Category Archives: Book Review

Arnold Schwarzenegger and little victories

I am currently in the middle of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s autobiography, Total Recall. It is a fascinating read that offers great insights into the focus, drive and work ethic of the man. Schwarzenegger is not perfect, and he has made his share of mistakes, … Continue reading

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Ten Lessons from Steve Martin

I am a big fan of stand-up comedy. I have enormous respect for the men and women—whether professionals or amateurs—who get up on stage and do their best to make us laugh. And though I like many comedians, my all-time … Continue reading

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The Elements of Eloquence

Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with my series on rhetorical devices. Figures of rhetoric such as anaphora, epistrophe, epizeuxis and others, when used properly, can set a speech on fire so that it blazes in the memories of … Continue reading

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A Lesson from Andre Agassi

I recently finished Open, Andre Agassi’s autobiography. It is a terrific book and is one of the best autobiographies that I have ever read. I highly recommend it. The title of the book could not be more appropriate, both for … Continue reading

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Sales Pitches that Snap, Crackle n’ Pop

“When you make a sales pitch, you are not there to close a deal; you are there to open a relationship.” That one sentence captures the essence of a great book on sales: Sales Pitches that Snap, Crackle ‘n Pop … Continue reading

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