Never Be Boring Again: Make Your Business Presentations Capture Attention, Inspire Action and Produce Results

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I’ve read this book before, around 10 years or so, and thought of ‘why not going back to it again, it might help me in my career as an instructor’. Going through the book this time was faster, I think I was skim reading and recalling the things that I have read. Interesting enough, I was using a lot of the things that were mentioned in the book without noticing. So I came up with the conclusion that my subconsciousness was implementing the tools and methods mentioned in the book, those same tools that I have read 10 years ago.

From my humble experience, those methods in the book do make a difference, specially when giving a lecture as it helps the students to relate to the topic, even if not to the particular information, but it would be the triggering key that would help them remember a particular information. Also the method of utilising stories, doesn’t matter if they were complicated or just plain simple, when trying to deliver a message to other people does link to their personal experiences and haps humanise the information rather than robotise it, which itself would make the information more practical and useable.

The book does involve examples of stories used by the author and some other participants who he had helped through his practice. Also the book does give examples and sources for stories that can be used and how you can use them. Furthermore, the author takes you through his personal stories and contextualise them in a way to assist you in the process of contextualising your own stories.

Doesn’t matter if you were a business man, instructor or a doctor etc; I think this book and its context can help you on a personal and a professional levels.

@DougStoryCoach < the author’s Twitter account

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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I have been told long ago about this book, and was advised as a teen to read the teen specially oriented one, which is not much different in principle to this one. Now that I am no longer a teen, I was advised again to read the book, which I did.

To tell you the truth, it was not an easy process, and had to push myself into reading every page and go through the whole book, I even spent intense time to finish it and take less days spent on it. The flow was nice to read, the concepts were somehow familiar as I have read them as a teen, but for some reason I felt it was a heavy reading material.

From my perspective, I see that the book talks about the different three stages of people’s reaction towards responsibility: dependency, independency and inter-depenecy.  basically it talks about ones responsibility acceptance to the cooperation and working as a team. Moving from blaming others to working with them to succeed, motivate and develop.

I am all about the concept that this book tries to deliver. Sadly I know it is been taught as a workshop in different companies, but are they actually applying what is been taught? Or only some theoretical material that they give for the sake of giving?

من البادية إلى عالم النفط – علي إبراهيم النعيمي

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أول كتاب أقرأه باللغة العربية لهذا العام …. وأول كتاب يكون بهذا النوع من المحتوى لهذا العام

كتاب عن شخصية ذكرت تاريخها المليء بالتحديات والانجازات خلال فترات متقلبة ومتفاوتة الأحداث. من ابن البادية إلى وزير تسمع كلمته في اجتماعات محلية ودولية. تاريخ أجده محفز لمن يقرأه، فيه من الأمل والطموح الذي يدفع الانسان نحو تحسين ذاته وتذكرته بامكانياته وقدراته التي قد يحط منها بنفسه بسبب عدم ايمانه بنفسه.

بالنسبة لاسلوب الكتاب وطرحه، استطيع القول أن ما شدني فيه هو دمج الأحداث التاريخية التي شكلت وكانت سبب في التطورات التي عاشها الكاتب، لم يركز فقط على سرد الأحداث التي مر بها بل ربطها بالأحداث التاريخية التي زامنت  ما مر به من ايجابيات او سلبيات. أيضا نظرته الإيجابية في طرحه للآحداث التي مر بها خلال عمله وأيضا لما مرت به المملكة

من الأساليب التي اتبعها اقتباسات من كتابات ومقابلات ترجمها ووضعها لتأكد وتدعم ما ذكر

For my non-Arabic speaking/reading followers, this book is about a man who have written his life story with an inspiring and motivational perspective. Telling people his journey from being a desert nomad kid to a well reputed government personnel. The journey he took was linked to historical events that were the reason behind his success and development. His optimistic vision was an important touched upon aspect in his book. I would much recommend this book to inspire people as well as inform them of some historical aspects that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia went through.

The Art of Thinking Clearly

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I started this post with more detail that later on as I went more into the book noticed that was more complicated and will be as if I was summarising the book not reviewing it. So here is the review:

My overall thought in regards to this book. As a start, I thought the book would discuss something different. Alas, it surprised me. Thought the ideas and concepts presented were useful to know. Gradually I started to feel some negative vibes from the writer’s attitude. This made me to go furthermore and insist on finishing the book. Following will try to give more details, hopefully not spoilers for people who didn’t start reading the book.

The book started with really nice concepts, and all justifications placed seemed logical, yet it seems like it requests maximum objectivity in the way we live. For me, I feel there needs to be some subjectivity or as the author calls it bias/ error.

I respect the ideas and theories placed in the book, and as the author mentions later on at the end of the book: he falls into those traps that doesn’t make him think clearly as it is part of being human. That conclusion I think what made me feel better, as lost of the theories mentioned are part of who we are, and personal thought, they are not errors or traps and they can positively influence us.

 

 

Women Can’t Park, Men Can’t Pack: The Psychology of Stereotypes

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You can find this book in Amazon

Started my year reading this book. For me I would say a cleaver choice. The author’s style mixed some facts and humor together.

Talking about stereotypes, which can lead and does lead sometimes to bias and racism. Also, the facts that were mentioned referenced from respectable research (or so I think from referencing style). These references studied these stereotypes and how true they were, or even if they were anyway close to being real. Most of the topics that were selected originated as a special case and is not rue. From the things that were mentioned too was that because we keep on hearing that stereotype we believe in it being true, which is not necessary.

If you are into exploring stereotypes and the research done around them, this book would be a nice start.