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Layla Halabi "The life unexamined is not worth living -Socrates" (Dubai - UAE)

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A Picture's Worth 1000 Words: A Workbook for Visual Communications (Business)
A Picture's Worth 1000 Words: A Workbook for Visual Communications (Business)
by Jean Westcott
Edition: Paperback
Price: £32.99

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must have for all trainers and public presenters, 20 Dec. 2005
This is a book about communicating visually and drawing for those of us who do not know how to draw. Excellent. Simple. Straight-forward and fun. By the fourth of the fifth page, you're itching to try some of these pictograms and reaching for the nearest pencil, you will not need paper because there's plenty of white space provided for just that purpose!
If you think of yourself as someone who can't draw or if you believe that you are 'artistically-challenged' then go ahead and buy this book. By the end you will be able to draw a lot of things - different types of smileys all the way to government buildings and a 'future' pictogram.
The graphics that the authors teach you are carefully picked to suit a variety of business situations and provide a wonderful resource that should be kept on every public presenter and trainer's bookshelf.


101 Games for Trainers
101 Games for Trainers
by Bob Pike
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good but needs some re-organization, 20 Dec. 2005
This review is from: 101 Games for Trainers (Paperback)
A small book that is very popular among trainers. The Games and activities are chosen from the Creative Training Techniques Newsletter (By Bob Pike) and are suitable for a variety of topics and situations. The activities are very eclectic and many are unique since they are contributed by different people. The presentation is also very clear. However, the one thing that the book lacks is a topical index so that you can check the type of the activity and its suitability to different training topics and areas: You have to go through the whole book looking for the icebreakers, the activities, etc. and the areas that they suitable for.


100 Training Games (McGraw-Hill Training Series)
100 Training Games (McGraw-Hill Training Series)
by Gary Kroehnert
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Average, 20 Dec. 2005
Some of the activities are very good, however, you have to really look for them. Most of them are not very good or old and too familiar. However, the presentation is very good and the book has an easy reference at the begining that you can use to pinpoint the activities that are suitable for different topics.


Assessments A to Z: A Collection of 50 Questionnaires, Instruments and Inventories
Assessments A to Z: A Collection of 50 Questionnaires, Instruments and Inventories
by Bonnie Burn
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 20 Dec. 2005
This might not be the most comprehensive of assessment books, however, the titles are chosen carefully and I find I have little need to refer to other books. There is also a CD so that you can easily customize and edit the instruments if you wish.
The assessments themselves are easy, well written and don't take a long time to be filled by the participants. The last chapter provides you with guidelines for changing and customizing the assessments so that you're not left wholly in the dark.


101 Dynamite Questions to Ask at Your Job Interview
101 Dynamite Questions to Ask at Your Job Interview
by Richard Fein
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Good Value, 20 Dec. 2005
Many people in job interviews ignore the importance of asking questions and assume that their sole role during the meeting is to answer questions. In reality, however, most interviewers will agree that there's as much (if not more) information in the questions the candidate asks - or doesn't.
This book is suitable for new graduates on their first job hunt as well as veteran job seekers. It can help the veterans by aiding them focus on the areas they want to explore before their interview and the impression they want to leave the interviewer with. It can also help `newbies' and those who simply don't know what to ask by providing numerous with intelligent and targeted questions that are generally important and can be relevant to most situations. Moreover, the author gives good advice on how to ask these questions, when to ask them and why should a a particular question be asked.
Don't make the mistake of going through the list and picking the questions that take your fancy without reading the advice - you may inadvertently create a wrong impression and the question may not be even relevant to the organization interviewing you - so make sure you do your homework.
The only reason I did not give this book a 5-star rating is because the format and layout were not very friendly.


101 Ways to Make Training Active
101 Ways to Make Training Active
by Mel Silberman
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MEANINGFUL Activities, 20 Dec. 2005
This is the best collection of meaningful activities I've come across. All the activities are designed to achieve a purpose and are right on target. The pages are designed so that you can easily follow and understand the activities that are grouped into application area or need.
The book covers active training techniques for team building, stimulating discussion, on-the-spot assessments, prompting questions, and reviewing strategies. There are quite a few more, as well a section in the beginning with 'tips' for the trainer, like learning names, timesavers, role-playing, setting-up the training room, etc.
You will hardly ever conduct a training that will not benefit from a quick peek into this book and the ideas and suggestions included. I honestly believe that no training bookshelf should be without this book: The activities are targeted, relevant to the subject matter and guranteed to produce the desired results.
You will not find any 'wishy-washy' activities and games here nor will you catch yourself yawning as you turn the pages. It's quite the opposite in fact; this book is so well written and well presented, that you just might find yourself going through all the 101 activities! And while you're at it, why don't you check 'Active Training' by Mel Silberman as well - it's a gem of a book...
Don't hesitate, this is one purchase you will never regret.


