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Book Summary: Influence Is Your Superpower: The Science of Winning Hearts, Sparking Change, and Making Good Things Happen

Influence is your Superpower (2022) is a deep dive on influence: how it works, why it’s important, and how you can wield it for ethical, positive results. It explores how influence operates by drawing on insights from cognitive science, linguistics, market research, and more, empowering readers to unlock their own natural powers of influence.

Book Summary: Influence Is Your Superpower: The Science of Winning Hearts, Sparking Change, and Making Good Things Happen

Content Summary

Genres
Who is it for?
What’s in it for me? Reclaim your powers of influence.
To influence what people think, learn how people think.
To get what you want, try asking.
Pitch smarter, not harder.
Frame your concept.
Anticipate resistance.
Final summary
About the author
Table of Contents
Overview
Read an Excerpt/PDF Preview
Review/Endorsements/Praise/Award
Video and Podcast

Genres

Business, Money, Management, Leadership, Communication, Entrepreneurship, Employment, Occupational, Organizational Popular Psychology, Marketing, Motivation, Self Help, Psychology, Personal Development, Social Sciences, Career Success, Sales

Who is it for?

  • Entrepreneurs who want to pitch ideas without sales-y sleaze
  • Employees who want to advocate better for themselves and others
  • Activists who want to create lasting change in their communities

What’s in it for me? Reclaim your powers of influence.

Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider. Bruce Banner turned into the hulk when he was exposed to gamma radiation rays. But the origin story for your superpower is simpler than that: you were born with it. When you were a baby you were tiny and vulnerable. You couldn’t feed, clothe, or bathe yourself. On your own, you wouldn’t have survived long. But you had a superpower: influence. You used your superpower to persuade your caretakers to look after you. At first, your tools of influence were rudimentary. Basically, you cried a lot. But it got the job done.

As a toddler you honed your powers of influence. Bargaining, charming, blackmailing, negotiating: you tried it all. You didn’t always get what you wanted. But often enough, you did.

As you grew up, however, you may have lost touch with your superpower.

Why? Well, we’re taught that it’s more important to be nice and to share than to get what we want. We’re not taught that we can still be nice, and share, while, at the same time, using our influence to manifest great outcomes for ourselves and for others. But maybe we can have it all.

Influence, wielded correctly, is transformative. It creates change, births movements, touches hearts, and changes minds. So, what will you do with yours?

In this summary, you’ll learn

  • what humans and alligators have in common;
  • why Marie Kondo is a worldwide phenomenon; and
  • how a rainy day and quick thinking translated to a 37 percent sales increase.

To influence what people think, learn how people think.

Influencing what people think begins with understanding how people think. And there’s a good chance you’re thinking about thinking all wrong. Ready for a bit of cognitive science?

There are two basic modes of thought processing. Researchers have labeled these modes System 1 and System 2 but, because that’s not very catchy, we’re going to call them something else.

We’ll call System 1 the Gator Brain. Alligators can weigh up to 999 pound. But the average gator’s brain is the size of a half tablespoon. Because their small brains need to power their big, hungry bodies, alligators are all about conserving mental energy. To perform everyday tasks, they rely on instinct and learned reflex rather than complex cognition. Essentially, whether they’re sunbaking or swimming, alligators spend the majority of their time on autopilot. Their cognitive powers only really kick in when they spot a threat or an opportunity.

Your brain is definitely bigger than half a tablespoon. But it has more in common with an alligator’s brain than you might think. To conserve your mental energy, your brain spends a lot of time in Gator mode. Whenever you’re doing something habitual to you, like chopping onions, swimming laps, or reading a novel, you’re using instinct and reflex to power through the task. You’re using your Gator Brain.

We’ll call System 2 your Judge Brain. In Judge mode, your brain performs more complex cognitive feats, like analyzing, comparing, questioning, and concentrating. High-level tasks and tasks that you’re not yet proficient in will demand your Judge Brain take over.

