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It’s no secret that persuasion is a useful tool in the business world, and in everyday life. But actually learning how to persuade is like learning a second language if it’s not your natural forte.
Below you’ll find a few quick basics tips from Forbes Magazine on ways of becoming more persuasive. Because let’s face it, who doesn’t need some handy ways to help you get your coworker to stop leaving their day old tuna sandwiches in the office fridge, or suggestions on how to get your significant other to help you make dinner tomorrow night.
Persuasion is not Manipulation – Manipulation is coercion through force to get someone to do something that is not in their own interest. Persuasion is the art of getting people to do things that are in their own best interest that also benefit you.
Persuade the Persuadable – Everyone can be persuaded, given the right timing and context, but not necessarily in the short term. Political campaigns focus their time and money on a small set of swing voters who decide elections. The first step of persuasion is always to identify those people that at a given time are persuadable to your point of view and focus your energy and attention on them.
You have to be Interested to be Persuaded – You can never persuade somebody who’s not interested in what you’re saying. We are all most interested in ourselves, and spend most of our time thinking about money, love or health. The first art of persuasion is learning how to consistently talk to people about them; if you do that then you’ll always have their captive attention.
Reciprocity Compels – When I do something for you, you feel compelled to do something for me. It is part of our evolutionary DNA to help each other out to survive as a species. By providing small gestures of consideration to others, you can ask for more back in return which others will happily provide.
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