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Start with No offers a contrarian, counterintuitive system for negotiating any kind of deal in any kind of situation - the purchase of a new house, a multimillion-dollar business deal, or where to take the kids for dinner.

Think a win-win solution is the best way to make the deal? Think again.

For years now, win-win has been the paradigm for business negotiation. But today, win-win is just the seductive mantra used by the toughest negotiators to get the other side to compromise unnecessarily, early, and often. Win-win negotiations play to your emotions and take advantage of your instinct and desire to make the deal.

Start with No introduces a system of decision-based negotiation that teaches you how to understand and control these emotions. It teaches you how to ignore the siren call of the final result, which you can’t really control, and how to focus instead on the activities and behavior that you can and must control in order to successfully negotiate with the pros.

The best negotiators:

  • Aren’t interested in "yes" - they prefer "no"
  • Never, ever rush to close, but always let the other side feel comfortable and secure
  • Are never needy; they take advantage of the other party’s neediness
  • Create a "blank slate" to ensure they ask questions and listen to the answers, to make sure they have no assumptions and expectations
  • Always have a mission and purpose that guides their decisions
  • Don’t send so much as an email without an agenda for what they want to accomplish
  • Know the four "budgets" for themselves and for the other side: time, energy, money, and emotion
  • Never waste time with people who don’t really make the decision

Start with No is full of dozens of business as well as personal stories illustrating each point of the system. It will change your life as a negotiator. If you put to good use the principles and practices revealed here, you will become an immeasurably better negotiator.

©2011 Jim Camp (P)2020 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Jim Camp offers easy-to-apply strategies to help make you a more effective negotiator. You’ll learn techniques that you can use immediately to improve your negotiating skills by reading this book." (Joe Mansueto, chairman, Morningstar Mutual Funds)

"This book is an amazing read and right on target." (John Kispert, chief financial officer, KLA-Tencor corporation)

"Jim Camp’s negotiating system is a powerful set of disciplines and tools that helped our salespeople function in our customers’ world - which ultimately led to a better negotiating process with our customers. Start with No describes his approach in detail and is recommended reading for our entire staff." (Scott Sturm, vice president of sales, Entegris Corporation)

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Thanks Chris Voss!

Chris Voss mentions this book in his “never split the difference” and when an author quotes another book I usually check it out. I’m very happy I did so in this case.
My wait of about 4 years for the audible version was worth it! Actually no. I was dumb enough to wait. I should’ve done the heavy lifting and read this book right after Voss’s book.
The structure is solid, the narration great and the help in applying the lessons learned exemplary. If you care about becoming a better negotiator, don’t say no to this book.

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ABSOLUTE must have for any expert communicator

I went beyond out of my way to master and cheat sheet and know like the back of my hand Never Split The Difference by Chris Voss and OMG did it have an impact on me. Then I heard him mention Getting to Yes and that was great (if you want to collaborate with good people) but then Chris mentioned Start With No and the second I started to listen I was hooked. This is an INCREDIBLE book to give skill to those that are dealing with tigers or sharks. These skills MUST be known to anyone who wants to protect those that aim to abuse with communication tactics or for those that want to defend against such effort. Start with NO is not just communication tact. You will also learn the value of preperation, Mission and Purpose, The Columbo Effect and beyond. Blank slating to say the least totally took away my bad habit of "assuming" I know anything as related to Voss and his BLACK SWAN which is amazing blank slating gave me even more power. This is a MUST READ and LISTEN book. I have the physical copy as well as my master cheat sheet.

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Heard better

Sounded more like a sales pitch on his negotiation strategy. Can not say it really changed a lot for me. A much better negotiation book is “never split the difference”.

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Jim Camp's Voice is Much Better

This guy sounds like he's depressed. There's a version with Jim Camp's voice. It's better.

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This is a negotiator's Bible

This book had so much relevant content over any that I've read in the past! it's easy to read the principles are simple and the content and stories are extremely relevant! One of the few things that stood ouy for me were never be needy and always live in the world of the adversary and don't talk but ask questions! There's much more but I don't want to spoil it for the reader! In short pick up this book read it keep it and reread it!

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excellent

I'd recommend you read it twice! I'm so glad Jim Camp wrote this, he was brilliant. RIP

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A Timeless Truth!

This by far is one of my best reads! the secrets spilled in this book are amazing! Worth every cent!

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Can't think of much else to say about this book other than WOW! Camp is a legit Pro and the Narrator was amazing. I'd recommend this book to anyone learning to communicate better! I even purchased the physical copy and will repeatedly revisit this title.

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Great book! Many ideologies involved

I thought it was a great book and it hit all aspects of negotiation. I think if any line of work negotiation is absolutely important so this book is a must read if you are in the self-development path!

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Nice book on negotiation, but spends a little bit too much time bashing the other strategies on negotiation.