On April, 3, 1998, Karl Krayer and I gave our first two synopsis presentations at the very first First Friday Book Synopsis. Here were our first two selections:
April 3, 1998
#1 — The Circle of Innovation by Tom Peters (Alfred A. Knopf, 1997) – Synopsis by Randy Mayeux
#2 — The Leadership Engine: How Winning Companies Build Leaders at Every Level by Noel Tichy (Harper Business, 1997) – Synopsis by Karl Krayer.
With the exception of just a couple of ice/weather cancellations, we have presented two business books every month since then. Now, a full seventeen years later, we are ready to begin our 18th year on April 3, 2015.
So, what is a business book synopsis? We read the book: we pull out key quotes from the book; we point out why the book is worthy of inclusion; and we provide the key stories, lessons, points, and takeaways from the books.
In some instances, our participants decide to read the book in its entirety. Other times, they feel like our synopsis provides enough to give them direction for some needed changes and improvements in how they work and how they lead their organization.
In all instances, we provide food for thought, and some calls for action.
Here are our two selections for our April 3, 2015 event:
#1 — The Opposite Of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, And Smart About Money by Ron Lieber. New York: Harper. (2015) — Synopsis by Karl Krayer
#2 — Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World by Peter H. Diamindis and Steven Kotler. Simon & Schuster (2015) – Synopsis by Randy Mayeux
(I’m especially excited about presenting my synopsis of the forward-thinking book Bold, by the very forward-thinking Peter Diamindis).
It’s hard to describe the impact of our monthly event. Of course, people experience a great networking experience, and they really enjoy the exceptional buffet breakfast (with made-to-order omelet bar) of the Park City Club. (It’s the best breakfast I eat in Dallas).
But, the two synopses? We give folks the essence, the key content, from the two books, and people always leave having learned something, and knowing with much more clarity a challenge or two to tackle.
So, as we launch our 18th year, mark your calendars and come join us (if you are in the Dallas area) on April 3,
(If you are not in the area, check out our synopses at our companion web site: 15minutebusinessbooks.com. They include our comprehensive handouts, and the audio recordings of our presentations from our monthly First Friday Book Synopsis events.
Here’s the flier for our April 3, 2015 session: