Improve Your People Skills: Build and Manage Relationships, Communicate Effectively, Understand Others, and Become the Ultimate People Person

Narrated by: Gregory Sutton
Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
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People skills and social intelligence to improve any situation. Fit in anywhere, build rapport and win people over.

If you (1) have trouble connecting with people beyond small talk or (2) are often left speechless and dumbfounded on how to handle certain people and situations, that feeling of dread isn't something you have to live with. Improve Your People Skills is your key to social intelligence and the better relationships to enrich your life that will inevitably follow.

Master the soft skills that will make you a "people person".

Improve Your People Skills is a book of action that allows you to truly understand others and speak their language, no matter what it is. You'll learn how to apply great charm to make new friends and engage old ones. It will fundamentally change your approach to people and give you the specific phrases and tools for change. It goes beyond emotional intelligence and gives you a blueprint for interaction.

Become a captivating, comforting, and desired presence.

Whether it's winning at work politics, making new friends or strengthening current relationships, people skills are your quickest and surest route to success - no matter the situation.

Patrick King is an internationally best-selling author and sought-after social skills coach and trainer. He knows firsthand the value of people skills because they rescued him from lackluster grades and jumpstarted his career - the value of "just fitting in anywhere" cannot be understated.

Handle any situation smoothly - even confrontations.

  • Why self-interests matter, and what secondary self-interests are
  • How to reform the toxic social habits you probably have
  • Uncover your rapport-killing assumptions and mental leaps
  • Bad listening and effective listening

©2017 Patrick King (P)2017 Patrick King
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I felt like the narrator was a close friend talking to me - things I needed to know but that no one told me

I really liked this book and I’ll be listening to it again and again. Lately, I have been struggling at work with my social skills. Patrick king reminds us that at the core of every situation every human wants the same thing: validation, acceptance, and acknowledgement (those might not be the exact words but you get the idea). I need to listen to it again to really get it to soak in. First time around about 3 percent stuck which to me, if a book sticks at all it is of value. All that he wrote is obviously from personal experience and not just him talking ABOUT it AT us.

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Best one so far, imo.

This is the kind of stuff I Actually wanted from my psychology courses. Is this what communications majors learn? I should've tried that instead.

This is my favorite of the 3 that I've listened to so far. And so far they're all fairly distinct. They've all contained some different actionable information to aid your success in self-improvement and people skills. I intend to keep listening.

Narration and examples in this one were solid.

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Good Content

I just realized this was the second book by Patrick King that I bought in the last week. I enjoyed his other book "Improv(e) Your Conversations" much more.

I did like the concept of the Platinum Rule in this book as opposed to the Golden Rule, and I hadn't heard about Ethos, Pathos and Logos before so I'm interested in researching that more. Also the four personality types was interesting I'll try to remember that when interacting with different people. I guess there were a couple concepts this book introduced to me, but it seemed a little simplistic. I would recommend Patrick King's other book "Improv(e) Your Conversations" first.

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This book is a must read

This book has helped me shape who I am today. I always had what I thought was good people skills but this book is helping me take it to the next level it gave me more tools to become a great communicator.

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Very little usable content, repetive

This book was really geared less at telling people how to improve their people skills that to tell people lacking almost any social skills whatsoever what is wrong with them. The author mentions bad body odor at one point and the feel of the book was really one of scolding people with social skills the equivalent of B.O. He was light on anecdotes and kept things mainly theoretical, other than two main stories that were repeated many times. These stories were that of a friend who instead of just listening would try to offer advice--which he did not like, and that that of a girl at a party he referred to as "The Belief Police." The author seemed to think this was quite clever, so be prepared to be bombarded with phrases using "The Belief Police" numerous times; it's possible there was lingering resentment for the conversation he had with this named belief police he met at a party. If your social skills are normal and could use work, I doubt this is the book for you. If you need to be told that bad body odor repels people, this is probably where you should start. But be prepared to be given very little suggestions for what to do, and mostly told to stop doing the annoying things this author does not like in others.

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Insightful

Very useful for my business . Useful reminders about emotional intelligence and simply shutting up . Listen to understand, not just to respond.

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Truly terrible

Appreciate the effort, but holy cow I couldn’t even finish listening to the first chapter.

To be fair to the author, there are some real solid ideas. This book is just not ready to be published.

I recommend “The Like Switch” instead.

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Not insightful or useful

Difficult to follow, unorganized, and wooden narration.

This book was a chore to get through. The narrator sounds like he's just going through the motions and trying to "get it over with". This makes for a very hard listen.

The content is just basic ideas presented along with uninspiring anecdotes. The author doesn't organize the book in a way where the ideas build upon each other, so it comes off as if he just strung a bunch of blog entries together.

The ideas are nothing new and are not presented in any novel way. There are other books that do a better job of tackling this subject.

Overall, this was a waste of money and time and I would not recommend.

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This book is kind of mean

I'm autistic so I have been looking for audiobooks on social skills to help me better understand how neurotypical (non-autistic) people communicate so I can better my communication skills. But this book is pretty mean. There's 2 chapters telling you what a bad person you are for not being able to communicate or listen or understand people. At one point it even calls the listener a narcissist. I turned it off at that point. I know its only $5 for this audiobook, but I don't want to pay for a book that just spends the first 45 minutes (that's as far as I got) insulting the listener with really harsh words. I want a refund!

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If you're honest with yourself this has high value

A nice quick listen... very valuable content that you can apply immediately with work colleagues and family or friends

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  • 12-09-19

How to become a better person in social situations

How to behave in a more effective way in social situations.
Sometime it feels like the recommendations are just common sense but we are all guilty of breaking some of them.

As usual being aware of your bad habits is the first step to fixing them.

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  • Bradley
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Directly relevant information

Straight to the point of how to get along with people and how to change your behaviour to improve outcomes in your life