Tips for Getting the Most from Reading Business Books
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Reading business books is a great way to take control of your own personal development. Here are some tips for getting the most from that reading.
Have a plan. You'll get more out of your reading if it has a purpose. For me, that means a goal of some kind and records so you can track how you're doing.
Start with books that others have found useful. Here are four lists for inspiration.
I've done several lists over the years, but one that seems to fit well with the lists above is "Influential Books by Management Gurus."
Read about the book before you read the book. Reading reviews in the business press or on Amazon can enrich your learning. If you read good reviews, one of three things may happen.
You'll discover that the reviews have told you everything you need. You'll decide that the book is not a good investment of time and effort right now. You'll be prepared to get more from the books you choose to read.
Take notes. Notes help you remember the important things. I suggest keeping a list of key points with page numbers. Put that in the front of the book when you're done and you'll have a quick review handy whenever you need it.
If you're not getting what you want from a book you're reading, stop reading it. Move on to another book that gives you value. Life is too short to waste reading books that don't help in some way.
Share what you learn. Recommend books that impress you to others. You can do that in the comments to this post.
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