MiniMax Interventions is a wonderful little gem of a book! As I began to grasp how important the short, yet effective interventions were, I was reminded of the story told by the Dalai Lama that -œIf you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.- In other words, don't be fooled by simplicity of the interventions and the impact that they will have on your communication and rapport building. I know this as I have been using them myself over the last 20 years in my own psychotherapy work. In that sense it is delightful to see the interventions presented in this way in this incredibly useful book.
As Dr Prior writes, you can use the interventions in any order, so the book will really help you when looking at how to improve the connections you have with a variety of clients. You will benefit from having a reference to clear transitional statements, which can help your clients, patients and those you communicate with conceptualise what they are experiencing in an easy and natural way, so that they can begin to re-form their own story, and expand their awareness.
In times where communication can be challenging, the MiniMax interventions will help you to offer clear examples of what can help in your communication, utilising the power of comparable situations, real life stories (which are by far the most transformational learning aids), and questions that are full of powerful insights and paths to change.
Above all, this book will help you speak the most important language of all in your communication, which is the language of your client, patient, colleague or staff member. Intervention number 14 for me shows this most profoundly. The ideas around -˜empathic negation' were a delight to read. I've often said to my students that -œThere's no such thing as a resistant client, just a lack of rapport- -“ so reading Dr Prior's ideas as to how to work with resistance or difficult people was incredibly refreshing.
I highly recommend this book to help you easily and quickly improve the quality and impact of your communication!