Great Books for Telecommuters

The Curious Case of the Misplaced Modifier by Bonnie Trenga
Writing well is so important for teleworkers and Bonnie’s simple tips and easy rules will make everyone a better writer.
The No Asshole Rule by Robert Sutton
I don’t say the title of this book in polite company, but his advice about dealing with difficult people is very useful. One day I’ll audit one of his classes at Stanford.
Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds
You know I’m a big believer in web presentations and Garr’s book is a great place to start learning about making great presentations.
Producing Open Source Software by Karl Fogel
Karl’s book illustrates all of the different pieces it takes to make an open source project successful. You may never work in the open source community, but their projects contend with all the difficult problems of telecommuting teams. This one is kind of techie.
Send by David Shipley and Will Schwalbe
In the category of writing well, this is a simple little book about writing email written by two writers from the New York Times. Simple, clear, and very helpful.
Slide:ology by Nancy Duarte
In keeping with my love of good presentations Nancy’s book has some great tips and wonderful examples. I would read this one after Presentation Zen, but they both work well together.
Spunk & Bite by Arthur Plotnik
Arthur takes on the the sacred cow of The Elements of Style and provides numerous pithy writing tips along the way. This book changed my writing and took away my fear of sentence fragments.
Trust Agents by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith
Building trust with social media has a lot in common with building it on a telecommuting team. Learning how to connect with other people and make your team happier to work with you.

My reading shortlist

I’m always looking for new books about telecommuting. Here are a couple of books that I haven’t read yet, but they’re on my short list.

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