Reviewing Warren Cass' Influence - Marketing Reviews 002

Reviewing Warren Cass’ Influence – Marketing Reviews 002

by | Dec 21, 2022 | Book Review, Digital Marketing, Marketing Reviews, Marketing Strategy

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01:35 Warren Cass’ Influence.

Martin Henley : [00:01:35] Now, today is Marketing Review, so I have something to review for you and it is a book and the book is called Influence and it is by the quite brilliant Warren Cass. Now I have to make a disclaimer here because whilst I did buy this book with my own money, whilst I did read it with my own eyes and come to my own conclusions with my own mind, I don’t think it would be entirely honest to tell you that I am not under the influence of Warren Cass.

Martin Henley : [00:02:05] Since I interviewed Warren 13 or 14 months ago, my life has got markedly better. Warren has introduced me to his network, who are some quite brilliant people. Not only that, he has also introduced me to some of his clients and they have engaged me to do some work which has led to me invoicing them and being paid some money. So is this influencing my review of his brilliant book influence? I would say how can it possibly not? How could it possibly not? But in the most positive way, because I think what’s going on here is that Warren is walking the walk. He does what he says you should do in his book, and it has the effect that it influences people around him, I think, in the most positive and generous ways.

Martin Henley : [00:02:51] So I would go so far as to say now that Warren is a friend, we’ve met a couple of times, we’ve spoken more than a couple of times about interesting and important things, the way of the world, what’s going on for us, etc., etc.. So I would describe Warren at this stage as a friend, and that of course is going to influence the way I review his book, but I think only in the most positive way. Warren does what he writes about and it is extraordinarily effective. So I think we can short-circuit this whole process. You should go and read Warren’s book.

03:21 Who is Warren Cass’ Influence for?

Martin Henley : [00:03:21] Before we think about that, I need to give you more of a sense of what’s going on here. So we should start probably with the question, who is this book for? For now, the good news is that Warren makes this extraordinarily easy for us. I think this is his approach to influencing people, is to make it incredibly easy for people to be influenced by you, to want to hear your talk, read your book, engage you as a supplier, all of these things. So what he tells us is that you should read this book if you want to be more successful, I would imagine you do; if you believe your reputation can make or break you, your career or your business, I think that’s probably true; if you think that the path to success is easier with influential, friends or contacts 100%, Warren demonstrates that every single day; if you understand that social proof is more important today than ever before; if you believe you would make more progress in life, if you improve the quality of your network, and if you know that with more influence you would win new clients, get promotions, attract people to you, etc., etc…

Martin Henley : [00:04:36] The reason I think this is important is because the premise of this book, there have been lofty writers have gone before Warren. I’m thinking Dale Carnegie, How to make Friends and Influence People, I’m thinking about Cialdini and the quite brilliant Psychology of Influence. So there are other authors that have gone before him. But the premise of this book is that this is updated now, the idea that influence is updated, for the digital world. What Warren says in this book is that this is the best opportunity anyone has ever had in the world to be known by people and to be influencing people because of where the Internet and digital technology has taken us. What’s important here, and I don’t know the exact chronology, but this was published around 2017, and 2017 is about the time where we saw the rise of the social media influencer or the Instagram influencer. So I think what’s important to establish here is that this isn’t about that. This isn’t how you become a social media influencer or an Instagram influencer. This isn’t how you get a free stay in a hotel, or a free spa day, or a free meal in a restaurant.

Martin Henley : [00:05:53] This is much more for people, I think, who are serious, people who are in their career and they are interested to be exerting more influence. Like how do they exert more influence? How do they become more influential? Those kinds of people who are in a career or maybe running their own business, that, I think, is who this book is for. So I think it’s important to establish that at the very outset. So if you are in your career, if you are a serious career-minded, business-minded kind of person, I think this book is for you. If you’re interested to get a free spa day I don’t think this book is going to help you in any way, shape or form. You should read it anyway and maybe become more serious that might be a good idea.

