The book club will be an opportunity for ATD Austin members to read interesting books as a group and discuss them online through a LinkedIn group. The group will complete a book every two months (six books per year.) Books will be selected based on the interests of the members and a vote between several options each period.
The time commitment for the group will depend on how fast you read and how much you choose to participate. This allows a lot of flexibility which we hope will be appropriate for people's busy lives.
If you want to read more and connect with other TD Professionals then please sign up!
There are three main reasons we hope you'll be excited to participate in the book club:
1. Connect with TD Professionals: Want to connect with intelligent, driven and interesting people in our industry? Joining the book club will introduce you to a lot of great people and help you improve your network.
2. Advance your Career: A professional book club enhances your career on two fronts. First, the books you read will make you more effective in areas critical to success like leadership, communication and productivity. Second, the network you'll be building can help you with career advice, introducing you to the right people and finding your next job.
3. Reading is Good for You: Did you know business people who read at least seven business books per year earn over 230% more than people reading just one book per year?1 Or that reading improves your intelligence, reasoning ability and has been linked to reducing the chance of Alzheimer's?2 Joining our book club will help you read more and enjoy all the benefits that come with it.
The group will start by reading one book every two months but this may change based on members feedback. The books selected will be popular non-fiction related to TD Professionals and take an average of 6 hours to read cover to cover. If you have between 15 and 30 minutes a week to read you should be fine. There are no strict expectations on members for this virtual community; if you are particularly busy with work, family or other obligations and can't read one of the books then it's OK. If you can only read part of a book and contribute a little to the online discussion then that's OK too. The goal of this program is to connect TD Professionals together through important topics so participate as much as makes sense for you.
The book club will be completely online so people can participate from work, home or traveling.
Participation is free for chapter members.
The book club will be managed by PBC Guru. One of their book club experts will moderate the LinkedIn group where discussions occur online. The moderator will pose questions to the group, share relevant articles and encourage conversation about topics in the book. Members will be able to post and share as well. This format allows for ongoing conversation and makes it easy for participants to connect with each other through LinkedIn.
Participants can get books for free at their local library or purchase them.
We're using LinkedIn Groups to host the virtual book clubs so it's easy to connect with fellow participants. If you don't have a LinkedIn profile you can make one for free at linkedin.com. Just signup and follow the easy instructions to make your profile.
Professional Book Club (PBC) Guru is a company founded to help organizations implement and manage professional reading programs. ATD Austin is teaming up with PBC to put this program in place for members. You can check out their website at www.pbc.guru if you want to see more of what they do.
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1 Tuesday Morning Coaching by David Cottrell, pg 134.
2 Harvard Business Review, 2012, https://hbr.org/2012/08/for-those-who-want-to-lead-rea/