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Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used | [Peter Block]

Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used

For over 15 years, consultants, both internal and external, have relied on Peter Block's landmark best seller, Flawless Consulting, to learn how to deal effectively with clients, peers, and others. Using illustrative examples, case studies, and exercises, the author, one of the most important and well known in his field, offers his legendary warmth and insight throughout this much-awaited second edition.
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For over 15 years, consultants, both internal and external, have relied on Peter Block's landmark best seller, Flawless Consulting, to learn how to deal effectively with clients, peers, and others. Using illustrative examples, case studies, and exercises, the author, one of the most important and well known in his field, offers his legendary warmth and insight throughout this much-awaited second edition. Anyone who must communicate in a professional context (and who doesn't) will use the lessons taught in this book for years to come!

©1981, 2000 Peter Block and Jossy-Bass/Pfeiffer; (P)2001 Penton Overseas Inc.

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    John Manotick, Ontario, Canada 11-06-07
    John Manotick, Ontario, Canada 11-06-07
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    "Brutally abridged"

    There are 19 chapters in the book. After chapter 3, I had listened to 50% of the recording. If you need the material, get the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey Boston, MA, USA 07-28-05
    Jeffrey Boston, MA, USA 07-28-05
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    "Unorganized Blabber"

    I have been and read a much about effective consulting and generally pleased. But, listening to this was a waste of time. Its the poorly organized ranting with no valuable take-aways.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Midlothian, VA, USA 09-20-08
    Janet Midlothian, VA, USA 09-20-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Disappointing"

    My fault -- I didn't read the reviews before purchasing and didn't realize that it was abridged. A shame, too, since I really like the book and thought listening to it in the car would help me remember key concepts. Hey audible -- any change of getting an unabridged version?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Cho Portland, OR 08-30-05
    J. Cho Portland, OR 08-30-05 Listener Since 2004
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    "so so..."

    what the book did was to give me another view of consulting from a reputable source. while i thought the book was well organized, it did not have anything special to take home after reading it. perhaps my expectation was too high....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Santa Clara, CA, USA 07-26-05
    Mike Santa Clara, CA, USA 07-26-05
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    "Boring"

    This was very dry and boring.

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    Riff Raff Tempe AZ 11-12-12
    Riff Raff Tempe AZ 11-12-12
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    "Amazing! Couldn't stop listening to it."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Flawless Consulting to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hearing how his hard work and diligence pays off


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Yes, his voice and accent help the story flow.


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

    Yes, I laughed occasionally during the stories.


    Any additional comments?

    Being a young 20-something, it was very inspirational to hear how successful he was - getting hired at G.S., his memories of 9/11, becoming a VP.

    highly recommend to anyone

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Erich Auckland Park, South Africa 09-14-12
    Erich Auckland Park, South Africa 09-14-12 Member Since 2004

    Speaker, Leader, innovation consultant, kilt-wearer, South African.

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    "This book changed my consulting practice forever"

    This is the most amazing book.
    It's hugely abridged -- I don't have the print edition but this is MUCH shorter.
    But MAN, it's good.
    It's a completely different view of what makes a successful consultant.
    It has changed my life completely -- not to mention my clients' lives!
    I can't recommend it highly enough.
    And if you're a consultant and you ever have a chance to hear Peter speak, go and listen to him. Amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mondez Durden Atlanta, GA, United States 06-03-11
    Mondez Durden Atlanta, GA, United States 06-03-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Not spectacular"

    The book was not greatly organized and tended to ramble a bit. It came off dry and lacking any energy at all. I would say it's effective in learning some things that can be helpful to your consulting business as far as dealing with clients, but these things can be gotten from many other sources that will not put you to sleep.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ivy Sioux Falls, SD, USA 03-06-10
    Ivy Sioux Falls, SD, USA 03-06-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Good Refresher, But Could Cover More"

    I enjoyed this refresher of the original edition of Flawless Consulting. Mr. Block reiterates some of the good advice for having authenticity as a consulting and building relationships with integrity. I did, however, want a little more than what was included in the audio version because I found the original edition so helpful, for example -- overcoming resistance, dealing with potential objections, and engaging with senior executives. It was definitely a good return on the time invested -- it was very valuable, but I think I could have used the unabridged version on audio!

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    Christian Holmes San Francisco, CA 12-09-08
    Christian Holmes San Francisco, CA 12-09-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Terrible."

    Not organized at all. The reader was not particularly compelling either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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