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06:36 What is Warren Cass’ Influence about?

Martin Henley : [00:06:36] The way this book is structured is it’s structured around is it called AN and an acronym. It’s structured around the word P.I.C.K.Y. Let’s put it like that. So what Warren tells us we need to be thinking about if we want to be more influential is the people around us that we are, that we need to influence the image that we portray online and offline, how we communicate to exert influence, the knowledge that we have and the person that we are. So that arrives us with this is an anachronism.

Martin Henley : [00:07:19] Acronym PICKY. So for Warren, this is about people, image, communication, knowledge, and then the sort of person that you are. I think this is really interesting. We’ll come back to this a little bit later because some people think that by the time you are trying to be more influential, then may maybe it becomes a little bit contrived. Now, what this book ends up being is quite, quite powerful. The way it’s structured is it’s structured around people, image, communication, knowledge and you. So that’s the structure. So those are the five kind of main titles. But what it comes down to, if we actually look at the table of contents is lots and lots and lots of opportunities within those broad headings to develop your influence. So for example, when we come to people, we’re thinking, he’s thinking, he’s telling us about our network, he’s talking about the law of reciprocity; how you become a connector; how you build your credibility through your associations; how you identify and approach other influences; how you develop powerful partnerships and how you create advocacy. So what this actually ends up being is like a machine gun position. So each of these chapters is broken down, then into seven or eight or nine more opportunities of what exactly that thing is, what that opportunity is, the benefit of realising that opportunity, how to realise that opportunity, and then an opportunity to think about what that might mean for you and how to do it.

Martin Henley : [00:09:17] So it’s literally what is the opportunity, what is the benefit, how do you realize the benefit, Have a think about it and I’m not even joking, this is like machine gun fire. So each of these sections within these chapters might only be eight or nine pages long. And so what it is, is a really strong, really directed guide. Like, here’s the thing, here’s the opportunity, here’s the benefit, here’s how you do it, think about what it means for you, which I think is really powerful. I think it becomes then, not something that you have to read throughout over and over again. I think it becomes something that you can refer back to and you can start thinking, okay, I’m thinking about networking, like what is the benefit of networking? How do I go about networking more effectively? How would I go about actually implementing that for myself or starting that for myself? So it is like machine gun fire. Now I’m one of those readers. I’m one of those people who is a little bit competitive. So when I read like in books when I was a kid, it was like, how quickly can I get through this book? And the nice thing about this is that you start reading and within I don’t know what the actual time is, but maybe four or 5 minutes. You’ve done a section within one of these chapters and within 30 or 40 minutes you’ve done a chapter.

Martin Henley : [00:10:37] So it makes it really easy. It’s really accessible, is the word that I’m probably looking for. So you could pick this up at any time in the future and you can open the page at Okay, I need to be thinking about networking. What’s the benefit of networking? How do I do it? How do I get started? So it’s really interesting, it really is like machine gun fire. It is like bam, bam, bam, bam, bam. Here’s all you need to do.

11:02 What is Warren Cass’ approach to Influence?

Martin Henley : [00:11:02] The other thing that’s really interesting and useful is it talks about how you progress into these things. For example, when Warren is talking about in the chapter on knowledge, he’s talking about becoming a writer but it isn’t just write a book, it’s how you progress as a writer. So if you wanted to progress as a writer, what you might do is get more active in posting on social media, for example, so now you are writing posts, social media posts, and then what you might do is bring those ideas together and create them into blog posts, and then by the time you are comfortable, happy doing that and you’re getting reasonable feedback that what you’re doing is good, then you might want to start thinking about writing and producing articles for magazines, for example and then once you’ve been on this progression, you might decide that you actually want to produce a book and become an author, which is, of course, a great way to increase your influence.

Martin Henley : [00:12:00] So that is kind of the approach to all of these things. So public speaking is a great way to grow your influence, and he walks you through the baby steps like you’re going to be scared. So maybe try doing these very basic things in the first instance. So this is a very practical, very accessible, very motivating, I would say, way to actually think about all of these different opportunities to grow your influence and how you actually go about starting that.