Here’s the catch. Most people think that the Judge performs the bulk of the cognitive workload. In reality, we operate far more frequently in Gator mode. Gator Brain is actually your default setting, cognitively speaking. In fact, nothing even gets sent to your Judge Brain without your Gator Brain’s approval.

When we come to someone with a proposal, a pitch, or a request, we often try to appeal to the Judge. But we might see better results if we addressed the Gator instead. Remember: every cognitive input, without exception, has to go through the Gator. And the Gator is efficient. Less politely: your Gator brain is seriously lazy.

One corporation turned that laziness to its own advantage with stunning results. In 2015, Pizza Hut was the world’s largest pizza delivery company. Its rival, Dominoes, wanted the top spot.

So, Dominoes introduced the Anyware campaign. The goal? Make it easier than ever to order a pizza. The company figured they already had their customers’ payment information and address. Here’s what they came up with: you could text, or tweet, an emoticon of a pizza to Dominos and – well, there is no and. That was it. Send a pizza emoji, get your usual order delivered to your door. Sales went up 10 percent in that quarter alone, and just three years later, Dominos knocked Pizza Hut off its perch and became the biggest pizza delivery company in the world.

When you make a proposal graspable, a call-to-action simple, a decision easy-to-make, you’ve already increased your chances of success, because you’re appealing directly to the Gator. So before you try and over-complicate things, see if you can find your pizza-emoji-equivalent.

To get what you want, try asking.

One day, recent MBA graduate Jia Jiang, walked into a Krispy Kreme in Austin, Texas, and ordered donuts in the shape of the Olympic rings. Now, Krispy Kreme doesn’t offer Olympic donuts on their menu. And Jia said he could only wait 15 minutes for his server, Jackie, to create this bespoke treat.

Jackie obliged. What’s more, she told Jia his order was on the house.

What high-level influencing tactic did Jia use to pull this off?

Well . . . he asked.

Influencing someone to deliver what you want can be as simple, and as effective, as asking for it outright. Yet this is a tactic most of us are hesitant to try. Why? Because while our request might be met with a yes, it’s possible it will be met with a no. We’re afraid of hearing no. No feels like a personal rejection. And rejection is scary.

In fact, fear of rejection is what prompted Jia to walk into the Krispy Kreme in the first place. After graduating from an MBA program, Jia had big dreams of becoming an entrepreneur. But his first pitch to a venture capitalist was met with a “no thanks.” Jia felt so deflated he almost gave up on his dream for good. He didn’t want to hear another no. But then he realized his fear of rejection was holding him back. He decided to do something about it. The end result was “100 Days of Rejection Therapy.”

Every day for a hundred days, Jia approached someone with a request so outlandish he was sure their answer would be no. He figured the more rejections he accrued, the less scary rejection would seem. His requests to make an announcement over Costco’s intercom and become a live model in an Abercrombie & Fitch store were rejected. But some of Jia’s requests were met with a yes. Jackie at Krispy Kreme made him that bespoke donut order. A local family let him play soccer in their yard. His neighborhood Starbucks allowed him to act as store greeter – a position that doesn’t actually exist in Starbucks stores.

Deploying your influence effectively means getting comfortable with hearing the word no. You could try a course of radical rejection therapy, like Jia. You can also practice saying no yourself. Try it for 24 hours. Decline every request that doesn’t appeal to you. Don’t offer a qualified yes or try to find an alternate solution. Respond with a firm but polite no. Attending a conference when you’re already overstretched? No! Doing the dishes? Not tonight!

As you reject others, pay close attention to how you’re feeling. When you say no to something, are you rejecting the person who approached you? Does your no express irritation or disgust at the request? Are you saying no irrevocably and permanently? Of course not! No isn’t a dirty word, whether you’re saying it or hearing it.

Once you’re comfortable with saying and hearing the word no, you’ll become more comfortable with making requests. And you might hear yes more often than you think. Out of his 100 days of rejection therapy, Jia ultimately garnered 51 yeses in response to his outlandish requests. Not a bad result! But you might be able to achieve even better odds by learning how to effectively pose your requests. Next, we’ll talk about how to make the right pitch in the right way at the right time.

