- Insider's Take
While the rating tells you how good a book is according to our two core criteria, it says nothing about its particular defining features. Therefore, we use a set of 20 qualities to characterize each book by its strengths:
Applicable – You’ll get advice that can be directly applied in the workplace or in everyday situations.
Analytical – You’ll understand the inner workings of the subject matter.
Background – You’ll get contextual knowledge as a frame for informed action or analysis.
Bold – You’ll find arguments that may break with predominant views.
Comprehensive – You’ll find every aspect of the subject matter covered.
Concrete Examples – You’ll get practical advice illustrated with examples of real-world applications or anecdotes.
Controversial – You’ll be confronted with strongly debated opinions.
Eloquent – You’ll enjoy a masterfully written or presented text.
Engaging – You’ll read or watch this all the way through the end.
Eye opening – You’ll be offered highly surprising insights.
For beginners – You’ll find this to be a good primer if you’re a learner with little or no prior experience/knowledge.
For experts – You’ll get the higher-level knowledge/instructions you need as an expert.
Hot Topic – You’ll find yourself in the middle of a highly debated issue.
Innovative – You can expect some truly fresh ideas and insights on brand-new products or trends.
Insider’s take – You’ll have the privilege of learning from someone who knows her or his topic inside-out.
Inspiring – You’ll want to put into practice what you’ve read immediately.
Overview – You’ll get a broad treatment of the subject matter, mentioning all its major aspects.
Scientific – You’ll get facts and figures grounded in scientific research.
Visionary – You’ll get a glimpse of the future and what it might mean for you.
Well structured – You’ll find this to be particularly well organized to support its reception or application.
Best-selling author and marketing expert Seth Godin reminds you that even the best ideas aren’t an easy sell. The ice cream sundae didn’t scoop the market, nor did placing stoplights at intersections immediately get the green light – people resisted both. New things require change, and people naturally resist changing. As Godin says, “Marketing is the act of making change happen.” Using material from his popular 100-day seminar, Godin offers nuggets of marketing wisdom in quotable exclamations as he emphasizes his main points with enthusiasm, hyperbole and repetition. Godin fans will appreciate his now-familiar turns of phrase and proven advice, such as identifying the “smallest viable” audience, pinpointing their underlying goals, gaining “permission to engage” and telling the right story. Marketers and anyone seeking a lively overview of the business will enjoy Godin’s refreshing refresher.
About the Author
Seth Godin, an entrepreneur, marketer and public speaker, founded Yoyodyne in 1995 and Squidoo in 2006. His bestsellers include Permission Marketing, Purple Cow and Poke the Box.