I’ve heard people say, “all I needed to learn about influence I learned from How to Win Friends and Influence People.” I say, “Bullshit!” Don’t get me wrong, How to Win Friends and Influence People is a great book. The lessons it holds are very important, but they’re not everything you could learn about influence.
Ah yes, the subtle art of persuasion.
Persuasive techniques to get into the minds of others so you can sell them your ideas, your products, or your services.
Persuasive techniques include simple things, like a genuine smile across your face, to help you get agreement. They also involve the more complex understandings of the unconscious processes behind the groups and individuals you want to influence.
Negotiation skills are different than group presentation skills. Covert persuasion techniques used in face-to-face selling are different than persuasive writing techniques. Yet, all of them involve using persuasive language patterns, influencing skills, and psychological techniques in unique ways.
Below are articles (from most recent to oldest) on persuasive techniques to help you increase your influence skills in whatever area you’re searching.
Read around. If you don’t find something about the persuasive techniques you’re looking for, just contact me with your questions and I’ll do what I can to help.
Reality is subjective. What is true and real to you, isn’t true or real to others. This is why there are thousands of religions. It’s why political sides can’t agree. It’s why your wife won’t load the dishwasher the right way (Damn that’s frustrating!).
If you’ve spent any time arguing with someone, it’s easy to dismiss them as stupid, rude, evil, uncaring, etc. You attack their identity to explain their behaviors. However, like you, they’re stuck in their reality tunnel.