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Rand

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  • Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Po Bronson, Ashley Merryman
    • Narrated By Po Bronson
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    What are the differences between a winning and losing performance? Why are we able to rise to the challenge one day, but wilt from it the next? Can we in fact become better competitors? In Top Dog, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman use cutting-edge science to tease out the hidden factors at the core of every great triumph - and every tragic failure. By enabling you to identify your own competitive style, Top Dog will help you tip the odds of success in your favor.

    Shane Lynch says: "Interesting but lacks novelty"
    "Old material, New Refreshing Perspective"
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    If you could sum up Top Dog in three words, what would they be?

    Strong Alternative Approach


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Not because it wasn't worth listening to in one sitting, but because the material is best suited for those interested in taking the time for self reflection and application.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Smart Change: Five Tools to Create New and Sustainable Habits in Yourself and Others

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Art Markman
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
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    An insightful guide that shows how habits of behavior are formed, and how we can transform bad habits into positive behaviors in ourselves and others. Smart Change explores the psychological mechanisms that form and maintain habits in individuals and groups and offers real, accessible and actionable advice for changing habits. In an engaging narrative, Markman covers a wide range of habits, from individual behaviors like eating better and exercising regularly to work-related behaviors such as learning effectively and influencing customers’ purchases.

    Rand says: "Even Smarter Than I Thought!!!"
    "Even Smarter Than I Thought!!!"
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    I loved Art's other title "Smart Thinking", but was a little reluctant to go in on this book. I have several other books on this topic and the reviews I read didn't imply that there would be much in the way of new information. I was wrong!

    This book does a great job using simple and concrete language as a means to highlight the the process of habit disruption and formation. Further, he wraps this process around an easily remembered framework of "why" that doesn't get lost in the minutia of experimental data.

    After reading this book, I was struck with the notion that Mr. Markman also has the ability to adapt his writing style to incorporate the principles he teaches. Said another way, Mr. Markman has turned me into a Smart Thinker with a new habit of reading his books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Be a Poker Player: The Philosophy of Poker

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Haseeb Qureshi
    • Narrated By Haseeb Qureshi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    It's no secret that masters of poker think differently than ordinary people. In this truly groundbreaking audiobook, Haseeb Qureshi, retired world-class high stakes poker pro and instructor, takes you on a journey of rediscovering the game of poker from the inside out. He explores the depths of strategy, psychology, and philosophy within poker, and teaches you his uniquely scientific perspective on approaching the game.

    Mark Garza says: "Incredible Bridge from Cognitive Biases to Poker"
    "Unexpectedly Surprised!!!"
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    Let me first start by saying I am not a poker player, although I do love to watch and play the game recreationally. Further, I passed over this book several times because I had never heard of the author, and was unsure of his experience.

    What surprised me about this book was the high level applications of neuroscience, behavioral psychology, and learning principles being used within the profession of poker. And even though the author didn't explicitly use any "lean" or "agile" business analogies, he implied throughout that the most effective players seek continuous improvement through the processes of honest self-evaluation and isolated experiments; with the goal of obtaining validated learning.

    I don't think I have read a better "real world" application of the afore mentioned subjects so adeptly intertwined into a simple and understandable narrative. The author's focus is never self directed. Instead he provides a brutally honest look at what it takes to be a successful poker player; not just for a singular event, but for the entirety of a career.

    Lastly, I was introduced to a few new neuroscience topics. As a self proclaimed neuro-geek with a library largely comprised of books related to this field, I never expected to come away from a poker book with these new valuable nuggets. My initial concern about the author's credentials was overwhelmingly placated. Even though I know slightly more about the author after having read this book, I can say at a minimum, he demonstrates an intellect equivalent to other authors I have read whose careers are entirely based in neuroscience.

    Well Done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Oren Klaff
    • Narrated By Oren Klaff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    When it comes to delivering a pitch, Oren Klaff has unparalleled credentials. Over the past 13 years, he has used his one-of-a-kind method to raise more than $400 million - and now, for the first time, he describes his formula to help you deliver a winning pitch in any business situation. Whether you’re selling ideas to investors, pitching a client for new business, or even negotiating for a higher salary, Pitch Anything will transform the way you position your ideas. According to Klaff, creating and presenting a great pitch isn’t an art - it’s a simple science.

    Troy S. says: "Awesome"
    "Making it Happen"
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    Where does Pitch Anything rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Out of my entire library this book resides in the top 10.


    What other book might you compare Pitch Anything to and why?

    If Chip and Dan Heath's "Made to Stick" is the "stickiness" of an idea, then "Pitch Anything" is the "applicator". Metaphorically, these two books combine to create the "PostIt Note" of goal driven idea sharing.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did...and I harnessed the material two days later when pitching my CEO on a new business idea.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is not about selling. It is about reaching your audience in a way that harnesses the neuroscience behind how we receive and respond to new information. I should also mention that I was able to speak personally with Oren Klaff before pitching my CEO. He responded to my request for help in less than 48 hrs of my email. His intuitive understanding of my issue was spot on, and his advice was sincere and extremely helpful.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Nine Things Successful People Do Differently

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 8 mins)
    • By Heidi Grant Halvorson
    • Narrated By Shannon Parks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Decades of research on achievement suggests people at the top of their game tend to reach their goals because of what they do - not because of who they are. In this short, provocative, and useful HBR Single, motivational psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson translates the psychological secrets of these winning human beings for your use.

    Doug says: "Excellent Expansion of HBR Blog Post"
    "Quick, To The Point, & Very Useful!"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    No fluff, everything had impact, and very workable guidelines.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    This book reinforced my interest. I have listened to almost all audible books regarding neuroscience, willpower, and psychology that audible has to offer; and this book blends all of them into a great action plan that I can quickly listen to, to refresh and motivate deliberate practice.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Yes, very much so. The author is concise, using understandable and real world examples to explain high level research results. Their is very little self-indulgent reflection by the author; as her attitude towards the subject matter is one of confidence, generosity, and hopefulness that the reader/listener will succeed. I believe she truly wants to help.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    The performance seemed flawless. However, I listen to most books at 2x or 3x speed, so imperfections are less noticeable. Increased speed also tends to lessen my narrator irritation factor when it comes to voice preferences.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I admittedly was inclined to purchase her other book on this site, which is mentioned only twice at the very end of the recording. If you are only looking to use credits, I would suggest skipping this teaser and purchasing her other work: I am assuming it is a more thorough look at this subject matter. If you have a couple of bucks to spend, this audiobook is a great guide that can be revisited very quickly.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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