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Blair Hardman brings competent and generally pleasant—if not particularly animated or memorable—delivery to this practical collection of tips and tricks. The content itself—divided into 50 minichapters—proves ready-made for the audiobook format. Listeners with short commutes can sample a tidbit or two on each leg of their journey and not find the listening disjointing, though the concluding sections devoted to the nuances of cross-cultural persuasive communication may not be quite as easily digested as the more general findings and insights. Fans of Freakonomics and The Tipping Point form a built-in audience for whom the relevance of the material will likely trump any concerns about the dry presentation. A Free Press hardcover(Reviews, Apr. 14). (Feb.)
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The ideas in this book changed my way of looking at the world. This thinking is the real deal. Want to be in on the next big idea? Don't miss out. -- Daniel Finkelstein Comment Editor of The Times In a world where persuasion is a more and more important part of what governments and organisations have to do, this book is invaluable. -- Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive RSA You should read this book. You should read it because you'll enjoy it; because it's perfectly pitched for smart businesspeople; because it's easy to dip into while waiting for a colleague or a plane; and because if you don't someone else is going to get one over on you. -- Octavius Black Management Today YES! is the Freakonomics of social psychology. It's a handbook to the world. The Times A good read, in the Freakonomics mold. Evening Standard Surprising, provocative, fun. -- Tim Harford Author of The Undercover Economist entertaining guide to 50 tried and tested methods of persuasion. Esquire Fascinating, really. -- Jon Ashworth The Business Are there any nice little books I could buy as a present that wouldn't insult the recipient's intelligence? Yes. Or rather Yes!. It will help you understand why you're buying Christmas presents when you don't want to and when the people you're buying them for don't want you to either. -- Stuart Jeffries Guardian If a CEO or head of state was limited to a single advisor mynomination would be Bob Cialdini, the world's most practical socialpsychologist and master of "influence". In this book Cialdini teams up witha gifted young scholar and a seasoned consultant to produce a book filledwith wisdom. Read it and the next time someone asks you to sell snow to the Eskimos or solve global warming you will say "sure, but do you have anything hard I can do? Richard H. Thaler, co-author of Nudge This book ranks in the top 10 business books that I've ever read -- Guy Kawasaki, author of The Art of the Start --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; Reprint edition (December 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416576142
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416576143
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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169 of 178 people found the following review helpful By Houman Tamaddon on August 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
If you haven't read "Influence" by Robert Cialdini then I would strongly recommend skipping this one for now and starting with that one. Cialdini's original book was one of the best psychology books I have ever read. This one is more like a sequel and like most sequels, it is not as good. In Cialdini's "Influence", he talks about 6 weapons of influence:

1) Reciprocity
2) Liking
3) Social Proof
4) Authority
5) Scarcity
6) Commitment and Consistency

This book consists of 50 short chapters where these weapons are at work. Very entertaining and insightful, but I felt that the authors violated some of their own advice by having so many chapters and not organizing them in any particular way. For example, the chapters each demonstrated one of the weapons of influence at work and perhaps the book should have been organized more formally into 6 parts with each part representing one of the weapons. I was very entertained but I am not sure if the book will have any long lasting educational value unlike "Influence".

This is a quick read and I highly recommend it AFTER you have read Cialdini's "Influence".
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266 of 289 people found the following review helpful By James East VINE VOICE on June 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Much like the Dale Carnegie classic, one could consider this the scientific version with current and updated studies and field tested facts. Though many will probably purchase this book primarily due to Robert Cialdini's authorship based on his polymath classic "Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion", I had to rate this book (in my view a sequel) at only 3 stars. This somewhat lower grade is mainly due to the fact that it is very hard to surpass oneself after one has published a masterpiece (no disrespect to the other co-authors). Regardless, this book still holds its own and the stories are fast moving with heavy doses (50 to be exact) of social influences, such as:

1) Social Proof Studies
2) Reciprocation Tendency
3) Authority Respecting
4) Commitment & Consistency Response
5) Scarcity Reaction, and
6) The Liking & Loving Response

If you have previously read Influence, you will like this book. If you have not, this book is a good introductory start on the subject matter of social influences. If one really likes this subject and wants to pursue it in more depth, please also refer to other fine books on the subject such as,

How We Know What Isn't So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life by Thomas Gilovich (very good),
Mean Markets and Lizard Brains How to Profit from the New Science of Irrationality by Terry Burnham (Hidden Gem),
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66 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Michael P. Maslanka on June 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
That's this book. Just like chocolate cake. Rich with loads of wisdom. Each chapter is only a few pages long but you get told what you need to know, clearly and without a lot of pointless throat clearing. Get the goods on social proof(people do what the majority do even if it is bad; the Petrified Forest in Arizona plastered the park with signs saying that many people removed wood pieces and that was bad only to find theft bumping upwards;change the signs to show those who take the pieces are isolated individuals and theft spirals downward); understand that you must value your contribution or its value will be lost(do a favor for a colleague and she says thanks and you say your welcome and there is zip value; tell her you are glad to do it because it helps with her business development efforts and thus she remembers, don't and its useless history to her; you value it, she won't); understand that people act consistently with their affirmative commitments, not their silent agreement( restaurants that ask people to call if they need to cxl a reserfvation don't get co-operation but those who ask a question, "Will you agree to call if you must cxl?"get loads of it); learn to take a negative and make it a positive(yes our products cost more than xyz firm, but they last longer; couple the negative with a positive that relates to or negates the negative). There is lots more. All of it good stuff. I don't care for the title but this is the way business books should be---short, to the point and useful. Sweet.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
In 1984, social psychologist Robert Cialdini published Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. He did his research by studying car salesmen, Hari Krishnas, telemarketers, and other master persuaders, cataloguing the tricks of their trade and distilling the underlying psychological principles. The result was a field guide on how to apply -- or resist -- the bait-and-switch, the lowball, the reciprocity effect, and the other tools of the persuasive class. An instant classic, the book is still taught in Psych 101 courses everywhere. Now, in Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive, Cialdini -- along with his research collaborators Noah J. Goldstein and Steve J. Martin -- revisits the same terrain, bringing to bear the latest advances in the science of mind. As it turns out, the laws of influence don't work the way we think. Take social proof -- the fact that when we see other people doing something, we want to do it, too. It's why product testimonials work so well. But it also explains why some marketing campaigns backfire: One anti-littering campaign bears the slogan, "This year Americans will produce more litter and pollution than ever before." By communicating that littering is common, these ads actually make the problem worse. For the same reason, a sign warning that a national park was threatened because so many people were removing pieces of petrified wood resulted in a tripling of the rate at which people stole. Presented in short, engaging chapters, each illustrating one principle of persuasion, the book is filled with similarly jaw-dropping insights. It also provides concrete suggestions on how to harness this wisdom in real-life situations. Like Influence before it, Yes! will no doubt prove indispensable for anyone curious about the art of persuasion.

Another great book on the subject is The Emotional Intelligence Quick Book
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