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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (February 3, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061094536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061094538
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Walter Anderson is the editor of Parade, the magazine insert that appears in many U.S. Sunday newspapers; Parade's optimistic, all-American style is echoed in The Confidence Course. In addition to becoming more confident, Anderson wants to teach you how to win friends, influence people, and become an overall better person. His advice is deceptively simple: take responsibility for your behavior, do things rather than "try" to do them, act in spite of your fear, and practice tolerance of others. Anderson's confidence is catching; when he discusses how to speak in public both courageously and entertainingly, you might just forget your fears and go out and rent a lecture hall. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Anderson, the editor of Parade since 1980, is also an appointee to the National Commission of Libraries and Information Services and a board member for the Literacy Volunteers of America and the National Center for Family Literacy, generous activities that reflect one of his seven steps to self-fulfillment: "Believe in something big. Your life is worth a noble motive." Simple on the surface, profoundly resonant upon reflection, this statement exemplifies Anderson's positive, no-nonsense new book, his third, the fruit of a course on self-confidence he created and taught at the New School for Social Research in New York City. The class was a resounding success, an indication that lack of confidence is endemic and that Anderson's pragmatic program, rooted in the teachings of his friend, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, works. Anderson is blunt and to the point. "No, life is not fair," he declares. He, too, has struggled all his life against "the most painful feelings of inferiority," until he discovered that adversity can become inspiration, fear can be transformed into courage, and dreams can be realized. Wasting no time on psychobabble, Anderson offers concrete suggestions for how to learn from your mistakes, how to hold people's attention and earn respect, how to define success in a meaningful way, and how to live a full and fulfilling life. A tall order? Absolutely, but Anderson is so specific and experienced, so focused on strengths instead of weaknesses, he generates a palpable aura of reasonableness, and readers can't help but feel hopeful. Donna Seaman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This little book contains a lot of wisdom.
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You will find this book to be a personal workbook with exercises and examples from real life situations.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mark Goulston on December 3, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Walter Anderson's book, The Confidence Course, is a smorgasbord of wisdom flavored with humility and seasoned with humanity. He doesn't talk down or at the reader, but with the reader. By baring his own neck, heart and soul; Anderson enables the reader to entrust his or her heart to the words in this kind, wise and loving book. If you allow yourself to trust in the writer's words and to suspend whatever disbelief your skepticism or cynicism uses to protect you, you will feel less alone and your spirit will be lifted. The greatest accomplishment of this book and of Walter Anderson is his becoming the loving father to the reader that Mr. Anderson never had as a child. Buy this book to help heal the wounds that hold you back in life.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 31, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book will help anyone either trying to improve their own self esteem or the self esteem of others. Walter tells a personal uplifting story then gives useful steps for ones own self fulfillment. Do yourself a favor and buy 2 copies, since as soon as you read it, you'll think of someone who needs it more than you do, and you won't want to give away your copy and its too hard to find in the book stores.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By David G. Stokes on March 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
I've owned this book for some time now, and judging by the cover and title, you would think this book offers the complete plan for turning someone with low self-confidence to a totally confident individual. Wrong. This book covers topics such as; "How To Tell a Story", "How To Give A Talk", etc.. Sure, these are important attributes, but...

The last of the 7 steps was, "Smile", yet he gave no advice on the subject. Mr. Anderson is a wonderful writer, and yes, the steps he gives will further ones level of confidence, but there are better books. I was looking through my collection of self-confidence books, and I came across a great one. "I Dare You". Now read that one. This one is missing a lot. Read it anyway.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By renee (bubblynay@icqmail.com) on October 31, 1999
Format: Paperback
well I think that this book was pretty cool. Iam only 15 and I read it and it has helped me alot personally inside. I still have trouble not being ever so shy around people but I just tell myself Iam just as good as them if better. Also I have found myself to be noticing how to deal and take responibilites for my own actions and apoligize etc when I know its right. I recommend this book to anyone that needs confidence or self esteem.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 1, 2004
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I found this wonderful book by accident, searching for a book of similar title. Intrigued by the professional reviews, still I wasn't sure--so I checked it out at the library. It worked for me. I've now bought three more as gifts for family and friends and it's working for them too. The Confidence Course is a gem: Wisdom well-told.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
...if only I really had attended a course like this when I was in school. Not only have the lessons helped me grow in confidence, I have to say it was a pleasure to read. This is the real thing, folks. Finally.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Randi A. on September 15, 1998
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for myself and found it immensely helpful for pulling me out of a slump. I then bought a copy for a friend who is in a prison's administration segregation unit (locked-up 23-1/2 hours a day. No human contact). He has in-turned loaned it out to other convicts who now want their own copy. Regardless of your background this book really reaches people and teaches confidence.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David De Sousa on July 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
"Confidence is the key to success", ok that is not a secret, but how to gain that consciousness of our inner power could be a tricky quest.

This book offers you twenty simple lessons, that addresses simple and direct solutions that will teach anyone how to gain self assurance, and attract others people attention and respect. You will find this book to be a personal workbook with exercises and examples from real life situations.

The seven steps developed along the 20 lessons in the book are:

- Identify who is responsible.

- Believe in something big.

- Practice tolerance.

- Be brave.

- Love someone.

- Be ambitious.

- Smile.

But a word of advice, no book can do anything for you that you are no willing to do. Buy this book only if you are willing to translate into action what you will learn, .. confidence can only be obtained from practice.
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