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How to Get What You Want without Having to Ask [Paperback]

Richard Templar
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5 May 2011

In this clever book, bestselling author Richard Templar delivers a collection of principles, tactics and techniques that will make sure things always go your way, without you even having to ask.

You’ll discover the secrets of being the kind of person who gets what they want, and the secrets of making it easy for people to say yes to you (sometimes without even realising they are doing it).

And for those rare occasions where you really do have to ask, you’ll find priceless advice on exactly what to say and how to say it, so that you’ll definitely never have to ask twice.


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson Life; 1 edition (5 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 027375100X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273751007
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Why is it that some people always seem to get what they want? Whether it’s a pay rise, a new job, everybody rearranging a date to suit them, or simply that they get their own way every time?

It’s nothing to do with luck, and everything to do with knowing exactly how to go about it.

In this clever book, bestselling author Richard Templar delivers a collection of principles, tactics and techniques that will make sure things always go your way, without you even having to ask.

You’ll discover the secrets of being the kind of person who gets what they want, and the secrets of making it easy for people to say yes to you (sometimes without even realising they are doing it).

And for those rare occasions where you really do have to ask, you’ll find priceless advice on exactly what to say and how to say it, so that you’ll definitely never have to ask twice.

About the Author

Richard Templar specialises in taking a common sense approach to obvious subjects and making the commonplace seem revelatory. He lives a semi-virtual existence in rural Devon.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Logical book, highly recommend. 2 Aug 2011
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I really enjoy reading Richard Templar's books as they are easy to read, logical and get straight to the point. Lots of interesting ways to look at things and I literally couldn't put it down. Probably his best book yet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - motivational 24 Mar 2013
By Fairy Godmother TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Great - haven't finished it yet, but it has got me motivated to deal with some difficult things I have been avoiding and putting up with. Helps you brainstorm on paper and get psyched up to deal with difficult issues and people, with the confidence to know you are prepared and have the right answer for everything and the right language and skills.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I've fallen in love with this author 10 Jun 2014
By danny
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I always have one of this author's books on me - why? They are so easy to read, they are put into small chapters and i always spend more time thinking about new things and perspectives after reading one of his 2 page chapters.

Great book like all of his books i've read, (I have 7).

I highly recommend anything by this author.
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Amazon.com: 3.2 out of 5 stars  29 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars If This Book Was Written For Children I'd Have Given It 5 Stars 28 Aug 2011
By Dave Lakhani - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is so basic that I'll read it to my 7 year old, as the lessons in it are perfect for someone her age through their teens; after that, if you haven't learned these lessons, well . . .

The format is ideal for someone who wants a quick read, one to two pages per idea. Inside those one or two pages is one paragraph that outlines the idea, the rest is filler and wasted space.

Honestly, I'm not sure how this series of books have sold more than a million copies. Here are just a few of the one to two page lessons you can expect to learn to become more persuasive (and these should be a given in ANY situation)

Be honest
Work hard
Set deadlines
Write it all down
Look confident
Act confident
Learn to say no (of all the advice in this book this is probably the best)
Get to know people
Pick up the signals
Learn to listen properly
Be objective

The list goes on for 211 pages in the book. The writing and examples are so basic that the list of all the ideas would have been as valuable as the book.

Interestingly, the author goes on for 177 pages before he suggests simply asking clearly for what you want (I get it, the book is titled How To Get What You Want Without Having To Ask so asking defies the title) but seriously, if you want something, the best place to start is to ask someone for what you need.) And further, one of the sections of the book is titled be someone people want to say yes to. If you are going to be someone people say yes to, you are going to have to ask them for something to which they can say yes.

This book would have been awesome as an illustrated kids book. Adults not raised in the wild by a pack of wolves will however beg for the hour of their life back that it takes to read. The only reason I gave it two stars is that I will use it as a primer and go down the list of ideas to have specific discussions with my 7 year old.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars tried it, didn't get what I wanted 16 Sep 2011
By Michael Demeritt - Published on Amazon.com
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There is a litmus test you can run on self-help books to know whether they are a waste of money or not. It takes three simples steps, and How To Get What You Want fails them all.

