I thought that this book was great and had a lot of useful information. It takes a while to digest and I have had to go back to it again, but I think that if you are looking for some instruction on how to make yourself into someone who can connect with and interact with just about anybody, this book will be a big help.
I thought this was an excellent book. There was a lot of interesting material in it, and it provided a thought provoking look at how the brain works, how we can help the brain work at peak efficiency (i.e. get smarter), and suggestions of other books to read to learn more about the material.
The one major flaw that this book suffers from is that it is unabridged, and the narrator literally reads the exercises from the back of the chapters. This is great if you want to do the exercises to try to increase your brain's capacity to think, but it is annoying if you (like me) listen to the book while driving and just want to hear the author's thoughts on the inner workings of the brain. Audible doesn't provide convinient tract numbers to skip over the exercises either, so it becomes necessary to listen to them.
However, I suppose it is worth mentioning that many audiobooks leave out things like exercises, and that this can be annoying too. So it's a double edged sword: you get everything in the unabridged format. But, overall, the book is definitely worth the read...
There is some good material in this book. However, it suffers the following problems:
1. Material is dated. Examples are from the 80s, which was particularly disturbing when they mentioned Xerox's management paradigm (Xerox's "overhaul" actually blew up in their face, and they switched to Six Sigma in 1999)
2. Not much on how to get your word out to others. Just lots on the theory of marketing.
3. Audio is recorded in 3 quality or lower.
4. It's boring. The reader is not engaging at all.
5. Most of the material seems like you really need to go over a print copy to understand it.
6. There are a lot of better books to spend your money and Audible credits on.
I always enjoy Bill Clinton's speeches. He's got a lot of good information in it, although he does focus more on the book he wrote, and less on current events. But either way you can't beat the price! :-D
I thought this was an excellent book, but at times it could be slightly repetitive. The main premise of the book is that you should work on meeting the people you will need in the future before you need them. So you should know a lawyer, because if you ever need one you don't want to spend the time researching which lawyer is the best one in town. Despite the repetition, it's got a lot of great information about networking that will be a big help for the novice networker.
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