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How Do You Help People You Meet?

November 5th, 2012


I have been out mingling, you know honing my skills. Now, I am intent on following up with several people. I have just met a young lady and from what she told me about her job, I think she could make good use of a particular book. I think about emailing her an amazon link, but quickly change my mind and decide to give her the actual book. Below are pictures of people and the books I have given them. Do you know some of them?

Why should you give books to people who need them? Because helping people is good for your health. Check the research if you like, your health improves every time you help somebody. Therefore I give you, totally free of charge these;

Three Tasks of the Day:

  1. Write down three names of people you have met lately who you would like to help in some way.
  2. If you know what you need to help them with, find relevant books.
  3. Most likely you do not know enough about their problem to feel confident about a book choice. That is why you should just;
  4. Order a six pack of the same book from Amazon. Pick one of the books below or some other book you find useful. Do it NOW!
  5. If any of the tasks above are left undone by you, please write a short comment in the comment field below. This blogpost is a work in progress, I need your help to make it better.

The only way to get good at giving away the relevant book is to start giving away books. Waiting will teach you nothing. After giving away a few books you see how happy people become and then you can start becoming smart about solving peoples problems.

I keep a give-away-sets of a few useful books in my bookshelf at all times. Here are some you can stock up on:

Erica Zahl Pedersen, Photographer, with her new book, Managing by the Numbers: A Commonsense Guide to Understanding and Using Your Company’s Financials, by Kremer, Rizzuto and Case

Jan Fredrik Øveraasens slanke oppstartselskap er en nettjeneste som  gjør dialog mellom kandidater og rekkrutterere enklere. Du kan lettere få svar på spørsmålene dine før du skriver jobbsøknaden. Tjenesten lanseres i 2013. The Lean Start Up is my number one give away book. I have given it to 13 people since the summer.

Marit Letnes with her new book, Stumbling on Happiness, by Daniel Gilbert. Marit is involved with the Lilly Apps Project.

I gave Hilde Maren Schjager this book so she can improve her already great presentations. She works at Dinamo Eyeworks

Andreas gets his play book. Check out his business Viking Race.

Adeel gets his play book. You can Download a free chapter here.

I gave Allister Kindingstad this book so he can improve his Live Edutainment business Opera For Dummies.

Inga Semmingsen with her new book, Lucky By Design, by Beth Goldstein. FREE Chapter Download here.

If you need to spend half an hour to know a little bit more about some of these books, listen to the excellent Bookcasting Podcast. Where goofy host Ola Vea and expert guest Tom Erik Støwer  talk about one book during episodes lasting from 20 minutes to 120 minutes. Some times we bring the author on the show, but we try to avoid it. And the authors try to avoid us, they like to write not talk, at least that is what the tell us when we invite them.


Book Tip of the Week:

Inspiration for this blogpost came from Tim Sanders´ “Love Is the Killer App: How to Win Business and Influence Friends.” A New York Times and international bestseller. Tim Sanders is a bestselling author, consultant to Fortune 1000 companies, and an international keynote speaker. Tim has authored 4 books. “Killer app” is american tech slang for a product that creates or defines a new peoduct category. One example of a killer app is the excel spreadsheet that paved the way for the success of the personal computer in businesses. Click and buy the book and I will get one dollar. ;-)

Inspiration to this weeks drawing came from:

Next blogpost is: Say your name like James Bond


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  1. February 20th, 2012

    So many good tips, Ola. I´ll have to get back to these books.

    • olavea #
      February 27th, 2012

      Have you gotten around to reading a little in Lucky by Design?

  2. February 27th, 2012

    Indeed, I will get lucky now! … by design that is:)

  3. February 28th, 2012

    Jeg ble inspirert av å få lese «Screw work, let´s play» som jeg fikk av deg :-)
    Pønsker på hvem som skal få bli inspirert av den nå.

    • February 29th, 2012

      Meg meg meg! Eller – jeg kan kanskje kjøpe den i Olas Amazonutvalg :-)

  4. November 15th, 2012

    I’m the expert? Well I guess I had to be something :D Which book should I give away? I’m thinking ReWork.

  5. November 16th, 2012

    I guess I have to go and buy some books!

  6. November 17th, 2012

    I haven’t given away any books yet, but I have lent some books to friends. This is mostly books about health, food and sports.

  7. October 8th, 2014

    Leyendo otros estudios sobre la L Carnitina , tal vez una contraindicación para no tomar suplementos es si
    ya estás produciendo suficiente este amionácido mediante tu dieta,
    es decir, que lo que digo es que si ya estás comiendo suficiente carnes
    rojas, tus niveles son los adecuados (a menos que un médico con análisis en mano te diga lo contrario) y no necesitas suplementación.

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