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:
- 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…
- 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:
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.
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.
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