Pitch Perfect

How to Say It Right the First Time, Every Time
Narrated by: Bill McGowan
Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
Categories: Business, Career Skills
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Media guru and Emmy Award-winning correspondent Bill McGowan - coach to some of the biggest names in business and entertainment, including Eli Manning, Kelly Clarkson, Jack Welch, Thomas Keller, and Kenneth Cole - teaches you how to get your message across and get what you want with pitch-perfect communication. He is also a trusted advisor in the C-suites of tech companies like Facebook, Spotify, AirBnB, Dropbox, and Salesforce.com.

Saying the right thing the right way can make the difference between sealing the deal or losing the account, getting a promotion, or getting a pink slip. It's essential to be pitch perfect - to get the right message across to the right person at the right time. In Pitch Perfect, Bill McGowan shows you how to craft the right message and deliver it using the right language - both verbal and nonverbal.

Pitch Perfect teaches you how to overcome common communication pitfalls using McGowan's simple Principles of Persuasion, which are highly effective and easy to learn, implement, and master. With Pitch Perfect you can harness the power of persuasion and have people not only listening closely to your every word but also remembering you long after you've left the room.

©2014 Bill McGowan (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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Interesting Read

I loved the content. I actually was less enthusiastic by the authors reading style. I felt at times he appear a bit self-righteous. Overall, the information is applicable to anyone wanting to improve their communication skills. I'll probably re-read this book as I think it requires more than one pass to internalize the information. This may actually be a better book read in text than listened to.

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Couldn’t force myself to finish...

Take this review with a grain of salt as I have not entirely finished the book. I’ve listened to about 2 hours of the story, but it is so dry and vague that I don’t think I will bother with the rest. I wanted to learn more about speaking in a professional setting to coworkers and management, but this book focuses more on public speaking. The guidelines are to non-specific for me to easily apply to general discussion, and the humor is dry. I was also slightly annoyed by his perception of millennials, but that barely affects my views on his book.

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Don't waste your time

Would you try another book from Bill McGowan and/or Bill McGowan?

This is a book about Bill McGowan. Name dropping and proselytizing his progressive beliefs. Its 90% about Bill and 10% about public speaking.

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Great descriptions

Great examples, clear descriptions, actionable advice. pitch perfect clearly explains all the tools needed to set you up for winning presentations and interviews.

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Bill McGowan needs to heed his own advice

I picked up this audiobook in hopes of improving my public communication skills. While there were several great pointers throughout the book, I can't help drifting away while listening.

The author/narrator's presentation of stories were not well defined from the rest of the book's content. It can be difficult to know if the author is presenting a story or giving advice as part of its book.

The greatest flaw, however, is a mistake Bill himself mentioned in his book. The invention of terms/words. All of the seven principles mean nothing if you have not read/heard the entire book. They serve no purpose at all and would be forgettable, especially in an audio form when the reader have no convenient means to flip back the pages to recall what was mentioned about the principles.

After about halfway through the book, I had to force myself to listen till the end as I do recognise great material Bill McGowan presented in his book. But these material were so buried that it takes conscious effort to find them.

All in all, while I did learn from the book, the audio book is a disappointment, but it might be just slightly better if I had the print version. A rewording of the 7 principles will help the book tremendously.

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Comprehensive and Interesting

This is a comprehensive and very well thought-out book about how to say things right the first time. It was very helpful and I will probably listen again. Toward the end, the variety of situations covered gets into some extreme situations that often don't apply. But more than anything else, I need to remember the 7 Principles, which are key and worth the price of admission. Highly recommended to anyone for those principles alone.

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Outstanding Material

This book was as profoundly intrinsic as a communications class in the MBA course at Harvard. I don't fully understand all the negative sour Skittle faced comments on here, it's clear if you have skin thinner than rice paper, you are going to have some significant communication issues. The one thing you can absolutely take away from this is to learn how to communicate with authentic confidence in virtually any scenario that life will inevitably throw at you. As fledgling Strategy Writer and business owner, I found the material to be as extremely useful as having a one on one session with Tony Robbins, genuinely fantastic.

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Relatable stories

I love the examples in the book to help improve delivery while thinking about what to say and how to say it to make relevant.

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Self promoting, tedious, un-relatable stories

I am currently in chapter 4 and I am finding hard to listen to the book. These chapters have so far been used by the author to promote and praise himself on how good he is at communications. I am not sure why it has 4 stars. He claims he has changed people's lives, but he gives almost no pointers or techniques so far in the book, none that really relatable, I really hope it gets better and I am wrong. I will update this review, if that becomes the case...

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Some great advice if you can stomach author.

I found McGowan to offer some really good advice and also offer some boneheaded and even offensive comments. I found the book hard to listen to and eventually just deleted it and asked audible for my money back. McGowan starts out the book by putting down anyone who ever bought clothes from Sears. Other small remarks solidified his superiority in his own mind. I kept trying to ignore his elitism and just listen to his points but he just really grated on me so I finally stopped. He also puts down concepts he doesn’t understand while he uses them himself. An example is the advice to “Tell them what you are going to tell them, tell them, and tell them what you told them” McGowan said this means repeating yourself - it doesn’t, what is means is to do something very similar to McGowan’s advice of how to introduce your topic and then end with a call to action. Anyway, he obviously knows his stuff, he has great advice and knows more about speaking, writing and etc. then I ever will. If he had kept his condescending attitude in check I would have really enjoyed the book and given it more stars.

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  • 11-29-19

Nothing to do with communication skills

This audiobook is all about the writer and his story. It’s very repetitive in nature and mainly focuses on some issues the writer (Bill) has faced how they impacted him and how he handled it. Nothing gained from this book in terms of skills -which is what it’s ‘Pitched’ to be. Disappointed. I cannot even return this title which is also very frustrating!

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  • roro
  • 10-02-18

good book

it gives simple clear instructions and advice and needs to read more than once to practice all principles in real life

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  • Duncan Idaho
  • 05-28-16

good starting point

It wasn't great, I felt the stories and examples came across a little contrived and it felt that there was a significant bit of name dropping. which made it a bit of a struggle to listen through, however there are good points nestled in with all the filler and it did get me thinking about preparing for public speaking in a slightly more structured way.

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  • Surya Rao
  • 09-27-15

I've learnt alot from this book. highly recommend

I've listened to this audio book 3 times over so far and each time I've taken something away from it.

great foundational book covering all aspects of communication well and without gimmicks or generic info.

I've used the principles myself in business communications and public speaking . highly recommended