When you want to convince someone that your point of view stronger than someone else’s, you might avoid mentioning any opposing opinions. After all, that would give people an opportunity to consider those views. But research shows that mentioning an opposing...
If you want to persuade your superior to promote you over someone else, you could emphasize what you have accomplished, or perhaps something else might be more convincing. It’s seems intuitive: By highlighting achievements, you assume you will reduce an...
If you are trying to persuade someone on a topic that you are knowledgeable about, convey your expertise up front. People who try to make a decision while listening to expert advice often stop analyzing and simply accept the recommendation. People often seek expertise...
We know that stories can be entertaining and inspirational, but they also can be persuasive, for a reason many people are not aware of. When an audience focuses on a story line, they pay less attention to the subtle message intended to influence them. We persuade...
The key to persuading an audience is your ability to overcome resistance, because persuasion is rarely necessary unless the audience doesn’t like your idea, doesn’t believe your message, or doesn’t like you. If resistance is the big obstacle that stands in the...
If you want to persuade someone to do you a favor, you’re more likely to succeed if you present it as something that is a few weeks or months away. People usually don’t think clearly about future obligations. The issue is psychological distance. People have a...
Jobs become boring when the daily routine is repetitive, and so does writing when you read short, choppy sentences with …
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