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An interesting survey of what it takes to make an idea "sticky" - as in 'not easily forgotten'. A must-read for anyone who needs to persuade others - especially school teachers. The brothers Heath make it interesting and provide many real-life examples.
Oct 2, 2008
The Heath brothers give readers a paradigm (SUCCESS) of qualities that make the messages, ideas, communications, campaigns you create useful and lasting. I find their concepts easy to remember and extremely useful in day-to-day communication. They clearly drink their own cool-aid, which in this instance is a good thing! Probably the most practical idea they put forth is "the curse of knowledge." I keep it in mind whenever I'm explaining a problem or concept to others, preparing a presentation or even forming questions in my mind when I'm trying to understand someone else. What "the curse" boils down to is that most of us deliver too much expertise in our communications and we get bogged down in details. If you can skillfully cut through that (to the core, so to speak) you and your audience will end up the better for it!
Jun 8, 2007
This book sticks
You will not forget this book which is about the many ways to get messages remembered by others. The book is well written by two brothers who are clearly educated and experienced in this topic. Topics include urban legends, creativity templates, and famous and infamous ad campaigns, The book includes a reference guide and notes that help make the information in the book memorable and usable. Clearly the writers took their own advice and people from many backgrounds should find this book intersting and valuable.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-10-16 Unabashedly inspired by Malcolm Gladwell's bestselling The Tipping Point, the brothers Heath Chip a professor at Stanford's business school, Dan a teacher and textbook publisher offer an entertaining, practical guide to effective communication. Drawing extensively on psychosocial studies on memory, emotion and motivation, their study is couched in terms of "stickiness" that is, the art of making ideas unforgettable. They start by relating the gruesome urban legend about a man who succumbs to a barroom flirtation only to wake up in a tub of ice, victim of an organ-harvesting ring. What makes such stories memorable and ensures their spread around the globe? The authors credit six key principles: simplicity, unexpectedness, concreteness, credibility, emotions and stories. (The initial letters spell out "success" well, almost.) They illustrate these principles with a host of stories, some familiar (Kennedy's stirring call to "land a man on the moon and return him safely to the earth" within a decade) and others very funny (Nora Ephron's anecdote of how her high school journalism teacher used a simple, embarrassing trick to teach her how not to "bury the lead"). Throughout the book, sidebars show how bland messages can be made intriguing. Fun to read and solidly researched, this book deserves a wide readership. (Jan. 16) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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