Sunday, 7 August 2016

BOOK REVIEW: Jolt by Justin Jackson


The past week I have been getting through my backlog of books and reading Jolt by Justin Jackson. So without further ado, here is my first book review!

Formats: ePub, Mobi, PDF

Where can I get it? Directly from the author via https://justinjackson.ca/jolt/

Who is it for? As the site says it is
"A book for programmers, designers, freelancers, makers, and entrepreneurs."
What's it about? How to sell and connect with your market. This isn't a guide, or even a replacement, for traditional marketing. But ways of getting people interested in your new side project or start up. This is much more about authentic community building and engagement, the selling almost seems to be a byproduct.

What's the book like? Each chapter follows a similar style starting with an anecdote. Next is a description of the theory the anecdote displayed. Finally, the chapter finishes with some practical ideas. This takes the theory and presents it in ways that you can apply it for whatever you are working on

I like this for a couple of reasons. The first is that it matches how I learn. Experience prepares the ground for the theory. First piquing the interest of "why does that happen?". Or starting with theory. It gives the structure that allows you make sense of what you are experiencing. 

The second reason is that it makes the author Justin a real, living person. Rather than an expert who must be obeyed. The reader gets to see the experiences that shaped the lessons and advice given. I found this builds trust and authenticity over the course of the book. 

I also like that he has tweeted other lessons he learned during the book's production. Brilliant  form of promoting how useful the book is. this is the kind of material that you can expect, Chapter 10 on "swag" is like this tutorial on steroids. 

In short "I loved it!". It's an easy read. I can recommend this book for anyone seeking inspiration in how to look for opportunities and then make the most of them. You'll do this by exploring some fun ways to find value in your community.