Pitch Perfect

Pitch Perfect

How to Say It Right the First Time, Every Time

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Introducing his simple Principles of Persuasion, the media guru and Award-winning correspondent shows business leaders how to craft the right message and deliver it using the right language - both verbal and nonverbal - to get what they want. 50,000 first printing.


Media guru and Emmy Award-winning correspondent Bill McGowan—coach to some of the biggest names in business and entertainment, including Eli Manning, Kelly Clarkson, Jack Welch, Thomas Keller and Kenneth Cole teaches you how to get your message across and get what you want with pitch perfect communication.  He is also a trusted advisor in the C-suites of tech companies like, Facebook, Spotify, AirBnB, Dropbox and Salesforce.com.

Saying the right thing the right way can make the difference between sealing the deal or losing the account, getting a promotion, or getting a pink slip. It’s essential to be pitch perfect—to get the right message across to the right person at the right time. In Pitch Perfect, Bill McGowan shows you how to craft the right message and deliver it using the right language—both verbal and nonverbal.

Pitch Perfect teaches you how to overcome common communication pitfalls using McGowan’s simple Principles of Persuasion, which are highly effective and easy to learn, implement, and master. With Pitch Perfect you can harness the power of persuasion and have people not only listening closely to your every word but also remembering you long after you’ve left the room.

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Introducing his simple principles of persuasion, the media guru and correspondent shows business leaders how to craft the right message and deliver it both verbally and nonverbally to get what they want.

Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Business, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062273222
Branch Call Number: 651.73 M1776p 2014
Characteristics: xi, 266 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Bowman, Alisa


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Jul 30, 2018

I digitally stumbled across this book when I was looking for the movie Pitch Perfect. I like the simple way in which the book is written. There is nothing really earth-shattering about the content of the book, but it is really an eye re-opener. The book is practical as it highlights the everyday issues in communication, and also offers practical tips.

I find some of the names of the principles lacking. For example, the pasta-sauce principle. Well, what if someone grew up in India or Guatemala and is not familiar with pasta. Why not curry sauce or salsa? It would have been better to have a more generic concept for cross-cultural understanding. Nevertheless, the explanation was clear so I understood the concept.

The Draper Principle...that's also silly and cheesy. Not everyone watches Mad Men. I also did not quite agree with his explanation of Don Draper but still I understood the principle. Should have used a more universal figure.

The book was good enough that I created a summary of the key points on Word for future reference. It's an easy read and I would think would be a useful book to read for everyone.


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