This interview was inspired by my annual theme each December of reading. Mostly reading books for professional development but also for personal growth and entertainment.
My blog this month was on training your brain to do “deeper thinking” by reading books…any kind of books, but books that require more thinking than short articles or what you read on social media. (Read that blog).
My guests today are fellow readers, Crystal Debrah-Ekolie, Meg Gerry, Mark Danaher, and Betsy Sheets. We explore the following questions.
1. Tell us about your favorite professional book you read in 2020
2. Why is reading books so important to you? How does it help you in your work?
Note: See the books (title / author) they each talked about at the bottom of their bios (see below).
CRYSTAL DEBRAH-EKOLIE is the MD and Career Change Coach at Vorai Career Coaching. She currently hosts the Change and Transition career podcast advising on career change and interviewing inspiring guests! Crystal is the author of 2 books “What They Don’t Tell You about University” and “What They Don’t Tell You When You Graduate” which help people to make challenging transitions in their lives. She is a non-practicing Solicitor Advocate where she previously represented clients across the UK. Website: https://voraicoach.com/ Free career clarity guide available: https://voraicoach.com/ Podcast: https://anchor.fm/candtpodcast
- Book she talked about: Coaching for Performance: The Principles and Practice of Coaching and Leadership by Sir John Whitmore
MEG GERRY is an experienced Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP), Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) and Academic Advisor that manages a private practice, Academic & Career Advising Services, LLC, based in Kennebunk, Maine. You may visit that website here: Link
She is a member of the Adjunct Faculty at the University of Maryland-Global Campus, UMGC where she teaches Career Planning Management and Program and Career Exploration.
Meg created and co-hosts the popular podcast called All Things College and Career where Meg and her cohost, Bobbie, interview College & Career Experts as well as professionals currently working in their field so listeners can learn what a typical day is like on the job, the advantages and drawbacks of an occupation and what sort of education and training is best to break into the field. Meg is also a nationally trained FCD Instructor.
- Book she talked about Switchers by Dr. Dawn Graham.
BETSY SHEETS is a Career Coach with 20 years’ experience working in managerial roles in public, private and non-profit sectors, and is an entrepreneur with her private career coaching practice focusing on career exploration, transition, and the federal job application process. She is a co-founder of a non-profit veteran service organization located in San Diego for senior-level military members and spouses transitioning into the civilian workforce, where she’s served as program manager, board secretary and volunteers her time facilitating workshops and coaching participants. Visit her website: www.betsysheets.com
- Books she talked about: You’re Not Listening – What You’re Missing and Why It Matters’ by Kate Murphy
- Creative Career Coaching – Theory Into Practice’ by Liane Hambly and Ciara Bomford
- A Field Guide for Career Practitioners. by Jim Peacock (Thank you 🙂
MARK DANAHER, LPC, BCC, CCSP is the founder of Mark Danaher Training and Coaching (www.markdanaher.com) and Retire to the Good Life (www.retiretothegoodlife.com). He helps successful business leaders reduce stress and burnout, regain balance, and thrive in their life and career. Mark has been a career counselor and coach for over 25 years, working with students and adults ranging from high school age through retirement. Through his private practice, Mark presents workshops and training for career professionals, universities, businesses, and organizations throughout the United States. His commitment is to help people find the work and life they love and deserve. He has a passion to for helping people reinvent themselves to be ready for their next adventure. Mark has served as President of the National Career Development Association (NCDA) and the Connecticut Career Counseling and Development Association.
- Book he talked about: The One Thing by Gary Keller
JIM PEACOCK is the Principal at Peak-Careers Consulting and writes a weekly career news email for career practitioners. Peak-Careers offers discussion-based online seminars for career practitioners focused on meeting continuing education needs for CCSP, GCDF and BCC certified professionals as well as workshops for career practitioners and individual career coaching. He is the author of A Field Guide for Career Practitioners: Helping Your Clients Create Their Next Move.
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