Life’s a Pitch initial book review

Life's a Pitch coverI’ve been slightly slow off the mark to post about Life’s a Pitch, a new book by Stephen Bayley and Roger Mavity as Richard Bailey and Ellee Seymour have both posted already. Life’s A Pitch was published yesterday.

My first thought upon opening the parcel* was how nice it felt and looked. This book is a thing of joy to hold. And flicking through it the quality design extends to every page.

But enough about how pretty it is, it’s a book and it’s the content that matters.

So far, so good. Sometimes when you start reading a business or self-improvement type book you know it’s going to be a challenge to finish it. Getting Things Done by David Allen is a challenge. It might have some good ideas for improving your personal productivity, but it’s as dull as ditch water and a real struggle to finish (in fact I haven’t).

No such risk in the case of Life’s A Pitch. Both Stephen and Roger have a lively writing style, which should make finishing it a delight. Having only read a few chapters I’ve already started nodding in agreement and vowing to put that thought into action.

Finally you can see Stephen and Roger discussing the book on the Life’s A Pitch YouTube channel.

* Disclosure: I received a free review copy of the book.

Stuart Bruce

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  1. Don't forget their advice about the business lunch, remember NOT to order your wine by its number. And if you don't drink, the chances are your client will think you have a drink problem…

  2. Well done for disclosing the covert role of PR in distributing this book to PR bloggers. I overlooked to do this, but I only accepted it on my terms (I said I'd only review it if I felt positive about it).

    But it is an impressive publicity campaign: Stephen Bayley's Observer article on Sunday was based on the book; he then appeared on The Today Programme this morning. I'd not noted the YouTube video until you mentioned it etc etc.

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