Personality Bookshelf

A compilation of the top books on boosting your productivity

How to Develop Self-Confidence and Influence People by Public Speaking

How to Develop Self-Confidence And Influence People

Authors: Dale Carnegie,

Legendary writer, Dale Carnegie, shares his powerful insights and tactics regarding public speaking. His words will train your mind to fight your fears and express your ideas with confidence to the world. You will also learn how to phrase your sentences so that your audience understands exactly what you mean.

How to Win Friends and Influence People

How to Win Friends and Influence People

Authors: Dale Carnegie,

This legendary book is considered to be one of the best books ever written, to help you develop your interpersonal skills. You’ll learn how to make people love you, make your team work together towards achieving goals and capture the attention of people when you communicate your ideas.

Never Eat Alone,

Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time

Authors: Keith Ferrazzi,

Based on his personal experience, Keith Ferrazzi believes the secret to success lies in how healthy your relationships are. Thus, he will teach you how you too can develop meaningful friendships in your life through practical and simple insights. For example, he advises you to reach out to people, even when you don’t want anything from them.

How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age

How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age

Authors: Dale Carnegie,Brent Cole

Dale Carnegie has inspired many people throughout his life, namely Warren Buffett, Scott Adams, and Lee Iacocca. With this book, you could become one of them as well. In this book, he updates his proven techniques for effective communication, leadership skills and overall success for the new digital age.

The Leader In You

The Leader In You: How to Win Friends, Influence People and Succeed in a Changing World

Authors: Dale Carnegie,Stuart R. Levine, Michael A. Crom

A good leader is always looking for ways to get better. Those who are not there yet ought to be looking for ways to bring out the leader in them. This book provides you with all the tools you will need to master the art of leadership. It will teach you how to make the most of your career without compromising your personal life.

How to Talk to Anyone

How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships

Authors: Leil Lowndes,

First impressions count, so Leil Lowndes gives you everything you need to build one that people can never forget. Learn the 14 ways of maintaining interesting small talk, 9 ways to make people feel important, 11 ways to have an effective phone conversation, how to master the art of body language and much more!

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ

Authors: Daniel Goleman,

Intelligence isn’t only defined by your IQ, and Daniel Goleman will show you why. Your ability to communicate effectively and to understand your own emotions, as well those of your listeners, is a significant contributor to long-term success. Goleman’s insights will teach you how you can acquire emotional intelligence. What you learn from this book will transform your life.

Difficult Conversations

Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most

Authors: Douglas Stone,Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen

Whether it’s with your spouse, an underperforming employee or even a customer, we are all guilty of evading some conversations. Difficult Conversations will give you the tools to overcome this problem. You will learn to let go of being defensive, to remain composed even during unfair accusations and much more.


Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People

Authors: Vanessa Van Edwards,

The ability to socialise and connect with people, to decipher their emotions from their facial expressions and to strike up a conversation that will lure the attention of the listener are skills all of us are looking to master. In this book, behavioural expert Vanessa Van Edwards provides all the information you’ll need to acquire interpersonal intelligence.

The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem

Six Pillars of Self-Esteem

Authors: Nathaniel Branden,

Self-esteem doesn’t only play a role in how you view yourself. It affects your relationships, your success, and especially your psychological health. Nathaniel Branden gives you 6 life-changing principles that will help you boost your self-esteem. Once you’ve reached its peak, you’ll discover new powers and opportunities you once only dreamed of.

Together is Better

Together is Better: A Little Book of Inspiration

Authors: Simon Sinek,

Don’t let the cover deceive you, for in this book lies one of the most life-changing messages. Renowned contemporary psychologist, Simon Sinek, reveals to you the power of relationships. He shows you that you will truly experience fulfilment at work and at home only when you’ve established a bond of trust, commitment, and love with all the people there.

Just Listen

Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone

Authors: Mark Goulston,Keith Ferrazzi

Once you master communication skills, you’ll find opportunities everywhere you go. Whether it’s a potential buyer, your spouse or even an enemy, knowing what to say and when to say it can be life-transforming. This book holds all the secrets to achieving this transformation. Goulston’s insights will make you a better listener and even a great pacifier when necessary.

Working with Emotional Intelligence

Working with Emotional Intelligence

Authors: Daniel Goleman,

IQ and work experience aren’t the only contributors to professional success. Emotional intelligence plays a significant role too. In this book, Daniel Goleman reveals some of the industry’s best leaders’ secrets to success and how they thrived. A little hint — it’s no surprise that what they all share in common is excellent people management skills.


