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Talk Lean - Shorter Meetings. Quicker Results. Better Relations. Paperback – 15 Nov 2013
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There is plenty of practical advice here and, as you d expect in a book on this subject, the tone is concise and precise Widespread adoption of these practices would, in theory, mean an end to those long, unproductive meetings. Reason enough to recommend it. (Economia, December 2013)
Talk Lean deserves to be the definitive text of its kind for years to come. (Elite Business, December 2013)
This straightforward book helps you meet a middle ground in communicating frankly, courteously and effectively. (Talk Business, January 2014)
For sales people in particular, meetings are an important part of working life. To get the most out of them, welcome to Talk Lean (Sales Initiative, March 2014)
Talk Lean should be mandatory for any negotiator, manager, employee... Everyone (Valeurs et Management, April 2014)
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In a step by step fashion, the author takes you through the simple do's an don'ts of meetings and how you should conduct yourself to gain maximum impact, utmost clarity and clear steps forward.
There is much emphasis made on listening and also on accurate note taking, which makes a lot of sense but simple issues like these often derail important conversations by their absence.
Dealing with the way we respond to people in negotiations was a very insightful section too.
Without doubt if you put these lessons into practice the meetings you chair will be shorter and clearer, and even if you are not in the chair you will be able to influence them for good!
Here is a book bound to improve the communication efficacy of anyone taking the time to read, absorb and implement the ideas therein. Save time and get to the point - elegantly.
The methods not only show how to identify all the 'double-speak', 'unsaid', 'read between the lines' (politically correct?) waffle, most importantly it gives forthright and effective advice as to how to deal with it.
Focused meetings, interpersonal communication and sales pitches will result if you take this advice on board.
The ideas here might fit on an A3 poster (which might be a great idea) - it's a fairly short book, as the key ideas are pretty straightforward to explain, if perhaps a little harder to do in practice. But the material is pithy and to the point, and above all insightful and useful. A really practical guide to some very good ideas.
I think the author is undermining his cause by the book title as it is much more than about effective meeting management; it's about effective life management by showing how one can be confident in expressing his or her views or take necessary actions without fear.
The author has a good sense of humor and despite of the easy reading, his analysis of real situations give us an interesting perspective in how the communication occurs currently.
If you want to improve your communications skills, I do not know a better material to recomend. Or if you want a world with people more polite, calm, respectful, courteous, using a language more clear, simple, straight to the point, this is a excelent option to give as a present to someone that you have much contact.
In a business context, this book will be particularly useful for people working in account management, bus-dev or sales, where you often only have one shot to get a result from a meeting. It's a great relief that the book doesn't ask you to psycho-analyse the person or people you are communicating with - it's incredibly hard to do this accurately AND tailor your approach accordingly on the hoof as conventional sales training would have you do. In Talk Lean, it's a simple one-size-fits-all.
I agree with the reviewer who said that some of the conversation examples are rather cringe-y - I wrote "yuk" in the margin besides one of them! - but the guiding principles are so clearly expressed in the text that it's very easy to think of better examples yourself, or to imagine how you would make them your own.