You’ve Got 8 Seconds


Book Title:   You’ve Got 8 Seconds: Communication Secrets for a Distracted World
Author: Paul Hellman
Publisher: AMACOM
List Price:   $17.95              
Format: Soft cover, 208 pages
Publication Date:   04/13/2017    
ISBN: 978-0-8144-3830-5
Reviewer:     Larry Barnett, PMP
Review Date: 07/2016



Paul Hellman has penned a book to help people capture and keep the attention of others. One might think our world is more “distracted” than it was in generations past. And that may be true, given that most people today carry at least one portable electronic device almost 24/7 and try to multitask. And it may be inevitable for today.

You’ve Got 8 Seconds: Communication Secrets for a Distracted World” can give an edge here.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The challenge for communicating in business and professional circles is this: To be heard. To be remembered. And to achieve results. The theme of “8 Seconds” could be, “capture attention.” This core thought is woven throughout three sections, FOCUS, VARIETY, and PRESENCE.

Fifteen chapters, all easy to read and good for a reread, fill the three parts in logical organization. The title of each chapter is brief and to the point. And 100 distinct, often humorous, tactics are spread across the chapters to round out the captivating message – how to make your 8 seconds count.


Make it interesting. Tell them what you are not going to tell them. To say less, measure…or for some, say more.

Be the audience, and ask yourself…


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About the Reviewer

Larry Barnett, PMP

North Texas, USA


Barnett, PMP
has broad experience in information technology, IT Project Management, Business Analysis, and Solution Development and Delivery. His work experience covers a variety of industries, most recently, Healthcare, Energy, and Paper & Forest Products. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting, from Texas Tech University. Larry is a member of the Project Management Institute, Dallas Chapter, having acquired PMP certification in 2015. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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