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You ever go to a conference and hear about some books that you must read? They sound amazing! So write the name down. And never buy them.

Me, too. So here’s a book list (in no particular order) in case you’ve misplaced yours:

  1. The Post-Boomer Chamber: Attracting Gen X and Millennial Leaders – Honestly it’s mostly survey answers, but a good insight to what potential & current member think about membership.
  2. Chamberology by Diane Probst – a self-proclaimed “all-in-one guide to maximizing your own and your chamber’s potential.”
  3. The Magicians of Main Street. America and its Chambers of Commerce,  1768- 1945 by Chris Mead – “This original history tells how pickup teams of American business people changed their communities and sometimes their nation and the world.”
  4. 13 Ways to Kill Your Community by Doug Griffiths – “Every Small Town Politician, Business entrepreneurs, concerned Citizens and Community Leaders should read this book to learn why some Communities continue to grow while others fail.” -said Rob Staffen
  5. The End of Membership as we know it, by Sarah Sladek – Membership isn’t dead – just stale.
  6. New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World – and How to Make it Work for You by Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans – many found this inspiring for wanting to make change.
  7. The Power of Moments by Chip & Dan Heath – because you want to create powerful memories for others in both your professional & personal life.
  8. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin – a powerful letter to help you understand the history & culture of black individuals in the 60s.
  9. Intentional Living by John C. Maxwell – personal stories & insights to inspire you to make a difference in others’ lives.
  10. I See Stupid People: and They are Getting on My Last Nerve!  by Cheryl Caldwell – because sometimes all you can do is laugh.
  11. The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand – this is a romance novel, but I’m told a central character is a chamber exec.
  12. Networking on Purpose by Beth Bridges
  13. New! Advocacy Basics for Chambers of Commerce: The ABC’s of Government Relations by Kyle Jacobson

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