Never Make the First Offer by Donald Dell
(Except When You Should) Wisdom from a Master Dealmaker

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"On a handshake, I've trusted Donald Dell with my life." -Arthur Ashe, U.S. Open champion

Good negotiators know the rules. Great negotiators know when to break those rules. And then there are the true master dealmakers, like the pioneering sports lawyer Donald Dell. Over the last four decades, he has fought for some of the biggest stars in the world-Michael Jordan, Jimmy Connors, Patrick Ewing, Andy Roddick, Stan Smith, and dozens of others.

Dell is tough enough to look the general manager of the L.A. Lakers in the eye and say, "We can talk about the weather or the movies or your sex life, whatever you want, but we're not going any further until you make an opening offer." On the other hand, he's shrewd enough to know when the managing partner of the Chicago Bulls was about to lowball Michael Jordan by $40 million-unless Dell could grab the advantage by naming his number first.

Now Dell reveals the advanced strategies and tactics that he has developed over a lifetime of high-stakes deals. Whether you're making endorsement deals for superstars, negotiating your next salary, or just trying to sell your old car, Dell's wisdom will help you get every possible advantage.


 

About Donald Dell

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Donald Dell is the cofounder of the Association of Tennis Professionals and the founder of ProServ, a leading sports agency that has represented hundreds of star athletes. He is also a former captain of the U.S. Davis Cup tennis team, the founder of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, and a television tennis commentator.John Boswell has written or cowritten seventeen books including What They Don’t Teach You at Harvard Business School.
 
Published July 23, 2009 by Portfolio. 225 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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