Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini >> Book review and free preview

Title
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

Rating
Green

Genre
Non-Fiction, Psychology, Marketing, Business

Author
Robert B. Cialdini

Publisher
Harper Business

The Book
What happens when an an experimental social psychologist goes undercover? The book is based on a study by Robert Cialdini about compliance. The study involved participant observation, interviews with 'compliance practitioners', and their 'natural enemies' - the consumer agencies. It covers 'the factors that cause one person to say yes to another person and the techniques that most effectively use these factors to bring about such compliance'. He calls them the 'weapons of influence'. The book covers the six major weapons of influence in significant detail - and is replete with examples and real-life cases.

Comments
Well, the answer to the question asked earlier is - you get 'among the most important books written for marketers' as the Journal of Marketing Research put it. The book is a must read for anyone in any position of influence - whether it is a marketeer, a business leader or even a mother at home trying to influence the little one.
Warning: This book will forever change the way you look at offers, advertisements, product pricing, donation requests etc. Be prepared!

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