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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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You can be nice and make it in the business world

This book is for every girl who feels like they have to change who they are in order to make it in business.
Fran provides thoughtful examples of how you can remain who you are, but still get what you want.
Unfortunately in the world we live in being nice is perceived as weakness. Fran dispels this myth with kindness and assertiveness. Definitely on my lists of favourite reads!

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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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  • Rach
  • 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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  • 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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  • Doreen
  • Denville, NJ, United States
  • 2019-02-14

Don't get turned off by the title!

I loved this book so much that before I even finished it I had recommended it to almost every woman I spoke to.
I definitely fall into the "you have to be a b*" to get ahead mindset, but this book is great no matter where you fall in the spectrum.
I am thinking about things differently now and I can't wait to put some of her ideas into action!
DOWNLOAD THIS BOOK NOW! You won't regret it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-01-10

Every girl needs to hear!

Amazing book.
Every situation can be extrapolate to other careers , such as teacher, medical doctor or artist.
If you are a woman, you need this book.

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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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  • Amy
  • 2019-05-22

Felt necessary

This book was actually energetic, engaging, and helpful. I was just looking for a time filler- but this actually made me feel more comfortable in my own career goals

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-05-17

very empowering

Thank you, Fran Hauser & Jodi for writing this book it was very insightful and empowering.

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  • Rebeka Mitchell
  • 2019-05-16

Great book!

This is a Great book for any business women. it is an easy read/listen...