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I found some good information in this book, but I would have found it SO MUCH BETTER if the 92 tricks were listed instead of having to listen to this entire book. Part of the problem is that 92 tips and tricks are far too many to remember. There are a lot of good pointers, but there are way too many ideas expressed here. More detailed examples and explanations of fewer tips and tricks would probably be more effective... would make them easier to incorporate into actual interpersonal communications.
But far worse is her old-timey way of writing (and presumably speaking). Most of the reviews are correct... the language she uses is so outdated (I've never heard the word 'golly' so many times in my life), the generalizations are pain (and I am anything but PC), and her constant use of alliteration is cringe-worthy (and I almost always appreciate alliteration). I don't believe 90% of her stories about this friend or that acquaintance. They just sound so stilted. And if it wasn't for a few awkward uses of modern-day terms, I'd think this book was written in Dale Carnegie's day (Amazon says the book was released in 2003). She may be an expert in modern-day communication, but she sounds like she belongs in a 1940s newsreel.
I'm only through #57, and I may try to find the list online to get the rest of them without subjecting myself to more uses of terms like 'big winners' and 'fat cats.' Glad I got it on-sale.
56 of 57 people found this review helpful
Some of this is very helpful and might change the way you interact with people. But it needs cutting down it seems very longwinded and repetitive in parts. It is also a little dated.
76 of 79 people found this review helpful
I liked the book and the content is informative and interesting but the narration after a while began to irritate me.
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Ugh! This was awful, now i can understand why it has so many bad reviews! Thought i would take a chance but i really regret it. Such old fashioned and unrealistic nonsense, told in a patronising and annoying way. Very unimpressed with this one!
43 of 46 people found this review helpful
As someone who has always struggled with insecurities when talking to people this book has been an absolute life changer.
My issues came to a head one night at my friend's 45th birthday where I struggled to talk to people and in the end went home upset and at my wits end as to the reasons why conversations developed either side of me and I was always left facing to backs at the table.
I might add that I am the owner/director of a successful software business and consider I am well above average intelligence. I just didn't know how to communicate and make people feel comfortable talking to me.
I searched around and after listening to various snippets of a few communications book I chose this one....
This is where I have to add a warning, "if you relate to my story above, this book will literally change your life". It had an IMMEDIATE impact with me, in less than hour I'd learnt skills of first approach, something that used to make me tremor. I now chat to many many people at the gym and in shops, at street crossings etc etc AND I look forward to those chats now.
If I could give this book 100 stars I definitely would.
Thank you Leil Lowndes for changing my life
Stuart Otto from DownUnder
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
It starts off great, but 92 is just way too much. All of the good content is at the start of the book.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful