NAI Book Club

Each year, many interpreters look forward to the national and regional workshops to reconnect with fellow interpreters and discover new ways of thinking. Most enjoy this so much that some of our members asked for additional opportunities to connect and learn together throughout the year. To respond to this need, NAI launched a book club in 2013 for our members and certified individuals. Each month a book is chosen by a NAI member or staff that will benefit any of our certifications. Topics have ranged from training resources, new books on interpretation and other fields that affect ours. Participants obtain the book on their own and gather together via conference call to share their thoughts and insights. Additionally, by participating in the club/conference call, participants can get four hours of continuing education towards their recertification with NAI (if applicable).

Thus far, the book club has enjoyed these selections:

Verbal Judo: the Gentle Art of Persuasion
by George J. Thompson, Jerry B. Jenkins (April 2017)

Authenticity: What Consumers Really Want
by Pine and Gilmore (January 2017)

The Art of Relevance
by Nina Simon (October 2016)



Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking

by Susan Cain (July 2016)

The Interpreter’s Guidebook, 4th edition
by Jim Buchholz, Brenda Lackey, Michael Gross and Ron Zimmerman (April 2016)*

Feedback Revolution
by Peter McLaughlin (February 2016)

Adventures of a Nature Guide
by Enos Mills (September 2015)

The Story Factor
by Annette Simmons (June 2015)

The Thank You Economy
by Gary Vaynerchuk (April 2015)

Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change
by George Marshall (February 2015)

Crucial Conversations
by Kerry Patterson and Joseph Grenny (September 2014)

Interpretation: Making a Difference on Purpose
by Sam Ham (May, 2014)*


Jab, Jab, Jab Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World

by Gary Vaynerchuk (February 2014)

Made to Stick
by Dan and Chip Heath (December 2013)

Thriving in the New Knowledge Age
by John Falk, Ph. D (August 2013)*

Brain Rules
by John Medina (June 2013)

Meaningful Interpretation
by David Larsen (April 2013)

Telling Ain’t Training
by Harold D. Stolovitch and Erica J. Keeps (January 2013)

*Author joined group for conference call discussion

Our Current Selection




Letting Go? Sharing Historical Authority in a User-Generated World

Recommended by an experience interpreter, this book is an anthology of 19 thought pieces, case studies, conversations and commissioned art that explores the implications of letting audiences create, not just receive, historical content. According to Amazon, "This engaging new collection will serve as an introductory text for those newly grappling with a changing field and, for those already pursuing the goal of "letting go," a tool for taking stock and pushing ahead." If you are interested in participating in this month's Club, please send an email to Emily at ejacobs@interpnet.com. Participants will purchase the book on their own and share in a discussion via conference call in late June 2017.