Influence vs persuasion what is the difference

Influence vs persuasion:

There is a common question when it comes to influence and persuasion and that is what is the difference between the two categories or are they the same thing?

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When it comes to influence that would be the master category above all else. Another way to explain the difference between the two could be explained as persuasion would be a title in the series of encyclopedias while influence would be the domain over all of the encyclopedias. Each element would build up to the progression of influence.  

 

So how does all of this help you in your daily life?

 

When you have a meeting or a sales call it is good to know what persuasion tactic or strategy that you will use to help influence the person or the people that you are meeting.

 

In some instances when you are limited on time or even space in copy it becomes even more important to design out your message so that it is effective. This means you must take the time to design a proper message that will help you win the position or the business that you are looking for.

 

How to use persuasion ineffectively

A common mistake that people make when it comes to gaining attention from a person or a group is to use too many persuasive messages in the allotted time and the brain becomes suspicious about what is being said and starts saying “no” to the message. The thought of overloading the message is that the time used to influence the person or group will need as many elements as possible to get to yes. Another way to explain this is that more is not always necessarily better when it comes to getting to a “yes” victory.

 

If you have a common place or time in your meeting where people start to reject the message it may mean that you have overloaded the message or used too many strategies or tactics to try and get to a “yes”. It may also mean that your message that is being delivered is not well thought out and could be confusing.

 

A person of influence knows how to use the message, idea, strategy or tactic when needed and when not to use the same type of message.  

 

The influencer’s toolbox

If the total knowledge of your ability to persuade people were tools in a toolbox there would be plenty to list. Just like a mechanic does not use every tool in his toolbox to work on every process or item when people have their car fixed you will not want to use everything that you know in one sitting to get the people or person to your way of thinking.

 

The processes, strategies and tactics take a little time to learn so it is best to start slow.  If you are new to influencing others use one persuasion tactic or strategy and get good at it and then add another one in.

 

One of the best ways to learn how to use your new abilities is role playing them out with someone who understands your industry or buyer while they are being videotaped. Now this process may be painful in the beginning because you may not be used to seeing yourself on film. There is however an added bonus from watching yourself and criticizing your message while watching it and that is you will find your “holes” in your message. You may also find that you have issues with your body language and or that you are using too many filler words like “um, and or you know what I mean”.

 

Learning how to craft a persuasive message that will influence others to get them to see your way of thinking does take time to learn .

 

As always I would like to thank you in advance for your questions and or comments.

 

Now go implement!

 

Scott S. Bell

 

Connect on twitter:

@scottsbell

 

Persuasive power of video and edge rank

 

Persuading others or using the influence process using video is not a new process even if you are on Facebook. If you watch anything on the television or internet that is in video format you are wacthing video marketing at work. Some examples of video marketing are: 

  • ·         A cartoon
  • ·         Infomercial
  • ·         Sitcom
  • ·         The nightly news
  • ·         A commercial on television or the internet
  • ·         A YouTube video

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If you have any of this information on your Facebook page and you get interation you may be increasing your edgerank.

As you are watching influence through the use of video, you are watching video marketing in process. The brain processes video easily and it is an easy format to produce with technological advances. 20 years ago it took tons of money to get a video made now with a computer and freeware you can produce a compelling video for less than $100.

 

Social media strategists are the experts that help guide you through the process of determining what information is relevant vs the information that is just busy work, out of play or irrelevant. Deb Cole is a front line disseminator of information that will introduce you to a new social media term that will be a guideline to follow when it comes to reaching better ranking and or getting people to your website and or social pages.

 

The next generation of rating on the Facebook will be Edgerank or how much interaction that your page through interaction  on Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube channel or any other site where social interaction is made that can be connected to your Facebook page. So think about what your strategy will be if you have a business page or even personal page to get people to interact with you.

So why is video a compelling way to communicate with your reader or your viewer, tribe or an interested party. The reason is that it takes less effort to watch a video than it does to read it. A video can be watched or listened to and if it is compelling or funny it is easier to make it go viral than having to read information. If someone is on your page they may leave a comment or they may even share the video or picture capturing more interaction on your behalf.

 

Edgerank will be the term that gets used more in the coming months because it will be the indicator of how viable your information is on Facebook. Remember you will want people who land on your page or site to interact with you. That interaction can come from a few types of actions:

  • ·         Questions about the day, events or the content on your page / site
  • ·         Comments that could be considered inflammatory
  • ·         Contests
  • ·         A new idea that is revolutionary
  • ·         A review of a new product or idea
  • ·         A review of another video / website

 

Compelling information is what keeps people captivated and that captivation is what makes the information that is given social. Social media requires interaction and the more relevant and compelling the information is the more interaction that you will get. The more quality interaction that you get the better your Edge rank will be and with that ranking the higher that your site or page moves up in ranking.

 

The ultimate goal is to rank pages built on trust not just really good S.E.O. The ranking comes from the relevant interaction by likes, shares and general times people interact with you.

 

To the good questions so what does all of this have to do with persuading others? Everything because if you want the viable traffic to come to your site, to your page or to have Facebook belief in trusting you then the Edge rank will be ever so relevant. Remember your job is to get people to interact with you as much as possible just like you would with your friends. No interaction and Facebook says “you don’t have friends” or “the information is not relevant”.  Quality becomes far more important than quality does when it comes to persuasion and when it comes to the ranking.

 

As always I would like to thank you in advance for your comments and or questions.

 

Contacting Deb Cole is easy:

Http://www.coachdeb.tv

@coachdeb on twitter

 

Now go implement!

 

Scott Sylvan Bell

Connect on twitter:

@scottsbell