Professional Development Books to Read While Stuck at Home

By Lauren Russett

With the amount of extra time many of us are facing, there is no better time than now for professional development. Experts say that to become a better writer, thinker, and creative person, the key is to read more books.


When I graduated high school and moved to Chicago, my love for books started to grow. My interests have always varied based on my mood, but one thing I can’t seem to get enough of are books on professional development. If you aren’t a big reader, I suggest getting the audiobook versions of these and listening to them whenever you can.


The List…

Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger

The Business of Persuasion by Harold Burson

The Art of Crisis Leadership by Rob Weinhold with Kevin Coherd

Building a Story Brand by Donald Miller

Confessions of an Advertising Man by David Ogilvy

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcom Gladwell

Reputation Rules: Strategies for Building Your Company’s Most Valuable Asset by Daniel Diermeier

Faster, Smarter, Louder: Master Attention In a Noisy Digital Market by Aaron Agus

Thank you for Smoking by Christopher Buckley

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

You can download the printable version of this list here.

I also suggest taking the time everyday to read (at least the headlines) from national and local media outlets. As PR professionals, it's important to be up to date with the things that are happening in the world, this includes the things that are going on with the brands around the world. Also, be sure to keep up with industry related news from outlets like PRWeek, Cision’s PR Newswire, Culpwrit, PRNews.

I created a Goodreads group open to everyone with the list of books. I will keep adding books that I think might be of interest to PRSSA members, but this is also a place for you to share your recommendations with everyone. Feel free to add your favorite books (PR related or not) that you think everyone should read!

If you read any of the books above, make sure to share with us @depaulprssa

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