An Extreme Reading / Listening List

ByMichael Ambjorn

An Extreme Reading / Listening List

Sherry Boyd

Sherry Boyd

Julie Ludwig

Julie Ludwig

Our Executive Director Carlos Fulcher and I just hosted a the closing session at the Denver ‘Taking it to the extreme’ conference – organised by the IABC Southern Region and chaired by long-time IABC leader Sherry Boyd and hosted by  Regional Chair Julie Ludwig.  Their team did an ace job bringing together 120+ communicators from across North America.

It was a fast-moving session – the group reflected on the insights, ideas and opportunities that had come up during the conference.


Search #IABCextreme for lots of tweets…

One of the outputs from the session was a shared reading / listening list – and it is a long one.

I think we can safely match it to the theme of the conference: taking it to the extreme.

If you have an article, book or podcast to add – please post it in the comments – or tweet me @michaelambjorn and I’ll share in a future post.

Either way, enjoy!

Reading List

In addition to Communication World… communicators turn to broader newsletters like eWeek, The Skimm and A Person Your Should Know to brighten up their inbox.

Many also have an appetite for #longreads – via Medium – and of course, in the form of books:


Great Work Great Career by Stephen R. Covey and Jennifer Colosimo

Your Network Is Your Net Worth: Unlock the Hidden Power of Connections for Wealth, Success, and Happiness in the Digital Age by Porter Gale 

Cultivate: The Power of Winning Relationships by Morag Barrett

Listening skills

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Dispelling the Myths and Rediscovering the Lost Art of Listening (Communication Secrets of a Hostage Negotiator) by  Richard Mullender

Culture & Leadership

The work of Peter F. Drucker and John P. Kotter … and:

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh

Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World  by General Stanley McChrystal, Tantum Collins and David Silverman

Credibility: How Leaders Gain and Lose It, Why People Demand It by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner

Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely

The Engaged Leader: A Strategy for Your Digital Transformation by Charlene Li

Civility in the Digital Age: How Companies and People Can Triumph over Haters, Trolls, Bullies and Other Jerks by Andrea Weckerle

Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive by Noah J. Goldstein Ph.D., Steve J. Martin, Robert B. Cialdini Ph.D. 


How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day by Michael J. Gelb

Technology & Digital

Groundswell, Expanded and Revised Edition: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies by Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff

Last but not least on the reading front, many referred to the various books by Malcolm Gladwell – and David Pogue.

Listening List

IABCers listen to lots of podcasts  – here are just a few of the assembled group’s favourites – in addition to the CW Podcast Series:

Culture & Leadership

HBR IdeaCast

The Slate Negotiation Academy

Creativity & Design

99% Invisible

Technology & Digital

What’s Tech


Staying informed across a range of the above

TED Radio Hour

Freakonomics Podcast

Commonwealth Club of California


That’s it! Got more? Please post in the comments – or tweet me @michaelambjorn and I’ll share in a future post.

Last but not least, big thanks to my co-facilitator – Carlos Fulcher – and the amazing crowd of members and leaders who gave a warm welcome to us both.

Let’s #createconnection like never before.

Michael Ambjorn

P.S. …and for something a bit different – IABCer Jennie Lynne hosts long-running music podcast Brazos Valley Gold.

About the author

Michael Ambjorn administrator

Michael is a past chair of the International Association of Business Communicators. He is also founder of Align Your Org where – with a participation-centric approach – he and his colleagues enable effective strategic planning, communication – and clarity of execution. He has held leadership roles at IBM, Motorola and the 260–year–old Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. A consummate connector, speaker, facilitator - and mentor - he is also active in a number of further networks. You can follow him @michaelambjorn

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