He often references handouts and supplementary materials that are "included". I understand this is a compilation of past programs, but it loses a lot of value when we are not able to reference these materials.
Zig has a lot of good points to make and does so with humor and stories. Unfortunately, this audiobook is a collection of recordings from a variety of souces and it is quite repetitive. It got tiresome to hear the exact same stories and the same jokes told multiple times. The repeated stories should have been edited out.
Where it's not repetitive, it's pretty good. I would say also that the subject matter is often not about leadership, or it's a force fit to make the matter about leadership.
I liked the energy of the live recordings; the studio interviews are not as strong.
It was a good refresher on certain aspects about being successful.
The use of humor to get his point across; insights into hard and smart work. Mr. Ziglar shares stories from his own past and the examples of others to help illustrate the points he makes.
I would recommend this book to my friends. Now, some of my friends see 'success' as a matter of luck or fate--and surely there is an element of luck/fate that plays a role. However, "fate favors the prepared mind"... as one famous golfer put it (I think it was Lee Trevino, but not sure) "Golf is a game of luck... the harder I work, the luckier I get." Mr. Ziglar talks about the mental attitude and habits that you can adopt that can greatly improve your chances at success (whether 'success' financially, socially, personally, or however the listener would define 'success').
He has good timing, rate, and vocal inflection that helps communicate his point. I also enjoyed the energy that he brings to his delivery... his sincerity and enthusiasm helps communicate the message more than just reading the words. I also liked that I could listen to it while out hiking or in my car during the commute...:)
It was... it is a long book. I listened to much of it during a long hike... and the rest during my commute one day. I will listen to it again... of that I have no doubt.
I have often heard of Zig Ziglar. After listening to this book, I would consider him to be a cross between the traditionalist beliefs and examples of Napoleon Hill, and the energy and personalized delivery of Anthony Robbins...:) I plan on getting some more of his books to listen to in the future...:)
While i like the simple motivation and illustrations of the author, i found the Series, which encompasses several of his talks, was rather repetitive and maybe knowing this i would have found a way to get the specific talks i wanted. hope this helps.
Although a bit repititous and yes, Ziglar has a very thick accent, I found this to be a very motivational collection of speeches. I have listen to and read many books on leadership & motivation and learned quite a few new things in this book.
This is one of my favorite Audible purchases to date. Zig is engaging, humorous, motivating, and inspiring. He does a great job of keeping you interested throughout and teaches valuable life lessons that can benefit anyone. This is more of a group of live performances than it is an audio book, but it makes it that much more interesting to listen to. Very highly recommended!
Zig Ziglar, of course!
Self made, independent deep thinker, who never follows blindly just because you told me to! Man for others...
I love Zig's voice as I listened to his inflections, pauses, accents, as well as the simple stories to paint clear pictures of the points being made. His simple humor, southern charm, and human connections create a blend of things that make you feel like he is your friend talking to you. He is not preaching just bringing you in touch with things we may have not learned clearly in our journey. His many points clearly remind us all of the work we have to do internally to be better people.
Inspirational, moving, enlightening
This is a book to listen to over and over, once straight through, and then a chapter at a time to find things that were important to you. It was like bodybuilding for your brain, soul, and personality.
Something I will listen to over and over to help remind myself of things I can work on to be a better human being, a better friend, a better father, teacher.....and the list goes on.
Zig Ziglar speaks the truth in such an entertaining way that it's easy to listen to and he's great to learn from. I've listened to this series of talks dozens of times and I'm still not tired of them. Great life lessons that when embraced and used can only change ones life for the better.
Ziglar's talks are probably inspiring to anyone who likes listening to evangelical preachers, because he sounds like one (complete with the thick southern accent), and in fact he invokes Christianity at least once every 30 minutes as if other religions or values systems don't exist. He actually talks more about the importance of teaching leadership to the younger generation than about practical skills to make you, the listener, a better leader. This was a big disappointment and waste of money for someone who was looking for practical tips to relate better to diverse people in my professional life.
I have been reading and listening to audio self-help, and leadership programs for 17 years. Zig Ziglar is by far the best motivational speaker!