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What's Holding You Back?: 30 Days to Having the Courage and Confidence to Do What You Want, Meet Whom You Want, and Go Where You Want Paperback – March 10, 2000

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"A fountain of wisdom. Page after page of good, solid advice." --Rabbi Harold Kushner, Author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People

"Practical, powerful, simple yet scientific strategies to correct common mistakes that create tension, turmoil, and unhappiness. Sam Horn has written an amazingly clear and concise self-help book to turn almost any personal problem into an opportunity for growth and success. Gor for it!" --Harold Bloomfield, M.D., author of Making Peace with Yourself and The Power of 5

"What's Holding you Back? is filled with witty quotations, which are themselves worth the price of the book. But there's more: step-by-step practical advice, like that of a wise and supportive friend, reminding us all of who we are and what we're capable of. Sam Horn's is an uplifting voice in the world," --Dan Millman, author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior

"I wish I'd received What's Holding You Back? during my early ears. I recommend every parent give it to their child. It teaches more than how to be confident; it teaches how to be the kind of person you want to be--regardless of what others think and say." --Wally Amos, author of Watermelon Magic: Seeds of Wisdom, Slices of Life

"A surefire confidence builder. This book is filled to overflowing with practical, innovative suggestions, supported by compelling stories, and numerous quotations. Sam horn has written with warmth and good humor...and confidence! I highly recommend this beautiful book to anyone who wants a stronger backbone." --Susan Page, author of If I'm so Wonderful Why Am I Still Single? and How One of You Can Bring the Two of You Together

"A must-read for anyone who would like to be more polished, poised, powerful at work, at home, in social settings, at school, and in sports." --Jack Canfield, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul

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"I wish I'd received What's Holding You Back? during my early years. I recommend every parent give it to their child. It teaches more than how to be confident; it teahces how to be the kind of person you want to be - regardless of what others think and say." -WALLY AMOS, author of Watermelon Magic: Seeds of Wisdom, Slices of Life
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (March 10, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312254407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312254407
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Sam Horn, the Intrigue Expert, is a positioning/messaging/branding expert whose work has been featured in the New York Times, Fast Company, the Washington Post and on NPR and MSNCBC. Her speaking clients include KPMG, Cisco, ASAE, Boeing, Inc. 500, Intel, NASA, and Capital One, and she has served as the pitch coach for Springboard Enterprises, which has helped entrepreneurs receive $6.6 billion in funding.

Her most recent book, Got Your Attention, published by Berrett-Koehler in 2015, was #1 in three categories on Amazon (Sales & Marketing, Business Management and Skills). Got Your Attention introduces Sam's "secret sauce" for creating mutually intriguing conversations so you can turn frustrating, waste-of-time, one-way interactions into productive, mutually-rewarding, two-way connections that get results.

www.samhorn.com

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99 of 104 people found the following review helpful By Ann Tweardy on February 4, 2010
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I was looking for a book on self confidence in dealing with people at work. While there are some useful suggestions, some of which I have already tried successfully, the purpose of this book is too broad for my use.

Many of the business networking tips are old news, and honestly are so recognizable in my management and sales team that I see them as manipulative, learned, and rehearsed, instead of as authentic comfortable, anxiety free communication. I can reproduce them in my own life, and have, but I was hoping to acheive more lasting internal confidence.

Also, a lot of the tips are geared to producing more social activity and gaining more friends. I am not interested in this particular goal, but if you are, sucessful and inspiring examples abound, and I truly believe they will work for you.

There are two more cons in my opinion.

As Sam seems to be a very outgoing person, when she applies the golden rule, she seems to think her assertive friendliness and corny humor will be well recieved. I am sometimes turned off by people who act as she suggests, and for whom she gives examples. I wouldn't like me if I acted that way. She needs to leave wiggle room for different persoanlities and tastes.

Also there are a lot of false assumptions, both about the nature of people, namely introverts, and also about the outcomes of situations based on using her techniques. In one case she gives an example of a woman who didn't do the thing according to the book, and failed. The speculation that she might have suceeded if only she had done it the author's way, almost sounds like a passive threat....."do it my way or else." Ok ...its not that bad, but we have no way of knowing what would have happened. I prefer factual accounts to her speculation.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Robin Polangin on August 18, 2006
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Sam Horn's intelligent books always stand in a class of their own, with relevant and realistic ideas that can be implemented immediately. This memorable and practical book is a gold mine of inspiration and ideas, and frankly... is a ton of fun to read!

As a professional career coach, I have read hundreds of books in this genre - "What's Holding You Back?" is one of my all-time favorites! For two years, I have been giving this book to my clients as a gift, and have consistently received rave reviews and heartfelt appreciation in response. I truly believe it's an invaluable resource for helping individuals increase their confidence and clarity. I just recently pulled it off my shelf and re-read it for myself, and was once again reminded of its powerful impact.

Chapter 4, "Conversing with Comfort" is simply brilliant! The tips provided on these pages will have even the most introverted individual communicating and "networking" with ease. If you're already an avid `networker' or sales guru - this book will feel like a dear friend, reconnecting you to what you may know, yet often forget. It will no doubt inspire you to "try on" some new ways of connecting to others in a more meaningful way.

I offer my sincere kudos to Horn for this magnificent work, and offer a sincere "must read!" recommendation to potential buyers.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Monica L. Wofford on July 29, 2005
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This book validated much of what I know and teach others, but sometimes forget to do. It was exactly the boost I needed to get out of a rut and move on to succeed in more areas of my life. Sam has a way of conversing with you when she writes that absolutely draws the reader in as if she were talking right there with you. I found "What's Holding You Back?" to be the key I needed to unlock what was holidng me back. If you struggle with internal dialogue, comparisons, and a tendency to allow fear to keep you from enjoying life, pick up this book immediately! You will be glad you did!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Robert B. Wallis on October 8, 2004
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This is a great resource for those of us who are struggling with achieving our dreams, or just the social graces we were never taught. Horn goes into great detail in sections about making conversation, with step-by-step instructions on how to work a room and make everyone certain that you are interested in them (which, of course, you are).

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is having trouble reaching your dream, especially if shyness or lack of confidence is holding you back, The 30-day step program will get you where you want to go!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By mark s. kawata on July 1, 2002
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Sam Horn has come up with a manual for attacking the myraid of things that keep you from progressing in life. What's Holding You Back is a collection of pearls of wisdom backed by relevant illustrations drawn from the author's years as a speaker and seminar leader. The reader is presented with suggestions for improvement in areas ranging from communication skills, attitude, making friends, the art of conversation, developing and maintaining relationships and strategies for dealing with personal demons. The book offers something for every reader. A friend in his early 30's said that reading the book changed his life. A professional associate said that the only things it won't help are serious personality disorders. Sam's suggestions range from the common sense to universal truths. I found that although I already practice many of the things suggested, there are still many others that I either forgot about or simply don't make use of. I now read the book three to four times a year, as I believe that repetition helps integrate the wisdom Sam imparts into more areas of my life. The book is easy reading, with a workable 30 day completion plan. If the book were required reading for everyone, the world would indeed be the better for it.
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