Roman scholar Marcus Tullius Cicero once said; “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” We agree. With holiday season fast approaching, we’ll all be slowing down and spending more time at home and with our families. If you’re not intent on watching Home Alone and Harry Potter re-runs this Christmas, here are a few books we have curated to give you a Meghan style level up as we head into the NewYear.
Ted Talks by Chris Anderson
One of Meghan’s greatest talents is her ability to deliver non-scripted, off the cuff speeches and key-notes. She’s also a great interviewer and interviewee. She doesn’t need to be told what to say, she answers and speaks with complete clarity and confidence.
We’re yet to see Meghan speak at Ted, although, with her incredible delivery, we have no doubt she’ll one day take to the stage, and deliver the Ted Talks to end all Ted Talks.
Chris Anderson who is the current Head of Ted, wrote a book to help aspiring participants. He offers advice on how to deliver a winning speech, and also breaks down some the most memorable talks in Ted history and how they changed narratives.
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Meghan is a loud and proud feminist and someone who helped bring back the F word into the mainstream was Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. We Should All Be Feminists is one of the most viewed Ted Talks of all time and was featured in the Beyoncé song Flawless/Bow Down. It was later turned into a book and became a best-seller. The short, quick read offers a burst of inspiration and is written in Adiche’s highly articulated, yet easy flowing style.
My Life On The Road by Gloria Steinman
In one of the few online appearances that Meghan has made since moving to LA, she sat down with acclaimed feminist activist Gloria Steinem. We were given a glimpse into Meghan’s home and heart when she told Gloria in the interview; ‘it’s good to be home’. Seeing these two trail-blazing, powerful women of two generations side by side was a magnificent site, almost like a passing of the baton. My Life on the Road is the moving, funny, and profound story of Gloria Steinem’s growth and the growth of a revolutionary movement for equality and of how surprising encounters on the road shaped both.
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Meghan Interviewed Mrs Obama for her 2019 best-selling British Vogue magazine project. Many comparisons have been made between how both Meghan and Michelle were treated by the media. Both women have remained graceful, calm and taken the high road in the face of unwarranted criticism. As someone who has read Becoming, I could feel parts of Meghan’s own life story being echoed in Michelle’s book. While their lives have been very different, the essence of their journey is the same: two women, who in the face of fire, walked through the flames and came out more powerful.
The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People by Stephen.R.Covey
You don’t become a global humanitarian ambassador, successful blog writer, actress, influencer and self-made millionaire by resting on your laurels. That takes, hard-work, discipline and above all grit – everything Meghan has. Thirty plus years after it was first published, the wisdom of The 7 Habits is more important, and needed more than ever. We are walking into a new age where innovation and uncertainty have seemingly met at a crossroads. We have never seen so much development, but in a time of Covid, we have never been more unsure of what is around the corner. One needs to be able to know how to be at the ready, to pivot, and get ahead of the curve.This classic hit by Stephen.R.Covey has stood the test of time and is one of the most influential business books ever written. It’s a title that’s well deserved.
Have you read any of these books?