If you think back on all of the debates you have had with people, were there any that you were successful at? In order to persuade people (voters) to take your side in important issues, there is a flexible recipe for success. You’ll need to have a few pre-existing conditions and a couple of the right tactics to have a successful argument. But if you play your cards right, you will be able to win some votes and create a chain reaction of success.
The most important thing to keep in mind is that it is impossible to create a change of mind in someone that is not open to hearing it. In order to present an argument to someone who isn’t necessarily receptive towards your point of view, you must start small. Identify something that you both share a belief in and go from there. If they perceive you as on their side, they’ll be more open to hearing more. If you come at the argument from a completely opposite point of view, they will absolutely shoot you down.
Don’t be afraid to sacrifice some points in order to gain others. Some aspects of an argument can be lost for the overall good. Think about it in terms of reciprocity. You have to sacrifice some of your goals in order to receive some reciprocal negotiations on the other side.
Another very important thing to pay attention to is timing and context. Don’t try to persuade people in the wrong place and wrong time. You’ll want to catch people when they are open to hearing your thoughts.
Here are a few other points to consider when persuading others to consider your point of view:
- Create expectations that people can hold you accountable for. While you don’t want to promise things you can’t deliver, you do want to sell yourself and the dream of what could be.
- Give sincere compliments and positive feedback when discussing with others. Remember to hear and value their opinions, even while stating that you disagree. Instead of completely disagreeing with them, be willing to complement them on their creative thought process.
- Remember that people are always wondering what the reciprocity will be. In this case, they’re wondering what their vote will get them from you. Be sure to flaunt exactly what it is you’re offering, and find the people who want it. When they see the benefit first, it will be much easier to capture their attention.