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Michael

Atlanta, GA, USA
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  • Fewer, Shorter, Better Meetings

  • By: Brian Lomas
  • Narrated by: David Ryder
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

This easy step by step guide will show you: how to make meetings more effective; how to get meetings off to the right start; how to get difficult messages across; how to encourage participation; how to manage conflict in meetings; how to set agendas and keep the meeting focused; whether or not to call a meeting; and the alternatives to meetings.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • lots of information with little substance

  • By Michael on 06-17-09

lots of information with little substance

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-17-09

the book provide a nice checklist of things to consider when planning and conducting a meeting.

unfortunately, it does very little in providing examples and fully addressing key issues around problems that make meetings difficult or unproductive

  • Difficult Conversations

  • How to Discuss What Matters Most
  • By: Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen
  • Narrated by: Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,459
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 767
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749

Holiday gatherings can be stressful times for families, and occasionally the conversation around the holiday table can get heated. Difficult Conversations shows you a way out of this dilemma; it teaches you how to handle even the toughest conversations more effectively and with less anxiety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow Start - Powerful book

  • By Arthur Held on 04-25-03

A smart, educational way to look at conversations

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-09

I found this audio to provide me with a completely new way to look at how people communicate with one another.

The audio breaks down conversations into three distinct areas and how each contribute to success (or failure) of effectively communicating with another person.

I have used the techniques in this audio daily in my conversations and have been amazed at how much more I have learned about my friends, family and co-workers.



  • Coping With Difficult People In Business And In Life

  • By: Robert Bramson
  • Narrated by: Robert Bramson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 36 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

We've all encountered them: the bullies, the wet blankets, the yea-sayers that never come through. More often than not, we're left fumbling for words, stumbling toward the door...frustrated, enraged or just plain depressed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and Informative

  • By Michael on 03-06-09

Entertaining and Informative

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-09

While some of the scenarios may be slightly outdated for today's business environment, the techniques are still valid and useful today.

One fun note while listening was that I quickly found traits about myself that can be considered "difficult" to others and ways that I can look at improving myself.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • How to Get Your Point Across in 30 Seconds or Less

  • By: Milo O. Frank
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 44 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

Milo Frank shows you how easy it is to get your point across in 30 seconds and get what you want. Whether you are writing a letter or memo, making a speech, asking for a raise or promotion, making a point, or closing a sale, How To Get Your Point Across In 30 Seconds Or Less is an invaluable training tool for both business people and professionals. You will be amazed at your enhanced effectiveness when you discover how to use the 30 second message to get exactly what you want.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A little dated in style but material is ageless...

  • By Chris Reich on 03-08-11

No new news here

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-09

The points in this book are the same as a high school writing class on how to write a paragraph.

The entire book is a little more than a marketing approach to how to convey your thoughts in the same way you would write a good memo.

Good for learning the basics, by nothing new to learn here.


0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Influencer

  • The Power to Change Anything
  • By: Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,219
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,244
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,226

Everyone wants to be an influencer. We all want to learn how to help ourselves and others change behavior. And yet, in spite of the fact that we routinely attempt to do everything from lose weight to improve quality at work, few of us have more than one or two ideas about how to exert influence. For the first time, Influencer brings together the breakthrough strategies of contemporary influence masters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not the book for everyone

  • By Ahmed on 03-16-10

Intelligent and sensible

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-09

A great insight into the concepts of reaching new goals and changing thoughts (your own and others) by focusing on key behaviors. Actionable techniques are presented in an engaging narration.

Since listening to this book, I have noticed how more productive my conversations have become simply by focusing on the key areas described in this book.

This book on my list of favorites.

37 of 41 people found this review helpful