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Never Split the Difference Audiobook

Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It

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Publisher's Summary

A former international hostage negotiator for the FBI offers a new field-tested approach to high-stakes negotiations - whether in the boardroom or at home.

After a stint policing the rough streets of Kansas City, Missouri, Chris Voss joined the FBI, where his career as a hostage negotiator brought him face-to-face with a range of criminals, including bank robbers and terrorists. Reaching the pinnacle of his profession, he became the FBI's lead international kidnapping negotiator.

Never Split the Difference takes you inside the world of high-stakes negotiations and into Voss' head, revealing the skills that helped him and his colleagues succeed where it mattered most: in saving lives. In this practical guide, he shares the nine effective principles - counterintuitive tactics and strategies - you, too, can use to become more persuasive in both your professional and personal lives.

Life is a series of negotiations you should be prepared for: buying a car, negotiating a salary, buying a home, renegotiating rent, deliberating with your partner. Taking emotional intelligence and intuition to the next level, Never Split the Difference gives you the competitive edge in any discussion.

©2016 Christopher Voss (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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    JR 10-15-16
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    "Great info - wished for more business applications"

    There were a TON of useful and potentially game changing nuggets in this book. Very useful insights into understanding how the other side of the table is thinking during a negotiation.

    I will definitely be listening to this one again to help digest the content more and may make a habit of listening on a regular basis to help keep me focused in my negotiating practices.

    Only reason I didn't feel I could give a full 5 stars is that I was really hoping for more business applications. But don't let that stop you this is an incredibly valuable book and the time spent with it is well worth it.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Todd Muskego, WI, United States 08-25-16
    Todd Muskego, WI, United States 08-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "New ideas"

    This was nice in that it was an easy listen and introduced some concepts that were original and thought provoking. This is not just a rehash of other negotiating books.

    The one negative was that his repeated pilfering of Taleb's Black Swan label was a bit awkward - but at least he gives Taleb credit.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tres Sheetzy Seattle, WA USA 06-26-16
    Tres Sheetzy Seattle, WA USA 06-26-16 Member Since 2013

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    "That's right!"

    Wow, what a difference there is between "That's right" and "You're right". This single epiphany has changed my approach, removed pressure, and given me stronger connections to all my counterparties.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    K. Ostergaard New York, NY 05-21-16
    K. Ostergaard New York, NY 05-21-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Truly amazing in its power. Life changing"

    Truly groundbreaking work based on results of hostage negotiations--the most important negotiations going.
    A book that recognizes that humans are seas of emotions floating boats of logic. And splitting the difference is the last step of a wimp. Alternatively recognizing the human and emotional context of another can assist you to great success.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Shepherdson 12-03-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Little ideas, big impact"

    I have listened to this book a few times now. Each time I pick up a bit more on the real impact of words, phrases, and negotiation tactics have on the human psyche. Good advice to remember when making everyday deals.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Lusk 10-17-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Insight in Layman's Terms"

    Excellent read on how to be effective in negotiations. Literally I felt energized to go and do.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    nvayupak 10-11-16
    nvayupak 10-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A great tool to have in your library of knowledge"

    This is a very well written book with great information on your path to understanding a different approach to negotiation. The examples and techniques described can be easily implemented with practice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Health Nut 05-23-16
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    "Outstanding and Brilliante"

    A must read for any business, Government Agency anyone dealing with or anyone dealing with life.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Adeo 05-18-16
    Adeo 05-18-16 Member Since 2014

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    Would you consider the audio edition of Never Split the Difference to be better than the print version?

    I chose the audio version due to to voice inflections. I will get the print version anyways.


    What other book might you compare Never Split the Difference to and why?

    Thinking Fast and Slow. I like new realistic reality vetted ideas, not people splitting hairs and writing a book about how they see things.


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

    Voice inflections, you need that with negotiation.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I liked the entire book, great book, it just needs PDF companion. This was the first book out of hundreds I actually pre-ordered, so I figure the PDF is coming, and I just bought it too soon.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert T. 05-31-16
    Robert T. 05-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great book"

    great book. easy to listen to. wish there was more business application versus hostage situations though.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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