This is called "The Confidence Course," because it is based on a course that Walter Anderson teaches. Actually, this is THE course. This book reads like the script of a self improvement course.
And, it's sad, because I would have loved to take this course. I think that the actual course is well worth however much he's charging for it.
However, Walter's course doesn't translate well to a book format. Every couple of pages it has an activity that would work well in a classroom, but fails miserably in a book. You're supposed to do all of these activities where you write stuff out on papers and wait a week while you try stuff. Since I just wanted to read the book, those were kind of annoying.
That's sad, too, because I would have loved to read an actual book by Walter Anderson on this subject rather than a script of a course. He should have an editor totally rearrange this into book format, and then re-release it.
It's got excellent content, and the content was exactly what I was looking for--how to re-program your brain, the negative power of "no" statements, tips on telling stories, and tips on giving speeches. But, the presentation of the content is poor.
And, I don't mind blatant self promotion of purchasing additional stuff in a book as long as the book has actual content. This book does deliver of both the blatant self promotion and the actual content.