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My Top 4 Sales Books – Dave Brock

What do Green Eggs and Ham & Sales have in common? Well, Dave Brock, the seasoned author of the “Sales Manager Survival Guide,” shares his top book recommendations for salespeople, drawing from his extensive experience in the field. With each book, Dave highlights the unique lessons they impart and explains why these reads have been pivotal in shaping his career.

  1. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
    Dave Brock explains how Dr. Seuss’s classic children’s book offers fundamental sales lessons. Sam-I-Am’s transformation from a persistent but ineffective pitchman to a consultative, discovery-oriented seller serves as a perfect metaphor for effective sales techniques. Discover how asking the right questions can lead to better customer engagement.
  2. Mindset by Carol Dweck
    Dave highlights the importance of Carol Dweck’s book in understanding the impact of open versus closed mindsets on personal and organizational growth. Learn how adopting an open mindset can improve your ability to connect with customers and enhance overall performance.
  3. How to Know a Person by David Brooks
    Recently released, this book by New York Times columnist David Brooks delves into the importance of truly understanding others to build meaningful connections. Dave emphasizes how this deep understanding is crucial for effective sales interactions, both within organizations and with clients.
  4. Sense-Making by Christian Madsbjerg / Factfulness by Hans Rosling
    Dave offers a tie between two books for his fourth recommendation. “Sense-Making” explores how to interpret data in a human-centric way, while “Factfulness” teaches how to avoid common data misinterpretations and make informed decisions. Both books provide valuable insights into understanding and leveraging data in sales.

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