Self-help books. I’m not going to lie, I love them. You guys seem to love them too as that genre often produces my most popular reviews. Well, you are in for a treat because today’s review is going to bring something extra to your life.
Being Unapologetic: Empowering You to Become an Influential Speaker and Visionary Leader by Davide Di Giorgio sets out to teach the reader how to speak to make people listen. It wants us to discover who we truly are, identify our strengths and ultimately become an influential speaker. Not only that, the advice presented aims to help you discover your purpose, become more confident, empower others and deliver a vision.
So, did Being Apologetic achieve all this? The answer is no but not because it was a bad book, but because I believe that no self-help book can deliver as many promises as it makes to every person. Let me tell you what I did get from it. Inspiration. For a while, I thought that this book was doing nothing for me. However, when I realised I was taking breaks from reading to research the various directions I would be interested in taking my life, I knew it was making an impact. It just took a good few chapters for everything to click together and start inspiring me to take the first steps.
I think this inspiration came more from Davide Di Giorgio’s writing style than anything else. I felt like he was writing for my eyes only and there were many encouraging lines telling me I’m good enough and I can do what I desire if I put my all into my dream. There were other elements of this book that I’m sure were intended to do the same thing, for instance, stories from Davide’s own life and the various influential people who each told their own tale at the end of every chapter. However, this tactic didn’t have the same result for me. All I really thought was “good for them”. I needed more detail about how each dream was achieved to give me that extra push and motivation.
On a more general level, I liked how Being Unapologetic was written. It was easy and quick to read, allowing me to absorb the information provided without difficulty. Within the various chapters, there were several small exercises that allow you to think about your own situation and analyse it while the advice is fresh in your head. Admittedly, I didn’t complete these exercises while reading but I will go back and complete them at a later date. Also, I liked that each chapter began with a quote from a famous person. I’m a sucker for a good quote.
Overall, I quite enjoyed this book. I felt like it could have provided more practical advice toward becoming an influential speaker but it did provide a level of inspiration and encouragement that I need right now. This is a book I will come back to over time to reflect on how far I’ve come and take away new advice that may not have been of use to me while reading first but might be in the future.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
“My wish for you is that you believe, deeply, in yourself and the work you’re doing in the world.”
~ Davide Di Giorgio
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About the author
Davide Di Giorgio is an international best-selling author, keynote speaker, TEDx speaker, and leadership coach. As one of the world’s leading speaking experts, he’s worked with thousands of on-purpose speakers, performers, executives, and leaders across multiple industries for more than twenty-five years.
He’s also an award-winning theater producer, acclaimed educator, and entrepreneur. He’s been featured around the world in major media for his work as Founder of the unWorld Leaders Network and Creator of the Mastermind and Speaker Experience at Sea.
Originally from Toronto, Davide now lives in his dream city, San Diego, with his dream husband Heath and their dog, Galileo.
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