Ahhh, the reading room.
I love to read. That's my bookshelf you see i the image above. Reading is a terrific way to stay current, informed and to expose yourself to new ideas. At times I team read with a colleague or friend and enjoy discussing the content of the book as we go. Visit this page and the blog to join the discussion and to read a reviewed and recommended title. --Febe
- Annette Simmons' book The Story Factor is one of the best books I have read on storytelling. I recommend it to anyone who wants to understand and use story to inspire, influence and persuade. Simmons' mastery of storytelling shines throughout the book. Her narrative is informed, friendly and engaging. It's a treat to read such a well-crafted piece. Beyond style, the content is rich and applicable. Chapter headings include: The six stories you'll need to know how to tell; What story can do that facts can't; How to tell a good story.
- Persuasion by Arlene Dickinson is a book I recommend to my fundraising friends who want to make a better case for their cause. (And shouldn't that be all of you?) As a case for support writer, I picked it up, thinking the book would be about crafting a strong argument, and I was not disappointed. But, I got a lot more than I expected. Dickinson, who co-stars on CBC's Dragons' Den, spends the first half of the book focused on the individual, not on how to build the argument, but the person who will be making the case. She writes about being authentic and honest, not just crafting a hard-to-resist pitch, as she calls it. I wrote about the book on my blog. You'll can read it here.
- Have you wondered why some ideas stick and others don't? In Made to Stick Chip Health and Dan Heath shed light on six elements that the authors believe are necessary to make an idea memorable. The Heaths' sticky advice is highly applicable to the nonprofit sector. As I read, I applied their insights to making the Case and appeals more memorable. The ideas presented are well supported, and content is presented in an easy-to-read, engaging manner. My copy of the book looks well loved with plenty of underlines, stars, and notes in the margin.
- I read The Elements of Style, by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White, for the first time at least twenty years ago, and I re-read it every few years. The book has been around, in one form or another, since 1959. Its longevity alone confirms that it has something to offer. If that's not enough to convince you that it's worth reading, pull it down from the shelf at your local bookstore and read the introduction. If you are like me, you will be hooked. Delightful and quirky in style, to the point, and instructional, this is a must read or reread for anyone who loves language.