Instant Persuasion

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Penguin, Jan 5, 2006 - Self-Help - 320 pages
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Instant Persuasion is a unique communication book that offers a creative way to reduce stress, resolve conflict, and enrich our relationships with family members, friends, and coworkers. Laurie Puhn cleverly translates complex mediation skills into simple, practical communication rules that readers can easily apply to everyday situations in order to instantly persuade others to listen to, cooperate with, respect, and like them. The rules are revealed through real-life anecdotes that show readers how saying the right words at the right time can convince others to give them what they want.

Some Instant Persuasion rules are:

- find factual solutions
- be a problem solver
- disagree without being disagreeable
- beware of uncomplimentary compliments
- avoid superficial offers

Puhn presents readers with a script that will allow them to smoothly implement these rules in everyday life and change the way they communicate forever. Instant Persuasion is an amazing tool that has the power to transform friendships, marriages, and careers.

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Instant persuasion: how to change your words to change your life

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Harvard-educated lawyer and mediator Puhn has written an interpersonal communication handbook to help us "say the right thing at the right time to the right people." The 35 chapters each address a ... Read full review

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A good read. The analogies in the book do a great job of explaining the communication "blunders" and "wonders". Read full review


Title Page Copyright Page Dedication Acknowledgements Introduction
Punch with a Smile
Spread Gossip
Complain with Impact
Use the TwoPart Apology
Avoid Superficial Offers
Right Your Wrongs
Dont Take Sides
Get Off the Hook
Appreciate Criticism
Get a Green Light
Rein in Roaming Anger
Avoid Empty Gestures
Create Comfort in a Difficult Time
Ask and Youll Receive
Earn Your Favors

Find Factual Solutions
Hold Your Tongue
Beware of Uncomplimentary Compliments
Magnify Praise
Close the Deal
Save It for Later
Make People Your Partners
Acknowledge Others in a New
Show You Care
Give a Final Answer
Prepare Your Evidence
Disagree Without Being Disagreeable
Be a PartyWise Host
Dont Cave Under Pressure
Keep It Private
Invite with Caution
Have Balanced Conversations
Say What You Mean
Avoid AftertheFact Comments
Pay with Words

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About the author (2006)

Laurie Puhn, J.D., is a Harvard-educated lawyer and professional mediator. She is the founder and president of the Laurie Puhn Institute, and a dynamic speaker who frequently addresses the academic, medical, legal, business, and personal growth communities.

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