How Do You Persuade People?

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Are you a persuasive person? I don’t really consider myself a persuasive person, and I don’t set out to persuade others. In fact, it’s almost a personal philosophy of mine not to try to change minds. All that being said, I have evidence suggesting that I am persuasive at times… as much as I don’t want to be 🙂

I think the thing about persuasion is that it can take many forms. Some forms of persuasion can be more direct and aggressive. Have you ever dealt with a salesperson who convinced you to buy something you later regretted? That’s the type of persuasion that I don’t think I have or want to have. On the other hand, I think there are types of persuasion that can be gentler and more meaningful.

Even though I’m not looking to be a persuasive person, I do find studies on persuasion fascination because they reveal things about human psychology. For example, did you know that the number three is considered the most persuasive number? I guess this is why people often give three examples of things or why parents count to three.

In doing research for this quiz, I also came across some more nefarious persuasion techniques that I’m pretty sure have been used on me before. For example, you’re more likely to persuade someone if you frame things in terms of what they may lose as opposed to what they may gain. I’m not sure I like this technique at all, but I am pretty sure it does work!

Are you curious about how you may persuade people? You may end up being like me… more persuasive that you originally thought. Take my latest quiz to find out what makes you persuasive: How Do You Persuade People? Let me know what you get on this quiz and how your outcome true it is for you.

2 replies on “How Do You Persuade People?”

You Persuade People Through Logic (and some trust)

You feel like facts should be enough to persuade people, and you always focus on making a reasonable argument.
You never appeal to emotion – you feel like it’s beneath you. You are much more concerned with evidence.

Once someone is convinced of the facts, you show them the logical steps to reach your conclusion.
You would rather have someone totally convinced and persuaded than not, even if it is a lot of work.

What do you think?

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