Top Picks of the Business Twitterati
Are you looking for a Christmas present for the entrepreneur or business person in your life? Or treating yourself to a last minute stocking filler? Invaluable for wisdom, a business book could be just what you need to kick start a successful new year.
To find out some of the best business books on the market, we handpicked some of the best smallbiz, startup and online sales experts on Twitter, and asked them which book they’d personally recommend. Below are the experts and their suggestions.
Joost de Valk is the face behind Yoast and is an SEO expert, best know for his essential perfectly tuned SEO WordPress plugin. His book suggestion is Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug. Describing it as “The most important book any web guy will ever read.” This book is essential for anyone with a website. Improving your web design and usability will literally pay you dividends.
Our next tweet came in from Oli Barrett, one of the masterminds behind Tenner Tycoon and WebMission and an all-round enterprising and start-up expert. Oli gave us two suggestions: The first is the classic How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. Despite it’s great age (written in 1936), it’s an essential on any businessperson’s bookshelf and was written to help the reader develop their self-confidence and assertiveness. Oli’s second suggestion is Adapt: Why Success Always Starts With Failure by Tim Harford. Published in 2011, Harford’s book successfully guides the reader through the concept that many successes only become so, due to the age old process of trial and error.
Andrew Isaacs, solicitor and pioneer of a local social media sensation called #Doncasterisgreat also highlighted the importance of confidence in his suggestion. Andrew suggests the infamous Paul McKenna’s Change Your Life in Seven Days. Thousands testify that McKenna’s book helped develop their happiness, confidence and in turn positively impacted upon their business success.
Next, we had two further suggestions from Michael Chitty. Mike is a champion of community and local enterprise and entrepeneurship. Mike’s first suggestion was that classic text, Innovation and Entrepeneurshipby Peter Drucker. Drucker highlights the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship as key to business and how both qualities can be achieved. Mike second suggestion is Tom Peters’ The Little Big Things: 163 Ways to Pursue Excellence at Work. This book is one of the essentials for understanding modern business principles and Peters compelling and alternative style, sets it apart from other business books.
Tony Robinson OBE is an expert in enterprise and entrepreneurship and has earned the coveted OBE for his services to small firms and training. He suggested a number of great books for our list and we decided Emma Jones’ forward thinking Go Global was the best fit. Jones, the founder of Enterprise Nation talks the reader through modern international trade and how to succeed.
Warren Knight, social media and social commerce entrepreneur also offered up the excellent Sean McPheat’s eSelling which tells businesspeople how to succeed in the modern sales environment. This book presents some revolutionary new tactics for increasing your sales and keeping them high.
We were thrilled to be given a suggestion from the inspirational Will King, founder of the King of Shaves. Will suggested new release Zoom! by Sanders and Sloly which focuses on quick methods to make your business a success.
Creative technologist and web entrepreneur Rob Wilmot, suggested the intriguing ReWork by 37 signals founders Fried and Hansson. This book shows the reader how to modify their attitudes and techniques to change the way they work for the better and forever.
Lastly from our own Clare Edwards who was inspired by Turn Your Idea or Invention into Millions to create the innovative design company and award winning Trabasack (ideal as a kindle bag for this lot!). Don Krakes book shares his experience of launching a new product with tips on researching, patenting, manufacturing, funding and promoting an invention.
We think these are some of the best business books on the market which no entrepreneur, smallbiz owner or online retailer should be without. We have created a convenient list on Amazon under ‘Business Books of The Twitterati’. Many grateful thanks to our esteemed business contributors.