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The Pep Talk: A Football Story about the Business of Winning

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    Sideliners 2

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Great book!

    You want to know how Nick Saban keeps winning?

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

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    The Pep Talk is just that!

    My 17 year old son had a substitute teacher who was a former student at his high school and knew some of the kids in the class. The teacher had played four years of scholarship baseball in college. Naturally, the teacher had heard his share of "pep talks".The teacher asked my son if he'd read The Pep Talk. My son then told me about it and I purchased the book. I read the book over two nights, about 1 hour each night. It is fantastic! I bought ten copies for my sales team and presented The Pep Talk to them at our national sales meeting. The response was overwhelming. I have had two of my team report back that this is the best business book they've read!
    The story is fictional but based on actual principles the Dr Elko espouses. The principles in the book truly apply to life and business. Buy this book-you will not be disappointed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2008

    Read it, and then read it with your kids

    Dr. Elko continues his winning ways with the Pep Talk. Focused, motivating, smooth reading- with a few twists that are brought together at the end. If you have kids, this will help you set them and keep them on the right track.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2008

    More Than A Motivational Book!

    The Pep Talk is a sit down and read book. Finished in one reading. Have a pen on hand or turn the pages over for the quotes and principles you want to revisit. It's message will assist in your personal, business and spritual life. I was as moved as I was when I read James Patterson's 'Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas.' Dr. Elko goes back for a pass and out there fifty yards away is Bob Shook making a catch for the winning touchdown. The message is clear because Dr. Elko has delivered it hundreds and maybe a thousand times and Mr. Shook put his hand to the Pep Talk and created a Best Seller. I can't wait to see them on stage and YouTube conveying the message in person. Congratualtions Kevin and Bob.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2008

    my favorite novelette ever

    I've read most of the 'quick-read' novelettes such as 'The One-Minute Manager,' 'Who Moved My Cheese,' 'Fish,' 'Tuesday's With Morry,' etc. 'The Pep Talk' is the best in this catagory I've ever read. It's a very well-crafted story. Most of the above-mentioned books are authored by motivational speakers. Obviously, Robert Shook is a seasoned writer as is Elko a seasoned and gifted speaker. They are a great team. I literally could not put the book down from start to finish. Not only was I entertained, I felt very good about myself. It is by far the most motivational book I have ever read. I plan to give copies for Father's Day as well as a graduation gift. It's the perfect gift to give a young person. It's a book he or she will treasure and read often throughout his or her life. It will make an important impact on a young person's life. I recommend that you give it to someone you love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2008

    The Pep Talk is Inspirational

    I¿ve read several other books by Robert L. Shook but this is his first novel. I loved it. He might consider writing more novels.. This book has an unusual twist. The pep talk in ¿The Pep Talk¿ is non-fiction. It¿s a pep talk that his co-author, Kevin Elko gives to NFL football teams. Shook wrote a novel around the real pep talk and turned it into a wonderful, inspirational story. It has a strong plot that kept me reading from page one to the very last page. It¿s written on the order of The One-Minute Manager and Who Moved My Cheese, both good books, but The Pep Talk is even better. Like those two best sellers, this one is a small book¿but one that delivers a big and powerful message. If this book doesn¿t motivate you, nothing will. Read it. You¿ll love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2008


    In these challenging economic times, it is easy to lose focus in business. This book reminds you of the goals and focus you need to have to continue to succeed even in difficult times. I read this in an hour sitting on my deck. I found it to be well written and held my attention. This is a book everyone should reread every year. It lifted my spirits and renewed my 'can do' attitude.This book is definitely a morale booster.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2008

    Great Sports Story

    Pep Talk is a great sports story that has the power to inspire. The tale quickly draws you in and you cannot help but become involved with the high school team that never won a game until it got 'the Pep Talk.' I had intended to put this with my backlog of books to read, but once I took a peek inside I was hooked. Its a sports story that is much more - a story to be savored by anyone who roots for the underdog or anyone who needs a good yarn to get going on the 'impossible dreams' one has in life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2009

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