The Art of People

  • by Dave Kerpen
  • Narrated by Dave Kerpen
  • 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What does it take to win success and influence? Some people think that in today's hypercompetitive world, it's the tough, take-no-prisoners type who comes out on top. But in reality, argues New York Times best-selling author Dave Kerpen, it's actually those with the best people skills who win the day. Those who build the right relationships. Those who truly understand and connect with their colleagues, their customers, their partners. Those who can teach, lead, and inspire.
In a world where we are constantly connected and social media has become the primary way we communicate, the key to getting ahead is being the person others like, respect, and trust. Because no matter who you are or what profession you're in, success is contingent less on what you can do for yourself but on what other people are willing to do for you. Here, through 53 bite-sized, easy-to-execute, and often counterintuitive tips, you'll learn to master the 11 people skills that will get you more of what you want at work, at home, and in life. For example, you'll learn:


The single most important question you can ever ask to win attention in a meeting
The one simple key to networking that nobody talks about
How to remain top of mind for thousands of people every day
Why it usually pays to be the one to give the bad news
How to blow off the right people
And why, when in doubt, to buy him a bonsai

A book best described as "How to Win Friends and Influence People for today's world", The Art of People shows how to charm and win over anyone to be more successful at work and outside of it.

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What the Critics Say

"People skills - they can't be computerized, outsourced, or reduced to a rubric. That's why Dave Kerpen's The Art of People is more important now than ever - this book will teach you a set of irreplaceable skills that will help you in every area of your life. After all, what is more important - what will get you farther in life - than understanding and getting along with other people?" (Daniel H. Pink, author of To Sell Is Human and Drive)
"Strong people skills are how I built my business. I find it's a common thread amongst all successful people, and no matter what level your people skills are at today, after reading this book you will see a dramatic improvement!" (Barbara Corcoran, star of ABC's Shark Tank, entrepreneur, & author of Shark Tales)
"Smart, funny, and immediately usable. In our fast paced world, we educate and train on technical skills, but neglect the greatest predictors of success: your ability to connect and influence others. In short, this is one of the few books that might actually get you a promotion, or a successful company of your own." (Shawn Achor, happiness researcher and New York Times best-selling author of The Happiness Advantage)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Authentic and Fresh

I listen to a lot of books via Audible. Whenever the author narrates first hand, it takes the book to another level.

Kerpen does a great job weaving in concepts with his life experiences that many of us have forgotten about or are not consciously aware of as action items to get what we want in life.

This book is for everyone and I highly recommend it.
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- Spencer M.

Overly simplistic, lacks depth

The ideas are solid but described only on a surface level. If you've never listened to a book on this subject then there is some value to learning these concepts but there are better books on the subject.
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- Peter

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-15-2016
  • Publisher: Random House Audio