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Pre-Suasion Audiobook

Pre-Suasion: Channeling Attention for Change

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Publisher's Summary

The author of the legendary best seller Influence, social psychologist Robert Cialdini, shines a light on effective persuasion and reveals that the secret doesn't lie in the message itself but in the key moment before that message is delivered.

What separates effective communicators from truly successful persuaders? Using the same combination of rigorous scientific research and accessibility that made his Influence an iconic best seller, Robert Cialdini explains how to capitalize on the essential window of time before you deliver an important message. This "privileged moment for change" prepares people to be receptive to a message before they experience it. Optimal persuasion is achieved only through optimal pre-suasion. In other words, to change minds, a pre-suader must also change states of mind.

His first solo work in over 30 years, Cialdini's Pre-Suasion draws on his extensive experience as the most cited social psychologist of our time and explains the techniques a person should implement to become a master persuader. Altering a listener's attitudes, beliefs, or experiences isn't necessary, says Cialdini - all that's required is for a communicator to redirect the audience's focus of attention before a relevant action.

From studies on advertising imagery to treating opiate addiction, from the annual letters of Berkshire Hathaway to the annals of history, Cialdini draws on an array of studies and narratives to outline the specific techniques you can use on online marketing campaigns and even effective wartime propaganda. He illustrates how the artful diversion of attention leads to successful pre-suasion and gets your targeted audience primed and ready to say yes.

©2016 Robert Cialdini (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"Narrating this fascinating audio, John Bedford Lloyd provides a businesslike, confident tone that helps listeners stay engaged with the author's reasoning and the specific techniques offered. Lloyd's calm and deliberate diction is reassuring and doesn't compete with Cialdini's conversational writing." (AudioFile)

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    Dubito Ergo Sum Vancouver BC 09-07-16
    Dubito Ergo Sum Vancouver BC 09-07-16 Member Since 2014

    Super skeptic, reality poet, mega geek, & science nerd extraordinaire.

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    "Cialdini's Masterclass!"
    Where does Pre-Suasion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the best! Cialdini has distilled his science into a magnum opus. Many years after his seminal book "Influence" he has taken the science of social psychology to a new level.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pre-Suasion?

    His skilled writing presents complex facts in a compelling and memorable way. For instance, when describing what attracts our attention, Cialdini categorizes them as the Sexual, the Threatening, and the Different..... given the acronym that forms, it makes an excellent example of itself. Throughout the book his prose exemplifies the style and power of the communication skills he shares.


    Have you listened to any of John Bedford Lloyd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nope but he does a good job of emphasizing the relevant words and as far as I can tell hasn't mispronounced any. Thumbs up!


    Any additional comments?

    This book is not for beginners, it's a masterclass. Employing arcane psychological concepts like priming, memory biases and manipulation of attention seem intended for professionals and people with a psychology or persuasion background. If you haven't read Cialdini's first book, Influence, along with some basic psychology literature, this book may be hard to understand, or even accept. Reading a detailed breakdown of how to get someone to confess to a crime they didn't commit, or how to manipulate someone into a cult, or how to get a terrorist to defect, is not meant for weak hearts or stomachs.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Silberman 09-29-16 Member Since 2013
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    "He's done it again!"

    Perhaps there's no need to read the original, classic, "Influence" now that we have an updated and hopefully even more "influential" work from the master in this field. James Altucher conducted an excellent intervie with Cialdini which prompted me to buy the book. Whatever th opposite of "disappointed" is, this book is it. I listened on 1.25x speed which was perfect for me.

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    Rob Steele 09-24-16
    Rob Steele 09-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Save us from Godzilla"

    Fascinating examination of the ways context affects a message. Getting your audience's mind running in the right groove before you make a pitch makes all the difference. This is advanced persuasion that very few understand yet and so it's very dangerous.
    The author seems to be working for the dark side now in HRC. Let's hope he fails.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Graham Wilson New York, NY 09-21-16
    Graham Wilson New York, NY 09-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It is always good to sharpen the skills, but this one was not as good as expected based on his previous work.


    What did you take away from Pre-Suasion that you can apply to your work?

    Key statements made before the delivering of a proposal can create the desired effect.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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