12 Life Changing Book Suggestions to Help You Rock 2020 - 099

Jan 02, 2020

I’ve decided to curate 12 book suggestions from some of my most popular guest episodes. My intention is to give you some new ideas and inspiration to help you rock this coming year!

If you’re anything like me, the New Year brings an opportunity for a fresh start. It's an opportunity to look back at the past 12 months of achievement, learning and growth and to consider what you want for the coming year. I’ve set some pretty big goals for the next 12 months and I know that these will be challenging. That's because I will have to open up my mind, be coachable and invest in my growth to achieve what I’ve set out to do.

Reading or listening to books will play a big part of my growth as it always has done, and that’s why I absolutely love hearing from my guests about the books that they’ve read that have created transformation in their life. Many of those books I’ve gone on to read myself and they have opened up new possibilities for me. So in this episode I thought I'd put a recommendation for each of the next 12 months together for you.

My Guests:

  • Shelly O’Donovan – Body Language and Influencing Expert
  • Graham Allcott – Best Selling Author and Productivity Expert
  • Jay Miller – One of Canada’s top Voice Coaches
  • Paul Coleman – Brand and Innovation Guru and Bafta Award Winning Comedy Writer
  • Simon Fanshawe – Perrier Award Winning Comedian, Stonewall Founder & Diversity Expert
  • Sophie Devonshire - Business leader, entrepreneur, brand specialist and author.
  • Devin Thorpe – Writer, Business Advisor and World Changer
  • Peter Cheese – People & Change Expert & CEO of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development
  • Carl Honore – Journalist, Best-Selling Author & Speaker
  • Verla Fortier – Author, Speaker and Expert on Green Space Research
  • Joanna Penn – Award Winning Author, Online Entrepreneur & Writing Coach
  • Nahla Summers – CEO of the Sunshine People Charity, Author, and Expert on Kindness

12 Books:*

  1. Essentialism by Greg McKeown
  2. Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
  3. Trust Me by Nick Morgan
  4. New Power – How it’s Changing the 21st Century and Why You Need to Know by Jeremy Jeimanns and Henry Timms
  5. Germinal by Emile Zola
  6. How to Win Friends and Influence People with Dale Carnegie
  7. The Bible
  8. Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  9. The Quiet American by Graham Greene
  10. The Global Forest – 40 Ways That Trees Can Save Us by Diana Beresford-Kroeger
  11. The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
  12. Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom

How to Find Out More About My Guests:

Shelly O’Donovan:

Twitter / Linked In: @shellyodonovan

Episode 037 - Shelly’s First Interview on The Speaking Club

Episode 097 - Shelly’s Second Interview on The Speaking Club

Graham Allcott:

Graham’s Website –

Think Productive -

Beyond Busy Podcast -

Episode 044 - Graham’s Interview on The Speaking Club

Jay Miller:

Jay’s Website –

Jay’s YouTube Channel - Visit Voice & Speech on YouTube

Episode 047 – Jay’s Interview on The Speaking Club

Paul Coleman:


Episode 051 – Paul’s Interview on The Speaking Club

Simon Fanshawe:


[email protected]


Episode 052 – Simon’s Interview on The Speaking Club

Sophie Devonshire:

Twitter @s_devonshire


Episode 054 – Sophie’s Interview on The Speaking Club

Devin Thorpe:

Barry Manilow Blog


Episode 056 – Devin’s Interview on The Speaking Club

Peter Cheese:


Episode 060 – Peter’s Interview on The Speaking Club

Carl Honore:


Episode 068 – Carl’s Interview on The Speaking Club

Verla Fortier:

Website -

Take Back Your Outside Mindset by Verla Fortier

Episode 088 – Verla’s Interview on The Speaking Club

Joanna Penn:

Website -

Joanna Penn – The Creative Penn Podcast

Social Media @thecreativepenn

Instagram @JFPennauthor

Episode 092 – Joanna’s Interview on The Speaking Club

Nahla Summers:

Sunshine People Website

A Culture of Kindness – (for businesses)



Episode 095 – Nahla’s Interview on The Speaking Club

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