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The Skinny on Time Management

The Skinny on Time Management

December 4, 2011 No Comments


This is a great little book on managing time effectively – “little” being the operative word (215 pages). Author Jim Randel and his team have done a great job of researching the literature on the topic. As the author suggests, the information in over 100 books and articles repeats itself. They’ve been able to glean the top 50 principles from this research (included in the book), then reduced these to the ten most important points to remember.

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Presentation Skills 201: How to Take it to the Next Level as a Confident, Engaging Presenter

June 24, 2009 No Comments


In “Presentation Skills 201″, author William R. Steel sets out to provide a list of tips that will provide experienced speakers with ideas to boost the effectiveness of their presentations. He definitely achieves his aim. 

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Difficult Conversations: How To Discuss What Matters Most

November 18, 2008 No Comments


In Difficult Conversations, the authors Stone, Patton and Heen set out to de-mystify the problems we get into in our daily conversations.

I found this book both enlightening and difficult. Enlightening because of the simple concepts and principles one should adopt when handling difficult conversations. For example, classifying all conversations into:

• The “What Happened ?” Conversation
• The Feelings Conversation
• The Identity Conversation

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