Doesn’t Hurt to Ask
A review of

Doesn’t Hurt to Ask

Using the Power of Questions to Communicate, Connect, and Persuade

Trey GowdyCrown • 2020

Persuasion, Not Debate

by David Meyer

Former prosecutor and US Congressman Trey Gowdy offers a slightly political guide to effective persuasion.

Former state and federal prosecutor Trey Gowdy served four terms in Congress representing a district in South Carolina and co-authored the New York Times bestseller Unified. His guide to persuasion and presentation is spiced with anecdotes from his days as a state and federal prosecutor, his eight years in Congress, and his home life. Gowdy explains how to think about facts, develop thoughtful questions, adapt to varying situations, engage your audience, choose your words carefully and learn to know yourself. Whether you’re in a communication-based industry, coping with a difficult managerial role or navigating a complicated conversation, Gowdy offers a reliable road map to improved communication.

Conservative commentators admire Gowdy’s advice. William J. Bennett, the best-selling author of The Book of Virtues, found that this is “a very fine book on the art of persuasion… about finding a purpose bigger than yourself and then moving others toward that purpose with you.” Conservative commentator Sean Hannity, author of the best-selling Live Free or Die, said that Gowdy, “demonstrates how to ask questions to move people and get the answers you need to make decisions and become a stronger communicator.”

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