book, as well as others, as soon as we see its listing there.

Other new books include The Ideal Team Player (Jossey-Bass, 2016) by Patrick Lencioni at #7.  It debuted at #8 last week.

 

Are You a Phubber?

Here is a new word in the dictionary – “phubbing.” It means maintaining eye contact while ReclaimingConversationbookcovertexting.

I read this on page 4 in Sherry Turkle’s RECLAIMING CONVERSATION that I present this Friday at the First Friday Book Synopsis in Dallas at the Park City Club.

So, are you are a “phubber?” And, are you any good at it?

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Rose Baca/Staff Photographer
For 17 years, Karl Krayer (left) and Randy Mayeux have hosted monthly sessions in which each gives a 15-minute summation of a business title that’s creating buzz.
(Thanks ot Barnes & Noble, Lincoln Park - they let us take the picture in their store)

Book Synopsis Featured in Dallas Morning News

FFBSDMNewsPicturePeople say you are in the newspaper three times:  when you are born, when you marry, and when you die.

Today, we are featured in the Dallas Morning News in a Business section column by Cheryl Hall.

The article describes our First Friday Book Synopsis at the Park City Club in Dallas.

Use this link or click here:

http://www.dallasnews.com/business/columnists/cheryl-hall/20150512-dallas-consultants-are-ghost-readers-for-the-business-set.ece

We appreciate all the support from our many regular attendees for these 18 years!

Hyatt’s Reasons for Reading on Paper Instead of on a Screen

Michael Hyatt wrote Platform in 2012a book that we presented at the First Friday Book Synopsis in Dallas.

He also is a former chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, for which he aggressively launched an e-Book and digital business.  He now works with online content services.

Despite his history, in a recent post, he gives four scientific-based reasons that reading on paper is superior to reading on a screen.   They deal with:

  • memory
  • comprehension
  • distraction
  • engagement

Michael HyattYou can click here to read the entire article, including his rationale for each point.

I won’t repeat my arguments about e-Books.  They are all available in my blog posts at www.firstfridaybooksynopsis.com.

But, it’s good to see someone who has lived on the digital side give reasons why the paper side is superior.

Get What’s Yours Rise to the Top Demonstrates Our Insecurity

GetWhat'sYoursCoverWhat does it say about Americans when a book about Social Security zooms to the top of the best-seller lists?

I say we are just insecure.  Or uninformed.  Or panicky.  Or lots of things.

As a elixir, book readers are buying Get What’s Yours:  The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security (Simon & Schuster, 2015) by Laurence J. Kotlikoff, Philip Moeller, and Paul Solman.

Here is where the book stands on Amazon.com as I write this today:

The book is # 3 on the Wall Street Journal hardcover business best-seller list and # 4 on the non-fiction list.  I cannot find updates for the Bloomberg Business Week.  The book’s website claims that it is a New York Times best-seller, but I cannot verify that this morning as I write.  But, since the book has only been out since February 17, 2015, its rise to the top is meteoric.  It certainly did not hurt sales when Jane Pauley said this is “an indispensable and surprisingly entertaining guide for anyone who is retiring or thinking of retiring with all of the Social Security benefits they’ve earned.” With a flurry of endorsements from financial experts, many readers must have flocked to the physical and on-line outlets to see what it says.  Or, it likely did not hurt when the summary on Amazon.com proclaimed, “Many personal finance books briefly address Social Security, but none offers the thorough, authoritative, yet conversational analysis found here. You’ve paid all your working life for these benefits. Now, get what’s yours.
And, who wouldn’t be interested in a book with a summary from such as this:  “It tells you precisely which months you should collect retiree, spousal, survivor, divorcee, parent, and child benefits to achieve the highest lifetime benefits.  Maximize My Social Security incorporates all Social Security provisions and options for singles and married couples.
Who are these authors?  The book’s website provides these details:

Laurence Kotlikoff

Laurence J. Kotlikoff is William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor and a professor of economics at Boston University.  He is also president of Economic Security Planning, Inc., a company specializing in financial planning software.  His company websites are ESPlanner.com and MaximizeMySocialSecurity.com.  He is author or co-author of sixteen books, including Spend ‘Til the End and The Coming Generational Storm (both with Scott Burns).  His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Bloomberg, Forbes, The Economist, Huffington Post, and other major publications.  He has served as a consultant to the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, governments around the world, and major U.S. corporations including Merrill Lynch, Fidelity Investments, and AON.  In addition, he has provided expert testimony on numerous occasions to committees of Congress.  He lives in Boston.

