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Thursday, March 24, 2011

How To Deal With Annoying People


We all have them.  Those irritating, annoying people in our lives that make us cringe and grit our teeth when they come around. 

So what do you do if you can’t avoid them? 

How To Deal With Annoying People  may just answer that question! 

Written by two friends who have years of professional experience between them, Bob Phillips and Kimberly Alyn share real-life illustrations and examples of how to handle those people in your life who threaten your sanity.

Most interesting to me were the chapters on how to determine your social style and identify the social styles of others.  The first step in this process is doing a self-assessment to determine if you are an “asker” or a “teller”.  Based on that result, you then figure out if you are task oriented or relationship oriented.  Between those two assessments you should be able to figure out your primary and secondary social styles and see how that relates to your interactions with others. 

The four basic social styles focused on in this book are: Analytical, Driver, Expressive, and Amiable. 

Maybe you’ve heard these personalities expressed another way such as Choleric, Sanguine, Melancholy  or Phlegmatic.  On page 168 of this book there is a very detailed chart that shows a comparison of commonly used terms to describe the same basic four social styles which is very helpful if you’re accustomed to another term or description.

All of this information is broken down into very digestible sections and not only tells you the strengths of each style, but the weaknesses as well.  It also suggests which social styles you are most compatible with, as well as which social styles are mostly likely to irritate you.  

I really like that the authors write chapters on how to lead, follow, and sell to each personality type.   This could clear up a lot of misunderstandings between bosses and employees, coworkers, spouses and even friends and family.  There are also chapters on how to confront conflict based on which personality you are dealing with.

Anyone interested in improving his or her relationships should definitely read this book.  It is full of interesting information from cover to cover and is one of those books you’ll want to make a permanent part of your library.

Get your copy HERE

This book was provided free for review by Harvest House Publishers

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