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Persuasive Communication Skills Blogs

Persuasion is important because, in order to succeed, you need to gain the willing cooperation of others. And therefore, you need to persuade people that the content of your message is:

  • True
  • Right/ Good
  • Practical

If other people listen to your message and conclude that its content is UNTRUE, or WRONG or BAD or IMPRACTICAL, then they will not give you their cooperation.

Truth. Persuasive communicators need to ensure that their messages are true. And perceived to be true. Than means that they must be able to show their sources and validate their authenticity.

Right (Good). Persuasive communicators need to ensure that their messages are right, meaning Morally right and good. That means linking their message to high order moral principles such as justice and fairness. If the message is perceived to be an expression of the morally right and good, then you are more likely to gain agreement.

Practical. Persuasive people need to be able to ensure that their methods are perceived as practical, DO-ABLE. If the listener perceives the message is good but IMPRACTICAL, (impossible to implement) then they won’t want to give their cooperation.

If you want to be more persuasive, then work on your message to make perceived as true, right, good and practical.

Persuasive Communication Skills Blogs

How to Negotiate Properly

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Successful negotiation needs careful thought and proper preparation. Take a look at the common negotiation errors that people make and learn to avoid them. Careful analysis and a logical approach will allow you to become a successful negotiator.

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Negotiation Skills

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We are not all going to negotiate Brexit, but the ability to negotiate is a key business skill. Good negotiators will be able to come up with a mutually agreeable solution to a tricky problem, or be able to agree a good business deal.

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Everything is Negotiable

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In business you have to trade with other people, which involves negotiating. Therefore, it is important that you learn the proper principles of negotiation, in order to get the best possible outcome for your organisation.

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Communication: Negotiation Skills

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Every organisation has to trade successfully with others and being able to negotiate skillfully is vital to your success. Negotiation skills training will enable your team to agree the best possible outcome from any negotiation situation.

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How to Change Someone's Mind

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If you want to change someone's mind about their belief in something, don't challenge the idea itself, but the validity of the source of the belief.

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Persuasive Communication Skills

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Being persuasive is a vital skill, which you need in order to convince people that your idea is sound, and worthy of their attention.

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Four Magic Phrases to Use Every Day

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Speech habits are those things that you say often and almost without thinking about. Some speech habits add to your credibility and air of professionalism. Try these four terrific speech habits to weave into your daily pattern.

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Three Steps to Better Communication Skills

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It is important to become a good communicator, since to achieve your goals, you need to gain the willing cooperation of others around you.

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How to be More Persuasive

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How to make yourself more persuasive, by working on refining the communication of your message.

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Persistence

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Persistence is a state of mind that can be developed over time. If you want to develop more persistence, then take the following steps.

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Impression Management

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First impressions do count. With a little thought, you can leave a positive impression in the minds of people you meet.

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Communication Skills: Do you Inspire Other People?

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Would you like to have a positive affect on other people? It is possible to improve the mood of people around you with these five steps.

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Customer Service Training

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The purpose of customer service training is to draw attention to how our agents speak, work, act and react in ways that will at least avoid a negative reaction, and preferably, create positive emotions in the minds of our customers.

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The Way you Speak to People

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Learn to speak properly to people and you will gain their willing cooperation to help you. Negative talk tends to repel people.

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Gain the Co-Operation of Others

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How you can talk to people in ways that are likely to trigger a positive emotional response and gain their co-operation.

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How to Get the Gift of the Gab

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People who have developed the gift of the gab usually have an easier life, than those who struggle to find the words to properly express themselves.

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Communication Skills: Etiquette and Politeness

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Do unto others, as you would have others do unto you. Does old fashioned etiquette have a place in modern society?

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Present Yourself Positively

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People judge everything you say, what you do, how you look. Make sure they see you in a positive light.

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How to Gain Co-Operation

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In order to achieve any goal, you are going to need the co-operation of others and, since you cannot use force, you are going to need to gain their willing co-operation.

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Sphere of Influence

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Don't waste your energy on the things you cannot change, instead focus all your energy on smaller number of things you CAN change - what you are going to do, say and on improving your performance.

