November 15, 2012

Snap by Patti Wood

Snap by Patti Wood is all about first impressions and why they are so important, and often very hard to change. Think about the first time you met someone that you liked right away, or instantly disliked very strongly. What were they doing? How did they treat you? What were they wearing? Where were they standing or sitting while talking to you? All of these things (and many more) make up our first impressions. Find out why they affect us so quickly and have such a lasting impact in this book.

Book Description
From business meetings to social events to first dates to job interviews, we all encounter new people every day. Our ability to read body cues and convey the right first impression drives the success and quality of our personal and professional lives. Body language expert Patti Wood, a sought-after consultant and speaker to Fortune 500 companies, helps businesses and individuals stand out, create profitable relationships, and thrive in competitive circumstances. Now she brings that knowledge to our daily lives, offering practical and proven guidance on accurately interpreting body cues and creating impressions both in person and digitally. In Snap, you’ll learn how to:

• Use your voice and body language to convey confidence and charisma, authenticity and authority
• Immediately discern people’s hidden agendas 
• Make the best impressions via email, phone, video conferencing, and social networks
• Convey and interpret signals of likability, power, credibility, and attractiveness 
• Use nonverbal tools to spot true integrity or recognize charming frauds 
• Attract the best matches in business and romantic partners 
• Recognize how you really look to others” – Snap

My Thoughts
Snap is a very interesting book. I can remember many occasions where I met someone and felt an instant connection with. I can also remember many people I’ve met over the years that I never wanted to see again, and strongly disliked upon first meeting them. Many of these snap judgments based on first impressions worked out well for me, and possibly saved me from danger a few times.

Reading through this book showed me that some of those bad impressions were possibly just caused by a bad day the person was having, or their own insecurities when meeting someone new. Maybe I also gave them a bad first impression. We can’t go back and change that snap judgment, but we can always work towards fixing it, if it is important to us to do so. It will take time, but it can be done.

This is a very well written and easy to read book. You can use it to make sure that your first impression is as good as you can make it. You can also use it to decipher the hidden clues behind why you instantly like or dislike someone you just met. I highly recommend it.

* Thank you to the publisher of Snap, New World Library, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.


Sarah said...

That is so interesting about how we make those first impressions that last. I wonder which kind of impression I give off.

Anonymous said...

How would it help with detecting un-dateable guys? lol