People Tools: 54 Strategies for Building Relationships, Creating Joy, and Embracing Prosperity by Alan C. Fox *Review*

ALAN C. FOX PEOPLE TOOLSIn ten thousand classrooms we teach reading, writing, and arithmetic, but we leave solutions to the universal problems of human relationships to be discovered, if at all, by trial and error. The trial is typically painful and the error is often costly. As Benjamin Franklin noted, “Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.” People Tools: 54 Strategies for Building Relationships, Creating Joy, and Embracing Prosperity defines, explains, and provides examples of 54 easy-to-grasp behavioral techniques that readers can use to improve their relationships, and their lives. It is the perfect resource for busy people looking for fast and effective solutions to the challenges they face every day.

People Tools is time proven, inspirational, practical and easy to understand. From building self-esteem, to developing better communication skills, to finding effective ways to cope with anger, each “People Tool” addresses a specific issue or problem. Each tool provides a simple, straightforward strategy that readers can adopt to immediately bring about desired change and positive results. Every tool is illustrated and supported by anecdotal examples that are relevant and relatable.

Although readers may recognize some of the more intuitive techniques in People Tools, this source book provides explanations and helpful examples of many different tools so that the reader can build and expand his or her existing repertoire of skills. Some of the useful “People Tools” in the book include:

1. The Belt Buckle. When words say, “Yes” and action (The Belt Buckle) says “No,” trust the Belt Buckle

2. The Ticker Tape. At times honesty and completeness are not merely the best policy–they are the only policy

3. Catching a Feather. An alternative to an endless chase, this Tool allows solutions to float into your life

People Tools is organized into 54 chapters. Each chapter contains short, engaging stories using humor and personal anecdotes to illustrate the “People Tool” presented. The language is friendly and non-intimidating. Each chapter presents a unique solution to a specific problem. The reader could open the book to any page and find practical solutions they can immediately apply to their own lives.

When my son was struggling with Tourette Syndrome and the pediatricians and specialists I had brought him too could not find the right medications to help him out we ended up seeking help from a neurologist at a well-known hospital several hundred miles away. He told us we were right in seeking a different type of doctor. “Every doctor has different tools in his toolbox” he said “we’ll keep trying different tools until we find the one that works.”  It took a few tries, but we eventually found the right one and my son’s life became a whole lot easier.

People Tools: 54 Strategies for Building Relationships, Creating Joy, and Embracing Prosperity has a lot of tools to try. Will all of them work for you? Probably not, but you have plenty more to choose from! I enjoyed reading through this self-help guide at looking at our life from a different perspective. The chapters were quick and easy to read and the examples and advice were written in an honest and humorous way. But a word of caution: just because this is a quick and easy read shouldn’t mean you can read it and set it back on your bookshelf. This is one that should sit by your bedside so you can thumb through it and absorb the tools that best fit your situation and life experiences.


3 responses to “People Tools: 54 Strategies for Building Relationships, Creating Joy, and Embracing Prosperity by Alan C. Fox *Review*

  1. I have to get to this one Angie – It reminds me a bit of the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People which to this day (even though I read it probably 18 years ago…. ) still reminds me of better ways to work well with others 🙂

  2. Sounds like a book I would read. Somehow when a book has the word “tool” in it, I’m drawn to it. 🙂 By the way, I can’t find your contact email. Can you email me at laurafabiani at videotron dot ca? I’d like to ask you something.

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