Business Communications Book Review: Fire Them Up (Carmine Gallo)
Fire Them Up focuses not on short term steps (things to do), but on seven qualities of inspiring business communicators (things to embrace).
The target audience is broad: CEO, salesperson, manager, merchant, entrepreneur, coach, teacher, pastor, and parent.
Overview: Fire Them Up!
This book has two halves, each with 7 chapters.
The first half of the book dedicates one chapter to each of the 7 Simple Secrets which Gallo advocates:
- Ignite Your Enthusiasm: Light a fire in your heart before sparking one in theirs
- Navigate the Way: Deliver a specific, consistent, and memorable vision
- Sell the Benefit: Put your listeners first
- Paint a Picture: Tell powerful, memorable, and actionable stories
- Invite Participation: Solicit input, overcome objections, and develop a winning strategy
- Reinforce an Optimistic Outlook: Become a beacon of hope
- Encourage People to Reach Their Potential: Praise people, invest in them, and unleash their potential
These chapters are brought to life with many short anecdotes taken from successful individuals and companies known for great business communications: Apple, Cranium, Starbucks, 24 Hour Fitness, and many more.
The second half of the book examines seven remarkable individuals in-depth, and shows how they exhibit the 7 Secrets. This includes individuals ranging from Apple founder Steve Jobs to Gymboree CEO Matt McCauley to U.S. Navy IT Manager Robert Labrenz. Inspiring views of inspiring people!
Excerpts From the Book
To give you a flavor of a book’s lessons, here are a set of short excerpts spanning several chapters.
Three Types of Communicators
The Introduction describes the three types of communicators:
- The Chief of Blah
- The Chief of Mediocrity
- The Chief Inspiration Officer
The rest of the book is devoted to helping you become the third type of communicator in your organization.
Learning from Cranium: Are your ideas CHIFF?
Chapter 2 (Navigate the Way) introduces the Cranium mantra, CHIFF: Clever, High quality, Innovative, Friendly, and Fun.
CHIFF has become a common language, a way of communicating the vision of the company. … Everyone measures success [of ideas] by asking “Is it CHIFF?”
Do you want a drill, or do you want a hole?
Chapter 3 (Sell the Benefit) discusses a popular marketing mantra: “sell the benefit, not the feature.” I’ve never seen this principle more concisely conveyed than by the anecdote near the end of the chapter:
There is a saying in the insurance industry that every year, 6 million quarter-inch drills are sold, and yet nobody wants a quarter-inch drill [feature]; they want a quarter-inch hole [benefit].
Praise for Storytelling
Chapter 14 tells the story of inspirational teacher Ron Clark, and includes this praise for the power of storytelling:
Personal stories are motivational because your audience can interpret their current situation through the lens of your experience. Personal stories work in the classroom or in the corporate environment. Tell more of them.
About the Author — Carmine Gallo
Carmine Gallo is a communications coach with a client list that includes Intel, IBM, and Nokia. His resume boasts stints at CNN, FOX, CNET, and CBS.
Gallo credits these authors for inspiration:
- Marcus Buckingham: First, Break all the Rules
- Jim Collins: Good to Great
- Stephen Covey: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
- Wayne Dyer: Change Your Thoughts — Change Your Life
- Chip and Dan Heath: Made to Stick
- John Maxwell: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
- Tim Sanders: The Likeability Factor
This is very good company. I have read (and thoroughly enjoyed) books by 4 of them, and have seen a fifth speak. All have a fantastic reputation.
Gallo Interviewed about the Book
This interview with Carmine for the Forbes.com video network is a sneak peek into Fire Them Up.http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3680370109342821242
More From Carmine Gallo
After completing Fire Them Up, I find myself craving to read Carmine Gallo’s other book: 10 Simple Secrets of the Worlds Greatest Business Communicators. As the repeat of “simple secrets” seems to imply, I wonder whether these books overlap in content? Do they follow the same approach? How do they differ? Is it worth reading both?
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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review.
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