1) Is the goal stated too broad to actually gain the result stated?

Yup. As I read the self-help book How To Use Celtex Writing Program, I am actually understanding how to use the Celtex Writing software. Can I use this to sell my screenplay? No. This book claim to tell me How To Get What I Want, Without Having To Ask. When I got the book I was scheduled to play in a Poker Tournament. I decided what I wanted was to win it. I followed every step the author suggested, but did not win the tournament. The title lied to me. Should the author have limited the title to "at work" or "in your business", which is all he really focuses on, and you decided you wanted to double your salary next week, it would fail yet again. Warning #1, the title's goal is too broad to actually gain the result stated.

2) Thumbing through the book, is there is so much white space that the book would be more than 33% smaller if the print was normal size, the margins wider, or pages of titles were condensed?

OH YES. This "book", if printed with normal margins, would be half its size. Almost every other page is title - a whole page given to a title. If these were single line, this book would be a pamphlet. This kind of padding is the surest sign you should put the book back on the shelf.

3) Are the content headers or titles so generalized as to be fundamentally simple?

HTGWYWWHTA mildly offends in this measure. Just flipping through some pages I get the following titles: Control Yourself, Work Hard, Use The Right Words. There are about six subject titles on the idea of writing things down, each essentially saying the same thing.

In the end, if you failed high school, are fresh out of a long prison sentence, or have been told repeatedly you are rude, inconsiderate, and full of crap - this book may help you. For the rest of us, someone in your life already told you all this stuff. You don't need this book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring and lame... 14 Sep 2011
By Maria Poole - Published on Amazon.com
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I wonder if I can get a better book telling me how to get what I want without having to ask for it? I tried to be positive about this book and it is not a long read but halfway in I had to force myself to finish it. I really came to dislike my selection. I felt like the author had "gotten one over on me" by the time I finished this book. Don't waste your hard earned money on this one. I really think that other books are much better than this attempt at a profit by Templar. I agree with other recommendations to read "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie. That book will tell you so much more than this book and you will be better prepared for any endeavor you face whether striving for a goal or getting through the day.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some Good Information - A Bit Too Brief For Me 21 Sep 2011
By Bill Cashell - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a nice little book to read. It is just a bit more basic than I thought it would be. With a title like this, I was expecting a book on solid persuasion. There are some good practical ideas for getting along with people and some good reminders for good communication.

It is easy to read because of the way it is formatted, with each topic covering 1-2 pages. Some of the topics are just common sense, although it is good to be reminded.

I would have liked to have seen fewer topics and more in-depth information on each. Still, I did enjoy it for what it is.

If you are looking for simple, sound information to help you understand ideas that you may already know, you will probably enjoy this book. If it gets you to actually apply these ideas, it is probably worth it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The guy in Canada who got a house from a paperclip is the best part... 13 Sep 2011
By James Beswick - Published on Amazon.com
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Once you take out the page-size headings, this is a 100-page book with 100 chapter ranging from the obvious to the quite frankly ludicrous. And I quote:

"Did you hear about the guy in Canada who decided to get what he wanted by trading? He started out with one red paperclip, which he traded for a pen. He traded that for a doorknob and so on. Just kept trading up until he finally got his house." Really? So I have to find a chain of people with a worse understanding of value than anyone even in the Fed to get what I want? Is this story really helpful?

As another reviewer pointed out, it takes 177 pages to get to the main answer of the question "How to get what you want?" - and that answer, without giving the plot away, is to ask for it. I realize that writing books is hard but FT Press has released a series of really dubious titles buoyed by the newspaper's soon-to-be-shot-down reputation. I honestly can't recommend that anybody in the target audience (adult, business or sales focused readers) would learn anything. Though having said that, I have discovered what I want - a quick deal with FT Press.
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