#BookReview By Lou of The Way of The Tortoise By Matt Little @MattLittleSandC @OMaraBook @LoveBooksGroup #NonFiction #SelfImprovement #Selfhelp #BlogTour

Today I am delighted to be part of the blog tour for The Way Of The Tortoise by Matt Little. This is a great enlightening read that can be used as a useful tool by anyone from any walk of life. It also includes a foreword by tennis star – Andy Murray.
Find out more in the blurb and my review below as well as a little about the author.

The way of the tortoise

Blurb

Drawing on more than a decade’s experience working with former tennis World Number One Sir Andy Murray, The Way of the Tortoise introduces you to the benefits of the slow lane and reveals why it’s the only true path to a high-performance mindset.

Taking inspiration from Aesop’s well-known fable of the Hare and the Tortoise, internationally renowned trainer Matt Little recognizes that there is no fast path to success. By focusing on immediate results, we can gloss over process in the race to get ahead, skipping over the lessons and experiences that we all need to build solid foundations for our future achievements. Matt shows that taking the slow lane can not only help you reach your goals more effectively, it can make your successes more sustainable by increasing your motivation, energy and resilience. Packed full of examples from the highly adaptable worlds of sport and business, as well as Matt’s own remarkable career, The Way of the Tortoise reveals, through practical exercises and techniques, the essential strategies we can all use to achieve extraordinary results.

Review

The Way of The Tortoise is in 3 parts. Part 1 is The Way of The Tortoise so readers understand what that actually means in practical terms. Part 2 is called “Tortoise Goes To Boot Camp” where readers can delve deeper into the aspects mentioned in part 1. Then “Tortoise Boot Camp” where the book concludes. There are also practical exercises for people to try out and some questions they can answer to see what their outcome is and where they sit in this way of life etc.

The Way Of The Tortoise is a way of life. The book shows there really is something quite enlightening in that Aesop fable -The Hare and the Tortoise. Although The Way Of The Tortoise shows the life of getting to the top, although it of course has parts that talk about tennis and other sports, it is much more than that and has skills and advice for anyone from any walk of life. It inspires to follow and understand this way for anything and everything that anyone may embark on doing in their life. Everywhere, we see success as though it just happens over night, but the reality is, on the whole, it’s a lot of work for years before-hand. This book however reminds us why the slower lane is actually good and healthy.
The book is also about determination and resilience and showing that you may not make it into exactly what you want first off, but you can find different ways to do what you love. That’s what Matt Little has done and that is what makes this book, in my opinion inspirational. It shows a truth of how life can be and how it can be challenging and because of this truth and the fact everything didn’t just happen for Matt Little shows a groundedness that is often not shown.

The book focuses on skills anyone in any profession and in any sort of personal life can use and also shows the differences in traits between a hare and a tortoise way of life. It is spectacularly interesting working out if you’re a hare or a tortoise and which sort of tortoise you are. It turns out I am most likely to be a tortoise and this book is pretty validating. It also goes into different sorts of tortoise traits in people and what each type needs, which is very interesting. The book then also goes into how to become a “Winning Tortoise”, which I am sure many people will find helpful.

In part 2 – “Tortoise Goes To Bootcamp”, it shows ways to sharpen skills and how to get into the “Tortoise mindset” and why this way is sustainable and a way of winning. It talks about the importance of soft skills and goes more into the nuances of these as well as developing teams to be more like tortoises. It also goes into being able to work under pressure and dealing with failure. It also goes into how to align yourself well and to be connected with people, as well as drawing up future plans and strategising, managing conflict etc. It also talks about leading by taking action, however it also reminds people to take care of themselves and their loved ones. The book also goes into a 0-10 year plan and further years into the future and goes into detail about what seems like a slow game and why there are advantages to this.

Part 3 – The Tortoise Bootcamp offers a terrific conclusion and one that is positive and gives an element of hope. It also validates, as does the rest of the book, that way of life that is “The Way Of The Tortoise” that may be a life that is being lived, but may not have realised it is this particular way and that this way is actually okay enough.