Pitch smarter, not harder.

Whether you’re asking for a promotion, offering advice, or trying out a new pitch to customers, timing is everything. Case in point: this airfare promotion wouldn’t have been so successful if it were launched on a sunny day.

The internet is saturated with digital tourism campaigns. A Hong-Kong based Filipino airline agency showed just how effective quick thinking and clever timing can be with a guerilla marketing campaign that took things offline.

During one of the wettest days in Hong Kong’s monsoon season, the team took advantage of a break in the rain to take to the streets. They stenciled the sidewalks with a waterproof spray that remained invisible on a dry surface. As the next downpour dampened the sidewalks, their message was revealed in bright yellow letters. It read: It’s sunny in the Philippines. An accompanying QR code sent users to the airline’s website. On a nice day this message might not have had much impact. In the middle of one of the most miserable days of the year? Flight sales through the agency’s website increased by a phenomenal 37 per cent.

The lesson here? Make your pitch when your audience is primed to be receptive. Pitching a travel deal? Do it when your audience is desperate to get away. Pitching your boss for a raise? Try asking her when you’ve just wrapped a successful project and not when she’s trying to cram in a sandwich between back-to-back meetings.

Here are a few more strategies to help you pitch successfully.

To begin with, weed out any diminishing language from your proposal. Phrases like “I was just wondering . . .” or “Would it be possible to . . .” weaken the impact of your pitch. The same goes for qualifying phrases like “kind of,” “it seems,” and “more or less.” And while you’re at it, within reason, avoid the pronoun “I.” Referring constantly to yourself draws your listeners attention away from the content of your pitch and onto you personally. For example, a phrase like “I might be wrong, but . . .” puts a spotlight on your fallibility. On the other hand, a phrase like “Is it possible that . . .” keeps focus on the parameters of your pitch.

Next up, go big with your first ask. Do you need $20,000 seed capital to start a new venture? Ask for $30,000. Why? Well, you might get it! But also because your listener is much more likely to say yes to your request for 20 grand if you’ve already asked for 30. This tactic plays with what we’ll call relative size. $20,000 seems like a whole lot of money. But compared with $30,000 or even $40,000 it doesn’t seem like such an outlandish amount. It also appeals to your listener’s sense of reciprocity. If your first request is rejected, making a smaller second request creates the impression you’ve made a concession to your listener. And if they feel you’ve compromised with them, they’ll be primed to reciprocate and compromise with you in return.

Finally, for big asks you can always rely on the “magic question”: “What would it take . . .?” Let’s say you want to go part-time. Your boss isn’t sure. If you were to ask, “Why can’t I go part time?” you’d likely be met with a list of deterrents. When you ask, “What would it take for me to go part time?” you open up space for your boss to think proactively about your request. Perhaps you’d need to streamline certain processes, train up a more junior team member, or commit to accomplishing a set number of tasks in a week. “What would it take . . .?” is an invitation to collaborate on a problem and find creative solutions. It’s the kind of question that facilitates positive outcomes for everyone involved – influencing at its best.

Frame your concept.

Quick: Think of three things that are blue.

Now, think of three things that – just like milk, snow, and marshmallows – are white.

Who knows which blue things you thought of. But you probably thought about milk, snow, and marshmallows when asked you to think of three white things. By framing the request with concrete examples, we influenced your response.

Let’s look at a more high-stakes example of how framing an idea persuasively can influence others.

A few years after he founded Apple in his garage, Steve Jobs was searching for a CEO. In Jobs’s mind only one person fit the bill: John Sculley. One problem – Sculley was already the CEO of PepsiCo, one of the USA’s most successful companies. For Sculley, Jobs’s proposal was a non-starter. Why would he leave one of the most prestigious posts in corporate America to work for a scrappy, unproven start-up?

