Resources, References, and Inspiration

I’ve posted links to a few of my favorite resources here, but I’m always interested in hearing about what’s really working for others. Please drop a comment and share resources that have helped you and your team achieve new success.

Originality and Creativity:

Adam Grant, Originals


Resources for Improved Visual Communication: 

Beyond Bullet Points and other resources from Cliff Atkinson – the BBP method for presentations is focused on how to use PowerPoint more effectively. The templates and guidance are well worth using.

Presentation Zen – Garr Reynolds. Another good guide to more effective visual presentations.

Slideology –  Nancy Duarte. if you’re into the visuals – color, layout, good design – this is a great higher-level overview of effective design in presentations.


General Resources on Managing Conflict:

The Harvard Program on Negotiation Blog

The classic: Getting to Yes

Thanks for the Feedback – great book on receiving (and giving) better feedback

The Institute of Cultural Affairs – USA (facilitation and cross-cultural training)

Ask For It: How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want – Linda Babcock. Because negotiation is such a conflict-ridden process, this one’s a necessary read. Even if you’re not a woman.


Communication Resources:

The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century- Steven Pinker. Move over Strunk and White, this guy is funny and dead on. If you write memos or work in academia, this one’s for you.

Words that Work – Frank Luntz. It’s been a few years since this one came out, but having just “discovered” it (thanks to a persistent friend) the content and thinking are completely relevant.

If you only read one thing regularly, how about The New Yorker? Great writing. Effective communication, and talk about broadening your references! (and the cartoons, of course!)


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