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A good read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-09-2020

Overall I think this was a very practical and useful book. I with it had a few more examples on how to practise the contents but it gave a fairly straightforward framework that was easy to understand. The real-life examples throughout kept the subject matter interesting.

I thought I would hate this book, but it's great!

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-08-2020

For me, the name "barefoot investor" conjures up images of a long haired surfie, building a kombi-van-heavy portfolio to retire at age 18 chasing waves and living on Centrelink. Thankfully Scott is nothing like this, heck he lives on a farm and would likely die of a snake bite if he were to imitate his namesake. Scotts narration was captivating and clear. His advice is mostly geared towards making the most of what you have, but it's a great blueprint for keeping your finances in check while you go about tackling your life's work - which is covered in countless other business books.

Great story, mediocre narrator.

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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-08-2020

Try download a different copy of this audiobook. The narrator in this version is rather monotonous in delivery and doesn’t put in the effort to change her voice with the different characters which makes it hard to follow the dialogues. I previously listened to another version where effort had been put into voices and sounds of ambiance which made the stories far more engaging. Look for that version.

A great read

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-09-2019

The delivery of this book was the best of any audiobook I've read. They use different voices and background noises to bring you into the story. The plot becomes a bit thin when the author tries to apply the underlying process of ongoing improvement to the main character's marital problems. I can see where the author was trying to show that these techniques could be used in all aspects of life, but in this example I think that offloading his parenting duties to his mother and winning an epic promotion at work probably had a lot more influence in saving his marriage than directly applying his mentor's techniques of process improvement. I'm very glad to have read this book, it helped me understand the process of identifying what the goal is in any situation.

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  • Bringing Out the Best in People
  • How to Apply the Astonishing Power of Positive Reinforcement, Third Edition
  • By: Aubrey C. Daniels
  • Narrated by: Scott R. Pollak

Long winded but essential nonetheless.

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-09-2019

The core takeaway is that you need to reward people immediately based on the actions and behaviours you want them to perform. Promising a reward that is far off in the future (like a pay rise at the end of the financial year) and tying that reward to a KPI that is loosely defined or possibly unattainable does not bring out the best in people. Linking performance to KPIs may be easy in a widget factory where you want people to churn out more widgets but it's difficult to apply in an IT environment where workers are carrying out long-tailed creative works. I wish some more advice advice or examples were given on how to enact the values of this book in these kinds of workplaces. When I asked a co-worker he filled in a big blank for me. The easiest, cheapest and fastest reward is to simply tell someone immediately when they've done a good job. For us that means immediately as tasks are moved to "Done" or at the end of each sprint review.

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  • Pitch Anything
  • An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal
  • By: Oren Klaff
  • Narrated by: Oren Klaff

I write a lot of negative reviews. NOT THIS TIME!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-09-2016

I'm sick to death of self proclaimed business gurus attempting to crystallise their "expert" opinion of themselves, capping off their mediocre careers by writing a book. I find it an offensive waste of my time when they waffle on for 13 hours about their opinions without any real authority on their subject, but hey, if you're driving for hours on end you might as well listen to something semi-educational right?

This book is DIFFERENT. Oren Klaff has put together a fantastic book that will change the way you perceive social situations and help you pitch your ideas successfully. He narrates it himself and keeps you 100% captivated.

When you listen to this book you will:
1. Listen to it at regular 1x speed because Oren doesn't waffle or talk to you slowly like you're retarded. Oren respects your time.
2. Pause at times to take notes or contemplate some awesome new concept. You may even tell your spouse how interesting the book you're listening to is.
3. Listen to it over and over again, because there is so much useful information that it may take a while to put it all into practise.

There are tonnes of books with 5 star reviews on Audible that don't deserve them, this book stands out as one that really deserves a 5 star review and it completely worthy of your time.

45 people found this helpful

Annoyingly slow and basic

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2 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 05-09-2016

I read this book on the advice that it would help me set up a social media strategy. It did cover a few social media platforms but omitted many of the newer big ones making me question the "new" in the title. Overall it didn't help me set up a strategy at all. I still don't know whether I should blog or tweet, put photos up on Pinterest or Facebook, what content should go on my website's news feed and can I cross post? Overall this book just offered a basic intro to some of the platforms and I'm no closer to having a solid social media strategy.

1 person found this helpful

Not suitable as an audiobook.

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1 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 22-06-2016

This book reads like a textbook rather than a story. It is broken down into numbered lists and sub lists e.g. "Section 4a" and I found it very hard to follow. The book also makes excessive use of the word etcetera to the point that you can tell when they're going to use it and speak along in unison.

The content feels very dated. They make a point that you "should" start thinking about getting on this new thing called The Internet and they have to spell out what IT stands for.

Worst of all the book culminates in a sales pitch about how good the (paid for) six disciplines software is, yet it sounds like a sub-par version of Trello (which is free by the way).

I regret wasting my monthly audible credit on this book and I wish I could get my 4 hours back. I call shenanigans on all of the 5 star reviews this book has received.

1 person found this helpful

An underwhelming narrative of a really cool guy

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Reviewed: 17-06-2016

This book is a bit of a let-down. You will learn a bit about Elon and his companies, but it will sap 13 hours of your life away and you won't be a better person for it.

You'd think there's so much you can learn from Elon Musk, but this author didn't really make much effort to gather any nuggets of insightful information, just snippets of hearsay from sources that have worked around Elon. Listening to the book feels kind of perverted because it's written in a way where the author digs up lots of dirt on him the way a trash magazine reports on the secret lives of celebrities.

The Author even gloats mildly about his tenacity in pestering Musk until he agreed to let him write the book.

Don't bother listening to this one.

64 people found this helpful

Very focussed man with a very understanding family

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 10-06-2016

Before reading this book I already had a lot of respect for Chris and I still do. He comes across as an extremely focussed, dedicated and successful man so I was eager to hear how he managed his relationship with his family.

While Chris pays every respect to his wife and children for their countless contributions and sacrifices, I found myself a little disappointed that he found no elegant way to fulfil his family obligations while striving to be the best he could be in his professional career. Sure, he did the best he could and made sure his family knew they were important to him - whenever he had the time. He planned thoughtful gestures well in advance of away missions to try and make up for his absence. In a nutshell, he could have quit at any time but his career always came first. Anything less and he would never have become an astronaut.

I still can't decide whether that's right or not. It's a lot to think about.

2 people found this helpful