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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Business Plus (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780446578219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446578219
  • ASIN: 0446578215
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #565,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

It really is all about you and improving the way you present yourself, declare the husband-and-wife Beckwiths (Selling the Invisible) in this refreshing career primer. Unlike many similar books, this is not an autobiography masquerading as wisdom. The Beckwiths stay out of the book except when Harry's experience as a bestselling business writer and head of a marketing firm or Christine's as an award-winning speaker and cancer-survivor is directly relevant. Instead, they offer practical advice for effective and memorable interpersonal interactions. Above all, they stress communicating with brevity and clarity—suggesting that every document be cut in half before sending and giving 30-minute speeches in 22 minutes. Their own prose is pared down to short, readable lessons on topics like the importance of making good first impressions and the secrets of successful selling, which they describe as the artful handling of information, presented with forethought and enough passion to be persuasive without making anyone uncomfortable. Readers at the start of their careers or in need of an inspirational brushup will find much of use. (Mar. 1)
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About the Author

Harry Beckwith graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University in 1972. He then attended the University of Oregon School of Law, where he was awarded the school's highest honor of Law Review Editor-in-Chief. Beckwith formed Beckwith Advertising and Marketing in 1988. The firm specializes in marketing, communications, and media relations for services.

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Harry Beckwith is a frequent guest lecturer for many national corporations, including ABC, Inc., BellSouth Corporation, Norwest Corporation, and Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., among others. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Customer Reviews

I find it to be very easy to read, and extremely relevant.
Bradley R. Dixon
If you are familiar with his other best selling works, "Selling the Invisible" and "What Client's Love", you will feel very comfortable with this book.
John Chancellor
Good book, with lots of wisdom and forgotten common sense.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
Don't be deterred by the subtitle (initially I was) because, in fact, Harry and Christine Beckwith provide in this volume a wealth of invaluable insights concerning personal improvement as well as professional development rather than cynical self-serving strategies and tactics. They know exactly what Peter Drucker meant when he observed that "Each of us is a CEO." Moreover, they wholly agree with Bill George and countless others that the most effective CEOs are "authentic" leaders in that they demonstrate (in George's words) "the highest integrity, [are] committed to building enduring organizations...who have a deep sense of purpose and are true to their core values...who have the courage to build their companies to meet the needs of all stakeholders, and who recognize the importance of their service to society."

Moreover, this book is not - as at first I incorrectly assumed -- a significant departure from Harry Beckwith's previously published books. On the contrary, it is wholly consistent with the values he affirms in each. For example, except for commodities, I agree that people buy from other people, not from companies. When commodities are involved, competitors (e.g. Sam's Club and Costco) must "sell" themselves because their products and prices are about the same. In this volume, the Beckwiths point out that authentic people are credible - as are companies -- because they have earned respect and trust. What individuals "sell" may be invisible (decency, character, integrity, dependability, etc.) but authenticated or contradicted by their behavior. These are precisely the same values that Harry Beckwith affirms in his earlier works, notably Selling the Invisible and What Clients Love.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By John Chancellor TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 14, 2007
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You, Inc. is really a great book. There is both good news and bad news about the book. It is extremely easy to read. You simply fly through the book. Which is good and bad. The lessons are so short and there are so many of them, it makes it difficult to absorb and remember all the great information.

But it is a book that you can pick up anytime and start reading anywhere in the book and find something valuable. All the lessons stand on their own. Harry presents over 150 ideas and lessons about how to make your business and/or yourself better.

If you are familiar with his other best selling works, "Selling the Invisible" and "What Client's Love", you will feel very comfortable with this book. (If you have not read these two book, I highly recommend them.)As you read the book, you will find yourself saying, "I know that." But as Harry instructs there is a huge difference between knowing and doing. And all too often, we think because we know, we do. As Beckwith points out, that is simply not the case.

Christine Beckwith, Harry's wife, contributes to the book. Her writing is a lot more personal and touching.

Harry gives a lot of insight into why we do the things we do. The book is filled with very valuable information and should be read ever so often as a refresher or reminder to do the things we know.

Well worth reading ... two or three times per year.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on March 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the top five business books I've read this year--and one of the easiest to read. Read it as a novel from cover to cover, or as a cookbook, dipping into sections of interest.

The title is deceiving. Selling often implies getting. You, Inc. is about giving. It is unlike Beckwith's previous bestsellers--it is less about processes and more about stories with a point the reader can apply

Above all else the book emphasizes the power of story. What do children want? Another story! What do they remember? Stories! As adults we're not much different. We are captivated by stories. Many of the authors' tips are related to cultivating the fine art of storytelling. And the author's demonstrate recursive ness--using the thing to teach the thing.

You'll be captivated by Morrie Wagener who built a wonderful series of auto dealerships--after first paying $2,000 to employees out of his own pocket to cover bounced checks his employer wrote. Or how a sandwich closed a sale worth $34 million--doubling the company's size in a day. Or how a "no" from both Larry Gatlin and Arnold Palmer became "yeses." All because of the homework that was done and because one of the authors had "paid it forward" over the years--and Palmer's oncologist saw the value of paying it back.

But as delightful as the stories are to read, read it for the lessons that will take you from where you are to where you want to be, for the right reasons--because you want to add value and make a difference.

This book can help you answer the question: What difference do you, you company, your product and/or your service make? And answering that will help you become a person of passion, and people connect with passion because we all want to feel excited about who we are, what we do, and the difference we make.

Armchair Interview says: A book about business--and your important role in it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marcus Calvin Whitt on February 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Best-selling authors Harry and Christine Beckwith are back with what will surely prove to be one of 2007's finest business books, YOU, INC.--The Art of Selling Yourself. Unlike so many other books of this genre, YOU, INC. does not talk "at" you; rather, it talks "with" you as if you're actually having a conversation with the Beckwiths over a cup of coffee in your living room. The 311-page book is filled with sage business, marketing and personal insight and advice. The authors skillfully share their thoughts about subjects such as planning and preparing, communicating, listening and speaking, relating, attitude and beliefs, tactics and habits, successes and delightful failures, and more. I found myself wishing to slowly read this book so that I could fully absorb each wonderful morsel Harry and Christine Beckwith have provided through their wise, thought-provoking book. My advice: buy one copy to read and one more so that you can mark up with your own personal notes and highlights. YOU, INC: The Art of Selling Yourself, provides the "meat and potatoes" we can all apply for successful personal and professional lives. The reader is truly the beneficiary of the authors' wealth of professional experiences, insights and counsel. I'm a better person for having read it.
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