For most of my life until recently reading this book I thought that I was an introvert, it seems I had a misunderstanding of what those character traits really were in a person. One of the major clues of my misunderstanding was the fact that I could just go up to anyone to start a conversation just because they were there. A second is my spontaneity to offer up a little humor off the cuff and out of the blue in a slight devilish way to see a person's reaction.
I grew up in the household of a pastor going to church several days a week while also attending numerous formal gatherings through out the year where I was expected as a child to be very mannerly in my conduct, and was always taught to be reserved with the tongue. So (no pun intended here) I had to contain that devilish side of me which was a learned trait that I had unknowingly carried over into my adult years. It seems according to this book I am really a Right Brained middle of the road Extrovert; you will have to read through the book to know what that means. This book was an eye opener for me into what really defines both groups of people.
You can't pass judgment on a person until you have walked their personal path for a long time; a saying that is very true to heart, but most of the time we send subtle signals through glances and body language that gives hint to our thoughts, actions, potential actions, habits, and desires. Joe Navarro explains what is going on that most of us are unaware of when it comes to ourselves and the people around us. This book gives you a wealth of insight and exercises to practice how to read what you have never known before. Maybe you'll learn the truth behind that so called thing psychics do. Also check out Malcolm Gladwell's, "Blink."
In my earlier years I thought that my instinctual responses were more of a mystical nature that I could not understand, Malcolm reveals the actual workings within those quick milliseconds of the moment, and how you can direct or correct your natural response in future situations.
Growing up in the household of a Baptist minister I had witnessed many newly ordained ministers begin their trial sermons stumbling, loosing track of their thoughts, and standing in only one spot through out their entire delivery, become this fireball energetic orator that walked down the aisles looking people in the eye, touching some on the shoulders as he passed by while instinctively exciting others to jump out of their seats and yell hallelujah; all within less than a years time. So yes, these skills can definitely be taught and mastered. The ministers I grew up around were also taught to move between the three phases of charisma mentioned in the book depending on the given situation they were faced with: from friendly charisma when greeting new people, to authoritative when heading a church auxiliary meeting, to sympathetic while conducting a counseling session. They for the most part were taught through the guidance and tutorship of the more experienced senior pastors. Not only them, but members of the congregation such as myself have had the privilege of learning these valuable skills just by watching them.
Because of this I for one have never had a problem with public speaking, even going so far as to comfortably ad lib my words when spontaneously called to the front of a room or group. So yes, the methods in this book can definitely be taught to most anyone.
Prior to this book I listened to another audiobook that spoke on another type of personal characteristic titled: "The Introvert Advantage," by Marti Olsen Laney, which shed a positive light on the characteristics and traits of socially Introverted people. Coupled together with this book even the inwardly projected introvert could learn to work the room or audience with ease.
As I said about the first book in this series "The Name of The Wind," this epic is an exciting adventure following the life of the main character Kvothe. It picks-up where it has left off without a glitch. Now Kvothe is beginning to really accomplishing things, he has also become a lot more wiser in his dealings with people and the situations he comes across along life's journey; the Adem are a group of people I find very interesting - I kind of like their style. Denna is still around too - Oh, Denna! She seems more of a challenge to him than Felurian, maybe he should handle her as he did with Felurian; on many levels that is (Lol). I like the story, how it flows and finding out how Kvothe will handle his next challenging situation. The Narrator Nick Podehl, does a great job with telling the story on audio book. I am looking forward to catching-up on the third volume within this series when it comes out.
A tragic event has sent a boy on a quest to avenge his family and friends. A series of fortunate situations when everything seems hopeless, has brought Kvothe to achieve one of his long desired goals, new friends, a new life, and a knowledge he can put to use when the time comes. I find it an exciting adventure centered around the main character's life, and the situations he finds himself getting into - I also have kind of fallen for Denna while reading the story - but no spoilers here; read the book.
Learning the events surrounding ancient Jewish history has been of great importance in my Christian faith; the tragic incident that occurred at Masada was one such event. Although the story is semi-fictional, my being familiar with the: places, events, customs, and peoples involved made this novel a very rich and involving read. You really get into the characters, their relationships to each other and the situations surrounding them from Jerusalem, to Masada, and then... Oops, no spoilers!
This is also a good read for anyone not familiar with the occurrence at Masada or even the Jewish people, just follow the story and you will love the book.
I love books that convey important life-lessons artistically molded within the backdrop, or woven within the heart of a great fictional piece. The Alchemist is a story that I found very adventurous, thrilling, and emotionally moving; yet it's packed with those small and big lessons you will learn while on your journey toward any goal you set-out to undertake. With this journey you come face-to-face with various kinds of people, and run into those familiar arch-types you are bound to cross-paths with on that important life-quest. Through out this story, you go with the main character and experience how important it is in anything you do, to follow your heart, and heed both those subtle and powerful urgings you get from your: gut, instinct, intuition, psyche, subconcious, heart - whatever you love to call it. While also making good use of the knowledge and wisdom you gain along the way. You'll love this journey.
I like how he speaks from the heart about doing business, it is also always great to hear from someone's actual experience. This book is a real motivator.
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