The Contrarian Effect. Why It Pays (Big) to Take Typical Sales Advice and Do the Opposite

  • ID: 2325608
  • Book
  • 176 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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"I′ve made a career out of challenging conventional sales wisdom, and I can tell you that very few writers have done this effectively. It′s not demolition that′s hard; anyone can say that everything you′ve ever read is wrong. The trick is building something better in its place.The Contrarian Effect does this well. It′s filled with true stories about what works and what doesn′t. It′s fun to read and will challenge your thinking." Neil Rackham, author ofSPIN Selling

The Contrarian Effect is not for wimps.

If you′re one of those Neanderthal salespeople who doesn′t want to adapt to the changing times, buy one of those books that will tell you what you want to hear rather than what you need to hear. Certainly don′t buy this book. It could make you uncomfortable. It could suggest you change the entire way you and your organization approach selling. But, if you do buy this book, you′ll make more money and you′ll even be more popular. Plus, you′ll be a better salesperson and person for it.

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From the Old World to the New.

Section 1: Two Left Feet.

Typical Tactics Are Out of Sync with the Market.

Section 2: Center of the Universe.

Typical Tactics Are Focused on the Wrong Person.

Section 3: One–Night Stand.

Typical Tactics Damage Relationships and Long–Term Potential.

Section 4: May Cause Headaches, Dizziness, and Internal Bleeding.

Typical Tactics Harm Reputations and Create Unintended Consequences.

Contrarian Primer.

Pendulum Swing.


About the Authors.


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Michael Port is the author of the Wiley titles Book Yourself Solid and Beyond Booked Solid. He has been called a "marketing guru" by theWall Street Journal and is one of the best professional speakers around. For more information, please visit [external URL]

Elizabeth Marshall is Director of Sales for Michael Port Companies. While working at the nationally recognized firm of Merritt Hawkins and Associates, she was awarded Research Recruiter of the Month five times. Also, she is founder of, which hosts interviews with top business authors such as Seth Godin, Tim Ferriss, Keith Ferrazzi, and others. For more information, please visit [external URL]

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