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Publisher's Summary

What could be better than getting anyone to do anything in seven minutes…or less? Finally, a revolutionary new approach, scientifically proven to create instant, effective, and lasting change in anyone—coworkers, friends, family, strangers, even yourself. Use Instant Influence to:

  • Motivate your employees to become more productive
  • Encourage your clients to use more of your products and services
  • Even get your kids to do their homework—without being nagged

With six simple questions, motivational specialist Dr. Michael V. Pantalon teaches you how to plant the seeds for change, help others discover their own powerful reasons for change, identify effective “change talk”, make an action plan, and create successful outcomes, even with people who are resistant to change.

Based on the only motivational approach scientifically proven to succeed in more than 100 clinical trials, Instant Influence is used nationwide in corporations, hospitals, court systems, universities, therapists’ offices, and elsewhere. From coping with a recalcitrant employee to resolving a long-standing problem with your spouse, Instant Influence can help you create the lasting results you want while improving the relationships you have.

©2011 Michael V. Pantalon (P)2011 Gildan Media Corp

Critic Reviews

“Fantastic. I keep a close eye on new business books; this one stands out for its sheer usefulness.” (Douglas Stone, co-author of Difficult Conversations)

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Too long.

30 minutes of great information strung into 5 hours because the author feels like he needs to sell the concept instead of recognizing intelligent minds can decide for themselves whether the practice may be useful.

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Disappointing

The format of the audiobook is very hard to follow and the narrator's voice has almost put me to sleep while commuting several times. The content is very basic psychology, if you took a psych class in college then most of the information will be familiar. To me most of the suggestions were obvious, perhaps someone else may find the information more helpful. I would pass and read the reviews on the print version as well.

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A bit of info in a boring presentation

Let's start with chapter 1. The example he used bypassed step 5. I would think you'd want something that clearly delineates the process instead of throwing out a special case off the bat. I found it boring and I often lost interest. The tiny bit of info in this nearly 7 hour snoozefest is good and works. But darn it all, why would anyone invest 7 hours to get half an hour of information? I'll be very cautious when purchasing the Audible version of these kinds of books in the future. If it's in print, I can skip the long drawn out stories and simply read the relevant information.

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It was alright

This is a good process to help people change their own mind, but the conversation seems so unnatural that you can sense the manipulation.
With that said, I can totally see how each step could be used on their own in different selling situations, so overall this book was worth listening to!

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Great info, but hard listen...

Impressed by information, but delivery was very hard to listen to. Found myself having to re-listen as the voice was very monotone and not easy to concentrate on. But very useful information.

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Chapter order totally messed up, still a good listen

This book had a lot of great content on influence, and getting to a person’s intrinsic motivations. The chapters are completely out of order though, starting with the final chapter first.

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Incredible resource for max persuasion and influence.

I really enjoyed every aspect of the book and I’d recommend it to everyone who has a heartbeat and Breaths oxygen. I gave it five stars across-the-board because it sounds simple but very powerful message across to anyone that’s incredibly valuable.

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Extremely useful in a day-to-day vasos.

A simple method to make people think about their motives to go ahead.
For those whose objective is to get things done is a mandatory reading.

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Good basic influence technique

The author makes influence simple. 6 basic questions to ask someone to influence them and keep going back to it. I think the technique is simple and repeatable.

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  • John Campbell
  • 09-02-21

a must read for anyone

a must read for anyone who wants to learn persuasion it is a master class on how to persuade anyone

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  • Paul
  • 07-22-15

Great, if you need to get results from your team

What did you like most about Instant Influence?

If you run a team of people this is great, It'll help in finding out what is important to them and what will motivate them to a win win situation.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Instant Influence?

The 6 steps make this simple to put into practice.

Any additional comments?

The book could have been shorter, I didn't need to listen to how the author had been successful with this system.