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Rand

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  • Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Po Bronson, Ashley Merryman
    • Narrated By Po Bronson
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    What are the differences between a winning and losing performance? Why are we able to rise to the challenge one day, but wilt from it the next? Can we in fact become better competitors? In Top Dog, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman use cutting-edge science to tease out the hidden factors at the core of every great triumph - and every tragic failure. By enabling you to identify your own competitive style, Top Dog will help you tip the odds of success in your favor.

    Shane Lynch says: "Interesting but lacks novelty"
    "Old material, New Refreshing Perspective"
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    If you could sum up Top Dog in three words, what would they be?

    Strong Alternative Approach


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Not because it wasn't worth listening to in one sitting, but because the material is best suited for those interested in taking the time for self reflection and application.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Oren Klaff
    • Narrated By Oren Klaff
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    (94)
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    (93)

    When it comes to delivering a pitch, Oren Klaff has unparalleled credentials. Over the past 13 years, he has used his one-of-a-kind method to raise more than $400 million - and now, for the first time, he describes his formula to help you deliver a winning pitch in any business situation. Whether you’re selling ideas to investors, pitching a client for new business, or even negotiating for a higher salary, Pitch Anything will transform the way you position your ideas. According to Klaff, creating and presenting a great pitch isn’t an art - it’s a simple science.

    Lynn says: "Very old-school approach to selling."
    "Making it Happen"
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    Where does Pitch Anything rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Out of my entire library this book resides in the top 10.


    What other book might you compare Pitch Anything to and why?

    If Chip and Dan Heath's "Made to Stick" is the "stickiness" of an idea, then "Pitch Anything" is the "applicator". Metaphorically, these two books combine to create the "PostIt Note" of goal driven idea sharing.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did...and I harnessed the material two days later when pitching my CEO on a new business idea.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is not about selling. It is about reaching your audience in a way that harnesses the neuroscience behind how we receive and respond to new information. I should also mention that I was able to speak personally with Oren Klaff before pitching my CEO. He responded to my request for help in less than 48 hrs of my email. His intuitive understanding of my issue was spot on, and his advice was sincere and extremely helpful.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Nine Things Successful People Do Differently

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 8 mins)
    • By Heidi Grant Halvorson
    • Narrated By Shannon Parks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    Decades of research on achievement suggests people at the top of their game tend to reach their goals because of what they do - not because of who they are. In this short, provocative, and useful HBR Single, motivational psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson translates the psychological secrets of these winning human beings for your use.

    Doug says: "Excellent Expansion of HBR Blog Post"
    "Quick, To The Point, & Very Useful!"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    No fluff, everything had impact, and very workable guidelines.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    This book reinforced my interest. I have listened to almost all audible books regarding neuroscience, willpower, and psychology that audible has to offer; and this book blends all of them into a great action plan that I can quickly listen to, to refresh and motivate deliberate practice.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Yes, very much so. The author is concise, using understandable and real world examples to explain high level research results. Their is very little self-indulgent reflection by the author; as her attitude towards the subject matter is one of confidence, generosity, and hopefulness that the reader/listener will succeed. I believe she truly wants to help.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    The performance seemed flawless. However, I listen to most books at 2x or 3x speed, so imperfections are less noticeable. Increased speed also tends to lessen my narrator irritation factor when it comes to voice preferences.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I admittedly was inclined to purchase her other book on this site, which is mentioned only twice at the very end of the recording. If you are only looking to use credits, I would suggest skipping this teaser and purchasing her other work: I am assuming it is a more thorough look at this subject matter. If you have a couple of bucks to spend, this audiobook is a great guide that can be revisited very quickly.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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