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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 2 September 2012
In my job as a therapist, I often have people asking me to help them with their shyness with other people. This book contains many simple and commonsensical ideas for developing your confidence and communication muscles. it's not for everyone. People who are NOT terrified that other people won't accept them, but instead are comfortable in their own skin, don't need a book like this. But I know a number of people for whom this book is a gem, and I will continue to recommend it to those who will benefit from it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 26 May 2012
Without repeating what this book is about, (other reviewers have done this), there are some nuggets of information to be gleaned from this succinct study. An example, that I perhaps knew deep down, was that quiet, or shy people start from the premise that other people don't like you and you have to gain their 'approval'; whereas for outgoing people, the reverse is true.
I would have liked to have read more suggestions for dealing with topics one doesn't feel confident about discussing; in my case sport, for which examples are given if you ALREADY know something about it.
Overall, it's good as an overview, and it's free!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 21 October 2013
I'm glad this was free, and that it was short, otherwise I would have felt very cheated. Chapter 4 on how to approach someone was a promising start, with suggestions on the frame of mind that you need to get yourself into when approaching someone new. But it goes rapidly downhill after that, with exhortations to "not be shy". I don't think the author has ever experienced what it is like to have your mind go blank when trying to think of things to say. Its the sort of stuff that your well-meaning mate down the pub would come up with, rather than any practical advice that might stand of chance of working.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 August 2014
Not very impressed with this and it didn't really help me at all. Basically it just states the obvious which you already know and doesn't give any good tips or conversation pointers. If you struggle to start or carry conversations with strangers etc., and need some guidance then I wouldn't recommend this book at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 December 2012
This book is a excellent help to people who may be shy or not have great people skills. At times it may be hard to follow but if you re-read the book a few times it will help people greatly. It is also very interesting to see how people react to ypu in such subtle ways.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 February 2014
Not really a book, more like a short report or summary. It is free after all so I shouldn't complain. Some useful tips in here, but you're better off with one of Leil Lowndes' books if you're looking for something with more detail
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 August 2012
This book had good tips and was a reasonably captivating read, though I have red better tips. though to be honest it is what the title says it is. I would however recommend it. Overall I would rate it a 4.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 December 2013
It was just ok. Most of what is written here is sound, but it's old hat, nothing new. I persevered as I thought it might be something I could recommend to clients. Bailedbout after about 3/4 of it read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2013
Nothing new here, most of it is simply common sense and and as most people know if you invite someone to talk about themselves they will, me me me thats enough about me so lets talk about me.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 21 February 2013
This guy knows his stuff and I can highly recommend him. I wish I'd read this years ago as it's a very good publication. Nice and easy to read, straight to the point and covers pretty much everything I wanted to know from it. I particularly liked the section on conversation and also the listening skills as these were subjects that up until now I have struggled with. However, I now feel that I have a lot more confidence.
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