Yes! by Noah J. Goldstein
50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive

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Small changes can make a big difference in your powers of persuasion

What one word can you start using today to increase your persuasiveness by more than fifty percent?

Which item of stationery can dramatically increase people's responses to your requests?

How can you win over your rivals by inconveniencing them?

Why does knowing that so many dentists are named Dennis improve your persuasive prowess?

Every day we face the challenge of persuading others to do what we want. But what makes people say yes to our requests? Persuasion is not only an art, it is also a science, and researchers who study it have uncovered a series of hidden rules for moving people in your direction. Based on more than sixty years of research into the psychology of persuasion, Yes! reveals fifty simple but remarkably effective strategies that will make you much more persuasive at work and in your personal life, too.

Cowritten by the world's most quoted expert on influence, Professor Robert Cialdini, Yes! presents dozens of surprising discoveries from the science of persuasion in short, enjoyable, and insightful chapters that you can apply immediately to become a more effective persuader. Why did a sign pointing out the problem of vandalism in the Petrified Forest National Park actually increase the theft of pieces of petrified wood? Why did sales of jam multiply tenfold when consumers were offered many fewer flavors? Why did people prefer a Mercedes immediately after giving reasons why they prefer a BMW? What simple message on cards left in hotel rooms greatly increased the number of people who behaved in environmentally friendly ways?

Often counterintuitive, the findings presented in Yes! will steer you away from common pitfalls while empowering you with little known but proven wisdom.

Whether you are in advertising, marketing, management, on sales, or just curious about how to be more influential in everyday life, Yes! shows how making small, scientifically proven changes to your approach can have a dramatic effect on your persuasive powers.
 

About Noah J. Goldstein

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Noah Goldstein is a protege of Cialdini's.  He is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.  He earned a Ph.D. in psychology under Robert Cialdini at Arizona State University in 2007, and he has published research with Cialdini in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Steve Martin is the UK-based co-director of Influence at Work.  Prior to joining with Robert Cialdini's consulting group, he held a number of positions in sales, marketing, and management at several blue-chip companies. Robert Cialdini is the leading pioneer in the field of social influence.  His research has been foundational in the whole enterprise of applying reserach into what sales and marketing techniques are more and less persuasive to actual business. His million copy plus best-selling Influence is the textbook that put the on the map as a vital, emerging new interdisciplinary field of study.  He conducted the seminal research experiments in the field, and continues to lead one of the most respected research teams.  He is Regent's Professor of psychology at Arizona State University and the president of Influence at Work, a consulting company that trains business people to incorporate the lessons of his research into their work.  He gives approximately 60 lectures a year to premier business associations and leading corporations.
 
Published September 3, 2008 by Free Press. 273 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Goldstein, Martin and Cialdini meld social psychology, pop culture and field research to demonstrate how the subtle addition, subtraction or substitution of a word, phrase, symbol or gesture can significantly influence consumer behavior.

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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.

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