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One of my life goals is to publish a book. I imagine it being so well written — so concise and succinct — that it would be futile to write an executive summary or a review. Every word would be so important that it could not be reduced to anything less than the original. But that probably wouldn’t sell. It seems that most books are written more for the publisher than for the reader, using at least twice as many words as necessary to convey their most important concepts.

Perhaps someday that will change. But until then, we have the First Friday Book Synopsis in which Karl Krayer and Randy Mayeux promise to “take you through two books, cover-to-cover, in just one hour.” As one participant said, “It’s like Cliff’s Notes on steroids.” If you are in the Dallas area, this is a great opportunity to meet other business professionals, enjoy a hearty breakfast, and learn about new business books.

The next event is this Friday, April 6. I encourage you to check it out. Karl will review Our Iceberg is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions by John Kotter et al. Randy will review How She Does It: How Women Entrepreneurs are Changing the Rules of Business Success by Margaret Heffernan.

If you are not in the Dallas area, you can still benefit from the synopses. Many of them are recorded and are available online in mp3 format.