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Product Details

  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (August 27, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449911845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449911846
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #408,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In this sequel ot Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive , Mackay, a Minneapolis envelope-maker, issues a flood of no-nonsense business advice in the form of original aphorisms and short, germane examples, all delivered with high spirits and ever-bubbling humor. "The sale begins when the customer says yes," he declares. "ASTONISH them . . . get it there before you said you would . . . " Mackay offers detailed programs to motivate customers and employees, and tells success stories of consumer needs perceived and fulfilled--pantyhose shops, walk-in medical clinics. He also stresses the importance of entrepreneurial courage, such as his own insistence on lengthy titles for his books. First serial to Success magazine; BOMC and Fortune Book Club alternates.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Like Mackay's previous best seller, How To Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive ( LJ 4/15/88), this work is filled with anecdotes and typical Mackay tips. Beginning with how to get a job, he uses hints and stories to show how to get ahead in the business world. The work is composed of 85 lessons broken into seven groupings, with each lesson usually only a couple of pages in length. Each grouping relates to specific aspects of a business career, e.g. "Harvey Mackay's Short Course on Getting Started" or "Working Your Way Up" or "Running the Show." In addition there are 35 "Quickies," usually a page or less in length, that explicate a point, e.g. "Find One Good Idea, and You Can Use It Forever." Sure to be a best seller. Recommended for all business collections that include popular works. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/89.
- -- Michael D. Kathman, St. John's Univ., Collegeville, Minn.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Harvey Mackay is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive and Beware the Naked Man Who Offers You His Shirt, both books are among the top 15 inspirational business books of all time, according to the New York Times. His books have sold more than ten million copies worldwide. His newest book Use Your Head To Get Your Foot In The Door: Job Search Secrets No One Else Will Tell You, was released on February 18, 2010. When Larry King interviewed Harvey in late February 2010, Larry said, "I really believe this is the most important book right now." The book is already in its 4th printing as of March 1, 2010. It immediately climbed the bestseller list at Amazon.com and hit #1 in four categories: Job Hunting, Counseling, Vocational Guidance and Education. It can also be found on the Wall Street Journal Business Bestseller list.

Harvey writes a nationally syndicated newspaper column and is one of America's most popular and entertaining business speakers. he is also the founder and chairman of MackayMitchell Envelope Company. He has been married to Carol Ann for forty-nine years. They have three children and nine grandchildren.

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This book should be on every business person's shelf.
Shaun Heneghan
All but a very few of the concepts and ideas in this book are as relevant today(2014) as when they were written.
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If this one as good as Harvey's first bestseller, I'll give you my shirt.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte A. Hu on November 14, 2001
Format: Paperback
Harvey Mackay suggests basic details in this book, like being aware of how respectfully you address a someone else's secretary, but as simple as these suggestions are, they are critical. I read this book while I was on the public relations/sales team for the Marine Corps recruiting station in Kansas City. As a result of his principles of respect for people, care in personal committments and follow-through on obligations, I earned a quarter million dollars in documented free advertising per quarter for my firm. Needless to say, I won numerous awards and ample recognition from my superiors.
Mackey's brand of professionalism -- of delivering what you promise -- is as effective and productive as it is simple. He does keep it simple, but this book is not short on value. After completing the Xerox School of Sales, I was assigned to work with the J.Walter Thompson advertising firm. This company adheres to Mackey's basic concepts. Later, I worked for a Japanese firm in Tokyo; again, they adhered to Mackey's concepts of sound business practices. Currently, I'm living in Cairo, Egypt, and I find that too few Egyptian companies adhere to Mackey's ideas of committment to customer service. They could definitely learn how to improve sales, keep old customers and earn new ones if everyone from the top executives to the clerks and receptionists read this book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 14, 1999
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I just finished this book and have already recommended it to 5 friends and co-workers.
MacKay's experiences and insights are offered up as valuable and inspirational lessons for one's business or personal life. His terrific sense of humour also made this an entertaining as well as informative read. If Harvey MacKay happens to read this, thank you, you've inspired me to start my own business! :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Henderson on February 20, 2005
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This book, like all of Mr. Mackay's books, is absolutely wonderful. The information it contains is timeless. Do yourself - or a friend! - a favor and read this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David on January 9, 2008
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I'm amazed books like this aren't part of a college pack of books to read prior to graduation. I learned maybe 1/3 of what's in this book from my parents, and experience- and was fascinated with the rest. THis is a book I give to relatives starting out in the work world. All of MacKay's books are good. No it doesn't cover everything, but it's useful
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Worth every minute of the time it takes to read. One way to judge a book is how long the information is relevant for versus how soon the concepts and ideas are outdated. All but a very few of the concepts and ideas in this book are as relevant today(2014) as when they were written. Another sign; this is information from a man who has done something not an author who has written something. Actual stories from his time floundering about to building a company, making a mistake, building a network, etc. Whatever money you physically pay for this you are not paying enough. Oh and I thoroughly enjoy his writing style, easy to read, shorter snippets and it feels like a mentor sharing wisdom to a mentee.
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By ivo gubanovs on July 29, 2013
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Excelent book for 2 reasons. First: an older (no agism, please) guy is giving you tips on how to conduct business. Second reason is that it's interesting how people go about business matters in America. I would higly recomend this book, thank you, Ivo, Riga, Latvia
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Harvey Mackay's book is a wonderful blueprint for how to live your life when it comes to getting involved in the workforce. I am a professor at a Hospitality College. His book will become mandatory reading for students in my Organizational Behavior course.
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One of America's favorite business sages is back again with another collection of timeless advice for anyone who has to earn a living and forge a way of life. In this collection of thoughts, essays, and published newspaper articles, McKay takes on topics such as: kindness, remembering others' names, negotiating, keeping your promises, overdelivering, delighting the customer (or boss), and motivating a team. Written in the style of an straight-talking uncle giving counsel to his favorite nephew or niece, McKay's advice is as timeless as his topics. This book should be on every business person's shelf.
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