Giving Candy to Strangers

It really can be as easy as Giving Candy To Strangers.

5 out of 5 stars

Stan Holden is not your typical businessman, he’s not a CEO of a Fortune 500 company or a long-standing board member for some top tech firm.  But Holden has a lot to add to the world of business.  Giving Candy To Strangers is a book about doing the right things in business and how they can help you succeed, grow, and even dominate.  The point of view is written more on a personal level though, which is fine for me because as an owner of my own business and an entrepreneur I am the one who runs the day-to-day business.

Holden splits the book into parts and chapters.  Each chapter is short and to the point with some nice comedic bits thrown in for good measure.  I didn’t know that I could smile so much reading a book about networking and improving your interpersonal relationships with others around you (both in and outside of your company).  I found myself vigorously highlighting different quotes and sayings and anecdotes to remember for later.  By the end I had the book mostly highlighted and I’m not even upset about it.

I think that a fresh face and opinion from outsiders is needed to keep things interesting or to remind some of us that we’re not “all that.”  I will definitely be using some of the advice that I learned in this book to further myself, both in the business world and outside of it.

A true work of non-fiction that was actually fun to read, Stan Holden’s Giving Candy To Strangers is one of the best non-fiction books I read in 2015.

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Too many sales people are focused on the end result, the outcome―the close―and another notch on their gun! But, what if you approached “sales” from a heart-centered standpoint, with curiosity and playfulness, as though the world were your sandbox? What if you created relationships for no other reason than to help others and make new friends? I know what you are saying, “How can it not be about results when it comes to business?” The bottom line is important, but if you detach from this burden while you are creating relationships, you will find that the health of your bottomline will improve on its own!


Stan HoldenStan Holden, owner of The LooneyBin Creative Studio, has created work for many Fortune 100 companies. As a protégé, he was first published in a national magazine during the 5th grade. A graduate of California University Long Beach, his screenplay, Rebel Without A Claus, has received a “recommend” by Disney and optioned for filming. He resides in Irvine, CA, with his wife, Reneé, and their two teenagers, Sara and William.

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