12:32 What is the premise of Warren Cass’ Influence?

Martin Henley : [00:12:32] The premise, I think, I don’t know if he says this explicitly, but the premise of the book is you are influencing already, you might be influencing, there might be people who hate you, you’re influencing those people negatively. There might be people who love you, you’re influencing those people positively. So if you are influencing, then what the book invites you to do is be much more mindful and directed about the effect that that influence has and really what the book wants you to do or what Warren wants you to do, I think is be on a mission. So he says at one point in the book that serendipity is never a great plan, like getting lucky is never a great plan. So what the book does always is it shows you the opportunity and it gives you the steps that you need to start realising that opportunity and the motivation to do it.

Martin Henley : [00:13:29] But it’s not about luck. You know, you could say it was lucky that I was introduced to Warren Cass, but actually, the benefit, the huge benefit that I’ve had from the podcast that I’ve done is I’ve had some amazing conversations, but the networking has been the most amazing benefit because I’ve been introduced to Warren, I’ve been introduced to people in his network, I’ve been introduced to people in the States, in Australia, all over the world. It’s that networking that has been the benefit, but the benefits that have come, the customers, the clients that Warren has introduced me to have come from the fact that I was doing the work already, I was busy, I was engaging. I might have got lucky that I got to Warren, I got to other people but the point he makes is that luck isn’t a plan. A plan is, what do they say? The harder I work, the luckier I get. So that’s kind of the premise. The other premise is, as I say, you are influencing people already. So maybe just think a little bit about the influence that you have.

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14:25 How has Warren Cass’ Influence influenced me?

Martin Henley : [00:14:25] Now, what’s interesting to me about this is, I’m not any kind of religious or spiritual kind of a person, but it seems to me that sometimes the universe delivers you exactly what you need. I am thinking, I’ve been on this content mission for a couple of years now, but I’m thinking I want to engage more with the world. I want to be more influential. I want to discover what it is that I really want to say. And so for me right now, this was the perfect time for me to read this book because I am thinking about the effect that I can have on the world.

15:00 What sort of person should you be if you want to be more influential?

Martin Henley : [00:15:00] That brings us then to the Why in Picky, which is you, because I think the feeling is and the reality has been, maybe around things like neurolinguistic programing, maybe around just the way that sales and marketing people are perceived in the world, that there is something a bit contrived about being wanting to be more influential than you are and trying and be more mindful and more planned about how influential you are. So so Warren talks about the sort of person that you should be if you want to be more influential in the Y is for You chapter. So he says “Over the last 48,000 words or so, we have explored some of the practical and easy-to-implement strategies you can use to increase your influence, how you deal with people and form relationships, how you portray yourself both in person and online. How you communicate with others, both in writing and speech, and lastly, how you demonstrate knowledge and share your ideas.

Martin Henley : [00:16:05] So to close this book, I would like to share with you some of the personal qualities I most respect in effective influencers and why. You may already have these qualities in abundance, but how well are they reflected in your actions and daily interactions with others? So now the opportunity is to be more mindful about the way you develop yourself personally. So before you go out and start influencing the world, maybe check yourself and make sure that that is the influence that you want to have. Is that what I want to say? It isn’t necessarily what I want to say. What I want to say is, Well, I’ll give you some of these attributes and you will get a sense maybe of what Warren means rather than what I think about this. So, for example, for Warren, effective influences are authentic. That is what I’m interested in, how do you authentically go out in the world and exert a positive influence if you are being so mindful? If you’ve read this book and it’s given you all this direction about these are the opportunities to be more influential, how do you do that and be authentic at the same time? So for Warren, influencers are authentic. They are futurists, they think about the future. They leverage technology. They are courageous, they are great communicators, they have integrity, they have humility.

