January 2018 Reading List

 

I am looking forward to getting 2018 started! These are the books I plan to read in January 2018. Come read along with me.

I have selected these books based on different criteria. In part, they satisfy the categories outlined in the Modern Mrs. Darcy’s reading challenge. I also wanted to read books that helped me in my profession as an instructional technologist and as a business owner for Tubarks Consulting.

Here is what is on my reading list for January 2018:

Tribe of Mentors

Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World by Timothy Ferriss

I have read a couple of Tim Ferriss’ books and I have really enjoyed them. He shares a lot of great ideas and wisdom in his books.

Via Amazon:

Tim Ferriss, the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The 4-Hour Workweek, shares the ultimate choose-your-own-adventure book—a compilation of tools, tactics, and habits from 130+ of the world’s top performers. From iconic entrepreneurs to elite athletes, from artists to billionaire investors, their short profiles can help you answer life’s most challenging questions, achieve extraordinary results, and transform your life.

Multimedia Learning by Richard E. Mayer

This term I will be teaching a course for the University of Wyoming on Multimedia Development. I thought this book would be useful information for the course.

Via Amazon:

For hundreds of years, verbal messages such as lectures and printed lessons have been the primary means of explaining ideas to learners. Although verbal learning offers a powerful tool, this book explores ways of going beyond the purely verbal. Recent advances in graphics technology and information technology have prompted new efforts to understand the potential of multimedia learning as a means of promoting human understanding. In Multimedia Learning, Second Edition, Richard E. Mayer examines whether people learn more deeply when ideas are expressed in words and pictures rather than in words alone. He reviews 12 principles of instructional design that are based on experimental research studies and grounded in a theory of how people learn from words and pictures. The result is what Mayer calls the cognitive theory of multimedia learning, a theory first developed in the first edition of Multimedia Learning and further developed in The Cambridge Handbook of Multimedia Learning.

Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters by Dick Winters

Every year, I watch the series Band of Brothers during my winter break. I am fascinated by Major Winters and the rest of Easy Company. I simply wanted to learn more about them and this specific period of time. I have already read Band of Brothers and I have picked up books about other members of the company.

Via Amazon:

They were called Easy Company, but their mission was never easy. Immortalized as the Band of Brothers, they suffered 150% casualties while liberating Europe, an unparalleled record of bravery under fire. Recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross, Dick Winters was their legendary commander. This is his story, told in his own words for the first time, offering readers an astonishing, unvarnished account of his service as a World War II combat leader.

On D-Day, Winters assumed leadership of the Band of Brothers when its original commander was killed, and led them through the Battle of the Bulge and into Germany, by which time each member had been wounded. Based on Winters’s wartime diary, Beyond Band of Brothers also includes his comrades’ untold stories. This is a moving memoir by the man who earned the love and respect of Easy Company, and who is a hero to new generations worldwide.

Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business by Chris Ducker

Very simply, I am interested in how to effectively hire and use virtual assistants.

Via Amazon:

Entrepreneurs often suffer from ”superhero syndrome”—the misconception that to be successful, they must do everything themselves. Not only are they the boss, but also the salesperson, HR manager, copywriter, operations manager, online marketing guru, and so much more. It’s no wonder why so many people give up the dream of starting a business—it’s just too much for one person to handle.

But outsourcing expert and ”Virtual CEO,” Chris Ducker knows how you can get the help you need with resources you can afford. Small business owners, consultants, and online entrepreneurs don’t have to go it alone when they discover the power of building teams of virtual employees to help run, support, and grow their businesses.

Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business is the step-by-step guide every entrepreneur needs to build his or her business with the asset of working with virtual employees. Focusing on business growth, Ducker explains every detail you need to grasp, from figuring out which jobs you should outsource to finding, hiring, training, motivating, and managing virtual assistants.

With additional tactics and online resources, Virtual Freedom is the ultimate resource of the knowledge and tools necessary for building your dream business with the help of virtual staff.

That’s it for this month — I want to hear what good books YOU’VE read lately! Please share in the comments below.


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