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Get Anyone to Do Anything: And Never Feel Powerless Again, Psychological Secrets to Predict, Control, and Influence Every Situation [Hardcover]

David J. Lieberman
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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May 2000
In his runaway bestseller NEVER BE LIED TO AGAIN, Dr David Lieberman broke new ground with his insights on the way people communicate. Now he revolutionises interpersonal relationships with GET ANYONE TO DO ANYTHING, another phenomenal New York Times bestseller. Lieberman is a master at exploring the human psyche. With this intriguing, provocative book, he explains how to read people, how to avoid being manipulated and how to get the upper hand in every situation.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1 edition (May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312209045
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312209049
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 14.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 838,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The United States owes Dr. Lieberman our deepest gratitude. His techniques are simple to use, extremely effective, and have made our job of helping children significantly easier. --Simone Spence, founder of The Spence Foundation, awarded Senate Citation for Child Support Enforcement and named Pioneer Woman of the nineties"It cuts to the chase, presenting simple, concise techniques, ...[and] useful strategies rooted in basic human psychology and supported by numerous studies." --"Publishers Weekly""Ever wish you could win people over to your point of view, no matter how crazy your idea? You can, with these [tools] to successful persuasion." --"Self "magazine --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

David J. Lieberman, Ph.D, whose books have been translated into eleven languages, is an internationally renowned leader in the field of human behavior. He has appeared on m ore than two hundred programs and is a frequent guest expert on national television and radio shows such as The Today Show, National Public Radio, The View, PBS, The Montel William Show Show, and A&E. He is sought-after speaker, lecturer, and consultant. Techniques based on his work have led to grounbreaking advancements in numerous fields and are in use by governments, corporations, and professionals in more than twenty-five countries. He lives in Boca Raton, Florida. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Scripted How to Win Friends and Influence People 24 May 2004
This is a derivative work with script added that builds on the psychological research of others. That approach can be beneficial, as long as you color between the lines.
Lieberman promises you the moon. "This book contains only specific psychological tactics governing human behavior that will let you outsmart, outthink, and out maneuver . . . anyone, any place, anytime." After reading the book, I beg to differ. No book, and not this one, can do that much.
If you are familiar with neuro-linguistic programming, Tony Robbins' work, and Robert Cialdini's work (Influence), you will find almost nothing new here.
As usual, I watched closely to see what Lieberman would have to say about manipulation. His strongest argument is that everyone wants to help everyone else, and you are just making it easier for them to help you. Hmmm! Are you persuaded? If you are, rate the book a little higher.
I thought several of the scripts were flawed, but many were quite good. The main problem related to being manipulative. But each of us has our own standards. If you are an unethical person looking to take advantage of someone, the methods in this book would often work all right for you.
Frankly, I prefer the more balanced approach of Stephen Covey and Robert Cialdini in addressing when and where psychological tools can and should be used.
The book is well done for what it is. If you don't share my concern about manipulation, be sure to read it. If you fear being manipulated, then be doubly sure to read it. Someone is bound to use these scripts on you at some time or other. Reading the book will be a good vaccine. Then you can resist what is truly not in your favor.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It works! 6 Jun 2003
By "patpr"
Lieberman is excellent in providing a highly practical 'manual' for dealing effectively with a range of situations where you want someone to do something. Excellent are the chapter summary bullets, succinct points which you can follow very easily. My interest is on the sales/ client servicing/ advice side where you can address client concerns. For those with a more extensive backgound in NLP sales, Sales Process Engineering and other disciplines, it's a very useful tool and reminder of key issues which you can incorporate in your sales strategy.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 11 Jan 2003
A good book with loads of ways to influence people and lead them to your way of thinking. The problem is that it can be quite difficult to actually apply some of the information. Still it would be impossible to teach someone to control everyone in just one small book.
The book is very easy to read and most of the strategies are fairly simple to understand.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesing 5 July 2004
By A Customer
Being a fan of DJLieberman, and having read all his other books and NEVER BE LIED TO AGAIN, this looked to be another of his entertaining books. It was very interesting and interesting thinking behind the methods of application to always get the upper hand in almost every situation. Similar to his previous book (Never be lied to Again). The criticism i have is that they are quite hard to put into practice in everyday situations.
If you are interested in this book you should also buy NOELLE NELSON's book "WINNING!:USING LAWYERS' COURTROOM TECHNIQUES TO GET YOUR WAY IN EVERYDAY SITUATIONS" - you can buy it at Amazon and its techniques are much more easier to put into play in everyday situations.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shady, Sketchy, And No Real Proof. 23 Nov 2003
Well, the title is highly deceptive. It isn't as powerfull as it claims to be, however, it makes people more likely to comply with you. I would have preferred referances to the so called psychological facts, and not just the word of the author. It does help in a lot of situations, just don't be expecting blind following and submission by all people in your life. The writer likes to generalise about people, and he seems to forget that we all have individual personalities, and no matter how many psychological techniques we use, people will just do what they want.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Anyone to Do Anything 22 Feb 2009
By Andy
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This book is broken down is to short sections that give you easy to understand non technical advice. Everything in this book that I have used worked.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Get anyone to lose everything 13 July 2011
On the positive side, the book is an easy read and I find myself flying through the pages. It certainly amuses me to some degree, though probably not for the right reasons.

No, the shallow and manipulative "tactics" and "overall strategy" will probably scare people away from you rather than turn you into some sort of magnet of attraction. For example, if I understand Mr Lieberman correctly, it's a great idea to give friends a sense of obligation and to speak to their conscience to make sure that they don't back out of a commitment - wouldn't you agree?

To me, this book seems to be a guide to manipulating people, packaged in such a way that it seems as if it's written to prevent you from being manipulated. Sure, I guess it works both ways, but some of the "tactics" prescribed would definitely not sit well with me if I employed them against my friends. The tips and tricks often seem more harmful than helpful in a sincere friendship.

I would also have liked to see more references to actual research that has been performed to back up the statements that are brought forth as facts. When an author claims to hold the absolute truth to things that apply to the whole of humanity, he'd better be able to back it up. 9 out of 10 times, the author of this book unfortunately expects us to take whatever he writes as the truth without further clarification or references.

In conclusion, I don't find this book worth my time - at all. With the great wealth of non-fiction books out there, I'd say there are definitely more interesting choices.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Misleading title, but a good read nevertgeless.
I like this book which is rather a hotch-potch of unrelated chapters, each giving advice on some aspect of human relations. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Alan A
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
I was recommended this by a friend and since then it's become a bit of a bible and reference guide.
I would highly recommend this one. It's easy to read and very useful.
Published 5 months ago by Miss Sarah Sidorowicz
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible
This book is horrible, I was intrigued by the title but as a Brit it's the kind of manipulative American psychobabble we have come to hate. Read more
Published 6 months ago by N. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Knowledge
Very good book to.enable the understanding of a manipulative mind set understand that these people.sometimes act the way they do out of habit. Read more
Published 6 months ago by ross mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Anyone to do Anything
If you are interested in how people tick this is the book for you. I read his advice about going for a job interview - did them- and got the job. Read more
Published 7 months ago by caroline rose
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
The title may be a bit misleading and is more of a come on to buy the book! However there are some interesting tips among the obvious!
Published on 8 Oct 2011 by J. R. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Anyone To Do Anything
You must buy this book.
If you are fed up with dealing with difficult people this is the book for you. Read more
Published on 12 Oct 2004 by Phillip Bastians
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This book takes a look at popular psychology applied to a society - a great mix between sociology and popular psychology. Read more
Published on 15 July 2004 by C. Street
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