November is National Novel Writing Month (NANOWRIMO) and some of you may know that I've participated as a writer during 2016 and 2017. In fact Effective Virtual Conversations was written during last year's NANOWRIMO. I'm looking forward to participating again this year with a new writing project - more to come!
In my speaking engagements recently I've been asked for suggestions on good books on topics of virtual facilitation and teamwork. Yesterday I also found myself with a few minutes to spare on my way to a client's office, so I popped into the local bookstore. It got me thinking about the question of which books have I found useful this year as a coach and virtual facilitator, supporting teams, leaders and other facilitators.
Here are a few books you may want to check out if you have not yet already:
Gretchen Rubin's The Four Tendencies - I really enjoy Gretchen's podcast - Happier - and picked up her newest book, The Four Tendencies to add to my collection of her books (and calendars). If you have read it, What type are you?
Live Connections: Virtual Facilitation for High Engagement and Powerful Learning - Fredrik Fogelberg and Jude Tavanyar. One of the many books I researched while writing EVC last year, a practical book for virtual facilitation.
The Coaching Habit by Michael Bungay-Stanier. I really enjoyed Michael's latest book on coaching. An excellent read for leaders of all kinds, especially virtual leaders who need to listen more than speak.
Conversational Intelligence - by Judith Glaser - I was lucky to participate in Judith's Conversational Intelligence Enhanced Learning this past winter and spring. Her book is an excellent resource for teams and leaders who are looking to cultivate better conversations in their teams, and also learn more about the brain through the process.
A couple of books on my reading list for the next while are:
The Productivity Project - Chris Bailey
Spark - John Ratey
The Creativity Challenge - Tanner Christensen
Fusion Leadership: Unleashing the Power of Monday Morning Enthusiasts - Dudley Slater
What's been on your reading list this year and what you find yourself recommending?
Have a great week
PS - The next EVC Community Call will be held on Monday November 6th at 11:30 am ET. The topic is - A Pre-program checklist for virtual events. Hope to see you there!
The final Five week virtual learning class - Virtual Facilitation Essentials starts again on Monday November 6th, running for 5 weeks (1:45 - 3pm ET). We'll be focusing on tips, tools and ideas for great virtual facilitation of meetings, coaching sessions and other virtual events. Get comfortable with the technology and spend time shaping your next virtual event. Click here to reserve your spot. Each participant gets a copy of my book.
Join Effective Virtual Conversations Author Jennifer Britton for regular posts to spark your ideas and conversations virtually!
Virtual Facilitation Essentials: Winter 2018: Fridays 1:15 - 2:30 pm ET: February 23, March 2, 9, 23, April 6, 2018 (5 weeks)
Learning Lab and Design Studio meets throughout 2018 on every 2 Fridays from 8:45 -930 am ET. Join us for a month or the year. February's focus is on video based learning, March on Building Your Toolkit.
Group Coaching Essentials (8.75 CCEs); Fridays 10:15 -11:30 am ET: March 1 - April 13 (no calls March 16 or 30)