During our conversations, we often ask our guests for their book recommendations on the topics of personal development or small business. Here is a list of the Top 5 book recommendations from our podcasts in 2020 and links to purchase them – enjoy!

Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones

No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving–every day. James Clear, one of the world’s leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results.

If you’re having trouble changing your habits, the problem isn’t you. The problem is your system. Bad habits repeat themselves again and again not because you don’t want to change, but because you have the wrong system for change. You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems. Here, you’ll get a proven system that can take you to new heights.

By James Clear

Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business

Seventy-five percent of all new restaurant ventures fail, and of those that do stick around, only a few become icons. Danny Meyer started Union Square Cafe when he was 27, with a good idea and hopeful investors. He is now the co-owner of a restaurant empire. How did he do it? How did he beat the odds in one of the toughest trades around? In this landmark book, Danny shares the lessons he learned developing the dynamic philosophy he calls Enlightened Hospitality. The tenets of that philosophy, which emphasize strong in-house relationships as well as customer satisfaction, are applicable to anyone who works in any business. Whether you are a manager, an executive, or a waiter, Danny’s story and philosophy will help you become more effective and productive, while deepening your understanding and appreciation of a job well done.

By Danny Meyer

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Daring Greatly is not about winning or losing. It’s about courage. In a world where “never enough” dominates and feeling afraid has become second nature, vulnerability is subversive. Uncomfortable. It’s even a little dangerous at times. And, without question, putting ourselves out there means there’s a far greater risk of getting criticized or feeling hurt. But when we step back and examine our lives, we will find that nothing is as uncomfortable, dangerous, and hurtful as standing on the outside of our lives looking in and wondering what it would be like if we had the courage to step into the arena—whether it’s a new relationship, an important meeting, the creative process, or a difficult family conversation. Daring Greatly is a practice and a powerful new vision for letting ourselves be seen.

By Brené Brown

This Is Marketing: You Can’t Be Seen Until You Learn to See

Great marketers don’t use consumers to solve their company’s problem; they use marketing to solve other people’s problems. Their tactics rely on empathy, connection, and emotional labor instead of attention-stealing ads and spammy email funnels.

No matter what your product or service, this book will help you reframe how it’s presented to the world, in order to meaningfully connect with people who want it.

By Seth Godin

You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, bestselling author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up twenty-seven bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word.

By the end of You Are a Badass, you’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.

By Jen Sincero

Bonus Titles

Make sure your library includes these timeless classics:

How to Win Friends and Influence People

By Dale Carnegie

Think and Grow Rich

By Napoleon Hill

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New to Podcasting?

Here are a few basics we recommend for our interview guests to ensure the best possible audio quality without breaking the bank.

Logitech USB Headset H340

Recommended for our interview guests that do not already have an external microphone and headphones. It’s very important to achieve the highest quality audio when recording our interviews, and your computer’s built-in mic just won’t cut it. This headset is plug & play and provides excellent audio quality for the price.

Samson Q2U Studio Microphone

For a higher quality audio recording, we recommend the Samson Q2U Dynamic microphone. A worthwhile investment if you plan to record more than one podcast interview going forward – and you probably will! You’ll need to use 3.5mm earbuds or headphones with this microphone.

Sennheiser HD280PRO Headphone

An industry standard in working on podcasts – simplicity combined with quality. A great choice if you’re thinking about what are the best podcast headphones. Planning to do more and more podcast episodes? These headphones and the Samson microphone make a winning combination – get them both!

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