The Power of Moments
The New York Times bestselling authors of Switch and Made to Stick explore why certain brief experiences can jolt us and elevate us and change us—and how we can learn to create such extraordinary moments in our life and work.While human lives are endlessly variable, our most memorable positive moments are dominated by four elements: elevation, insight, pride, and connection. If we embrace these elements, we can conjure more moments that matter. What if a teacher could design a lesson that he knew his students would remember twenty years later? What if a manager knew how to create an experience that would delight customers? What if you had a better sense of how to create memories that matter for your children?This book delves into some fascinating mysteries of experience: Why we tend to remember the best or worst moment of an experience, as well as the last moment, and forget the rest. Why “we feel most comfortable when things are certain, but we feel most alive when they’re not.” And why our most cherished memories are clustered into a brief period during our youth.Readers discover how brief experiences can change lives, such as the experiment in which two strangers meet in a room, and forty-five minutes later, they leave as best friends. (What happens in that time?) Or the tale of the world’s youngest female billionaire, who credits her resilience to something her father asked the family at the dinner table. (What was that simple question?)Many of the defining moments in our lives are the result of accident or luck—but why would we leave our most meaningful, memorable moments to chance when we can create them? The Power of Moments shows us how to be the author of richer experiences.

The Power of Moments Details

TitleThe Power of Moments
Author
ReleaseOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherSimon Schuster
ISBN-139781501147760
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Business, Psychology, Self Help

The Power of Moments Review

  • Anne Bogel
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this. More to come on Modern Mrs Darcy.
  • Christopher Lawson
    January 1, 1970
    CERTAIN BRIEF EXPERIENCES CAN JOLT USIn THE POWER OF MOMENTS, Chip and Dan Heath suggest an intriguing possibility: We can actually create special moments—we don’t just have to wait for them to happen to us. Instead, “We can be the author of them.” To create these moments, we have to first understand what makes historical events stand out as special. Chip and Dan cite research that explains which memories really stand out. When we look back at some event, we forget about the duration, and instea CERTAIN BRIEF EXPERIENCES CAN JOLT USIn THE POWER OF MOMENTS, Chip and Dan Heath suggest an intriguing possibility: We can actually create special moments—we don’t just have to wait for them to happen to us. Instead, “We can be the author of them.” To create these moments, we have to first understand what makes historical events stand out as special. Chip and Dan cite research that explains which memories really stand out. When we look back at some event, we forget about the duration, and instead recall just 2 main things: The best or worst moment, and the ending. Knowing what our mind recalls suggests a strategy—we focus on creating a few memorable highlights. Well, just how do we go about making great moments for ourselves? The authors have boiled it down to 4 key things. We can actually synthesize great experiences if we include one or more of these aspects:1) ELEVATION: Moments that rise above the commonplace2) INSIGHT: Some new understanding 3) PRIDE: Moments of achievement4) CONNECTION: Social engagements.Chip and Dan spend a lot of time explaining each of the 4 keys, and tell lots of funny stories about how companies did something to create a special moment. I found the chapter on creating elevating moments especially interesting. The authors provide a recipe on creating such a moment:(1) Boost the sensory appeal;(2) Raise the stakes; or(3) Break the script—do something radically difference.I found THE POWER OF MOMENTS to be a fun read, with lots of practical ideas. I enjoyed the anecdotes that illustrate the principles. Don’t miss the story of how the Ritz Carlton took photos of the forgotten toy “vacationing” around the hotel. Each chapter concludes with a summary called the “Whirlwind review.” I found this summary to be a good recap of the points in each chapter.Advance Review Copy courtesy of the publisher.
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  • Elaine
    January 1, 1970
    The Power of Moments is a guide to having more stand-out moments in your life and how those can change you. We all experience moments that catapult us in a direction, but do they have as much of an effect if we aren't paying attention to them? "This book features captivating stories of people who have created standout moments: The owners who transformed an utterly mediocre hotel into one of the best-loved properties in Los Angeles by conjuring moments of magic for guests. Relief workers who beat The Power of Moments is a guide to having more stand-out moments in your life and how those can change you. We all experience moments that catapult us in a direction, but do they have as much of an effect if we aren't paying attention to them? "This book features captivating stories of people who have created standout moments: The owners who transformed an utterly mediocre hotel into one of the best-loved properties in Los Angeles by conjuring moments of magic for guests. Relief workers who beat a deadly health practice in one village by causing the locals to trip over the truth. The scrappy team that turned around one of the worst elementary schools in the country by embracing an intervention that lasts less than an hour."Chip and Dan Heath have filled this book with moving stories from people who've taken chances. Who've done big and small things to change the course of their life. Some of the stories are big stories that I would think to myself could never happen for me, but then I would read a story that resonated in me and I would wonder what moment could change the course of my life. Am I missing these moments? Am I closed off to them?This book made me question choices in my life. Do I take enough risks? What transformation would I need to make for risks to seem less scary? Are big opportunities really just chance? "We all have defining moments in our lives -- meaningful experiences that stand out in our memory. Many of them owe a great deal to chance: A lucky encounter with someone who becomes the love of your life. A new teacher who spots a talent you didn't know you had. A sudden loss that upends the certainties of your life. A realization that you don't want to spend one more day in your job. These moments seem to be the product of fate or luck or maybe a higher power's interventions. We can't control them."The Power of Moments helps readers decide what defining moments are and how to create life-changing defining moments. "In the book, we have two goals: First, we want to examine defining moments and identify the traits they have in common. What, specifically, makes a particular experience memorable and meaningful? Our research shows that defining moments share a set of common elements. Second, we want to show you how you can create defining moments by making use of those elements. Why would you want to create them? To enrich your experiences. To connect with others. To make memories. To launch your life or your career or your team in a new direction."I won't lie, this book is a little heavy and takes a while to read. I kept finding myself going back and rereading a section that resonated with me. So, if you are looking for a quick read this is not it. But, if you are looking for ways to make your life more defined and are open to new ideas, this book is for you!
