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The Art of Influence: Persuading Others Begins with Youby Chris Widener
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Chris Widener's message about influence is refreshing: that it’s not something you "do" to other people but rather something that starts with how you shape and transform your own life. Forget about manipulation and slick fast-talking; true influencers change themselves first.
THE ART OF INFLUENCE tells the story of a recent business school grad ready to take on the world. At his graduation party, his grandmother presents him with a unique gift: a weekend with Bobby Gold, a superstar billionaire known for his success, his style, and his ability to influence others. The lessons Bobby shares, “The Four Golden Rules of Influence,” will make you think twice about everything you've ever learned about influence.
Chris Widener's message to his growing audience, the thousands he addresses in his speeches each month, business readers who want to become more influential, and recent graduates alike, is clear. THE ART OF INFLUENCE teaches that your ability to influence others begins from within.
"Widener (The Angel Inside) turns conventional wisdom on its ear in this diminutive but powerful tale that argues that business success does not derive from prestigious degrees but from the careful cultivation of personal integrity and a commitment to excellence. The author couches his teachings in an inviting story of Marcus Drake, a brash up-and-comer with a newly minted M.B.A. and lofty career aspirations, who spends a weekend with one of the world's richest and most powerful businessmen, Bobby Gold. Zooming from deal to deal in chauffeured limos and hobnobbing with sports luminaries, the young man is starstruck and intimidated by the entrepreneur's clout and wealth, which he assumes are the result of aggressive deal making and profit-taking. In the course of a few days, however, Drake's eyes are opened to Gold's Four Rules of Influence, which reveal the difference between the 'science of business' and the art of true influence. This slim allegory, with its archetypal characters, packs a far greater wallop of wisdom through its spare and modern-day prose than many ponderous and prescriptive business and leadership books do in far more pages. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
From Chris Widener, the author of the breakout bestseller The Angel Inside, comes an inspiring new parable on the power of influence.
The Art of Influence will make you think twice about everything you've ever learned about influence. As Chris Wideners inspiring story reveals, its not something you "do" to other people but rather something that starts with how you shape and transform your own life. Forget about manipulation and slick fast-talking; The Art of Influence teaches that your ability to influence others begins from within.
About the Author
CHRIS WIDENER is the founder and president of Made for Success, one of the world's leading personal-development companies. A sought-after speaker, he is also a coach to CEOs, sales professionals, and top political figures. Chris is a columnist for Success magazine and co-hosts the show True Performance with Zig Ziglar. Chris and his family live in Issaquah, Washington.
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