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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: SWOT Publishing; Second Edition edition (November 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976866501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976866503
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Steve Harper (aka "Mr. Ripple") has become one of the most sought after speakers and business strategists on the power of deepening and strengthening the power of connections through a process he calls Rippling. Steve's unique and refreshing approach to how and why individuals, organizations and even society itself can and must reach outside the box to connect, is literally changing lives and impacting corporate bottom line dollars.

A serial entrepreneur, professional speaker, author and leading business strategist, Steve has successfully uncovered the secret to creating powerful long-lasting connections and their impact on one's personal and professional life. Steve has transitioned his years of business experience and unyielding customer focus into a successful consulting practice.

Steve has always maintained a unique focus on developing strong, long-lasting relationships with his clients, prospects and employees. By building a strong network of referrals and repeat customers, Steve has honed his ability to foster client relationships into a leveraged system for achieving solid business success. That system is represented in his book The Ripple Effect and through his speaking engagements, customized training, ongoing coaching and impressive line-up of customizable training programs that he and his team offer today.

Steve enjoys helping companies and business leaders recognize the importance of building strong relationships with their clients, prospects and employees. He speaks professionally to a variety of groups, both corporate and civic, about creating a Ripple-centric strategy and the power it can bring to one's personal and professional life.

Steve lives in Austin, TX with his wife Kathy and their two boys Zachary and Joshua. He maintains that his children are his greatest teachers and his wife his biggest inspiration.

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This book is creating quite a Ripple in networking groups across America.
D. Malone
Steve Harper believes in the power of positive, win-win business relationships and in his new book, The Ripple Effect, he explains why.
MNThomas
The Ripple Effect has helped me look at relationships from a new perspective.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Lyman on July 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
It's easy these days to feel adrift in a soulless world, where cynicism and selfishness reign and those who care about something other than quick sells and profit margins are considered weak and naive.

The Ripple Effect is a reminder of what life is really about -- helping each other and leaving a positive legacy. But not only does the book explain why our relationships with others deserve our conscientious attention, he goes on to provide practical tools and concepts to help readers make tangible improvements in their businesses and in their lives.

Part I, "Developing a Relationship Mindset", discusses the "science of ripples" and the innumerable and unpredictable opportunities, both personal and professional, that are possible in any given relationship. It also provides a simple personality model that makes it easy to tune your interactions with others to best maximize their potential.

Part II, "Planning A Relationship Strategy", gets you thinking about how you could explore the relationships you already have and how you could start cultivating more. It goes on to differentiate between good and bad networking and gives experienced advice on networking groups and identifying people whom you should seek out and those you should avoid.

Part III, "Practicing Relationships", defines different levels of relationships and discusses how to deepen them. It details a practical plan for overcoming inertia and starting your own ripples for everyone's benefit. The book wraps up by providing several inspirational stories of rippling and a final dose of encouragement and motivation.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tery D. Folkerts on August 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
Most Relationship building books will tell WHY good relationships are important in business. 'The Ripple Effect: Maximizing the Power of Relationships for Life and Business, is the first to really tell you HOW to build the framework, the habits and the positive thinking that will allow you to master relationship building. Chapter 5, "The ROI of Selflessness" is a must read for all salespeople who want to take success to the next level.

Mr. Harper is also the first since Norman Vincent Peale to not forget about Family and how important it is to nurture the relationships of those most important to us as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eric Rachal on August 3, 2005
Format: Paperback
I don't get into these kinds of books. The seven, highly effective, customer experience-driven, habits of where's the cheese kinds of books. But this book turned out differently.

The Ripple Effect reminds us about the little things and how they really do matter. And that every seemingly insignificant moment flows into the next, defines our past, and shapes our future. It speaks to things we already know, but forget as we march through our very busy and important lives.

This book could help you sell more, grow your company, build better relationships, reach all of your goals...but it won't. What it can do is show you how little actions in your daily life conspire to either produce or prevent all of these things.

What you chose to do with that insight is up to you. You're already rippling (for better or worse), so you'd be crazy not to give the subject due consideration. Read it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Wickman on October 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
This review is for the revised and expanded second edition of The Ripple Effect. I read the first book over four years ago watched as ripples went out and came back in the most unexpected places. The Ripple Effect is a hands-on, immediately useful resource for people desiring greater relationships with anyone. In this new edition, Steve added new content to bring us up-to-date with social networking, offering sage advice on best practices as well as warnings.

This edition also includes points to ponder at the end of each chapter, as well as exercises for evaluating and improving how we interact with others. Steve's thought provoking questions and simple exercises are excellent and alone worth the price of the book. Invest the time in completing the Relationship Connector and Depth of Relationship exercises and you will definitely see shifts in your relationships. I am working through them now and already experiencing positive changes.

Also new to this edition is a chapter devoted to stories of ripple experiences from people who read the book, applied the philosophy, and sent Steve a story about the results. They'll touch your heart. My favorite part of this edition is the historical ripples beginning each chapter. Eleven stories that had me saying each time "Fascinating! I would never have imagined that. Where can I do that?" I find myself now looking for ripple opportunities everywhere.

If you get the chance, attend an 8-Minute Ripple Connection Event or hire him to present at your event. You want meet Steve. No kidding. He's one of the most genuine and interesting people you will likely ever meet.

I value The Ripple Effect enough to purchase ten more copies for customers and friends. My suggestion is for you to do the same. Let's see if we can change the world through positive ripples.
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Steve Harper has become one of the most sought after speakers and business strategists on the power of deepening and strengthening the power of connections through a process he calls "Rippling." Steve's unique and refreshing approach to how and why individuals, organizations and even our society can and must reach outside the box to connect, is literally changing lives and impacting corporate bottom line dollars.

A serial entrepreneur, professional speaker, author and leading business strategist, Steve has successfully uncovered the secret to creating powerful long-lasting connections and their impact on one's personal and professional life. Steve has transitioned his years of business experience and unyielding customer focus into a successful consulting practice appropriately named The Ripple Effect after his successful first book by the same title.

Steve has always maintained a unique focus on developing strong, long-lasting relationships with his clients, prospects and employees. By building a strong network of referrals and repeat customers, Steve has honed his ability to foster client relationships into a leveraged system for achieving solid business success. That system is represented in his book The Ripple Effect and through his speaking engagements and customized speaking and workshop programs.