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Each week we do a deep dive into a nonfiction bestseller. Self-Help. Psychology. Business. Philosophy. In around 30 minutes we cover the major themes and ideas of a recent hit, an important work, or an ancient classic.

The result: concentrated wisdom that goes beyond the headlines, makes you think and helps you succeed in relationships, career, or business.

The podcast builds on the work of Tom Butler-Bowdon, author of the “50 Classics series”.

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Each week we do a deep dive into a nonfiction bestseller. Self-Help. Psychology. Business. Philosophy. In around 30 minutes we cover the major themes and ideas of a recent hit, an important work, or an ancient classic.

The result: concentrated wisdom that goes beyond the headlines, makes you think and helps you succeed in relationships, career, or business.

The podcast builds on the work of Tom Butler-Bowdon, author of the “50 Classics series”.

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Marketing for the Digital Age & Beyond | Book Insights on This is Marketing by Seth Godin *The old-world method of mass advertising through TV and radio was hugely successful for big corporations. With the arrival of the internet, everything changed.
*Traditional marketing is about trying to sell something to someone, trying to get something out of them. The new way is almost the opposite. It’s about generosity, listening, and making a connection that lasts.
*New opportunities now exist for anyone to reach an audience with a new idea, cause or product launch. If you care enough about your audience to create true connection you can make change happen.
*Marketing should always be about the customer’s problem, not helping the company to make more sales. That sounds counterintuitive, but it’s only through generosity and genuine interest in people that you can make your message or product succeed.
*This book’s subtitle, You Can’t be Seen Until You Learn to See, reinforces the idea that marketing should be grounded in empathy.
Like what you hear? Be sure to like & subscribe to support this podcast! Also leave a comment and let us know your thoughts on the episode.
You can also get a free weekly email about the Book Insight of the week. Subscribe at memod.com/insights
Want quick save-able, share-able bullet points on this book? Check out the Memo: https://memod.com/Kev866920/what-works-best-for-marketing-in-today-s-digital-a-279
Full Title: This Is Marketing: You Can't Be Seen Until You Learn to See
Year of Publication: 2018
Book Author: Seth Godin
To purchase the complete edition of this book click here: https://tinyurl.com/4emxztdm
Book Insight Writer: Glen Crosier
Editor: Tom Butler-Bowden
Producer: Daniel Gonzalez
Production Manager: Karin Richey
Curator: Tom Butler-Bowden
Narrator: Kristi Burns
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Marketing for the Digital Age & Beyond | Book Insights on This is Marketing by Seth Godin *The old-world method of mass advertising through TV and radio was hugely successful for big corporations. With the arrival of the internet, everything changed.
*Traditional marketing is about trying to sell something to someone, trying to get something out of them. The new way is almost the opposite. It’s about generosity, listening, and making a connection that lasts.
*New opportunities now exist for anyone to reach an audience with a new idea, cause or product launch. If you care enough about your audience to create true connection you can make change happen.
*Marketing should always be about the customer’s problem, not helping the company to make more sales. That sounds counterintuitive, but it’s only through generosity and genuine interest in people that you can make your message or product succeed.
*This book’s subtitle, You Can’t be Seen Until You Learn to See, reinforces the idea that marketing should be grounded in empathy.
Like what you hear? Be sure to like & subscribe to support this podcast! Also leave a comment and let us know your thoughts on the episode.
You can also get a free weekly email about the Book Insight of the week. Subscribe at memod.com/insights
Want quick save-able, share-able bullet points on this book? Check out the Memo: https://memod.com/Kev866920/what-works-best-for-marketing-in-today-s-digital-a-279
Full Title: This Is Marketing: You Can't Be Seen Until You Learn to See
Year of Publication: 2018
Book Author: Seth Godin
To purchase the complete edition of this book click here: https://tinyurl.com/4emxztdm
Book Insight Writer: Glen Crosier
Editor: Tom Butler-Bowden
Producer: Daniel Gonzalez
Production Manager: Karin Richey
Curator: Tom Butler-Bowden
Narrator: Kristi Burns
Book Lounge | Big Magic with Lauree Ostrofsky Today in the Book Lounge, Tom & Karin discuss the book Big Magic with special guest Lauree Ostrofsky.
