Think smart people are just born that way? Think again.
Drawing on diverse studies of the mind, from psychology to linguistics, philosophy, and learning science, Art Markman, Ph.D., demonstrates the difference between "smart thinking" and raw intelligence, showing listeners how memory works, how to learn effectively, and how to use knowledge to get things done. He then introduces his own three-part formula for listeners to employ "smart thinking" in their daily lives.
Smart Thinking gives listeners:
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Was expecting more in the way of actual direction and education. The book literally says the same thing over and over and over. Very boring to listen to and brings minimal value on a self-help level.
There is no direction, it rambles aimlessley.
Do not buy this book, it stinks.
Smart Thinking is definitely my kind of book. It deals with cognition, learning, and draws from diverse realms of academia and real world examples. I work with students in building curricula and I frequently cite passages from this work.
What compelled me write this review was Sean Pratt's anemic reading. He injects absolutely zero personality into the performance. He pauses for an unnatural length at the end of most sentences which breaks up flow significantly. Maybe this was the sound engineer's fault, but the result is the same.
There are numerous titles on Audible that I would love to read (Nudge being chief among them), but I will not buy because Mr. Pratt is such a drag to listen to.
I listen to a variety of audio books constantly in car and gym. My reviews remind me what I’ve read & are hopefully helpful to you as well.
I'm surprised by some of the strongly negative reviews. It's not that bad. There are a few worthwhile take-aways. Here are a couple:
At the end of a meeting or book, review the key take-away messages of what you heard or learned. This is related to the "role of three" (there are usually 3 key things you keep in your head at once).
Be able to explain things to yourself to ensure you truly understand it. For example, how things work or a process. This strengthens your knowledge of that particular subject and also builds your ability to pull from this info to understand new areas or create your own breakthroughs through analogies.
At the start of each chapter he covers the few things he plans to cover (to help you prepare your to listen for the key take-aways) and at the end of each chapter is a summary, which I appreciate. Sean Pratt is a common choice of narrators for this type of book. If you have heard him perform any other self-development or business book, then his performance is very likely consistent to your previous experiences.
All that said, there is some work involved with becoming a "Smarter Thinker" and to "Solve Problems, Innovate, and Get Things Done". Reading the book alone is not going to instantly transform you into a problem solving machine.
Bottom line: while it may not seem like break-through material and it may be easy to tune out, there is worthwhile material here and it;s well presented. I would recommend giving this book a try. BTW, I'm picking up his next book (Smart Change) today as deal of the day (1/1/16).
Lots of great information in this book and it is well narrated. A bit long and dry in some parts, otherwise it may have received 5 stars in my review. However, it is still well worth the small investment.
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
Art Markman makes it so clear how to think better to solve problems, innovate, and get things done solo or in groups that this book is a must. Not pop psychology and not long and boring. If you just take away the concepts on smart habits you are a winner baby.
Do yourself a favour and listen to this book slowly. Learn from it and take the concepts into your own realm you will profit straight away.
I liked the information but it was a bit boring, I struggle to finish. The narrator was no help he was great at making me sleepy. The reason I was determined to finish the book is because I know the author is smart and provides a wealth of how to thinking smart.
This book reinforced some concepts I have been applying on a daily basis. Although I didn't find the book original I recommend it as it is a great guide for a structured and rational thinking and efficiency.
No, it's complimentary!
Practical things to learn. Three points. Habits.
No. Needs to be sipped. Swished around the brain first.
I like books like this that are practical and presented in a digestible way.
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