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Doesn't Hurt to Ask

Using the Power of Questions to Communicate, Connect, and Persuade
Written by: Trey Gowdy
Narrated by: Trey Gowdy
Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
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Number one New York Times best seller

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 best-selling 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. 

©2020 Trey Gowdy (P)2020 Random House Audio

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this was the guy to write THIS BOOK

from the first time I watched congressman Trey Gowdy I couldn't get enough he was nailing people dead to rights . I'd give it a 4.5 overall but thats not possible I don't want to bring his rating down cuz I like him and it was a good listen

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What a uplifting, thoughtful and informative book.

Thank you so much for writing this book. It really made me think about important concepts and I know it will be a title that I revisit over and over again going forward. God bless.

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Good Audiobook!

It was awesome to hear the story of Trey Gowdy. I thought the beginning of the book was the most interesting. Hearing about how Trey grew up and some his struggles as a prosecutor were interesting. For a book on persuasion and communication, they're some good tips here. Also, for those that read the book, Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss, and liked it, you'll like this book as well.

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A must read

I picked this book as it was on the NYT best sellers list having absolutely no idea what it was about. I did not know who Trey Gowdy was. When I discovered he was republican, all my biases emerged and I was ready to start judging. However, as I kept listening, I realized how narrow and ignorant my view of life, people and politics was. I learned how compassionate, down to earth, and sensible this person is. His message is profound and wise. I learned how courageous one needs to ask questions first to ourselves and then to others, having taken the time to get the facts, see what our perspective of the issue is and, most importantly, being willing to be open-minded and persuadable. I felt this book to be genuine and written from the heart. I highly recommend it.

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  • Wayne
  • 2020-08-19

Using questions to persuade!

Our nation is poorer for not having Trey Gowdy in Congress anymore. But DOESN'T HURT TO ASK is not about politics and it is not political. It is about the power of using properly framed questions to communicate, connect and persuade. It is an outstanding book by a marvelous person. Gowdy is not a professional narrator but he narrates his book with the authority that only he can provide. Doesn't hurt to ask is recommended for everyone. I also recommend UNIFIED by Tim Scott and Trey Gowdy.

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  • Mark
  • 2020-08-18

Not political but completely necessary for all of us

If you think you don’t like Trey because of he served in politics, do yourself a favor and get over it. This book is for all humans, reading and applying it could save mankind. Trey Gowdy is a genius and this book is essential to being a better human being. I could listen to him speak all day and I love his personal stories.

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  • Gary S
  • 2020-08-18

We need more politicians like Trey Gowdy

Outstanding mind. I wish he was still in politics. This book is excellent for learning how to take control over discussion.

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  • Jess Henderson
  • 2020-08-30

I miss his voice in Congress.

He speaks from the heart; sometimes with strong but emotional voice. He tells of his transition from being terrified of public speaking in a courtroom, to being eager to start talking. How he was afraid of TV cameras, and stared at his shoes during a Meghan Kelly interview. He’s now the greatest orator I’ve seen in decades, yet he shares the challenges to develop that skill. If you’re a brilliant introvert, read this.

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  • Regina Bray
  • 2020-08-27

loved the author, loved the content not the pace

I absolutely love Trey Gowdy. I have loved hearing him question and illuminate issues and problems with a testimony. The only problem I have with this audiobook was the narration was very slow and monotone. I was interested in the content but would still fall asleep. Still love Trey though!!!

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  • James DuBourdieu
  • 2020-09-01

Good points, but not the most persuasive.

Lots of stuff to take away from it, but a lot of political speak interspersed. I didn't know who this guy was by name, but he's certainly accomplished. Unfortunately his reading of the work is hit or miss, sometimes great and passionate, other times dull and uninspiring. He's clearly not an author but he does a good job presenting persuasion techniques. The latter part of the book is heavily politicized because of his career. He caveats this multiple times and says he's just trying to present an examples of the techniques. Despite his caveats the book loses track of the educational core and veers close to trying to persuade you of certain views. This is not 100% detrimental but it does color my opinion of the back half of the book. He also is a Dallas Cowboys fan so he clearly is not a smart man.

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  • william d estes
  • 2020-08-25

Teaching an extraordinary experience

There is so much to share. I will be brief. The author, Gowdy, teaches very important elements of courtroom procedures important in winning cases. Asking the right questions at the appropriate times are very crucial. It takes time to do it right. I was very impressed when he said " it all conected and came together one day in the middle of a court procedure ". It took work, work, work. You have to really want to win. He has a big wonderful family. These teachings can also be applied to having a loving family life. His three daughters can attest to this!

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  • Hans W.
  • 2020-09-19

best book on persuasion I've ever heard

I've been a professional salesperson for 30 years. This is the best book I've ever heard on the art of persuasion.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-08-29

Excellent

Loved the stories for examples and it helped me through a tough time. Thank you

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  • Lori B
  • 2020-09-19

Excellence!

Trey Gowdy has delivered a book that matches his heart and his work... a book of profound excellence! Thank you, Trey, for persuading me about the power of questions and other tools to help affect positive change for the sake of the causes that I believe in!

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