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Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Only Negotiating Guide You'll Ever Need - Peter B. Stark & Jane Flaherty

101 ways to win every time in any situation. This is a revised and updated version that was originally published in 2002  under the tile - Everyone Negotiates, 101 Winning tactics. Recommendations from Brian Tracy, Harvey McCay, and Jack Canfield are on the back cover of the book.
This book claims quite a feat, claiming to be the only book you will need on a subject, but it does contain many great tips and, more importantly, real scenarios to demonstrate. The first point they make is that everyone negotiates, whether they realize it or not.
Pat 1 deals with the skillful negotiator, defining negotiation, possible outcomes, and a negotiation assessment to test your skills. Also in the first part area chapters on on-verbal behavior and buildnig trust, two very important subjects that are sometimes overlooked.
I enjoyed this book, having read a lot of these tactics before, probably from the previous edition, and found many ideas that can be used in everyday life. I would recommend this book to any one that needs to negotiate, and that would be just about everyone. Published by Crown Business, www.crownbusiness.com.
I have been sent a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

How Music Works - David Byrne

Many people know David Byrne as the founding member of Talking Heads. This book reveals another side of him, intelligent and and well crafted history of music and technology. It will appeal to the musician in that he goes into detail of how he made some of his recordings, finances and technical parts. It will also appeal to the non-musician in revealing what music is all about. Very enjoyable and well researched, it is a fresh volume in so many other books about "rock stars" lifestyle and tell all books. Not what you would expect from someone who had some of the 80's biggest hits, and who's music is still popular now.
Of particular interest to me was his growing up and how he experimented with musical sounds and recording. It may be the first time some readers have heard the names and stories he mentions in this book.
All in all a very enjoyable read for the musician or non-musician. Anyone who wants to know how music works.
I have received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a review.