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TRAP TALES

Outsmarting the 7 Hidden Obstacles to Success

David M.R. Covey, Stephan Mardyks

Outsmart the traps that can hold you back from success!

Trap Tales is your guide to avoiding seven obstacles that ensnare people every day. We all fall into traps, and we often don't even realize it until we're firmly entrenched, struggling for air—and the harder we try to climb out, the deeper we sink. But what if there were another way? What if we could spot traps from a distance, and avoid them entirely? In this book, authors David M. R. Covey and Stephan M. Mardyks train you in the art of Trapology. You’ll meet Alex and Victoria, who have fallen into traps you’re sure to recognize. As you read their stories, you’ll learn about the seven most common life traps, and how even the smartest and seemingly most accomplished people find themselves stuck and unable to achieve the success they desire. You may discover that you're actually trapped right now, but consider this book your lifeline—the lessons contained in Trap Tales will teach you how to escape these traps and how to sidestep them in the future.

Life traps are camouflaged, sometimes as a terrific opportunity, sometimes as comfortable security, sometimes as simple habit. Traps are masters of disguise, but there are telltale signs that give them away every time. This book shows you how to recognize those signs in time to take an alternate route; if you’ve already fallen into one, you'll learn how to climb out and get back on your way.

  • Learn the seven biggest life traps that catch people unaware
  • Identify the traps that are holding you back right now
  • Discover your escape route and climb out of the quicksand
  • Become a "Trapologist" and avoid them altogether

Traps are escapable, and knowing the right steps to take can change your life for the better. Stop letting traps steal your time, money, energy, and happiness—Trap Tales provides survival training of a different sort, and sets you on the journey to the next phase of your life.

“Perhaps the greatest gift of this book is hope. If, like the protagonist of this story, you find yourself in one of these traps you may wish you had never fallen into it, it’s important to realize that you can get out. And stay out. And help the people you care about do the same.”

From the Foreword by Stephen M. R. Covey, bestselling author of The Speed of Trust

“Trap Tales is a triumph! The book reveals the 7 traps that can turn life’s journey into an obstacle course. With clear examples and calls to actions, David M. R. Covey and Stephan M. Mardyks give you tools to escape and avoid these harmful traps. Read this book, apply its wisdom, and live your best life.”

Ken Blanchard, bestselling coauthor of The New One Minute Manager and Leading At A Higher Level

Published by Wiley


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Published by Wiley

LEADING IN ENGLISH

Communicating with Confidence and Inspiring Others in the International Workplace

Leading in English provides a valuable resource for more effective international business communication. Whether you're a non-native English speaker working in English every day, or a native speaker working with non-native speakers, this book levels the playing field with a host of  insights and tips using real-time examples. Through shared experiences and an engaging narrative, you'll gain confidence as you build the skills you need to communicate more effectively in the workplace. Impart information, relate to coworkers, or just have a friendly chat—this book helps remove uncertainty and streamline interactions. Whether language is a small stumbling block or a large hurdle in your workplace, this book can help you overcome the issues and be happier, more confident, and more effective at your job.  

Communication is tremendously important in the workplace.  When English presents a barrier, removing that obstacle must be priority number one. This book helps you do that, with expert insight, practical tips, and a bit of humor to help shift your perspective.

By D. Vince Varallo, Joerg Schmitz & Stephan M Mardyks


SAID & DONE

The Power of Saying More with Less

Learn how to apply the principles of Focused Communication to transform your ideas into results. SAID & DONE presents a collection of best practices that will help you immediately start delivering streamlined email, presentations, documents, calls and meetings.

By Jason Franzen and Stephan M. Mardyks
with foreword by David Allen, author of 'Getting Things Done'


LESS & MORE

The Art of Saying More with Less

Learn why streamlined communication is the foundation for clear, efficient and ultimately effective communication. LESS & MORE introduces the principles of Focused Communication, the model at the heart of streamlining. Discover what makes saying less more powerful.

By Jason Franzen


April 2017

LESS SAID MORE DONE

Creating a Culture of Streamlined Communication

Written specifically for team and organizational leaders, this book outlines the benefits of streamlining communication across larger groups. This book is an excellent tool for sharing the importance of changing communication culture throughout your leadership team.

By Jason Franzen, Stephan M. Mardyks & David M.R. Covey