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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks; 1 edition (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402203497
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402203497
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tim Ursiny, PhD, is the president and founder of Advantage Coaching & Training. He is a psychologist and executive coach/trainer specializing in helping people reach peak performance and happiness. He is the author of Coaching the Sale, The Top Performer's Guide to Change, The Top Performer's Guide to Conflict and The Coward's Guide to Conflict, which has been translated into several foreign languages. He is frequently quoted in such newspapers and periodicals as the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and People magazine. He has also appeared on ABC radio, CNN radio, NBC news and VH-1 News.

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This book is so helpful and easy to understand.
ElaineHe
You will really get to know yourself a whole lot better by the end of this book and I think that's the major jist of where this book was trying to take you.
Phillip Banks Sr.
This book really gives a lot of good pointers and helps you focus on building up your strengths, while also building your confidence.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Amici Curiae on June 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
Excellent book-- I found this book pretty much on accident at a book store and have been pleasantly surprised-- it's concise, delivers chunks of valuable insight in short chapters. And, it provides practical methods to change mental perceptions. Have been reading a chapter a night so far and am looking to see what other books this author has written as the style and information are excellent. Also-- the premise of this book is unique in that the author understands/assumes that you have tasted success before (good grades, leadership roles etc) - you're not on skid row looking for a hand. So the author dives right into techniques designed to elevate you, who has leadership / success traits, to the NEXT LEVEL - what ever that level may be of your own choosing. Being a mid-level associate in a law firm looking to move my career ahead- I found this book to provide just the right amount of stimulating thought, and practical suggestions. Highly recommend!
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine on December 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is Brilliant! I came by it by accident at my local library looking for more self-confidence in business. This book is divided into a 6 week study and it takes about 15 minutes per day to read. All the chapters are short and sweet. Sometime during that day, you get that light bulb moment, Oh Yeah - this is what he was talking about, this is how I have been sabotaging myself. I can't believe I do that. Wow, I'm not going to do that anymore.

It's like an owner's manual for the human brain. The book helps you troubleshoot what the problem is or in my case problems are and then gives simple "reset button" solutions. Nothing rather hard or difficult.

It is challenging to continue because I keep learning a little more about myself. I feel my confidence growing and that in itself scares me so I've put the book down and left it for days at a time. I was nervous to grow.

He recommends doing this book with a buddy. A trusted tried and true friend that you believe in because it asks for that person to tell you your weaknesses.

It is amazing what I learned about myself just from that one day's lesson. Through someone's eyes, I saw me, and I liked me. I was a good person.

On the outside, I am a strong, independent, intelligent person. Now it's time for the inside to know that! I strongly encourage you to give this gift to yourself first. This book does you no good with dust on it. I know the book cover is tacky but don't let that mislead you. I wish you all the best. Lorraine
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64 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Adam DJB on June 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
I had high expectations for this book, based on the reviews that I had read on amazon. The author has done a great job in ensuring that most, if not all, of his chapters are backed up by research and studies. I found that this gives his advice context and also greater credibility. Another great feature of this book is the number of exercises that Ursiny provides for the reader, both throughout the book and also the extra section at the end. This helps to ensure that the reader is able to put into practice the advice and tips that the author recommends.

There were a few things that I did not like about the book though. Firstly, despite being over 300 pages long, I felt that most of the chapters did not go into enough detail. Each chapter is almost like an introduction to a topic that is not followed by a more indepth analysis or discussion of the points. The author seems to skim over a number of different topics and I felt that every chapter of the book could have had a lot more substance. Secondly, I felt that the book lost some credibility with what seemed to be constant references to God and religion. It is clear that Ursiny is passionate about his religion - something that I do not criticize - but it undermines the credibility of the arguments and points for those who are not religious.

I think that a lot of people will be able to get a lot out of this book. I do not feel that this is the best confidence book that I have read, but it is well written and is an enjoyable read.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By John on September 14, 2005
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I agree with the other reviewer. This is solid information that you can use now. The chapters can be read in one short sitting, and I like this book, because he breaks real research down (instead of new age insights, or self-evident ideas like "believe in yourself"). The author has a PhD and it comes through in the sense that you get the feeling this is real research and not something someone just came up with.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By mqueen on March 9, 2007
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I got this book because even though I am quite confident in the work place I tend towards lacking it at times in my personal life. The book is simple to follow, doesn't spend lots of time having you "analyze" your past but focuses on where you want to be and where you are. It has simple exercises to nudge you towards your goal of having greater confidence in whatever area of your life you find it lacking. I highly recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sky's The Limit on November 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
I agree with most of the other reviews for this book. As someone who has read lots (and I mean lots!) of books on confidence, this is certainly one of the better ones. Although, having said that, I concur with the reviewers who said that it is a little too dry or academic in terms of content.

The format does work well, but for my money, I would recommend my current favorite book on how to build confidence - Instant Confidence: 92 Tips On How To Build Confidence To Develop Self-Confidence And Self-Esteem - which is even more straight-to-the-point and immediately usuable because of its tips format. But...if you have enough money and want to cover all the bases - then get both books like I did!
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