This audiobook explains how to tune up virtually every area of your business systematically, with just a little disciplined focus. Spend an hour per week on each "impact area" of your business, and you will be astonished at how much you can accomplish.
©2007 Chet Holmes; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"An amazing book that will powerfully change the way you do business. Chet Holmes is a one-of-a-kind talent and this incredibly practical book is the embodiment of his highly successful approach. (Stephen M. R. Covey)
"This is by far the best sales book I have ever read and I have read hundreds. As someone who runs [more than] fifteen companies and employs more than six hundred people, I can honestly say this is a book I will refer to for decades to come." (A. Harrison Barnes, CEO, Juriscape)
The book totaling focusing on business to consumer selling. Lots of tips but no real framework or research outside of one guy's experience. I tried to finish it and it was a struggle. Not really a sales book but a list of tricks book.
I have listened to The Ultimate Sales Machine twice and plan on listening to it over and over. I have it on auto replay during my gym workouts.
What I liked best about this story was the step-by-step processes for things such as time management, getting your Dream 100 clients, follow-up, implementation, and more.
Anthony Heald did a great job of performing the sales manager giving a tough interview to prospective top performing sales hires.
The author, Chet Holmes, drives home the importance of "pig-headed determination and discipline" for becoming the ultimate sales machine.
This book is my sales bible.
It is hard for me to appreciate a self help book written by an author who is so wonderful that he was always the top producer and never lost a client. I am listening to "The Knack" now and for me, it is much better at delivering a message. Unlike Chet Holmes, Norm Brodsky actually uses his own mistakes to inform the listener. There is nothing new in this book, but there are many good ideas which may or may not be appropriate for your type of selling/business.
I've never listened to such a pompous, condescending audiobook before. The reader's voice only adds to this. There's nothing new here, so get over yourself!
"I probably would've skipped this book if it had not been recommended to me. And that would have been a mistake on my part. Think of the Ultimate Sales Machine as a distillation of numerous other really good books on business and sales. But in the case of this book what you end up with is a great example of the "whole being greater than the sum of the parts".
One of the major shortcomings I find with business books is that they either focus on a 10,000 foot view or a 100 foot view of how to implement one of those veiws/concepts. The average business book author very rarely has the ability to take the reader back and forth between the two views. With this book Chet Holmes succeeds at giving you BOTH strategic and tactical methods/examples for understanding and implementing the concepts that he covers. I believe that this will be one of the all-time great guides to business.
The material is very good but Anthony Heald's voice is REALLY annoying. I wish I could return the selection I hate his voice that much. He sounds like a winney, gay, John Lithegow. Nothing against Mr Lithegow, who is a fine actor and played a gay person once and didn't sound this bad. I can't listen to the material anymore because of this jerk.
It should have been read by the author.
It all sounded old fashioned, and a little cheesy - that's the best I can describe it. The one nugget I took away was to do a few things thousands of times, rather than thousands of things a few times.
If this is your very first sales book, you might like it. If you've read one or two before, there's nothing new here.
Overall it was cookie cutter, sales 101 material. It scratched the surface of just about every aspect of business, but there was no meat on the bones.
I first thought this was just a "sales improvement" book. It is much more than that. It deals with every aspect of a business, leadership, managment, optimal performance and getting results. The book is very indepth, rich and provides 'take aways' after 'take aways'. I don't suffer fools (books) very well, discriminating about what I read/listen and rate this book as a "must read" to any manager or leader of high performance teams, espcially sales.
This was very engaging. I did not find the reader's voice unappealing, in fact I found him just right for the text. The content is very helpful and actionable. I ended up purchasing the physical book so that I could continue to more easily use it as an ongoing guide to the ideas presented.
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