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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of Drive and A Whole New Mind comes a surprising - and surprisingly useful - new book that explores the power of selling in our lives.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, one in nine Americans works in sales. Every day more than 15 million people earn their keep by persuading someone else to make a purchase.

But dig deeper and a startling truth emerges: Yes, one in nine Americans works in sales. But so do the other eight.

Whether we’re employees pitching colleagues on a new idea, entrepreneurs enticing funders to invest, or parents and teachers cajoling children to study, we spend our days trying to move others. Like it or not, we’re all in sales now.

To Sell Is Human offers a fresh look at the art and science of selling. As he did in Drive and A Whole New Mind, Daniel H. Pink draws on a rich trove of social science for his counterintuitive insights. He reveals the new ABCs of moving others (it's no longer "Always Be Closing"), explains why extroverts don't make the best salespeople, and shows how giving people an "off-ramp" for their actions can matter more than actually changing their minds.

Along the way, Pink describes the six successors to the elevator pitch, the three rules for understanding another's perspective, the five frames that can make your message clearer and more persuasive, and much more. The result is a perceptive and practical book - one that will change how you see the world and transform what you do at work, at school, and at home.

©2012 Daniel H. Pink (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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Great content, perhaps better in print

Once upon a time I read Drive by Daniel Pink

Every day after that, I thought about his concepts around workplace motivation

One day I realized I needed to know more I don't know much about sales even though I've been in a "sales-adjacent" industry my entire career

Because of that I downloaded the audiobook "to sell is human"

Because of that I learned quite a bit about sales and non-sales selling, and even more about motivating and moving others

Until finally I felt compelled to share my love of the book with you all in the form of a Pixar pitch.

Ok, so the pitch could use some work. But you should read this book. Even if you don't think you're in sales or care about motivating others.

He does a good job summarizing interesting social science research about optimism, disposition, extra/intro/ambiverts and much more.

I admire authors who read their own audiobooks, but Pink's delivery was flat and it took me a while to get used to his narration. He's a dynamic speaker, but his presentation skills did not come across in this performance.

The other downfall of the audiobook format is in the "sample case" exercises after each section. These are better suited to print or ebook format. Listening to an author spell out URLs isn't especially helpful.

I found the content compelling and may end up buying a print copy so I can take advantage of some of the exercises.

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Lenghty book with a few solid tips on persuation

I had very high expectations for Daniel Pink, maybe that's the problem.

The first section of the book is all bout why we are all in sales. It could have been done in 2 minutes. Big waste of time. People who don't value sales and the need for persuation would not buy this book in the first place. You can skip those chapters.

The second part is more interesting. The whole premise is centered in ABC selling: atunement, buoyancy and connection. Good concepts. Daniel could have said: listening, optiimsm/passion and connection. Much simpler.

Some discussions are lenghty: you could listen to a whole chapter to get one nugget of knowledge of varying levels of usefulness. Still, it's a good book, but not at the top of my list.

The narration is clear, although after a while it feels a bit too stron (like the author is yelling at you), but it's not a major concern. If you can find a 5 page summary of this book, you would probably get 90% of its value.

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a very entertaining look at selling

you are all salesman. But maybe not in the sense that you're thinking right now. Mr. pink goes through and shared much research from science and other books. I recommend this book to anyone and even to everyone that walks on the earth. selling is not a bad word.

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Yet another excellent insight by Daniel Pink

I have been taking a sales training course once a week for a year, and the principles in this book are very close to the same foundation for that training. Very helpful insights and material is easy to apply!

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the voice gets numbing

content is good. The voice performance makes me feel that everything is equally punctuated. Its my.advice to take it one chapter at a time.

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Great Social Science Book

I'm 2/3rds through this book and I'm already ready to give it five stars. Daniel Pink has great insight into the social sciences, and he applies them superbly to selling in this audiobook.

His stories are engaging and his style brings the characters he introduces to life.

When he explained why you need to link selling to experiences instead of product features, I could feel the light bulb above my head.

Great audiobook.

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90% inert filler. Author can do better

This is a smart guy, and somewhere in here is useful information. But _so_ much filler, so much is useless and repeated constantly. What would have been a brilliant essay is puffed up to a "business book". Try starting at Chapter 7 where the "useful" concentration goes a bit higher.

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You'll want to take notes

This book so full of gems that you will be able to use in any area of your life. There were countless times where I paused, to grab some paper, went back and listened to a section again. This book is one to use and reuse annually.

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  • Heidi
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Dan Pink is engaging and insightful

I have now listened to 3 of Dan Pink's books and find them all to be fascinating and engaging. He writes about broad subjects but breaks them down into manageable sized chunks with new insights and ideas. His books make me think and reevaluate previous opinions and notions in a thoughtful and non-aggressive way. I come away from his books with ideas swirling and a feeling of looking at and understanding daily processes and thoughts in a new way. I also so enjoy his narration. It is as captivating as the material he writes.

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Interesting Perspective

Overall, this book provided only a handful of fresh insights that aren't expounded in much greater detail in other popular sales books like those of Jeff Gitomer. The first part added little value and spent a great deal of time getting to a punchline that could have been reached in a paragraph or two. Part 2 was slightly more engaging, but only Part 3 actually achieved the practicality level needed for salesmen who require pointed, actionable, and insightful advice. If you don't mind hearing several hours of studies and background prior to these insights then listen to the whole thing. Otherwise, skip to part 3 and listen to it 3 times instead so you can actually own the important concepts.

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