How to Influence People

John C. Maxell
March 20, 2014
★★★★ (-5.21%) 🛈

This is a great book...but there’s no trick. If you pick up this book and think there’s some magic trick, you’re going to be disappointed.

This book is about being a better person. Having integrity, thinking of others, becoming a mentor, etc. It makes a pretty good case that’s there’s no shortcut to becoming a person of influence, you just need to be a better person.

It did impact one thing that’s stuck with me: people will be influenced by people when they feel good in relation to that person. Therefore, one way to become a person of influence is to build other people up. If they associate you with good feelings, they’re predisposed to being influenced by you.

The book is well-written, and quite entertaining. It drifts into cheeziness every once in a while, but there are good anecdotes throughout.

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