Lou Holtz-2I spoke at a conference in Chicago the last couple of days. The keynote speaker of the conference was Lou Holtz, the former Notre Dame head football coach and ESPN commentator. I got to meet him and chat with him, and he was great! In his keynote, he shared his three keys for life and business – Do the right thing. Do the best you can. And show people you care. It was terrific advice for anyone.

Now let’s get to some great books to read!


Book I read this week: Secrets of Dynamic Communications: Prepare with Focus, Deliver with Clarity, Speak with Power by Ken Davis. I learned the SCORRE speech preparation technique at the SCORRE Conference (and I would highly recommend it to anyone). The book is a great summary of that technique. I use this technique for my public talks and many of my web videos.

 Book I’m reading next week: Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg. I loved Duhigg’s The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business. I expect this book to be equally as

Do you think more clearly in colder weather? Your brain performs better when it’s cold outside by Christian Jarrett in CNN

Do you think the timing of your meals matters? When you eat could be as important as what you eat by Catharine Paddock in Medical News Today

Exercise and Fitness
Informative look at overtraining syndrome: This Is Exactly What Happens to Your Body When You Don’t Take a Rest Day by Dominique Astorino in PopsugarGen The 10 Woman reading tablet-1

So many parts of our lives and all of society promote inactivity. Can we overcome them? Getting People to Move More by Gretchen Reynolds in The New York Times

Social Media and Communication
Good ideas for coming up with creative ideas for your blog posts: The No.1 Reason New Bloggers Fail (And What To Do About It) by Mary Jaksch in Write to Done

Social media can be a huge distraction, but you can manage it with some of these tips: Is Social Media Making Us Dumb? by Sonia Simone in Copyblogger

Productivity and Self Improvement
The break itself might be more effective than the coffee: Why Taking a Coffee Break Makes You More Productive by Alyssa Raiola in Greatist

I love #7! 7 Things Really Lucky People Do by Kevin Daum in Inc.

Did you like one of these articles or books? Do you have any others to share? I’d love to hear your thoughts below!

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