Pre-Suasion: Opening the Door to Persuasion

(45-60 minutes)

The author of the legendary bestseller Influence, social psychologist Robert Cialdini shines a light on effective persuasion and reveals that the secret doesn’t lie in the message itself, but in the key moment before that message is delivered.

What separates ordinary communicators from truly successful persuaders? Using the same combination of rigorous scientific research and accessibility that made his Influence an iconic bestseller, Robert Cialdini explains how to capitalize on the essential window of time before you deliver an important message. This “privileged moment for change” prepares people to be receptive to a message before they experience it. Optimal persuasion is achieved only through optimal pre-suasion. In other words, to change “minds” a pre-suader must also change “states of mind.”

In this program, Dr. Cialdini draws on his extensive experience as the most cited social psychologist of our time to illustrate how the Pre-Suasion process works and how it can be used in your organization. He explains the techniques a person can implement, ethically, to become more influential both professionally and personally. Altering a listener’s attitudes, beliefs, or experiences isn’t necessary. All that’s required is for a communicator to redirect the audience’s focus of attention before a relevant action.

Robert Cialdini, Ph.D.

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