Influencer : The Power to Change Anything

Authors: Kerry Patterson,Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler

As a leader, a manager, a teacher or even a parent, you’re always looking for the best way to influence someone’s life. Kerry Patterson shows you how you can become an “influencer.” This book isn’t just filled with do’s and don’ts. It combines behavioural research and real-life stories, making it effective and realistic.

TED Talks

TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking

Authors: Chris J. Anderson,

For years now, TED Talks has been transforming people’s opinions about the world. Within five to ten minutes, each of the speakers promotes an idea that is revolutionary and empowering. The owner of Ted Talks, Chris Anderson, provides the tools you need to master effective public speaking. Now, even you can start changing the world.

Approval Addiction

Approval Addiction: Overcoming Your Need to Please Everyone

Authors: Joyce Meyer,

In her empowering and inspiring style of writing, Joyce Meyer shakes you out of your insecurities and guides you towards peace and confidence. She shows you how to accept yourself, regardless of what the world thinks and says. She inspires you to give yourself a little love and to stop seeking approval all the time.

Social Intelligence

Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships

Authors: Daniel Goleman,

The author of Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman, gives you yet another life-transforming piece of work. His extensive studies have revealed that the relationships in our lives don’t just affect how we “feel.” They can act as vitamins and strengthen our biological system, although in some cases, they may even weaken it.

The Art of Speed Reading People

The Art of Speed Reading People: How to Size People Up and Speak Their Language

Authors: Paul D. Tieger,Barbara Barron-Tieger

Whether you’re a salesperson or a teacher, the art of reading people is an essential skill. In this book, Paul Tieger teaches you how to identify a person’s personality through simple things like their facial expressions, vocabulary and body language. Once you’ve mastered this, you’ll know exactly how to communicate your thoughts to them.

What Every Body is Saying

What Every Body is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People

Authors: Joe Navarro,Marvin Karlins

Former FBI agent, Joe Navarro, reveals everything he has learned about deciphering nonverbal behaviour. This book will help you realise how your body language has been affecting your reputation at work. It will train you to recognise a person’s true feelings from everything except the face. You will also learn how natural selection has affected your nonverbals.

Fierce Conversations

Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work and in Life One Conversation at a Time

Authors: Susan Scott,Kenneth H. Blanchard

Excellent communication is the starting point of a successful and fulfilling life. In Fierce Conversations, Susan Scott provides advice on the key areas you need to focus on to communicate your thoughts effectively. You will learn to control your emotions (and your listener’s as well), to speak with precision and to build solid connections with people.

Thank You for Arguing

Thank You for Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion

Authors: Jay Heinrichs,

From Winston Churchill to Cicero (Rome’s greatest politician), persuasion was the skill that distinguished them from the rest. Heinrichs coaches you on honing your persuasion skills so that you will always get your way in the future. You will also learn some life-changing persuasion techniques such as the Yoda Technique, Stalin’s Timing Secret and many more.

Becoming a Person of Influence

Becoming a Person of Influence: How to Positively Impact the Lives of Others

Authors: John C. Maxwell,

If you’re always looking for ways to communicate your ideas effectively and to inspire people, you belong in the “influencer” category. John Maxwell, the leadership expert, shows you how you can master the skill of influencing others. He provides tactics that will make every conversation you have impactful. His insights will guarantee success in your life.

Boundaries Participant's Guide

Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No, to Take Control of Your Life

Authors: Henry Cloud,John Townsend

Your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual boundaries are what eventually define who you really are. In Boundaries, Dr. Cloud guides you through the process of setting limits by answering the common questions asked by those who lack boundaries. This book will show you that it is possible to have limits, to still be loving and to be loved.

Emotional Intelligence 2.0

Emotional Intelligence 2.0

Authors: Travis Bradberry,Jean Greaves, Patrick Lencioni

Most of us know what emotional intelligence is. We are even aware of its significance in the modern business world. However, what about how it can be acquired? Travis Bradberry gives you 4 principles that will help you master emotional intelligence. Discover what they are and how you can use them to transform your life.

The Art of Asking

The Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help

Authors: Amanda Palmer,

Amanda Palmer thought she was fearless until she discovered her fear of asking for help when she needed it the most. This discovery encouraged her to understand the need and the benefits of asking. In this book, she reveals what she has learned, shows you the power of asking and how it can change the course of your life.

