I have some exciting news if you’re into making yourself more observant and aware of yourself and daily surroundings. Those of you who have followed me for a skip and jump may recall me writing about Amy Herman, most famously known for her Art of Perception series and her website where she teaches others how to become more perceptive – or as I like calling it, “How to be Sherlock Holmes”. If you have no idea who or what I’m talking about, you can read my original post about her or you can watch the video below.
Are we all caught up on who Amy is and how awesome she is? Sweet.
So the rumor mill has been cranking out word that an Art of Perception book was on the horizon. I’ve only heard just whispers here and there, but paid no attention to it; Amy would let me know when something concrete was happening. True to form, I heard from Amy that there’s a new book coming in October that I should pre-order.
Oh wait – HER BOOK!
“Could looking at Monet’s water lily paintings save your company millions? Could studying Edward Hopper’s Automat alert you to symptoms of your child’s ADD or help identify the pickpocket who just lifted your wallet?
Art historian Amy Herman has trained experts from many fields in the art of perception. By showing people how to look closely at extraordinary works of art, she enables them to see more clearly, analyze more intelligently, and use seemingly hidden clues to better understand any situation. She has spent over a decade teaching doctors to pay attention to patients instead of their charts, helping police officers separate facts from opinions when describing a suspect, and training professionals from a wide array of fields, including the FBI, the State Department, and the military, to recognize the most pertinent and useful information. Her lessons highlight far more than the physical objects you may be missing; they teach you to uncover the hidden talents of new employees, and to reduce costly miscommunication among members of a team.
Whether you’re an executive who wants to run your company more effectively, a parent who wants to better understand your child, or simply anyone who wants to perceive any situation more clearly, you will see what matters most in a whole new light.”
Yup, I’d say it’s time to pre-order my copy. Hey, you should get on Amazon and get yourselves a copy, too! Librarians, don’t forget to order a copy for your library!
Don’t forget, library directors: If you like her book, she can come to your library and give a seminar as well!
($100 says she’ll sign your book, too.)
That’s all for this week, but don’t worry – I have another pretty awesome book to talk about in the future. I’m starting to gear up for some awesome stuff now that I don’t have the “sickies” from last week!
Justin Brasher, Brash Librarian