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Instant Influence {Book} Review

Do you struggle with motivating others to do what you want? How about motivating yourself? Well, with the help of Michael V. Pantalon, you can learn how to quickly influence others in less than seven minutes.

I received an advanced reader copy of Instant Influence: How to Get Anyone to Do Anything-Fast so please keep in mind that the final version released in May could vary from the copy I received.

The basic principles in this book are good, and frankly, make sense.  It’s about helping another person find their own motivation to do what you want them to do.  It’s not necessarily manipulation.  This type of approach would be very helpful in social work with clients as well as with handling (difficult) employees.  It goes along with motivational interviewing, but is ideal for situations where you don’t have a lot of time to start the change process.

As stated in his book, it doesn’t mean things will change immediately.  You may even need to repeat the process and check in to keep them motivated.  The takeaway message though – people need to have a personal investment in changing.  I used to work with people who were receiving treatment for alcohol and/or other drug addiction.  Many of them were on probation or parole.  Some may think my criminal justice clients were the easiest to work with when, in fact, they were some of my most difficult clients.  They had high threat, external pressure, but this did little to really motivate them.  It usually had the opposite affect.  They tended to be more resistant.  My most successful clients were often the ones who sought treatment on their own because they truly desired to change.

It was interesting for me to read this based on my past work experience as well as realizing that when I (finally) quit smoking for good when I found out I was pregnant with Riss it was from me going through the process of his six question steps… without me realizing it.

So the concept is interesting and could be applied to most anyone: strangers, clients, employees, teens, kids, customer service…

The information provided in this book is very helpful.  However, the read itself was not as entertaining.  My copy starts out with him giving a great example of the Instant Influence method working on a tough crowd, but he also provides you with the six steps right away.  The rest of the book contains a lot of repetition of each step, how/why it’s important, and examples of it in use.

While this is useful information, I found myself mostly skimming the rest of the book.  This may very well be due to my experience and familiarization with motivational interviewing.  Plus, the times I get a chance to read are usually when I’m fairly tired, so it’s harder to keep my attention with nonfiction at the moment.

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  1. Kimberly May 22, 2011

    This could help me at my job
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  2. Kimberly May 22, 2011

    I would like to read Story of a Beautiful Girl
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    Also interested in Earthrachelflavin

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  11. Lisa May 26, 2011

    This could help me with group work projects, getting members of the group to do their part and on time.

  12. Lisa May 26, 2011

    I’m an email subscriber.

  13. Lisa May 26, 2011

    Another Hacette Book Group book that I’m interested in is “Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN” by James Andrew Miller, Tom Shales

  14. angie May 26, 2011

    This would help at work.

  15. Sarah May 27, 2011

    I think this book could help motivate me to study, avoid procrastination, and overcome fears.sarebstare

  16. Sarah May 27, 2011

    Another book I am interested in is Lies that Chelsea Handler Told Me at http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/books_9780446584715.htmsarebstare

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    I subscribed to Tales From the Nursery by email. Thank you for the book review and this opportunity! I am happy and grateful for the information and this chance! :)sarebstare

  21. michelle r May 30, 2011

    I hope this could help me get some more volunteers for our PTAmichelle

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  25. Pat June 1, 2011

    I love the title of this book.

  26. Pat June 1, 2011

    I like This is Why You’re Fat and How to Get Thin Forever.

  27. Sunnie June 1, 2011

    For starting a farm and selling my eggs.

  28. Sunnie June 1, 2011

    I would like to read the Clinton St baking company cookbook.

  29. Ed Nemmers June 4, 2011

    I would also like to read “Tabloid City” by Pete Hamill!

  30. Andi S June 4, 2011

    I think this would come in handy for getting things done around the house. I might be able to get others to help me. :)

  31. Andi S June 4, 2011

    Another book that looked good is Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me

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  35. michelle June 4, 2011

    Sounds like it would teach great things for working with my kids!Michelle

  36. michelle June 4, 2011

    The book “Man Seeks God” sounds interesting!Michelle

  37. debbielynne June 5, 2011

    I could use this book to help me out at work!
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  38. debbielynne June 5, 2011

    I’d also like to read “This is Why You’re Fat and How to Get Thin Forever”
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  40. James Coyne June 5, 2011

    i would like to read the reading promise

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  44. Shelley C. June 5, 2011

    I have twins with special needs & work with special olympics & the joy ministry at our church–I think this would be a great read. Thanks

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  46. Shelley C. June 5, 2011

    I’d also like to read Are You Afraid of the Dark by Sidney Sheldon. That’s the only book of his I haven’t read. Thanks

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  48. Jessica Davis June 5, 2011

    I am a future teacher so i’m hoping it will help me with them and just people in general!
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  49. Jessica Davis June 5, 2011

    I am interested in “Lies that Chelsea Handler Told Me”
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  54. ERin Cook June 5, 2011

    This would help me talk my children into cleaning up their rooms it is torture when I have them try to clean up after themselves
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  58. Sand June 5, 2011

    This would be great in situations where it’s hard to approach someone with a question.Atreau

  59. Sand June 5, 2011

    I would love The Story of Beautiful Girl By Rachel Simon.Atreau

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  61. heather c June 5, 2011

    As a volunteer coordinator at the local school, I would love to use this on some of those ‘resistant-to-help yet first to complain’ parents. Aren’t those awesome?

  62. heather c June 5, 2011

    I wouldn’t mind having a copy of 100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s and Age-Related Memory Loss. One of the grands had it.

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  65. Gianna June 5, 2011

    Job interviews.

  66. Gianna June 5, 2011

    Clinton St. Baking Company Cookbook.

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  68. Gianna June 5, 2011

    I’m an email subscriber.