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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books; 1st edition (6 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846681634
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846681639
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 677,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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HILARIOUS! Laughed out loud from start to finish. So much great material. Silly and smart. Bravo. (Mike Myers)

The perfect antidote to the endless bogus management consultants and coaches who ply the corporate circuit. (Luke Johnson Sunday Telegraph)

L. Vaughan Spencer is to life coaching what Alan Partridge is to broadcasting. (Metro)

If you've been on one too many team-building trips to Dartmoor, been forced to unleash the power within or if having to sing 'Simply The Best' brings you out in a cold sweat, L Vaughan Spencer (L-Vo to the hip) is the satirical guru for you. You may not know whether to laugh or cringe. Answer: laugh. Ironically, however, he comes up with some surprisingly useful insights... (Mike Southern, FT Columnist and creator of The Beermat Entrepreneur Mike Southern, FT Columnist and creator of The Beermat Entrepreneur)

This book changed my life. I thought I was but an humble pub landlord, but now I realise I am an Hospitality Management Executive (Al Murray - The Hospitality Management Executive)

Without him, I'd be nothing (Richard Branson)

This book made me laugh lots. Now I understand so much more about commerce and skincare. (Nick Hancock)

Neil Mullarkey is very, very, very, very funny. (Eddie Izzard)

Very funny and surprisingly useful. It helped me learn about business. (Tony Hawks)

Every line of this book is a slogan for Life - you need never have an original thought again. This is a life coach - with legroom, reclining seats and frequent toilet breaks. LVo has the makings of a complete cult. And, as Shakespeare would have written: Where LV succeeds there succeed I. (Robert Bathurst)

Will make you cry with laughter. Or possibly pain. (People Management)

Brilliant work. Very funny indeed - reminded me why I like L-Vo so much. Delicious relief from these grim times. (Luke Johnson (Chairman of Channel 4 and Borders))

Just the sort of man we need in these credit crunch days...the ultimate must-have Christmas present for your lacklustre friends. (Arthur Smith)

It's a mix of my old two 11 O'Clock Show faves, Ali G and Ricky Gervais, and unusually for a dictionary-style book, is one you can read in one sitting ... This book comes with the promise that buying two copies will make you even more successful than buying just one, but you might like to make it three just to be on the safe side. (The Bookbag)

This is, quite possibly, the only business book you should ever bother reading. (Stefan Stern Financial Times)

About the Author

Neil Mullarkey co-founded Britain's top improvisation troupe, The Comedy Store Players, has acted in several films, including two Austin Powers movies, and is a regular on television and radio comedy shows - where he will plug the book shamelessly.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Eden on 29 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
Before I read L. Vaughan Spencer's book, I was unemployed, unsuccessful and my hairstyle was, frankly, shocking. When someone recommended that I read `Don't Be Needy, Be Succeedy', I was dubious as to how a book would be able to help. Happily, I can report that it changed my life. I am now gainfully employed, a true believer in the power of Tong Shui (the Feng Shui of hair) and I am several steps closer to becoming a true Succeeder.

If there's one book you buy this decade (and there really should be at least one), make it `Don't Be Needy, Be Succeedy'. It contains all the wisdom of the Dalai Lama, but in terms that the modern go-getter can relate to - and with better dress sense. L-Vo's understanding of people and the need to succeed has made him the ultimate Gangsta Motivator, whether you need help in business or your personal life.

You'll laugh, you'll cry, you may be slightly confused at times, but most importantly you'll be motivitalised. Stop eating food regardless of its initial letter (see The Alphabet Diet for more details) and buy this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Arvind Devalia on 10 Aug. 2009
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This is a very funny book and a hilarious take on the world of personal development, life-coaching and navel gazing. A fabulous and outrageous parody!

At the same time, it has a serious message on how to really succeed and get on in life. The key is to take it all lightly and not to get hung up with all the "gurus" out there!

By showing us how not to do it, we get some great insights in how to actually succeed in life on your own.

Neil Mullarkey's comical outlook on life belies a genius at making light work of all those self-appointed messiahs who make us feel so needy.

Get this book, read it, study it, laugh a lot and then get ready to be succeedy!

In the words of a famous song - "Life will never be the same again!"

Arvind Devalia
Author of "Get the Life you Love"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Marsh on 29 Jan. 2010
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The basis of this book is brilliant. It's all the business speak, pulled apart, brilliantly parodied and put back together with additional syllables. Motivitalisation is the way forward. It is hilarious, conceivably even more amusing that the look you get from a completely stranger as they see the cover of your chosen literature when traveling on the underground.

Perhaps oddly though, it is actually a relevant business book. It shows you all the things that are wrong with business attitudes and people fighting to get their point across. The "blue sky" thinking jargon and confusing rubbish we all have to put up with in larger companies. The amount of work the author's alter ego Neil Mullarkey has done with businesses using Improv as a framework has fertlized this work fully. It's a bit like a David Brent from the Office kind of work. The L-Vo character is baffling, cringeworthy and desperate, but so so real to anyone in business.

Buy it. Succeediness is NLP but with a better moisturiser.

Don't Be Needy Be Succeedy: The A to Zee of Motivitality©
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L Vaughan Spencer is a master of his craft, swimming around the Watford Gap, or other areas known as "Luton"...He is the ultimate "Gangsta Motivator". The way he pulls apart the business lingo and turns it into his own, truly remarkable.. Much of what he says is so true, sticking to a food alphabet may be regarded as strange, but let me tell you I have done ok on, Maltesers, Mars, Marathon, Museli and other exotic foods...less known to mention. Don't be fooled by his long hair pony tail and goatie beard, his true self may be some form of disguise but who cares...

Having seen him perform he got me up on stage at the store...would I recommend him to you all? of course I would....damn good.

Behind the mask is of course Neil Mullarkey and he appears with The Comedy Store Players. They are a great talented group of performers, very friendly and yet unassuming. If your kicking your heels one Sunday or Wednesday night drop by to the Comedy Store, Piccadilly in London for a truly great show.. AND for L-VO catch him while you can - Last appearance is Mon 17th Nov at the Store London...

Great Stuff L-VO
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Geller on 27 Oct. 2008
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This book is like a series of stand-up routines and is definitely laugh aloud material.
My copy has already been "dipped into" by 3 people who thoroughly enjoy it and are off to purchase their own copy.
A succeedy book, for sure.
(only problem - don't let the husband read it when you are trying to SLEEP as he laughs so hard)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephen on 2 Nov. 2008
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This book answers the questions that businesses and governments have been too afraid to ask. No wonder we find ourselves in the financial crisis we are in today. We have been spending too much time focussing on low priority issues such as profit margins, product development, social responsibility, people managment and leadership and not enough on the real issues such as animal analysis, good skincare regimes and the benefits of relocating your office closer to London Luton Airport.

The author of this book is a genius. Not only does he explain why we are all failures; he also tells us what we should do to become successful.

It is the first business book I have read that comes with a guarantee that buying two copies will make you even more successful than just one. I'm buying three.
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