Mike Shukis

June 2022 Books


100 Ways to Improve Your Writing by Gary Provost

How strongly I recommend it: 8/10

This is a how-to guide to good writing. Gary discusses idea generation, writing style, and punctuation. This is a good book to keep on your desk (or wherever else you write). It can be referenced for e-mails, letters, text messages, and other types of writing. It's full of tips on creating, editing, and improving your writing. The best way to communicate ideas is through writing. Everyone writes. This book helps you do that better.

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Writing that Works by Kenneth Roman and Joel Raphaelson

How strongly I recommend it: 7/10

While this book focuses on business writing, it is good for all types of writing. Everyone is writing more than ever. Whether it's text messages, e-mails, or handwritten notes, you are constantly writing. The chapters on resume writing, editing, and not mumbling are particularly useful. The lessons in this book apply to all types of writing.

Writing is important in business. Good writing leads to better decisions and clarity. Bad writing leads to confusion and wasted time. Everyone can learn to write better. If you lead in any way, you owe it to people to write better. Many issues are created because people don't know how to write. Learn to write so you can lead.

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Death by Meeting by Patrick Lencioni

How strongly I recommend it: 9/10

I love this book. It's unique and fun to read. I thought Death by Meeting would be about avoiding meetings, but it wasn't. Instead, Lencioni writes a fiction story about one company's meeting problems. The company is bought-out, and new ownership questions the company's ability to function based on its meetings. This is a story about better meetings.

Companies struggle with meetings. They meet too often, waste time, and get nothing done. You need a plan for meetings to be effective. Too many meetings are de-railed by tangents and random conversations. Learn to focus and stop wasting time. People might not like it, but they'll be better because of it. Lencioni provides a structure so you can get the most out of every meeting.

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The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

How strongly I recommend it: 10/10

This might be my favorite book of all time. Every time I read it I question what I'm doing. Tim is a fantastic writer. In The 4-Hour Workweek (4HWW), Tim focuses on what matters in life. He writes about ways to escape the rat race of traditional work. And he talks about not waiting to live until retirement, which is an overrated concept in itself.

I love the way Tim challenges the accepted views of reality. Many people accept the fact that they will work a 9-5 job for 40 years and then enjoy retirement. But it doesn't have to be this way. Life shouldn't be miserable. The 4HWW shows you how.

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