Monday, March 31, 2014

The Art of Explanation: Making your Ideas, Products, and Services Easier to Understand

Lee LeFever 
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Your guide to becoming an explanation specialist 

You've done the hard work. Your product or service works beautifully - but something is missing. People just don't see the big idea - and it's keeping you from being successful. Your idea has an explanation problem.

The Art of Explanation is for business people, educators and influencers who want to improve their explanation skills and start solving explanation problems.

Author Lee LeFever is the founder of Common Craft, a company known around the world for making complex ideas easy to understand through short animated videos. He is your guide to helping audiences fall in love with your ideas, products or services through better explanations in any medium.

You will learn to:
• Plan: Learn explanation basics, what causes them to fail and how to diagnose explanation problems.
• Package: Using simple elements, create an explanation strategy that builds confidence and motivates your audience.
 • Present: Produce remarkable explanations with visuals and media.

 The Art of Explanation is your invitation to become an explanation specialist and see why explanation is now a fundamental skill for professionals.

 (Excerpt from

開口就讓你變心: 打動人心的 14 種說服技巧 (Presentations that Change Minds)

喬許・高登 (Josh Gordon)
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 • 執行每種策略的真實個案。
 • 說明策略如何改變聽眾心意。
 • 避免的危險假設。
 • 預測和發掘機會的方法。
 • 準備戰略,這樣你在面對每一群聽眾時,都有必勝計畫。
 • 最具影響力的講演技巧。
 • 確認取得承諾、改變或生意的策略。



Monday, March 24, 2014

One Word That Will Change Your Life

Dan Britton, Jimmy Page, Jon Gordon 
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One Word is a simple concept that delivers powerful life change! In 1999, the authors discovered a better way to become their best and live a life of impact. Instead of creating endless goals and resolutions, they found one word that would be their driving force for the year. No goals. No wish lists. Just one word. Best of all . . . anyone, anytime can discover their word for the year.

One Word that will Change Your Life will inspire you to simplify your life and work by focusing on just one word for this year. That’s right! One Word creates clarity, power, passion and life-change. The simple power of One Word is that it impacts all six dimensions of your life – mental, physical, emotional, relational, spiritual, and financial. Simply put, One Word sticks. There is a word meant for you and when you find it, live it, and share it, your life will become more rewarding and exciting than ever.

Join thousands of people and hundreds of schools, businesses, churches, and sports teams who have found their one word . . . and discover how to harness the transformational power of One Word.

The book includes a personal Action Plan and simple process to help you discover your word for the year.

(Excerpt from

勇於思考的魔力 (Magic of Thinking Big)

大衛‧施瓦茲 (David Joseph Schwartz)
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Monday, March 17, 2014

Impatient Optimist: Bill Gates in His Own Words

Edited by Lisa Rogak
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Bill Gates, the founder and former CEO of Microsoft, has been a revered, and occasionally controversial, worldwide business icon for more than three decades.

Recognized by most as an ingenious visionary, and painted by some as a tyrannical, less-than-scrupulous empire builder, Gates has had an unignorable impact on the growth of digital technology in daily life over the past 30 years. Even his sharpest critics have to acknowledge the obvious: Gates helped spearhead one of the greatest revolutions in modern history by seizing on the importance of software to the rise of the personal computer, along the way turning an arcane, specialized technology into a commonplace tool for the office and home.

Gates has long been ranked as one of the world’s wealthiest men--which gave him a name recognition far greater than that of most CEOs--and businesspeople of all stripes have looked to him as a role model, using his words and business strategies to help create, inspire, and grow their own companies. After he stopped running Microsoft's day-to-day operations in 2008 to devote himself full-time to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a kinder, gentler Gates began to emerge. As a result, people actively involved in the philanthropic world, whether in professional, part-time, or personal capacities, began to develop a new appreciation for the man.

Bill Gates’s second act is no less compelling than his first. And whether you’re interested in his personal life or looking for inspiration to drive you forward in your own business endeavors, Impatient Optimist: Bill Gates in His Own Words has much to offer. As the tech giants who distinguished the turn of the 21st century shape public life in ways that outstrip the efforts of the previous century's titans of industry, we look to figures like Gates for inspiration as one of America's greatest business icons. This book will surely feed the world's curiosity about one of the most important leaders of the digital age.

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陳子善 著
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Monday, March 10, 2014

China's Urban Billion: The Story Behind the Biggest Migration in Human History

Tom Miller 
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By 2030, China's cities will be home to 1 billion people one in every eight people on earth. What kind of lives will China's urban billion lead? And what will China's cities be like?

Over the past thirty years, China's urban population expanded by 500 million people, and is on track to swell by a further 300 million by 2030. Hundreds of millions of these new urban residents are rural migrants, who lead second-class lives without access to urban benefits. Even those lucky citizens who live in modern tower blocks must put up with clogged roads, polluted skies and cityscapes of unremitting ugliness. The rapid expansion of urban China is astonishing, but new policies are urgently needed to create healthier cities.

Combining on-the-ground reportage and up-to-date research, this pivotal book explains why China has failed to reap many of the economic and social benefits of urbanization, and suggests how these problems can be resolved. If its leaders get urbanization right, China will surpass the United States and cement its position as the world's largest economy. But if they get it wrong, China could spend the next twenty years languishing in middle-income torpor, its cities pockmarked by giant slums.

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將其淵源、名稱、演變,作有系統之介紹說明。有難解之處,加以注音並解釋。 凡作品具有文學價值、可讀性甚高,不論真偽如何,一概予以保留,作為欣賞。 




Monday, March 3, 2014

Media in Hong Kong : Press Freedom and Political Change, 1967-2005

Carol P. Lai
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This book examines the Hong Kong media over a forty year period, focusing in particular on how its newspapers and TV stations have struggled for press freedom under the colonial British administration, as well as Chinese rule.

Making full use of newly declassified material, extensive interviews and specific case-studies, it provides an illuminating analysis of the dynamics of political power and its relationship with media censorship.

Overall, this book is an impressive discussion of the evolving face of the Hong Kong media, and is an important contribution to theoretical debates on the relationship between political power, economics, identity and journalism.

 (Excerpt from

道德的人與不道德的社會 (Moral Man and Immoral Society)

萊茵霍爾德.尼布爾 (Reinhold Niebuhr)
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