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Self-confidence: The Remarkable Truth of Why a Small Change Can Make a Big Difference [Paperback]

Paul McGee
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16 Dec 2011
The new edition of the personal development classic This long–awaited second edition gives us even more of Paul McGee′s unique look at boosting our confidence – with his much–loved wit and good humour. The new edition includes a brand new chapter and a host of new exercises. Paul′s approach to confidence is different. According to Paul, we don′t have to raise our self–confidence to the roof; just increasing our confidence by a small amount can dramatically change our lives. Paul explains exactly what confidence is, why it′s so important and just how to develop it in ourselves and others. This honest, practical and realistic book covers: Confidence in business Being more confident in your love life Confidence in social situations Confidence in job interviews and presentations A brand new chapter on handling conflict confidently Experiences from real people who have followed Paul′s advice and improved their lives

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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Capstone; 2nd Edition edition (16 Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857082876
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857082879
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Paul McGee is one of the UK's leading speakers on the subject of change, workplace relationships and motivation. His provocatively titled book SUMO (Shut Up, Move On) became an instant best seller and his book on Self Confidence reached number one in the WHSmith's business book chart and remained there for a further 24 weeks. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast television and is a regular contributor to Radio 5live. Building on his background in psychology, Paul's aim is to deliver a practical, relevant message that can make an immediate impact on people's professional and personal lives. His approach is considered both inspirational and humorous as he seeks to deliver a memorable experience that equips people with insights and ideas to increase their personal effectiveness and impact. He's spoken for over 900 organisations in 36 countries to date, and from Todmorden to Tehran and from Bradford to Brisbane, Paul's messages have resonated with a global audience.

He has had the privilege of working with one of the world's top management gurus, the late Dr Stephen Covey, and his work has been endorsed by the Elite Performance Director of the British Olympic Association, Sir Clive Woodward. His clients include prominent blue chip organisations, public sector bodies and a leading Premiership football club.

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‘Paul’s advice can change you outlook, with practical tips on bouncing back from setbacks and feeling confident in challenging situations.’ (Entrepreneur Country, June 2012)

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Whatever you want, just get out there and do it You can get that promotion, be more self–assured in public and achieve your personal best – anything is possible with confidence. Confidence is the magic ingredient that changes you from a spectator into a player, and it only takes a small change to make a massive difference to what you achieve in life. If Tom Cruise was 10% taller, he’d be over 6 foot. If you had 10% more confidence, what would you be doing now? A small change = a big difference Now in its second edition, the bestselling Self–Confidence has a brand new chapter and even more practical advice, showing you how to: Move out of your comfort zone and make a difference Deal with nerves and stop anxiety de–railing you Rethink your beliefs about yourself Recover from challenging setbacks Deal with those who crush your confidence. Its amazing what you can do when you have the confidence to try. So what’s to stop you?

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not particularly helpful or insightful 25 Jan 2012
By Sam Woodward TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Author Paul McGee is somebody who has overcome his own lack of self-esteem & now tries to help others by writing & conducting seminars on the subject. And fair play to him for doing that, it's something which has held me back for most of my life, so I'm genuinely happy for him. But I didn't find this book particularly helpful & to be brutally frank, I got the impression from his writing style that he gets a lot of his confidence from talking down to others.

The main annoyance was the unrestrained use of one-line paragraphs.

Like this.

And sometimes...

(Well, quite regularly, actually)

The one-line paragraphs would only consist of

half a sentence.

Like that.

AAAAARGH!!!

No wonder 300+ pages sped by so quickly - the publishers could have fitted the entire book on half as many! He says it's to make his points more memorable (doesn't work because he uses this technique too often) & to present them clearly but there's clarity & there's assuming your readers are a bit thick.

It wasn't just his writing style, either - his points were often simplistic, with generalisations passed off as universal truths. I was particularly looking forward to the chapter on how confidence can be shattered by our upbringings, as I feel this was the case with me. In fairness, there were a few glimmers of gold to be panned from the silt which made me reconsider certain aspects anew but his main focus was on parents undermining their children by being over-protective & thus not allowing them to develop by making their own mistakes. This is no doubt true in many cases but it does not apply to mine & as it was the only explanation offered, I was left none the wiser.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read for parents - before it's too late 18 May 2012
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I have a low opinion of self-help books in general, but this came as a pleasant surprise. Firstly, the author is a Brit - a Yorkshireman, even - so there's a minimum of the white-teethed American woo-hooism that tends make this genre unreadable. This book is surprisingly low-key, concentrating on influences from the past that may have harmed our confidence, and offering some useful techniques for overcoming them.

