This week’s review is a book I’ve wanted to read for some time; Little Black Book by Otegha Uwagba. The book, which is described as a ‘toolkit for working women’ is a compact, easy read. It took me just two evenings to finish it.
It’s for women in creative industries and it acts as a career guide – touching on everything from marketing yourself to finding your work/life balance.
Where should I read it?
This is the ultimate commute book. Each chapter is broken down into headings, with each heading no longer than a paragraph long. This format makes it an easy read for people who only have time to dip in and out of it. It’s not a book you read just once. The idea is that it’s a working woman’s little black book so you can pick it up whenever you have a work-related query.
It has just 113 pages, and it’s A6 (the font is also quite big) so it doesn’t take long to get through it. Like I said, it took me two evening bursts of around 1 hour per evening to finish it. I did, however, pick up a number of helpful tips that I’ll use every day.
Is it for me?
Are you in a creative industry? Or, would you like to pursue a creative path? If so, I’d definitely give this a read. It offers some fantastic advice on marketing yourself, which is probably my favourite part of the book.
There are also headings on public speaking (which I found particularly interesting), building your brand and taking care of business – which discusses money and how to deal with your finances effectively.
At the end of the book, Otegha has asked numerous inspirational women some very interesting questions. The questions include ‘what advice would you give to other working women?’ and ‘how do you maintain a healthy work/life balance?’ The answers given are great and very motivational.
What will I get out of it?
No matter how much of an amazing kick-ass business woman you are, there are always areas you can improve on. This book gives you the tools to improve. The chapter on public speaking covers everything from the structure and pace of your presentation to how to dress to feel awesome whilst you’re giving it.
No matter what area of your business you need a little refinement in, this book will offer you advice on it.
As ever, please send over your book recommendations. I will try to put a new post up once per week, so I’ll need plenty to keep me going!