Are you curious how to get or keep the job of your dreams?
Do you want to become a more popular person?
This book will show you how to do all that by raising your likeability factor, or how much other people like you.
After all, life is a series of popularity contests. The choices other people make about you determine your health, wealth, and happiness. And decades of research prove that people choose who they like. They vote for them, they buy from them, they marry them, and they spend precious time with them.
The good news is that you can arm yourself for the contest and win life's battles for preference. How? By being likeable.
The more you are liked, or the higher your likeability factor, the happier your life will be. This audiobook will show you how to raise that likeability factor by teaching you how to boost four critical elements of your personality:
Join Tim Sanders for a few hours and he'll share the results of hundreds of thousands of pages of research, numerous seminars, and hundreds of interviews with people just like you! Together you can build your likeability factor and improve your life!
©2005 Tim Sanders; (P)2005 Books on Tape, Inc.
"A valuable look at the four personality traits [Sanders] says contribute to a person's likability." (Publishers Weekly)
I really agree with the premise of this book - likeability counts for allot in life. For example, if your ever involved in a group hiring decision where potential candidates are discussed. The phrase " I really liked working with so and so" comes up much more often than a discussion of raw talent. I have personally watched more than one career or relationship move backwards due to a need to be right rather than an attempt to get along with others. In this book, the author makes the case that likeable people are more effective over and over again. Study after study is cited - well beyond proving the point. I reached for the fast forward button several times.
The second half of the book is devoted to identifying your likeable traits and expanding them. Short of keeping numerous lists about yourself and reactions your getting, there simply isn't much practical advice. I believe reading Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People" will better fill the needs of those considering this book.
The majority of this book repetitively makes the case for how important it is to be likeable. Anyone that doesn't see any value in being liked will, no doubt, be converted by this book.
But seriously, how many people with this world view are going to pay money for this book? None? So, if like me, you're hoping to pick up some clever insights to give you the edge in personal and professional relationships, this book will seriously disappoint you, as it did me.
I expected some in depth Neural Linguistic Programming, but instead was preached at that being likeable is important for four hours, and then suffered two hours of being told to smile. The only valuable nuggets were when the author quotes directly from Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People" which is also feels very dated in light of the work done in the field of Neural Linguistic Programming in recent years.
I've listened to over fifty books from Audible and this is the first one that has been a complete waste of time and money. Not a bad average I suppose.
We've seen the effects of likeability since we were in grade school. The likeable kids got to be the room monitors and had the most friends at the lunch table. As a boss, I've struggled in the past with employees who got the job done, but just weren't fun to have the team. The Likeability Factor really helped me to understand why I felt that way. It also gave me some ideas on how to improve my likeability and help others on my team reach a higher level of likeability.
I work in the radio industry where likeability can make or break your career and can cause 6 figure differences in salary between one DJ to another.
The one thing I didn't like about the book was the reader. He was ok, but if you've ever heard Tim Sanders speak, he is super likeable, I wish he would have read it himself.
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