PostHeaderIcon The Elements of Persuasion

The art of persuasion is something that you should learn if ever you wish to be more successful in life. There are certain things that can help you become more persuasive as you deal with people and persuade them to do the things that need to be done to achieve your goals. Here are some of the elements that you can develop and build up that can make you more skilled in the art of persuasion.

One of the important elements of being able to persuade others is power. Power in terms of authority can be enough to persuade people to do things for you. The more power and influence that a person sees you hold, the more likely would that person be persuaded by you to do the things you want them to do. Power or authority may take time to build up but it can be depended upon to help in making you more persuasive, most especially to your subordinates in a typical workplace. For example, if you are a senior executive or a rich individual, people would be more likely to follow and be persuaded by what you tell them than what would be possible if you were merely a lower level employee.

Another important element of becoming better in the art of persuasion is by learning proper positioning. Positioning in this case refers to the way that other people think and say about you when you are not there. Public perception can hold a lot of ground when it comes to influencing and persuading people. How much care you put in positioning yourself in the minds and hearts of other people largely determines how open to the idea of being influenced by you.

In everything that you do involving other people, you are constantly shaping and influencing their thinking about you and hence, your position in their minds. You may be able to manipulate your positioning by thinking about how you could change the things you say and do. You can do it in a manner as to make people think about you in a certain way that they become more open to your requests from them and to helping you achieve your goals. This brings to light another closely related element of persuasion which is, perception.

The perception that people have of your performance capabilities can influence on how they think and feel about you. Perception can be built up through the actions that you show to people. Better performance at work can help build a better perception and may further help build better positioning as well as slowly establish a certain level of power or authority. All can help in making you better at the art of persuasion. It can be done by simply commiting yourself to being the very best in your profession or field.

Building a certain reputation can be a powerful tool in becoming more persuasive among people. Sometimes, just having a reputation towards excellence at what you do can be so powerful enough to make you an extremely persuasive individual especially in interactions with the people all around you. Just armed with a good reputation, people would readily accept your advice, be more open to your influence and agree with what you ask of them.

Another important, but often neglected, element that should be developed in order to become better at persuading people is politeness. Most of the time, people will do things for only two reasons. One is because they want to and, the other being, because they have to. Treating people with respect and courtesy that they deserve can be enough to make them want to do things for you. Through your own polite way of dealing with people can be enough to keep them motivated to go out of their way to help you accomplish your goals.

By being polite to other people, you are trying to satisfy one of the deepest of all subconscious desires in humans, the need to feel important and respected. By showing proper respect and courtesy to people in the way you talk, how you behave towards them and how you treat them, they will become very open to being persuaded and influenced by you in any way you wish.


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