50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive

 
It goes without saying that to be a truly great sales professional, one must be a great persuader. For many efficiency sales professionals, the art of persuasion comes naturally – and for some, this innate ability may even be the reason they’re in sales in the first place.
Whether or not you’re a natural persuader, there’s always room to improve your skills. One of my favorite books on the art of persuasion is Yes! 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive, by Noah J. Goldstein, Steve J. Martin, and Robert B. Cialdini. Not only is this book entertaining and fun to read, it’s also packed with great examples and techniques to help you take your abilities to the next level.
Here’s a summary from Amazon Books:
“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.

Co-written 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.”
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By Beth Gucciardi | |
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