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With more than 400,000 audiobooks currently available for download, it can be hard to know which ones are worth your time. From learning more effective management styles to updated software knowledge, we rounded up some of the top audiobooks to fit into a CPAs busy schedule.
ENHANCE YOUR PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE
The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains: An Introduction to Cryptocurrencies and the Technology That Powers Them (9 hours, 23 minutes)
by Anthony Lewis
As cryptocurrencies continue to make their way into the mainstream, this audiobook will be helpful to CPAs who are still getting up to speed on the topic. Starting with the history of blockchain and cryptocurrencies, listeners will be taken on a journey of how this currency works, from the blockchain itself, to buying, selling and mining. Listeners will also gain a better understanding around the risks associated with crypto and how to identify scams.
Technical analysis of the financial markets: A comprehensive guide to trading methods and applications (9 hours, 43 minutes)
by John J. Murphy
This audiobook is an updated version of the author’s bestseller, Technical Analysis of the Futures Markets, and now includes all financial markets. This in-depth listen takes you on a journey through the technical understanding and application of the futures and stock markets. This latest edition includes new material on stock rotation and intermarket relationships, along with examples and figures. While this is meant to be listened to, the audio download also comes with a PDF of financial markets graphs to help further your knowledge.
Quickbooks: A complete guide to bookkeeping and accounting for small businesses for beginners (3 hours, 40 minutes)
by Marcus Smalling
If you need something to recommend to your small business clients, this Quickbooks guide is a good fit. Written by an accountant, this guide reveals lesser-known software tips for tracking sales, compiling bills, generating expenses and more in these information-packed listening sessions. Now out with a new edition and bonus chapter, this informative audiobook will have your small business client up to speed in no time.
SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
Digital body language: How to build trust and connection, no matter the distance (6 hours, 38 minutes)
By Erica Dhawan
There’s no denying the virtual work world will persist as a staple in our lives—whether hybrid or otherwise. In this timely manual, author Erica Dhawan helps listeners navigate a new world devoid of the traditional body language we are so used to relying on for response cues. Discover how best to react to awkward emails and IMs, interruptions on video calls and finding the right time to chime in on a conference call, among other work exchanges that unfold throughout the day.
The 8th room (14 hours, 23 minutes)
by Stephen R. Covey
The world has drastically changed since Covey’s first bestseller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. In this follow up, Covey details that the new habit—finding one’s voice and inspiring others to do the same—is not just important for the individual, he states, but for organizations to become more significant and achieve better results. So, if you’re looking for a little self-improvement or a new approach to help boost morale and results on your team, this will not disappoint.
Rising above a toxic workplace: Taking care of yourself in an unhealthy environment (4 hours, 9 minutes)
by Gary Chapman, Paul White and Harold Myra
This audiobook shares tips for how to manage, persist or leave the office when faced with racism, sexism, classism or any other form of bullying. Based on personal experience, the authors share their stories and offer practical guidance to help you navigate through less-than-ideal work situations that will leave you feeling empowered and hopeful. You will also learn about how workplaces become unhealthy and why toxic leaders can be damaging, and find essential tips for keeping your cool, as well as how to decide when it’s time to leave.
STAY UP TO DATE
Continue your listening journey with CPA Canada’s Foresight podcast, which helps CPAs become future-ready. And, if you are looking for a good read, check out these top business books to dive into.