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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471675199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471675198
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #643,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The author of the bestseller Selling to VITO returns with a 10-step plan for finding VITO and getting his attention

"However much you are earning in sales today, this book shows you how to earn twice as much—by getting to VITO faster than you ever thought possible."
—Brian Tracy, author, Getting Rich Your Own Way

"If you subscribe to the theory, as I do, that the most important part of selling is getting in the door to see a decision maker, this is the book you want to read. Nobody does or teaches this aspect of selling better than Tony Parinello."
—Warren Greshes, internationally recognized expert on sales and personal improvement, host of the weekly Internet radio show So Who's Stopping You? on World Talk Radio

"Tony Parinello has done it again! Learn what you need to do to step into the shoes of a professional. Shoes that will take you those 10 steps right into VITO's office."
—Tom Hopkins, author, How to Master the Art of Selling

"Tony shares his knowledge openly, in great detail, sprinkled with his special brand of humor, and with empathy and a deep understanding for what salespeople have to do every single day. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who sells who isn't currently sitting at their desk with the phone ringing off the hook with more orders coming in than they can possibly handle."
—Dave Stein, author, How Winners Sell

About the Author

ANTHONY PARINELLO started a selling revolution in 1995 by creating his own brand of sales training called Selling to VITO, the Very Important Top Officer. Today, a majority of the Fortune 100 and over 1.5 million sales-people have adopted VITO Selling to land bigger deals in less time. To put Tony on your team, call him at: 1-800-777-VITO.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Emanuel Carpenter... Author/Reviewer on March 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
Anthony Parinello is at it again. The sales training guru and author of several sales-related books, including the excellently written "Getting the Second Appointment" leads the way once again into the office of Very Important Top Officers (VITO). In his latest book, "Getting to Vito," Parinello elaborates even more on why it is important to reach and sell to VITO.

In this new book, the author stresses the importance of pre-planned calling, prioritization, correspondence, and many other topics that are designed to get salespeople talking with and selling to executive level officers. Not only does the book serve as a must-have reference guide but also as a motivator to all salespeople who go through the rigmarole of sweet talking gatekeepers, leaving tons of voicemail messages, and making sales presentations, and getting no results.

The chapter on how to leave voicemails (The Art of the Voice Mail Message) is a humorous and inspiring treat. Though the method he suggests requires energy, tenacity, and above all, courage, readers should expect to notice a higher number of returned calls in no time after using this technique.

Though the book contains lots of material from some of Parinello's earlier work, it should still be a useful tool for anyone who reads it and wants to sell to executives, especially those who have never read his previous books. This book is a must-have for sales folks who want to get out of the rut of performing below quota and want to make a powerful impact in sales. Parinello turns the sales game into an art form.

Recommended.

Emanuel Carpenter
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. dewaal on April 12, 2008
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This book was recommended by a friend who is very successful in sales.
I am not quite done with it yet, but so far it's really good. It's putting me into the mindset in which I need to be, and giving very specific instruction for every aspect of contacting the important people with which i will need to communicate. It includes exercises along the way to make you start creating your vito letter a little at a time, while the description is clear in your mind. I'm happy with the change in my thinking.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAME on November 3, 2008
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This well-disciplined book reflects the focus, clarity and drive required to sell successfully to the top dogs at corporations great and small. Top corporate officers often have specific "Type A" personality characteristics. By factoring those attributes into the way you approach and sell to these "very important top officers," you'll increase your closing rate significantly. It's hard to imagine an aspect of top-echelon selling that author Anthony Parinello hasn't already considered, and his coaching here is particularly valuable for newer salespeople. getAbstract believes that anyone who wants to sell to the upper ranks of the corporate food chain ought to get to know VITO - and this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cameron Quinn on January 11, 2007
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Parinello speaks with many years of exeperience. The formula he presents actually makes the often daunting task of sales a lot of fun, because it actually places YOU in a position of control through understanding the process much more clearly. This book along with Parinello's other books have become my primary source of sales reference (and success). Andtheonline support and training is sensational.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Gilliatt on February 11, 2007
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Tom Peters gave us "In Search of Excellence" many years ago for developing well-run companies. This is my second "VITO" book from Mr. Parinello, and it eclipses the first one which I used very successfully. This is the guidepost for anyone who sells into Fortune 500 and global companies on finding and practicing Business Development Excellence. If you are serious about selling success, this is your "magic bullet!"

E.R.G MBA/TM

Vice President of Business Development

International Software Productivity and Engineering Institute

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Unapologetic Muslim Capitalist on June 9, 2006
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When Parinello's first book came out in the mid-nineties, e-mail was a novelty, the World Wide Web had barely been spun, and line managers had a heck of a lot more independent spending authority than they have today.

The massive changes in communications and business philosophies that have taken place since then have made Parinello's take-it-to-the-top selling approach all the more relevant for contemporary sales forces. This book is required reading for anybody who's ever had to stare a quota straight in the eye. If you have to buy one of Parinello's books, it should be this one.
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