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Summer is here and we are feeling inspired! The holidays are (hopefully) a time to relax and reflect, and whether lounging in the garden or lying on a golden beach, we all enjoy reading a new book.

Here are some suggestions for your non-fiction reading list. These titles come from the fantastic speakers we have welcomed to our Business Development Programme seminars over the years.

We hope they leave you feeling inspired, motivated and raring to go. 

Gavin Oattes

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With a background in primary school teaching and a successful career in stand-up comedy, Gavin is now regarded as one of the most talented and sought-after speakers in the UK, regularly delivering keynote speeches at conferences and exhibitions around the world.

We suggest reading:

shine gavin oattes

Shine: Rediscovering your Energy, Happiness and Purpose

Shine redefines the genre of 'self-help comedy' and is about the brevity of life. It contains adult themes of change, mortality, exhaustion and relentless pressure with a humourous twist, providing solutions that are entertaining and realistic.

brilliant kid

Diary of a Brilliant Kid: Top Secret Guide to Awesomeness

A fun, interactive collection of stories, quotes, theories and science designed to guide you through the difficult years between ages 8 and 12, to help kids make sense of themselves and the world around them.

 

Paul McGee

 

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Paul McGee is an international keynote speaker and performance coach, combining his background in psychology with large doses of humour and practical insight. He is Managing Director of his own training and educational company and proud creator of SUMO.

We suggest reading:

SUMO

S.U.M.O Shut Up, Move On

S.U.M.O shows you that the way you think is a major factor in determining how your life unfolds, encouraging you to take an honest look at your life and remembering it is not too late to change. It demonstates that by taking responsibilty in your life you can fulfil potential, seize opportunities, enjoy relationships, succeed at work and respond to adverse situations with positive attitude.

 

Fraser Doherty

 

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Fraser started his incredible business career at the tender age of 14 years old. After being taught how to make jam in his Grandmother's kitchen, he came up with a way to make jam from 100% fruit. Presenting his brand SuperJam to Waitrose at the age of 16, he became the youngest ever supplier to a major supermarket. His company has grown and now sells millions of jars through thousands of supermarkets around the world. Since 2004, Fraser has won a huge number of awards for his entrepreneurial success.

Check out some of Fraser's books:

48 hour start up

48 Hour Start Up - From Idea to Launch in 1 Weekend

This book provides great insight into starting up your own business, giving key steps for developing an idea and getting it to the market quickly. Fraser uses his expertise from building his own hugely successful company; starting with a blank piece of paper and creating a profitable new business over a weekend. Sharing all of his lessons and mistakes, this book is sure to inspire you to start your own adventure.

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SuperBusiness

SuperBusiness tells the story of how Fraser transformed a hobby into a much-loved brand, selling millions of jars along the way. He explains how he did it - from his kitchen table, without huge investment - and how you can too.

 

Mike Southon

 

mike southon beermat

 

Mike Southon is a successful entrepreneur, best-selling business author and one of the world's top business keynote speakers on entrepreneurship and sales.

We suggest reading:

the beermat

The Beermat Entrepreneur

This book for entrepreneurs contains distilled wisdom from Mike Southon and is packed with advice and insight for any aspiring businessperson, either wthin an existing company or thinking of starting on their own.