I do not read self-help books. I do not subscribe to the theory that life can change by applying rules that worked for someone else. It doesn’t work like this. So when I was given Suhel Seth’s book, “Get to the Top” to review, I was skeptical as it was branded as a self-help book. What surprised me was that I finished the book in less than a day’s time and felt that may be one can take away something from this book and apply it differently to his or her life.
Get to the Top is a book that talks of how to be socially successful. In my opinion it talks of manners per se – a sort of modern day Emily Post-ish document. Get to the Top is divided into four sections, where the ten rules are spread and an appendix which contains tips on how to be a good host, how to be a good guest and the worst social crimes you can commit.
The book is direct and straight forward. Suhel Seth’s writing is not pretentious and he does not at any point force his opinion down the reader’s throat. What I liked about the book was that it is easy to read and at any point does not become boring or preachy. Suhel Seth speaks from experience, which I am certain is wide-spread. He encourages people to go out and meet different kinds of people – as the experience will only be richer and more complete.
Rules such as, “The Self-Development Rule” and “The Networking Rule” make a lot of sense when we are plagued with competition all around us. At the same time, the funny bone in the book is not lost. He talks of being a gossip and judgmental in a frivolous manner, yet achieving the purpose. Questions such as these are eloquently answered: When to be a gossip? What to judge? What not to speak about at parties? What is a conversation starter?
I thankfully did not read the book as a self-help catalogue. I read it mainly because I wanted to see what it was all about and thankfully it did not disappoint me. It was a good read and yes for someone who is looking to know something about social etiquette and behavior, it will be a great read.