Speak Like a Leader: The Definitve Guide to Mastering the Art of Conversation and Becoming a Great Speaker 1st Edition
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 10.7 ounces
- Paperback : 162 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1508807981
- ISBN-13 : 978-1508807988
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.37 x 9 inches
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (March 5, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,339,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A close friend of mine suggested me this book and although I was a bit reluctant in the beginning, I was hooked by the author’s narration immediately. It’s not only that I could relate myself to the author’s ideas, but also that his ability to motivate you while you read can help you become better at conversations unconsciously.
There are times in my life where I feel that I am incapable of starting a conversation or building deep connections with people I meet. The author managed to somehow make me feel good about myself and show me that speaking well is a skill anyone can attain and eventually a tool that can help you stand out among others.
Many need to improve their thought habits to make better choices. By absorbing and practicing this, you can change for the better. The author calls this state when achieved "Unconscious Competence."
He is young, an internet writer and presents his insights succinctly. His style will be easier for younger readers who might be impatient with verbosity.
The whole book seems more like a marketing majors attempt to monetize a website (the Quintessential man) than an honest book aimed at helping people.
Chapter 1 - Ambition, Motivation, Extroversion And Our Unconscious Competence Pursuit
In the first chapter Andrian makes a very important point. In order to become a great speaker you need to embrace your extraverted nature. Through a very nice and motivational narrative, he explains the differences between introverts and extroverts and helps the reader connect with a reality where he is an ambivert with extraverted tendencies.
Chapter 2 – The Art Of Small Talk
In the second chapter we are introduced to the subtle art of small talk. This is an area many people struggle with but Andrian manages to demystify it and suggest some effective methods that can make small talk easy for everyone.
Chapter 3 - How To Talk Without Running Out Of Things To Say
The third chapter is dedicated to one of the most challenging areas - How to talk without running out of things to say. Although one would think that the author would suggest some strange systems in order for one to cope with this challenge, he actually suggests an incredible mentality shift; a mentality shift that can lead to incredible realizations and will eventually help one get over the limiting beliefs that get in the way between him and this challenge.
Chapter 4 – Storytelling And Humor Are Your Unique Selling Points
This is definitely my favorite chapter. Through a combination of storytelling, scientific research and hands-on advice, the author helps the reader get immersed in the idea of storytelling and how to make it part of the way he expresses himself. This chapter also goes deep into “The recipe for Humor,” and gives some great examples of Humor from famous comedians.
Chapter 5 – Controlling The Frame Of A Conversation
This is definitely one of the most interesting chapters of the book because it deals with an area we completely neglect while in a conversation – how to control our frame. Frame control is an ability that characterizes very powerful speakers, like politicians and comedians and also a skill that when harnessed, can help one influence and persuade others.
Chapter 6 - Social Intelligence: The Secret To Sustainable Influence
I have read about social intelligence before but not in the way it is described in the book. Social intelligence is indeed the secret to sustainable influence, mainly because socially intelligent people have the ability to evaluate social situations better and adapt themselves to different social environments. The author explains the reasons behind social intelligence’s importance and also suggests some incredibly uncommon psychological life hacks one can use to gain advantage in social situations.
Chapter 7 – Public Speaking Mastery
This chapter is dedicated to public speaking and presentations. Although one would think that there is so much to know about public speaking, the author makes a very interesting statement A successful speech is: 10% your idea + 50% your preparation + 40% attention grabbing techniques. He suggest some great ways to grab the attention of your audience and eventually deliver a great speech.
Chapter 8 – Flow – The Secret To Releasing Your Ultimate Potential
To be honest with you, I wasn’t familiar with the idea of flow and its importance in the way we speak and preform in general. When I read this chapter and became aware of its power, I realized that I would never see a conversation the same way as before. Now I am constantly aware of the idea of flow and I actively try to pursue it while in a conversation, thus making the conversation become more natural and effective.