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Soundview Executive Book Summaries® publishes summaries of the best business books of each year on career and self-development subjects including business communication, time management, public speaking, negotiation, work-life balance, emotional intelligence, presentation skills, decision-making and more. Browse our list of summary titles to find those that will move your career and life forward.

  • Image of The Laws of Charisma
    Image of The Laws of Charisma

    How to Captivate, Inspire and Influence for Maximum Success

    by Kurt Mortensen

    The Laws of Charisma shows readers how to: radiate confidence, passion, power, and optimism; combine purpose, creativity, competence, and focus to inspire commitment; influence others by improving communication skills; and persuade and empower anyone by creating instant rapport.

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  • Image of Conversational Intelligence
    Image of Conversational Intelligence

    How Great Leaders Build Trust and Get Extraordinary Results

    by Judith Glaser

    Judith E. Glaser presents a framework for understanding how conversations trigger different parts of the brain.

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  • Image of The Achievement Habit
    Image of The Achievement Habit

    Stop Wishing, Start Doing and Take Command of Your Life

    by Bernard Roth

    Bernie Roth, co-founder of the Stanford d.school, offers a guide for harnessing the power of design thinking to help meet life’s challenges and fulfill goals. Behaviors and relationships can be transformed as you become more effective at solving problems, more focused on things that matter, and more satisfied with life. Achievement is like a muscle; learn how to flex it.

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  • Image of Persuasion Equation
    Image of Persuasion Equation

    The Subtle Science of Getting Your Way

    by Mark Rodgers

    This insightful guide by Mark Rodgers reveals what drives decisions and introduces the persuasion equation –– a powerful combination of factors proven to speed agreement. Learn how to set your persuasion priorities and perfect the five-step persuasion process in order to gain buy-in from those around you.

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  • Image of Triggers
    Image of Triggers

    Creating Behavior That Lasts – Becoming the Person You Want to Be

    by Marshall Goldsmith

    Marshall Goldsmith shows how we can overcome the unappreciated triggers in our lives prompted by people and situations that lure us into behaving in a manner diametrically opposed to the colleague, partner, parent, or friend we imagine ourselves to be. Goldsmith details six engaging questions that can help us enact meaningful and lasting change in order to become the person we want to be.

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  • Image of Pitch Perfect
    Image of Pitch Perfect

    How to Say It Right the First Time, Every Time

    by Bill McGowan, Alisa Bowman

    Renowned media coach Bill McGowan shows how to communicate with confidence during the pivotal moments of life. He offers Seven Principles of Persuasion to use to establish the right tone for the right message to the right person at the right time. Learn how to overcome common mistakes and implement a better way of communicating using effective verbal and nonverbal language.

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  • Image of The Behavior Breakthrough
    Image of The Behavior Breakthrough

    Leading Your Organization to a New Competitive Advantage

    by Steve Jacobs

    In The Behavior Breakthrough, organizational behavior expert Steve Jacobs and his colleagues explain the quiet revolution that is underway in pioneering and successful organizations.

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  • Image of Better By Mistake
    Image of Better By Mistake

    The Unexpected Benefits of Being Wrong

    by Alina Tugend

    Better by Mistake turns our cultural wisdom on its head to illustrate the downside of striving for perfection and the rewards of acknowledging and accepting mistakes and embracing the imperfection in all of us.

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  • Image of How the World Sees You
    Image of How the World Sees You

    Discover Your Highest Value Through the Science of Fascination

    by Sally Hogshead

    How the World Sees You gives a step-by-step method to help you know what makes you valuable to others, which will help you to be more authentic, confident and able to be at your best to create better relationships, grow your business and become even more valuable to those who matter most.

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