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The Art of Persuasion – Part 1 of 4

Hello and welcome to first part (of four) of The Art of Persuasion series.

Author’s note: Only continue if you promise not to misuse any persuasion techniques, tips and tricks mentioned here. I offer my insight into the world of persuasion with the hope that it will improve your life, though not at the cost of someone else’s.

There are 2 reasons for starting this mini-series, which will run over the course of this week:

  1. I love psychology, especially social aspects related to persuasion, motivation and attraction. It is extremely important for you to be persuasive if you want to achieve your next goals. More on this later…
  2. Funding for my PhD in Persuasive behaviour (seriously!) just got approved, so I feel the need to share what I know.

What I offer in the next 3 posts is dynamite material, something that I have learnt through reading, experience and experiments. So I hope that it will help you, make your life just that little bit better.

I encourage everyone to ask questions about what will be mentioned here (and whatever else I missed), and I promise to answer them collectively.

Here is the sales pitch:

What do you feel when you see those eyes?

Do you want to be in greater control of your life?

Do you want to have abundance of money and other luxuries so you don’t have to struggle?

Do you want to influence minds with stories?

Do you want to attract the person of your dreams?

Do you want to protect yourself from manipulation?

Hold on, what I am selling? Actually, nothing. This post will not lead up to ‘purchase this book’ button, don’t worry. This post will not get you to sign up to my ‘super cool hypnosis techniques’ newsletter – there is none, unless you really want one? This post will not suggest you to keep coming back for more; I hope this persuasion on my part won’t be required.

You can achieve any of the five goals mentioned here, and then some more. Wikipedia aptly defines Persuasion as the art of guiding oneself or another toward the option of an idea, attitude, or action by rational and symbolic means. The art of persuasion on the other hand, is learning how to be persuasive. We all want to be persuasive in our lives, we all know we can do better, get that little bit more by exerting some influence. If you think you don’t come across this fundamental human behavior, consider this: During the course of a day, we are persuaded over 100 times.

Don’t believe me? Consider the advertisements, consider your child crying for some milk, consider the cat purring for some food, consider your dog’s begging- eyes for a walk in the park, consider your boss subtly asking you to tighten your belt and get your work done. There are many more examples, and each of these situation aims and succeeds in manipulating you, influencing you, persuading you. That is the art you need to learn, and learn how to ‘defend’ yourself from manipulation that is detrimental to your growth.

Ready?

So you really want to learn the Art of Persuasion?

I’m afraid you will have to wait till tomorrow.

But I will give away some idea of where we are headed. In the next 3 posts, I will talk about different forms of persuasion techniques – verbal, auditory, visual, written and physical. Each of these can be learnt and perfected to help you getting to your next goal.

I would appreciate if you could ask any questions and/or leave feedback here. I wish to make this series interactive, hopefully ending in answering all of your questions related to persuasion. Oh, there is a reason behind using the photo in this post – more on that in coming posts.

Thank you.

If you like this, you might also like to read these (please feel free to comment and share):

The Art of Persuasion – Part 2 of 4

The Art of Persuasion – Part 3 of 4

The Art of Persuasion – Part 4 of 4

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About Neeraj Sachdeva

Neeraj is a life-geek, who enjoys talking about Psychology and Freelancing. His freelancing endeavor focuses on kick-starting start-ups and small businesses by using practical and timely experience. In his free time, he helps budding freelancers, and you can read about his journey on The Freelancer Diary.

About Neeraj Sachdeva

Neeraj is a life-geek, who enjoys talking about Psychology and Freelancing. His freelancing endeavor focuses on kick-starting start-ups and small businesses by using practical and timely experience. In his free time, he helps budding freelancers, and you can read about his journey on The Freelancer Diary.

Comments

  1. this is a good series…im also interested in psychology…my brother is currently finishing his masters on Psychology.Persuasion for me entails how willing you are to go for the things you want

  2. I know this post is over a month old but, I had saved it and had glanced through it earlier last month. Now, I’ve decided to site down and read your whole series as I am myself in the business of persuasive writing and know a thing or two about it. However, I love to learn from others and will enjoy your posts I am sure.

    This post, for example, was very clever and said a lot while saying nothing “yet” which makes the reader WANT to come back 🙂
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  3. Learn how to defend myself from manipulation? I wish I had learned that one when I was young!

    K

  4. I’ve been reading “Influence” by Robert Cialdani and I can’t wait to see what new insights you may have on this subject.

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  5. I supervise a sales office, and I’m always on the lookout for tips that can help our folks get through to customers. Bring it on.
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  6. Everyone should find the art of persuasion useful. I can’t wait for the next posting.

  7. Oh I knew you would appreciate that Holly. Now who’s going to send me my 150 USD cheque every month? Will you send me one? LMAO I’m so funny. Do you write here as well Holly?
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  8. You know I’m very surprised how interested I am to read your next three articles. I don’t normally read content like this but for some reason I think it might be beneficial for me to learn more. Hopefully I see your blog engage submission like I did this morning and I’m able to keep updated. Because I have so many members it’s impossible to subscribe to newsletters I would never get anything done.
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  9. But, the http://www.thefreelancingdiary.com link above doesn’t work…

  10. Nice – I’ll be coming back for more, I’m interested in whatever you’re going to persuade us is useful! 😛

    No seriously, sounds good.

  11. Love this!

  12. Well you sure have persuaded ME to come back to the second part, mate. 😀
    Well done!

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