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Book Review – Do it or Ditch it! by Bev James

In Non-Fiction Writing on November 30, 2011 at 11:14

How many ideas do you have every day? One, Two? or more than that? And how many actually become things that you get around to doing anything about? I suspect that most new business ideas stay in the head of the entrepreneur who thought of them, never to be unleashed on the marketplace. Read the rest of this entry »

Book Review – The Key to Business and Personal Success by Martyn Pentecost

In Non-Fiction Writing on November 30, 2011 at 11:09

This book is not like any other business or personal development book you will read. Traditional books of this type tend to give a synopsis of the problem, and then a prescribed process to make the particular area work for you. This can make what you do seem a cold and hard place where only numbers and product matter, and where the truth can be far from this view. Read the rest of this entry »

Book Review – Inspirational Manager by Judith Leary-Joyce

In Non-Fiction Writing on June 29, 2011 at 10:30

Inspirational Manager: How to Build Relationships That Deliver Results

Aside from the people that you live with, the person that you communicate and locate yourself near is likely to be your manager at work. This key relationship will guide you, challenge you, and if you follow this book, inspire you. Read the rest of this entry »

Book Review – The Procrastination Equation by Dr Piers Steel

In Non-Fiction Writing on January 26, 2011 at 13:21

Why are you reading this review? Is it because you’ve chanced upon it, or because you’ve actively sought out this book on this website? Either way, ‘The Procrastination Equation’ by Dr Piers Steel can help you. If you can get around to doing something about it.

Procrastination is the thief of time, or so we all are told. But how much of that is down to us, or down to our lifestyle. In Dr Steel’s book he attempts to understand what procrastination is, why we suffer from it, and why it is so important that we get rid of it. He tries to encapsulate all of his knowledge and understanding about procrastination into a simple equation that we can all understand. This then (hopefully) gives us all the weaponry to combat what is in certain circumstances a delibitating and regressive part of our nature.

Motivation = (Expectancy x Value) / (Impulsiveness x Delay)

With this equation, Dr Steel identifies that there is a sliding scale of four variables that end up defining our motivation for a particular task or event. My favourite one is that of a student writing a report for some college work that has to be in by the end of the month. Generally what happens is that nothing will be done until a couple of days before, and then the student will crash-write the whole report because they know that it’s due imminently. This is a classic example, that with a few graphs can be shown to be true.

The book is well written, and logical in its structure which assist the reader in understanding what is an increasingly important concept. If procrastination can be reduced or avoided, then we can all achieve more and be healthier for it. From first reading about Dr Steel’s ideas I have managed to learn a few things myself – mainly turning off the TV and planning more things to do in the time I have created.

This is a book that is well worth the cover price, and one that everyone should read. If they can be bothered…

This book review was originally published on Family Friendly Working, a site packed with advice on flexible work for mums and dads.

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Book Reviews – Talking, Arguing and being Assertive.

In Non-Fiction Writing on January 25, 2011 at 13:46

Many of us find that first contact a little daunting; walking into a room full of strangers can silence even the most outgoing of people, but with Emma Sargent and Tim Fearon’s book anything is possible. Tim’s acting career and Emmas business experience meld seamlessly into a book that can be used as a manual for overcoming those intangible barriers that we put up around ourselves.

Their premise is that all talking is about belief, confidence, preparation and application – knowing what you want to say and finding a way to do it. There is also a chapter on how you know when to stop talking, something that can come with nerves or inexperience. It all boils down to those four basics, and this is a good solid example of a book that tries to help the reader make the most of their communicative talents. It’s well worth the investment in time to try some of the techniques proposed by the authors. A handy book in a world full of talking.

Jonathan Herring’s book on how to argue, is something that I thought I knew how to do already. But it’s not about the ranting that we all want to do when connected to a call centre overseas, or discovering that a parking ticket has been placed on our car when we’d left it for ’only five minutes’. Jonathan’s book attempts to  dissect the techniques that need to be used in order that an argument concentrates on the facts, and doesn’t descend into something more personal.

The book talks about the tactics of an argument. Is it between two people acting as agents for two organisations, or is it a more personal contract? There is more to an argument than simply stating the facts and expecting a positive result. As with any negotiation (and this is what an argument is), there are false avenues of discussion, deliberate  distractions and the final dénouement when the real business of the conversation takes place.

This is a book that I found very enlightening, and one that I will employ then next time I need to talk to an overseas call centre. You never know I might come out on top this time.

The final book in this trilogy is the book on being assertive. Assertiveness is different to aggression in that it is about putting a stake in the ground about who you are, but recognising that other people have the right to do the same. Aggression is about threats and dismissals, whereas assertiveness is about confidence and certainty.

Looking to be an assertive person, is something that requires a knowledge of who you are, and a confidence that you’re happy in yourself to be a person that you are comfortable with. It is about responsibility for things that go wrong that are your fault, and recognising that we all need space – physical and mental, to live our lives productively. It is also about limits. One of the examples used in the book is that of Rosa Parks who as a black woman refused to get up from a Whites-only seat in a segregated bus. When asked why she did it, she said that she hadn’t planned to do it but that she’d decided to stand up for her rights as black people had endured too much for too long.

Sue Hadfield and Gill Hasson have written an excellent book that anyone can use to start changing their lives to become more positive and assertive. I can totally recommend it to anyone who feels that they could do with a little magic to transform their lives.

This book review was originally published on Family Friendly Working, a site packed with advice on flexible work for mums and dads.

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