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Just like a football game, client building requires a solid strategy executed by a series of well-designed plays. While the ultimate objective of a sports team is to put points on the board, the plays are designed to systematically get the team into scoring position. The score itself - a touchdown, a goal, a home run - is the closing play. But you can't get there without great opening plays.

In the world of business development and sales, getting into scoring position means being in the room with decision makers and influencers - and that's what The Opening Playbook helps you to do.

Business development guru Andrew Dietz takes you step-by-step through the process of getting yourself into the ideal position to sell your services, whether you're a one-person operation or work for a major firm.

Taking on the role of your coach, Dietz shows you "game footage" of Sam Wentworth, a law firm associate on the cusp of becoming a partner. But first he has to prove himself on the field of play by demonstrating his business development abilities. Meanwhile, the play clock is getting close to zero. Throughout The Opening Playbook, Dietz stops the film at critical points, showing you where Sam succeeds and where he trips up. He provides the powerful opening-drive plays (best practices for establishing authentic business relationships), analyzes the defense (obstacles in the way of the success), and suggests audibles (on-the-spot tactical modifications to answer unplanned-for challenges).

The team with the best plan usually wins the day. Put yourself several steps ahead of the competition and develop winning business relationships with The Opening Playbook.

©2014 Andrew Dietz (P)2014 McGraw-Hill

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Excellent Playbook for Developing Business!

If you could sum up The Opening Playbook in three words, what would they be?

Concise, instructive, and entertaining

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Opening Playbook?

Learning to sell without selling by connecting with content.

What does A. T. Chandler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Chandler does a nice job of narrating the book. At the beginning, he sounded somewhat like a television game show announcer, but once the book got underway, he seemed to settle into the characters and add some life to their stories.

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

The book underscored for me the importance of connecting with substance and delivering value in this 21st century busy economy.

Any additional comments?

What a wonderful book and resource, especially for younger professionals and those seeking to maximize their business development potential -- long term. This isn't a book about making a quick sale; instead, it teaches how to build long-term relationships by delivering value and content over time. At the same time, the sports analogies and vignettes keep the listener entertained and attentive. This isn't your typical professional development book that drones on an on -- it effectively teaches by example, making the content easier to retain.

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