April 27, 2017

Six secrets of persuasion

Robert Cialdini shares his principles of influence

How can you move people to act?

Circles of influence

Circles of influence Learn these 6 principles to move people to act. Image by Anne Adrian

In Influence: Science & Practice, Robert Cialdini shares these six principles of persuasion.

Robert Cialdini’s ‘universal principles of social influence’
PrincipleDescriptionExample
1.ReciprocationWe feel obligated to return favors performed for us.When waiters gave diners extra mints after their meals, tips increased by more than 14%.
2.AuthorityWe look to experts to show us the way.When an executive published the credentials of people brought in to turn around a London bureau, the government monitoring and advisory panel was more accepting of the rate and type of change the team made.

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Catch Your Readers

How to win attention and influence people

It’s counterintuitive, but true: The product is never the topic. The program is never the topic. The plan is never the topic. The topic is never the topic.

Catch Your Readers

Think Like a Reader Write to and about your readers, not about “us and our stuff.” Image by NickiMM

The reader is always the topic.

If you want to reach readers, you need to write to and about your readers, not about “us and our stuff.”

At Catch Your Readers — our two-day writing master class on March 22-23, 2017, in Las Vegas — you’ll learn a four-step process for moving readers to act by giving them what they really want.

Specifically, you’ll learn how to:

  • Take advantage of the formula readers use to determine which messages to pay attention to (and which to toss).
  • Tap two rewards of reading you can use to boost audience interest in your message.
  • Answer the No. 1 question your reader is asking, regardless of your topic, medium or channel.
  • Make a two-minute perspective shift to focus your message on the value to readers — not on “us and our stuff.”
  • Use a three-letter word that magically makes your message more relevant to your readers.
  • Take Your Message From ‘Meh’ to Masterpiece. Master the techniques you learn in class with our hands-on practice sessions

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