Would They Lie to You?: How to Spin Friends and Manipulate People

Would They Lie to You?: How to Spin Friends and Manipulate People

Robert Hutton

Language: English

Pages: 144

ISBN: 1783960086

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Would They Lie to You?: How to Spin Friends and Manipulate People

Robert Hutton

Language: English

Pages: 144

ISBN: 1783960086

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A very funny and piercing dissection of the words, phrases, lies, and fibs we hear every day

How do you apologize when you're not sorry? Where can you make a fortune out of pretending to know the future? What's the best way to steal credit and avoid blame? These are the vital life skills that people need if they're going to make their way in the world. And they all involve the art of not saying what you mean. It's not exactly lying, but it's definitely not telling the truth. This humorous tome covers the best, worst, and most outlandish examples of waffle, fudging, obscurity, blame-shifting, and point-scoring. In areas from politics to sports, academia, religion, and self-help, it seems that glory, money, and power flow far more freely to those who sidestep bald, ugly realities. You can steer a truck through the gap between a lie and the simple truth. This book tells you how to load the truck.

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interesting feature of the human that we make our judgements very quickly, and then are reluctant to abandon them. Psychologists have shown that we look for evidence to confirm our judgements and struggle to process evidence that contradicts them. So if you can just give people the idea you’re trustworthy or clever or polite, you’ll be able to spend years being unreliable, stupid and rude without them reversing these assessments. In this chapter, you will learn about: Taking the Credit

of them, either. 4 They don’t. 5 I’m not, which is why they elected me leader. And also why they don’t really trust me. 6 Use of ‘proud’ is directly proportional to the extent people tell me I should be ashamed. 7 Though if I’m honest there’s a chunk of people in my party who could be persuaded to ban just about anything. 8 I have a note of their names in my wallet. 9 Direct rebuke to those people who are saying: ‘This is the perfect moment to give into fear and hate.’ 10 Note to self:

that might have given a clue as to the author’s identity or intended audience were ripped out. I am no closer to guessing who they are, but I have started to become nervous about the extent of their reach. It seems ridiculous but when my laptop was stolen, as I was in the closing stages of preparing the manuscript for publication, I wondered if that was pure coincidence. I have concluded that if there is any threat to me, my greatest safety lies in publication. Perhaps the author, or authors,

this is delivered afterwards to a few gossipy people, prefaced with the words: ‘you didn’t get this from me’ or ‘the bit of the story we’re not telling people is …’ That will then be passed around your target audience with more efficiency, and more weight, than anything you said in the formal briefing. An unbriefing can also be effective in circumstances when the recipient keeps it to themselves. The classic example is telling someone the size of their annual raise. That conversation should

Stalin and Jimmy Hoffa. You Don’t Want to Do That The Overton Window offers a theoretical basis for changing the terms of debate slowly, but how do we kill an idea quickly? There’s no idea so good that it can’t be made to look bad with an unchoice. You just find something clearly more important or attractive, and wonder aloud whether it isn’t a better thing to do. If the person proposing the original idea suggests you could do both, smile patronisingly and say ‘well sure, in an ideal world,

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