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About the Author

Jeff Davidson, MBA, CMC, is the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Managing Your Time and The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Managing Stress and is a nationally recognized management consultant, speaker, and educator. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
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Product Details

  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback)
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: ALPHA; 1st edition (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0028619641
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028619644
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #699,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on July 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
I have been fearful of asserting myself at work for quite a while now, but also recognize that I have lost out in some cases because I haven't been able to effectively assert myself. With this book, I feel much more confidant. There are lots of examples including specific dialogue on what to say in certain instances. As the author maintains, asserting yourself doesn't mean a nag or being overly aggressive or being someone that others don't want to be around. Instead it means being effectively assertive which is standing up for your rights without trampling on the rights of others. Who could argue with that?
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By A Customer on August 2, 2001
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This book offers comprehensive information on how to speak up for yourself in a variety of circumstances. If somebody is deficient in these areas, it never hurts to learn new skills or return to the basics. My favorite chapters were the ones on being assertive at work and with your boss and with your coworkers. I also liked the ones on dealing with the government and being an assertive consumer. Those two chapters are probably the most valuable in the whole book.
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I was tired of being a doormat at work, so I picked up this book. Thankfully, it's loaded with types of situations in which I find myself and offers useful strategies for making my thoughts and opinions known. The author gives specific examples and specific language, which I like a lot. I've read some of the previous reviews, and I'm not sure what their beef is. There's more than enough information and strategies in this book to satisfy any novice sort of reader.
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I like this book a lot. I looked around and there is not too much else on the topic that is presented in such a friendly, easy to digest manner. The boxes with the little characters that run throughout the book first seemed like they were in the way, but afterwards it turned out that they made it easier to get through each chapter. You read a couple of paragraphs, then you turn to one of the boxes for some tip or instruction and you find yourself thinking about what the author is saying and how you might actually take him up on the advise. Overall, I would highly recommend this book because it really does get you into action and if you are serious enough, you can assert yourself in many situations where you thought otherwiese.
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I read the author's previous book on managing stress, so I decided to take a chance on this one. I like it because it starts with a basic assumption - that it's harder and harder to get the attention of others because everyone else has so much competing for their attention - and builds upon that. I think the chapters are laid out in logical fashion. Some of the chapters didn't apply to me at all, so I just skipped them, but there's a lot else in the book that does apply, and so I thought it was worth while.
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By A Customer on July 28, 1999
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I decided to take a chance on this book and it paid off. I like it because it starts with a basic assumption - that it's harder and harder to get the attention of others because everyone else has so much competing for their attention - and builds upon that. I think the chapters are laid out in logical fashion. Some of the chapters didn't apply to me at all, so I just skipped them, but there's a lot else in the book that does apply, and so I thought it was worth while. The chapter's on increasing your confidence are extremely beneficial and the chapters on dealing with people you work with are maybe the best on the topic that I've seen. I'm glad a bought this!
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If you are already good at asserting yourself then maybe you wouldn't need this book. Most people I think do need this book because there are so many circumstances in life, not just at work, but also with relatives, out in your community, or wherever where not speaking up at the right time and in the right way has its costs. I recommend this book because it offers many, many insights on how and when to assert yourself and even when not to assert yourself.
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This book is, truly, a complete guide to the topic of assertiveness.

There are issues in here that I haven't seen in other books. The author

maintains quite a conversational style and keeps the chapters light and

peppy with humorous remarks and interesting anecdotes. The book is kind of

on the long side, but it does cover a wide variety of topics related to

assertiveness, so it's justified. Although I didn't want anyone else to

know I was reading it, I'm sure glad I did read it. If you have any issues

around the area of assertiveness, I think that you could probably benefit

seriously from this book.
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