Monday, February 7, 2011

29 Days to Becoming a Great Listener and Communicator by Richard Fast

Would you like to be able to get your point across better while speaking?  Or learn how to listen better to what people are really saying?  Or maybe you're already good at it, but would like to learn to improve your skills.  No matter which it is, this book has something for you in it.

Phenix & Phenix Literary Publicists sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It's one a series written by this author and his wife, all based on a plan for action in 29 days that will change your life.  You can Lose Weight, Stop Smoking, achieve Financial Security, or learn Effective Communication by following well structured exercises and developing goals towards your desired improvement.

Mr. Fast's books are written in the mode of a professional speaker.  He uses quotations, writing exercises, stories about himself and other people, goal setting and more to help you move forward to your desired outcome.  He helps you pick goals you can meet rather than create goals that will defeat you.

These are self-help books, but they are not condescending or critical.  They walk you through the process and encourage you along the way.  There is also a free online coach you can use.

There are some very good suggestions on communication in this book, and I'm sure the author has done as well with the others.  After all, he worked his way out of smoking.  He gives you good, practical advice to reach your goals.  You'll also learn things about yourself that you never realized.  For example, how much of what you say is actually heard by the person you're talking to?  You'll find out in this book.  

Visit your local bookstore and check the series out.  It's like opening a door and finding a new you!

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