Apart from simply being a beautiful coffee-table style book, it gives a one or two page introduction to 1001 of the most influential books in history.Apart from simply being a beautiful coffee-table style book, it gives a one or two page introduction to 1001 of the most influential books in history. If you want to know more about the background of the classics but don't want to wade through the academic waffle at the start of most classics, get this and use it. The books run from pre-1700 through to the 2000s, divided into centuries. If you love books, read it and enjoy it....more
Many books on public speaking cover how to deliver your talk. This one fills a gap: how to prepare content.
Philip Collins structure his book around thMany books on public speaking cover how to deliver your talk. This one fills a gap: how to prepare content.
Philip Collins structure his book around the mnemonic DETAIL: effective Delivery; setting Expectations; the central argument, known as the Topic; understanding the Audience; making the speech Individual to you; and minding the Language you use.
Preparation of effective content is more than collecting and arranging information. It’s considering who you’ll be talking to and where you’ll be delivering your talk. It’s writing a speech that is an authentic expression of your character. Your speech should only be able to be delivered by you.
Readers have two compelling reasons to listen to what Collins has to say. First, his thoughts on writing speeches are shaped by the Great Thinkers of Western civilization: Aristotle, Cicero, Aristophanes and Shakespeare. These are people whose ideas on speechwriting have endured through centuries.
Added to this foundation, Collins has put those ideas into action as a speechwriter for former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. It’s his belief that well-prepared content can help remove many public speaking fears.
Entrepreneurs are called to speak in many situations: raising capital, selling, addressing staff. This book will help people remember your message....more
With 11,605 ratings and 844 reviews, including 15 from my friends, I'm going to offer something more useful in this review than simply saying it's a gWith 11,605 ratings and 844 reviews, including 15 from my friends, I'm going to offer something more useful in this review than simply saying it's a great book or rehashing the content.
It is, by the way, a great book and reminded me of my own journey to enlightenment.
Here's a list of books to check out if you enjoyed "Way of the Peaceful Warrior" and want to study further in the area.
Sara Douglass recently died and my fantasy book club decided to read any of her books as a tribute. I hadn't read her before, so I chose this one, herSara Douglass recently died and my fantasy book club decided to read any of her books as a tribute. I hadn't read her before, so I chose this one, her first.
From the start, it has so many layers of character conflict that you're hooked to see how it will turn out. Axis, the BattleAxe, learns he's the Starman of a prophecy, but he can't be with the woman he loves. Axis's brother is the threat in this book as he brings hell to bear on this world.
Within the first fifty pages, Douglass succeeds in creating an amazing world, one that you're happy to inhabit.
Other people in my book club slammed this book, but I'll be reading a lot more of her books....more
What if you could get an overview of classic self-help literature that in itself is a roadmap to success?
Such a thing would look s lot like Og MandinoWhat if you could get an overview of classic self-help literature that in itself is a roadmap to success?
Such a thing would look s lot like Og Mandino's University of Success. The book is arranged into ten semesters, each one focused on the foundations for a success theme: taking stock of where you are now, developing s vision for your life, aligning your thoughts with your desires, becoming your own cheerleader, mastering time, attracting money, enlisting the aid of other people, dealing with the challenges of success, maintaing your success, and enjoying your success.
The book's principles are sound. The authors who have contributed are the people who wrote the books that are the foundations of modern self-help. Pick one idea from the book, master it, and then come back and dip in to pick your next idea to master.
Self-help junkies will want to read this to discover some now-forgotten forefathers in the field. But anyone who wants to fully be themselves will want to read this....more
Brilliant science fiction collection. With names like Issac Asimov, Robert Abernathy, Arthur C Clarke, Theodore Cogswell, James Blish, AE Van Vogt andBrilliant science fiction collection. With names like Issac Asimov, Robert Abernathy, Arthur C Clarke, Theodore Cogswell, James Blish, AE Van Vogt and — unexpectedly — John Steinbeck filling its pages, it promises to be stellar and it is. My favorite story in this collection and one of my top two favorite science fiction stories of all time is Eric Frank Russell's short-short story, "Sole Solution"....more
In Daniel H Pink’s mind, we’re all natural-born salespeople: each of us persuades other people to part with resources everyday.
While we’re all in saleIn Daniel H Pink’s mind, we’re all natural-born salespeople: each of us persuades other people to part with resources everyday.
While we’re all in sales, the game has changed – in favor of the buyers. The internet brings information into the buyers’ hands and forces businesses to be transparent. Customers can see what your other customers have said about you before they ever speak with one of your staff.
With this new reality in mind, Pink suggests three ways of being: attunement (find the best way to start a conversation), buoyancy (maintaining positivity) and clarity (help buyers be clear about the problem they want solved).
Other writers such as Dan S. Kennedy have pointed out that in the new economy, trust is the foundation of successful selling. Pink goes into the deeper reasons why the sales landscape has changed and what it now looks like.
To Sell is Human will help you thrive in a marketplace where being is as important as doing. The book has enough practical tips to learn some new ways of doing, but the gold is in learning how to start conversations.
