5 Must-read Books Recommended for Skilled Professionals

Date: April 3, 2020

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We at Orane are proud to be skilling youth. Most courses in Beauty train on good hygiene practices alone. We, at Orane, have built a grooming course that is comprehensive and covers life skills that help our students to be masters of their skills and be successful.

As a Beautician, we have to be courteous, able to ask the right questions, be patient, stay in the best of mental health, make decisions, and master conflict resolution. At Orane, the technical team understands what it takes to be the best and recommends the best five skill development books to read.

On Writing Well by William Zinser

Writing is one of the best forms of free expression. And, it helps one to think clearly and express our inhibitions, fears, feelings, desires, etc. The book by William Zinser has sold more than a million copies and is one of the most straightforward books on ‘Writing well.’ The book has 4 parts viz. Principles, Methods, Forms, and Attitudes.

The seven principles outlined in the book are all-encompassing. The first 40 pages of the book lay a strong foundation of writing with simplicity, avoiding clutter, building a style, and making a word choice keeping the audience in focus. One of the best things about the book is that it does not emphasize on having any one particular style of writing and shuns the myth that writing is a skill that cannot be learned.

How to make better choices in life and Work by Chip and Dan Heath

We all make decisions in our lives, some routine ones, and some that have a long-term impact on our lives. Chip and Dan Heath, in a straightforward manner, outlines what it takes to be decisive. The decision-making process is complicated for some of us since we are overwhelmed choices, likely outcomes, our own preferences, and biases.

Chip and Dan Heath outline the four villains of decision making and suggest a simple solution to address them.
a. Narrow framing to be countered by widening our options.
b. Confirmation bias (A bias that makes us choose and approve of a choice that is not necessarily the best one but preferred due to our personal preference) by reality-testing of choice.
c. Impulsiveness to be countered by attaining distance.
d. Overconfidence by preparing to be wrong and have a plan B in place.

Nudge by Thaler & Sunstein

We may all have studied basic economics. An underlying assumption in economics is that we are all logical to decide what is best in our interest. But that is not true in reality, and this has been validated by Behavioral economists testing for biases and how we all make illogical decisions influenced by emotions, prejudices, etc.

Nudge is a book that is a step ahead of the book by Chip and Dan Heath. The book talks about the need for external nudges to influence our decision-making. For instance, the default option ( a nudge) “Yes, I am ready to contribute a part of my earnings for pension benefits.” encouraged more people to save than before.

A must-read for all.

The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rold Dobelli

The book singly focuses on biases and talks about 99 biases with a chapter assigned to each one. The understanding of biases helps analyze our decision-making approach and improve our decision-making by testing for the biases and avoiding them altogether.

Decision-making is a trait that is in most demand across job roles and professions, and this book prepares you for the same. This 300-page book is a classic that can be used as a reference for the whole of our lives.

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Atomic habits is a practical book that educates us about good practices and how new habits can be adopted to bring about a lasting change. The book busts the myth that habits cannot be learned by outlining four laws:
a. The 1st Law – Make it Obvious
b. The 2nd Law – Make it Attractive
c. The 3rd Law- Make it Easy
d. The 4th Law – Make it Satisfying

Quoting Adam Grant, ‘This engaging, hands-on book is the guide you need to break bad routines and make good ones.’

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