Each week Book Insights creator and author of The 50 Classics Series Tom Butler-Bowdon and Memo’d Program Manager Karin Richey invite you to join their fun and casual conversation about the book of the week. Hear what they love it about, what they don’t, how they rate it, and how it can advance your work and life. You’ll learn why it was selected to be part of the curated list of Book Insights, and what’s new with the book or the author currently.
This week, Tom and Karin offer you insight on:
*Lauree shares how getting cancer, changing careers, going to art school and upending her life helped her redefine her relationship with fear and unleash her creative potential.
*Elizabeth Gilbert's theory on how ideas have a life of their own and find hosts to bring them into fruition. How to stay receptive!
*The joy of creating for creation's sake and detaching from the need to succeed or achieve monetary gains from your creative ventures.
Want quick saveable, shareable bullet points on today's podcast? Check out the Memo: https://memod.com/KarinRichey/big-magic-with-lauree-ostrofsky-4722
Show Notes:
Lauree Ostrofky is a speaker and author of “I’m Scared and Doing it Anyway”, as well as the book “Simply Leap”. She is also a coach, and communications consultant.
http://www.simplyleap.com/
https://www.elizabethgilbert.com/magic-lessons/
What is the difference between Book Insights episodes and Book Lounge episodes?
Book Insights are formal, structured summary, analysis and exploration of a bestselling nonfiction book. Each episode is read by a professional voice actor and will introduce a new title selected specifically for its value to your work and life. Book Lounge episodes are casual discussions about the book, the author, and anything else that comes along through the course of conversation. It’s more of a broad chat about how the book relates to current, everyday life.
Should I listen to both the Book Insight and the Book Lounge episode on the same book?
Sure! Each episode works fine as a standalone piece, so no requirement to listen to both or to listen in any particular order, but we definitely recommend (and think you’ll enjoy!) both. Think of it like reading a book and liking it so much you want to chat about it on the porch with a friend. That is the vibe at the Book Lounge.
Like what you hear? Be sure to like & subscribe to support this podcast! Also leave a comment and let us know your thoughts on the episode.
You can also get a free weekly email about the Book Insight of the week.
Subscribe at memod.com/insights
Production Assistance: Daniel Gonzalez
Hosts: Tom Butler-Bowdon & Karin Richey
Unleash Your Creative Potential | Book Insights on Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert *Part spiritual guide and part pragmatic how-to, in Big Magic bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert shares her secrets and processes for all things creative.
*Warm and uplifting, Gilbert will help you to embrace curiosity and let go of your shame or fear of failure – whatever you are creating.
Theme 1: A Creative Life Should Be Driven By Curiosity, Not Fear - 0:29
Theme 2: Science, Reason, and Perseverance - 8:50
Theme 3: Trust In Your Work - And Yourself - 22:55
Like what you hear? Be sure to like & subscribe to support this podcast! Also leave a comment and let us know your thoughts on the episode.
You can also get a free weekly email about the Book Insight of the week. Subscribe at memod.com/insights
Want quick save-able, share-able bullet points on this book? Check out the Memo: https://memod.com/Cian/how-can-i-be-more-creative-without-feeling-self-co-3076
Full Title: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
Year of Publication: 2015
Book Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
To purchase the complete edition of this book click here: https://tinyurl.com/2nvwx7yt
Book Insight Writer: Joanna Reeves
Editor: Morwenna Loughman
Producer: Gabe Mara
Production Manager: Karin Richey
Curator: Tom Butler-Bowden
Narrator: Christy Richardson
Book Lounge - Difficult Conversations with Kevin Gazzara Today in the Book Lounge, Tom & Karin discuss the book Difficult Conversations with special guest Kevin Gazzara.
Each week Book Insights creator and author of The 50 Classics Series Tom Butler-Bowdon and Memo’d Program Manager Karin Richey invite you to join their fun and casual conversation about the book of the week. Hear what they love it about, what they don’t, how they rate it, and how it can advance your work and life. You’ll learn why it was selected to be part of the curated list of Book Insights, and what’s new with the book or the author currently.
