Best books read in 2019

As a published writer, I read a lot and consume many audiobooks.

During 2019, I consumed over 52 audiobooks via Audible (paid link) and Hoopla (free thanks to my local library).

I wanted to share the two best books that I consumed in 2019. Both of these books are original, well-researched and have plenty of actionable advice. They are my favorites from 2019. You can see my favorite books from previous years here.

If you are looking for a holiday gift for someone (or yourself), take a look at these two new books:

 

 

Questions?

Just released: Improving User Adoption

Today, I am happy to announce the release of the Kindle book today.

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Improving User Adoption: The forgotten part behind your business success

by Henrik de Gyor

Don’t have a Kindle device? That’s ok.

Just use the Kindle App on your favorite mobile device so you can buy once and read everywhere you want it.

There is even Kindle Unlimited if you are interested.

Enjoy the new book.

Research before writing a book

After writing 6 books within 2 years, I took a break from writing for a few months. This break allowed me the time to find the next gap in the market. To find the problem I wanted to help solve. To find the next topic for my book.

I advised startups at the College of Charleston, George Washington University and the University of Maryland to see what is missing across many industries and sectors.

After narrowing this down to a few topics, I started researching what was already done and already offered on Amazon. There is no interest in writing a “me-too” book to me. I only write about niche topics and nothing “popular” that would be found in a Barnes and Noble (for the time they still exist).

Once I found the topic to research, I consumed about one book about it every week or two via Audible.

Then, I kept researching the topic, finding people to interview on that topic and asking them who else I should interview.

After recording over 50 interviews, I had these audio interviews edited, approved and transcribed for use in my latest book with an accompanying audio podcast series filled with stories. You can find the User Adoption podcast on your favorite podcast channel.

I kept writing the book, then edited it. Then, I had the book chapters edited and proofread.

The new book coming in September 2018 has a new podcast too.

Want to subscribe to the User Adoption Podcast?

Find it on:

 

How do I: improve user adoption

After several months of research in what is missing in the market, how to fill that gap and what was worth doing a deep dive to find out a lot more about it, I found the topic for my next (7th) book as well as my next (6th) upcoming podcast series.  It is little talked about, vital to most businesses, ignored by some, misunderstood by more and unknown to many.

During my months of research on the topic, I found the origins of it, found people all over the world willing to share information and their experiences with it.

This is something you should be very aware of whether you work for a business which:

  • offers products or services
  • is non-tech or tech-focused
  • has between 1 to 200,000 employees
  • operates locally, nationally or internationally

Since I only write and podcast about niche topics, the next niche topic I plan to write about and release my next audio podcast series about improving user adoption.

After uncovering a lot of fascinating stories about both internal and external user adoption, I want to share these with you every week starting in September. Subscribe today to follow this weekly podcast series about user adoption at http://useradoptionpodcast.com coming soon. You can stay in the loop for the upcoming book as well.

I am giving some live presentations about how to improve user adoption for those who are interested in finding out more and I will take questions. Join me on:

Thursday, July 19, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM in Savannah, GA
TechSAV at Bull Street Labs

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM in Bluffton, SC
Bluffton Community Library

If you are interested in having me speak near you about user adoption, contact me directly.

Best books consumed in the past few years

Writers get better by writing more and reading more. Some writers will purposely read outside from their genre to learn something else.

Here are a few of the best books I have read in the past three years:
Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio

Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity
by Kim Scott

 

by Adam Morgan, Mark Barden

Before taking the altMBA, this was one of the books we were mailed and asked to read prior to the month-long course. Found the reframing of constraints from limitations to advantages very helpful with their models and real-world examples.

Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days 
by Jake Knapp

Went to the book launch for this book, read this book, suggested a number of startups use this model to help them, led a 5-day workshop to use this Sprint process and it was very fruitful use of our time to resolve big challenges for those startups.

 

What are your favorite recent non-fiction books?