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    I expect this book will do very well, as creating and experiencing more moments of meaning is a topic that will resonate with a large number of readers. This book is very well-written, easy to read, and well balanced across pure content (i.e. frameworks and insights) and case examples. The best way to describe it is that it is a version of Jon Levy's The 2 AM Principle: Discover the Science of Adventure but for 50-year-old executives (while Levy's book targets 20-somethings). I wonder if the Hea I expect this book will do very well, as creating and experiencing more moments of meaning is a topic that will resonate with a large number of readers. This book is very well-written, easy to read, and well balanced across pure content (i.e. frameworks and insights) and case examples. The best way to describe it is that it is a version of Jon Levy's The 2 AM Principle: Discover the Science of Adventure but for 50-year-old executives (while Levy's book targets 20-somethings). I wonder if the Heath brothers changed their framework from EPIC to EIPC because of this comparison...I received an advance copy from the Heath Brothers without any request that I read or review it. My opinion here is unbiased and I encourage readers to enjoy this book! #PowerofMoments
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    I've read a few of the Heath brother books, including "Switch" and "Made to Stick", and I found the ideas powerful and well presented. You sometimes get worried that when following an author they will start rehashing ideas and the next book won't be as good. I'm happy to report that the Heath brothers do not fall into this trap! "The Power of Moments" offers fresh insights and valuable ideas about how you can build impact by creating defining moments. As always, the Heath brothers clearly share I've read a few of the Heath brother books, including "Switch" and "Made to Stick", and I found the ideas powerful and well presented. You sometimes get worried that when following an author they will start rehashing ideas and the next book won't be as good. I'm happy to report that the Heath brothers do not fall into this trap! "The Power of Moments" offers fresh insights and valuable ideas about how you can build impact by creating defining moments. As always, the Heath brothers clearly share what their concept is--in this book the "defining moment"--and then give you clear ingredients that lead to those moments.I personally loved the Connection chapters and found the section on responsiveness to be especially relevant to my own life. And this book has so many of those moments, that I will definitely be sharing it will my colleagues and employees in the days to come.I did receive an advance copy of this book from the publisher. But they did not ask me to review it, I simply enjoyed it so much that I wanted to share my thoughts.
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  • Jane
    January 1, 1970
    You already know that actions speak louder than words, but do you know how to create the right actions to have the right lasting impact? The Heath brothers draw on diverse resources to define what makes moments not just memorable but course-changing. If you're a corporate manager or leader, school leader, parent or nonprofit catalyst, try their techniques and see what happens. Rich in examples and practical advice, this book will get you started. Thanks, NetGalley, for an advance copy in exchang You already know that actions speak louder than words, but do you know how to create the right actions to have the right lasting impact? The Heath brothers draw on diverse resources to define what makes moments not just memorable but course-changing. If you're a corporate manager or leader, school leader, parent or nonprofit catalyst, try their techniques and see what happens. Rich in examples and practical advice, this book will get you started. Thanks, NetGalley, for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Rhoda Baxter
    January 1, 1970
    We can all recount moments that changed our lives. This book is about those moments - what they have in common, how to recognise a moment and, most importantly, how to create one. There are a range of examples of how 'moments' can be used to change things - from teaching, to improving sanitation in the developing world, to turning around failing schools. The writing style is conversational and accessible, but there seems to be sound research behind everything. Because of the storytelling aspects We can all recount moments that changed our lives. This book is about those moments - what they have in common, how to recognise a moment and, most importantly, how to create one. There are a range of examples of how 'moments' can be used to change things - from teaching, to improving sanitation in the developing world, to turning around failing schools. The writing style is conversational and accessible, but there seems to be sound research behind everything. Because of the storytelling aspects of the book, I found it quite a moving read in places (especially the bit about the guy who wrote his mother a letter). I heartily recommend this book, especially to anyone who feels like their life is stuck in a rut. It certainly made me think about how I could do things better (or at least differently), so I guess reading it was a moment in itself.I received a free copy of this from Netgalley/ the publishers in return for an honest review. Thank you!
