The Power of Verbal Intelligence has a very simple premise: we are all latent geniuses and whatever we have got "up top" we can increase dramatically. It dips into human development and psychology to put forward in a no-nonsense way it's point: that we can all improve what intelligence we have got. There are word stems, quizzes and games. Never for a moment will you doubt Tony Buzan's credentials as he relays stories like one involving former featherweight boxer, Barry McGuigan, who on retiring from boxing, became a TV commentator. He realised that his verbal skills was not as adept as his physical skills and "trained" to boost his word power using Mind Maps and word games. Impressive and inspiring stuff! A new and improved you! However, for anyone eager for a quick fix, you may be disappointed, because although the book is relatively small, for it's content to be effective, you will need to put in a little extra curricular leg work. I also find that reading more than a chapter at a time turns my brain into mush! I would advise dipping in for a small amount of time each time. The book's effect on me? I noticed that I immediately started using words that perhaps I wouldn't in converssation and actually felt quite pleased with myself and have made a pledge to carry on investigating new words. If you like self improvement books, this one takes you from where you are now and depending on the amount you are willing to put in, the sky's the limit!