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The Tipping Point: by Malcolm Gladwell | Summary & Analysis

A smarter you in 15 minutes. What is your time worth?

How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference is a debut audiobook by Malcolm Gladwell that defines a tipping point as "the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point." The audiobook seeks to go into detail and describe the "mysterious" sociological changes that mark everyday activities. Gladwell states that, "Ideas and products and messages and behaviors spread like viruses do."

The Law of the Few by Malcolm Gladwell also states that, "The success of any social epidemic is heavily dependent upon the involvement of an individual with a particular and rare group of social gifts." For Malcolm Gladwell, economists label this the 80/20 Principle, which could be the idea, that in every situation roughly 80 percent of the work are going to be done by 20 percent with the participants". These people are described in the following ways:

Connectors will be the population in every community who know large numbers of men and women, and who are in the habit of making introductions. They usually know people across numerous social, cultural, professional, and economic circles, and create a habit of introducing those who work, or are in different circles.

Salespersons are "persuaders" - those with charismatic and powerful negotiation skills. They tend on an indefinable trait that goes beyond the things they say, making others desire to agree with them.

The Stickiness Factor - A specific content of a message that renders its impact unforgettable. Popular children's television programs, including Sesame Street and Blue's Clues, pioneered the properties in the stickiness factor, thus enhancing effective retention of educational content, and also, entertainment value.

The power of context in human behavior is to understand, and strongly depend on its environment.

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  • Sustainability Champion
  • 10-03-2019

Terrible

Useless both in content and the way it is delivered. And that is all that I have to say

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  • cody guerry
  • 12-02-2019

Awful summary and no analysis

The person reading sounded as if English was a foreign language to them.
There were lines and anecdotes that were repeated.
There was no analysis as mentioned in the title.

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  • P. S.
  • 28-01-2018

good voice, poor translation

good voice but poor summary. narrator spoke well but the words chosen sounded as if the text was translated from a foreign language with poor tense agreement and subject verb agreement.

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  • David Shuler
  • 13-11-2017

DO NOT BUY

This is not only a horrible summary of the book, it's barely even English. It's like it was written by someone who's been learning English for 6 months and only read the chapter titles of the book.

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  • e.
  • 13-10-2020

Shallow, lacks impact!

Read book 2x. Major impact. This summary is tepid at best. Other reviewers did Gladwell much better.

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  • J KENT LADEWIG
  • 18-12-2019

Unable to complete thoughts

I can barely tell what point they are trying to make. Incomplete sentences and thoughts. It seems English is not even their secondary language. This summary has put me off wanting to read the book.

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  • Richard G.
  • 13-12-2019

Weak

this piece needs some editing and revision to say the least. at first I thought it must have been a robotic voice because there are so many grammar errors. Beyond that, three summaries of each chapter are not comprehensive, cohesive, or beneficial in the way they relate the principal points.

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  • Simonkite
  • 04-11-2019

Obviously summarised by a non-English speaker

I was too distracted by the poor grammar and non-sensical sentences to be able to get any benefit from the story. Sounded like the summary had been done by someone for whom English is not their first language.

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