7 Day Non-Fiction Book Challenge: Day 7

7 Day Non-Fiction Book Challenge: Day 7

Today is the final day of my 7-day challenge to post a non-fiction book that has inspired me and helped me to do better is here, and the last book I’m sharing is “Smarketing” by Tim Hughes, Adam Gray and Hugo Whicher.

This one resonated me a lot because throughout my career I’ve often encountered animosity from sales teams as a marketer. The sales department and the marketing department were often seen as two separate entities, and never the twain shall meet, but in actual fact I’ve often thought that sales and marketing should be blended closely together for maximum business success.

It appears I am not the only one to think this. Whereas in the past the sales and marketing departments have been two separate entities in a business with different leaders, different budgets and different organisational structures, a new shift is happening today “Smarketing” brings together both sales and marketing into one entity, which is in part fuelled by the digital revolution.

The book talks about why companies should blend these two departments into one single, streamlined “smarketing” department which will result in sales people becoming better marketers, and marketers becoming better sales people. This in turn leads to bigger, better business growth all round.

I love the clearly defined implementation strategies in the book that can be applied by any business, regardless of size or sector, and “Smarketing” to me is an invaluable resource for any marketing or sales professional looking to drive growth and succeed in the new era of marketing.

What books have inspired you the most?

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7 Day Non-Fiction Book Challenge: Day 6

7 Day Non-Fiction Book Challenge: Day 6

It is day 6 of my 7-day challenge to post a non-fiction book that has inspired me and helped me to do better is here, and today I’m sharing “The Power of Karma” by Mary T Browne.

First of all, I should say that because of everything that has happened to me and all the hurt, betrayals and bullying I have endured over the last few years I am a big believer in karma, and I fully believe that those who bullied me, betrayed me and hurt me will get their comeuppance for their actions one day. In a couple of instances that has already been the case, and I’ve been very lucky that I’ve been able to step back and watch while karma did its work, so this book was one that had been on my “read” list for some time.

The book focuses on karma – the ancient law of cosmic cause and effect. It says that any actions in past lifetimes can determine what happens to you in the present, and what goes around comes around. The good news is that you have the power to control your destiny, no matter what the state is of your past karma.

I loved the first-hand accounts from those who had transformed their lives by changing their karma, allowing them to find greater health, love security and balance in their lives. Ultimately, changing your karma can help you grow spiritually and make positive “deposits” in your karmic bank account.

This book is one that will continue to be on my reading list to remind me that no matter how badly people have treated me I have the power to change my karma, and my response to them.

What books have inspired you the most?

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7 Day Non-Fiction Book Challenge: Day 5

7 Day Non-Fiction Book Challenge: Day 5

Day 5 of my 7-day challenge to post a non-fiction book that has inspired me and helped me to do better is here, and today I’m sharing “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield.

This book is one that I could read over and over again. For as long as I can remember I had a voice inside my head that said I wasn’t good enough to write a book, or write for publication, or stand up and speak in public. I had the ideas, I had the inclination, but the voice in my head would drown out my creative side and tell me that I wasn’t good enough.

Whether we want to dream up a business venture, write a novel or paint a masterpiece, the voice in our head is what will make or break us even starting this. “The War of Art” helped me to recognise and overcome the obstacles that were in my head and holding me back. I was able to put together a strong plan to drown out the voices in m head and help me achieve the creative things I’d always wanted to achieve.

Since I read this book and applied the techniques in it to my own life I have written a book, been published in magazines and spoke in public at events as a keynote speaker and panellist. I can’t thank this book enough for helping me to break those inner creative blocks and do what I had always dreamed of doing – writing and speaking.

What books have inspired you the most?

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7 Day Non-Fiction Book Challenge: Day 4

7 Day Non-Fiction Book Challenge: Day 4

Gosh, day 4 of my challenge to share a non-fiction book for 7 days that has inspired me and helped me to do better is here already! Today’s book is “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle.

This book was recommended to me by my good friend John James, who is the author of “From The Darkness.” This book is about his experiences of domestic abuse, and is a harrowing read. John has managed to survive all that has happened to him and turned his experiences into something good by raising awareness of male domestic abuse.

“The Power of Now” focuses on helping us to live in a more mindful way, to surrender to the present moment and create a world in our heads where problems do not exist. Only when we fully do this can we embrace our true selves and discover that we are already complete an perfect.

Living in the moment is hard to achieve by most of us, but “The Power of Now” helps us to open ourselves up to transforming ourselves and finding peace and joy in the moment.

What books have inspired you the most?

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7 Day Non-Fiction Book Challenge: Day 3

7 Day Non-Fiction Book Challenge: Day 3

I’m now on day 3 of the challenge I set myself to share a book that has inspired me and helped me to do better, and today’s book is “How to Own The World” by Andrew Craig.

This book was recommended to me by my ex-husband Ian some years ago, and at first I wasn’t sure if it was for me or not. Eventually I got hold of a copy and it helped me in ways I never thought possible.

I’ve always had a complicated relationship when it comes to money, and I’ve also always had problems with knowing my own worth when it comes to what to charge for my business and my services. “How to Own the World” showed me ways of how to overcome this, to invest what I do have wisely and to take control of my own destiny.

I learnt a lot from reading this book and it helped to free me from some serious and deep-rooted beliefs that I had when it came to valuing myself, my skillset and my worth.

What books have inspired you the most?

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7 Day Non-Fiction Book Challenge: Day 2

7 Day Non-Fiction Book Challenge: Day 2

Today’s non-fiction book that has inspired me and helped me to do better is “Rocket Fuel: The One Essential Combination That Will Get You More of What You Want from Your Business” by Gino Wickman and Mark C Winters.

The idea behind this book is that every successful business has a front line-person and one behind the scenes who is instrumental in making things happen.  According to the authors there are 2 types of people – visionaries (who have ground-breaking ideas) and integrators (who make those ideas a reality). When you get a visionary and an integrator together, great things happen. Examples of businesses where this was the case include Disney, McDonald’s and Ford.

This book resonated with me so much because through it I came to understand that I am a visionary, and my husband Russell is an integrator. I am always having new ideas for websites, business, blogs – you name it. He patiently and without question turns the ideas I have into reality.  Not only that, but he is instrumental in running our house, keeping on top of everything that needs doing and organising the household and our immediate family so that they know what they are doing and when. With my Dad being in ill health and having to have a myriad of different appointments for different conditions, Russ’s organisational skills as an integrator are very much needed.

Without an integrator, visionaries like me are far less likely to succeed long-term. This is certainly true for me, on a business/professional level and on a personal level. Equally, integrators are likely to never achieve their full potential without visionaries to help them do so.

Reading “Rocket Fuel” helped me to understand this strong dynamic that Russ and I have and learn to capitalise on it and improve it so that we both reach our full potential in every way. I could not do what I do without him, and I don’t think he could do what he does without me. We inspire each other, and we believe in each other.

What books have inspired you the most?

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