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Top Books for Professional Women

Browse the selection of books on topics such as communication, team management, financial independence, self-improvement, empowerment, spiritual development and business development. Check back often as titles are frequently added to this list.

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High

By Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillian, Al Switzler

The authors are experienced corporate consultants and they give you the tools to handle life’s most difficult and important conversations. This book is a must for any corporate leader, manager, or employee who wants to have truthful, effective, and positive conversations.

Learn ho to create a safe space for productive conversations and the art of persuasion. It is written with lightness and some Dilbert type humor for ease of reading. You will find stories and examples that create a clear understanding of each concept. It will change the way you interact in all your relationships.


Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss what Matters Most

by Douglas Stone , Bruce Patton , Sheila Heen, Roger Fisher

We have all felt the anxiety prior to having a difficult conversation. Whether it is with your supervisor, colleague, friend or a loved one, the authors give you step by step a process that works. They show you how to avoid the pitfalls when facing a difficult conversation.

This book teaches you how to get to the heart of the matter with compassion and clarity so that each party gets through it as a team or with a minimum of emotional pain.

You will be amazed at how much easier it is to have a difficult conversation when utilizing the techniques in this book. A must read for everyone!


Who Will Do What By When? How to Improve Performance, Accountability and Trust with Integrity

Dr. Tom Hanson & Birgit Zacher Hanson

This book is a simple yet effective story and an easy two-hour read. Presented as a story, this book is engaging and educational at the same time. Rarely does a book so easily present the parable between baseball and the reality of team management and personal performance in a way that's clear, concise and memorable.

It contains easy to implement practices that focus on communication, motivation and high productivity. The book is a must read for organizations regardless of size and can be easily used to improve all your personal relationships.


Rich Dad, Poor Dad
What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That The Poor And Middle Class Do Not

By Robert Kiyosaki

Robert Kiyosaki explodes the myth that you need to earn a high income to become rich.

He challenges the belief that your house is an asset. Shows parents why they can't rely on the school system to teach their children about money. Defines once and for all an asset and a liability.

This book is a catalyst to creating a financially independent life style. It's a fun and thought-provoking read for all.


A New Earth: Awakening Your Life’s Purpose

By Eckhart Tolle

Eckhart Tolle does it again with this deep look at our humanness and how we can strive to be enlightened and live a life that is “present” and stress free. With observing our own behavior and knowing that we have choices in how we life, relate and prosper, we can improve the quality of our lives regardless of our circumstances. Regardless of how many years you have been a fan of personal development, this book takes you to a new level you might not have thought possible. If you are ready to move to an advanced level of personal development, order this book and go to and download the teachings of Eckhart Tolle and Oprah. The combination will solidify his teachings and create many “ah ha’s.”


Forgive for Good A Proven Prescription for Health and Happiness

by Frederic Luskin, Ph.D.

Dr Luskin is the most recognized authority on the process of forgiveness. His research projects have spanned the world to show that no matter how horrible the act, you can find a sense of peace by learning to forgive.

The author says not only can you forgive, but for your own good mental and physical health, you must. He is careful to make the distinction between forgiveness and condoning actions, forgetting them, or reconciling with the offender.

I personally used this book’s proven approach to deal with pain and hurt from my past and learned to move forward with a new sense of peace and calm in my life.


Positive Energy: 10 Extraordinary Prescriptions for Transforming Fatigue, Stress, and Fear into Vibrance, Strength, and Love

by Judith Orloff

The author’s commonsense program includes pursuing an individual spiritual path, designing an energy-building diet and exercise plan, learning to celebrate laughter, protecting oneself from "energy vampires" and attracting positive people and situations. Along with practice exercises for following these prescriptions, each section ends with a public figure describing the ways that he or she uses the methods.

Dr. Orloff’s book takes you on a journey through the mysteries of energy. A must-read for anyone who’s rushed, stressed, overwhelmed or stopped by fear.


