I’ve never Met a Book I didn’t Like

Greetings and welcome to my Day 5 post in the Authors’ Blogging Challenge. Today’s prompt asks “What do you love – or hate – to read?”

That answer is brief and simple – ALMOST ANYTHING.

Looking at the various books piled up next to my bed and on my “to read” shelf in my office, you can’t say “she likes mysteries” or “she favors nonfiction works.” The commonality is the difference in genres and topics.  A partial listing of the in process or in the queue books are

  • Several Ella Clah Navajo mysteries by Aimee & David Thurlo
  • Journey by James Michener, about the Alaska Gold Rush
  • The Half-Made World by Felix Gilman, my first venture into dystopian fantasy
  • Stan Finds Himself on the other side of the World (advance reader copy) by Laura Orsini who is the sponsor of this challenge
  • Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Gray, another first venture into western novels
  • Start with Why by Simon Sinek, a leadership  discussion of how to inspire others in the work environment
  • Rubbish, The Archeology of Garbage by William Rathje & Cullen Murphy, an exploration of what our trash tells about us and our society and what the future holds.
  • 20+ journal articles to read on body language, evidence-based practices, offender rehabilitation, and cognitive skills

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And this list is my pleasure reading!

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“People watching” has always been fascinating and pleasurable for me. Most people go to Atlantic City or Las Vegas to gamble or see a show, but my preference is to sit somewhere and watch people for an hour. It’s amazing, it’s entertaining, and I’ve learned many things in my people-gazing sessions that apply to leadership, teamwork, motivation and trust.

Tip of the Day

If you are speaking to a new group, going to a meeting with a group for the first time, or starting a new job or assignment, you can use people-gazing to your advantage.

Go to the venue/meeting location/office unannounced and as incognito as possible several days before your scheduled session. Be as unobtrusive as possible, sit and observe the comings and goings around you. Do this in two or three locations and observe different individuals.

You can obtain a great snapshot of the culture of the meeting/team/organization you will be engaging with shortly. What are they wearing, how formal are the interactions, do people seem to like each other, is everyone treated respectfully? Take this business intelligence back to your office and make sure you incorporate your learnings into your upcoming appearance.

Keep doing this and it will become second nature AND your interpretation of body language signals will become more sophisticated.  Additionally, it’s a lot better than television.

Regards, Barbara

The Body Language Pro

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