Published on March 4, 2020, at 4:09 p.m.
by Hannah Fogus.
To the person reading this post, I want you to ask yourself a question. When was the last time you read a book — for fun? Research shows that reading for pleasure is on a steady decline. Psychology Today explains that since 2004, the number of adult Americans choosing to read for enjoyment on a daily basis has dropped by about 10%.
Since the introduction of advanced technology, like smartphones and tablets, into society, fewer and fewer people are itching to snuggle up with a book. However, this does not have to be the case for you.
Whether you chose to read a book yesterday or years ago, I have three great reads that will give you more knowledge and confidence working in the public relations world. Who doesn’t want that?
“Leave Your Mark” by Aliza Licht
“Leave Your Mark” takes readers through the story of author Aliza Licht’s career. Licht gives her personal account of what it takes to be successful in the PR industry. The book is broken up into five parts that walk you through the important stages in your career from beginning to end.
Each of these parts contains chapters that include insider tips from Licht, a list of must-dos, important questions to ask yourself and more. Licht has gone through the PR industry herself, and her goal is to give real advice to those coming into it on how to rock it.
This book inspired a podcast with killer reviews. “Leave Your Mark” gave me amazing advice and mentorship from Licht herself that equipped me with great tips to use as I start my career.
“I Am That Girl” by Alexis Jones
Alexis Jones gives women a powerful voice in “I Am That Girl” telling readers “to speak their truth” and find their passion in life. It can be challenging to know what your purpose in life is — but how do you find it? This is a question Jones seeks to answer in “I Am That Girl” with stories from different women to inspire passion in readers.
Passion is important in your career. Having a passion for what you do makes you love it that much more. Going to work each day feeling passionate about your job will leave you with a much different feeling than going to a job out of pure obligation.
Find your passion in life by reading this book, and apply it to your career. Jones walked with me step by step on the journey to be the person I want to be — at home, with friends and professionally. It’s up to you to take the journey as well.
“How To Be a Hepburn in a Kardashian World” by Jordan Christy
A book I found on the shelf of a quaint bookstore in San Francisco, “How To Be a Hepburn in a Kardashian World,” shows readers how to be the most confident form of yourself. It’s geared toward a younger audience — readers who might be at the beginning of their careers. The book illustrates how to conduct yourself with grace and class in internships, social media, relationships and more.
For a young professional starting in the PR industry, this is a great read to come by. Learning how to be classy in the office will make you stand out and be respected by your colleagues — a great way to enter your career.
From start to finish, Christy gives thoughtful and actionable advice that could be put into immediate use after reading. This book can help you be appropriate, graceful and well-remembered at your job.
Reading doesn’t have to be boring. Choosing to read books that help you be more successful at work is a great way to excel. Give these books a read, and your career will thank you.