Monday, May 23, 2016

The Art of People by Dave Kerpen

I think I understand why Kerpen put the subtitle to this book: 11 Simple People Skills That Will Get You Everything You Want.

I don't like it though. It put in my mind the stereotype that this is just another surface level How-to-get-ahead-with-people gobbledeegook.

I say that because after reading this book, which was fantastic by the way, I don't believe the skills explored inside will get you everything you want.

With all of these John Maxwell wannabes, there is something to their persona that not everyone who will read their books have. Kerpen has it and it has worked out well in his art of the sale.

Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed reading his book. It revolves around gaining success and influence. Going in with hesitancy, I wasn't expecting such a fun read!

The chapters are very short and to the point. Inside you'll find eleven parts: Understanding Yourself and People, Meeting the Right People, Reading People, Connecting with People, Influencing People, Changing People's Minds, Teaching People, Leading People, Resolving Conflict with People, Inspiring People, Keeping People Happy.

Four or five chapters make up each part.

Reading this feels like sitting down with Kerpen and having him chat with you about his experiences. You'll find yourself underlining and highlighting parts of this book.

The anecdotes are fun and informative. The advice is fairly straight forward but helpful in their own repeatable way.

The subtitle could have been changed but all in all this is a great, quick read.

This book was provided for review, at no cost, by Crown Business.

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