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Favorite Books

“ If you’ve listened to any of my podcasts, you know I like to read… A Lot! I’m often asked for book recommendations, or what is my favorite book. Honestly, it’s hard to choose. Here is a list of several of my favorites ”

Maximum Influence

Kurt W. Mortensen

How would you like to be able to read anyone instantly? Get people to trust you instinctively? Change minds easily? Convince anyone to give you almost anything? These “powers” are not unobtainable Jedi mind tricks but are actual skills that everyday people can discover and develop within themselves–today! The secret lies in the 12 Laws of Persuasion. Author and leading authority on persuasion, motivation, and influence Kurt Mortenson has studied the traits, habits, and mindsets of master influencers for over 20 years and has formed what the calls the 12 Laws of Persuasion, which anyone can master and put to work for themselves.

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Giftology

John Ruhlin

Does it feel like you work in a ‘red ocean filled with sharks?’ Eat or be eaten. Fierce competition. Continual battling over scarce resources. What if there was another path? What if you could create your own blue oasis where profits are higher, marketing is as natural as breathing, and competition is nearly nonexistent? This nirvana can be a reality when you practice the principles of Giftology.

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The 7-Power Contractor

Al Levi

Spending most of your time at work putting out fires? Frustrated with employees who don’t do the job properly? Tired of your phone blowing up with questions and crises whenever you try to get away? In The 7-Power Contractor, former contractor and contracting business expert Al Levi lays out seven simple business powers that hundreds of owners have applied successfully to run their businesses with less stress and more success. In these audiobook, you will learn about the seven power concepts – planning and leadership, operating, financial, staffing, selling, marketing, and sales coaching – you can use to run your business better. You will also hear from other contractors about how their application of these concepts faithfully and consistently over time empowered them to transform their businesses and their lives forever. If you are ready to create a business you can run with less stress and more success, this audiobook is for you.

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The Toyota Way

Jeffrey Liker

How to speed up business processes, improve quality, and cut costs in any industry In factories around the world, Toyota consistently makes the highest-quality cars with the fewest defects of any competing manufacturer, while using fewer man-hours, less on-hand inventory, and half the floor space of its competitors. The Toyota Way is the first book for a general audience that explains the management principles and business philosophy behind Toyota’s worldwide reputation for quality and reliability.

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It's Go-Time

Ben Stark, Chris Hunter and David E. Rothacker

Ben Stark and Chris Hunter encourage you to begin a life-changing and transformational journey. Whether you are a first-time owner or a seasoned vet, the challenges of a home-service business can be overwhelming. Ben and Chris meet these challenges head on with the battle-tested advice and proven techniques that built their multi-million-dollar companies. With help from Dave Rothacker, Ben and Chris share powerful strategies and experiences that will motivate, strengthen and transform your business and life. The time is now. Don’t wait another minute.

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Never Split the Difference

Chris Voss

A former international hostage negotiator for the FBI offers a new field-tested approach to high-stakes negotiations – whether in the boardroom or at home. After a stint policing the rough streets of Kansas City, Missouri, Chris Voss joined the FBI, where his career as a hostage negotiator brought him face-to-face with a range of criminals, including bank robbers and terrorists. Reaching the pinnacle of his profession, he became the FBI’s lead international kidnapping negotiator. Never Split the Difference takes you inside the world of high-stakes negotiations and into Voss’ head, revealing the skills that helped him and his colleagues succeed where it mattered most: in saving lives. In this practical guide, he shares the nine effective principles – counterintuitive tactics and strategies – you, too, can use to become more persuasive in both your professional and personal lives.

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