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Pitch Perfect: How to Say It Right the First Time, Every Time

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,111 ratings  ·  140 reviews

Media guru and Emmy Award-winning correspondent Bill McGowan—coach to some of the biggest names in business and entertainment, including Eli Manning, Kelly Clarkson, Jack Welch, Thomas Keller and Kenneth Cole teaches you how to get your message across and get what you want with pitch perfect communication.  He is also a trusted advisor in the C-suites of tech companies lik

Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by HarperBusiness
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Seven Principles of Persuasion:

Headline principle: start with best material
Scorsese Principle: Hold your audience's attention with visual images.
No-Tailgating Principle: Avoid verbal fender-benders and career-wrecking moments by maintaining a safe talking distance.
The Pasta-Sauce Principle: avoid boredom by boiling down message, making it as rich and brief as possible.
Conviction principle: convey certainly with body language and voice
Curiosity principle: display genuine interest
Draper principle
Dirk Moritz
Jan 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Terrible, all about me, myself & I...
Marshall Seid
The final message I received was "Practice as much as you possibly can."
Maren Bjørgum
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
The kind of book you should read once in a while to brush up on the basics of public (and semi-public) speaking. It would have been even better if it was 100 pages shorter and didn’t read like an infomercial for McGowan’s consulting business.
I came across this book when I was searching data for my workshops. I've read Forbes article and it got me intrigued to learn more about Bill McGowan’s method since currently I like everything connected with paralanguage, evolutionary psychology and social anthropology.

But the book is really difficult to follow; the visual structure is not very well organised and I kept notes, but eventually I gave up, since it looked messy and a lot of times I couldn’t find elemental principle of the thing tha
Everyone has those moments where they have to make a big speech or response and find themselves completely tongue tied. The fear is common among Americans, to the point that fear of public speaking sometimes edges out fear of dying in some polls. In other words, when it comes to a eulogy, more Americans rather be in the casket than giving the speech about the person in it. Bill McGowan's Pitch Perfect: How to Say It Right the First Time, Every Time is the book to help prevent those moments from ...more
Jun Qian
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The author, I am sure, is very good at coaching others in the art of making the pitch perfect speech, and such art, however, is hard to distill into simple rules. I did not expect to learn all the techniques from reading this book, but was looking forward to the example scenarios and analyses. I came away a bit disappointed in that, although the book has some interesting real cases, it is not populated with more of them. The book offers a lot more than an informercial for the authors consulting ...more
Mary Sanchez
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
There are great communication tips in this book for every occasion, using the storytelling method the author, Bill McGowan teaches. In all he teaches seven principles which he developed working as a television news correspondent and producer,interviewing and helping many celebrities.
Sep 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Certainly gave me a good set of areas to start working on. Good read.
Christa Maurice
All the information is in the first chapter. He also makes the rookie mistake of trying to use a big word he doesn't know and getting it wrong.
Rob Duford
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is by far the best book I have ever read (or material I have ever heard for that matter) on the topic of communication. I couldn't put this book down, and am immediately ordering copies for all my staff members whose work depends on communication (I'm a pastor and most of my staff make a living with public presentations).

I cannot recommend this book enough!
May 15, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business-books
Why oh why, did I not give up on this book? This book was a waste of time, energy, and brainpower. I thought it was going to be good because it something that I’m good at that I want to get better at. This book is written for people who suck at speaking and need to upgrade to moderately sucky. There are so many rules that he outlines that he breaks himself. Don’t drone on and one cares. Don’t use clichés. Don’t be too sales-pitchy. This entire book is a sales pitch and a love letter to h ...more
Mark Mitchell
Pitch Perfect is aimed at those who speak in professional contexts: corporate presentations, sales pitches, trade show cocktail parties, media interviews, and the like. While people who just want to communicate better on a personal level might benefit from the book, that is not the primary focus. Bill McGowan is a media consultant whose primary business is training professionals who speak in public, and the premise of the book is to provide some of the benefits of his consulting to the masses.

W. Whalin
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bill McGowan is a communication coach and expert in this area with clients like Facebook and many others. I heard the audio of this book from cover to cover. It was packed with great stories and insights. It is the type of book that I could hear every year and gain more value and insight for my every day communication situations.

