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From the Back Cover

From Richard Templar

Best-selling Author of The Rules of Life and The Rules of Work

 

100 new tips, tricks, and skills for negotiating, persuading, and influencing

 

 

Be the kind of person who gets what they want.

 

Be the kind of person people want to say yes to.

 

Help people say yes
(even when it isn’t easy)
(even when they have to make an exception).

 

Fresh. Fun. Quick.
Skills you’ll use every day:
At work, at home, everywhere.

 

Get what you want.
You can.
It starts right here.

About the Author

Richard Templar is an astute observer of human behavior and understands what makes the difference between those of us who effortlessly glide toward success and those of us who struggle against the tide. He has distilled these observations into his Rules titles. More than 1.3 million people around the world have enjoyed and now play by Richard Templar’s Rules.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: FT Press; 1 edition (August 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132824361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132824361
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,341,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dave Lakhani VINE VOICE on August 28, 2011
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This book is so basic that I'll read it to my 7 year old, as the lessons in it are perfect for someone her age through their teens; after that, if you haven't learned these lessons, well . . .

The format is ideal for someone who wants a quick read, one to two pages per idea. Inside those one or two pages is one paragraph that outlines the idea, the rest is filler and wasted space.

Honestly, I'm not sure how this series of books have sold more than a million copies. Here are just a few of the one to two page lessons you can expect to learn to become more persuasive (and these should be a given in ANY situation)

Be honest
Work hard
Set deadlines
Write it all down
Look confident
Act confident
Learn to say no (of all the advice in this book this is probably the best)
Get to know people
Pick up the signals
Learn to listen properly
Be objective

The list goes on for 211 pages in the book. The writing and examples are so basic that the list of all the ideas would have been as valuable as the book.

Interestingly, the author goes on for 177 pages before he suggests simply asking clearly for what you want (I get it, the book is titled How To Get What You Want Without Having To Ask so asking defies the title) but seriously, if you want something, the best place to start is to ask someone for what you need.) And further, one of the sections of the book is titled be someone people want to say yes to. If you are going to be someone people say yes to, you are going to have to ask them for something to which they can say yes.

This book would have been awesome as an illustrated kids book. Adults not raised in the wild by a pack of wolves will however beg for the hour of their life back that it takes to read. The only reason I gave it two stars is that I will use it as a primer and go down the list of ideas to have specific discussions with my 7 year old.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Demeritt VINE VOICE on September 16, 2011
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There is a litmus test you can run on self-help books to know whether they are a waste of money or not. It takes three simples steps, and How To Get What You Want fails them all.

1) Is the goal stated too broad to actually gain the result stated?

Yup. As I read the self-help book How To Use Celtex Writing Program, I am actually understanding how to use the Celtex Writing software. Can I use this to sell my screenplay? No. This book claim to tell me How To Get What I Want, Without Having To Ask. When I got the book I was scheduled to play in a Poker Tournament. I decided what I wanted was to win it. I followed every step the author suggested, but did not win the tournament. The title lied to me. Should the author have limited the title to "at work" or "in your business", which is all he really focuses on, and you decided you wanted to double your salary next week, it would fail yet again. Warning #1, the title's goal is too broad to actually gain the result stated.

2) Thumbing through the book, is there is so much white space that the book would be more than 33% smaller if the print was normal size, the margins wider, or pages of titles were condensed?

OH YES. This "book", if printed with normal margins, would be half its size. Almost every other page is title - a whole page given to a title. If these were single line, this book would be a pamphlet. This kind of padding is the surest sign you should put the book back on the shelf.

3) Are the content headers or titles so generalized as to be fundamentally simple?

HTGWYWWHTA mildly offends in this measure. Just flipping through some pages I get the following titles: Control Yourself, Work Hard, Use The Right Words.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maria Poole VINE VOICE on September 14, 2011
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I wonder if I can get a better book telling me how to get what I want without having to ask for it? I tried to be positive about this book and it is not a long read but halfway in I had to force myself to finish it. I really came to dislike my selection. I felt like the author had "gotten one over on me" by the time I finished this book. Don't waste your hard earned money on this one. I really think that other books are much better than this attempt at a profit by Templar. I agree with other recommendations to read "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie. That book will tell you so much more than this book and you will be better prepared for any endeavor you face whether striving for a goal or getting through the day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Beswick VINE VOICE on September 12, 2011
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Once you take out the page-size headings, this is a 100-page book with 100 chapter ranging from the obvious to the quite frankly ludicrous. And I quote:

"Did you hear about the guy in Canada who decided to get what he wanted by trading? He started out with one red paperclip, which he traded for a pen. He traded that for a doorknob and so on. Just kept trading up until he finally got his house." Really? So I have to find a chain of people with a worse understanding of value than anyone even in the Fed to get what I want? Is this story really helpful?

As another reviewer pointed out, it takes 177 pages to get to the main answer of the question "How to get what you want?" - and that answer, without giving the plot away, is to ask for it. I realize that writing books is hard but FT Press has released a series of really dubious titles buoyed by the newspaper's soon-to-be-shot-down reputation. I honestly can't recommend that anybody in the target audience (adult, business or sales focused readers) would learn anything. Though having said that, I have discovered what I want - a quick deal with FT Press.
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