The folks who attend Microconf tear through great piles of books every year. They are particularly well informed. They attend many conferences, listen to (and produce) podcasts, and are involved in many different communities. They sit at the top of the reader food-chain. My kind of people!
At MicroConf Europe 2016, I asked as many people as possible: which books have had the biggest impact on you in the past year?
Here are their answers, plus a few books that were mentioned in the talks:
Brainfluence: 100 Ways to Persuade and Convince Consumers with Neuromarketing by Roger Dooley.
The Single Founder Handbook by Mike Taber
Instant Cashflow by Bradley Sugars (James Kennedy described this book as “tacky”)
Lean Analytics by Alistair Croll and Benjamin Yoskovitz (James Kennedy called this one awesome)
Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You by John Warrillow
Finish Big: How Great Entrepreneurs Exit Their Companies on Top by Bo Burlingham
Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content by Ann Handley
Double Double: How to Double Your Revenue and Profit in 3 Years or Less by Cameron Herold
Design for Hackers: Reverse Engineering Beauty by David Kadavy
The Pumpkin Plan: A Simple Strategy to Grow a Remarkable Business in Any Field by Mike Michalowicz
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
It's Not All About Me: The Top Ten Techniques for Building Quick Rapport with Anyone by Robin Dreeke
Badass: Making Users Awesome by Kathy Sierra
Lazy Leadership by Andrew Wilkinson (blog post)
Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Kerry Patterson
Startup Madlibs: Perfecting Your One Sentence Pitch by Adeo Ressi
Like this list? Be sure to also see recommended books from MicroConf USA 2016.
If you're a reader, you might also consider looking at my free app Passages. Passages is a journaling app for your reading. It's a place to store the important quotes and snippets that you want to learn. It's also a tool to help you internalize that knowledge.