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This review is from: Become a Key Person of Influence (Paperback)The author is no doubt a gifted entrepreneur, and this book is worth a read. However, it lacks substance and contains few original ideas. For instance, we are told to write a book, develop a product, and do joint ventures. Nothing new there then! There is also insufficient information on how to implement the ideas presented.
The number of 5-star reviews is puzzling, to say the least.
Contrast the more substantial treatment of the subject of becoming a thought leader, by Ken Lizotte in "The Expert's Edge: Become the Go-To Authority People Turn to Every Time". For a masterpiece on the subject of influence, you cannot get better than Robert Cialdini's "Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion". See also the superb How to Build Your Reputation: The Secrets of Becoming the Go to Professional in a Crowded Marketplace by Rob Brown.
Update 30 July 2012 - I have just finished reading Jason Selk's book 'Executive Toughness: The Mental-Training Program to Increase Your Leadership Performance'. This provides the best and most effective system for setting and achieving goals I have ever read.
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Initial post: 5 Sep 2011 02:02:04 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Nov 2013 18:07:04 GMT
Daniel Priestley says:
I didn't want to create something academic or drawn out. I wanted it to be punchy enough to read in a single sitting.
My belief is that books these days should be written short and sharp; with the internet available a reader can dive deep online for finer points if they feel the need. I've put over 100hrs of video on the youtube channel that accompanies the book.
I guess the 5 star reviews are from people that weren't after a "substantial treatment" of the topic. They were probably looking to spark off some big ideas ... and they got it.
Posted on 9 Sep 2011 13:06:02 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 Sep 2011 13:06:24 BDT
S. Desmond says:
Daniel, I think you missed the point of my review. By substantial, I am not expressing a preference for academic or theoretical tomes. Instead, I mean books that establish the credibility of their author's ideas and provide a roadmap for readers to implement them, rather than just simply trying to provoke further new derivative ideas.
Posted on 16 Sep 2011 14:51:03 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Nov 2013 18:04:13 GMT
Daniel Priestley says:
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Oct 2013 13:36:35 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 Oct 2013 13:41:36 BDT
A. Searle says:
This type of response says a lot about Daniel Priestley. Very poor indeed. Someone who cannot take constructive criticism.
The reason why there are many 5 star reviews is that many readers are 1) probably contacts of Daniel and I suspect "helped" him with the number 5 star ratings, and 2) those who simply do not read many books and would not know a good book if it hit them in the face. If anyone has a look at the other reviews of those posting 5 stars you will see many that either 1) this book is the only review they have ever made OR 2) they write inane, completely unhelpful 5 star reviews for all the books they have reviewed. Also a quick look at when they posted they reviews is also revealing - most all within a short space of each other! Shallow and very unhelpful.
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