Stories and questions of a persuasion expert

Persuasive powers of communication: There are plenty of times where you need some persuasive power while dealing with others. You will want to be able to effectively influence the people around you in the best format possible to get your message out and then also get the man or the woman to your way of thinking.

 

When it comes to communicating and delivering your message there are two powerful forms of communication:

  1. 1.      Persuasive questions
  2. 2.      Stories that lead to influential actions

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Persuasive questions

One of the greatest skills that you can learn to communicate better is that of persuasive questions. Now there are plenty of questions that you can ask and hey can range from open ended to closed ended or they may have a great length to them. No matter how a question is asked the person is listening has to think about what the question was but they don’t have to answer it.

 

Its not just enough the question has a powerful hook the person who is asking the persuasive question must know when to be quiet. Just as the question has a sense of power the silence may have even more power than the question because the person has to think about what was asked or how to respond. There is a age old mantra in the sales world and that is “the first person to talk loses” and part of the persuasive questioning abilities comes form knowing when to be quiet.

 

You will want to be quiet after every question and that how you know when to not talk.

 

A persuasive question looks for an answer to an area that will affect the decision, now this is different from a fact question.

 

A fact question would be:

 

How many widgets did you ship last month?

 

A persuasive question may fall along the lines of:

 

If you have any work done with this project and it’s not performed correctly are you completely ok with that?

 

….. even if the competing job comes in for less?

 

It makes the other person or people think and then they have to talk it out if you know how to get them talking. From there you may want to watch the other person’s body language or even ask more questions that would allow you to reverse on the potential client.

 

Just know that when you ask questions the right way you will find that your influence may do more work for you than what you would think.

 

Persuasive power of stories:

Stories are the way that people communicated when there was no writing and whether a man or woman knows how to read they can convey a story.

 

Now your challenge is to wrap facts into the story or strong points to make it effective. You can do this by writing down your facts first and the adding the elements of the story that would make the story draw out emotions or challenge the listener.  

 

You may want to use covert hypnosis in the story to be more persuasive and really take some time to engineer the story to be more effective.  

 

Persuasive story with emotions and vocal power

While telling a story it becomes more persuasive the more that it comes to life and that can come from the way that it is delivered including vocal inflection, the use of body language.

 

Persuasive stories can be repeated later on down the road but can get people to take action after the story has been told with ease by the teller because it is highly memorable.

 

The power of stories can bond people together or can get people to fall asleep. A good story will captivate people, draw them in and then get them to take an action or ask a question. Those 2 things are important:

  • ·         Ask a question – one that you have wanted them to ask
  • ·         Take an action – one that you have built into the story

 

Joseph Campbell has extensive knowledge on telling stories and breaking them down so that you can engineer a story to work better for you. You can get his books and dvd’s on amazon.

 

When a persuasive story is told the right way the action needed will be taken in the time frame that is designed by the teller.

 

Learning how to craft persuasive story takes time and patience and plenty of practice.

 

When you are persuading others it’s a good idea to practice your message prior if possible to find any loopholes that may trap you.

 

Practice persuasive questions

For you to practice persuasive questions you will want to ask people who have no ties to your product, industry or your way of thought to get a true reaction that you can gauge and this allows you to know what type of reaction that you will get.

 

Leaning how to influence others can be the key to more income, a new boyfriend or girlfriend or even that imported car that you always wanted.

 

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

 

 

 

Now go implement!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scott Sylvan Bell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Persuasion expert Scott Sylvan Bell shares Stories and questions of a persuasion expert  

How to sell more make your client a hero

How to sell more make your client a hero: If you work for a business you are a salesperson you may have heard the term “make your client the hero”. This expression doesn’t help you if you don’t know how to help the situation.

 

Making your client the hero may be as easy as making the process or the buying situation easy for them.

 

One of the challenges for buyers of any product is that they do not want to look dumb or they do not want to do anything in the eyes of their peers that would cause them to look like they made a bad decision.

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Salespeople can make their client the hero

If you are in sales one of the best ways to make your buyers look smart and ultimately look like a hero buy making your explanations easy to understand.

 

Now this idea of making your products or services easy to understand may cause you to believe that you are already doing this but chances are you are not making your explanations easy for a buyer to understand especially if you are in a technical industry.

 

The best explanations are the ones that are short and do not have a ton of technical terms. It is a good idea to remember that most people in the United States have less than a 8th grade reading and comprehension level and if you trigger the thought that makes them look dumb they may shut down and you would not even know why.

 

If you are explaining something and you lost the man or the woman they are not listening to what you are saying they are just hoping you will stop soon so that they can tell you “I wanna think about it” or “no”.  

 

Ways to make your client the hero

You can make your client the hero by practicing the ways that you explain terms or ideas for you product or service to a few people who are not in your industry, if they have questions or concerns you will need to refine the script.

 

If you have some sort of brochure you would want to do the same thing, showing people from outside your industry what you have will answer so many questions of why someone chooses you over another person or not.

 

A huge thing to remember is that you are in your industry and have heard the terms and ideas probably a million times. The person who is new may have some “silly” or “dumb” questions that you get all day long. Part of your job is to answer those “silly” or “dumb” questions like it was the first time that you heard them. If you act put off by having to answer the same question over and over again you will have to leave civilization as you know it. Even if you go to work in a drive up window you would have to ask the same question over and over again and that would be “you want to upsize your meal for a quarter more”? Ok so you want to be a Rockstar? You would have to sing the same songs over and over again.

 

Remember make everything that you do with your clients and potential clients as easy as possible and they will repay you when they don’t have to look dumb by buying your product and or services.

 

One last thought if you think this idea is too simple. Chances are your competition doesn’t even take a look at this idea look at their product or literature in the same way. Just know if it’s complicated and not easy to understand you are miles ahead. Make your process really easy and you will be good to go by making your “client the hero” and they can make a good decision.  

 

So you want to persuade and influence people better? You will need a understanding of how people think and you can get it here:

 

As always I would like to thank you in advance for your comments and or questions about making your client the hero!

 

Scott Sylvan Bell

 

Now go implement!

 

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