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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (May 11, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780312270179
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312270179
  • ASIN: 0312270178
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tired of being manipulated and taken advantage of? Want to learn how to influence and motivate others, turn associates into friends, and win in any competition? Then consider reading Get Anyone to Do Anything and Never Feel Powerless Again by David J. Lieberman, bestselling author of Never Be Lied to Again and nationally recognized leader in the field of human behavior.

Based on psychological principles, this book is less about manipulation and more about observing and influencing people (including yourself) and learning how to take control of situations. Most of Lieberman's techniques are straightforward, user-friendly, and practical. You'll learn simple ways to make a fantastic first impression, get people to return your phone calls, and stop a rumor before it ruins you. You don't even have to read the text to benefit. To help you get the upper hand quickly, strategies are reviewed at the end of each chapter. While some suggestions are obvious (smile and make eye contact), the five sections and 40 chapters contain many gems that can help improve your life. --Ellen Albertson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Confident and persuasive, Bryce's voice is perfect for this audiobook about influencing others to do as you wish (by the author of the bestselling Never Be Lied to Again). Bryce frequently varies the inflections in his voice, resulting in an expressive reading that's pleasing to the ear. There's no padding on this lean audio: after the briefest of introductions, it cuts to the chase, presenting simple, concise techniques. Although the title is an overstatement, Lieberman does offer useful strategies rooted in basic human psychology and supported by numerous studies. For example, a person tends to like you more after he or she does you a favor, not the other way around. (Subconsciously, he assumes that he must like you, since he helped you.) Another tip: to get someone to find you attractive, set the first date in an environment of heightened physical arousal, like an amusement park. The person will interpret his or her adrenaline rush and rapid heartbeat as sexual desire for whomever he or she is with. Simultaneous release with the St. Martin's hardcover.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

The techniques he uses are quite easy and the book is also very easy to read.
MELANIE
As is the case with this author's past works, the information learned from "Get Anyone To Do Anything" can be used for both good and evil.
Cindy Stevens
We are also turned on by youth, so if you have good posture and strut like a young person, this won't hurt.
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393 of 420 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 8, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a derivative work with script added, that builds on the psychological research of others. That approach can be beneficial, as long as you color between the lines.
Lieberman promises you the moon. "This book contains only specific psychological tactics governing human behavior that will let you outsmart, outthink, and out maneuver . . . anyone, any place, anytime." After reading the book, I beg to differ. No book, and not this one, can do that much.
If you are familiar with neuro-linguistic programming, Tony Robbins' work, and Robert Cialdini's work (Influence), you will find almost nothing new here.
As usual, I watched closely to see what Lieberman would have to say about manipulation. His strongest argument is that everyone wants to help everyone else, and you are just making it easier for them to help you. Hmmm! Are you persuaded? If you are, rate the book a little higher.
I thought several of the scripts were flawed, but many were quite good. The main problem related to being manipulative. But each of us has our own standards. If you are an unethical person looking to take advantage of someone, the methods in this book would often work all right for you.
Frankly, I prefer the more balanced approach of Stephen Covey and Robert Cialdini in addressing when and where psychological tools can and should be used.
The book is well done for what it is. If you don't share my concern about manipulation, be sure to read it. If you fear being manipulated, then be doubly sure to read it. Someone is bound to use these scripts on you at some time or other. Reading the book will be a good vaccine. Then you can resist what is truly not in your favor.
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109 of 113 people found the following review helpful By Wyote VINE VOICE on April 3, 2004
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Ok, think for a minute. Get "anyone" to do "anything." Wow! "Never feel powerless again!" Never ever! "With psychological secrets" (ooooh, science) "to control and influence every situation!" Every single one! Imagine, you can be a god!

If the title doesn't alert you to the fact, there is a lot of overstatement in this book. A lot. From the title to the last sentence, it never stops, it never gets less ridiculous.

On the other hand, check out that subtitle again: "Never Feel Powerless Again." Do you often feel powerless? If so, you will probably learn a lot from this book. Actually, the book is full of sound advice, insight into human relationships straight from actual academic psychological research. Even if you don't feel powerless often, you will probably find some decent tips in here that will improve your relationships with other people.

I'm not sure which to emphasize: the fact that there is a lot of sound advice, or the fact that this author is clearly a salesman targeting socially insecure people and promising them more than he (or anyone) can ever deliver.

It's not bad advice, but it is bad form.

Anyway, if you think you could benefit from reading this book, you probably could. It helps me to browse it every so often, reviewing some of the principles he discusses.
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149 of 172 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
I noticed this book at a bookstore, browsed through it, and was surprised to see some useful content. I bought it, then browsed in greater detail. Some of the information will be valuable in situations similar to the ones mentioned in the book. Some of the information will remain useless.
I would rate this book with 3 stars; however, something irks me about this book. Every chapter -- and I'm not exaggerating -- every stinking chapter refers to mythical "studies" that are never referenced elsewhere. The phrases "Studies suggest...", "many studies say..." and "Studies have show that..." litter the book. Lieberman uses this ploy to make his opinions appear legitimize. This cheap trick does not go unnoticed.
Because Lieberman uses the tricks of a con artist, I cannot bring myself to recommend this book to anyone. While I did find value in some of the information, I don't appreciate being snowed.
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80 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Jason Storm on July 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
Imagine yourself with the "upper hand" in almost any given situation. Dr. Lieberman shows you how with this excellent treatise on the psychology of influence and persuasion. Using an ecclectic collection of techniques, including a couple of NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) techniques, you will truly learn how to never be taken advantage of again. Having nothing to do with manipulation, Dr. Lieberman's methods make use of skills and situations we all encounter every day in practically every interaction we have with others.
If you are concerned that using these techniques is "unethical" or "cheating" in some way, you can let that concern simply dissolve away *right now* because, as Dr. Lieberman points out, you're playing games anyway, you might as well play to win! Even if you don't *use these skills*, you will instantly be able to spot them when someone else is using them to influence you. This is a book you shouldn't be without!!
Some of my favorite chapters are:
Chapter 1 "Get Anyone to Like You...Every Time" Chapter 2 "Get Anyone to Find You Irresistibly Attractive" Chapter 9 "How to Tell if Someone Is Trying to Manipulate You" Chapter 24 "Get Anyone to Return Your Phone Call Immediately" Chapter 31 "Stop Verbal Abuse Instantly" Chapter 37 "Get Anyone to Confide in You and Confess Anything"
and most especially,
Chapter 40 "Get Out of Almost Any Physical or Sexual Assault"
This chapter alone could save your life or the life of a loved one, on just one reading through.
The book is organized into 40 "mini-chapters" with the material presented in a friendly, readable style condensed into the tightest possible learning units.
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David J. Lieberman. Ph.D. is an award-winning author and internationally recognized leader in the fields of human behavior and interpersonal relationships. Techniques based on his five books, which have been translated into eighteen languages and include two New York Times bestsellers, are used by the FBI, The Department of the Navy, Fortune 500 companies, and by governments and corporations in more than twenty-five countries. He has been appeared as a guest expert on more than two hundred programs such as The Today Show, Fox News, and The View, and his work has been featured in publications around the world. Dr. Lieberman, whose Ph.D. is in psychology, lectures and holds workshops across the country on a variety of topics.

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