📘AIP 62 6 Tips For Smartly Sharing Your Book Insights

📘AIP 62 6 Tips For Smartly Sharing Your Book Insights
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I remember at the beginning of my reading journey I had an incredibly embarrassing moment.

I was sitting at a dining hall talking to a friend about the book that re-sparked my love for reading, Atomic Habits.

“It’s so good, you have to read it. It will change your life.”

“What’s it about?” they said.

“Uhhh… Uhm… Right. Habits?”

My face turned a bright tomato red; I had no idea how to smartly share my book insights with my friend. I was frustrated and annoyed. Now, my friend might never check out the book, and they probably thought I was a silly goof.

All of you have likely experienced something similar.

In this newsletter I’m going to share with you 6 tips for smartly sharing your book insights. Hopefully, you never have to experience something like I did again.

📚Tip 1: Give An Analogy Specific To The Person You Are Communicating To

Everything we learn comes from relating something new to something we already know.

That’s why one of the best ways to explain a book to someone is by using an analogy specific to them. Are they interested in computer science, gardening, video games, or something else?

Use an analogy specific to them, and they will understand it way better.

🗺️Tip 2: Summarize What The Book Is About As A Whole

One of the biggest mistakes I see people make communicating book insights is going WAY too specific.

My mom does this all the time. She starts summarizing a book but gives no broad-level overview of the book. She just hops right into something that interested her. As a result, I’m left confused what the book is even about.

So before communicating your book insights ask yourself, what is the book about as a whole?

📝Tip 3: Refer To Your Book Notes

Ideally, you could speak on a book using your first brain.

However, if you can’t remember what the book is about, you can refer to your book notes or a book summary. These will serve as cues for sparking the book back into memory.

🧬Tip 4: Relate The Book To Your Own Life

Humans are storytelling creatures.

If you can find a way to relate the book to your own life, ideally through a story, it will make the conversation that much more personal. You can also explain how you have applied the book.

This allows your friend to ask follow-up questions using their knowledge of your life rather than just the book.

🔗Tip 5: Relate The Book To Other Books

One of the most powerful ways to sound more articulate is simply to connect insights from one book to another.

This shows critical thinking skills. Your friend will automatically assume you know what you are talking about.

🦸Tip 6: Show Confidence Even If You Don’t Feel Like It

The same processes in the body are activated when we feel nervous versus when we feel excited.

Our sympathetic nervous system is turned on. Our palms start to sweat. Our heart beats faster. Our digestion slows.

This has a fascinating implication: our interpretation of autonomic arousal can change the emotions we feel from something.

This means when we are communicating our book insights we can be helped by faking confidence until we make it. Interpreting our nervousness as excitement can actually turn it into excitement.

Using these 6 tips I have managed to avoid the embarrassment of having nothing to say after someone asks me about a book I read again.

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