“I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a book.” – J.K. Rowling
As a child, you probably had a favourite corner in your home where you would curl up, your nose buried in a book, lost to the world for hours. Stories and the heroes and villains in them would keep you hooked for days, making you experience a gamut of emotions. As many bookworms would vouch, books have the power to transport us to places we didn’t know existed, fuel our imagination, and set us on adventures we could never imagine in the real world.
Chances are, that in the last few years you haven’t read as many books as you did as a kid. There could be many reasons – you’ve got busy with work, there are other sources of entertainment and there are too many distractions. However, it’s never too late to get back to reading. Re-ignite your passion for books, on Read a Book Day which is celebrated on September 6 every year.
Besides providing entertainment, books have several scientifically-proven advantages. These benefits can be especially valuable for direct sellers and can help you become better at what you do.
Here are four reasons why every direct seller should be picking up more books.
Strengthens and increases vocabulary
One of the most important skills for a direct seller is clear communication. Being articulate improves your chances of connecting with people. When you read, you come across new words and their meanings which helps you further strengthen your ability to put your message and thoughts across clearly. The more you read, the more words you learn and the more words you learn, the better you get at reading.
Like a majority of the working population today, direct sellers too experience both highs and lows in their everyday life. Dealing with challenges can be overwhelming at times. That’s where books can come to your rescue! Studies have shown that reading can lower stress. You don’t even have to spend hours poring over them – just six minutes of reading is supposed to relax you more than listening to music, having a cup of tea, or going for a walk. Experts believe this happens because you get so immersed while reading that you’re completely distracted from your worries.
Improves knowledge and instils confidence
In order to be a successful direct seller, you should be able to conduct yourself with confidence. Among other things, being knowledgeable about the world can instil that sense of conviction. Reading on a variety of topics helps you build a wealth of knowledge and makes you a better storyteller. In fact, reading fiction has shown to improve brain function at various levels.
Builds imagination and boosts creativity
Whether it comes to themselves or the products, direct sellers who have flair and creative presentation skills enjoy an edge. The difference between hosting a good and a great party can be an out-of-the-box idea. Books boost our creativity by fuelling our imagination. They encourage a fresh way of thinking and come up with creative solutions to challenges.
Books are a treasure trove of knowledge and wisdom that will always hold you in good stead. For those who haven’t yet discovered the joys of reading, a special day like the Read a Book Day is a great time to start. Are there any books that helped you become a better direct seller? Let us know in the comments below.