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The Science of Likability: 27 Studies to Master Charisma, Attract Friends, Captivate People, and Take Advantage of Human Psychology Kindle Edition
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Treating people like science subjects in the experiment of life is an interesting and different way of thinking, but probably one that is helpful in helping you get what (and who) you want. I think the author reference over 30 studies, so you get more than you pay for ;) - Reader
I manage people. I interview them as well, and I evaluate them on a daily basis and recommend if they are to receive promotions or not. I'm sort of in HR but the point is I have to look at the small things people do to ge talong better with others or not.
Lots of information new to me in this book, from what makes enemies into friends, how to act the part of a better friend, and how to convince people to act in a way you want. Really helpful; things I wish the people I manage people knew.
All in all, highly worthwhile book to spend a weekend reading and digesting, all summed up by the wonderfully helpful cheat sheet at the end of the book. 5 star book. - Reader
It has helped me communicate significantly better with my girlfriend as well, heck. Clear and concise, not overflowing with useless anecdotes that many of the other similar books are guilty of! - Reader
- Publication Date : July 1, 2017
- File Size : 1622 KB
- Print Length : 115 pages
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- ASIN : B073LWGMB9
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- Language: : English
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- Best Sellers Rank: #119,313 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Well it turns out that being likeable doesn't mean everyone has to like you. And some people won't, no matter who you are or how nice you are. That is what I like about Patrick King's book "The Science of Likeability." There are tons of useful and actionable steps you can take to get noticed, make more friends, and even get people who don't like you to start making an effort to become "friendlier."
If you are heading out for a social function, a party, a wedding, or just to meet people you don't know on the street, this book has lots of stuff to help you out.
A few of my favorite chapters are:
Chapter 2. How to Turn Enemies into Friends
Chapter 5. How to Persuade and Negotiate Effectively
Chapter 11. How to Avoid Being Judged
Chapter 13. How to be Funny and Charismatic
There is something for everyone in this book because, let's face it, who doesn't want to be liked, at least a little more if not a lot? After going through this material I know I can approach any social situation and keep calm while fighting the urge to cut in when people are talking or showing off by bragging.
The book has really solid strategies on communicating more effectively. I like the part on winning groups over as well, because, while many people function well in face-to-face conversations, they fall apart when it comes to group discussions. The dynamics are just so different, but chapter 12 takes care of that nicely.
A definite book to recommend that will get you more likes at the next outing, but more importantly, you'll be learning real social skills that you've never mastered before.
I mean, wow, just the premise of the book alone pushed my mouse over to the buy button, and it did not disappoint.
Treating people like science subjects in the experiment of life is an interesting and different way of thinking, but probably one that is helpful in helping you get what (and who) you want. I think the author reference over 30 studies, so you get more than you pay for ;)
And I mean instantly!!!
He got it from his dad, who is capable of walking into an elevator with a random group of people, and hop off 5 floors later, making chatty comments through the closing doors about how he's sure that ugly business split they're going through will work out fine. People trust my husband. People love my husband. And so it's always been easier to just continue standing off to the side in the shadows.
I really do believe there is something for everyone in this book. Every person that is struggling in some capacity with social interactions, and being likable. The part that helped me the most in this book was that it's all based on science. It's not really even social skill. It's the ability to understand a scientific concept, and put it into practice.
If you're looking for help socially, and want to understand the science behind being likable, get this book! It helped me, and I really think it can help you!!!
Networking is a big part of my income and how I get clients so it's fascinating to read about the tiny things I was and was not doing to get in touch better with people. As I said, educational to the max
Highly recommended - this is coming from someone who reads and listens to multiple audiobooks a week.
Many of the ideas presented are just not realistic, and are described in best case scenario situations, that I believe can set up the reader for failure in the real world.
It seems like the author has tried to use concepts from several different motivational speakers, and mixed it with some entry level psychology course material.
You can get better information just doing a search of this topic online - seriously.
I wish I could get a refund on this one.
This review is not for the book itself, which I plan on reading instead of listening to.
A better book is the Charisma Myth. Better written and totally more compelling.
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I don't think the content in the book was written to be memorable in any particular way. So for that matter, it would be better to have a hard copy so you can bookmark the pages and passages of relevance. (I read this on a Kindle)
I would definitely recommend reading this if you are thinking about applying for managerial jobs as there would be information in there useful to your future applications, and to decide what type of manager you want to be according to your personality type.
I may keep an eye out for a hard copy of the book to keep in my desk for moments that may come to be in the future, where I feel like being overly nice to difficult or irritating people is about to make my brain explode.
Also I see the subject line of the book is "27 Studies to Master Charisma, Attract Friends, Captivate People... etc" but it's not clear where the list of 27 cases is. And the book is not written in a manner that teaches you how to master charisma - just why charismatic people are seen that way. The title isn't as wholly representative of the book as perhaps it should be.
Self-awareness books are sometimes a little tough to digest, as we should be aware of our personality types and what that means for us in our respective workplaces. It's different for everyone and the wealth of information available is sometimes conflicting: do this, DON'T do this, do that instead. This particular part of my review is with respect to other recent books I read on Dark Psychology and Highly Sensitive Empaths.
Apart from that the book is well structured so it is eady to follow. The fact that comes with research that backs up the information is even better.
I have started using one method already about acting like a friend to people I wanted to get closser together yet jist met and it definitely has been working for me.
Overall it is a good read and I thoroughly enjoyed it.