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  1. Great list Karen, thanks,some of my favourites but several there that I will add to my list.Just finished Think & Grow Rich ( again ) by Napoleon Hill, a classic but I am glad I have revisited it as I have learnt much much more 25 years on.

    Best wishes,

    Lesley

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  2. I have listened to as well as bought the book “Free Marketing 101 Low and No-cost Ways to Grow Your Business online & off line by Jim Cockrum” – Brilliant – so much to take in and apply.

    warm regards

    Leanne

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  3. Thanks for the E myth recommendation Karen. Nearly finished it and love it! Very, very helpful.

    One book I enjoyed recently is the Myth of the Mousetrap by Anne Miller. This is a fun and engaging look at how you can get new ideas accepted. It’s probably of most value to those starting more novel or unusual businesses – but I’d recommend it as a good and engaging read to anyone: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Myth-Mousetrap-Ideas-Adopted-Change/dp/0462099156/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1324460854&sr=8-1

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    Karen Skidmore Reply:

    Thanks for the recommendation Mark – hopefully another one to add to my Kindle shopping list ready for my Kindle Christmas present! Karen

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  4. I’m a lover of Seth Godin too – I have a well thumbed copy of his Purple Cow! My other recent fave is The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks, about conquering those deep seated limiting thoughts that prevent you pushing your business forward without you even realising – it’s been hugely influential to me in the past few months.

    Really useful list, thanks :-)

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  5. Lots of E-Myth fans! I lost my copy having only read half of it. I should buy it again for my Kindle…

    I read Unmarketing earlier this year and loved it. It was so refreshing and honest with loads of great soundbites.

    Another book I enjoyed reading is A Book About Innocent (y’know, the smoothie co). A really interesting look behind the curtain at how the business runs while remaining true to their core values.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Book-About-Innocent-Things-Learned/dp/071815317

    I’m now reading Launch by Mike A Stelzner but haven’t read enough to comment more on that yet!

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  6. thank you Karen, I love business books, and this is a great list! I will buy some, and check out my local library for others!

    the really great book I read, and actually using every day is Attracting Perfect Customers by Stacey Hall.I created my strategic customer attraction plan based on it, and read it every day to remind me what my ideal clients are!!!

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    Karen Skidmore Reply:

    Like the sound of this one, too Marina. Thanks for stopping by and recommending it.

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  7. Hi Karen – I love to continually read a little each day, but if I don’t have time then audio books are my next choice.

    Absolutely the best Audio book I have listened to is the E Myth by Michael Gerber with the presentation he gave live in Australia being the best one.

    You can get it here (not an affiliate link) http://www.nightingale.com/prod_detail~product~E-Myth_Seminar.aspx and I implore any small business owner to listen to it before returning to the office

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    Karen Skidmore Reply:

    Thanks for the heads up on this one Sean. Great idea to listen to the audio too – I’m going to check this one out.

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  8. Oooh lots of good suggestions Karen…I’ve also just finished Zappos book, Delivering Happiness that you recommended. Couldn’t put it down and galloped thought it at break neck pace. Funnily enough picked up Botty’s Rules last night and loving it already. Always love getting new book recommendations Karen so love this article!

    Wendy

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    Karen Skidmore Reply:

    I thought about adding that one, too! Pleased you’ve read it, Wendy :)

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  9. Another book worth reading is “How to Get Your Competition Fired (Without Saying Anything Bad About Them): Using the Wedge to Increase Your Sales” by Randy Schwantz…

    It basically shows you how to focus on your strengths against the incumbents weaknesses without saying a bad thing about them.

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  10. Hi Karen,

    I have also recently read E-Myth revised and it was very inspiring. Another book which is loosely based upon the E-Myth approach is a superb book named “Built to Sell” http://www.builttosell.com/ by John Warrilow…

    He sets out common-sense rules and approaches to building a saleable business, and how to avoid being one of the 99% of service related organisations that are unsaleable..

    Both books have really aided me with a new direction and outlook on my business. I have also recently signed up for a 12 Month E-Myth Group Mastery Course. Reading both books has really taught me that the majority of small business owners need external help and assistance.

    Have a great day
    Rory.

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    Karen Skidmore Reply:

    Thks for that recommendation Rory – I’ll be having a look at that one from John, to be sure!

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  11. Hi Karen,

    Thanks for the great list, I’m ALWAYS reading non-fiction books, my favourite being ‘Awaken the Giant Within’ by Anthony Robbins.

    E-Myth Revisited looks really interesting and helpful, so I shall be ordering from Amazon today! Then I think I’ll go for ‘The Botty Rules’.

    Best Wishes, Lesley

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    Karen Skidmore Reply:

    Good old Amazon! They are so easy to spend money with!

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