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The Myth of the Nice Girl

Achieving a Career You Love Without Becoming a Person You Hate
Written by: Fran Hauser, Jodi Lipper
Narrated by: Fran Hauser
Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
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A candid guide for ambitious women who want to succeed without losing themselves in the process

In The Myth of the Nice Girl, Fran Hauser deconstructs the negative perception of "niceness" that many women struggle with in the business world. If women are nice, they are seen as weak and ineffective, but if they are tough, they are labeled a bitch.

Hauser proves that women don't have to sacrifice their values or hide their authentic personalities to be successful. Sharing a wealth of personal anecdotes and time-tested strategies, she shows women how to reclaim "nice" and sidestep regressive stereotypes about what a strong leader looks like. Her accessible advice and hard-won wisdom detail how to balance being empathetic with being decisive, how to rise above the double standards that can box you in, how to cultivate authentic confidence that projects throughout a room, and much more.

The Myth of the Nice Girl is a refreshing dose of forward-looking feminism that will resonate with smart, professional women who know what they want and are looking for real advice to take their careers to the next level without losing themselves in the process.

©2018 Fran Hauser (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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A must-have for young professional women

I very much enjoyed this book. As a young professional woman in a position of moderate authority, I have been searching for tips to help get people to take me seriously without coming across as overly aggressive, which was my default reaction before I read this. Fran does a great job of giving scenarios and examples, and I've taken away a lot from this book that I have already successfully put into practice in the workplace. Thanks, Fran!

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Great book for professional women

Great book. I am not a woman but bought it to see if it's something I can give my daughter. This is a good book. I also took lots of takeaways from this book. Will gift to my daughter...

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  • Amy L Hubbard
  • 2018-06-08

Great insight!

I really enjoyed hearing others experiences. It reassured me that these thoughts and struggles were not completely my fault. I was that super quiet kid that sat back and observed everything, often afraid to speak up. Afraid that my answers would be wrong. It will be difficult, but I believe more in myself now than I ever did, and I will be successful. Great read for those professional women ready to make an impact and be heard!

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  • Rachel Prangner
  • 2018-04-27

So much info

this book is filled with great advice for women in business ! I believe that everything she said can be attributed in any career, no matter how long you've been working

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  • Cindy blunt
  • 2018-12-04

meeeh

Fran likes to talk about herself a lot, and understandably so it’s her book. This book has a lot about mentorship and networking. it wasn’t my favorite, it was a lot like Lean In, so if you like that kind of book for it. At least it’s not overly long if you don’t.

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  • Allyson
  • 2018-07-03

Worth the listen!

I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to friends. Easy to follow with clear action items. I’m 29 and just made a job change so it’s helpful to get these ideas on my radar as I navigate a new workplace environment. Also enjoyed her narration style. Calming to listen to at the end of the evening.

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  • Jennifer Mcintyre
  • Malibu, CA
  • 2018-06-20

Stay strong and successful

This is an absolute must-read for women at all levels. My only wish is that I had this book earlier in my career !! Hauser highlights the importance of relationships that are built on a foundation of trust. The chapters on mentorship are a fantastic checklist.
This is not a one and done book, it is a working tool.

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  • Emilia
  • 2018-11-05

Loved it!

Insightful book with very specific, tangible advice for young working women. I highly recommend it!

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  • Katrina Gana
  • 2018-10-26

Must listen!

I've enjoyed this book thoroughly. Fran shares her experience and the different lessons she's learned in her career journey. I love her practical tips! Overall, this book has given me a fresh perspective on how to lead with compassion. It has also expanded my outlook about being a female pioneer, while passing the good values and unfailing strength to the next generation of girls who will be our future leaders.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-08-29

Great Action Steps to Take

I really enjoyed that Fran not only gave personal examples of how she responded in situations, but she also listed optional phrases to try. I have a tendency to use “I’m sorry” too often and I can’t wait to try some of these other methods. I am also going to be more open to mentoring and having conversations with more women in my industry. Thank you for the practical advice! 😊 ~ Proud to be a Nice Girl

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  • Brenda Wilkins
  • Montana
  • 2018-08-09

Practical Advice Galore

The experience Fran Hauser brings to the real world challenges of women finding their identity in the often paradoxical world of work is invaluable. She's conversational, friendly and wise. We know she's got our back and wants us to win as she tells stories, converts old school wisdom into current day advice and shows the next generation of leadership how to be nice and strong, compassionate and fierce, connected and strategic. Whether you need to build, redefine, or brush up on your work image give this a read.

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  • Morgan O Dunstan
  • 2018-08-06

Total Must-Read for Career Building

This book has so many tactical and practical applications that anyone who is developing their career can glean value from. I listened to the book on Audible and am now purchasing the hard-copy so I can write all of my notes. This is great for women who feel like they don't have a voice, to people who want to change careers, to those wanting to achieve more professionally, but don't now where to start. Enjoy!