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11 Secrets of Highly Persuasive Speakers

11 Secrets of Highly Persuasive Speakers

A highly persuasive speaker targets to steer the audience to accomplish an explicit action or convert the audience to adopt the assumption or opinion of the speaker.

As a tycoon, understanding the art of persuasion could be a treasured talent. Whether you are giving a sales presentation, or in the boardroom, or in a conference or in a company meeting, winning the audience could be a feeling of triumph.

After a great examination and research here are few doctrines that appear to be evident in a highly persuasive speaker, whether in a public speaking conference, workshops or seminars.

1. They appear confident.

Seeming confident is one of the most imperative parts of being persuasive. If the speaker is not sure, then why should the audience be sure? Highly persuasive speakers always look confident, make eye contact, smile, and keep their voice smooth and passionate.

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2. Reinforce who they are

At most conferences, the way a persuasive speaker is introduced that make the audience look forward to hearing his story. One or two sentences introducing the speaker, that makes a speaker the perfect person to share what he is about to say.

3. Their Strong Body Language

The most important tool for maximizing interface between the speaker and the audience is the body language of the speaker or the presenter. To comprehend why this is important, scrutinize how strongly visual our culture has become. IPads, tablets, smart television, movies, video games, smart phones —the list is long of visual inducements that rule commons responsiveness spans.

Persuasive and influential speakers perpetually look decent as well as convey significant information. To be a great speaker, you should not forget to ponder the major communication tool—your body.

4. They Make Eye Contact

Since our college days, we have been told that eye contact is indispensable for a successful presentation in front of the audience. People usually expect the speaker to look at them when they talk; that results in building more trust between the speaker and the audience.

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5. They Use an Emotional Punch

Highly persuasive speakers start their presentation or speech with an emotional punch or by using a grabber. Opening of the presentation attention with a declaration, symbol, visual image, figure or other tool immediately “clutches” an audience’s attention.

Highly persuasive speakers use emotions not only to gain the audience’s attention but also produce a positive response from the audience, and melodramatically aid preservation of the speaker’s message.

6. They always provide answers to “Why?”

Many highly persuasive speaker are not apprehensive about starting the topic with a grabber. Rather, to get people interested in the topic, great speakers always start with providing answers to “why” — why is it essential to discuss this at this instant?

Providing answers is another way to demonstrate strong, effective communication skills. Preeminently persuasive speakers use this strategic tool for persuasion and influence.

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7. They always find Passion with the topic

To be a persuasive speaker you must have such a belief on your topic that whatever you are going to say or tell can change the lives of audience members by leaving a sense of obligation to accept it for their own good.

8. They Talk Conversationally Instead of Giving a Speech

Great speakers effectively combine their honest voice with the presentation by staying conversational. Talk conversationally with the audience instead of giving a speech, and that will create an honest and trustworthy perception in the mind of the people about the presenter.

9. They build a Sense of Truth among the audience

To establish belief and create a sense of truth in the mind of the people, actors are completely involved physically, mentally, and emotionally in the role they are playing or the words they speak.

In the boardroom or in a conference, the speaker’s state is alike to the actor’s. The more naturally the speaker believes and delivers the message as truth, the more the audience believes it.

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10. They don’t hesitate to repeat

To make sure the audience is paying attention to everything you say; highly persuasive speakers always try to recap the discussion a few times. At the end of the talk, going over different points covered in the discussion will result in greater engagement of the audience.

11. They share their personal experiences

To finish, a good and highly persuasive speaker will share personal involvement, experiences and perspectives as they work through the presentation material. Bring it to life, make it pleasant and to win the minds and hearts of the audience.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

When you train your brain, you will:

  • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
  • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. No problem for you to pick up a new language or new management skill.
  • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. Alzheimer’s will not be affecting you.

So how to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills?

1. Work your memory

Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

For example, say you just met someone new:

“Hi, my name is George”

Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.”

Got it? Good.

2. Do something different repeatedly

By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

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And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

But how does this apply to your life right now?

Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

3. Learn something new

It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

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For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

4. Follow a brain training program

The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

5. Work your body

You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

6. Spend time with your loved ones

If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

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If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

7. Avoid crossword puzzles

Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

The bottom line

Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

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