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The Good Girl's Guide to Negotiating: How to Get What You Want at the Bargaining Table Hardcover – March 5, 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown and Company; First Edition first Printing edition (March 5, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316601055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316601054
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,406,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Whitaker, a reporter at Time and ghostwriter of The Beardstown Ladies' Commonsense Investment Guide, and Austin, a contributing editor at Self, know from firsthand experience that many women don't negotiate effectively. Whitaker says she never considered requesting more than a flat fee for her work on the Beardstown book, but later rethought her position when the book became a bestseller, reaping countless profits for the packager. Whether accepting a new job, closing a real estate deal or considering volunteer projects, women should not fall into common traps of giving up too easily, acting overly nice or selling themselves short, Whitaker and Austin urge. Writing in an upbeat style, the authors provide lots of morale-boosting examples of women who have managed to conquer their weaknesses and adopt winning negotiating strategies, along with studies demonstrating the differences between how men and women negotiate. Careful preparation, listening to the other party and patience are key negotiating strengths common among women, they say. They also offer many standard tips for specific situations, such as negotiating on the phone, advising women who need time to think out their negotiating strategy to simply say it's not a good time to talk and to call back when they're ready. (Mar. 6) Forecast: The message that women can be good girls but not end up as doormats may hit home for many readers, especially if the authors make their case on national television as planned. Still, given the competition, and the familiarity of much of the advice, the book's success is likely to be modest.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Journalists Whitaker and Austin, once victims themselves, now set the scene for win-win negotiations, and they impart their advice with a chuckle. Three powerful and natural female instincts, they say, can be deployed to best effect when negotiating: empathizing with the other side, listening to your opponent, and interpreting nonverbal cues. Plus, specific remedies are gladly given for such commonly negative negotiation events as car purchases, prenuptial agreements, and salary talks; and they even offer pointers on how not to cry (looking up at the ceiling is their major advice on that score). Start with baby-sitter bargaining--and graduate to practicing unlocking deadlocks. Barbara Jacobs
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More About the Author

A former reporter for Time Magazine, Leslie Whitaker specializes in writing about workplace issues and other financial topics in a way that is especially accessible to readers. Her savvy yet straightforward advice can be found in her blog and the four books she has co-authored, including The Good Girls Guide to Negotiating.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
Exhibiting all the traits of a "good girl" and fuming from my last job review, I thought this book would be a perfect weekend read. By the end, I was bored and this book has been tossed into my pile of rejected paperbacks.
This book is more successful in listing personality traits of a "good girl" rather than giving effective strategies that are sure to lead to bargain table success. There are some negotiating tactics, but they aren't anything new (listen, know how to say no, get things in writing, shop around, think before you sign, etc). Once I finished the book, I knew what made me a "good girl," I knew there were a lot of women like me, and I knew in what situations "good girls" failed, but I still didn't have an applicable strategy for remedying these issues.
For instance, the authors recommend researching your expected salary before negotiating your next job contract. This isn't new advice, and I still didn't know where to turn for this information -- coworkers, online, library? There are a few cases where the authors give resources -- but they are ones I am already familiar with or are too obscure to be useful (what numbers to call when barganing for a casket, find out what your car is worth with the kelly blue book).
And be forewarned, the entire book consists of hundreds and hundreds of anecdotes. It is the reader's responsibility to figure out how to apply other women's successes and pitfalls to herself. While sometimes entertaining, this approach is not going to transform a "good girl" into a negotiating shark.
There are few good points in this book but most of it is just common good sense.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
My spouse and I used this book recently in buying our new minivan. The information about buying cars in the "Good Girls" book was very helpful in our negotiations with the car dealers. Using the tips in the book, we were able to get exactly what we wanted at a price well below sticker. The book made us much more confident in dealing with the sales people, and I felt that we were very well prepared, thanks to the information included in the book. This book isn't just for good girls, but for anyone who wants to learn how to negotiate better. I'm very glad this book came along just as we were buying a new car, and I think that it would be very helpful for anyone who will be buying a car, a new home, or doing anything that requires good negotiating skills.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
The book tells you what women do wrong but it does not really teach you how to do it right. The authors interview a lot of people who may know something about the topic but they do not do so in depth. They then string together a lot of quotes without real analysis and practical how to. I should have known from the introduction that the authors were not experts in this area.
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By Renee on December 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book was not really what I was looking for. I wanted to think about negotiation generally, and how I as a woman am approaching it, and how I can be more effective. Although the book has some limited general advice at the beginning, almost all of the book focuses on specific situations (buying a car, getting a divorce, etc.) Since all of the situations presented were inapplicable to me, the book was of limited value. Readers interested in this title should check the table of contents and excerpt on this page. I would not have picked this book if those features had been available when I bought it.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Michele Weldon on April 2, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Kudos and thanks to the talented and tough team of Elizabeth Austin and Leslie Whitaker for writing a superb, well-reported and well-written business book not filled with silly metaphors, juvenile imagery and psychobabble. "The Good Girls' Guide to Negotiating" is well-documented and practical with insight, advice and tips for use in many different arenas and life trials. There are success stories and lessons, all written with candor and aplumb, in a style that is readable and understandable.
Perhaps because both women are trained journalists, this book has substance and solid information for application on a variety of fronts, from home to work, volunteer office and even to the funeral parlor. I recommend this book as a graduation gift to any young woman from high school, college or graduate school. It's also perfect as an engagement gift, birthday, guide to someone newly divorced or someone swtiching careers or life paths. This is advice all women can heed, from how to approach a deal to how to feel confident about fees.
So many business books I have read over the years-- particuarly those aimed at women-- appear to be condescending or just plain foolish. They state the obvious in metaphors that may attempt to be mythical but come off as cartoonish. Not so with this welcome book. It is a proud addition to my bookshelf and I suggest the good old boys get a good look at it too.
Way to go, girls, you did good.
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I bought this book for one of my daughters. I believed then, and continue to believe that it teaches social assertiveness in a responsible and useful way. It answers questions they may well have, and it adds to social intelligence as your daughters (and theirs) make their way in the world.

RDS
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