Book Review: Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Summary

Chris Voss is an expert hostage negotiator with the FBI. In this book he shares different techniques for negotiating in any situation, as well as examples and stories from his time with the FBI. 

What I Liked

  • There are some really great techniques presented in this book, especially in the first 100 pages or so. I didn’t realize how realistic these techniques were until I watched a video on Conflict Resolution on Lynda.com – and everything they outlined I’d pretty much already learned from this book! 

What I Didn’t Like

  • The book got a little repetitive after a while. 
  • He includes both positive and negative examples from the FBI. While you can definitely learn from mistakes, the amount of negative examples provided made me doubt his credibility a little. 
  • One of the methods he mentions is waiting it out. While I understand that saving someone’s life is definitely more important than a quick rescue, if you’re being held hostage, waiting for days (or weeks, or months, or years) has got to be excruciating! 

In Conclusion

I’m glad I read this book and it definitely contains a lot of valuable information, especially in the first 100 pages. It’s worth a read, even if you don’t agree with all of his methods. 

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Book Review: The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davis

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Summary

Siblings Evan (10) and Jessie (8) have always been close. But after squabbles and misunderstandings intensify, they end up in an all-out war! Whoever can sell the most lemonade by the end of summer gets to keep the loser’s lemonade earnings as well. Evan is great with people, and uses this to help him earn more money. Jessie is great with numbers and business, and she uses this to help her earn more money.

What I Liked

  • The characters are really well developed. Each had specific strengths and weaknesses, and they complimented each other really well. I enjoyed reading from their different views.
  • This book does a great job of introducing mathematical and business concepts, in ways I haven’t seen before. It includes basic math, like “how much do I have to sell to make $100?”, and well as more complex math like calculating profit for sale. They also introduce marketing, franchising, sales permits and more. It was awesome.
  • This was just a overall great book. I picked it up to help fulfill my 100 books for 2017, but I’m really glad I did! I can’t wait to read more of Jessie and Evan in the next book.

What I Didn’t Like

  • The only reasons this book didn’t get five stars was because it didn’t have a “wow” factor. But overall, a great book!

In Conclusion

This book is great for those in elementary school who want to learn a little more about business.

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