Primal Leadership, With a New Preface by the Authors

Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence

Authors: Daniel Goleman,Richard Boyatzis, Annie McKee

As a leader, you cannot be rigid. Your leadership style must change to accommodate the circumstances. You must be enthusiastic if you want your team to follow suit. You must be full of energy if you want a team that works even half as hard as you do. Learn how you can acquire and master such traits from leadership expert, Daniel Goleman himself.


Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

Authors: Robert B. Cialdini,

Based on years of in-depth research, Dr. Cialdini gives you 6 principles that will improve your persuasion skills, and push you forward in life. Understand the psychology behind what makes people say “yes” and learn to apply this knowledge in your everyday life. Whether you are a leader, a parent or an employee, Cialdini’s Influence will make a huge impact in your life.

Talk Like TED

Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds

Authors: Carmine Gallo,

TED Talks has changed the world of public speaking. Speakers are trained to communicate revolutionary ideas effectively, within a few minutes. If you want to acquire this skill and improve your public speaking talent as well, Carmine Gallo’s Talk Like TED has everything you need. Overcome your fear of speaking and let your ideas change the world.


Power: Why Some People Have it and Others Don’t

Authors: Jeffrey Pfeffer,

Power — a quality some people have with ease and some others struggle to achieve. Discover the reason behind this difference, in Power written by management theory expert Jeffrey Pfeffer’s. His insights will make you understand how you too can exercise power in your life, to help trigger success in the future.


Self-Esteem: A proven program of cognitive techniques for assessing, improving and maintaining your self-esteem

Authors: Matthew McKay,Patrick Fanning

Self-esteem is more important than you can imagine. When it is low, it can disrupt your entire psychological system. This is why Matthew McKay has compiled some of the most effective ways of boosting your perception of yourself in this book. Once you accept who you are, you will open the doors of success in your life.

Reading People

Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything

Authors: Anne Bogel,

We are all obsessed with uncovering the hidden gems of our personality. However, Pottermore and Buzzfeed aren’t the best ways to do this. Anne Bogel gives you everything you need to know about personality based on real tests such as the Myers-Briggs and StrengthsFinder so that you can gauge who you are and change your life accordingly.

How to have Confidence and Power in Dealing with People

How to Have Confidence and Power in Dealing with People

Authors: Les Giblin,

In this book, Les Giblin shows you a mind-blowing approach to interpersonal communication. You’ll learn how to get what you want without compromising the needs of others, to treat people for who they really are rather than who you “think” they are and how strong connections can open the doors of success in your life.

The Confidence Gap

The Confidence Gap

Authors: Russ Harris,

Poor self-confidence has ripped us of many opportunities in life. Russ Harris suggests that building a relationship with our insecurities and confidence is what will set us free from their shackles. In this book, he shows you how you can do this and change your life for the better.

The Charisma Myth

The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism

Authors: Olivia Fox Cabane,

Charisma isn’t necessarily a divine gift. Certain practices can make anyone develop this trait. Drawing from her experience and work at Harvard and MIT, Olivia Fox reveals these practices so that you can become as charismatic as Oprah and Bill Clinton. Your journey to becoming influential and an inspiration to many has just begun.

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently

Authors: John C. Maxwell,

Communication is an essential part of life. However, how do you ensure that you’re communicating effectively and achieving the desired impact? John C. Maxwell gives you 5 principles that will help you improve the power of your communication. These principles will help you come closer to success and strengthen your ability to connect with the people in your life.


Integrity: The Courage to Meet the Demands of Reality

Authors: Henry Cloud,

Dr. Henry Cloud believes that integrity isn’t just about being honest. It’s an ongoing growth strategy. People with integrity are always realistic; they accept negativity and work on making the end the best part no matter what comes in their way. In this remarkable book, he shows you how you can become one of them.


Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges

Authors: Amy Cuddy,

Anxiety consumes the biggest part of your day, but Amy Cuddy can help you get past this struggle. She introduces you to the power of presence, and unlike many other works, this one doesn’t require an epic spiritual transformation. All it takes is to recognize your body language so that you’re ready to face life with courage.

Thanks for the Feedback

Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well

Authors: Douglas Stone,Sheila Heen

We are always looking forward to getting feedback from the people in our lives. However, while we may be open to criticism, sometimes we just want to be accepted for who we are. In this book, Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen address this problem. They’ll provide you with an easy way to accept feedback and make the most of it, without letting it destroy your confidence.

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