14 Best Business Books Recommended by Financial Services Professionals

What’s the best business book you’ve ever read?

That’s a question I ask each of my guests on the MPAF Podcast. After ten episodes they’ve named books I’ve read and enjoyed plus many I now have on my “to read list”.

And here are the 14 best business books recommended  by Financial Services Professionals on the show.  Of course there are more than ten!

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14 best business books recommended  by Financial Services Professionals

Boomerang (The Meltdown Tour) by Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis’s drives through Europe’s economic innards and describes the consequences of a world plagued by debt. Politically incorrect enough to keep me happy. What about you?

14 best business books recommended  by Financial Services Professionals

Who Moved My Cheese? by Doctor Spencer Johnson

Ever feel like you live in a maze? Cheese represents your goals in life in Spencer Johnson’s story that mimics reality. It’ll only take an hour to read.

14 best business books recommended  by Financial Services Professionals

Improve Your Punctuation And Grammar by Marion Field

Their, there, they’re. A great read for anyone upset by apostrophe abuse.

14 best business books recommended  by Financial Services Professionals

In for a Penny: A Business Adventure by Peter Hargreaves

Financial services entrepreneur Peter Hargreaves refreshingly outspoken on what it takes to succeed. He could teach the Dragons a thing or two.

14 best business books recommended  by Financial Services Professionals

Start Your Business Week by Week by Steve Parks

In 26 weekly steps, this cleverly structured book will walk any budding entrepreneur through everything you need to know and do, in the exact order you need to do it, to get your new business up and running.

14 best business books recommended  by Financial Services Professionals

Flash Boys by Michael Lewis

Lunch definitely is for wimps in this modern take on Wall Street which swaps braces for computer code. Now, the world’s money is traded by computer code, inside black boxes in heavily guarded buildings. Even the experts entrusted with your cash don’t know what’s happening to it. And the very few who do aren’t about to tell – because they’re making a killing.

14 best business books recommended  by Financial Services Professionals

How to Get Rich by Felix Dennis

“Making money is a knack, a knack that can be acquired. And if someone like me can become rich, then so can you – no matter what your present circumstances. Here is how I did it and what I learned along the way.” So writes Felix Dennis, who believes that almost anyone of reasonable intelligence can become rich, given enough motivation and application.

14 best business books recommended  by Financial Services Professionals

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Over 70 years old and still relevant today.

14 best business books recommended  by Financial Services Professionals

The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris

Read Tim Ferris’s advice and you really will believe you can cut your working week to just 4 hours. But do you think it really is possible?

14 best business books recommended  by Financial Services Professionals

Made to Stick – Chip and Dan Heath

What is that makes urban myths so persistent but many everyday truths so eminently forgettable? How do newspapers set about ensuring that their headlines make you want to read on? And why do we remember complicated stories but not complicated facts?

14 best business books recommended  by Financial Services Professionals

The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell

New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in our society so often happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Ideas, behaviour, messages, and products, he argues, often spread like outbreaks of infectious disease.

14 best business books recommended  by Financial Services Professionals

Never Eat Alone – Keith Ferrazzi

In Never Eat Alone, Ferrazzi lays out the specific steps – and inner mindset – he uses to reach out to connect with the thousands of colleagues, friends, and associates on his Rolodex, people he has helped and who have helped him. He then distills his system of reaching out to people into practical, proven principles.

14 best business books recommended  by Financial Services Professionals

Not Knowing – Stephen D Souza

In order to thrive in these worrying times, this book proposes we head, uncomfortably, towards the unknown, not away from it. By developing a unique relationship with Not Knowing we discover a new way of living, working and succeeding in our modern world.

14 best business books recommended  by Financial Services Professionals

Permission Marketing by Seth Godin

Whether it is the TV commercial that breaks into our favourite programme or the telemarketing phone call that disrupts a family meal, traditional advertising is based on the hope of snaring our attention away from whatever we are doing.

Seth Godin calls this Interruption Marketing, and, as companies are discovering, it no longer works.

Instead of annoying potential customers by interrupting their most coveted commodity, time, Permission Marketing offers consumers incentives to voluntarily accept advertising.

Now it’s your turn:

What’s your favourite business book? Please leave a comment below and a link to your recommendation. And if you want to appear on the MPAF Podcast to talk more about your business, do please get in touch.

Peter Le Beau on the Seven Families Initiative for Income Protection – MPAF10

Spearheaded by the Income Protection Taskforce, The Seven Families Initiative could be the most important campaign in the history of the protection market.

It could raise awareness and increase interest in income protection, long seen in the industry as “the Cinderella product”.

And the stories that will emerge from the initiative could start to heal the industry’s tarnished image with consumers.

My Guest on Episode 10 of the Marketing Protection and Finance Podcast is Peter Le Beau.

Peter Le Beau on the Seven Families Initiative

Peter talks us through how the Seven Families Initiative came about and its significance for the protection industry.

Hear how you can benefit from the campaign. Listen to what the campaign involves and what activities we’ll see.

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Who is Peter Le Beau?

Peter is one of the best known consultants in life and health insurance protection. He began his career at British and European and in 1981 moved to Swiss Re where he was initially Head of Underwriting and later became Head of UK Marketing.

He left in 2001 to set up an independent consultancy, Le Beau Visage, which focuses on differentiation in the Protection sector.

Since starting Le Beau Visage, Peter with Andy Couchman and Kevin Carr run The Protection Review. He has set up a strategic discussion group called The-Net-Work and Income Protection Task Force to promote a greater awareness of the value of the product.

Peter is a non-executive director of Fineos, Red Arc, Health Claims Bureau and Exeter Family Friendly.

In 2007 Cover Magazine voted Peter the most influential person in the UK protection industry over the previous 10 years and in 2009 he was voted Health Insurance Magazine’s Personality of the Year.

Peter is a regular contributor protection media publications.

He was awarded the MBE for services to Insurance in June 2009.

He’s is also a fiercely dedicated Arsenal fan.

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Andy Lopata on Effective Networking and Referrals – MPAF9

Do you have a Networking Strategy?

If you’re like me you may have written marketing strategies, sales strategies or proposition strategies. But I’ve never once thought about a networking strategy.

My Guest on Episode 9 of the Marketing Protection and Finance Podcast is Andy Lopata.

Andy Lopata on Effective Networking and Referrals

Andy argues that whether it’s for individual career development, business generation or simply for getting the job done, networking is an increasingly vital tool for business.

But you need to take a strategic approach to it.

Hear how you can put together a networking strategy that will help to grow your business. And listen to how you can weave successful referrals into that networking.

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Who is Andy Lopata?

Labelled ‘Mr Network’ by The Sun, Andy Lopata was called one of Europe’s leading business networking strategists by the Financial Times. Andy is the author of three books on networking, as well as a blogger for The Huffington Post and NatWest Business Sense.

Andy speaks internationally and has worked with companies from one-man bands to organisations such as Deloitte, Merrill Lynch and Mastercard to help them realise the full potential from their networking.

He is also a Fellow and former vice-president of the Professional Speaking Association.

Please don’t miss these actionable ideas for building your network and getting referrals. I learned so much doing the interview. So will you.

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