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  • Mukesh Gupta
    January 1, 1970
    I got a kindle version of this book free from net galley and I must thank them. This was as good a book that the Heath brothers have written so far. They have a flair to tell compelling stories and glean the best insights from every story that they tell. One of those books which you don't just read but act on.. I am looking forward to see how this impacts my life..
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  • Geetanjali Mukherjee
    January 1, 1970
    * I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*This is the first book I have read of Dan and Chip Heath, and I loved this book so much, I immediately got a copy of one of their earlier books, Switch, which I am also thoroughly enjoying. The Power of Moments is about why certain moments and experiences in our life are so powerful that they can change us, and how to create more such moments for ourselves, our children, our employees and our customers. At fir * I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*This is the first book I have read of Dan and Chip Heath, and I loved this book so much, I immediately got a copy of one of their earlier books, Switch, which I am also thoroughly enjoying. The Power of Moments is about why certain moments and experiences in our life are so powerful that they can change us, and how to create more such moments for ourselves, our children, our employees and our customers. At first glance, it doesn't seem like this is such an important goal - creating more important moments. But think about it, how many days and specific moments do you remember from high school, or college, or your vacation last summer? What would you like your kids to remember from their Christmas holiday or their vacation with their grandparents, or your customers to remember from their interaction with your product or service? At a time when word of mouth is essential for marketing, when the practice of recording each meal and experience of our life is mandatory, how will we look back and what will stand out in our memories as something that mattered, even was life-changing? The stories the authors share are varied - from experiences in high school that remained with the students even years later, to a hotel that provided an amazing level of service, to the perfect way to welcome a new employee. There are so many points in our life when with a bit of thinking and planning, we can transform the moment to something we will always remember. This book teaches us how to do that.
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  • Jess Macallan
    January 1, 1970
    I received an e-copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This is a fantastic book. The authors do a great job defining powerful moments and delving into why and how those moments affect us. They break down moments into four important categories: elevation, insight, pride, and connection.The examples and case studies helped highlight how we can shape and improve positive experiences in our own lives, and also learn from the painful and transformative experiences. I enjoyed I received an e-copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This is a fantastic book. The authors do a great job defining powerful moments and delving into why and how those moments affect us. They break down moments into four important categories: elevation, insight, pride, and connection.The examples and case studies helped highlight how we can shape and improve positive experiences in our own lives, and also learn from the painful and transformative experiences. I enjoyed the information on breaking the script and how to "level up" which shifts goal setting from boring to fun (and possibly more effective). I learned a lot about the power of being intentional with my moments, and it inspired me to notice and reflect on the spontaneous or unexpected moments. The special section on trauma is a must-read. It was thoughtfully written and has simple, powerful ideas.I highly recommend this book and the resources the authors provide in the appendix. Business leaders and entrepreneurs will also find it informative for improving their business on all levels.
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  • Tracy Davis
    January 1, 1970
    The Heath brothers have done it again: find what works, then reduce it to the essential principles we can then apply to new situations and achieve results. In The Power of Moments, Chip and Dan Heath give us the tools to actually create defining moments — meaningful, memorable experiences — and not just leave them to chance. My first encounter with the Heath brother’s work is a little fuzzy in my memory, but I saw one of their books and recognized one of the authors had the same name as a fellow The Heath brothers have done it again: find what works, then reduce it to the essential principles we can then apply to new situations and achieve results. In The Power of Moments, Chip and Dan Heath give us the tools to actually create defining moments — meaningful, memorable experiences — and not just leave them to chance. My first encounter with the Heath brother’s work is a little fuzzy in my memory, but I saw one of their books and recognized one of the authors had the same name as a fellow student from my university days. Closer inspection showed that yes, that student I was slightly acquainted with was indeed a New York Times bestselling author. Well, of course I had to read it (Switch). Although the Heath brothers write mostly to a business audience, and my only business is that of running my family smoothly, I always have memorable takeaways from their books. In Switch I learned to look for bright spots and apply what works to the not-so-bright areas, and in Decisive to look for possible ways to "ooch" those hard decisions. Now, in The Power of Moments, a book about “defining moments” and how to shape them, we have ideas that can be easily applied to either business or everyday life. The Heath brothers take a close look at defining moments and what they have in common, and reduce them to elements that we can make use of to create those moments ourselves: elevation, insight, pride, and connection. They provide plenty of fascinating real life examples and stories that inspire us to get out there and make some positive moments in our lives. Negative moments are also explored, and the growth that can come from them. The book is straightforward, interesting, and inspiring. When I heard this book was being released, I asked for and received an advanced reader copy.
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