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davemel37 · 2015-09-17 · Original thread
Winning Through Intimidation by Robert Ringer is by far the best sales book I ever read.

His basic premise is that the outcome of any negotiation(especially sales) is inversely proportionate to how intimidated you are by the other person.

His solution is to invest in creating a strong image before selling and using takeaway selling, which is basically taking away the opportunity to do business with you so that they stop thinking about whether they want to buy and start thinking about how to get you to sell to them.

On a side note, Dan Kennedy says,"if you lose a sale because of price, you lose that sale long beforehand." your job is to differentiate yourself and craft a powerful image so they can never even start to compare you to others.

tiatia · 2015-06-07 · Original thread
"Winning through intimidation" Highly recommended.
jrs235 · 2015-03-31 · Original thread
"It's about leverage."

I highly recommend Winning Through Intimidation. It's not about what you think. I read it after someone else recommended it in another discussion on HN.

UPDATE: After posting this I read the sibling comments and see someone else also recommended the book. Seriously, read it!

joshuaheard · 2013-09-12 · Original thread
This reminds me of a book I read 30 years ago called "Winning Through Intimidation"


The book recommends that you dress, act, and basically pretend you are successful. People will then believe you are successful and want to do business with you. You then become a success.

simonsarris · 2012-01-23 · Original thread
I've read a few.

Negotiation Genius is probably the most accessible one:

Winning Through Intimidation was a fun read, especially if you're into real estate. Apparently the book is worth a lot now (I had no idea, I have an old hardcover version that I don't even see here)

hga · 2010-07-16 · Original thread
Indeed! One can also try the Amazon reviews, e.g. ; the first one details how great a book on sales it is.

But to really get the flavor ... well, what about him entering a bank the minute it opens, dark suit and shades (in Florida perhaps?), with a check for at least $25,000 in today's dollars, cashing the check (which he knew the issuer would stop payment on, but he beat him) and stuffing the cash into his briefcase. This is a book both serious and funny, one that if you like will likely keep your interest which is not something I can say for the majority of business books.

I read it back when in came out in the '70s before I entered the real world and I think its advice was invaluable, even for an introverted scientist/engineer like myself who needs a day of recovery after doing my part of a sales call.

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