Louder Than Words by Todd Henry

BLOG“Your work tells tales. It speaks about you, your values, your hopes, your ambitions, and ultimately what you deem worthy of your energy and attention.”

The world seems to be filled with a lot of noise, with numerous people, organizations, products vying for attention.  So how does one stand apart from the noise and makes oneself heard?  Author Todd Henry believes it is finding your unique and authentic voice, which will enable you to reach a wide audience and convey your message.  In his book Louder Than Words: Harness the Power of Your Authentic Voice, he outlines the steps to finding your unique expression.

In developing our authentic voice and not conforming or playing it safe, we are able to get our message across and reach a larger audience.  The points and strategies discussed in Louder Than Words are well presented and organized.  The questions we must ask ourselves are regarding our identity (who are you?), our vision (where are you going?), and the mastery of our craft/expression (how will you get there?). The author also talks about the things that hold us back such as fear, our narrative, personalizing rejection, and setbacks that we face.  All points, strategies, and exercises are accompanied by helpful stories and examples.  Louder Than Words is an excellent resource for individuals and companies/organizations who are looking to find and develop their own unique voice.

Note: You can find chapter summaries and additional resources for Louder Than Words on the author’s website.

Favourite quote: “You have to let go of your fear of what you think you must be so that you can embrace the possibility of what you might be. It is deeply ingrained in the human condition to simultaneously crave recognition and camouflage. We want our unique abilities to show, but deep down we fear that we’re really not so great. These two forces battle within us, and then paralyze us. As a result, we show enough of ourselves to differentiate us from the competition, but not so much as to isolate us. We follow the heard when it’s expedient, but shun them when the stakes are low.”

Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht

BLOG“Life is too short to settle. You have the power to create your own path to success.”

Aliza Licht is a global fashion communications executive and the voice of the popular DKNY PR GIRL Twitter feed.  She uses her platform to mentor and provide career advice.  With Leave Your Mark she draws on personal experiences to provide guidance and inspiration to those embarking on a new career or looking to advance in their current role.

Leave Your Mark is a must-read for anyone going through a career transition, is stuck in a rut, or is just not sure about the next step and in need of inspiration and motivation.  It is smart, clear, concise and demonstrates that you can make a positive change for yourself. The book is split into four parts and gives advice on: Landing Your Dream Job, Killing It in Your Career, Rocking Social Media, and Creating the Brand of You.  It combines personal stories and experiences with clear-cut advice and tips.  While the stories and examples provided are fashion world related, the advice itself is not industry specific and is applicable to whichever career path you may be interested in.  Leave Your Mark acts as an invaluable guide and mentor.

Favourite quote(s): “INSIDER TIP: Forget the long-term career goal.  Nail what is in front of you and your next step will become clear.”

“People who tell you how they mapped out their five-year plan are full of it.  You can’t know.  I’m sorry, you just can’t.  It’s not a plan, it’s a decision.  Sometimes you make good ones and other times you don’t.  But the point is you’re always the one choosing the direction.”