Sculley declined Jobs’s offer. Multiple times. Jobs persisted. Finally, Jobs hit on the right frame for his request. According to Sculley, he said, “Do you want to sell sugar-water for the rest of your life? Or do you want to come with me and change the world?” For Sculley, that was enough. Up to that point, he’d been concerned with success and stability. Jobs reframed the proposition in a way that made Sculley consider the significance of his work. He jumped at the chance to get on board with Apple.

If you frame a concept, a proposition, or a sales pitch well you can also frame the way others respond to it. Some people know instinctively how to reach for the right frame for the right person at the right time. But if that’s not you, don’t worry. There are three key frames you can use, and I’ll walk you through them now.

The first is monumental. A monumental frame tells us that something is monumentally exciting, monumentally important, monumentally urgent.

A monumental frame can inspire. But a manageable frame motivates. Manageable frames make things feel doable. And when things feel doable, people do them! For many people who live with credit card debt, paying down the balance can feel the opposite of doable, and that’s a real deterrent to doing anything more than making the minimum monthly repayment. A study conducted by Australia’s Commonwealth Bank tried to make debt feel manageable. A group of credit card users were given statements divided into categories and encouraged to pay off one category at a time. Perhaps they couldn’t pay off the whole balance in a given month . . . but they could pay off all their entertainment expenses. Compared to the control group, this group settled their overall debts 12 percent faster.

Finally, there’s the mysterious frame. And this one’s pretty simple. Our lazy Gator Brain doesn’t always bite when something is framed as important or healthy or practical. But something mysterious, new, and exciting? Now you’ve got the Gator’s attention! Framing your pitch as a question that piques curiosity or a mystery that’s going to be revealed will certainly get you a few bites. If you’ve ever found your cursor hovering over a clickbait headline beginning with “You’ll never believe . . .” you’ll know how powerfully irresistible the mysterious frame can be! Just be careful not to oversell on mystery or underdeliver on actual substance – catching attention is one thing, compromising your credibility is another.

When in doubt, you can cover all your bases by combining frames. Ever heard of Marie Kondo? Her book on the art of streamlining and decluttering, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has sold more than 11 million copies. And its success might be down to that catchy title that combines all three frames. Life-changing is monumental, magic is mysterious, and tidying-up feels pretty manageable. The same book, titled House Organization Techniques, probably wouldn’t have flown off the shelves at the same rate. See? It’s all about the frame.

Anticipate resistance.

Have you ever heard of Aikido? It’s a modern Japanese martial art. The objective is to defend yourself from your opponent by redirecting their flow of movement in a way that also protects them from injury. As you exert your influence on others you will, sooner or later, meet resistance and objections. You don’t need to shut down the minute you’re met with resistance. At the same time, you don’t need to aggressively counter-attack others’ objections. Instead, like an Aikido master, you can respect and redirect resistance where you find it, to come to a mutually agreeable solution.

Ethan Brown is the CEO of Beyond Meat and, when it comes to deflecting market resistance, he’s as skilled as an Aikido master. Brown knew that his product, a plant-based meat substitute, would be a tough sell. Sure, it’s great for the environment and for people’s health.

But Brown had observed how other meat substitutes that sold themselves as the greener, healthier choice were popular among vegetarians and vegans but provoked a defensive response from meat-eaters. Being told that their current diet was unhealthy and irresponsible made meat-eaters feel scolded rather than motivated to buy the product.

So Brown abandoned that sales angle. He anticipated many meat-eaters would resent giving up the meat they enjoyed. Rather than focusing on abstinence, in a way that, for example, the Meatless Mondays campaign does, Brown framed his product with the word “Beyond,” suggesting an enhanced product. The other big objection Brown anticipated? The taste. By partnering with fast food franchises, Brown created meatless versions of typical treats like pizzas and subs, convincing the public that plant-based meat substitutes could be as tasty and indulgent as regular meat. In 2019, Beyond Meat’s sales reached $98.5 million.

