LISTENER

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  • Just Listen

  • Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone
  • By: Mark Goulston
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

You’ve got a business colleague who’s hostile...a client who’s furious...a staffer who’s deeply cynical—how do you get people to do what you want in tough situations like these? In Just Listen, veteran psychiatrist and business coach Mark Goulston reveals the secret to how to get through to anyone, even when productive communication seems impossible.“Here's the challenge,” Mark says.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone should read/listen to this book.

  • By Tari on 03-11-12

Scientific insight with practical impact

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-09-17

I really liked this book. Especially the authors straight to the point advice for several real life situations. You can literally feel how Mark adviced his clients in his practice and now wants to share his knowledge with you. While the content at times is scientific, it never becomes complicated nor 'boring'. If anything his introduction to biology of emotions, the neurological function of social interactions (mirror neurons) and the pathology of several different types of 'difficult' people helps a lot to understand the application of his proposed steps. That said the steps are a useful guide to structure upcoming 'difficult' conversations or 'talk yourself out of stress' :)
Explaining complicated scientific aspects into easy chuncks and pratical advice is always a challenge. As a university professor myself i truly admire Mark for his job in this book. Some minor points: it would be great to hear more real life examples from his clinical practice or client experience. If anything those real life cases i think are the true value a practioneer can offer. Also at times the content feels repititve. Perhaps this just is my perception as i know the field well. While I enjoyed the proposed steps, I wonder if the author can offer more context pecific steps/ tools (as he does in the final chapter) . E. G. Skills in networking, what to do in scary presentations, coaching students. Perhaps highlighting specific case studies would be great. Finally, and very minor, i would greatly appreciate some more references to other books/ resources. Especially as the entire field of communication and listening touches so many areas.

However most important though one can truly feel that the author wants to OFFER you genuine help. Not sell some fancy course, not promote his achievements or simply create a guru 'self-help book'. But provide us with a simple tool box we can use when talking to others.

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  • How to Get People Lining Up to Do Business with You
  • By: Daniel Priestley
  • Narrated by: Roger Davis, Daniel Priestley
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,640
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,443
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,423

Don't fight for customers; let them fight over you! Have you ever queued for a restaurant? Preordered something months in advance? Fought for tickets that sell out in a day? Had a hairdresser with a six-month waiting list? There are people who don't chase clients; clients chase them. In a world of endless choices, why does this happen? Why do people queue up? Why do they pay more? Why will they book months in advance? Why are these people and products in such high demand?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent for SMEs

  • By Fahrenheit452 on 05-12-15

Great toolbox to kick off

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-05-17

I was sceptical in the beginning as the author promises a transformative journey for your business. Especially i was concerned that there would be a lot of daydreaming of how great your business can be without any tacit advice. Luckily this did not happen. Relaly enjoyed the book because 1)it changed my view on my business and 2)discusses useful advice. Actually after changing my mindset in the first third the book offers a rich toolbox of what to actually do in the remaining two tbirds. Not like other books where you are stuck with 'nice but what now'. Now it is up to the reader to keep going. Here i believe the author could even contribute more. Provide some form of a platform that nudges the reader for action. Also remind the reader of the steps with a one pager or simple decission framework. In any case. Thanks a lot Daniel for this valuable toolbox. Most important thanks a lot for inspiring me. If a book can just provide one inpiration then it is already worth it. You inspired me quite a lot

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Unlocking Potential

  • 7 Coaching Skills That Transform Individuals, Teams, and Organizations
  • By: Michael K. Simpson, Dr. Dr. Marshall Goldsmith - foreword
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster, Michael K. Simpson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Michael K. Simpson, a senior consultant to FranklinCovey, has spent more than twenty-five years training executives to become effective coaches, mentoring and guiding leaders and managers to encourage and develop the talent of their people - the most important asset in any organization. In this guide, you will acquire the skills to coach your personnel from the ground up, maximizing their potential on a personal level, as members of the team, and as contributors to the organization as a whole.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding!

  • By A. C. Brooks on 19-01-15

Generic advice that can fit on a two pager

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-05-17

Honestly i tried to like but in the end think it was pretty much a waste of time. The author seems to have credentials to really teach or present insights into the practice of executive coaching.
In the end though it feels like a list of hr activities a fortune 500 would put in their annual. The author introduces a seven step framework for coaching. He then presents each step and illustrates with some generic scientific quotes and example questions for the potential coach.
The big questions remains :so what. What now? All this content could in the introduction. Later the author coule illustrate specific examples. Here i believe the book would benefit the most. Build on the first hand experience of the author.provide detailed cases he faced and then use the framework to show the change.
At this point the written style is just far too corporate. It could be directly copied from a Mercer text. I miss a story, the person being coached and action leading to transformation.

  • No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life

  • By: Robert C. Solomon, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert C. Solomon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

What is life? What is my place in it? What choices do these questions obligate me to make? More than a half-century after it burst upon the intellectual scene - with roots that extend to the mid-19th century - Existentialism's quest to answer these most fundamental questions of individual responsibility, morality, and personal freedom, life has continued to exert a profound attraction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like being in an intro lecture to philosophy

  • By Nicolas on 20-04-17

Like being in an intro lecture to philosophy

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-04-17

Overall i like this course. The professor introduces the great philosophers of existentialism in a straight forward way. What i especially like is that the listener needs no pre knowledge on the topic and that the lecturer does not dive into academic details. The lecture is intended to provide an overview for everyone. Yet Robert does discuss each stream very detailed as he highlights the context in which each philosopher came up with his main argument. For instance he explain inngreater detail the horistical context of colonial France when he discusses camus l etranger. Some points for suggestion: at times the discussion of the meaning of each philophers argument feels lengthy. It would be great if the professor could summarise the main points of each argument as otherwise the listener may simply loose oversight of the philosophy. In addition i would have enjoyed hearing more about the connection to other streans of philosophy. Not on a mirco level where related streams are discussed but in macro level so the reader understand how the ideas fit into the entire image of philosophy. Finally, which may be difficult, i would like to hear about how the ideas translate into daily practice of today. This would help the listener to understand the relevance of the philosophers main points on existentialism

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  • Power Questions

  • Build Relationships, Win New Business, and Influence Others
  • By: Andrew Sobel, Jerold Panas
  • Narrated by: Andrew Sobel, Jerold Panas
  • Length: 3 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Skillfully redefine problems. Make an immediate connection with anyone. Rapidly determine if a client is ready to buy. Access the deepest dreams of others. Power Questions sets out a series of strategic questions that will help you win new business and dramatically deepen your professional and personal relationships. The book showcases 35 riveting, real conversations with CEOs, billionaires, clients, colleagues, and friends. Each story illustrates the extraordinary power and impact of a thought-provoking, incisive power question.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • cool stuff

  • By Nicolas on 04-03-16

cool stuff

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-16

I really liked the stories around the actual questions as it gives the context of when to ask what. however I am a bit skeptical about the dogma and the whole 'change your life to be happy' connotation. Some questions are very powerful at a subject matter but are absolutely neutral in their connotation and do not necessarily always have to relate to the 'purpose of life' matter.
all in all yet I learned some new questions to use, which is exactly what I would wish from an audiobook

3 of 3 people found this review helpful