The Art of Woo: Using Strategic Persuasion to Sell Your Ideas

The Art of Woo: Using Strategic Persuasion to Sell Your Ideas

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by G. Richard Shell, Mario Moussa, Alan Sklar
     
 

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What's The Art of Woo? It's about Winning Others Over-the ability to persuade people without coercion, using relationship-based, emotionally intelligent influence. It's the secret of success with colleagues, clients, and customers that opens minds and hearts. Having advised thousands of executives at organizations such as Google, Microsoft, General Electric, and even

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What's The Art of Woo? It's about Winning Others Over-the ability to persuade people without coercion, using relationship-based, emotionally intelligent influence. It's the secret of success with colleagues, clients, and customers that opens minds and hearts. Having advised thousands of executives at organizations such as Google, Microsoft, General Electric, and even the FBI's hostage rescue training program, G. Richard Shell and Mario Moussa know what it takes to deal with tough bosses, hidden agendas, and complex organizations. In The Art of Woo, they present their systematic, four-step process to get you from ideas to actions. Whether you are introverted or extroverted, competitive or collaborative, intellectual or practical, The Art of Woo will strengthen your persuasion skills in every aspect of life.

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Publishers Weekly
Shell and Moussa, both on the Wharton School faculty, aim to help readers get attention and sell their ideas through strategic relationship-based persuasion, or "woo"-or "winning others over." The authors consider wooing to be one of the most important skills in a manager's repertoire; while the concept may seem simple, mastering it is an art. The challenge is in striking a balance between what the authors identify as the "self-oriented" perspective-where focus is on the persuader's credibility and point of view-and the "other-oriented" perspective, which focuses on the audience's needs, perceptions and feelings. Drawing on their experience in teaching executives to negotiate, the authors examine the most important moments of influence and provide a four-step process to achieving goals: survey your situation, confront the five barriers, make your pitch and secure your commitments. They offer a practical guide to improving one's wooing skills, highlighting successes and failures from history and the present day. An entertaining and useful guide to acquiring the power of woo, this book will help readers beyond the professional realm. (Oct.)

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Shell and Moussa (codirectors, Strategic Persuasion Workshop, Wharton Sch., Univ. of Pennsylvania) collaborate here to teach the art of persuading people in a way that is mutually beneficial, accomplished with the use of rhetoric and an understanding of the other person's problems. WOO is an acronym for "Winning Others Over." The title is a reference to (and play on) Sun Tzu's The Art of War, which takes a very different position: people are adversaries and a position of superiority is required to negotiate a favorable outcome. The Art of WOOis one of many books written to aid businesspeople in being more persuasive. Dale Carnegie's classic How To Win Friends & Influence Peopleremains a standard for salespeople to this day. Alan Kelly's recent The Elements of Influencelikewise has the tone of a war strategist who understands modern media as an aid in selling ideas. This book is gentler and more cerebral, and of course relevant in ways that Carnegie's 70-year-old book cannot be. Students of rhetoric, language arts, and marketing would all benefit from this book, so libraries of all sizes should consider purchasing.
—Stephen Turner

School Library Journal

Shell (Bargaining for Advantage), director of the Wharton School Executive Negotiation Workshop, and Moussa, a principal of CFAR, Inc., a management consulting firm, provide a fresh new approach to selling ideas with this focus on helping listeners find their strengths as persuaders. Eschewing traditional sales and negotiation tips and tricks, the authors instead develop their material around their principle of winning over others (WOO) to your ideas without coercion using relationship-based, emotionally intelligent persuasion. Borrowing from Stephen Covey (seek first to understand, then to be understood), the authors present a pragmatic approach to relationship-based persuasion, explaining their strategic process for getting people's attention. Beginning with a demonstration of how to use WOO to sell ideas, they explain their four-step process and the six main channels of influence, including authority, vision, relationships, interests, and politics, used to solve problems. The material is relevant for managers and front-line staff, and there are numerous real-world examples of how WOO can be helpful in requesting raises, increasing departmental budgets, and, of course, handling direct sales. The rich solid narration by Alan Sklar helps maintain listener interest in this material, combining business principles, the psychology of behavior, emotional intelligence, and organizational dynamics. Recommended for university libraries supporting a business curriculum and larger public libraries. [Comparative newbie firm Tantor Media has a diverse inventory of programming. See the Q&A with its CEO on p. 126.-Ed.]-Dale Farris, Groves, TX

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400155309
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
10/18/2007
Edition description:
MP3 - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)

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"An elegant listening experience." —-AudioFile

Meet the Author

An internationally recognized expert in law, dispute resolution, and negotiations, G. Richard Shell is the author of several books, including the award-winning Bargaining for Advantage: Negotiation Strategies for Reasonable People.

Alan Sklar is the winner of several AudioFile Earphones Awards and a multiple finalist for the APA's prestigious Audie Award. Named a Best Voice of 2009 by AudioFile magazine, his work has twice earned him a Booklist Editors' Choice Award, a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and Audiobook of the Year by ForeWord magazine.

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RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
Salespeople market products and services. Successful people within organizations market ideas. Can you market yours? In this smart, well-sourced book, G. Richard Shell and Mario Moussa show you how to sell your concepts to your colleagues and clients. They detail six primary "influence channels" and five "persuasion roles." They also outline the four components of an effective persuasion. If you want to promote your ideas, getAbstract suggests following their savvy, sensible, step-by-step approach, laced with expertise, erudition, knowledge and wisdom. This book features an added bonus: scores of colorful real-life anecdotes that support the authors' primary points. These include a vignette about how lawyers in ancient Rome hired professional "wailers" to weep in court about their clients' injuries, and a story about the way Nelson Mandela used his wits to win concessions for himself and his fellow prisoners. Shell and Moussa teach you how to use a potent mixture of art and science to become a master persuader.
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