There's another aspect to this that deserves attention. As well as our own confidence, we all have an influence on the attitudes and personalities of others. I'm the parent of two primary-schoolers, and also volunteer as a children's sports coach; in both roles, I have to the potential to build or to damage the confidence of the young people in my care, and in making me more aware of both the good and the harm I can do, this book has a useful role to play. Perhaps surprisingly - that word again - it gets my recommendation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Would definitely recommend 10 Jun 2012
By Peter Coupe TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This book is small but perfectly formed. It is well laid out and has a friendly tone to take you through each chapter. There are exercises to do and `pit-stops', where you can take the time to think over the information so far.
There are also sections where the author shares some of his own personal struggles, which makes the book and it's contents more accessible. The book is split into two parts, the first about recognising issues that may be affecting your confidence. The second is about the things you can do to improve specific situations.
This book is easy to get to grips with and is full of useful information that will help you improve your confidence in everyday situations. Would definitely recommend to anyone who is struggling in their life and needs a helping hand.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful 27 April 2012
By A keen reader VINE VOICE
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Great, sensible approach to self confidence by a very experienced writer and presenter. You recognise yourself in the book: where does my negative sef-assessment come from etc. He has a very human and humorous approach. The book is very readable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It gets straight to the heart of things. 26 Feb 2014
By Mary
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I've never read a book like this before but, after seeing all of the positive reviews, I thought that I should give it a go. It is well worth it! McGee isn't aggressive but he doesn't tip toe around the matter- he gets straight to the point.
I highly recommend this book to anyone- no matter your level of confidence- as, personally, it has done me the world of good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Secret Sauce 26 Jan 2014
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Confidence. It's the secret elixir that so many of us longingly desire, the fire in the blood that can help us to be, do and achieve all that we are truly capable of. For every popinjay who is burdened by delusions of grandeur, who believe they have the voice of an angel and deserve instant fame, there are probably half a dozen toiling with a shoulder-full of negative baggage, failing to achieve their full potential.

Paul McGee is a quintessentially Mancunian motivator, the frank northern antidote to the starry-eyed stereotype of the slick motivational guru. He's never afraid to be honest, down-to-earth and practical. Some may hope for cosmic rays to transform their lives in a blink of an eye, but Paul uses his psychological training and practical insights to deliver a far more realistic tonic. He offers concrete tools, laced with real life anecdotes, to help readers recognise and overcome negative programming, which can sometimes poison their environment at an insidious and unrecognised level. At the same time, he pulls no punches - confidence without ability and effort is mere folly. Self-confidence is the secret sauce, never the steak.

Paul McGee is a compelling and engaging real-life speaker. Few who have seen him at a corporate event will forget the humour, spontaneity and clarity he uses to woo a sometimes recalcitrant audience. Some reviewers have commented that his verbal delivery doesn't translate so effectively when rendered into the single sentences and widely spaced paragraphs typical of the the book. I'll admit the style takes some getting used to. Yet the clarity of his clear, punchy lines actually showcases the true value of his messages. Less, quite simply, is more.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Sumo great...this book, ok
I loved the sumo book. In fact I found it very inspiring. So I was very much looking forward in reading his other books. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Grindon
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Love the book, shows you most worries are not big things, just we make them into something more than it is.
Published 3 months ago by claire page
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read
Easy to read, interesting anecdotes and useful hints and tips. On the whole an enjoyable read. Would now like to read more from this author.
Published 5 months ago by Helen
4.0 out of 5 stars A good support tool for speaking in public
I have read "Feel the Fear and do it anyway" and bought this book recently when I was asked by my Stepdaughter to do a reading at her wedding in a large Cathedral. Read more
Published 5 months ago by K80
4.0 out of 5 stars Hiding in Clear View
Like many of these self help books you read it and think "well that's obvious". However, if you don't sit there and read it you won't necessarily focus enough to see what's in... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Fraser the Frank Fish
4.0 out of 5 stars A real confidence booster
Paul McGee has written an insightful book examining self confidence and why so many people suffer from a lack of it. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. R. Lee-van Den Daele
5.0 out of 5 stars More charming than the average self-help book
I've read this book over a big span of time but most of what it contains has really appealed. Firstly, despite the cocky title (and front cover complete with loud hailer) Paul... Read more
Published 21 months ago by emma who reads a lot
4.0 out of 5 stars open and honest
This book is definitely a good starting point if you want to improve your confidence. The open and honest approach to building up confidence using real world examples is helpful as... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Richard Stowey
4.0 out of 5 stars Obvious but helpful
Self help books can be annoying or brilliant. Anything that improves quality of life is good in my opinion and while I do read them occassionally I am not the worlds biggest... Read more
Published 23 months ago by foxcylady
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