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How to Gain More Confidence When Speaking

12 January 2015

Self confidence: Do you want to know how to gain more self confidence when speaking? Last week, I received a phone call from a man who wanted to know if I could help him with his low levels of self-confidence. The conversation went on for over an hour and it was

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Training to Improve your Sale Skills

2 December 2014

Training to Improve Your Sales Skills Selling is not easy, is it? Before the sale is made, there are many component parts to the sale that have to be right. Only if all of the following conditions are met, will people buy your product. Eight reasons why people buy: They want

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Tips to Improve your Communication Skills

7 October 2014

Tips to improve your communication skills It's true, isn't it, that almost everyone would benefit if they improved their ability to communicate? Since, in order to achieve your goals, you need to gain the cooperative assistance of others, and since you are not telepathic, then you rely on your ability to

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How can I Communicate With More Self-Confidence?

8 July 2014

How can I communicate with more self-confidence? How can I gain confidence in my communication skills? Many people lack confidence in their ability to communicate. For example, John lacks confidence, especially when talking to others who he regards as more important than himself, or in situations that are more formal. If

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Communication Skills Training - First Impressions Do Count

13 June 2014

First impressions count People say, "You should not judge a book by its cover." Maybe that's true. Maybe people should not judge a book by its cover. But the point is, they do. People do judge books by covers. They have to. It is the only information they have available. In

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Communication Skills - your Words Have an Awesome Power

19 February 2014

Communication skills: Your words have an awesome power Your words have an awesome power. But your words can create, or destroy, your future. It's all about the words. To a very large degree, your future success will be dependent on how well you communicate. You communicate with your body and you

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Improving your Written Communication Skills

7 October 2013

Improve written communication skills Writing is part of the communication process. And human communication is a complex issue. If we are going to discuss communication, it is important that we clarify the term. I want to offer you two definitions of the word communication as it relates to your work. These

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How to Improve Interpersonal Communications Skills

8 March 2013

How to improve interpersonal communications skills Here is an interesting question: "What makes some people more effective communicators than others?" Let us investigate! Communication is defined as "the transfer of information and-or emotion". Communication skills training is important because, in order to achieve your goals, you need to be able to

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Effective Communication Skills

13 February 2013

Skills on effective communication 1. Communication is defined as "the transfer of information and emotion from one mind to another". 2. To a degree, your success depends upon being able to accurately communicate your ideas to the minds of other people. 3. If you cannot accurately communicate and explain your ideas

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Interpersonal Communication Skills

11 February 2013

Interpersonal communication skills Interpersonal communication skills are those communication skills that you need when you are face to face with others, as opposed to using media such as telephone or emails. Interpersonal communications skills are those skills that are born from your use of you're: Voice tones Body language Verbal language

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Communication Skills - Common Tactics of Negotiators

28 January 2013

Communication skills: Common tactics of negotiators What is negotiation? Negotiation is a specialised form of communication that involves two or more groups, each acting in their own self-interest, and each recognising that, to achieve their own self-interest, they need to trade with others, and therefore, must be able to create and

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Building Rapport

5 November 2012

Building Rapport Communication skills training Have you ever met someone who seems to be able to "connect" with everyone? Have you noticed how people like this are more effective in their role? Life seems to be easier for them, doesn't it? This ability to connect with others is called Rapport. Creating

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Effective Communication Strategies

24 September 2012

Effective Communication Strategies Your communication skill is a measure of your ability to transmit your message to the minds of others. If you want to achieve your goals then you need to be able to transmit your message to the minds of others. In addition you will need to be able

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Sales Training Course - 8 Reasons Why People Don't Buy your Product

21 July 2011

8 reasons why people don't buy your product You have to be able to sell what you do. Why? Because ALL organisations have to sell what they do. If a particular organisation cannot effectively sell what it does, (either to free market customers or to a funding agency) then it goes

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Influencing Skills - Being Right is Not Enough to Win

23 March 2011

Influencing skills Being right is not enough to win You can be right and still lose. You can be right and still lose if you use the wrong tactics. If you are right, but you word your message carelessly then you could easily lose-out to a person with a weaker idea

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