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Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die

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  • ISBN-13: 9781415935538
  • Publisher: Books on Tape, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Format: CD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2007

    Sticky Book and Sticky Ways

    I am a recently converted enthusiast of Made to Stick, and I firmly believe that its principles can be useful in any profession or academic discipline in which the communication of ideas is vital. Chip Heath and Dan Heath explain ¿why some ideas survive and others die¿ and present six principles that define successful communication ¿ whether one is communicating an idea to impart information, persuade, call to action, or make a lasting impression. They use a simple acronym to convey their central thesis: SUCCESs in communicating ideas is defined by Simplicity, Unexpectedness, Concreteness, Credibility, Emotions, and Stories. One of the great strengths of the book is its structure. The Brothers Heath craft the book according to the very theories they are presenting. Their method of communicating about stickiness is itself sticky. The table of contents gives the chapter titles with sound bites for each listed beneath, followed by an introduction, which previews the principles of SUCCESs in conveying ideas. The core chapters ¿ one for each of the six ingredients of stickiness ¿ give further explanation of SUCCESs, with idea ¿clinics¿ at the end of each chapter. Throughout the book, meaningful case studies and practical examples are used to exemplify failure and success in communicating. The epilogue further reinforces the six principles and provides a ¿sticky checklist,¿ and the reference guide at the end includes a simple outline of the book with catchphrases for each principle ¿ a good place to go if you need a quick refresher of the six principles. On the whole, the structure of the book makes it easy for the reader to grasp the main thesis, realize the significance of stickiness, and begin to put their methods into use. The principles of SUCCESs directly apply to my profession in the areas of teaching, preaching, mentoring, and managing. As a pastor, I am challenged to make transcendent ideas accessible and meaningful for my congregation, and Made to Stick has helped give me a framework for how I communicate. I would advocate this book to any teacher or speaker looking for fresh ways of imparting lasting ideas. Furthermore, I would recommend this book as a textbook for introductory communication classes. The sticky ways of the Brothers Heath translate to a sticky book on a sticky subject. You will remember these principles, and your own teaching and speaking and writing will be transformed as you employ these methods.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

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    Excellent Read

    This is an interesting well written book. There are great examples of marketing that make you really think. It is amusing but factual. I couldn't put the book down. It has helped me think about my company and what I do in a completely different way

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2010

    A very compelling theme; Very well written

    The single most practical and useful book i ever read on this subject.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Authors practice what they preach

    Chip and Dan Heath did a great job of creating a well-organized framework for understanding, recognizing and creating ideas that stick. It's a quick read immediately applicable.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2009

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    This book stuck with me!

    I found the notion of sticky stories very compelling. It has continued to resonate with me as I've recently read Malcolm Gladwell's books... which I think do exactly what Made to Stick recommends.

    If you need to create a memorable/compelling pitch for anything, read this book first!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

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    Much better than the cover!

    Wonderful stories. Surprising research results. Simple and prescriptive. It will forever change the way I think about presentations. Just a plesure to read

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2009

    Very Helpful

    As an entrepreneur, and an "idea" man, I found this book extremely helpful! I recommend this to anyone out there who tends to have good ideas. This book will help you figure out if your ideas are worth pursuing, and then it will tell you how to go about making them happen successfully! Another book I highly recommend is POP!: Create the Perfect Pitch, Title, and Tagline for Anything by Sam Horn. This book is great for learning how to do exactly what the title says, create perfect pitches, titles, and taglines for anything. These two books have helped me get my business off the ground with a running start!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2008

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    The Important Stuff...

    As a corporate director of human resources, I am continually engaged in sharing data with the field and also with my superiors. <BR/><BR/>The techniques and tips in this book have been successfully deployed in my recent presentations. The improved feedback and real world observations prove that I am doing a better job at communicating our ideas. <BR/><BR/>I highly recommend this book to anyone that is engaged in a dynamic field such as human resources where the guide posts seem to move each week. <BR/><BR/>When you have to get it right - EEOC, ADA, FMLA, etc., you want to ensure it sticks. Michael L. Gooch, SPHR

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 13, 2009

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    A job well done

    As a small business owner, it's critical my message get across to my targeted audience. The Heath's provide valid points to current and aspiring entrepreneurs who desire to increase their business prospects, influence potential customers and clients, and gain an advantage over their competitors. The helpful summary section at the end of the book provides a quick reference when needed. If you are having trouble getting YOUR word out, this book would be of great benefit to you.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2009

