Read My Book Notes

Hi there! My name is Latish Sehgal, and I am a programmer living in Dallas, Texas. This site contains notes from some of the books that I have read over the last few years.

The book notes and ratings are rather subjective, based on where I was in my life when I read that book. These are not meant as a replacement for reading but perhaps they can help in giving you a few recommendations to add to your reading list.

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Book Yourself Solid

Author: Michael Port
Publish Date: December 21, 2010
Rating: 6/10
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Book Yourself Solid reveals why self-promotion is a critical factor to success, giving you a unique perspective that makes this guide much more than an ordinary “how to” manual for getting more clients and raising a business profile.


  • The Red Velvet Rope policy: Choose your clients carefully. Working with non-ideal clients only leads to frustration.
  • To be better at selling:

    • Identify your target market.
    • Identify urgent needs and desires of target market.
    • Offer Investable opportunities.
    • Demonstrate the benefits of your investable opportunities.
  • The best strategy for personal and business development is bold self-expression.
  • How to talk about what you do:

    • Summarize target market.
    • Identify and summarize their 3 biggest problems.
    • List how you solve those problems.
    • Illustrate most dramatic results your clients have achieved.
    • List results and benefits your client has achieved.
  • Be likeable
  • Have at least one compelling offer (like a free video/ebook etc) that has no barrier to entry.
  • Sales Cycle Process

    • Create awareness for your products. Build a list of people who have given you permission to communicate with them.
    • Offer free products/service in exchange for permission to communicate with them in the future.
    • Continue to add value to potential clients and try to make a sale with low barrier to entry.
    • Over deliver on product sold in previous step, and try to sell next level of product offering.
    • Offer next level product for the right audience.
  • Information products can be really powerful. Have an eye catching title and start with the end in mind.
  • Selling is more about clients and less about you. Ask more questions and listen more.
  • It’s better to think of networking as connecting.


I found the book to be a good introduction to self-promotion and sales, but having already read a few books and online resources on the topic, it was more like revising core concepts rather than learning new ones.


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