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Influence: Science and Practice (5th Edition) Paperback – August 8, 2008
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Here's what people are saying about the material in INFLUENCE: Science and Practice:
“This marvelous book explains in clear, practical language the ways in which we become persuaded. It offers excellent insights for those who sell, but even more importantly for all of us who negotiate and buy.” –ROGER FISHER, Director, Harvard Negotiation Project, Co-author of “Getting to Yes.”
“For marketers, it is among the most important books written in the last 10 years.” –JOURNAL OF MARKETING RESEARCH
“The best sales tip I ever got was encouragement to read INFLUENCE by Dr. Robert Cialdini. It was so profound and insightful, I read it three times in a row.” –GREG RENKER, President, Guthy-Renker
“It would be marvelous reading for students taking Social Psychology.” –DAVID MYERS, Hope College
“The book is tremendously entertaining and very popular with students. It makes excellent reading for a Consumer Behavior or Advertising class.” –ALAN J. RESNIK, Portland State University
“INFLUENCE should be required reading for all business majors.” –JOURNAL OF RETAILING
From the Back Cover
Over 1.5 million copies sold!
What factors cause someone to say yes? And which techniques most effectively use these factors to bring about such compliance? In his bestselling book, Robert Cialdini, former salesperson, fundraiser, and advertiser, and current professor of social psychology, examines the science and practice of persuasion and compliance. Praised for its enjoyable writing, practical suggestions, and scientifically documented content, prior editions have been widely read by business professionals, fundraisers, and those interested in psychology. The new edition includes:
• twice as many first hand accounts of how the book’s principles apply to business and personal lives;
• updated coverage of popular culture and new technology; and
• more on how compliance principles work in many cultures.
Here’s what people are saying about INFLUENCE: Science and Practice:
“This marvelous book explains in clear, practical language the ways in which we become persuaded. It offers excellent insights for those who sell, but even more importantly for all of us who negotiate and buy.”
–ROGER FISHER, Director, Harvard Negotiation Project, Co-author, Getting to Yes
“Bob Cialdini is the most brilliant student of influence and negotiation I’ve encountered. If everything were on the line in a negotiation, I can’t think of anyone I’d rather have advising me.”
–TOM PETERS, The Tom Peters Group
“This book is the de facto standard to learn the psychology of persuasion. If you don’t read it, I hope you enjoy pounding your head against the wall and throwing away marketing dollars.”
–GUY KAWASAKI, CEO, Garage.com
“His book should be in every sales and marketing person’s briefcase and reread frequently.”
–R. CRIAG WILSON, Sr. Vice President, Sales Manager, Northern Trust
Robert B. Cialdini is a well known and influential speaker who gives frequent speeches on The Power of Ethical Influence to such organizations as IBM, the Mayo Clinic, and NATO. He is currently Regents’ Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University, where he has also been named Graduate Distinguished Research Professor. He is past president of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology. He attributes his longstanding interest in the intricacies of social influence to the fact that he was raised in an entirely Italian family, in a predominantly Polish neighborhood, in a historically German city (Milwaukee), in an otherwise rural state.
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In reply to the few one star reviews...It has been stated in the uncharitable reviews, that the entire content of the book could have been written in a few pages. I agree, at first look, this would seem true. The Harvard Business Review article "Harnessing the Science of Persuasion" by Cialdini, from their October 2001 issue....is a good example. You can even get the Six Principles from the books Table Of Contents...save yourself some time.
But sales ideas have to not just be listed....not just explained...they have to be sold. Examples have to be given, Principles have to be
explained...we need proof. And you need the entire book to do that. The people who read a short article by the author, maybe read the
ideas...but nothing else happens. Salespeople are changed by the content of this book, like with all great sales books. For salespeople to benefit from a sales book, the ideas have to be explained, understood, proven, accepted, and made real. This book does that.
I own perhaps 2,000 books on the subject of selling. This is certainly in the top 5.
Each principle is examined as to its ability to produce a distinct kind of automatic, mindless compliance from people, that is, a willingness to say yes without thinking first. The evidence suggests that the ever-accelerating pace and informational crush of modern life will make this particular form of unthinking compliance more and more prevalent in the future. It will be increasingly important for the society, therefore, to understand the how and why of automatic influence.”
~ Robert B. Cialdini from Influence
This is the classic text on the psychology of persuasion.
Robert Cialdini is a professor of both psychology and marketing at Arizona State University.
In addition to decades of lab experiments, Robert also spent three years in “participant observation”—aka embedding himself as a sort of spy in various organizations to learn the tricks of their trade. He tried everything from selling cars and vacuums to becoming a bus boy at a restaurant so he could learn how waiters do their thing.
The book is simultaneously kind of a consumer protection guide (how not to be duped) AND a manual for marketers (how to sell your stuff!).
Let's jump straight into some the Big Ideas:
1. Know Thy Triggers - One thru six.
2. Influence Yourself - Get your foot in the door.
3. Commitment - Write it. Share it. (WOOP it!)
4. Shocking Truth - Meet Professor Milgram.
5. Stand up - And push back. Exert your influence.
Let’s choose to influence ourselves and others wisely!
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The theme of the book is what the author identifies as six principles of ethical persuasion: reciprocity, scarcity, liking, authority, social proof, and commitment/consistency, with a chapter is on each. This book makes a nice companion to Korobkin's "Negotiation Theory and Strategy" published by Wolters Kluwer and sold at a considerably higher price, in where that author discusses many of these same concepts in much less depth.
Whether wanting to supplement a more in-depth academic study or merely looking for tips as an influencer, salesperson, or consumer, this is a great reference.