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Doesn't Hurt to Ask: Using the Power of Questions to Communicate, Connect, and Persuade

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Trey Gowdy

8 Hours 52 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

August 2020

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Former congressman and prosecutor Trey Gowdy teaches you how to effectively communicate and persuade on the issues that matter most to you, drawing on his experience in the courtroom and the halls of Congress.

“A must-read for people who want to learn how best to succeed.”—Dana Perino, Fox News host and bestselling author of And the Good News Is . . .

You do not need to be in a courtroom to advocate for others. You do not need to be in Congress to champion a cause. From the boardroom to the kitchen table, opportunities to make your case abound, and Doesn’t Hurt to Ask shows you how to seize them. By blending gripping case studies from nearly two decades in a courtroom and four terms in national politics with personal stories and practical advice, Trey Gowdy walks you through the tools and the mindset needed to effectively communicate your message.

Along the way, Gowdy reflects on the moments in his life when he learned the most about how to argue and convince. He recounts his missteps during his first murder trial, the conversation that changed his view on criminal justice reform, and what he learned while questioning James Comey and Secretary Hillary Clinton.

Sharing the techniques he perfected advocating in law and politics, Gowdy helps you identify your objective, understand your personal jury, and engage in the art of questioning so you can be heard, be understood, and, ultimately, move others. Whether it’s getting a boss to take a chance on your idea, convincing someone to support your cause, or urging a child to invest more effort in an important task, movement requires persuasion. Doesn’t Hurt to Ask shows you how to persuade, no matter the jury and no matter the cause.

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  • Carol B.

    Great guide for life conversations. A must read.

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  • Robert B.

    Great book written by an admirable, thoughtful, and very intelligent man! A mentor of our time in the art of communication, persuasion, and the discovery of truth. I thoroughly enjoyed the audio version.

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  • Rebekah H.

    Great book, by a great man. At the very least a man that strives to be good.

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  • Peter A

    Excellent book, plenty of takeaway's to use in business and life. I'm not a US citizen but Trey is someone who should run for the highest office, he comes across as being fair, just and extremely capable.

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  • Esther S.

    Fantastic book on communication.

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  • Francis K.

    This is a very very basic questioning book and personally I found the author to come across a bit disingenuous but in fairness I don’t identify with a lot ofHis sports analogies etc. if you have no experience as a trained negotiator or question don’t play a big role in your day-to-day life this may be a nice read

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  • Dante L.

    I think that the author trey Gowdy is very good at reading

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