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We're all in Sales now
Parents sell their kids on going to bed. Spouses sell their partners on mowing the lawn. We sell our bosses on giving us more money and more time off. And in astonishing numbers we go online to sell ourselves on Facebook, Twitter and Match.com profiles.
Relying on science, analysis and his trademark clarity of thought, Pink shows that sales isn't what it used to be. Then he provides a set of tools, tips, and exercises for succeeding on this new terrain - including six new ways to pitch your idea, three ways to understand another's perspective, five frames that can make your message clearer, and much more.
Pink (A Whole New Mind) has a new message and it is one most people may not want to hear: "We're all in sales now." Like discovering your favorite professor in a box, his fast-moving screed is packed with information, reasons to care about his message, how and why to execute his suggestions, and it's all accentuated with meaningful examples. He introduces a number of key concepts, such as "social cartography" and an update of Robert Cialdini's "contrast principle", to illustrate the importance of sales. Pink then discusses "how to's" via "motivational interviewing" and doles out specific tasks, such as learning how to obtain crucial information by asking better questions. His citations of relevant research studies, quizzes, exercises, and admonitions keep readers involved, active, and ready to reach for additional resources. For those tempted to turn away, Pink's examples of companies that didn't remain current, like Encyclopedia Britannica (remember them?), are a wakeup call and really drive his point home. Even if readers only absorb Pink's section on types of sales pitches, they'll understand why this book deserves a good, long look.