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Book Yourself Solid: The Fastest, Easiest, and Most Reliable System for Getting More Clients Than You Can Handle Even if You Hate Marketing and Selling Kindle Edition

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"Lead generation and conversion is the heart of any marketing enterprise, and Michael Port's ingenious and practical system is among the best I've seen. Read this book and transform your business!"
—Michael E. Gerber, founder and Chairman, E-Myth Worldwide, and author of The E-Myth Revisited

"Do your homework! This is not a conceptual, theoretical look at how to succeed as a service professional. Instead, it's just what you need if you're stuck and you'd rather invest in your future (by doing the right kind of work) than complain about it later."
—Seth Godin, author of All Marketers Are Liars and Permission Marketing

"Going out on your own can be scary. But this book is a welcome antidote to that fear. It brims with savvy advice and nearly overflows with practical, hands-on exercises. Once you absorb the wisdom in these pages, you'll be ready, willing, and eager to fashion a more rewarding work life. Michael Port is the guy to call if you're tired of thinking small."
—Daniel H. Pink, author of A Whole New Mind and Free Agent Nation

"If you're even slightly uncomfortable with the idea of networking, marketing, or selling, this is the book for you. Book Yourself Solid gives you everything you need to fill your business with ideal clients. Before you're even finished reading the book, you'll be inspired to take action!"
—Ivan R. Misner, PhD, founder and CEO, BNI, and coauthor of Masters of Networking

"Wow! I never expected this book to be so good. I love how it focuses on getting your ideal clients—and more than you can imagine possible. An excellent, inspiring, practical guide to outrageous success!"
—Joe Vitale, author of There's a Customer Born Every Minute

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  • File Size: 890 KB
  • Print Length: 371 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (November 23, 2010)
  • Publication Date: November 23, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004EWGB12
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,183 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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MICHAEL PORT is the New York Times best-selling author of six books including Book Yourself Solid, Beyond Booked Solid, Book Yourself Solid ILLUSTRATED, The Contrarian Effect, The Think Big Manifesto, and STEAL THE SHOW, his latest. Michael has been featured on all the major TV networks and is one of the highest rated speakers working today. He runs a company of experts advising businesses on marketing, business development, and public speaking. Free chapters from all of Michael's books can be found at Marketing advice at Public speaking advice at

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108 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Warren on March 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
I run a one man chiropractic clinic and I highly recommend this book to any individual starting or about to start a new business. I am a doctor, not a business person. I am quite good at taking sick people and getting them better. I've trained for years in that field, but I have very little business, marketing, advertising experience. After 2 months of trying to gain customers, and people trying to sell me every advertising medium under the sun I found Michael's book. This book is a complete program. It offers guidance on how to organize your business and marketing approach to be congruent and meaningful TO YOU. This book guides you to create an organized marketing strategy in ALL areas of your business. This book took my head that felt like it was spinning out of control, not knowing where to turn, and gave me a compass and plan to navigate marketing and trying to grow my business. It's been 3 weeks since I started reading the book, 1 week since I finished it and I've already doubled my new clients from last month thanks to some very simple concepts Michael introduced me to.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Collis on August 26, 2012
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This book contains the best advice I have read on how to run a profitable service business. I have a read a lot of books like this one. Most of them are disappointing. Most of them seem to contain advice I didn't want to follow. Michael's book is quite different. The strategies are solid. It is advice I can follow without feeling I am yet another person demanding attention and money from an increasingly jaded public. Following just one of the strategies got me a booking immediately.
It is an unusual book because it actually delivers what it says on the title.
I particularly recommend this book to introverts like me who hate superficial 'networking' and want to genuinely connect with people.
Highly recommended.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Barthe on June 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
This the pre-"I'm finished with the book" review. I'll write an updated review after I've completed all the lessons.

This is one of the best marketing books I ever have read AND used. I'm continuously implementing the advice given, not simply reading and saying "Oh, that sounds nice", then doing nothing with the information given. Book Yourself Solid will drive you into taking constructive conscious action, as opposed to throwing tons of things together in order to create a quick profit.

This isn't the type of marketing book for someone who is:

1. Looking to make tons of cash ASAP and could give a care less about their customers.

2. Running their own business because it seems like an interesting idea and they're out to impress others.

3. Not doing what they love yet expect to rake in the riches and all the side effects of success.

I have to STRONGLY stress #3. I know business owners who hate what they do, yet feel trapped by the business. They think they can't leave and start all over again. They run around trying to find the latest info on how to make something that isn't working work (the business). Look into your heart and be honest. If you know that it's time to let your business go, let it go. Don't continue to force yourself to doing something you know you don't like. If you read Book Yourself Solid, it just could be the thing to get you out of the door and into something more profitable and enjoyable. Do what you love, it's the first step to success.

This book provides the type of information that's valuable to people who know who they are, what they stand for, and but want create even more social value in the world.
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful By JDean on November 21, 2011
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My business was struggling for the last three months (I had not sold anything for two and 1/2!) when I decided to read your book and print up the free workbook. I decided I had nothing to lose, since I was already doing so poorly. I had only just decided to work with my ideal clients(my first day of reading and doing the exercises), and dump my duds when I signed my first client in nearly three months! What followed was a flurry of sales and new clients that was awesome, but somewhat baffling. I didn't expect success to come so fast. I had only gotten through the fourth exercise in the workbook, and I had signed up one of my biggest accounts in the last two years! When I went to dump one of my dud clients, he apologized and said that he did indeed want to do business, and would I please send him a proposal right away! The flow of ideal new clients has only increased since I've made these changes, and it's not even been one month yet. I'm working just as hard now as I was before, but with a different attitude toward sales and marketing than I've had in too long a time. I believe too many marketers and business coaches shy away from the use of the term "spiritual" in reference to doing business. I'm glad Michael Port is comfortable enough in his own skin to say out loud what most of us already know inside concerning the need to understand that side of marketing and sales. No rah rah hype here. Just good common sense that has become quite uncommon nowadays. If you not only read his book, but DO the exercises from the workbook step-by-step as you go, you will get solid, even awesome results. I'm not booked solid yet, but I'm definitely on my way! This may sound like a cheesy marketing pitch, but I'm going to tell you like it is: Do yourself a favor and get this book.Read more ›
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