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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling authors of Crucial Conversations.... Whether your goal is to change minds, change markets, or change the world - anything is possible for an influencer.

Everyone wants to be an influencer. We all want to learn how to help ourselves and others change behavior. And yet, in spite of the fact that we routinely attempt to do everything from lose weight to improve quality at work, few of us have more than one or two ideas about how to exert influence. For the first time, Influencer brings together the breakthrough strategies of contemporary influence masters. By drawing from the skills of hundreds of successful influencers and combining them with five decades of the best social-science research, Influencer shares eight powerful principles for changing behaviors - principles almost anyone can apply to change almost anything.

©2007 Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler; (P)2007 HighBridge Company

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  • Joanna
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 01-03-12

I liked it

Would you listen to Influencer again? Why?

Yes, it was a good book for people that see something

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

It is not so much that he could have done better, but rather he has an accent that I cannot quite place and it think that distracted me a bit.

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Great book

This is a great book,what is said in this book once you start practicing it, it will change your life for the better,thrust me it will.

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I want to be an Influencer!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely- I already have! This book hits home with my passions and makes so much sense to me. It does a great job of describing why root behaviors are important and how they might be targeted to ignite positive change. It describes how that positive change can be used on the very things you've been dying to change for years- everything from losing weight and keeping it off, to changing the world in a profound way by eradicating disease or crime.

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One of the most incredible books I have read.

Where does Influencer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The Influencer? I really wasn't prepared for what was in this book. I have read many books that told you how to overcome others in arguments, and how to debate.

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  • Paul
  • United States
  • 12-23-11

What can I say about this book other than...

Is there anything you would change about this book?

How would I know what to change about this book? I'm not the one claiming to be an expert of influencing the behavior of other people.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I was glad to finish it, I was getting bored. And I reminded myself that, in the future, I need to double check if the book is primarily written by a woman before I start listening.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I honestly am not impacted much by the narrator. I'm listening to the content intently, trying to absorb it. Just read it to me clearly and I'm good.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No. Well, maybe... if it showed graphic examples of people suffering from the Guinea Worm.

Any additional comments?

Yes, thank you. I did not know what to expect from this book, based on the title. What the title should be is

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Well researched, well presented

The authors used key educational and cognitive psychology research to support a very interesting premise. I've been studying much of the same research as part of an education technology master's program. The authors took this research and evaluated how these cognitive tools can be used not just to teach concepts, but to spread influence.

The biggest take away I gained from listening to this book is that to influence a group it is important to find and target the opinion leaders of the group. My job is to train adults. Studying cognitive psychologists has given me much insight into how people learn, and while teaching folks what they need to know on the job is important, any trainer can tell you that it takes more than teaching concepts successfully to bring about changes in the workplace. As soon as they step out of the training room or away from the computer, most people go right back to the way they were doing things before.

I look forward to making use of the authors' insights to influence as well as teach!

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  • Ed
  • Nieuwkoop, Netherlands
  • 11-22-11

Clear guidelines to achieve inspiring goals

This book is surpriisingly good. I like these kind of books but sometimes they turn out to be more form than substance. Not so for this book: very clear structure, reliable science-based approach and exciting, inspiring examples (although some were already known to me). I finished the book last week and already I find that it is helping me to structure my thoughts and get a clearer picture in my mind of how to achieve my goals , personal as well as professional.

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  • Jesse
  • Phila, PA, United States
  • 11-22-11

Well Done

It was more than I expected. I ended up getting allot out of this. Well read and easy listen.

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  • Horrell
  • SCHERTZ, TX, United States
  • 09-17-11

Good but bounces around

I liked the concept and thought that influence is a powerful tool. However the book bounces around during the chapters. It could have been compiled a bit better to make it a better read/ listen. Overall it is still a good listen if you have time and nothing better to do. You can learn from it!

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Excellent....

Great book to learn about things that make you think and say....WOW...that was a great idea