Following the success of my last book review article, I received a flurry of requests for book recommendations on a wide range of categories. Here are the most requested topics and my top recommendations in each category, which include some new and notable releases along with timeless classics.

1. I want to stop getting derailed from achieving my goals.

Subtitle: Creating Behavior That Lasts-Becoming the Person You Want to Be

What it will do for you: So many of us know what we need to do, but get knocked off track actually achieving it. Renowned executive coach to many of the top CEOs in the world, Goldsmith shows how we can anticipate and overcome triggers and take back control of the results we want to achieve.

2. I want to improve how I communicate.

Subtitle: The Confidence and Ability to Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say in Business and Life

What it will do for you: You won't need to stumble for the right question again with this comprehensive guide to every question you didn't know you needed to ask. It provides examples on how to resolve conflict, ask for what you want, manage the media, and adjust your language for your audience. A fast and comprehensive read to rapidly improve the power of your language.

3. I need some fast advice for rapid change.

Subtitle: Mastering Momentum, 10 Factors for Sustaining the Boom and Avoiding the Bust of Change

What it will do for you: When you are at the heart of a major change you don't have the time to sit and read a lengthy book espousing the theory of change management. You do have time to download and read Gaffney's fast practical advice on how to lead and sustain change. It is a short simple guide that any leader can put to immediate use.

4. I need to rapidly grow my business.

Subtitle: Powerful Strategies to Drive Consistent Growth Year After Year

What it will do for you: I have met many genius CEOs and business owners who are experts in their chosen field, yet lack the foundational understanding of what it takes to rapidly grow a business. This book closes that gap. It will help you understand how to make your business more valuable and more attractive to future owners, employees, and customers. It is packed full of fast case studies and quick tips you can immediately apply to increase the value of your company.

5. I want to be inspired to dream big.

Subtitle: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

Author: Ashlee Vance

What it will do for you: This book tells Musk's story of the incredible highs and lows of entrepreneurial life. Being ousted from your founding company, a near death case of malaria, and being hours away from Tesla becoming bankrupt could knock many off course, but Musk used it to drive his ambitions further. This is the perfect book if you are looking for inspirational stories of how you can turn adversity into incredible innovation and opportunity.

  1. I want to improve how I influence others.

Subtitle: The Psychology of Persuasion

What it will do for you: Like the 2 million people who have already bought this book, you will learn Cialdini's six principles of influence that will remarkably change the way you influence people. This is the number one book I recommend to the executives I work with who want to improve their powers of persuasion.

Which topic are you looking for a book recommendation on? Let me know in the comments or contact me, and I will be glad to provide my favorites.