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Mr. Shmooze: The Art and Science of Selling Through Relationships Hardcover – October 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 90 pages
  • Publisher: The Richard Abraham Company, LLC (October 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974199605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974199603
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #884,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Mr. Shmooze is an inspiration!" -- Stephan Perrault, Principal, Wellspring Creative Communications

"Of all the advisors brought to our marketing and sales efforts, these folks have by far the biggest impact!" -- Kevin Cushing, President, Progressive Partners

"This is a first-rate educational book for everyone in business--from those just beginning to seasoned professionals." -- Beth Treacy, President, Treacy Marketing Group

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Do you know Mr. Shmooze? You might. You know that person who can light up a room? Who makes business fun while making it look easy? You know that person who always thinks of that extra little something—a shared hobby, a mutual friend, passion for a cause—because he or she genuinely loves bringing people together?

Believe it or not, that person, that "Mr. Shmooze," has mastered the secret of selling: selling is giving. The greatest salespeople actually give for a living. Now how does that work?

If you want to find out, spend some time with Mr. Shmooze in this entertaining, lighthearted, and inspiring fable. Join Mr. Shmooze and his summer intern Robert on a journey into the hearts and minds of the people they touch in so many engaging and powerful ways. Read and learn how to build lifelong relationships by focusing on real connections with real people. If this sounds like a natural and thoroughly enjoyable approachto selling, that's because it is!

"Selling is the art and science of a great subject: the subject of life," says Mr. Shmooze. Mr. Shmooze gives you a look at how business and life—and success in both—are natural allies, not separate compartments. You'll see how sales skills matter not just in making deals but also in adding value to people's lives, whether through worthy causes or simple, day-to-day interactions. In one sales setting after another, Mr. Shmooze demonstrates how you can bring more passion, commitment, leadership, optimism, and energy to your life and work.

Do you believe in win-win relationships? In "doing well by doing good"? If so, Mr. Shmooze gives you a one-of-a-kind toolbox to build fellowship and goodwill into your selling strategy. Who is Mr. Shmooze? Find out . . . and unlock your own irresistible force for success not just in sales, but in life itself! --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.


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Quick and easy read that was enjoyable.
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The book does an excellent job showing the importance of how building relationships with people will benefit business and your life.
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Anyone looking for that, should look elsewhere.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bob Burg on November 22, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Richard Abraham has written a parable on "selling through relationships" that will be treasured by anyone in sales fortunate enough to come across this book.

An easy and compelling read, the reader gets to learn from the book's hero right alongside Robert, the young protégé, actually a college student doing a Summer internship. While a composite of several selling stars, the main character was inspired by the author's good friend, an extremely successful Atlanta businessman, Brett Hunsaker.

The protagonist, "Mr. Shmooze", a business and marketing consultant, has built a huge business by giving of himself to others, always desiring to add value to the lives of those he touches. (Quick point here: Because the term "shmooze" often has a negative connotation, another name for Mr. Shmooze may have better served this extraordinary work. He's actually not a "schmoozer", he's a caring, giving person who is always concerned with the other person and how he can add positively to the other person's life.)

He focuses on making others feel good about themselves, which is one of the key lessons any young salesperson should learn heading into the profession of sales. He continually introduces people to one another, always helping others. He's passionate about what he does and he has a lot of fun doing it, as does everyone around him.

Fortunately for the reader, as well as for Robert, he also happens to enjoy teaching others how to do the same. This, by the way, is typical of superstars in all aspects of life; they enjoy mentoring others and encouraging others to reach their potential.

Throughout this book, you'll learn many principles involved in good salesmanship and service to others. I won't take up the space to list them all here.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Diana Cale on October 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Wow. Buy this book, no matter who you are or how you make your living. I actually complained to the cashier at the bookstore about the price of this book, but now I realize this book is worth it's price x $1,000 and surely more, over time. A quarter of the way through the book I felt my perspective on all of my current relationships start to change dramatically, and while I was reading the book, I had to take down notes of all the new ideas I was getting about how to relate to my friends, family and acquaintances. Less than 24 hours after finishing the book, I am relating to people in a very different way, and noticing how much more warm they are toward me in return. Talk about results. Buy this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. E. on November 24, 2008
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This is one of the best books of all time. It is written in story format and very easy to read. It has changed how I do certain things in a good way. It makes you more conscious of others. I have read this book twice to pick more out of it. All that and it takes no time to read at all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Taylor on October 25, 2007
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Great book that will get you thinking about elevating your game. Specifically applying creative approach to developing relationships. Plenty of sales books tell you "relationships are important" (DUH!). Book entails some practical example that are easy to apply....I recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David J. Ray on September 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Very enlightening and informative. It is very quick reading for those who don't have a lot of time. I believe if you were to put some of these ideas into place, it would pay dividends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Cernich on April 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is one of those rare finds that can truly light the fire! The ideas are presented in a fun, easy and quick read. I find myself generating even more ideas because, like a "yes pattern," reading Mr. Shmooze puts my mind in a "creativity pattern" that encourages me to keep taking my thinking to the next level.

I read it every time I need a little motivation, or each time I am searching for a solution and need to think outside the box.

You don't have to be in a sales role to benefit from this book. Everyday, we all need to sell ourselves and our ideas to our Supervisors, Co-workers, clients, customers and even our families. Mr. Shmooze can help.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Swearingen on June 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
What Mr. Schmooze isn't, is a step by step guide to learning how to sell. Anyone looking for that, should look elsewhere.

What Mr. Schmooze is, is a study of the ties that relationships have to business decisions. It helps to show the value that a sales representative can bring to a prospect/client, without dropping their pants and lowering their price. Some of this book is a little bit "pie in the sky" as far as real world application goes. Few of us have the budget that Mr. Schmooze has. However what it does is give you an idea of how to work relationships and bring value to a business relationship, far beyond the immediate transaction.

What Mr. Schmooze has done for me - I am more in tune with my clients needs, well beyond how my product may serve them. I am constantly thinking of things that I can help them with that may not yield an immediate return for me, but will help build that relationship and loyalty for a long time to come. It has helped to change my mentality walking into an office/meeting, and provided me with numerous opportunities to build value in accounts. While the payoff isn't short term, I have a more stable base of customers, who are regularly trying to return the favor by helping me out and bringing me their colleagues. And yes, my business has increased as a result.
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