This week, Tom and Karin offer you insight on:
*How Dr. Kevin Gazzara transformed workplaces at large corporations like IBM by optimizing communication.
*The value of empathy, listening and understanding before being understood.
*The 3 conversations always happening simultaneously, that you must be mindful of during in stressful and difficult situations.
Want quick saveable, shareable bullet points on today's podcast? Check out the Memo: https://memod.com/KarinRichey/difficult-conversations-with-dr-kevin-gazzara-4630
Show Notes:
Dr. Kevin Gazzara is a professor and founder of Magna Leadership Solutions.
https://magnaleadership.com/
What is the difference between Book Insights episodes and Book Lounge episodes?
Book Insights are formal, structured summary, analysis and exploration of a bestselling nonfiction book. Each episode is read by a professional voice actor and will introduce a new title selected specifically for its value to your work and life. Book Lounge episodes are casual discussions about the book, the author, and anything else that comes along through the course of conversation. It’s more of a broad chat about how the book relates to current, everyday life.
Should I listen to both the Book Insight and the Book Lounge episode on the same book?
Sure! Each episode works fine as a standalone piece, so no requirement to listen to both or to listen in any particular order, but we definitely recommend (and think you’ll enjoy!) both. Think of it like reading a book and liking it so much you want to chat about it on the porch with a friend. That is the vibe at the Book Lounge.
Like what you hear? Be sure to like & subscribe to support this podcast! Also leave a comment and let us know your thoughts on the episode.
You can also get a free weekly email about the Book Insight of the week.
Subscribe at memod.com/insights
Production Assistance: Daniel Gonzalez
Hosts: Tom Butler-Bowdon & Karin Richey
From Combative to Constructive | Book Insights on Difficult Conversations by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton & Sheila Heen *Difficult Conversations grew out of fifteen years of work at the Harvard Negotiation Project, which focuses on matters of negotiation and conflict resolution.
*The result is a remarkable guide that lets you in on the powerful techniques that have been employed in world trouble spots to bring opposing sides together and forge new futures.
*Following the lessons learned from these high-stakes examples will transform your approach to the challenging encounters of everyday life – from requesting a pay rise to ending a relationship.
*By absorbing the guidance offered in this valuable book, you’ll be well prepared for difficult conversations, rather than desperate to avoid them.
Theme 1: Conflict & The 3 conversations - 0:29
Theme 2: Listening & Thinking - 9:45
Like what you hear? Be sure to like & subscribe to support this podcast! Also leave a comment and let us know your thoughts on the episode.
You can also get a free weekly email about the Book Insight of the week. Subscribe at memod.com/insights
Want quick save-able, share-able bullet points on this book? Check out the Memo: https://memod.com/Kev866920/difficult-conversations-solved-124
HEAR THE FULL INTERVIEWS MENTIONED IN TODAYS' EPISODE HERE:
YouTube. (2019). Doug Stone & Sheila Heen: "Thanks for the Feedback" | Talks at Google. [online] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SggjK0Gm3I4 [Accessed 19 Mar. 2019].
YouTube. (2019). 34 Habit 5: Seek First to Understand Then to be Understood - Part A: Diagnose Before You Prescribe. [online] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlPqhM5a-MA [Accessed 19 Mar. 2019].
YouTube. (2019). Last minute Brexit arguments get aggressive. [online] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CR6Q40yuX9U [Accessed 19 Mar. 2019].
YouTube. (2019). The power of difficult conversations | Tara Marcink | TEDxCoMo. [online] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjY56aFwQus [Accessed 19 Mar. 2019].
Full Title: Difficult Conversations
Year of Publication: 1999
Book Author: Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen
To purchase the complete edition of this book click here: https://tinyurl.com/2p82apxd
Book Insight Writer: Tom Butler-Bowdon
Editor: Tom Butler-Bowdon
Producer: Gabe Mara
Production Manager: Karin Richey
Curator: Tom Butler-Bowden
Narrator: Kristi Burns
Book Lounger - The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People with Kevin Palmieri Today in the Book Lounge, Tom & Karin discuss the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People with special guest Kevin Palmieri.
