PSA: I’m a Malcolm Gladwell fanboy and will always be biased toward the content he creates. Having read all his previous books, it was a no brainer that I would source “Talking to Strangers” on pre-order.
As expected the book is a great read, super engaging with topics we can easily relate too. Malcolm’s ability to distill what could be complex concepts into a woven story that grabs the reader the first time is unparalleled.
Without giving to much away, the books deals with 3 concepts we all need to be aware of in our troubled times when dealing with strangers:
Defaulting to truth
Get your copy today and you won’t be disappointed.
I bought Think Like A Freakmany years ago, started reading it but stopped reading during chapter 1. Still not sure why I didn’t finish it though. The book has a decent rhythm and is filled with anecdotes which will keep you entertained and engaged. Think Like A Freak follows on from the bestselling Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics books further distilling the Levitt & Dubner doctrine and providing practical examples of unleashing your freakiness.
The book is about problem-solving, appreciating that not all problems can be solved and verbalising “I don’t know” is ok.
Other notable nuggets are:
Dump your moral compass
Think like a child, without a filter
Focus on the root cause of a problem, not the symptom
Search for the incentives, people care more about them than you realise
Find innovative ways to persuade those who don’t want to be persuaded
Embrace the upside of quitting
Levitt & Dubner have once again shifted the benchmark and although the book was written a few years ago, it is still relevant as a framework for addressing those niggly issues we all face.