Entrepreneurs, you’re the best salesperson for your business. You want you to succeed. Use this book to sell more effectively....more
Successful people, writes Tom Butler-Bowden, persevere, but they combine perseverance with experimentation until they find what works for them.
Butler-Successful people, writes Tom Butler-Bowden, persevere, but they combine perseverance with experimentation until they find what works for them.
Butler-Bowden makes two key points: 1) Things often take longer to achieve than you expect; and 2) You're living longer than your ancestors (indeed, if you can get through the next 20-25 years, your lifespan will increase another 50 years – perhaps indefinitely). These two things take the pressure off the need to succeed in your youth. Instead you take whatever time you need to master the craft in your niche - then wow the world.
This book brings a fresh, much-needed perspective to self-help literature. Butler-Bowden is up there with Stephen R. Covey and John F. Demartini with the extensive reading he's done of self-help literature. Because of this, he can see what's missing and with this book he fills this gap.
If you're older than 30 and feel like you've wasted your time on the planet, then read this book to regain hope that you can still make your unique contribution to the world....more
The five-author team who wrote Influencer believe that any problems – any at all – caused by human behaviour can be changed.
The first part of the bookThe five-author team who wrote Influencer believe that any problems – any at all – caused by human behaviour can be changed.
The first part of the book puts forth the idea that leadership is influence, and that those who influence are those who create rapid, profound and sustainable behaviour change.
To make changes in behaviour you need to have a clear target you’re working toward and you need to identify the vital behaviours that will create the needed change.
The second part of the book covers the six sources leaders must engage to achieve their goal. For lasting changing, leaders need to address all six areas. The ideas the authors put forth work. You know they will for three reasons. First, their findings are grounded in science. Second, the illustrate their lessons with plenty of case studies – real world examples of people facing impossible problems. Third, their ideas are based in the universal principles (or laws) that govern human behaviour.
Because it is principles that are under discussion, they can be taken and applied to any situation, whereas practices are only useful in certain situations. If you’re responsible for leading change, this book is invaluable – clear, well-researched and practical....more
I read this because my favourite fantasy writer, Patrick Rothfuss, gave it 5 stars and wrote a rave review. I wanted to see what appealed to his writeI read this because my favourite fantasy writer, Patrick Rothfuss, gave it 5 stars and wrote a rave review. I wanted to see what appealed to his writer's mind.
Even so, this story was unexpectedly good. Take as your starting point Romeo and Juliet in a space setting. But from there it moves into this tale of assassins, unlikely allies, hidden pasts and conflicting goals.
It's always a good thing when writers give characters goals that conflict with the goals of the other characters. It's what creates tension in a story. But Vaughan is more skilled than that. He makes readers want characters to succeed in their goals even when those goals conflict with those of other characters that you love.
This was better than I imagined and I'm now eagerly awaiting Vol 2.
Why did I wait so long to discover Shaun Tan's "The Arrival"? I thought I'd struggle to follow this "silent" graphic novel -- would I be smart enoughWhy did I wait so long to discover Shaun Tan's "The Arrival"? I thought I'd struggle to follow this "silent" graphic novel -- would I be smart enough to follow a story told entirely in pictures? But Tan is a master storyteller. A reader can follow the story on the first read through, and I suspect, discover new depth on subsequent readings....more
No one wakes up and decides on the spur of the moment to become a carer. You're thrown in head-over-heels and you have to hope that you can keep yoursNo one wakes up and decides on the spur of the moment to become a carer. You're thrown in head-over-heels and you have to hope that you can keep yourself and - as Marriott calls them - your piglet afloat.
While other books take you through the practicals of how to do this or what it takes to deal with a specific illness, where you can go to get support or what financial benefits you're entitled to, Marriott takes an approach that gives you an insider's view into being a carer – and doing it in such a way that you stay sane and healthy.
More he's willing to cover topics other books lack, including a changed sex life (when your piglet is your partner) and the grieving process when your carer role comes to an end.
Being a carer transforms your whole life but it's rewarding and leads to a richer life than you can imagine (I just got back from taking my Grandma out for a walk - which she loves - on a wintry Melbourne night). Carers need to remember that to be able to care for their piglet, they need to care for themselves first....more
Goals cannot be set and forget, to achieve them you need to get the right things done. Goals are the "what", but what stops many from being achieved iGoals cannot be set and forget, to achieve them you need to get the right things done. Goals are the "what", but what stops many from being achieved is the "how." Sean Covey's latest book teaches the "how."
The 4 Disciplines, when described seem simple. And to understand them is simple, but they are not simplistic. Discipline 1 is Focus on the Wildly Important. Discipline 2 is Act on the Lead Measures. Discipline 3 is Keep a Compelling Scoreboard. Discipline 4 is Create a Cadence of Accountability.
Of these, my favourite is Discipline 2. Too often we have the focus on the end result when we can't influence that directly. Lead measures are things you can do that, if done consistently, will change the end result.
As a connoisseur of the Covey family's work, I'm willing to declare this as the best work from Covey since "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" and I recommend for use in your business and personal lives....more