Summary of The Art of SpeedReading People

How to Size People Up and Speak Their Language

Little, Brown,
First Edition: 1998 more...

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The Art of SpeedReading People book summary
Learn the basics of speed-reading people. Start with some evident traits, add a bit of analysis, and presto – you have your colleagues pegged.


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Instead of speed-reading text, learn to “SpeedRead” personalities with the help of Paul D. Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger. Their book ably explains Personality Type. With a little practice, you can quickly identify your own personality type and that of anyone you meet. If you are already familiar with the Myers-Briggs® model, much of this book will be old news. The authors go into great detail about the four temperaments and the 16 personality types that define them. If you aren’t familiar with the model, or if you want to learn how to speed-read people according to its theory, getAbstract recommends this book for a purposeful study. However, even if you only read it once, you will have much greater success reading and reaching all types of people.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to read people’s personalities using Personality Type
  • How to use that information to communicate better with others


Identifying Personality Types
“SpeedReading” people can help you determine others’ personality types. Savvy managers use their knowledge of personalities to motivate employees and to develop more effective work teams. Quickly assessing a colleague’s personality type is a form of “SpeedReading...
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About the Authors

Paul D. Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger are also the authors of Do What You Are, Nurture by Nature and Just Your Type. In the past 25 years, they have trained thousands of managers, counselors and teachers in the application of Personality Type.

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