Philip Moeller writes about retirement for Money magazine, the PBS website Making Sen$e, and other media outlets.  He is also a research fellow at the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College, and the founder of Insure.com, a site for insurance information that has provided original insurance content to the Web’s leading business portals, including Microsoft, Yahoo, America Online, and MarketWatch.  Formerly a contributing editor at U. S. News & World Report, he has spent forty years as an award-winning financial journalist, Internet entrepreneur, and corporate communications executive for a Fortune 500 financial services firm.  He lives in Richmond, Virginia.

Paul Soloman

Paul Solman is the longtime business and economics correspondent for The PBS NewsHour.  His many awards for work in business journalism include Emmys, Peabodys, and a Loeb award.  He is also a Brady-Johnson Distinguished Practitioner at Yale University, where he teaches in the Grand Strategy course, as well as teaching at New Haven’s Gateway Community College. He has been a member of the Harvard Business School faculty and a visiting professor at his alma mater, Brandeis.  Solman has written for numerous publications, from Forbes to Mother Jones, co-authored (with Thomas Friedman) Life and Death on the Corporate Battlefield, and wrote the introduction to Morrie: In His Own Words, created entirely from interviews with his former Brandeis sociology professor, Morrie Schwartz (of “Tuesdays with Morrie” fame).  He lives in Newton, Massachusetts.

We won’t have this book at the First Friday Book Synopsis in Dallas, as we don’t include individual-based finance books in our monthly coverage.

But that doesn’t mean that plenty of our attendees will find this important to read.  While they won’t identify themselves, I am sure we get some people who are insecure, uninformed, and panicky about their retirement years.  Maybe they. and many others will find this book a great relief to that anxiety.

Vaden’s Unique Approach to Managing Time Deserves Attention

I won’t spoil the presentation next week at the First Friday Book Synopsis in Dallas, but if you attend, you will certainly find Rory Vaden‘s approach to time management very different from every traditional approach you have ever seen.

Vaden’s best-seller, which debuted last month, is entitled Procrastinate on Purpose (Perigee Books, 201Rory Vaden4).    In the book, he provides five permissions that allow you to multiply your time.

His premise is different, yet realistic.  We all have the same amount of time.  His idea is to ignore methods and tools you have heard about for years.  These include prioritizing daily tasks, segmenting parts of your day into specific focused activities, and so forth.  Rather, his focus is on understanding and coming to grips with the emotions that get in our way and preventing us from maximizing our time.  To Vaden, time is not something you spend, but something you invest.

You will remember his previous blockbuster best-seller, Take the Stairs.  Over time, Vaden has become one of the most popular and influential speakers and authors of our time.

ProcrastinateCoverWho is he?  From his own web site, I copied this biography:

As an award-winning entrepreneur and business leader, Rory Co-Founded Southwestern Consulting™, a multi-million dollar global consulting practice that helps clients in more than 14 countries drive educated decisions with relevant data. He’s also the Founder of The Center for the Study of Self-Discipline (CSSD).  Rory is the world’s leader on defining the psychology around modern day procrastination, called Priority Dilution™ – in fact, he coined the term. He speaks and consults on how to say no to the things that don’t matter, and yes to the things that do. His client list includes companies and groups such as: Cargill, The Million Dollar Roundtable, P&G, True Value, YPO, Wells Fargo Advisors, Land O’Lakes, Novartis, and hundreds more. His insights have recently been featured on/in: Fox News, CNN, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Inc, Fortune, and the New York Times.  He is a regular contributor for American Express Open Forum, Huffington Post, and The Tennessean and his articles and insights average more than 4 million views every day.

 

 

For more, you need to attend the presentation on Friday.  You will hear all about the five permissions.

I can promise you it will be a very different approach to managing time, from someone who is very different himself.

I will see you then!