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The chapters cover the basics of rapport and it's short and sweet enough that I can *almost* share it with clients who need some help with this skillset. I said "almost." It's a risk to use politicians as examples. There are a few small photos in this book and they deal with, of all things, "the handshake." I appreciate the point made about the "welcoming" nature of a "palms up" handshake and I'll ignore the obvious logical inconsistency of suggesting a palms up handshake if, in a state of rapport (or a state of "trying to achieve rapport) your handshake partner also goes for the palms up move. This is less about rapport than it is about "body language," a dubious topic in a multicultural world. Still, this distinction is not the subject of my mini-rant. The author used Mike Huckabee as an example of someone who "knows how to gesture and shake hands with palms up" as a good example and Joe Biden (when shaking hands "palm down" with Sarah Palin [of all people]) as an example of "bad" handshaking. Hmmm...really? Joe Biden gets bad press from fellow Democrats from building too much rapport and Mike Huckabee parents Sarah Sanders and we're using "Uncle Joe" as a bad example? Politics aside, I can no longer share this book with clients unless I know their political leanings lest I offend them. This move detracts from an otherwise useful and helpful little book.
He didn't seem to use an editor, as the english is not very good. His ideas are alright, but almost identical (including specific examples used) to "The Code of Trust" by the same author. In that book, he uses a co-writer and it is easier to read. I wish I hadn't bothered with this one.
This book has useful information which should be known by anyone attempting to strike up a conversation for the purpose of gathering tidbits for future use. Basically, it talks about self-awareness and knowing what you want BEFORE jumping into the ring with the bull.
The writer, Robin, obviously is not a writer (and never claims to be) but is an agent who has learned through experience and is willing to share what he's learned with his audience. If you can get past the double and triple "and" in a sentence that lasts four or five lines, the ill-written paragraphs and occasional ramblings, you'll get what you're looking for with this book. With a bit of strategic editing, a cover that is not cut-off and blank on the back (PDF format) this book could be a winner.
Robin, drop me a line and we can talk about making your book as credible as eye-candy with the information it contains. Go ahead and check out my book on Kindle for an example of my work and think about it. Hazards of Eris I'd love to help out a fellow writer by putting your information where it deserves to be, on top and readable.
Hazards of Eris: "U" is for Unforgettable (Volume 1)
There were some really good insights hidden among all the bla bla bla. This seemed like a set of some really good blog posts, but definitely not something I'd want sitting on my shelf over the years.
The author has some interesting insight into behaviors based on his experience, but it all seems so one dimensional and repetitive at best. Each "section" has a predictable formula that makes the book flop less than half way through it.