Infectious: How to Connect Deeply and Unleash the Energetic Leader Within

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Technology has transformed the way we communicate. We send and receive more and more emails every day. We text. We tweet. We have reduced our communications down to efficient sound bites—and at the same time, many of us seem to know less and less about how to connect. Deeply, profoundly connect.   

In Infectious, acclaimed performance coach Achim Nowak introduces the reader to his powerful four Levels of Connection. Tested and honed through fifteen years of coaching ...

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Overview

Technology has transformed the way we communicate. We send and receive more and more emails every day. We text. We tweet. We have reduced our communications down to efficient sound bites—and at the same time, many of us seem to know less and less about how to connect. Deeply, profoundly connect.   

In Infectious, acclaimed performance coach Achim Nowak introduces the reader to his powerful four Levels of Connection. Tested and honed through fifteen years of coaching senior-level executives around the globe, Nowak’s techniques instantly transform the skills taught in traditional business communication and NLP programs. People who connect deeply with others connect on four levels: They shape conversations with effortless grace, and they play consciously with the unspoken elements of a connection—personal power, intention, and energy. The result? Infectious connections that accelerate personal success!   

Infectious offers simple language cues that deepen and shift the art of conversation. It breaks the idea of power into five tangible plugs that we can turn to—and turn on. These plugs recharge the quality of our connection with anyone we meet. It shows how we can clarify our intentions, and how this clarification immediately fosters a more potent connection. Finally, this book demystifies the experience of energy—the deepest of the four levels, and the root of any connection. It looks at how we access our energy. Remove energy blocks. Play with energy and own it.   

This highly practical book reshapes the hidden forces of a connection into simple, step-by-step actions. Apply the tools of Infectious and generate your own infectious connections!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Performance coach Nowak (Power Speaking) is on a mission to help people connect with each other authentically and warmly in business situations, which will make them more effective and enhance their executive presence. This is especially important as we communicate more and more but “connect less and less.” Human beings use nonverbal signals to make connections, and this communication can (and should!) be taught. His method of developing excellent connection has four levels: talk, power, intent, and energy. He walks readers through the practical steps of making the small changes that will affect the dynamic of their relationships, focusing on the importance of taking risks, fighting incorrect inner beliefs, handling power differentials, and learning to engage with skill and ease. A plethora of stories from his clients make the lessons simple to grasp, and his emphasis on communicating genuinely, rather than faking comfort with others, is highly appealing. Nowak’s tone is upbeat and encouraging; his appeal to “rejoice!” in the ability to work together with others will be a welcome exhortation for readers looking to make their business or social encounters more real and more productive. (Jan.)
Forbes.com
“Nowak talks convincingly about how successful entrepreneurs connect deeply with others at the highest of four levels, with less effort and more results. We are all human, and we need good relationships to be healthy and happy. Maybe it’s time to take a hard look at your people connections, and use these tips to kick your results up a notch.”
From the Publisher

"A breakthrough and enlightened approach to connecting through communication. This fresh methodology is easy and practical to apply. An essential book for present and future leaders."—Kathi Elster, coauthor of Working with You Is Killing Me and Mean Girls at Work

"An insightful and engaging book that delivers a practical road-map for harnessing the power of energy to successfully connect with anyone. It is a truly useful guide and should be on every corporate leader's bookshelf!"—Pamela Mitchell, author of The 10 Laws of Career Reinvention

"Nowak's brilliant book on leadership is a must-read for everyone in every setting, from the boardroom to the cocktail party to a meditation retreat. Thee are potential leaders trapped inside all of us; Infectious will help you polish yours."—Ruth O'Brien, PHD, author of Bodies in Revolt and Crippled Justice

"Nowak's tone is upbeat and encouraging; his appeal to 'rejoice!' in the ability to work together with other will be a welcome exhortation for readers looking to make their business or social encounters more real and more productive."—Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581159240
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/2/2013
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.38 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Achim Nowak is a performance coach and author who has inspired Fortune 500 executives around the globe. Influens, the international training and coaching firm he founded in
Miami, has guided thousands of leaders from organizations such as Dover
Corporation, Genzyme, and HSBC Bank to better connect and be more influential.
His first book, Power Speaking (Allworth Press), remains an indispensable reference tool for professionals at every organizational level.
Nowak’s work has been featured on 60 Minutes, CNN, NPR, and in the Miami Herald.
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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 Stop the Fake Conversations 1

Chapter 2 Level One: Language Is an Aphrodisiac 19

Chapter 3 Level Two: Power Is Real 53

Chapter 4 Level Three: Intent Charges the Atmosphere 103

Chapter 5 Level Four: Energy Conquers All 125

Epilogue: Getting to Mastery 163

Acknowledgments 179

About the Author 183

Notes 185

Index 189

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