    One of the Best Business Books I've Read

    As an executive and career coach, I keep up to date with business trends and books on leadership and development. This book is hands down the one I recommend most to clients who are trying to become more impactful, make better presentations and to present themselves better in an ever more competitive world. The concepts and anecdotes used really drive the points home.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2009

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    A must read for business owners

    As business owners, what we say and how we frame the message is critically important to building a brand. This book is particularly helpful to those involved in any area of marketing. For business consultants & trainers like me, it's particilarly helpful when designing workshop, articles & speeches. But it's also relevant to internal company communication. Many business owners wonder why employees "don't get it" and why they have to repeat themselves with regard to copmany values or key initiatives. Following the Heath brother's specific recommendations will improve all company communication, internal & external.

    Darcie Harris
    CEO, EWF International
    www.ewfinternational.com

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2007

    A must read for leaders

    I develop leaders at a University and I'm always looking for the best books dealing with how to be an effective leader. This book was so good that I'm going to use it as the main textbook for a class I'm teaching in the fall. If what we say as leaders is forgotten, then we just wasted everybody's time therefore, it's of great importance that we ensure our message will stick in the minds of the people we hope to lead. Malcolm Gladwell talk about this in The Tipping Point, but it was probably the weakest chapter of his book. Thankfully Made to Stick was able to expand on the Stickiness Factor and did a much better job of illustrating it than Gladwell did. I strongly disagree with the reviews stating how hard this book was to finish. I didn't find it draggin on, in fact, I had a hard time putting the book down. It was very easy to read and had many references to studies much like The Tipping Point, Blink, or Freakonomics. What made this book better than those is that this book had idea clinics where you could actually practice what they were talking about. These clinics made this book much more applicabale then the others that I mentioned earlier. If you're want to make sure that what you say doesn't go in one ear and out the other, this is the best book you can find.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2007

    A Must-Read for Educators

    This book is an elegant masterpiece of simple and crucial insights -- and it's a joy to read. I had assumed that it would be relevant to marketers and their ilk, but I'm amazed how relevant it is to me 'as a university professor'. I will use the book to improve my lectures, my conference presentations, my grad student advising, my scholarly articles, etc. Anybody involved in education will benefit from reading this outstanding book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2007

    Stick this one on the top of your reading list!

    This will be the best business book I¿ll read all year. I know that already. And if you need to communicate with other people (who doesn¿t?), it may be one of your top picks also. Made to Stick has the telling subtitle, Why some ideas survive and others die. The main thesis is this: there are ways to package your ideas that allow them to stick in the minds of your audience. Building on a key concept (¿stickiness¿) from Malcolm Gladwell¿s seminal book, The Tipping Point, authors Chip and Dan Heath uncover the anatomy of ideas that embed themselves into the minds and hearts of people. The book is clearly written, very approachable, and filled with memorable examples that, of course, exemplify the main intent of the book. The principles outlined are nothing earth-shatteringly new, but they are presented in such a way as to provide a practical call to arms for more skillful and creative expression. According to the authors, communication that sticks needs to maximize simplicity, unexpectedness, concreteness, credibility, emotional connection, and the use of stories. When you think of some of the world¿s best communicators, you see these practices all over their preserved productions. This is a passion of mine ¿ distilling down to the core idea and expressing it well, whether in writing, public speaking, teaching, or any other format. I see this skill as the key success factor in creating good branding ¿ but I think the principle applies equally to training, copywriting, and even parenting. I recommend this book highly to anyone who seeks to communicate more effectively.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    B&N mess

    B&R made a mess of this order and it cost me another $67 to mail to correct place. Book good. B&R not.y

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2012

    Sticky - Tending or designed to stick to things on contact

    Which of these does not belong?
    1. Accepting a drink from a stranger could cost you a kidney.
    2. The story of the fox and the grapes.
    3. Your employer's strategy.
    4. The first time you fell in love.

    Brothers Chip and Dan Heath collaborated on this book when they found they were looking at a common problem from two points of view. Dan was trying to make better (electronic) textbooks. Chip was studying why some stories had better staying power than others. By combining their experience, the concept of the "sticky" idea was born.

    Their research found sticky ideas had certain common traits. Dan and Chip write with a light, easy to read style. Using dozens of real-life stories and sprinkling with humor they teach about what makes sticky ideas stick. Along the way we learn heuristics to be SUCCESsful at creating and communicating ideas and messages. You'll have to read the book to learn the six points for SUCCES.

