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Beginning September 10, 2019: Peter T. Coleman, Morton Deutsch, & Eric C. Marcus (Editors). (2014). The Handbook of Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
This one is a longer term project where I will provide updates on each article I read, I am aiming for 1 or 2 articles a week.
August 31, 2019: Ellen Lupton. (2017). Design is storytelling. New York, NY: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
The book offers numerous lessons about design. The point of it, I think, is to craft your designs in a way that tells a story to your audience. Using examples in art, architecture, writing, psychology, among others; Lupton offer ideas about how to use storytelling as a device in any imaginable endeavor.
August 24, 2019: Kevin E. McKenna. (2013). A concise guide to catholic social teaching. Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, Inc.
I didn’t finish this one. Got a little less than half way though. This is not necessarily a reading book. It is an excellent summary of “papal teaching as well as teaching from the episcopal conference of the United States” (p. 1). I imagine I will be referencing this book for years to come.
August 17, 2019: Bruce Mowday. (2017). Selling your book: A step by step guide for promoting and selling your book. Fort Lee, NJ: Barricade Books, Inc.
This one is a very quick read, 86 pages altogether. Pragmatic and practical, filled with tips and tricks. I am reading this because I am working on some books and want my blogs to be indicative of that, over time anyway.
August 10, 2019: Zach Heller. (2013). Branding for bloggers: Tips to grow your online audience & maximize your income. New York, NY: Allworth Press.
You might be starting to see a pattern of books that have been sitting on my shelves for years. This one spoke specifically to branding yourself as a blogger. One thing that I clearly remember is a quote from Kristin Zhivago on page 13, “Branding is the promises you make. Your brand is the promises you keep.”
August 3, 2019: Mark W. Schaefer & Stanford A. Smith. (2013). Born to blog: Building your blog for personal and business success one post at a time. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
Another book that sat on my shelves for years. This one provides advice and encouragement about blogging and about branding your blog. Great introductory read for new bloggers.
July 27, 2019: Garr Reynolds (2008). Presentation zen: Simple ideas on presentation design and delivery. Berkeley CA: New Riders
I know there is a newer edition, but this, like many of the books I am currently reading, has sat on my shelf for many years waiting to be read. the main lesson I got from this boo is that people remember a good speech matched to supporting visuals, the simpler the better, than they do wordy or complicated PowerPoint presentations.