Friday, May 7, 2010
Get Anyone to Do Anything
Tired of being manipulated and taken advantage of? Want to learn how to influence and motivate others, turn associates into friends, and win in any competition? Then consider reading Get Anyone to Do Anything and Never Feel Powerless Again by David J. Lieberman, bestselling author of Never Be Lied to Again and nationally recognized leader in the field of human behavior.
Based on psychological principles, this book is less about manipulation and more about observing and influencing people (including yourself) and learning how to take control of situations. Most of Lieberman's techniques are straightforward, user-friendly, and practical. You'll learn simple ways to make a fantastic first impression, get people to return your phone calls, and stop a rumor before it ruins you. You don't even have to read the text to benefit. To help you get the upper hand quickly, strategies are reviewed at the end of each chapter. While some suggestions are obvious (smile and make eye contact), the five sections and 40 chapters contain many gems that can help improve your life. --Ellen Albertson
Often books such as these have one major point that it tries to drive home with just a few too many words, in order to fill up enough pages. Such texts lend themselves well for a summary in a few bullet lists and perhaps a few choice quotes to get a feeling for the author's general literary style. Get anyone to do anything contains anything but filler. It is literally bristling with content, handling each subject as succinctly and to the point as is possible. Although Lieberman deserves credit for his enthusiastic sharing of such a wide spectrum of thoughts, it does put this intended summary in a conundrum. Either it ends up a blatant plagiarism of every page or only the ideas that resonated most with me can be transferred.
In general I really liked this book, and so did those of my friends who read it. The advice is so all-encompassing that just trying to adhere to them all can end up a lifestyle. On the downside, with so many topics to cover, much of the material is just collections of common sense from other sources. Even so, the book has ample room for original content and I heartily recommend it to anyone interested in self-improvement or just in what makes people tick. One of the very best.
It is a simple fact of being human that with so much densely packed information, you will not gain much benefit by just reading through it. Try to stay on each point and think about how it relates to you. If you find the advice useful, remember that you need to come back and re-read them from time to time-often at first. Repetition and doing is the only way to learn and forming habits is the only way to keep doing.
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