Recommended Reading List

Resources for your personal and professional development

Books Related to HumorFunny and insightful resources

Achor, Shawn (2010). The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work. Crown Books.

Allen, Steve (1998). How to Be Funny/Paper. Prometheus.

Antion, Tom (1997). Wake ’em Up! How to Use Humor & Other Professional Techniques to Create Alarmingly Good Business Presentations. Anchor Publishing.

Apatow, Judd (2015). Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy. Random House.

Bianculli, David (2009). Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour”.  Touchtone

Carter, Judy (2001). The Comedy Bible: From Stand-up to Sitcom–The Comedy Writer’s Ultimate “How To” Guide. Fireside Book.

Cousins, Norman (1979). Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient.  New York: W.W. Norton and Co.

Frazier, Ian (2010).  Humor Me: An Anthology of Funny Contemporary Writing (Plus Some Great Old Stuff Too).  Seattle:  CCC.

Frieberg, Kevin & Freiberg, Jackie (1996)  Nuts! Southwest Airlines’ Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success.  Bard Press.

Garland, Ron (1991). Making Work Fun Doing Business With a Sense of Humor.  Shamrock Press.

Gilbert, Daniel (2006). Stumbling on Happiness. Vintage

Gostick, Adrian & Christopher, Scott (2008).  The Levity Effect: Why it Pays to Lighten Up.  Wiley.

Hemsath & Yerkes (1997). 301 Ways to Have Fun at Work. Barrett Koehler.

Klein, Allen (1989). The Healing Power of Humor.  Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc.

Katz, Mark (2003).  Clinton & Me.  Miramax Books.

Knoedelseder, William (2009). I’m Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-Up Comedy’s Golden Era. Public Affairs.

Kushner, Malcolm (1990). The Light Touch: How to Use Humor for Business Success.  Simon & Schuster.

Lamott, Anne (1994). Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. Anchor Books.

Martin, Steve (2007).  Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life.  Share Productions, Inc.

McGhee, Paul E. (1996). Health Healing and Amuse System: Humor As Survival Training.  Kendall/Hunt Publishing.

McGraw, Peter & Warner, Joel (2015). The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny. Simon & Schuster.

Nesteroff, Kliph (2015). The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy. Grove Press

Orben, Robert (2000). Speaker’s Handbook of Humor. Merriam Webster.

Peale, Norman Vincent (1952).  The Power of Positive Thinking. Fawcett Columbine.

Perret, Gene (2007). The New Comedy Writing Step by Step.  Quill Driver Books.

Robertson, Jeanne (1998). Don’t Let the Funny Stuff Get Away. Rich Publishing Company.

Ross, Bob (1998).  Funny Business Solutions &: The Art of Using Humor Constructively.  Arrowhead Publishing.

Sacks, Mike (2009).  And Here’s the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Top Humor Writers on their Craft [Paperback]. Penguin Books.

Sacks, Mike (2014).  Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today’s Top Comedy Writers. Penguin Books.

Schimmel, Robert (2008). Cancer on Five Dollars a Day (chemo not included): How Humor Got Me Through the Toughest Journey of My Life.  Decapo Long Life.

Weinstein, Matt (1996).  Managing to Have Fun: How Fun at Work Can Motivate Your Employees, Inspire Your Coworkers, and Boost Your Bottom Line. Simon & Schuster.

Weinstein, Matt & Goodman, Joel (1980).  Playfair: Everybody’s Guide to Noncompetitive Play.  Impact Publishers.

Wilde, Larry (2000). Great Comedians Talk About Comedy. Executive Books.

Books Related to MindfulnessResources to enhance awareness

Books Related to LeadershipGreat management and supervisory resources

Bennis, Warren (1994).  On Becoming a Leader.  Addison Wesley.

Bethel, Sheila Murray (1990).  Making a Difference 12 Qualities That Make You a Leader. Berkley Books.

Brown, W. Steven (1985).   13 fatal errors managers make and how you can avoid them. Berkley Books.

Carnegie, Dale (1956). How to Develop Self-Confidence And Influence People By Public Speaking. Pocket Books.

Collins, Jim (2001). Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t.  Harper Business.

Colvin, Geoff (2008). Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else. Portfolio.

Covey, Stephen (1989). The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  Simon and Schuster.

Frieberg, Kevin & Freiberg, Jackie (1996)  Nuts! Southwest Airlines’ Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success.  Bard Press.

Pohlman, Randolph & Gardiner, Gareth (2000). Value Driven Management: How to Create and Maximize Value Over Time for Organizational Success. AMACOM.

von Oech, Roger (1983).  A Whack on the Side of the Head: How You Can Be More Creative. Warner Books.

Books Related to CommunicationConnect better with these resources


Alda, Alan (2017). If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating. Mayflower Productions, Inc.

Grenny, McMillan & Switzler (2011). Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Second Edition. McGraw Hill.

Rosenberg, Marshall (2015). Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life. Puddle Dancer Press.



Bryson, Bill (2006). A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail.  Anchor Books.

King, Stephen (2000).  On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft.  Scribner

Lamott, Anne (1994).  Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life.  Anchor Books.


Presentation Skills

Glickman, David (2018).  Speaking of Comedy: 77 Ways to Add Humor to Any Presentation. Book Baby.

Hoff, Ron (1988).  I can see you naked: A fearless guide to making great presentations.  Andrews and McMeel.

Maguire, Jack (1998).  The Power of Personal Storytelling. Tarcher/Penguin.

Morgan, Nick (2005).  Give Your Speech, Change the World: How To Move Your Audience to Action.  Harvard Business Press.

Newstrom, John & Scannell, Edward (1980). Games Trainers Play. McGraw Hill (See also More Games Trainers Play, or Even More Games Trainers Play, or Still More Games Trainers Play)

Reynolds, Garr (2008).  Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery.  New Riders Press.