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Little Green Book of Getting Your Way: How to Speak, Write, Present, Persuade, Influence, and Sell Your Point of View to Others Hardcover – April 14, 2007
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From the Back Cover
Following in the bestselling footsteps of Little Red Book of Selling, Little Red Book of Sales Answers, Little Black Book of Connections, and The Little Gold Book of YES! Attitude, Jeffrey Gitomer's The Little Green Book of Getting Your Way digs deep into the 9.5 elements that make persuasion, and getting your way, happen. By breaking down the elements, the reader will begin to understand, take action, become proficient, and then master the ability to persuade. Because persuasion occurs in so many different areas of life and business, Gitomer leads the reader from mental readiness to the principles of getting your way and the power that persuasion offers. He challenges the reader to prepare before they present, to prepare before they try to persuade. He demonstrates how to change a presentation into a performance and shows how this can be done in any environment. But because persuasion most often takes place in business, he draws special emphasis to the reader's ability to write and sell persuasively. The book talks about the persistence that enables winning persuasion. He brings the Benjamin Franklin quote "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again" to the Gitomer level of "You only fail when you decide to quit," and the book ends challenging the reader how to think about excellence and eloquence. It will be up to the reader to take advantage of the opportunity and harness the power.
About the Author
Jeffrey Gitomer is the world's #1 expert on selling. He is author of the NY Times best-seller Little Gold Book of YES! Attitude, as well as WSJ and BusinessWeek best-seller Jeffrey Gitomer's Little Red Book of Selling (over 400,000 sold), WSJ and BusinessWeek best-seller The Little Red Book of Sales Answers (Prentice Hall) (over 130,000 sold); The Sales Bible (over 200,000 sold) ; and Customer Satisfaction is Worthless, Customer Loyalty is Priceless. He gives over 100 presentations a year, serving customers ranging from Coca-Cola to Cingular Wireless to Wells Fargo Bank to IBM and Mercedes Benz.
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Persuade: Make it about benefits, value, satisfaction for you
Persistence: Don't take No for a first answer. Find out why. Figure out where you can add more value
Be Patient: Follow up. Follow up. Follow up.
Importatant to prequalify your clients too, so that you know they at least have the ability to perform so that you do not waste each others' time. A good read.
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And he does the job well. I've never seen one of his presentations, but this is the second of his books that I've purchased and, frankly, I like them.
Gitomer doesn't pretend to be an intellectual or to be original. What he does do is repackage the basic ideas that have been around for years - and he does it with gusto and style.
If you've never been in sales, then you don't know just how brutal modern commercial life can be. Imagine being in a job where most people are simply going to say no to you, to reject you and sometimes not politely at all. Sales is not a calling that most people could survive in.
And that's why Gitomer is such a welcome voice. That's why his outrageously upbeat style is refreshing. Gitomer is like those kids who come out before a college game and try to rouse the audience. He's far more than a cheerleader: he wants to incite passion in his audience and, just maybe, help them learn a thing or two.
In this little book, he tackles the art of persuasion, which is of course, the essence of sales and marketing. His points are sometimes blindingly apparent, but are overlooked by many, if not most, people. For example, Gitomer tells us "It's not just a presentation. It's a performance." You bet. But so many people just drone on and on boring their audience, not persuading them.
Gitomer is, as I said, a self-promoter. He is proud of himself, perhaps even arrogant. He lards his books with preening self-referential pull-quotes. But the value is not in observing that Gitomer has an outsized ego, but in what he has to say. Even if not original to Gitomer, the concept of "The more you give value, the more you will get your way" is not only easy to understand, but inherently accurate.
Overall, Gitomer is fun to read and, frankly, inspiring. Kind of like that high-school coach you always wanted, but never had: someone who will shout in your ear "You can do it! Here's how!"
Note: the hype of the product description got me to buy it, so that's something...