What should we (your readers) say to all those marketing people
who are going to glance at the title of All Marketers are Liars in an airport
bookstore and get offended? What's the elevator pitch for this book
that gets people over the "liars" hump?
This is a terrific question. If I had taken my own advice and written a
book that matched the worldview of the largest possible portion of the
business-book-buying public, I would have called it THE GREEN
KANGAROO--HOW TELLING STORIES HELPS TRANSFORM YOUR BUSINESS. But I
didn't, largely out of creative desire and arrogance. That said, I
think the "lying" story is very spreadable, because it starts loud
(you're a liar) and then gives the teller enough space to actually tell
My hope is that in meetings, people will ask the questions I outline at
the end of the book. Stuff like, "what's our story?"
Seth, thanks for taking the time to talk about your new book. Thanks also to my friends Anthony & Tom for help with the brainstorming. And thanks to YOU for hanging out at metacool.