A successful persuasive message depends not only on what you say but on where you say it. Strategically positioning your best information is important. In most cases, if you are advocating one position over another and you have a strong argument, or if you have ion,...
When it comes to being persuasive, it’s not just what you say; it’s how you say it. Psychologists find that a weak language style is less convincing than a more commanding speech pattern. The concepts of powerful and powerless speech were introduced by James Bradac...
A strong opening is important to a persuasive appeal because it focuses the audience’s attention, but then what do you do to influence them the rest of the way? The challenge in a persuasive message is to make it compelling enough that it will be memorable and will...
Aristotle said that to be persuasive, you must have the ability to move an audience emotionally, because people often do not make decisions logically. As I mentioned in a recent post, one way to tap emotions is through flattery. Another tactic is to ask for things in...
On the TV news, a headline on the screen said, “Job growth grinds to a halt.” Why do so many things end by “grinding to a halt”? Or when they end suddenly, they always come to a “screeching halt.” In their impulse to be colorful, writers often reach for...
Positioning information can be an important factor when you are trying to persuade
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