Truth time. I haven’t read a book in months. In fact, I can’t really even remember the last time I finished a book. This statement has me so conflicted. What happened? I used to read a few pages from a book before going to bed every night of the week. It would take me months to read it, but I always got good sleep. Ah, yes, now I remember: I had kids!
6 Must-Read Books for Wedding Planners
This doesn’t mean I haven’t been LISTENING to books, though. That’s my secret guilty pleasure. I love taking long car rides alone, picking out an audio book about business, and settling in for the long ride ahead. If you’re a busy mom like myself, I encourage you to give it a try. I know business books aren’t the most entertaining thing to listen to, not at all like a trashy romance novel, but I have to say that some of my best ideas have come to me on the road.
Here are some of my top book recommendations for wedding planners:
Girl, Wash Your Face
It’s time to get motivated. This is a really funny book about #owningit. And I Iove that. We all need that reminder every now and then. I like to listen to more actionable stuff, but it was a good change of pace and a great reminder as to why I’m doing what I’m doing. The author talks about body image, fitting into a box, women judging women, and marrying Matt Damon, lol. Girl, Wash Your Face, by Rachel Hollis
The E Myth
Y’all, this book changed my life. Literally. It was the perfect book at the perfect time. I was struggling with my wedding consultants when, serendipitously, I took the longest road trip of my life. I had gone to a network meeting and this book was suggested over and over. It talks about why entrepreneurs fail and how to avoid those pitfalls. Best nine hours of my life. The E Myth, by Michael E. Gerber
This book was recommended to me in a Facebook group discussion. I love the idea behind the book, though it’s pretty easy to forget about when you’re in the dog-eat-dog world of wedding planning. I think I need a poster of the book cover to hang on my wall to remind myself of the principles it covers. This idea also inspired our Biz Toolbox. The Go-Giver, by Bob Burg & John David Mann
The 4-Hour Workweek
After listening to this book, I passed it on to my husband. What a mistake that was. He was so jazzed by it I had to put the brakes on some of the author’s teachings. This book makes you think about how you can work on your business rather than in your business. This is a huge mindset change if you’re the one doing everything. He gives a lot of resources and good examples of actionable steps. The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
If you’re not familiar with Gary V., he is definitely someone you should be following. He has mastered the art of video marketing. He’s also a really great motivational storyteller, and I really enjoyed this book. He talks a lot about his childhood and his entrepreneurial spirit at a young age. Crushing It by Gary Vaynerchuk
How to Win Friends & Influence People
True story: after listening to this book I wrote a very compelling email to my WeddingWire rep as to why I should get a significant discount on my subscription—and it worked! It’s all about how well you handle people, and this book shared some great insight on doing just that. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie