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From Publishers Weekly

In this sequel ot Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive , Mackay, a Minneapolis envelope-maker, issues a flood of no-nonsense business advice in the form of original aphorisms and short, germane examples, all delivered with high spirits and ever-bubbling humor. "The sale begins when the customer says yes," he declares. "ASTONISH them . . . get it there before you said you would . . . " Mackay offers detailed programs to motivate customers and employees, and tells success stories of consumer needs perceived and fulfilled--pantyhose shops, walk-in medical clinics. He also stresses the importance of entrepreneurial courage, such as his own insistence on lengthy titles for his books. First serial to Success magazine; BOMC and Fortune Book Club alternates.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Like Mackay's previous best seller, How To Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive ( LJ 4/15/88), this work is filled with anecdotes and typical Mackay tips. Beginning with how to get a job, he uses hints and stories to show how to get ahead in the business world. The work is composed of 85 lessons broken into seven groupings, with each lesson usually only a couple of pages in length. Each grouping relates to specific aspects of a business career, e.g. "Harvey Mackay's Short Course on Getting Started" or "Working Your Way Up" or "Running the Show." In addition there are 35 "Quickies," usually a page or less in length, that explicate a point, e.g. "Find One Good Idea, and You Can Use It Forever." Sure to be a best seller. Recommended for all business collections that include popular works. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/89.
- -- Michael D. Kathman, St. John's Univ., Collegeville, Minn.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (August 27, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449911845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449911846
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #708,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Harvey Mackay suggests basic details in this book, like being aware of how respectfully you address a someone else's secretary, but as simple as these suggestions are, they are critical. I read this book while I was on the public relations/sales team for the Marine Corps recruiting station in Kansas City. As a result of his principles of respect for people, care in personal committments and follow-through on obligations, I earned a quarter million dollars in documented free advertising per quarter for my firm. Needless to say, I won numerous awards and ample recognition from my superiors.
Mackey's brand of professionalism -- of delivering what you promise -- is as effective and productive as it is simple. He does keep it simple, but this book is not short on value. After completing the Xerox School of Sales, I was assigned to work with the J.Walter Thompson advertising firm. This company adheres to Mackey's basic concepts. Later, I worked for a Japanese firm in Tokyo; again, they adhered to Mackey's concepts of sound business practices. Currently, I'm living in Cairo, Egypt, and I find that too few Egyptian companies adhere to Mackey's ideas of committment to customer service. They could definitely learn how to improve sales, keep old customers and earn new ones if everyone from the top executives to the clerks and receptionists read this book.
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I just finished this book and have already recommended it to 5 friends and co-workers.
MacKay's experiences and insights are offered up as valuable and inspirational lessons for one's business or personal life. His terrific sense of humour also made this an entertaining as well as informative read. If Harvey MacKay happens to read this, thank you, you've inspired me to start my own business! :)
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This book, like all of Mr. Mackay's books, is absolutely wonderful. The information it contains is timeless. Do yourself - or a friend! - a favor and read this book!
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Worth every minute of the time it takes to read. One way to judge a book is how long the information is relevant for versus how soon the concepts and ideas are outdated. All but a very few of the concepts and ideas in this book are as relevant today(2014) as when they were written. Another sign; this is information from a man who has done something not an author who has written something. Actual stories from his time floundering about to building a company, making a mistake, building a network, etc. Whatever money you physically pay for this you are not paying enough. Oh and I thoroughly enjoy his writing style, easy to read, shorter snippets and it feels like a mentor sharing wisdom to a mentee.
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This should be required reading for all who are starting out in the business world. I give my copy of this book to others as a great place to start understanding the real world of business and how you fit into it. I highly recommend this timeless book.
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Harvey Mackay's book is a wonderful blueprint for how to live your life when it comes to getting involved in the workforce. I am a professor at a Hospitality College. His book will become mandatory reading for students in my Organizational Behavior course.
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Excelent book for 2 reasons. First: an older (no agism, please) guy is giving you tips on how to conduct business. Second reason is that it's interesting how people go about business matters in America. I would higly recomend this book, thank you, Ivo, Riga, Latvia
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Beware the Naked Man Who Offers You His Shirt was ranked as one of the top 15 most inspirational business books of all times according to the New York Times, author Harvey Mackay says on his website. I believe it. I've read both, and I have to say I wish someone had been around when I got out of college to give me the advice he shares. Like his earlier book Mackay uses short anecdotes to illustrate the wisdom he wants to share. He's a graceful writer so the pages go by quickly. Much of what he says seems common sense -- be nice to others, even when you don't need something immediately; remember the small things that count like birthdays and names; keep your promises -- but so many times during the workday those things are easy to forget. I have put my copy of this book in my bookcase with plans on presenting it to my daughter when she goes away to college. This is well worth passing on to anyone starting out in the work-world. For more in-depth book reviews I've done, search for goldenrulecomics on hubpages.com.
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