Archive: influencing an audience

Get Your Execs on the Op-ed Page: Help Shape Public Opinion

Get Your Execs on the Op-ed Page: Help Shape Public Opinion

An opinion piece is a great opportunity to express an opinion or advocate for a cause, but you need to be able to structure an argument. Nearly everyone on the planet writes email, and many people write articles, stories, and news releases as a full-time or part-time...
Crafting Leads that Grab Readers

Crafting Leads that Grab Readers

When you have only seconds to get a reader’s attention, an effective lead in a news article or feature story is essential. The reader makes a crucial decision quickly: keep reading or click to something else. So crafting an opening paragraph that keeps the...
Motivate People to Read Your Persuasive Appeal

Motivate People to Read Your Persuasive Appeal

Persuasion requires that you first get people to read or listen carefully to your proposal. Just because you write someone a persuasive message doesn’t mean they will read it carefully. Several variables affect the amount of thinking people do when they read a...

Potential or Performance, Which is More Persuasive?

What is a more persuasive indicator of future success, a record of accomplishments or the potential to achieve? If you want to persuade your superior to promote you over someone else, should you emphasize what you have accomplished or what you are capable of...