Martin Henley : [00:17:42] They are focused, prepared, confident, and inspirational. They are passionate, resilient, connective, decisive, adaptive, charismatic, and generous, have great intuition, and have good intuition. They are persistent, they are disciplined, and they are accountable. They are visionaries, positive, great with other people, open-minded, they reciprocate and they understand everything in this book. The point of this is the realisation I’ve had today when I’m actually thinking about what do I want to say about this book is that Warren is those things, you know, especially if I think he is generous. He has extended enormous generosity to me. Charismatic, definitely courageous. He’s a great communicator. He has integrity. So I think then the final lesson of this book is to be, to authentically be maybe a better person because then if you are authentically being a better person, then people will be attracted to you and the opportunities will come to you and you will more likely realize those opportunities. Even that seems to me to be contrived. I think the strong message that I was left with after I’d read the last chapter is just be a better person because if you’re a better person, you will attract better things. Without wanting to get kind of spiritual about it, you will attract better things if you are a better person.

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19:26 What are other people saying about Warren Cass’ Influence?

Martin Henley : [00:19:26] Because Warren walks the walk and talks the talk. He’s been given testimonials by other people or reviews by other people. So let’s have a look at those very quickly, because some of these are really quite interesting.

Martin Henley : [00:19:41] So Guy Rigby, head of entrepreneurial services at Smith and Williamson, says “This book is a triumph. A thoroughly relevant, engaging and well-written must-read for anyone who wants to win friends and influence people.” I think we know where that reference comes from.

Martin Henley : [00:19:58] Ren Kapur says. “In an age where building a trusted personal brand matters more than ever before. Warren has created a roadmap that’s packed with ideas and easy to action, honestly written and teaches skills that are invaluable for life.” That is 100% true. This is a roadmap. This is incredibly directive and the ideas are not only easy to action, he also layers in a little bit of motivation for why you should do it.

[00:20:25] So Barnaby Wynter, friend of the show, tells us that “In a world increasingly focused on artificial intelligence is important, that we do not lose sight of our own emotional intelligence. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand their own power of influence to improve the world around them. Every page is thought-provoking with numerous practical applications even for the most seasoned of influencers, enjoy the discovery for yourself.” Now that is 100% true. I think that is the intent of the book is to empower people to influence and improve the world around them. That’s 100% true.

Martin Henley : [00:21:04] Who else have we got here? We have got Nigel Reisner “At Last, a book on influence written post Internet which contains practical and easy-to-apply strategies.” It’s 100% true. Whether you just want that promotion or to be known and a known authority in your field, Warren has created your very own blueprint. So that comes back to what I was saying. This is for, I think, serious people in their career. How do you have more influence in your career or your life? Not people who are looking for a free spa day.

Martin Henley : [00:21:35] Robert Craven Now. Robert Craven, it just makes the point again, introduced me to Warren Cass. So this is how when I was networking, this is how I’ve networked and that has led me to Warren’s. Robert Craven says “Warren’s book is a bang-up-to-date exploration of what influence is and how to use the concept to your advantage. It is about using influence respectfully and is free of the old Machiavellian approaches and is must read for anyone trying to get on and make the progress they feel they deserve.” 100%. 100%. So that’s what I’m saying about getting away from this contrived, manipulative idea of influencing people or forcing people or conning people, like maybe with like neuro-linguistic programming or those kinds of ideas, This is like a straightforward, straight-up how do you do these things?

Martin Henley : [00:22:33] “In this comprehensive book, Warren uncovers how you can build your influence in today’s technological world.” He absolutely does that. That’s from Grant Labov, introduced to us by Warren and appeared on the showa year ago.

Martin Henley : [00:22:47] Andy Gwynn, friend of the show, “This book is the manual if you want to be successful in your relationships, business and personal, your communication, marketing, sales, sales, business meetings, or any interaction with other people, Warren has written it from a position of years of understanding, study and practice. It explains every single topic you need to improve your influence with others. It is also wonderfully it also explains all of the principles in many ways, including much-quoted research, practical, worldwide examples, statistics and philosophy. This is my carry-around reference book to dip into before any important meeting or to help with any business project where I need to need a competitive edge. It should be yours too.” I think that is seriously true.

