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Read some inspiring new books and boost your dendrites

Read some inspiring new books and boost your dendrites

Discover new ideas, be inspired by great minds and lives, and develop your professional skills with some great new books this month.

Books for May 27

TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris Anderson

In Ted Talks, Chris Anderson, head of TED, reveals the inside secrets of how to give a first-class presentation; essentially it is the official TED guide to public speaking from the man who put TED talks on the world’s stage. Anderson shares his five key techniques to presentation success: Connection, Narration, Explanation, Persuasion and Revelation. He also answers the most frequently asked questions about giving a talk from ‘What should I wear?’ to ‘How do I handle my nerves?’ Ted Talks is also full of presentation tips from such TED notable speakers as Sir Ken Robinson, Bill Gates,  Amy Cuddy, Elizabeth Gilbert, Dan Gilbert, and many more. This is a lively, fun read with great practical applications from the man who knows what goes into presenting a truly memorable speech.

Beyond Happiness: How to Find Lasting Meaning and Joy in All That You Have by Anthony Seldon

As Britain’s best-known headmaster, Sir Anthony famously introduced happiness, or well-being, lessons at his school, Wellington College. In 2011, he co-founded Action for Happiness, a body to raise awareness of the discovery of happiness and reduction of depression, whose influence is growing rapidly in Britain and across the world. In this book, Seldon distinguishes between pleasure, happiness and joy, and offers an original 8-step approach on how to make our lives far more meaningful and rewarding.

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight

In 1962, fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed $50 from his father and created a company with a simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost athletic shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the boot of his car, Knight grossed $8000 in his first year. Today, Nike’s annual sales top $30 billion. Nike has since become a revolutionary, globe-spanning icon, one of the most recognisable symbols and trusted brands in the world today. In his memoir, Knight recalls how his first group of partners and employees, whose shared mission and a deep belief in the spirit of sport, empowered them to build the brand we know today. This is an inspirational uplifting book about building something from scratch, overcoming adversity, and ultimately leaving your mark on the world.

Sweet Caress: The Many Lives of Amory Clay by William Boyd

When Amory Clay receives a guft of a camera, this unleashes a passion that irrevocably shapes her future. She begins an apprenticeship with him in London, photographing socialites for magazines. But Amory is hungry for more and her search for life, love and artistic expression takes her to the demi-monde of 1920s Berlin, New York in the 1930s, the Blackshirt riots of 1936 in London, and finally France during the Second World War, where she becomes one of the first women war photographers.In this enthralling story of a life fully lived, William Boyd has created a sweeping panorama of the twentieth century, told through the camera lens of one unforgettable woman.

Reading inspiring books can be an excellent way to improve your thought process, enable positivity, and provide tools and ideas to achieve your potential. Remember to check back on our Book Recommendations in your Course Toolkit for more inspiring book suggestions.

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