You’ve Got 8 Seconds: Communication Secrets for a Distracted World
(HarperCollins Leadership/Amacom, 2017)
—The Chronicle Herald book review by Kaye Parker, who named it one of the top business books of the year
You’ve Got 8 Seconds reveals three strategies to stand out:
- FOCUS: Design a strong message—then say it in seconds.
- VARIETY: Make routine information come alive.
- PRESENCE: Convey confidence and command attention.
With these strategies—illustrated with fast, actionable tips—you’ll get heard, get remembered, and get results.
“I loved the book and will recommend it to colleagues. Whether you’re a grizzled CEO or a new associate, you’ll benefit from Paul’s strategies.“
“After reading the first few pages, I could not put it down. An insightful and refreshing book that is a treasure trove of useful techniques on how to communicate more effectively and to the point, with amusing real life anecdotes that keep the reader engaged until the last page. A must-read for the corporate world—and the real world!“
—Jean Pierre Lacombe, Chief Global Markets, Head of IFC Research, The World Bank
“Great insight and advice to hone your communication skills for every situation. Invaluable for anyone with an important message to deliver.”
—Steven Marshall, President, U.S. Tower Division, American Tower
“The tips are invaluable and it’s a quick, fun read, with humor and personal anecdotes sprinkled throughout. This is a resource you’ll turn to again and again for advice on the best communication techniques. Highly recommended!”
—Stephanie Laguna, Executive Director, Strategic Market Planning, Kaiser Permanente
“This book provides fresh, actionable advice on how to make your point quickly, succinctly, and memorably, so your ideas get through the deluge of non-stop information. On the flip side, since you, too, are probably inundated with emails, meetings, and presentations that just seem endless: Do yourself a favor. Give everyone you know a copy of this very practical (and funny) book. I know I will.”
—Erin Deemer, Vice President, People Development, Biogen
“You’ve Got 8 Seconds teaches you to find the core of your message and make it memorable. Filled with powerful insights and humor, this is a must-read for anyone who wants to sell their ideas or themselves. I started using Paul’s tools immediately, and urge you to do the same.”
—Jon Peters, CEO, AthenaOnline
“Superb blend of practical tips, humor and storytelling. Paul provides real insights and memorable tactics on how to excel at communication in today’s frenetic world. All presenters (and writers) should read this book.”
—Marissa Poole, Head of Global Scientific Communication, Sanofi Genzyme
—Kelly Courtney, Advocacy Strategy Advisor, United Nations
—Michael Glass, Vice President, Talent Management and Development, Thermo Fisher Scientific
“Getting your message across in our information-saturated age is a real challenge. Paul Hellman’s book is packed with great advice for leaders, and it’s fun to read, too.“
—Marshall Goldsmith, executive coach and New York Times-bestselling author of Triggers
—Mark Jesty, Chairperson, IMS/Toronto
—Alison Quirk, Executive Vice President, State Street (retired)
—Dusty Tenney, President, Brooks Life Sciences
—Maureen Clang, Vice President, Leadership Development, Travelers
—Bill McGowan, author, Pitch Perfect
—Charles Miller, Senior Vice President, Leadership Development, Citi
—Sandy Rezendes, Chief Learning Officer, Citizens Financial Group
—Tim Saeger, Senior Vice President, Engineering, iRobot