Martin Henley : [00:23:34] The last reference that he gives us is “A brilliant book written by a brilliant man to help ambitious people create brilliant success. But then I am biased.” That is from Susan who is Warren’s mum.

Martin Henley : [00:23:48] The question then becomes, should you buy and should you read this book? I would 100% say if you are a serious person in your career, in your business, in your life, and you are looking to exert more mindfully, more thoughtfully, if you’re thinking about the effect that your influence has, then 100%, I think you should read this book. Then I think you should carry it around with you like Andy Gwyn does and pull it out if you are at a juncture where you’re thinking, okay, I need to do something with my website, I need to do something with my social, I need to do something with my speaking, I need to do something with writing a book then you can pull this out of your pocket, you can go straight to the page and within seven or eight pages Warren will have given you. What the opportunity is, what the benefits are, how you realize those benefits, and get you thinking about how you actually do that for yourself, how it could actually impact yourself.

24:25 The next book I would like to read on Influence.

Martin Henley : [00:24:45] Now, the last thing I want to say about this is the very last thing that I want to say about this is that I think, well, this was updated for the digital age, for the Internet age, 2017. We’re now going into 2023 and it seems to me that the issue is now that this is due for an update, maybe not this, but there needs to be more thinking on this. I’ve been trying to express this to Warren in the clumsy way that I express things, but he just keeps telling me that I’m engaged in conspiracy theory and what aboutism, there might be a little bit of that going on, but I think if anyone’s interested in the idea of influence in 2022, then what we’ve seen in the last couple of years is the is just how influencable, if that’s a word, how easily influenced people are or maybe something different. Actually,just how influenced people are.

Martin Henley : [00:25:56] Because of everything that’s gone on around. Like since then we’ve had The Social Dilemma, so we’ve seen how maybe social media platforms are manipulating people. We’ve had now the pandemic and we’ve seen the effect of that. We’ve now got the war in Ukraine. And what strikes me is that people have enormously different perspectives, opinions on all of these things, like just enormously. I don’t even need to say what they are. You will have a sense, like some people think that …. I don’t even need to go there. I don’t even need to go there. So it seems to me that if we are interested in the interest in the subject of influence, but I’m thinking maybe more about the psychology of influence, or maybe it’s more to do with what Cialdini is doing in his book rather than what Warren is achieving here in his book. Warren’s book is about how you become more influential as a serious individual in your business, in your career. Until Dean is more about the psychology of influence.

Martin Henley : [00:26:54] I think what I’m saying in my clumsy way is that I think now is a really interesting time for influence and how influenced people are. The reason I clearly haven’t been able to engage Warren on this subject is because that’s not the mission that he’s on.

Martin Henley : [00:27:10] He’s on a completely different mission. So it’s no wonder that he has just dismissed me or not quite understood what it is that I’m saying. This is a quite brilliant book. If Warren, you would like to read, I think we should call it deep influence, if you’d like to write a book called Deep Influence about just how influenceable, easily influenced or how influenced people are I’d love to co-author that book with you. I’m motivated. I’m going to be more influential in 2023. If you are looking to be more influential in 2023, you should get yourself a copy of this book. You should read it, you should put it in your bag, you should carry it around with you and when things come up, you should dip into it and access the brilliance of this writing from Warren Cass.

Martin Henley : [00:27:57] Thank you for getting to the end of this video. If you found it interesting, useful, any of those things, maybe you should take a second to like, share, and subscribe, and comment and get involved because that will give us the motivation to continue on this epic, epic journey. Thank you so much for being here and if you’re watching this before Christmas, have a great Christmas. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, have a great whatever it is that you’re doing. I will be here the next time you come along. Thank you.

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