    I recommend this book to anyone who has an idea worth sharing. I think that includes everyone reading this review. If you teach or lead others, whether formally or informally, I believe this is a must have book.

    If you haven't guessed by now, the answer is c. It is probably the least memorable, least sticky idea in the list. Read the book to find out how to make it belong.

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  • Posted September 8, 2012

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    How to Make Your Ideas Sticky

    Persuasiveness has always been a very important aspect of advertising, politics, and a myriad other professions that rely heavily on the opinions and attitudes of others in order to exist and make an impact on the world. For the better or worse, in modern world an increasing number of professions fall into this category. Weather we are trying to teach someone a new skill, persuade a boss or a colleague, or ace a job interview, we need to be able to present our ideas effectively. We need to make them stick.

    "Made to Stick" expands on the idea of "stickiness" popularized by Malcolm Gladwell in "The Tipping Point." Brothers Heath have spent many years working in their respective fields - organizational behavior and education - and have jointly come up with their idea of what makes ideas particularly "sticky." Their prescription, and the outline of this book, is organized around the acronym SUCCES (with last s omitted):

    * Simple -- find the core of any idea
    * Unexpected -- grab people's attention by surprising them
    * Concrete -- make sure an idea can be grasped and remembered later
    * Credible -- give an idea believability
    * Emotional -- help people see the importance of an idea
    * Stories -- empower people to use an idea through narrative

    The book provides many useful examples and anecdotes that make these concepts stand out and become relevant in your own life. In fact, it follows more or less its own prescription, which is one of the reasons why it's such a good read. After going through it I've found myself thinking about making my own writing (and hopefully my Amazon reviews in particular) stickier.

    One caveat about the books and works of this kind is the same one that has been at the root of all the criticisms of persuasiveness, from Socrates to this day. Just making ideas sticky and memorable does not make them any more relevant or even true. I can think of many examples of sticky ideas in today's culture and politics, and even in this very book, that have gotten much more attention and credibility because of their stickiness. Ultimately, it is our own responsibility to be alert and vigilant for the discrepancies between flowery rhetoric and the content of the message. This has been one constant throughout the history of our culture and society.

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  • Posted February 20, 2012

    If you have a message to deliver, buy this book!

    I read a lot of business building books and this one goes on the must read list. It not only gave me a formula for writing sticky messages, it gave me some real mental breakthroughs in simplicity and concreteness that will make it much easier to communicate our company message.

    You don't have to have a business agenda to read this book, all you need is a message you want to make stickier.

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  • Posted April 13, 2011

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    Enduring Concepts For Good Business Communication

    As a writer and speaker, I love stories. I love to tell them, to write them, and I love to read them. I also like to read about stories, what makes them work, how they excite our imagination, how we use them to enrich our communications. Made To Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive And Others Die is about all that and more.

    Good salespeople, advertisers, marketers, PR professionals, even managers wanting to motivate their employees and entrepreneurs needing to excite their investors can make good use of the techniques described in this book. The authors achieved their goal, "...to help you make your ideas...understood and remembered, and have a lasting impact...." In other words, they help you make your ideas "stick."

    As the author of several books about persuasion in business myself, I took away several great points:

    "Belief counts for a lot, but belief isn't enough. For people to take action, they have to care."

    "We appeal to their self-interest, but we also appeal to their identities--not only to the people they are right now but also to the people they would like to be."

    "One of the worst things about knowing a lot, or having access to a lot of information, is that we're tempted to share it all."

    Chip and Dan Heath dissect everything from urban legends to ad campaigns to explain what makes a message resonate in the audience's mind. In the process, they not only show the reader how to use successful strategies, they do it in an entertaining fashion that makes the book a pleasure to read.

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  • Posted March 22, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Made to Stick is a great book to read and applies to almost any occupation. The authors do a fantastic job of making their own ideas "stick" to the audience. The book uses exciting real life stories and amusing anecdotes to aid the thesis of the book. Like batman and robin, Chip and Dan Heath come together to form an unstoppable tag-team duo. They are both very credible, having graduated from prestigious universities. They now work as professors and also consultants for very large corporations. Having completed numerous hours of research in the realm of sticky ideas provides confidence to any reader. As a college student studying business, I have already found good use of this book when doing presentations and other class projects.

    -Landon Oklahoma State University Student Spring '11

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