It’s a very well structured book with many aspects that so many people will be able to implement into their own lives. The book is very interesting and has a lot of sense within it and is easy to follow. It’s also good for dipping in and out of.

About the Author

Matt Little has been working as a strength and conditioning coach in elite-level tennis for over fifteen years and has been an integral part of Sir Andy Murray’s team for twelve years, including during 2016 when Murray won Olympic gold, Wimbledon and became World Number One. He is an internationally recognized leader in his industry and in demand as a public speaker on a vast range of subjects, including youth development, and strength and conditioning.

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#BookReview by Lou – The Communication Car Crash And How To Avoid It by Kate Donne @Donnekate #NonFiction #SelfHelp

The Communication Car Crash
And
How To Avoid It

by Kate Donne
Rated: 5*****

The Communication Car Crash And How To Avoid it is a distinctive, intuitive, engaging  book that so many people may find beneficial throughout their lives.

I thank Kate Donne for sending me a copy to review.

Follow on down to find out more about the author, the blurb and my full review.

About the Author

Kate Donne lives in Dollar, Clackmannanshire, Scotland with her Welsh husband, Steve. She graduated from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a BA Degree in Dramatic Studies and has spent almost three decades running her own personal development consultancy. In that time she has designed and delivered a vast number of communication skills programmes for individuals, small and large businesses and private sector clients. Her work has taken her all over the UK and abroad.

Twitter: @Donnekate         Facebook: The Power Of Words   
Buy Link: Amazon        Website: https://weegiewords.wordpress.com 

Kate Donne cover

Blurb

The Communication Car Crash is designed as a practical, accessible work book that explores who you are as a character and how you communicate with those around you. Using the tips, techniques and exercises inside, you will find expert advice on how to deal with a host of challenging situations and avoid the communication car crash. This is not just a work book, it’s a valuable confidence building experience that will give you every skill you need to become a truly effective communicator.

Kate Donne cover                        

Review

The impact of bricks falling down and a wheel, suggesting a car is crashing into them on the cover is highly effective and illustrative in the words used on those brick of what this book covers :-
Listening, Control, Confidence, Questioning.
The freshness and creativity doesn’t stop there. This is a book which has space in each section for readers to create their own plans of action to improve their communication skills forward. This isn’t as daunting as it seems, is down-to-earth.
The book weaves through what communication is and the ways we use it and the power it has, in a way that isn’t preachy way, but more in a subtle educative, yet intutive manner of human mannerisms and styles of communication. There are interesting and very real sounding scenarios of what Kate Donne calls “Communication Car Crashes”, to counteract this, she makes some positives and also some thought-provoking suggestions.

Like a book or a movie, there are character scripts, but here, the character is very cleverly, “you” the reader, making readers the main focus. It creates a safe space in which the person can examine themselves with the guidance of their being some examples of different “character scripts”, which brings a uniqueness to this book and a little fun in such a serious, life-enhancing topic.
This one huge topic is broken up well, into manageable segments, from good, well-formed explanations to demonstrations of relatable and easy to follow scenarios, based on real-life situations. It’s also a very honest approach, as what Kate Donne does at certain points is talks from personal experience, but then brings it back to the reader, so they become the focus, even though it reads like she is in the room with you as the style sits nicely between the casual and formal, which makes it comfortable to read. The book also takes readers of the book into areas people, perhaps find most challenging when communicating with others, in an honest and constructive approach as it naviagates into how to deal with those harder conversations and dealing with challenging situations in a wise and meaningful way that can be used in everyday life.

Wisely, there is an element of self-care built into the book, including some practical, renowned techniques to relax, learning to say no without feeling guilty, and let’s face it, this is very common to have this feeling and yet the book shows adeptly, how it is okay to decline something in a healthy way.

It’s an ideal book for reading through, doing the practical exercises and then dipping in and out of as your life progresses. It’s a book that can be completed all at your own pace, there are not pressures here.
It most definitely has scope for longevity for anyone wishing to improve their communication skills or learn more about who you are and where you fit in terms of communication styles.