Whether you are trying to make a toast for a wedding or a eulogy at a funeral or ace a job interview or prepare for a tough conversation with your boss, PITCH PERFECT wi
Heydi Smith
This was an interesting look at public speaking and how to do it better. The author repeats himself many times which gets old real fast. That said, his experiences are interesting and his advice practical. I can see that he’s great at his job. What he could have used help with was writing this book as it’s quite unorganized.
Rick Yvanovich
Lots of good tips in here. I especially liked the tips on what not to do, many of them are changing my thoughts of things that you may have taken for granted as they have become so cliche, and its because they have become so cliche is why you need to stop using them to get some real meaning back into the point you are really trying to make.
Steve Garvin
Useful information. McGowan seemed more than a little enamored with himself.
Nathan Albright
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge-2018
Contrary to the first expectations of someone looking at this title, this is not the audiobook for the companion volume to the successful movie series about vocal performance groups.  If you are seeking for that volume, I am afraid this view will only disappoint you, because it is about something else entirely.  This book is instead about something else entirely, namely the worth of making sure that one is on point and on message in the high stakes conversations that people are involved with at ...more
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Books about "effective communication" - i.e. getting people to respond in the way that you prefer - often come across like sneaky tricks for manipulation. Being genuine and vulnerable is an important part of how I present myself ideally, and if anything I'd like tips on how to do that in a way that isn't off-putting. Because unfortunately I've found myself in many situations when in an effort to be open and genuine I've either come on too strong or crossed some social boundary I didn't realize e ...more
This book certainly has some great tips on how to improve your public speaking skills. The author has coached some really big clients like Facebook, Katherine Heigl, and many others which pretty much gives him a good reputation in the communications business. From giving a toast to a wedding to acing that job interview, McGowan got you covered. But despite a number of helpful anecdotes, most of the book is rather standard advice: keep remarks brief, hydrate before speaking, practice — but not to ...more
Ganesh Gawande
This is a great read on communication, whether it is informal communication such as outside office communication or formal such as meeting, presentations, interviews etc. This book outline few principles one can follow to improve communication/presentation aspects.

Here is video of Author which would summaries the contents of the book.

Quotes I liked from the book -
- Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk

Janelle Año
A good, short read if you want to brush up on your communication and presentation skills, especially if your job requires a lot of meetings and media interviews.

I've noticed some reviewers say that they didn't enjoy the book because the author "bragged" too much and made the book "all about himself." I didn't see it that way. I thought McGowan was just trying to use stories to illustrate his points--a technique he actually teaches in the book--and personally enjoyed all his anecdotes and insight
Jay Veloso
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Positive, helpful "how to" manual for public speaking and sales presentations. A refreshing look at a topic that is often ignored, how to present a compelling message with a memorable style and impact. Recommended for business people who are wary or down-right fearful of public speaking. The fact is that I was put through a media training and speaking course back in 2001 and used those same skills for years, and this book opened my eyes to the changes in current thinking about how to address int ...more
Alina Villasenor
Good reminder of the basics.

The seven principals are going up on a wall for me.
1. Headline - Get attention by starting with your best material
2. Scorsese - Hold attention with visuals that tell a story
3. Pasta Sauce - Boil down the message
4. No Tailgating - stop using filler
5. Conviction - Convey certainty
6. Curiosity - Maintain an engaged facial expression
7. Draper - Make sure the focus of the conversation plays to your strengths
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
McGowan might be a good coach in person but is an unengaging author. The book is full of name-dropping, and he doesn't even follow his own advice: the content is all over the place and it's very long-winded, leaving the takeaway of each section unclear. I also found his willingness to bend the truth to make a point a little off-putting. Giving it 2 instead of 1 star because I think the advice to practice, which he tries to hammer home, is solid.
Dec 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Mostly pablum, but a few useful tips for speaking and communicating:

- However good you are, don't think you can get by without preparation

- "Study Yourself": Getting accurate feedback is hard. He's big on taping his mentees and analyzing the recording with them. That sounds like my hell but I'm sold that this would be best approach to improving

- "I always tell clients that it’s the interviewers you’d like to go drinking with who should make you wariest."
Eloisa Villamora
Good start and finish. Skimmed the middle part. The ideas about communication are good for navigating more traditional settings. That means they're proven to work though.
I work in a startup alongside rule-breakers so some of the principles to be pitch PERFECT don't work there where people would rather be disorganised and authentic than polished and mechanical. Still a good book, got some very useful tips.
Elise England
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m obsessed with this book and intend on taking a few of Bill McGowan’s courses as well. The principles that he lays out are effective and well explained with examples and great anecdotes. After reading this book I even purchased the audiobook so that I could go through the book a few more times while driving. I’ve gotten rave reviews about my last few work presentations all because of this book. I highly recommend it.
Meghan Keaney
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Some really good things to remember, but it’s one of those business books that could have been more potent as a blog post than an elongated book. Also, this was likely completely unintentional by the author, but it’s somewhat irksome that most (all?) of the examples of strong public speakers were men. It’s not a book-destroyer and I’d say this is worth the read, but that gap was noticeable.
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a guy who really prides himself in his talking and story-telling (and tooting his own horn), he sure did write a boring book. There were quite a few informative and helpful tidbits in there, but I hated all of his boring stories (especially about himself and all of his "brilliant" antecdotes.). I needed more how-to, and less sample.
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Bill McGowan, Founder and CEO of Clarity Media Group, is the first person many industry leaders call when they want to excel in a media interview or speech. Since 2001, he has been a trusted advisor and media coach to clients at the top of their game: Eli Manning, Shery Sandberg, Jack Welch, Mary J. Blige, Thomas Keller, Pat Benetar, Holly Hunter, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Isaac Mizrahi t ...more
“A good speech should be a like a woman’s skirt: long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest. —WINSTON CHURCHILL” 2 likes
“Good communicators don’t equivocate. They don’t start sentences with “I think that . . .” They also avoid wishy-washy language, such as sort of and kind of. They have the courage to say what they mean and confidently state their point.” 1 likes
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