Each week Book Insights creator and author of The 50 Classics Series Tom Butler-Bowdon and Memo’d Program Manager Karin Richey invite you to join their fun and casual conversation about the book of the week. Hear what they love it about, what they don’t, how they rate it, and how it can advance your work and life. You’ll learn why it was selected to be part of the curated list of Book Insights, and what’s new with the book or the author currently.
This week, Tom and Karin offer you insight on:
*Why Kevin Palmieri's favorite habit is "work for the win-win" and why he believes this the only way any business can be successful.
*How having a long-term view and small daily habits can help you achieve your long-term goals.
*How to move from reactiveness to proactiveness when it comes to achieving your goals and "sharpening the saw".
Want quick saveable, shareable bullet points on today's podcast? Check out the Memo: https://memod.com/KarinRichey/the-7-habits-of-highly-effective-people-with-kevin-pamieri-4561
Show Notes:
Kevin Palmieri is an Entrepreneur, CFO, success coach and host of the Next Level University podcast.
https://www.nextleveluniverse.com/
What is the difference between Book Insights episodes and Book Lounge episodes?
Book Insights are formal, structured summary, analysis and exploration of a bestselling nonfiction book. Each episode is read by a professional voice actor and will introduce a new title selected specifically for its value to your work and life. Book Lounge episodes are casual discussions about the book, the author, and anything else that comes along through the course of conversation. It’s more of a broad chat about how the book relates to current, everyday life.
Should I listen to both the Book Insight and the Book Lounge episode on the same book?
Sure! Each episode works fine as a standalone piece, so no requirement to listen to both or to listen in any particular order, but we definitely recommend (and think you’ll enjoy!) both. Think of it like reading a book and liking it so much you want to chat about it on the porch with a friend. That is the vibe at the Book Lounge.
Like what you hear? Be sure to like & subscribe to support this podcast! Also leave a comment and let us know your thoughts on the episode.
You can also get a free weekly email about the Book Insight of the week.
Subscribe at memod.com/insights
Production Assistance: Daniel Gonzalez
Hosts: Tom Butler-Bowdon & Karin Richey
Stephen Covey's Timeless Advice | Book Insights on 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey *It’s been said that, in the United States, the influence of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is second only to the Bible.
*Not only is it listed as core reading for employees in many Fortune 500 companies, but even former US Presidents Clinton and Obama have recommended it.
*Sales now exceed 25 million copies, and it was the first non-fiction book to sell a million copies in audio format.
*Covey provides a masterful synthesis of what he argues are simply ‘natural laws’, timeless and universal principles that are the foundations of effectiveness.
*Understanding these principles and following them with integrity, by way of Covey’s series of seven habits, leads the way to fulfillment and success.
Theme 1: Be Proactive - 0:29
Theme 2: First Things First - 9:08
Theme 3: Synergize - 18:37
Like what you hear? Be sure to like & subscribe to support this podcast! Also leave a comment and let us know your thoughts on the episode.
You can also get a free weekly email about the Book Insight of the week. Subscribe at memod.com/insights
Want quick save-able, share-able bullet points on this book? Check out the Memo: https://memod.com/Kev866920/stephen-covey-s-7-habits-of-highly-effective-peopl-194
Full Title: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Year of Publication: 1989
Book Author: Stephen Covey
To purchase the complete edition of this book click here: https://tinyurl.com/5crnf2yc
Book Insight Writer: Tom Butler-Bowdon
Editor: Tom Butler-Bowdon
Producer: Gabe Mara
Production Manager: Karin Richey
Curator: Tom Butler-Bowden
Narrator: Kristi Burns
Book Lounge - The Lean Startup with Brendan Kumarasamy Today in the Book Lounge, Tom & Karin discuss the book The Lean Startup with special guest Brendan Kumarasamy.
