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Original Essays | June 20, 2014

Lisa Howorth: IMG So Many Books, So Many Writers



I'm not a bookseller, but I'm married to one, and Square Books is a family. And we all know about families and how hard it is to disassociate... Continue »
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    Flying Shoes

    Lisa Howorth 9781620403013

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Buckeye, April 20, 2010

Unfortunately, this book does not live up to the hype surrounding it. First of all, this book IS NOT 288 pages. Almost every other page is a graphic or a blank page. The chapters end in two or three pages -- and very abruptly. It reads more like a 100-page book.

This book attempts to buck conventional wisdom by advocating the following:

* Don't work hard
* Don't plan for anything
* Don't have meetings
* Charge more (for less)
* Above all else, limit growth as much as possible
* Emulate drug dealers
* Follow your heart, not your customers
* "Underdo your competition"
* BAD-MOUTH YOUR COMPETITION (this might be the dumbest advice I've ever read in a book. Try this experiment sometime: go into a job interview and say extremely bad things about your former boss. Watch how fast you're shown the door).

The way to sell books these days is to be a heretic. Go against the grain. Create controversy. But this book could actually do HARM to a budding entrepreneur who attempts to follow this advice. I can't recommend this book based simply on that.
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Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

Buckeye, April 3, 2010

Seminal work by the master persuader Dr. Cialdini. Incorporated much of this book into a class I was teaching. It's accessible, conclusive and draws from appropriate anecdotal evidence. If you want to understand why people do what they do, buy this book and read it.
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