Taming Your Gremlin (Revised Edition): A Surprisingly Simple Method for Getting Out of Your Own Way

By Richard David Carson

This is a simply written book that contains powerful and useful ideas about dealing with your inner critic. It focuses on awareness of your thoughts and disassociating with the “negative chatter” in your head that undermines you on a daily basis.

The author suggests being curious rather than critical about what is happening in the moment. This leads to an awareness that allows one to penetrate old conditioned patterns and achieve a state a heightened state of awareness that leads to conscious choice rather than unconscious reacting. It also encourages an approach to playing with new options which is helpful for people who take themselves seriously and have difficulty trying on new behaviors.

This book is fun to read and is quite entertaining.


The Ultimate Weight Solution: The 7 Keys to Weight Loss Freedom

by Dr. Phil McGraw

As a Life Strategist with the Ultimate Weight Solution Program, I utilize this book consistently with my clients working on lifestyle change and weight loss. I find the combination of Dr. Phil’s processes with the ongoing support of a coach can put you in the right place to finally take charge of your weight.

If you are an emotional eater, this is the book for you. It is a common sense approach to losing weight. This is not a book about a diet; it’s a book about getting to the heart of the matter. He takes a psychological approach that helps you get to the bottom of your emotional eating. You will find numerous exercises that help you move out of denial, get real about your current weight and start taking action.


The Genie in Your Genes: Epigenetic Medicine and the New Biology of Intention

by Dawson Church

This book takes the reader on a quantum leap into cutting edge science and the author explains epigenetic (DNA based) healing, and then gives the everyday applications. It is mind-blowing to learn that a group of people could "unwind" (activate) a sample of DNA using only their thinking. More amazing is the fact that they could do this at a distance - half a mile away. The implications for the enlightened care of the human body, mind, and community are endless. It shows how medicine and health care will be transformed in the next decade with impeccably referenced research.

I have personally experienced the frustration of dealing with an illness - a “virus” for over 3 years.–The medical profession had diagnosed me with everything from a CMV virus to a chronic liver condition to hepatitis, etiology unknown. It was through the reading of this book I learned about the power of energy medicine and how you can heal yourself. It certainly worked for me.

This book will change the way you think about your health. It empowers you to take charge of your illness or diagnosis.


The E-Myth Revisited
Why Most Small Business Still Don't Work & What You Can Do about Yours

By Michael E. Gerber

If you own or if you want to own a small business, this book was written for you. Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. He introduces "The Fatal Assumption" that is the root cause for most small business failures. He succinctly describes the personalities a business must have to be successful. If you are not thinking in the way the author suggests, it could be the difference between success and failure for your business. A must read for any business owner.


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“More than just temporary disaffection or fatigue, classic “burnout” can manifest itself in long-term, severe physical ailment and a profound inability to perform the simple tasks of daily life. In her recent workshop on “Preventing Burnout”, Tina Elliot offered helpful insights into causes and warning signs of impending burnout, what can be done to recover from burnout, and steps to take to prevent a catastrophic burnout experience. Tina knows the subject matter, is an engaging public speaker, and is able to facilitate a meeting so that those in attendance get (and stay) involved. I am happy to recommend Tina for public speaking engagements or for workshop presentations, especially for those who want to prevent burnout in themselves or in their employees. Tina is personable, expert and of high integrity.”

Richard Derby,
Orange County, CA

Difficult Conversation Presentation at Annual AAUW(American Association of University Women) California State Conference

“Have you ever had a difficult conversation with a friend, spouse or colleague? You should have been at this presentation! Tina Elliot gave great tips on what you can do to potentially turn a poor situation into a win-win for everyone. The conversation role playing was excellent. We left with practical skills for our next difficult conversation. Here are a few gems from the presentation: listen, stay focused on what they are saying, and acknowledge their feeling. This really works!”

Rozanne Child,
Calif State Director AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund

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