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Cialdini believes that influence is a science. This idea attracted me. As a rhetorician, I have always thought of persuasion as more of an art. Cialdini, however, makes a first-rate case for the science point of view. But maybe most importantly, he makes his case in a well-written, intelligent, and entertaining manner. Not only is this an important book to read, it is a fun book to read too.
He introduces you to six principles of ethical persuasion: reciprocity, scarcity, liking, authority, social proof, and commitment/consistency. A chapter is devoted to each and you quickly see why Cialdini looks at influence as a science. Each principle is backed by social scientific testing and restesting. Each chapter is also filled with interesting examples that help you see how each principle can be applied. By the end of the book, I had little doubt that these are six important dimensions of human interaction.
I highly recommend this book to all professionals. It does not matter if you are a manager, sales person, pastor, or non-profit volunteer. The ideas in this book, once applied, will make it easier for you to accomplish your goals. In a video featuring the author, Professor Cialdini even goes so far as to promise that these principles can help you influence the most resistant of all audiences--your children.
With a claim like that, who wouldn't be intrigued?
My advice is to read this sooner rather than later. You will be quite glad you did.
Influence, the book, is very useful in this regard, because it uses interesting examples to help us be aware of our own tendency to let automatic pilot thinking take over.
Since I first read this book many years ago, I have been watching to see if the circumstances I see support or invalidate Professor Cialdini's points. By a margin of about 9 to 1, Cialdini wins.
Given that we are easily manipulated by our desire to be and to appear to be consistent with our past actions and statements, swayed by what the crowd is doing, and various other mechanisms, the only way we can be armed against unscrupulous marketing is to be as aware of these factors are the marketers are.
At the same time, I appreciated how the book explores the ethics of when and how much to apply these principles. Without this discussion, the book would come off like Machiavelli's, The Prince, for marketing organizations. That would have been a shame. By dealing with the ethics, Professor Cialdini creates the opportunity to educate us intellectually and morally. Well done!
I have read literally dozens of books about marketing and selling, and I find this one to be the most helpful in thinking about how influence actually works. Even if you will never work in marketing, you will benefit from reading this book in order to better focus your purchases and actions where they fit your needs rather than someone else's.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very interesting ! The ways people can influence, drive and manipulate other people are very well explained, with plenty of experiments and research data gathered throughout the... Read morePublished 18 hours ago by Alejandro Azcona
What a great book but I feel it must be read a few times to really squeeze the juice from the book. I also love the youtube video on influence. I highly recommend it. Dr. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Robert Kirk
I truly believe that this is a must read for EVERYONE. I think that the information in this book is vital not only to people entering the business field, but to the everyday... Read morePublished 1 day ago by tom
One of my favorite books of all time. This book will make you so aware of potential mistakes and missteps.Published 1 day ago by Preston Pysh
You either get it or you don't. I hope I did. Charlie Munger recommended it at the Harvard Law School in 1995, yes of Berkshire Hathaway.Published 2 days ago by John G. Salisbury
A great text to fully understand how persuasion works. Lots of examples and research. Read more
Content is thorough and backed by experience and scientific research. It is detailed and a slower read but worth the time.Published 5 days ago by Ann Snelling
A while back I read a book called "Yes". Pretty much most of the topics in that book were adapted from this original book 'Influence". Read morePublished 5 days ago by SMEKA