We simply cannot live in this world alone. We need to interact, communicate, socialize and network with other people to survive, let alone to thrive.
The problem with most people is that they thought that they can live a successful life without having to communicate with others. Below are the top 5 books you must read to improve your communication and social skills to achieve outstanding results in both your personal and professional life.
1. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
When it comes to communication and social skills, this book almost always comes up. It has become a household title in the industry and anyone who wanted to communicate and social better has to read this book.
Dale Carnegie is undoubted the grandfather of people-skills. It was first published in 1937, but the information, insights, and principles are evergreen and still valid today. Carnegie believed that success is 15% to the professional knowledge and 85% to your ability in expressing your ideas, to assume your leadership role and in sparking the enthusiasm in others.
2. Everyone Communicates, Few Connect by John C. Maxwell
This is another great title from the world-renown leadership guru, John C. Maxwell. In this book, John stated that if you want to produce amazing success in life, you must learn how to connect with others. Everyone knows how to communicate and talk with others, but to excel, you must learn to connect.
This book shares the 5 principles how you can connect with others through finding common ground, keeping your communication simple, capturing people’s interest, inspiring people, and staying authentic in all your relationships.
3. Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz
The master networker and New York Times best-selling author, Keith Ferrazzi stated that if you want to be successful in life and get ahead, you need to learn how to reach out to other people. In this book, Keith shares the specific steps and also the inner mindset that he uses to network and connect with thousands of others including his colleagues, business associates, and friends.
With the rise of social media like Facebook and Twitter and the new management styles, Keith’s techniques are becoming more crucial for anyone who wanted reach out and gets ahead in business and in life.
4. It’s Your Ship by D. Michael Abrashoff
This book is written by the US Navy, Captain D. Michael Abrashoff who commanded USS Benfold. His story in transforming Benfold’s crew efficiency and how he managed the ship has become famous both inside and outside of the Navy.
In his book, Abrashoff offers fascinating insights and principles for anyone who wanted to navigate in today’s uncertain business world. He shares how his skills and techniques how he communicates with his crew the overall ship’s performance.
5. Influence by Robert Cialdini
One of the most important communication and social skills is to know how to influence other people and persuade them in doing what you desire. You must become the master communicator and get people to believe in you before you can achieve that.
Robert Cialdini, the famous psychologist explains how you can influence to do what you want them to do. The author has accumulated decades of knowledge and experience and shared his evidence-based research on how you can become the master influencer through his 6 universal principles in the book.