Like Brown, you can anticipate, deflect, and reframe objections. Try these simple tricks:

If a listener meets your proposal with resistance, don’t try and downplay their feelings. Acknowledge their resistance and, if possible, articulate it. Try it the next time you sense resistance, with a simple sentence like, “You might think I’m too young to step into a managerial role” or “I understand that we’re asking for a lot of money.” When you put someone’s resistance into words, you disarm them. What’s more, you silence the negative voice in their mind, freeing them to focus on your actual proposition.

Before you ask something, ask permission to ask. Every day we’re bombarded with requests and offers. Sometimes the Gator Brain kicks in and we respond to every new proposition with an automatic no. So, instead of asking, “Can I have a pay rise?” try asking “Could we have a conversation about my pay this week?” If they say yes, they’ve tacitly agreed to considering your request. If they say no, they haven’t shut down the possibility of a pay rise – just the possibility of talking about it this week.

When you come to someone with a proposition, affirm their freedom of choice. Use a phrase like “No pressure” or “Feel free to say no.” Of course, your listener is free to say no to you, whether you affirm their choice or not. But a blunt request may make your listener feel coerced and resentful. Emphasizing that you don’t want to pressure them into agreeing sets the tone for a resentment-free interaction.

Final Summary

Truly effective influencers are skilled at reaching their own objectives in a way that uplifts others, conveying their opinions while genuinely listening to competing views, and turning resistance into authentic support for their ideas. This kind of influence is within your reach, if you practice the skills and strategies necessary to harness it.

Actionable advice: Everything is negotiable

Where do most negotiations stall? At the conference table? In the lead-up? No and no. Most negotiations stall before they’ve started because we don’t realize a negotiation is possible. Here’s a secret: everything – more or less – is negotiable. A salary offer is negotiable. The terms of your mortgage are negotiable. The seat you’re assigned on an airplane is negotiable. Get in the habit of asking “Is there room to negotiate here?” The results might surprise you.

About the author

Zoe Chance is a writer, researcher, philanthropist, and teacher at Yale’s School of Management. Her expertise in influence was honed in a career that has taken her from door-to-door marketing and telesales to the upper echelons of corporate America. Now, she’s passionate about teaching others to harness their powers of interpersonal influence.

Zoe Chance is a writer, teacher, researcher, and climate philanthropist. She’s obsessed with the topic of interpersonal influence, and her science-based but fun and life-changing book is called Influence Is Your Superpower: The Science of Winning Hearts, Sparking Change, and Making Good Things Happen. She earned her doctorate from Harvard and now teaches the most popular course at the Yale School of Management (Mastering Influence and Persuasion). Her research has been published in top academic journals and covered in global media outlets. She speaks on television and around the world, and her framework for behavioral change is the foundation for Google’s global food policy. Before joining academia, Chance managed a $200 million segment of the Barbie brand, helped out with political campaigns, and worked in less glamorous influence jobs like door-to-door sales and telemarketing. She lives with her family in New Haven, Connecticut.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Becoming Someone People Want to Say Yes To
Chapter One and a Half: Searching for Temul
Chapter 2 Influence Doesn’t Work the Way You Think
Chapter Two and a Half: The Path of Least Resistance
Chapter 3 The No That Saved the World
Chapter Three and a Half: Just Ask
Chapter 4 The Curious Qualities of Charisma
Chapter Four and a Half: Moments of Truth
Chapter 5 The Life-Changing Magic of a Simple Frame
Chapter Five and a Half: What Business Are You In?
Chapter 6 Inner Two-Year-Olds
Chapter Six and a Half: Deep Listening
Chapter 7 Creative Negotiations
Chapter Seven and a Half: Negotiating While Female
Chapter 8 Defense Against the Dark Arts
Chapter Eight and a Half: Angels and Demons
Chapter 9 Dreaming Bigger and Better
Chapter Nine and Three-Quarters: You, Me, We
Let’s Be Friends
Index of Tools and Techniques
Discussion Questions
Love Notes
Image Credits
Endnotes
Index

Overview

Rediscover the superpower that makes good things happen, from the professor behind Yale School of Management’s most popular class.

