Summer is the time of year I look forward to catch up on all of the projects I haven’t had the time to get to all year. Its also the best time of the year to get ahead on my reading. College students are so busy during the school year with classes, its just about impossible to read anything fun, let along for personal development. I always encourage students to pick up a book or two over the Summer, and try something they might not have considered reading otherwise.
Not only must mets excel in science, but the broadcast meteorologists must also be very good at writing, speaking and creating ideas. There are boatloads of good books out there that can help you along these paths, and might open you up to some new ways to think about things. Here are just a handful of some of my favorites:
Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip and Dan Heath – The Heath brothers talk about making ideas sticky, which does a great job of helping organize your weathercasts so that viewers can take away more information.
Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath – We all have things we’d like to change. Another great book by the Heath brothers that outlines the process of change, and helps make the journey from start to finish a whole lot easier.
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield – An inspirational book about fighting your mental fears and helping your creative ideas grow. This is one of my favorite books.
Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin – Seth writes a ton of books and has a great blog you might want to check out. In this book, he talks about using your unique talents to become valuable and indispensable in the work you do.
There is just so much out there these days, it can be hard to process it all. I carry a book in my bag where ever I go, but even that is usually not enough to go through all I want to take in. If you are on the go like I am, here are a few suggestions for reading on the run:
Get an e-reader app for your smartphone – I haven’t been able to justify the purchase of an e-reader yet, but I have tried reading books on my iPhone. It sounded insane when I started it; to try and read an entire book on that tiny screen, but I really have enjoyed it. I use the Kindle app, and its great to be standing in a slow line and whip through a handful of pages. You’ll find a lot of moments like that in a day.
Give audio books a try – I have a thirty minute commute to the TV station, and a ninety minute commute to the college, so I do spend some time in the car. Audible has been great for getting fresh audio books every month. The price is fair and the selection is pretty good too.
Don’t read because you have to, read because you want to. Good books can open you up to a whole new world of ideas and ways to think about things. Find a few fun novels to read this Summer too. What are you planning to read this Summer?