Book Review: The Greatest Prospector in the World by Ken Dunn

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Laura Dunagan, was born in the gold prospecting days of rustic Alaska in the early 1900’s. When Laura was 14 years old, her father was trapped under a mudslide while prospecting in a nearby river and died. Laura was forced to move to Chicago in the care of her rich Uncle Joe. Laura hated Uncle Joe because he forced her to leave the river, but also because he had left the family prospecting business to move to Chicago years before she was born.

Laura discovers that Uncle Joe made his fortune selling insurance and was the owner of the largest insurance company in Illinois. While wandering through the mansion one day, she found Uncle’s Joe personal den. In it, she discovered an entire new life that would lead her to heights that she would never had realized panning for gold in Alaska. Uncle Joe used the 6 gold prospecting rules for safety to prospect new clients for his insurance company and in doing so, discovered the secrets to wealth in selling.


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My Review

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

I’m not one to read many self help books, especially when they’re business related, but I do enjoy historical fiction. To incorporate Ken Dunn’s six rules to prospect new clients into a novel is a great way to keep a reader’s interest while teaching them the secrets to becoming a better salesperson.

The story about Laura, whose father dies in Alaska while he’s panning for gold, is inspiring. The poor girl is taken from her home and away from the one thing she planned on doing for the rest of her life: prospecting for gold. It takes a few years, but she finally learns from her Uncle Joe that not only was she wrong about him but that he is willing to teach her how to be successful.

The Greatest Prospector in the World is not only a good read for those who like historical fiction, but it is a must-read for sales people and entrepreneurs.


Author’s Bio

Ken DunnKen Dunn is one of the leadership training world’s up and coming great speakers and trainers. An incredible hunger to learn and teach others has led Ken successfully through five different professional careers in the past 25 years.

Ken began a policing career at the age of 18. He was involved in the policing world’s most exhilarating and challenging disciplines, including undercover drug and surveillance work, S.W.A.T. teamwork, aggravated child abuse, frauds, aggravated assaults, illegal weapons smuggling and homicides.

Today, Ken regularly speaks to groups in the direct sales, mortgage, insurance and banking industries. He uses humor and his own experiences to inspire audiences around the world. Ken lives in Toronto, Canada, with his wife, Julie, and children Matthew and Laura.


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