August 18, 2015

10 Audiobooks to Sharpen Your Business Skills

BookshelfLooking for a book to help you boost your career? Sanjay Singhal, the entrepreneur behind, shares his top 10 picks with us.

1. Talk Like TED: The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds  Carmine Gallo

TED Talks are the new gold standard for compelling presentations. This book gives readers the inside scoop on what makes a great presentation, analyzing popular TED Talks to reveal what makes them work — and how you can make your presentations more engaging,too.

2. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us Daniel H. Pink

What drives us to succeed? This compelling, author-narrated book uses anecdotes and keen insights to explore what motivates people so that you can learn to improve your own motivation — and help motivate your staff and customers as well.

3. Creativity, Inc. — Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace

Pixar Animation Studios became one of the most beloved and respected companies in the world because of its creative, inspirational culture. This book takes a look behind the scenes to find out what makes the company tick, exploring the principles and methods that create such a strong and unique working environment.

Getting to Yes4. Getting to Yes: How to Negotiate Agreement Without Giving In Roger Fisher and William Ury

Life presents us with endless opportunities for negotiation, from orchestrating corporate mergers to persuading children to eat their vegetables. This audiobook provides insights and principles that can help you become a better negotiator — and get what you want in life.

5. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less — Greg McKeown

An audiobook committed to the principle that less is more, Essentialism gives an overview of time management strategies that help readers focus on doing fewer tasks but doing them better, both professionally and in the personal sphere.

6. When to Rob a Bank: … and 131 More Warped Suggestions and Well-Intended Rants — Stephen J. Dubner and Stephen D. Levitt

In this book, the authors of the groundbreaking bestseller Freakonomics bring their unique analytical powers to bear on more unusual subjects, providing listeners with the tools to analyze problems and assess situations in brand new ways.

7. Decisive Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Why do people make bad decisions? Can we train ourselves to make smarter choices? This book, which is ideal for Malcolm Gladwell and Daniel Kahneman fans, provides new techniques for sounder decision-making.

8. How to WHow to Win Friends & Influence People — Dale Carnegie

A perennial favorite for decades, this classic version of the book provides broad-stroke outlines of how influence works in relationships and gives listeners strategies they can use to bolster their own ability to manage relationships and get what they want out of life.

9. Lean In — Sheryl Sandberg

Women face unique challenges in the workplace, and this narrated book examines both pitfalls and success stories, inspirationally exploring how women can leverage their talents, skills, and abilities to succeed as leaders.

10. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap … and Others Don’t — Jim Collins

Success depends on the right leader and the right team. This classic is appropriate for leaders in companies of all sizes, providing a blueprint for assembling a winning team and choosing an appropriate leadership style.

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Sanjay Singhal is the founder and CEO of He was inspired to start the company when he realized that the popularity of audiobooks was being held back by high costs, limited accessibility, and bulky delivery methods. He founded Simply Audiobooks -- North America’s largest audiobook CD rental service -- in 2003, and continues to shake up the market with, a mobile-focused digital audiobook service he founded in 2011.

Mr. Singhal has more than 15 years of experience in sales and marketing with Fortune 500 firms like Nortel Networks, Qualcomm, and Scientific Atlanta, but his true passion lies in building and growing technology startups. In addition to his work at, he also sits on the boards of angel investment group Angel One and Haltech, an organization supporting technology and entrepreneurship in the Halton region of Ontario.