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Bill McGowan and Alisa Bowman

How to Say it Right the First Time, Every Time

4.1 (111 ratings)
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'Pitch Perfect' by Bill McGowan and Alisa Bowman is a guidebook for improving communication skills. It provides tips and techniques for presenting ideas in a clear and effective way, with real-life examples to illustrate key points.

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    In many situations, you have just one chance to deliver the right message.

    Whether in your professional or home life, there are moments when you need to be pitch perfect: to use the right tone to deliver the right message to the right person at the right time.

    At work, for instance, having effective communication skills and knowing when to use them means that you’re more likely to be promoted. There are only a few moments in your career which determine whether or not you impress your superiors and thus climb the corporate ladder.

    For example, imagine your boss asks for your opinion regarding any internal obstacles to the company’s growth.

    On the one hand, if you’re hesitant to express your opinion, and you avoid direct eye contact, you’ll lose your chance to demonstrate your knowledge. On the other hand, if you speak bluntly and reveal that the weak structure of the business itself is threatening its growth, then you could offend your boss. Either way, you can kiss that promotion goodbye! Indeed, one study found that a main obstacle to promotion is poor communication skills. This includes racist comments, offensive jokes, crying, cursing, avoiding eye contact, and other mishaps.

    But if you make your communication pitch perfect on the very first attempt, you’ll experience fewer misunderstandings and requests for clarification, and you’ll have more time to focus on executing the idea itself.

    For example, say you want your child to finish his homework, but you cannot convince him on your first attempt. Each new attempt costs both you and your child time that could be spent in far better ways.

    Pitch-perfect communication is fundamental to getting the results you want. Approximately two thirds of proposed ideas are rejected – not because they’re innately bad ideas, but simply because they are expressed poorly.

    For example, if you’ve invented some new website technology that you’d like to be used in the next big project at your company, it’s best you don’t talk about how you came up with the idea but instead tell people how the company will benefit from using it.

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    What is Pitch Perfect about?

    Pitch Perfect presents advice and principles that can help anyone to communicate more effectively. It teaches you how to present an argument or story with confidence, in a memorable way, and how to make your points with more precision. The author introduces seven principles that will help you to use exactly the right tone in both your professional and private life.

    Pitch Perfect Review

    Pitch Perfect (2014) by Bill McGowan and Alisa Bowman is a book that explores the art of effective communication and provides valuable tips for improving our speaking skills. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    1. Practical techniques: The book offers a range of practical techniques and strategies to enhance our ability to engage and persuade others.
    2. Insightful anecdotes: Filled with real-life examples and stories from the author's experience, the book brings the concepts to life and makes them relatable.
    3. Engaging writing: Rather than being a dry, instructional manual, the book is written in an engaging and accessible style, ensuring that it is never boring.

    Best quote from Pitch Perfect

    During pivotal moments of our lives, results are often determined not by what we do, but instead by what we say.

    —Bill McGowan and Alisa Bowman
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    Who should read Pitch Perfect?

    • Anyone who wants to improve their presentation skills
    • Anyone who wants to communicate more effectively in their professional life
    • Anyone who wishes to become a better conversationalist

    About the Author

    Bill McGowan is CEO of Clarity Media Group and an Emmy Award-winning correspondent. He has conducted hundreds of interviews as a journalist and has coached celebrities – such as New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and executives like Sheryl Sandberg – on their communication skills. Alisa Bowman is a journalist, blogger, book collaborator, and author and co-author of several books, including Project: Happily Ever After.

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    What is the main message of Pitch Perfect?

    Master the art of confident communication and improve your speaking skills with Pitch Perfect.

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    Is Pitch Perfect a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Pitch Perfect is a must-read for anyone looking to enhance their communication abilities. Unlock the power of persuasive speaking.

    Who is the author of Pitch Perfect?

    The author of Pitch Perfect is Bill McGowan and Alisa Bowman.

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