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Good Basic Ideas. Very Poor Overall Book
on 4 September 2011
It is, in some ways a horrific book. Certainly one of the worst self-help books I've seen published.
It's a mass of disjointed notes on her feelings and thoughts about story telling.
If you consider buying, I suggest you only read Chapters 1,2,3, 8, and 11. Those several thousand words are where she gives unique value. They convincingly explain why story telling is a better way of influence.
Overall I am left feeling cheated. I feel they may have artificially padded the word count just to make more money on the item price.
Vast sections of the book are completely worthless. For example, have you ever paid to read insights like these?
Section Heading: Truly Evil
Main point of section: no one is truly evil.
Section Heading: Hypnosis, Trance and Story
Main point: A good story induces a trance like state. No practical information, just her opinion that a good story induces a trance like state. Honestly.
Section: No Guarantees
Main point of section: There are no guarantees that you'll successfully influence. Well I'll be damned.
<sigh>, it's astounding how many 'non-helpful' sections there are like this. Just a blob of preaching, disconnected to any advice on achieving a goal. It really is a terrible self help book, sorry.
I feel she didn't research or define her reader, their experience level and what they are looking for. She didn't determine a goal for her reader. She didn't try to help her reader reach a particular goal through this book.
If she did this, and I greatly doubt it, it really doesn't show.
The sections Truly Evil/No Guarantees were surely aimed at someone learning to debate at age 12?
I give 2 stars for the opening section in which she convinces me that stories are more effective than facts. This part of the book is valuable and memorable. And you could possibly buy for that alone, if you can't find the same information in a less padded book.
But taken as a whole it is the worst self help book I've seen in many years. Many sections could have been written by a low paid ghost writer as they offer no help, and just vague prescription.
I will take note of these publishers "Basic Books" and be cautious about buying from them in future.