The Big Book of Stress Relief Games: Quick, Fun Activities for Feeling Better (Big Book Series)
The Big Book of Stress Relief Games: Quick, Fun Activities for Feeling Better (Big Book Series)
by Robert Epstein
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.90

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite Good, 20 Dec. 2005
This is a collection of activities and exercises that you can use during training or meetings (or even alone) to reduce stress and make you more relaxed. Some of the activities are quite good especially the breathing exercises and the visualizations. However, there are quite a few activities that are quite ridiculous as well as others that are just not possible at work or in the training room.
For trainers, many activities are useful as icebreakers or as stress-reducers after a heated discussion. The reason I bought the book in the first place is because I could not find anything else in that category, so I guess there isn't really that much choice.


Emotional Intelligence
Emotional Intelligence
by Daniel Goleman
Edition: Paperback

120 of 124 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Primarily for Parents, 20 Dec. 2005
This review is from: Emotional Intelligence (Paperback)
Daniel Goleman is, of course, the man who popularized emotional intelligence. His book is an excellent blend of science, anecdotal and real-life examples as well as some suggestions for improvement. However, this book is written as an introduction of the topic of emotional intelligence, it is NOT a how-to and it is not a solution to all our life's problems.
The book focuses on building emotional intelligence in children, especially school age. This makes it an ideal read for parents and educators who deal with children between the ages of 3 and 10. In fact, I would say it is VITAL reading for parents since it will probably save the parents, and the children of course, years of agony and heartache.
The Book is very well written but don't expect it to solve all your emotional intelligence problems. If you want a more practical and useful guide, especially for developing emotional intelligence in the workplace, read Goleman's 'Working with Emotional Intelligence.'
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Road Less Traveled, 25th Anniversar
Road Less Traveled, 25th Anniversar
by PECK
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.33

96 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential, 20 Dec. 2005
Not easy reading but worth every second and all the effort that you put in it. While Peck's style is generally engaging and simple, there are times when you might need to re-read his words to get his meaning. This is probably because the subject matter gets your mind working almost from the first word. Each chapter deserves to be read slowly and carefully and therefore, it is not an 'easy' read.
This is a book about living; living in a way that sets you apart. It's a book about Life and everything that we normally associate with it and with living. Peck divides the book into four sections: Discipline, Love, Growth & Religion, & Grace. But in these sections he addresses everything from falling in love to solving problems and dealing with pain. The challenge, of course, is doing all of these things in our limited lifetimes, but he writes about that too.
Most of us tend to take these `things' for granted; we 'do' them without thinking about the reasons, methods, or the consequences. In the 'The Road Less Traveled', Scott Peck forces us to think about what we do, what we feel, and what we think in different ways that we have not thought of before.
Scott Peck combines years of psychotherapy with a natural writing style that attracts the reader and challenges his/her mind. It is not the writing style that makes the book difficult reading (even though there are a few instances in the book when he does become too involved), but the continuous challenge to you mind and to your preconceived ideas. Peck demands that you examine your mind, your feelings and your heart deeply and objectively. Most of us find that difficult.
Peck comes across his book as a warm and sensitive person and he makes you feel at ease instantly... What else would you expect from someone whose opening sentence is "Life is difficult!"
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Interviewing Techniques for Managers (Briefcase Books)
Interviewing Techniques for Managers (Briefcase Books)
by Carolyn Thompson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Practical Advice, 20 Dec. 2005
The author focuses on behavioral interviewing techniques that are suitable for a variety of circumstances including job interviews and performance appraisal interviews but also touches on customer interviews and problem-solving sessions with peers. Behavioral interviewing is a technique that stresses questions about past or present behaviors rather than hypothetical or general questions. A behavioral question, for example, would be "give me an example of a time when you..." as opposed to "what would you do if...".
I found the organization and advice very useful especially the STAR behavioral questions techniques and the chapter on recognizing the difference between what the person SAYS and what (s)he MEANS. In fact, I use STAR (Situations, Tasks, Actions & Results) questions in almost all job interviews since reading the book and the difference in terms of the quality of the answers and information I got is very palpable.
The book makes for a friendly and an easy read that provides plenty of practical and useful advice. However, I found that it was a little too focused on the technicality of the interview process. For advice on how to recognize the top performers in job interviews or for specific recruitment advice, I found "Hiring the Best" by Martin Yate extremely useful.


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