The 7 Best Business Audiobooks of 2020
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An audiobook is a great way for business professionals to gain valuable career information and advice while on the go. Finding time to brush up on your business skills is not easy. Most people juggling work and family find it hard to fit in reading. Audiobooks, however, make it simple. Listening to an audiobook instead of reading a hard copy can reduce working memory deficit, improve comprehension, and is an excellent use of time when combined with driving or doing household chores. Expand your business knowledge with these top choices for anyone trying to learn about closing the deal, connecting with people, and improving your job status.
Best For Entrepreneurs: Pitch Anything
If you want to succeed in business, you’re going to need to learn how to persuade people. Thankfully, this excellent audiobook by Oren Klaff will teach you exactly how to do so. Klaff himself has raised over $400 million in the past decade, so he knows a thing or two about convincing people. You’ll learn how to pitch a startup idea, negotiate a raise, and convince people to buy into whatever ideas and products you happen to be selling. By harnessing the power of “neuroeconomics,” Klaff shares riveting stories of his successes as examples of how our brains respond to new ideas. He’ll teach you how to frame your view, sell the story, and get the results you want.
Best Counterintuitive Advice: Rules For Renegades
Christine Comaford-Lynch has lived a wild and exciting life. She’s been a model and a monk and a multimillionaire, a successful and unsuccessful businesswoman, and has achieved the type of career success that most of us can only dream of. In this witty audiobook, she tells it like it is while teaching you her secrets along the way. She wants all of her listeners to focus on fulfillment in both their personal and professional lives, but also feels like a nihilist in some ways — one of her key ideas is that “everything's an illusion, so pick one that's empowering.” But she will also teach you more traditional skills, like how to network and how to earn as much money as you are worth in this 6 hour and 42-minute audiobook.
Best for Goal Setters: The 4 Disciplines of Execution
What is a wildly important goal? Quite simply, they are the goals you cannot succeed in work or life without accomplishing. Sean Covey, the planner guru beloved by type-A personalities everywhere, has teamed up with others from his family organization FranklinCovey to share his wisdom in a delightful 8-hour and 27-minute audio format. After working with hundreds of thousands of people, Covey found that the best way to succeed in these wildly essential goals is to, well, focus on them, to act based on the best advice, to figure out how to measure success, and to increase accountability. You’ll learn to balance urgent tasks while keeping your eye on the big prize. You will also be able to apply what you learn straightaway to your personal and professional life.
Best for the Train: The Power Of Body Language
The ability to read a person’s body language is one of the most underrated skills in the business world. It is invaluable during interviews, negotiations, your personal life, and so much more. If you have a crowded commute on public transit, this is the book for you. You know that the best way to learn something is to apply the knowledge you have been taught, and what better place to practice what you are learning in real-time than while you appear to be doing nothing at all innocently? Even if the whole 6 hour and 52-minute audiobook doesn’t resonate with you, you will undoubtedly find a tip or two that will be immediately useful in your own life. Get tips on interviewing, shaking hands, making first impressions, and how to recognize if someone is lying. Learn how to send and receive messages through the art of body language.
Best Unconventional Advice: The Virgin Way
Oh, Richard Branson: what is not to be admiring of and surprised by? This kooky dude built an airline, has taken on huge companies with varying degrees of success — and owns a private island, and a cell phone company, and a record company, and so many other businesses that he’s amassed billions upon billions of dollars of wealth. How does he do it? Well, in this audiobook, you will learn how. Branson recalls his childhood and leadership methods, his struggle with dropping out and with dyslexia, and his stunning rise to the top of the business world. You will learn about the importance of your work-family, of fun, and of listening as your career depends on it. You’ll definitely laugh, you might cry, and you will inevitably learn more than you bargained for in this 11-hour and 29-minute audiobook — just like Branson has over his four-plus decade career.
Best for Motivation: What I Know For Sure
Is there any other single word that brings to mind such a high level of success and self-empowerment as the name Oprah? In this audiobook, the inquisitive reporter turned talk show host turned billionaire media mogul tells you pearls of wisdom, strung together as beautifully as any necklace she’s ever donned. In her monthly column in O Magazine, Oprah shared advice on a variety of personal and professional topics, and now, you can learn the secrets to her wisdom while you drive, wash the dishes, or go about your life hands-free in this audiobook which is 3 hours and 53 minutes long. Besides, can you think of any voice more soothing? Her short stories are categorized by theme joy, resilience, connection, gratitude, possibility, awe, clarity, and power.
Best Sports-Oriented: Scrum, The Art Of Doing Twice The Work In Half The Time
In the world of rugby, a scrum play is one in which every team member joins together to regain control of the ball. In the world of author Jeff Sutherland, it’s a tried and true method of turning any team into a high-functioning, high-producing machine. He claims that you can increase the quality of your work and your productivity by 1200-percent, which sounds crazy — but maybe that’s why it is worth a try. In this wild audio ride, you will learn what Sutherland thinks is wrong with the way we work in the 21st century and what we can do to fix that. There is a big ego to contend with, and that is something that comes through even more in the audio version. While you will undoubtedly cringe at the number of times the author refers to something as “stupid,” you will also learn a ton of information along the way. If you are tired of slow, inefficient work, Scrum will transform the tasks at hand whether it regards your work like or home life. This audiobook is 6 hours and 43 minutes long.
Our writers spent 8 hours researching the most popular business audiobooks on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 25 different audiobooks overall, read over 50 user reviews (both positive and negative), and listened to 1 of the audiobooks themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.