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Influencing Like Jesus: 15 Biblical Principles of Persuasion [Paperback]

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Item description for Influencing Like Jesus: 15 Biblical Principles of Persuasion by Michael Zigarelli & Carolyn Stanford Goss...

Shows how to wield influence by using biblical principles based on a selfless position to enrich another person's life by following Christ's servant-leader example.

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God Wants You to Be an Influencer.

From the classroom to the courtroom to the boardroom to your kid's room, "Influencing Like Jesus" will show you how to be significantly more persuasive. Drawing from the timeless lessons of the world's greatest influencer, Dr. Michael Zigarelli presents fifteen positive ways to open people's eyes and change their minds, even when they're highly resistant to change.

Come explore the many biblical principles of persuasion, including: Pray for Change, Know Your Audience, Connect through Similarity, Tell a Story, and Build a Coalition. You'll also learn about five key traits of a godly influencer: Be Authentic, Be Compassionate, Be Honest, Be Excellent, and Be Gentle.

Whether you're called to be an influencer at home, at work, at school, or anywhere else, you can do more than make an argument. You can make a difference

From Publishers Weekly
Business professor Zigarelli (The Ministers MBA) ably teaches others how to wield influence through biblically effective methodology. Zigarellis book is replete with examples from the Bible, where Jesus influenced and catalyzed remarkable inner change in those with whom he interacted. The author plainly tells fellow Christians that they are commanded by way of the Gospel of Matthews Great Commission to be influencers in their respective worlds. Zigarellis prose is lively and practical, and his scope is far more comprehensive and altruistic than a basic primer on getting others to serve ones self-interest. Rather, every principle is presented expressly from a selfless position in which the goal is always to enrich another persons life by honoring Christs servant-leader example. Readers will glean insight on such topics as making personal, prayerful preparation before attempting to persuade; understanding the wisdom of connecting through similarity and by asking for anothers opinion; learning to tell a compelling story using contrasts and metaphors; and valuing the weight of authoritative, experiential and social evidence. Readers will also discover concise planning worksheets and a complementary leaders guide for applying each concept skillfully in any personal or professional position. (Jan.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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Influencing Like Jesus: 15 Biblical Principles of Persuasion by Michael Zigarelli & Carolyn Stanford Goss has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Publishers Weekly - 10/29/2007 page 46

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Item Specifications...

Studio: B&H Books
Pages   166
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.15" Width: 5.14" Height: 0.44"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2008
Publisher   Broadman And Holman
ISBN  0805447105  
ISBN13  9780805447101  

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More About Michael Zigarelli & Carolyn Stanford Goss

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Michael Zigarelli is associate professor of management at Charleston Southern University and former dean of the Regent University School of Business. He holds degrees from Rutgers (Ph.D.), Cornell (M.A.), and Lafayette College (B.A.). His research in management, practical theology, law, and ethics has appeared in numerous scholarly journals and magazines, and he has done interviews with "The New York Times," "The Washington Post," and "TIME." Zigarelli lives with his wife and four children in South Carolina.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Influencing Like Jesus?

The title doesn't fit the content  Aug 18, 2009
If you are looking for a book on "Principles of Persuasion" as taught by the philosophies of men you will find this book a good introduction to that topic.

If you are looking for a book outlining the genius in which Jesus spoke and taught, you will not find that content here.

I gave the book a considered try, reading page after page waiting for the topic to line up with the title.
Finally after having read half the book, I gave up.
Scanning through the remaining 2nd half of the book, I concluded with disappoint, that the books title is totally misleading.

I have no idea why the author would have even attempted it.
There are a multitude of books on the subject of "Persuasion" using the philosophies of men, why would an author regurgitate bits and pieces of that, calling it "Influencing Like Jesus"?

Some topics include:
- Know your audience (connecting to them by similarities)
- Know your audience (understanding their needs)
- Know your audience (ask for their opinion)
- Tell stories
- Construct contrasts
- Use metaphors
- Use compelling evidence
- Build a coalition
- Create, communicate and carry out consequences
- Developing your influencing planning worksheet

I gave the book 1 star for this reason.
Look through the content before your buy.
Influence with Integrity  Nov 2, 2008
A solid foundation in the delicate art of influencing others in a positive, God-honoring way. Too many secular books on influence promote techniques rooted in manipulation or even subtle intimidation. But that's not Zigarelli's approach. He presents the fifteen essential elements of influence in a straightforward, practical format, all ready for immediate application within the bounds of Christian ethics and deep respect for others. This is an excellent resource for everyone who wants to influence with integrity. It was even helpful to me as an experienced lawyer.

About the reviewer: Stephen Bloom is a Christian lawyer and author of The Believer's Guide to Legal Issues, an entertaining and engaging plain english guide to real life legal issues written especially for non-lawyers.

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