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The Art of Speed Reading People: How to Size People Up and Speak Their Language Paperback – Feb 25 1999
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Do you communicate ineffectively with some people and powerfully with others? The reason may be a difference in personalities and communication preferences. The Art of Speedreading People is a crash course in communication strategies, showing you how to observe behavioral clues to gain valuable insights into people's personalities and communication styles. The result: you become a more effective and convincing communicator, and you are more likely to receive the response you want.
This book is like a practical communications seminar based on the psychology model called Personality Typing, which is focused on identifying key personality traits in order to communicate most effectively. First, you analyze your own personality type and determine your placement on the scales of extrovert/introvert, sensor/intuitive, thinking/feeling, and judging/perceiving. The book then teaches you about the clues that indicate other people's personality type, including speaking style, body language, and occupation. You test yourself by reading a few scenarios and personality typing the characters described. You put the system to work by learning approaches to "speedreading" people in person and on the phone using skill-building exercises. Finally, you learn how to communicate effectively with people who are a different type or temperament than you. The Art of Speedreading People is intriguing and useful, especially for those who work in a sales, service, teaching, or managerial position, or any job where effective and positive communication is paramount. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The authors have taken a well-respected aspect of psychology called "personality typing" and devised the art of "speed reading" people as a powerful tool for quickly and accurately identifying key personality traits for effective communication. The book also serves as an infomercial for the authors' consulting practice. Tieger and Barron-Tieger aim to accurately identify key characteristics of personality that are present in all people, through understanding how people are energized, what kind of information they naturally notice and remember, how they make decisions, and how they organize the world around them. The first section of the book is devoted to the underlying principles of personality type, the second section addresses communicating with people in their favorite style, and the final section deals with understanding and appreciating the subtleties and preferred communication styles of the 16 types identified by the concept of personality type. Although some readers may not agree with all of the authors' views, this book provides useful insight into the ongoing challenge of effective communication. Mary Whaley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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To make the best use of this book, study the specific descriptions of each of the 16 types and skim the rest. For a deeper understanding of type, try Lenore Thompson's book Personality Type. It's tough reading because she seems to give common words her own set of meanings--if you can figure out her dictionary, it will open up a deep understanding of the real meaning of personality type. It's worth the effort.
There are numerous examples of what to look for to guess what charachteristic best fits a person. There are also very short examples to be able to test out, just in casual conversation, with co-workers/friends.
This is a great book and fun to read/do the exercises to try out your new gained insight. This book will certainly not make you a personality expert but it will help you appreciate the differences and gain tolerance. It was also fun to discover that the "quirks" in my personality are actually quite common...like, my car is always messy no matter what, and that is indicative of a "perciever". It was also fun to do some of the exercises on my friends...like having them give me directions. This is a clue to determine if the person is a "thinker or feeler".
I recommend this book! Fun, fun, fun!
The book introduces various methods of assessing a person's personality type (using preferences vs. temperment) as well as giving some exercises at the end of each chapter to help put what you just learned to use. Of course, the stress is on *Speed* reading people so they give tips on how to quickly asess someone's type so that you can put what you learned to use in the real world where you can't sit down and have a therapy session with everyone you meet.
The later chapters in the book delve into the 16 different types, grouping them by temperment, and gives detailed descriptions on common behaviors and responses of these types. Additionally they give tips on how to interact with particular types in order to communicate with them most effectively.
Note: they are VERY careful to state that typing does not equal stereotyping and always caution that people won't always fit neatly in these man made categories. Plus they are very careful to stress that this book is not intended for someone to learn how to "control" others, but rather develop a system of effective interaction with friends, colleagues, bosses, etc.
If you always felt you never really "got" people then this is a definate must read. If you always kind of "felt" people out and reacted from what you sensed (like me) this is still a must read because it takes this method and lays it out explicitly so you can use it as a tool rather than merely intution.
It works through this process by starting with you, the reader. You go through several steps to determine which personality type you match and helping you to understand how that personality type tends to communicate. Then you learn how to communicate with others with each of the different personality types. It is a highly recommended book with techniques that are useful for anyone in any social or business situation, but expect to spend some time learning all the personality types.
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An outstanding book with great example utilizing "similarities" which makes it easier to understand concepts! Eye-opening!!Published 2 months ago by Kav.
I am just getting into this book but so far I am impressed and have found it rather useful. I can definitely find this book always being helpful in many situations. Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2013 by Graham Schmuland
This book, as opposed to other books concerning "Temperament Typing" offers a less official, more relaxed and practical way of harnessing this theory. Read morePublished on March 24 2004
How many books have you read that cause you to never view the subject the same way again? I can count them on one hand & I read plenty. Read morePublished on Dec 14 2003
This book is an excellent companion to "Type Talk at Work". It digests the theory and applies it to logically grouped type components. Read morePublished on March 9 2003
If you want to apply the MBTI to yourself and interacting with others, then this book might be the best book yet written for that purpose. Read morePublished on Dec 25 2002
I have read a great number of books on the 16 MBTI personality types, and I have investigated scores of websites to really find out all I can about understanding people and their... Read morePublished on Dec 4 2002 by D. Bodenheimer
When I first saw this book, I only read the first part of the title, "The Art of Speedreading People. Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2002 by magellan
Move over, Evelyn Wood. Instead of speed reading text, Paul T. Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger tell you how to speed read the personalities of those with whom you work and play. Read morePublished on March 20 2002 by Rolf Dobelli