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The Second Circle: How to Use Positive Energy for Success in Every Situation

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The world’s leading voice and acting coach provides a revolutionary program to focus your energy and connect with other people.
Are you as successful as you could be? Are your good ideas appreciated? Could your sex life be more fulfilling? In this high-paced yet lonely world, Patsy Rodenburg teaches you how to communicate more effectively and intimately—at home, at work, at
ebook, 288 pages
Published December 20th 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published January 1st 2008)
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I'm bummed to only be able to give this book three stars, when the mental model Rodenberg describes (the First, Second, and Third Circles of energy) is so darn useful. And it is extremely useful. It's a quick way to size up any situation and determine whether or not you are truly present, loving, and engaged in the moment (Second Circle), or if you're withdrawn (First Circle) or forcing yourself onto others (Third Circle). It's also a nice way to determine the level of engagement others have wit ...more
This is a fantastic book for people who are intuitive, at all, ever. Patsy Rodenburg sees the energetic language we are all speaking to each other, and explains it in a way that her students can get a handle on it and understand how to use it to an advantage, their own and the world's. Really solid advice for people in general, but especially performers or people whose jobs entail talking and connecting with others. Wonderful advice, highly recommended.
Didn't get a chance to complete the book. But the concept behind is interesting, the author claims any personality could be classified into -

First circle - typically introverts who keeps the thoughts to themselves, speak low, polite, don't respond well in social gatherings etc.

Third circle - Typically the office boss guy. I pictured in my mind as someone like the boss who comes in the movie "Office space". Loud, Insensitive, boastful, thinks always the life centers around them.

Second circle - Ta
Great concept. I feel as though it probably only needed to be half as long. Or perhaps the recent slough of self-help writers out there are saying very much the same thing in different words. Presence, presence, presence. I'm into it, but Rodenburg spends a lot of time arguing the value of being "in a second circle state of presence". If one values it already, and doesn't feel the point needs to be proven, much of the book is redundant. If the idea of present state awareness, of a balance betwee ...more
The Title I bought was, THE SECOND CIRCLE how to use positive energy for success in every situation. And the jacket looks different, but it was published by the same author in 2008, so I assume this is the same book. Interesting perspective from a very successful acting and speaking coach. Good exercises; started dragging half-way and I thought the book was about twice as long as it should have been.
Rachel Rizzo
Patsy's book compliments but is no substitute for her classes. It's great to see her how her philosophy applies to so many contexts and it makes me long even more to be in class with the author herself, in second circle no less.
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