Persuasive techniques and methods can come in handy in everyday routines and in the most unexpected situations. At work, I often have to deal with a wide range of personalities. Some of them aren’t the most pleasant, but I was able to get along with them successfully.
Persuasion and influence can have a huge impact on your life. Even if your work doesn’t require you to have any human contact, you’re going to find many good uses for them when you’re outside the work environment.
Here are 3 methods you may easily use in your everyday activities:
Persuasive Technique # 1: Believe in yourself first.
Believing in yourself first is vital. After all, you can’t expect people to buy your idea if you yourself are not convinced. The way you deliver yourself, your tone of voice and the amount of conviction in your words all give away how much you trust your idea.
If you want to persuade other people to see things your way, you’d better stand up straighter, sound more confident and smile more often (unless the topic doesn’t call for it).
Persuasive Technique # 2: Superlatives are your friends.
Master persuaders love superlatives. They have a way of making things bigger than they really are. They give hype and new meaning to an idea.
If you want to convince somebody about a certain project or concept, don’t be afraid of superlatives. Use words like extreme, super, the most, one of the world’s leading, greatest impact, etc.
These are just some of the words you can insert in your presentation every now and then. Just make sure that you use words that are appropriate to what you’re selling, and that you don’t overdo it.
Persuasive Technique # 3: Be a leader in facts and numbers.
It’s normal for people to have more faith in facts and numbers than in unsupported data. If you’re out to prove something, using statistics is a good strategy.
Statistics, despite their tendency to become boring, wield mighty persuasive powers. They could convince everyone from a young elementary student to a CEO of a company.
Let’s face it. People bow down to facts and numbers. It is up to you to make use of them properly.
Persuasive techniques and methods are not sneaky, underhanded ways of taking advantage of people. It has more to do with boosting your own confidence, having more faith in yourself, and becoming a leader. The rest are all natural tendencies of a human person. By using these techniques, you are merely confirming the truth about basic human instinct.