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Pitch Perfect: How to Say It Right the First Time, Every Time Hardcover – April 1, 2014
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“Bill McGowan has captured the indefinable human essence of his teaching on the written page. You are assured of learning more than you can imagine while enjoying Pitch Perfect.” (Wynton Marsalis, managing and artistic director, Jazz at Lincoln Center)
“[This] guidebook....is evenhanded and straightforward and brims with advice for anyone hoping to brush up on public speaking, effective presentation skills and interviewing prowess both within and outside of the contemporary workforce marketplace.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Success depends on having a great game plan. In Pitch Perfect, Bill McGowan provides just that-winning strategies for how to improve your communication skills, especially in life’s red-zone situations.” (Eli Manning, quarterback, New York Giants)
“In today’s world of micromessages and fleeting attention spans, connecting with your audience is more important than ever. Bill McGowan’s Pitch Perfect provides valuable and proven strategies for anyone looking to communicate effectively.” (Denise Morrison, president and CEO, Campbell Soup Company)
“Bill McGowan has identified a fresh and simple way for us to rethink how we communicate. His innovative strategies work not just in our professional lives but in everyday life as well. That’s why he’s an excellent teacher and why I always enjoy working with him.” (Daniel Ek, CEO, Spotify)
“Bill McGowan proves in Pitch Perfect what his clients already know-he is the premiere communications coach in business today. His insightful advice and strategies work.” (Thomas Keller, The French Laundry)
“You can learn to express yourself more effectively, handle difficult conversations gracefully and deliver a great presentation by following and practicing…McGowan packs the book with valuable examples of what was said versus what should have been said…Filled with smart, valuable advice, Pitch Perfect is a home run.” (Success)
Top Customer Reviews
do not make the mistake of assuming this book is solely for public speaking. it is not at all. clearly public speakers will benefit, but the lessons are equally applicable to the boardroom, your boss's office, and even the bedroom. anyone who verbally communicates with other people can gain from the book.
to the obligatory negatives:
- there's a not insignificant amount of fluff and filler text. my version is about 260 pages - it could have easily been trimmed to under 200 probably without sacrificing the author's great writing flair.
- this is a survey-style book, not a deep dive on any of the topics. to be fair, if it were a deep dive on all topics raised, the book would be thick as a dictionary (for those who remember what a printed dictionary looks like). this is not a negative at all actually, just be aware of what you're getting...Read more ›
There is so much I disliked about this book that I don't know where to start. The entire tone of the book is terrible. The author drops name after name after name. I could care less about these people, and it is a joke as to what name he comes up with next. It is so distracting that you lose sight of whatever point he was trying to make. If there was a point. Maybe the point was that if he dropped a lot of famous names, you would be impressed and buy his services. Yes, this book is just a way to advertise his consulting services. I don't have anything against that, but I think if you understand that going in, then the self-important tone of the book is more understandable.
He gives advice that he doesn't follow himself. In fact in some chapters he is doing the exact thing he is telling the reader to never do. How can you take the content of the book seriously when the author doesn't believe in it himself? For example, the book is much longer than it needs to be. Why? Because he first tells you all of the things he's going to write about. Then he writes about them, then later on he repeats it again in case you missed the times he already wrote about it. It is truly annoying when writers repeat themselves. A speaker is allowed to repeat material, but it is a terrible writing style to use.
In case it is not obvious as you slog through it, the book is not actually about pitching a product, but rather how to present yourself to an audience for a canned speech.Read more ›
Don't think this book is only for you if you're in sales. Throughout our work and home lives, we encounter times when this ability will make us more persuasive or make our points remembered better.
Think it still is't for you? Have you ever given a presentation, been in a meeting, or interviewed for a job? Then you've made pitches and this book will help you; it's packed full of advice.
McGowan distills his ideas to seven principles leading to effective communication. Each has a chapter describing it, telling you how to use it, and giving you examples and pointers. These make up the heart of the book. While I sometimes felt that the analogy between the name and the idea were a bit tenuous, the principles are great.
After these chapters there are two chapters that deal with using the principles in specific situations at work and at home. The home chapter is fantastic. Having been to too many weddings with painful toasts, I'd copy that and hand it out to everyone I know who's marrying.
I cant say the same for the work chapter. It's far too long and seems to have packed too many diverse situations into on place. It would have been better served if more thought had been pout into how to break up and organize this excellent information. As it is people will read it and not be able to find the needed information later.
That chapter is typical of my big problem with the book -- it is unevenly written. Some chapters are concise, clear, and focused. Others are pedantic, dull, and lack focus. The work chapter is one of these. They mar an otherwise very useful book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bill McGowan is a communication coach and expert in this area with clients like Facebook and many others. I heard the audio of this book from cover to cover. Read morePublished 1 month ago by W. Terry Whalin
A great asset to any professional's bookshelf, Bill's tips are easy to understand and can be applied immediately. The book is well written, direct, and in plain English.Published 2 months ago by JCV(D)
Excellent book! Pitch Perfect delivers specific ways to grab attention, keep it and be successfully memorable in today's cluttered business world.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Read it like a story book. It is full of deep insights and tips that I can immediately utilize. Highly recommended.Published 3 months ago by G. Zhou
Concise, relevant, vivid- this book delivers on the promise of its title and perfectly walks you through the ingredients for crafting effective messages. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Luke Reed
The backstory: I had the good fortune of working with Mr. McGowan and his team several years ago--as part of my journey to be the best I could be for my company and myself. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book to read on improvement of communication skills within all different levels of professions.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Bill McGowan hits it out of the park in this book. His advice and practical guidance are outstanding especially the real-life pointers. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Wendy Swire, MA, PCC Executive Coach, Swire Solutions (Washington, DC)