People love to talk but hate to listen

People love to talk but hate to listen

In business today people are so busy and so pushed to deliver results that, with important customers or important family members, they talk more than listen. People will rarely listen to you if they don’t feel that you have listened and understood them. Listening is important.

A few weeks ago with an IT executive, we discussed some implementation challenges with his strategy. When we finished, he said, “Thanks, I enjoyed our meeting, it was just like talking to a rubber plant.” 

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Passion Drives Practice - Practice Drives Success!

Passion Drives Practice - Practice Drives Success!

Over the past 25 years, as I have worked with individuals, teams and companies on how to be persuasive in front of groups to buy your message, I am always asked the quickest way to be successful.

My comment is always the same, have a solid process behind your message and practice, practice, and then more practice.

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How can you persuade a few to change the many?

How can you persuade a few to change the many?

Have you ever needed to change a large group’s thinking or behaviour? A difficult situation, but recent research can help with this. As always, remember to stay ethical, you can use this for good and bad.

How many people in a group do you need to change the minds of others?

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How Can You Change Made-up Minds - Part 3

How Can You Change Made-up Minds - Part 3

When changing made-up minds, we looked at some Cialdini tools and the power of stories. Once you understand the foundations of persuasion, there are many insights from persuasion research that can help in specific practical situations. The book The Small Big written by Steve Martin, Noah Goldstein and guru Robert Cialdini is a fantastic source of ideas. The idea of the book is to share some small things that can make a big difference to persuasion. There are 50 short chapters each devoted to an idea supported by rigorous research.

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How Can You Change Made-up Minds - Part 2

How Can You Change Made-up Minds - Part 2

For those cases when you face people with made-up minds, we continue to give you some ideas to get unstuck and to get other people to change their minds. In part 1 we used some of the ideas of persuasion guru, Robert Cialdini.

Many powerful ways to change made-up minds use emotion. Business psychologist Peter Sullivan often explains that the word emotion can be written as e-motion and explains this as e is the electrical force that puts us into motion.

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How Can You Change Made-up Minds? - Part 1

How Can You Change Made-up Minds? - Part 1

Regularly, clients ask how to change others minds, especially when it appears the other person has made up their mind and seems unlikely to change.  Sometimes this is because you are not trying to persuade the other person, you are just giving them your opinion and then getting frustrated because they don’t agree with you. But let’s assume you have tried some professional ways to persuade and you are stuck.  In a series of blogs, we will give you some ideas to get unstuck and to get other people to change their minds.

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Involve your audience

Involve your audience

When Persuading for Results, involving your audience throughout your presentation helps maintain their attention. Indeed, self-discovery and practical application is often the most effective way of learning and the most effective way of persuading. There are many ways to involve people, depending on the size of your audience. You may like to give people an opportunity to test your product, or to have them work with your ideas actively. Make sure the activity you use is linked back to your message. The activity should reinforce your message, not distract from it.

Read the full blog for some ideas on involving your audience.

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How do you use data to persuade senior executives?

How do you use data to persuade senior executives?

Analysts feel pain while trying to convince senior audiences with data. There is a great article that states the solution when persuading executives with data is to frame your message using one or more of the following four topics:

  1. Revenue & market share
  2. Efficiency & costs
  3. Customer loyalty
  4. Talent & capability
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Pitch to win: picture the competition

Pitch to win: picture the competition

You must pitch for some business. Where do you start? Most managers answer this question correctly: with the customer and what they want. However most managers get the answer to the next question wrong: What should you do next?

What is the correct answer?

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How to win your pitch? Pitch with Cialdini.

How to win your pitch? Pitch with Cialdini.

How do you make sure that your pitch is effective? Make your presentations relevant to your customers. Robert Cialdini, persuasion guru has been researching persuasion since 1970. In his 2016 book Pre-suasion, he explains when to use his six universal principles of influence. But how should you apply these during your pitch?

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How can you persuade a customer you can't afford to lose (Part 2)

How can you persuade a customer you can't afford to lose (Part 2)

So, you need to persuade a customer you can't afford to lose? Where do you start? If we ask persuasion expert Robert Cialdini how to persuade your customer to act, he would suggest a few ways. Two are scarcity and consistency.

Scarcity is the best known technique, Consistency is not well understood and under-used.

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How can you persuade a customer you can't afford to lose? (Part 1)

How can you persuade a customer you can't afford to lose? (Part 1)

Donald Trump would probably say: Just tell em!

In the real world it's often not appropriate to just tell em! So, we need to have more sophisticated tools available.

At the end of 2016, Persuasion guru Robert Cialdini published his latest book Pre-suasion. To condense his 300 page book into two sentences he says:

  1. What do you do before you persuade customers can have a major (hidden) influence on their decisions.
  2. We and our customers assume that what we are focusing on is especially important.

So, what's so important about Pre-suasion?

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Persuade with Data - Sculpt your Excel Charts

Persuade with Data - Sculpt your Excel Charts

It is not just the volume but the complexity of data being collected that makes it difficult for us to analyse and interpret in a clear and simple way. As we are bombarded with data, most people still reach for excel to create charts to explain this data. After all, it's easy. Select our table of data, find the command for insert chart, chose one of the types of chart and then choose one of the options for that specific chart. That's easily done.

But as Samuel Johnson may have written over 200 years ago: charts created without effort are read without insight. 

So, with a  little time and effort how can we create charts to be read with insight and pleasure? 

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Sort out your data

Sort out your data

With a tsunami of data it is easy to create large tables of data. However, with such large amounts of data, it is difficult to see what the message is. When presenting these tables, some people leave them in the default order. So, if it was a list of sales by country or sales by product then these would be listed alphabetically. Unfortunately, insights rarely occur alphabetically. So, if you sort alphabetically then you are burying your insights and making it hard for your audience to find the insights.

Find out how to make your insights clearer.

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