Each week Book Insights creator and author of The 50 Classics Series Tom Butler-Bowdon and Memo’d Program Manager Karin Richey invite you to join their fun and casual conversation about the book of the week. Hear what they love it about, what they don’t, how they rate it, and how it can advance your work and life. You’ll learn why it was selected to be part of the curated list of Book Insights, and what’s new with the book or the author currently.
This week, Tom and Karin offer you insight on:
*Business and public speaking coach Brendan Kumarasamy's favorite startup success stories and why most people never hear about 95% of startups.
*The value of risk, iteration, minimum viable product and being customer-obsessed.
*Why most startups fail and how to implement Eric Ries wisdom in "The Lean Startup" - which has come to be known as "the bible of Silicon Valley".
Want quick saveable, shareable bullet points on today's podcast? Check out the Memo: https://memod.com/KarinRichey/the-lean-startup-with-brendan-kumarasamy-4411
Show Notes:
Brendan Kumarasamy is an influencer and entrepreneur as the founder of MasterTalk. He coaches business executives, and has experience coaching many startups.
https://www.mastertalk.ca/
What is the difference between Book Insights episodes and Book Lounge episodes?
Book Insights are formal, structured summary, analysis and exploration of a bestselling nonfiction book. Each episode is read by a professional voice actor and will introduce a new title selected specifically for its value to your work and life. Book Lounge episodes are casual discussions about the book, the author, and anything else that comes along through the course of conversation. It’s more of a broad chat about how the book relates to current, everyday life.
Should I listen to both the Book Insight and the Book Lounge episode on the same book?
Sure! Each episode works fine as a standalone piece, so no requirement to listen to both or to listen in any particular order, but we definitely recommend (and think you’ll enjoy!) both. Think of it like reading a book and liking it so much you want to chat about it on the porch with a friend. That is the vibe at the Book Lounge.
Like what you hear? Be sure to like & subscribe to support this podcast! Also leave a comment and let us know your thoughts on the episode.
You can also get a free weekly email about the Book Insight of the week.
Subscribe at memod.com/insights
Production Assistance: Daniel Gonzalez
Hosts: Tom Butler-Bowdon & Karin Richey
Startup Success - Simplified! | Book Insights on The Lean Startup by Eric Ries *Eric Ries’ The Lean Startup brilliantly articulates the incremental, iterative approach to innovation, which provides a reality check on ego-driven ideas that might look good on paper but just won’t fly.
*As all great entrepreneurs know, business success comes from a curious mix of blue-sky thinking and a love of feedback and data.
*The lean approach helps new ventures launch products and services that users and customers actually want, in a way that’s far more nimble, much cheaper, and less risky than traditional methods.
*At the same time, other business and technology trends are breaking down the barriers to startup formation – the combination of all these forces is fundamentally altering the entrepreneurial landscape.
Theme 1: Build the Right Thing - 0:29
Theme 2: Testing with Vision - 9:38
Theme 3: Engine of Growth - 14:50
Like what you hear? Be sure to like & subscribe to support this podcast! Also leave a comment and let us know your thoughts on the episode.
You can also get a free weekly email about the Book Insight of the week. Subscribe at memod.com/insights
Want quick save-able, share-able bullet points on this book? Check out the Memo: https://memod.com/Kev866920/why-the-lean-startup-should-every-company-founder--230
HEAR THE FULL INTERVIEWS MENTIONED IN TODAYS' EPISODE HERE:
Eric Ries. “Eric Ries - The Lean Startup - Talks at Google - Full Transcript.” Canadian Value Investors, www.canadianvalueinvestors.com/eric-ries-the-lean-startup-talks-at-google-full-transcript.
"Eric Ries-Building The Minimum Viable Product". Youtube, 2019, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FoCbbbcYT8. Accessed 28 Jan 2019.
Full Title: The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovations to Create Radically Successful Businesses
Year of Publication: 2011
Book Author: Eric Ries
To purchase the complete edition of this book click here: https://tinyurl.com/4m5jxfb5
Book Insight Writer: James Safford
Editor: Tom Butler-Bowdon
Producer: Daniel Gonzalez
Production Manager: Karin Richey
Curator: Tom Butler-Bowden
Narrator: Kristi Burns
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