By Richard Andrews on June 10, 2016
Rashid Kapadia’s new book, ‘Necessary Bridges’, has broken new ground in the literary cannon of public speaking. In a powerful, novel way he breathes new life into the professional applications (and necessities!) of becoming a competent and skilled speaker. He does so primarily for those in the engineering industry, but also by extension for anyone who wants to spread their message more purposefully, with grace and a tangible positive impact.
Kapadia’s writing is conversational in an intimate, eloquent and generous way. He’s an evangelist for the uses of public speaking, especially as it relates to engineers and project managers, and he persuades gently with a knowing wisdom and hard-won experience, born of a lifetime of self-improvement, especially in the realms of effective communication and professional development. He wants to help you inspire greatness in others, wherever you stand and whatever your aspirations.
Some writers have a propensity for eliciting real change from their readers, simply in the way they bridge concrete practicality with a rich imagining of the improved results they help us believe are possible. Such a writer blends factual knowledge alongside the impetus for self-actualization and exploring the uppermost possibilities of our peak potential. Mr. Kapadia is such a writer. He challenges and rebukes staid conventions as much as he affirms and encourages the forging of new paths forward. He admonishes us to discover our own success possibilities by becoming more polished and persuasive speakers.
As such, ‘Necessary Bridges’ is a potent blueprint for enriching your own growth by becoming a skilled communicator, but it is also a highly valuable resource for anyone wanting to become a more effective leader generally. His contributions to the field will be lasting; this book is an instant classic that can be returned to again and again for insight, advice and an informed, broad-minded perspective on the art and highest utility of public speaking.
Richard Andrews, M.Ed, CPRS
Director of Education
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I highly recommend this book if you are ready to put some work into moving your career to the next level.
I’ve heard Rashid speak and he WALKS the TALK. He engages the audience, has learned to read the facial expressions and respond accordingly. He is gentle, funny, approachable, and helps others to be at ease. He has become a mentor to many Houston Chapter National Speaker Association Academy Students, Toastmasters Members, and so many others. He is philanthropic in nature and Necessary Bridges shares an abundance of tips to become a better speaker as well as a better person! 5 Stars All the Way!
I am Carol Ann. The lady he mentioned on page 170. I was fearful of public speaking…yes, but even more fearful of the feedback I would get from the group- my body took on a mind of its own in front of an audience. I was so anxious! I so admired anyone who could get up in front of a crowd and speak!
Urgently encouraged by Rashid four years ago, I was challenged by his strong persuasiveness to finally take on a speaking role, then three years later went on to achieve the highest level of leadership and communication at Toastmasters International, the DTM: Distinguished Toastmaster award!
This book is typically Rashid-an extension of him in written word.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to take their life to a higher level of intelligence. Let Rashid persuade you into becoming a better leader and communicator. If I were to sum up Rashid’s work it would be in two sentences:
You are on your way!
Many people have a fear of public speaking and therefore avoid this at all cost. By avoiding public speaking, I feel that we may be limiting our careers and opportunities in both our business and personal lives. This is why I think this book is so darned important. This is not your standard book on public speaking, but rather a book written by an engineer and a project manager; and I might add a personal friend of mine, Rashid Kapadia. Having the mind of an engineer, Rashid has undertaken a different approach to this topic than I have seen before, and has made some amazing and useful discoveries that I think we all can use in our daily lives. I hope you get as much out of this as I did and make a commitment to purchase and read Rashid’s excellent book. Enjoy.
By JB on February 10, 2017