You were born influential. But then you were taught to suppress that power, to follow the rules, to wait your turn, to not make waves. Award-winning Yale professor Zoe Chance will show you how to rediscover the superpower that brings great ideas to life.

Influence doesn’t work the way you think because you don’t think the way you think. Move past common misconceptions—such as the idea that asking for more will make people dislike you—and understand why your go-to negotiation strategies are probably making you less influential. Discover the one thing that influences behavior more than anything else. Learn to cultivate charisma, negotiate comfortably and creatively, and spot manipulators before it’s too late. Along the way, you’ll meet alligators, skydivers, a mind reader in a gorilla costume, Jennifer Lawrence, Genghis Khan, and the man who saved the world by saying no.

Influence Is Your Superpower will teach you how to transform your life, your organization, and perhaps even the course of history. It’s an ethical approach to influence that will make life better for everyone, starting with you.

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CHAPTER ONE: Becoming Someone People Want to Say Yes To

Once upon a time, on an auspicious day in history, you were born—influential. In fact, influence was your only means of survival. You had no sharp teeth or claws to protect you. You couldn’t run away or camouflage yourself. You didn’t seem that smart yet, but you had an innate ability to express your desires, connect with other human beings, and persuade them to take care of you. Which they did, day and (sleepless) night, for years.

When you learned to speak, you expressed yourself more precisely, using your words to become even more influential. You told people what you wanted and what you absolutely did not want. NO! You learned quickly that life could be negotiable and began asking for later bedtimes, more television, your favorite treats. You were like a tiny carpet merchant in a Moroccan bazaar. Wielding influence was as automatic as breathing. You were growing physically stronger too, but your greatest strength was the power to persuade people to take action on your great ideas.

Interpersonal influence is our human advantage, passed down in our DNA. It is what allowed our species to band together, work together, and span the globe. It will remain our advantage in an increasingly digital world, for as long as people are in charge. It has given you the success you already have, and it’s the path to what you’re still hoping to do. It’s the love you’ll share in this life and the legacy you’ll leave behind when you die.

But things aren’t that simple, are they? Even though you know that all this is true, influence got more complicated as you grew up. While your childhood sphere of influence was expanding, you were also being taught to be obedient and play nice. To comply with norms, rules, parents, and teachers. You were discouraged from being “bossy” or demanding. You were taught to work hard in order to be deserving, wait your turn, not make waves, not take up too much space. Advocating for other people was okay, but doing it for yourself was boastful. The influence you had once enjoyed no longer felt so natural, and you began to have mixed feelings about it.

When people are asked if they’d like to be more influential, they say yes—because influence is power. Being influential gives us the ability to create change, direct resources, and move hearts and minds. It acts like gravity, pulling us together into relationships. It’s a path to happiness; to prosperity that’s meaningful, durable, and contagious.

But when people are asked about influence strategies and influence tactics, they describe them as “manipulative,” “sneaky,” and “coercive.” The whole idea of influence has been corrupted by tacky, greedy people using tacky, greedy tactics to sell used cars, to promote sponsors’ products on social media, and to get us to buy now, while supplies last! Even some of my favorite influence gurus like Robert Cialdini and Chris Voss encourage us to use “weapons of influence” for “beating our opponents.” Marketers (I’m one of them) refer to customers as “targets,” like a pickup artist or a con artist might. Academic researchers (I’m one of them, too) have called study participants “subjects” and their experiments “manipulations.” Transactional influence treats people like objects.

These tactics might be standard for sales and marketing, but they just don’t work in most everyday situations. They don’t work with your boss, your colleagues, your employees, your friends, or your family. If you want to build a relationship, and maintain one, you can’t use the same tricks you’d use to sell a car. Even business success ultimately depends on long-­term relationships in the form of referrals, word of mouth, customer loyalty, and employee retention. You want people to be happy to say yes both today and in the future.

