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Useful, but nothing strikingly new!
on 11 February 2003
I have always been sceptical about these self-help books. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that most of them have been advertised at some point or another on some corny, mundane American chat show (you know what I'm talking about!). Even the author of this book, Tony Alessandra, befits the chat show archetype. However, he provides, often by way of anecdotal evidence, some sound, realistic advice. And thankfully, he has avoided the use of clichéd maxims like 'You can do anything!' and 'The sky's the limit!', and given us a great deal of useable, practical advice about increasing one's charisma and, as a consequence, self-esteem.
Most of his advice is plain common sense (for example, he advises us to stand with a correct posture, look people in the eye, learn the art of attentive listening), but there are some real gems in the 'Speaking with Authority' chapter. If you either want to A.) learn how to speak publicly with more confidence, or B.) brush up on your oral presentation skills, then I strongly recommend this book, as the speaking tips contained within will go a long way to making you a more powerful and effective orator.
The only downer with this book is that Alessandra frequently plugs and praises members of the self-help fraternity. This isn't really all that off-putting, but if these other books are so great, one must ask: Then why did I buy yours!