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Book review: The Little Book of Talent by Daniel Coyle


A handy sized book by Daniel Coyle, claiming to be full of 52 simple, practical, proven tips to help improve any skill....helping you realise your potential. It is split into three sections, getting started, improving skills and sustaining progress.

I liked the way the book was broken into a number of tips within each section and was easy to read. The section on improving skills held the most interest for me.

The book is written in a way that you could pick up and browse through whenever you had a free minute.

I am not sure I bought into the fact the tips are simple and practical.  I found a number of the tips hard to relate to, the author relates a lot to American examples, people and terminology, the sport of golf and music are referenced quite a lot.

A number of the tips made more sense to me than others, whilst some did give me a ah yes! moment, others lost me as to what they were trying to say.  I wasn’t sure how I would use some of the tips to help me or my team do as is said on the book cover. 

It was not a book that made me feel I couldn’t put it down and in all honesty I stayed with the book more because of carrying out a review rather than due to the book holding my attention.

I did however feel I may make more sense of what was being said and how I could relate to the tips if I went back and re read sections.

All in all I would rate the book as 4 out of 10.

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  1. The Little Book of Talent

    I read the book and would rank it higher at a 7 or 8 at least.  I also wrote down that I should check it out from the library and re-read it next year.   Very easy to pick up or put down.   You could read one tip a week for the whole year.

    I liked how he pointed out that depending on the task/skill it might require a different way to practice to get better at it.  There were some ideas that I already do and some others that I don't but aren't important to me at this time.

    I usually pick out 3 main points from a book. I think I will have mastered three from this year and will have three new points to work on next year. Since we are all learners in one way or another I took this to heart and I'm using it to practice my own dance steps.

    Just my two cents,

    Elizabeth Fisher



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