• Love Is the Killer App

  • How to Win Business and Influence Friends
  • By: Tim Sanders
  • Narrated by: Tim Sanders
  • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (318 ratings)

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Love Is the Killer App

By: Tim Sanders
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Publisher's Summary

Are you wondering what the next killer app will be? Do you want to know how you can maintain and add to your value during these rapidly changing times? Are you wondering how the word love can even be used in the context of business?

Instead of wondering, listen to this audiobook and find out how to become a lovecat - a nice, smart person who succeeds in business and in life.

How do you become a lovecat? By sharing your intangibles. By that Tim Sanders means:
Your knowledge: everything that comes from all the books that he'll encourage you to devour.
Your network: the collection of friends and contacts you now have, which he'll teach you how to grow and nurture.
Your compassion: that human warmth you already possess - Sanders will convince you that you can show it freely at the office.

What happens when you do all this?

  • You become a rich source of information to all around you.
  • You are seen as a person with valuable insight.
  • You are perceived as generous to a fault, producing surprise and delight.
  • You double your business intelligence in one year.
  • You triple your network of personal relationships in two years.
  • You quadruple the number of colleagues in your life who love you like family.
    In short, you become one of those amazing, outstanding people to whom everyone turns, who leads rather than follows, who never runs out of ideas, contacts, or friendship.

    Here's the real scoop: Nice guys don't finish last. They rule!

  • ©2002 Tim Sanders (P)2002 Random House, Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House, Inc.

    Critic Reviews

    "A great business strategy...rich with practical, effective strategies." (Philip C. McGraw, Ph.D., author of Life Strategies)
    "Aretha Franklin knew the secret: Respect. Tim Sanders knows how to spin it." (Seth Godin, author of Permission Marketing)

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    Wonderful Model

    I played an abridged version of this book for the staff at our hospital. They really liked it and the model of sharing knowledge, networks,and compassion fits wonderfully into medicine. It has shaped the way we talk and work.

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    Don't pass this one by

    After getting the audio, I just had to purchase the hardbound version as well to take advantage of Tim's suggestions on how to properly "read" a business book! After hearing (and reading) this, I'm going back over my current library. Tim's practical advice on how to build a network alone is well worth the read, not to mention how his tactics can help endure yourself into the hearts and minds of customers. Further, the booklist you put together because of Tim's extensive use of backing-up his ideas with references from others makes this an invaluable book for anyone interested in taking their business further. Sales people, managers, and aspiring employees ALL can get useful and practical information from Tim's "lovecat" philosophy.

    4 people found this helpful

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    The least

    This is the least "business" business book you will ever read, and that is a dashing compliment. Tim is the coolest guy in corporate America, a hip hype-meister with a warm heart, and it's the latter message that's the most important. Love is, indeed, the killer app. Don't dis this due to culture shock--there's money in the trails of these lovecats. Robert Smith must be mortified, though.

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    I don't love the love

    The author played it safe and was far too wordy - he consistently qualified his strong statements. Go hug someone... if they want it... if it makes sense... if you've worked them up to it...
    Yes there are many solid things in here. There are many important things we should be doing when working with others.
    However there other audiobooks in Audible better suited to fulfilling business/self-improvement.

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    Good concepts but needs a technology update

    What disappointed you about Love Is the Killer App?

    A lot of the suggestions are quite dated (buy a Palm Pilot, for instance).
    Seems to be a shill for Amazon (buy everyone a hard-cover book)

    What about Tim Sanders???s performance did you like?

    The reader performs the content clearly and at the correct pacing.

    Any additional comments?

    The concepts in the book are timeless and nothing new, really: be compassionate; work in a win-win mode; serve others. Building and sharing a network and being a connector without a vested interest is a valuable lesson and overall the book is worth reading. I'd like to read an updated version dealing with e-books, facebook, twitter, and other forms of electronic network sharing to see how the author has updated his approach to keep pace with technology - especially since the author worked in the technology sector.

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    Not too much REAL content

    This book could be easily shortened to about two or three pages of text. However, some readers could find stories/examples described by the author as meaningful and entertaining.

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    Connectors—Read this book

    If you love meeting people and connecting them. If you are always searching/reading/listening to better understand the world, your world, you will forever grateful that Tim Sanders figured it out and wrote it down for you to read. The path is within reach.

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    This message resonates

    I "love" the message of this book. My one line summary would be that you can go the furthest by helping others get what they want without expecting something in return. Obviously you need to do that in an intelligent fashion, but it's exciting to believe that you really can be successful by loving other people rather than exploiting other people. Exploiting others seems to be so common in big industry. Perhaps another way to say it is a win - win philosophy not only works; it works best!

    I highly recommend this title as a very practical look at approaching life. I "love" to learn so I like consuming as many books as I can. Busy life makes it difficult to read so audible fills a wonderful gap and also helps fuel my passion to still make time for actual reading. One nugget along this line that I took from the book was Tim's emphasis on purchasing hard copy books and marking them up with notes and post it notes or some form of easy reference. I find myself recalling reading something, but I often can't remember where. When I can remember where, it is difficult to find the reference without re-reading the book. I plan to implement some of his suggestions into the way I consume books. Tim also recommends writing a summary of each book read so that you have a good grasp of the main thought or theme. This helps you remember and prepares you to share knowledge. One of the best ways to "love" is to share relevant knowledge with others. Learning and sharing with others is the way to be a "love cat" as Tim calls it.

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    An alternative approach to communicate.

    Takeaway:. this book gave me an alternative approach to correcting and altering the behaviors/performance of team members. This approach taught me that their behavior while not to my satisfaction isn't wrong, but could be improved by using the love app method.

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    The love is not unconditional.

    The author describes himself as an evangelist early on, and you get the sense that his success came less from his lovecat principles and more from his highly energetic, highly communicative personality (as well as a large chunk of luck, being involved in Broadcast.com early on). Networking constantly and giving everybody a hug all the time do not come naturally for most people and can sometimes backfire if done improperly. His suggestion to constantly read business tomes, pick up various new theories, and share the knowledge with others by recommending books, reminds me too much of coworkers with the latest acronym and theory to spout off on but little to show in results. Success via being a book club to others? It seemed to have worked for him. Network, learn constantly, and share knowledge strategically: these are not revolutionary new concepts.

    1 person found this helpful