Austin, TX, United States | Member Since 2011
I am an experienced presenter and speaker, it's part of my job and I actually enjoy it. I was afraid this book would be very basic for me, and yet, I learned a lot.
Not to say novice will not find value - it is not an "advanced presentations" book. The author does not provide a compete "how to give a presentation" but instead provides very actionable advice on how to improve your presentation skills.
I recommend it to anyone in sales, marketing - or anyone interested in doing a better job in front of an audience
I have read probably ten books on the subject and this is by far the best.
I was skeptical because Brendan sounded like a young sales guy with too much energy in one of his videos online. It reminds me of the Sham Wow guy.
However, his story is real, he is not as young as he looks, he has a solid background (5 years at Accenture) and a powerful personal story. His energy is contagious. The book makes you feel he really wants to help
Yes, Brendan does a little bit of selling for this other products, and you may say this book is only to generate prospects for his online seminars, but I think he is allowed to do that., After all, it is a good example of the process you need to follow if you want to be a millionaire messenger selling your expertise.
The audio book is enjoyable, thoughtful and practical. I recommend it.
the story is solid and the content is useful, although not unique. I found the content to be too high level to be useful for beginner or for anyone who already started down the path of passive income.
The book feels slow and fails to provide an interesting story or details of the author's path. I recommend you find something else more useful like Brandon's Millionaire Messenger
Nudge is a book about the new space of behavioral psychology which I find fascinating. This book, however, seems like a collection of examples and stories, some repetitive, with little depth. Overall the content is solid but it is weak in how it is organized and summarized.
If you are interested in this topic I would recommend Dan Ariely's Predictably Irrational, or even Daniel Pink.
My biggest problem with the book is the narrator. I simply could not stand it and had to stop listening. It has the most monotonous and boring voice you can imagine. the voice is completely void of any tone inflections, proper pauses, emotion or emphasis. I with more audiobooks were read by the authors. As a result I did not enjoy the book. I ended up skipping the second half of the latter chapters.
Keith Ferrazi's first book, Never Eat Alone, is one of my favorite books. I have recommended it numerous times and have even bought it for a few friends. So I had very high expectations for Who's Got Your Back.
It's an OK book. It offers good ideas. Keith tells a good story.
But it is not a blockbuster. After finishing it, I can't remember a single story or a single idea that made me think deeply, that changed my mind or that I had to write down. Three stars for me.
Look, I like SImon. I have shared his Ted Talk (available on YouTube) with tons of people (which explains the central idea for this book). The idea is solid, you may even say transformational.
But he takes it too far. After four hours I started getting dizzy for hearing the same arguments over and over. Yes there are some very good nuggets in the audio. But there is not enough new content for me to make it a solid book.
I believe he has taken it too far. Starting with WHY is important but it cannot explain the success of Apple or the failure of Tivo. His examples oversimplify the complexity of introducing a new product to the market by assuming that by simply explaining the values of the product companies like Tivo would have been successful.
An interesting read, but listen with good judgment and filter for ideas that are worth implementing.
If half of what this book is about is true, we have to accept Genghis Khan is the most important conqueror in history and probably the person who has had the biggest impact in the evolution of the modern world.
We all have heard stories about Alexander the Great, Napoleon and the Roman Empire, but their importance pales in comparison with the achievements of Genghis Khan and the overall impact in every one living on the planet.
Unfortunately, Western societies have minimized, even demonized the history of Genghis Khan. This book is an eye opener, it is interesting and insightful. Just a very small example: we learned in school Guttenberg invented the printing press, yet the Mongols were printing almost 100 years the first printed Bible was produced.
The book is the result of years of research, and includes significant information that was recently released - history that was previously codified and hidden by the soviets or communist China. It seems very well researched and detailed, yet the story is captivating.
Genghis Khan should be required for all students of history
The biblical story of David and Goliath is a story of courage but also of overestimating strengths and misunderstanding the power of playing a different game to make the person who seems weakest be victorious.
In the face improbable odds, finding themselves inferior in scale, ability or resources is what pushes certain people to try things out of the ordinary, re-think the rules and play a different strategy – which is a formula for winning. This book makes the point in the story of Bedouins, David and Goliath and the underdog basketball team that goes undefeated.
Malcolm invites us to challenge the assumption that bigger is better. One of his key points is that when you are too big , too good, too strong – you advantage starts becoming a disadvantage. He challenges us to re-think our assumptions of what is good, what is bad, what is a strength, and what is an advantage. He points out that disadvantages can be advantages and that difficulties can produce resiliency and courage.
The central line is about the power of being different, becoming the big fish in a small pond that you create rather than being a small fish in a large pond – like the impressionists, who created their own pond, went against the current, and converted their weakness into strength.
Adversity has the potential to make us much stronger, more resilient and courageous – when it does not crush us. People who have gone through difficult times tend to think different, challenge the status quo, and take the bold chances that people who have had it easy have not had the need or the guts to do. Those who re-think the rules and take a new road are the people who change the world.
The second part of the book is about the idea that if you are Goliath, if you are in a position of strength, trying to dominate the Davids by force can be counterproductive. Authority requires legitimacy. The book talks about stories from MLK to religious clashes in Ireland to make the point.
As you expect from Malcom, the stories are very interesting, enjoyable and even captivating. Yet, at the end of the day the book does not leave you with a set of powerful ideas that you have not heard before. The story of David and Goliath is thousands of years old and has been told many times.
I did not find this book as intellectually stimulating as some of his previous books that have left me with a new way of thinking and have provided a foundation for more ideas to be built upon, like the Tipping Point or Blink. I can recommend this as an enjoyable read but not a breakthrough.
Sun Tzu's masterpiece is full of strategy wisdom and insight that can be applied to business or even life.
Yet this book is the raw material from Sun Tzu: there is no context, no summaries, no ideas on how to apply it to modern life. This is a book on military strategy that would be useful to any general building a man-to-man combat plan in a war.
Unless that fits your profile, then I would recommend looking for another book that applies Sun Tzu's wisdom to your area of work in a way that you will find useful.
Plus, the second part of the book is just instrumental music - Chinese, I suppose. I don't see how it fits in an audiobook unless you plan to practice some Wu-Shu after being inspired by it.
I am very skeptical of self-help books so I was weary of getting this audiobook. I have read too many "you can do it, you can make your dreams real!" books. This is not one of them.
This book is like a manual for life. You may not find all 9 "things" to be new, or inspiring or even useful, but I am pretty sure you will learn a thing or two that will make the book worth your while.
The narration is excellent, there are plenty of examples. Overall an enjoyable read.
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