Author Archive

Hiring to Amaze

We all want raving fans, whether they’re employees, higher-ups, or clients. And we all have our own "-isms" that we live and work by. Maybe it’s time to write them down?...
February 13, 2015

Stay on Track With Productivity Plans

If you made a resolution this year to be more productive, there’s a new book out from the company that practically defined “productive people.” Three Franklin Covey staffers share the bill on The 5 Choices: The Path to Extraordinary...
January 7, 2015

Top Real Estate Stories of 2014

Here at the Book Scan, my job is to not only review books and keep you in the loop with pertinent book news, but to learn what real estate professionals want to read about. In that spirit, I wanted...
December 30, 2014

The Top Business Book of 2014

The Financial Times has come out with its list of top financial books for the tenth year, and I’m embarrassed to say I haven’t read one of them! Granted, none are specifically about real estate. But being as concentrated...
December 18, 2014

6 Books to Consider for Your 2014 Holiday Shopping List

There’s something special about buying a book for someone. Reading is generally a solitary profession, but gifting the written word is an intimate way to connect with someone without having to burst the bubble a reader gets to occupy...
December 3, 2014

A Guide to Gratitude

Not exactly feeling thankful this season? Honestly, I get it. But the words of Nate Ellis might change your tune....
November 19, 2014

Learning From the Funny Pages

Are you a self-taught webmaster, struggling with jargon-filled, build-your-own-website resources? Or maybe you just want to be a little more hands-on with your existing site. Believe it or not, a comic book might be just what you need. ...
October 10, 2014

What to Pack for NOLA

I just got my travel plans in order for next month’s REALTORS® Conference & Expo in beautiful New Orleans, La., and I’m already thinking about what to read on the plane. See, each year before we get together at...
October 1, 2014

Super Sad House Story

Aside from the characters in this clever dystopian novel about America's fictional near-future collapse, architecture functions as a a tidy literary device in Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story. ...
September 23, 2014

Reader’s Special

One of the privileges of my position at REALTOR® Magazine is introducing our print stories to the Internet every two months. Tomorrow is the day that the September/October issue hits the web, and there are a lot of reasons...
September 16, 2014

Home: A Deep-Seated Need

Sometimes one can find intrinsic truths about the human condition in the most mundane of places. Like the introductory chapter of an architecture textbook. That’s what happened to me this week when I was skimming through Invitation to Architecture:...
September 10, 2014

Present It Like TED

Carmine Gallo picked the brains of the people who gave the most popular TED Talks ever and compiled an almost encyclopedic look at how to get and keep an audience's rapt attention. Here are a few tips from the...
September 3, 2014

Changing the Game, One Chapter at a Time

Dallas Hancock, CEO of the Peoria Area Association of REALTORS®, only needed to see the table of contents of Game Changers—The Unfounded Fears and Future Prosperity of the Residential Real Estate Industry to know that it was something her...
August 6, 2014

You’re Not a Virtual Cupcake. Celebrate It.

Real estate pros can learn a lot about connecting with their community from recent efforts by independent booksellers. ...
July 14, 2014

Perusing the Biz Section

It’s been awhile since we checked in with the business section of the New York Times bestsellers list, so I thought we could peruse the shelves together. The ranking below reflects sales in June 2014. CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY-FIRST...
July 9, 2014