When you become someone people want to say yes to, you are heavily rewarded. Money might not be your top priority, but it helps you get other things done, and it can be a benchmark for influence. It’s no coincidence that jobs relying on interpersonal influence are well compensated. Top salespeople make more money than their CEOs; lobbyists earn more than the politicians they influence. Becoming more influential pays other tangible dividends too—doctors who communicate better are far less likely to be sued for malpractice regardless of their patients’ outcomes, and executives who are trained to communicate get rated as better leaders.

People who shift from transactional, win-­lose influence to the personal, mutual influence you’ll be rediscovering in this book can reap intangible rewards like becoming a better friend, a more trusted adviser, and a more engaged partner and parent. We can rekindle the childhood spark that had us dreaming, asking, advocating, negotiating, and persisting without second-­guessing ourselves. We can see faces light up when we share a great idea or propose something crazy that just might work; we can shake on deals we were embarrassed to even dream of; we can enjoy the comfort and freedom that come from success; and we can sigh in relief as our resistant boss, employee, child, parent, partner, or friend smiles, and says, “Okay, let’s do it.”

Maybe you already feel influential, say, with customers. But even those of us who are comfortable influencing people in some domains tend to feel helpless in others. I’ve worked with CEOs who were afraid to ask their teenage daughters to clean up their rooms, Wall Street traders who felt awkward trying to get a busy bartender’s attention, rising politicians so uncomfortable “dialing for dollars” that they had to switch careers, and famous activists willing to be jailed for the rights of others who felt their throats close up when trying to advocate for themselves.

I find that kind people are particularly reluctant to try to influence others because they don’t want to manipulate anyone. And smart people are more likely to misunderstand the way influence works. So if you’re a kind, smart person, you have a double liability that keeps you from being as influential as you could be. But as you shift your perspective and practice some new tools, you’ll find some of these obstacles melting away.

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Review/Endorsements/Praise/Award

“The new rules of persuasion for a better world.” – Charles Duhigg, author of the bestsellers The Power of Habit and Smarter Faster Better

“This book is special. It invites you in with the promise of a truly important topic, charms you with engaging stories and stylings, and treats you to a buffet of beautifully presented, scientifically grounded life-lessons about social influence. By the end, my greatest wish was for even more pages.” – Robert Cialdini, New York Times bestselling author of Influence and Pre-suasion

“An engaging book on the science of encouraging other people to say yes. Zoe Chance’s research won’t just expand your repertoire of persuasive skills—it might also reduce your anxiety about being rejected.” – Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Think Again and host of the TED podcast WorkLife

“Fun, filled with great stories and rooted in groundbreaking research, Influence Is Your Superpower explains the new rules of persuasion for a better world.” – Charles Duhigg, New York Times bestselling author of The Power of Habit and Smarter, Better, Faster

“Influence is Your Superpower is so jammed with insight that you’ll find useful advice on almost every page. This smart, accessible book will definitely make you a better persuader – and might even make you a better person.” – Daniel H. Pink, #1 New York Times bestselling author of When, Drive, and To Sell is Human

“This book puts us on the hook. Once you learn the skills of influence, it’s on you to do work that matters for people who care, to show up to make things better.” – Seth Godin, New York Times bestselling author of This is Marketing and The Practice

“Essential lessons with the ideal teacher.” – Laszlo Bock, CEO and co-founder of Humu, New York Times bestselling author of Work Rules!

“The secret to leading with humility is here in this smart, lively read.” – Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar and New York Times bestselling author of Creativity, Inc.

“Filled with the best science and catchy stories you can’t wait to tell your friends, Chance has given us an absolute treasure trove of small (and often surprising!) changes that we can all make each and every day to become more effective influencers. I know I’ll be using all these new tips at work, when communicating with family and friends, and beyond!” – Laurie Santos, Yale professor and host of The Happiness Lab podcast

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